Summer Term 2017
PE at Plymouth Marjons
This term we have been travelling to Plymouth Marjons each week for an afternoon of swimming and athletics.
We are very much enjoying improving our techniques and love using the sports facilities there.
This term we are learning how to play the Djembe drums as part of a whole class ensemble as well as in smaller groups. We have been learning the different playing techniques and have been experimenting with dynamics, rhythm and varying speeds.
The class have been composing pieces of Djembe drumming inspired by the journey of a river ‘From Source to Sea’. They have created different rhythms through the names of famous rivers and other vocabulary related to them. These rhythms were then put together to create a final piece of music!
This term our topic is all about rivers!
We have been using atlases to research the geography of different rivers all over the world as well as using the internet and information books from our school library.
The class have made some fantastic posters all about individual rivers which are on display in our classroom. Please come in and have a look!
Spring Term 2017
We had a brilliant morning at the Handball Festival at KEVIICC, practising and refining our Handball skills. The pupils were a credit to Diptford Primary School, displaying stamina, commitment and sportsmanship – well done Class 3.
Autumn Term 2016
Class 3 have really been enjoying learning about the Vikings. At Forest School we have been trying our hand at pewter work to create Viking Rune badges, as well as many other Viking crafts, attempting some Viking cooking with some delicious (and some very interesting) results, we even held our own Viking court with the children voting for an overlord:
For your information, here is the PowerPoint containing all the Class information from the start of the school year 2016-17: meet-the-teacher-evening-2
Please find attached our Learning Journey plan for this half term: learning-journey-class-3-autumn-1
KEVICC’s Euro Art
The children had a super printing morning with KEVICC’s. Using a really simple printing technique we created Euro bunting around the whole classroom in less than 2 hours. What a transformation!
Empty Classroom Day
The children spent the morning refining their area and perimeter skills in the sunshine today thanks to Empty Classroom Day. They were set several maths problems to solve around the school grounds and luckily the weather held off long enough for them to conduct thorough investigations!
Year 5 & 6 Residential 2016
In music we have been listening and appraising classic rock songs. We have also learnt to play and sing, ‘Living on a Prayer.’
Fantastic well done to the Year 6’s this week for being so focused, calm and collected during SAT’s week. We’ve been so impressed with their attitude and work ethic over the past few months and we are extremely proud of them.
We had a really enjoyable visit from the RNLI learning about what the different flags mean and how we can keep ourselves safe on the beach.
We had a very exciting morning learning about Parliament and democracy. We were visited by the Parliament Education Officer and she taught us all about the debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We even held our own class debate and were told we were much better behaved than the real MPs!
Clean for the Queen!
This Friday the children donned their rubber gloves and helped clean up Diptford Village in honour of the Queen’s up and coming 90th birthday.
This week it was James Bay. Not thwarted by the hail storm the children sung their song indoors at breaktime!
Our year 6 singing group got under way this Friday starting with the boys group who selected and sung ‘7 words’ by Lukas Graham during break time. They were super and encouraged many children from the rest of the school to join in.We’re hoping this will become a permanent fixture for our Friday break times and look forward to the girl’s turn next week!
The children spent the morning sharing ideas and writing stories with their buddies for the Radio 2 ‘500 Words’ competition. They all work really cooperatively and supportively and the ideas and stories were fantastic.
History – Anglo Saxons
The children have been very engaged in our topic and have been interested in exploring the many battles that went on during this period. We have been looking at who fought and why, what weapons they used and how it impacted on Britain. We have made Anglo Saxons shields and finished looking at battles by reinating the Battle of Hastings through role play. Using tapestries as a starting point we created our own.
The 4 R’s
Class 3 were visited by Alex Mack from Recycle Devon who told us all about the changes that will take place to waste disposal over the next 5 years.
Whilst learning how a Volcano is formed and how it erupts we created 3D models of volcanos.
We have been learning lots of new skills in gymnastics this term. We have been working on developing our forward rolls and cartwheels extending to different variables of these skills. For example: Forward roll to straddle stand, chasse cartwheel chasse. We have also worked in pairs and threes to learn balances. To execute these safely we have to ensure we keep good tension and keep our body parts in the correct positions. The children were inspired after watching videos of competitive gymnastics, so as a result we put all our learning together into a fantastic gymnastics display.
Class three had an assembly this week delivered by the NSPCC. The assembly was focused on feeling happy and safe. They informed the children of childline and explained when a child might need to ring that number. The children discussed the things that might upset, worry or make a child anxious and they made a bank of all the people in their lives they could talk to. The team is returning to run a workshop with the children next week.
To launch our new topic we had a special visitor. Avril, a member of the south hams guild of weavers and spinners, came to demonstrate the process of turning sheets wool into beautiful knitted clothing and blankets. She showed up what the wool looks like when she first receives it from a farmer and how it looks at each step of the process. She demonstrated carding and spinning on her beautiful traditionl spinning wheel.
In our forest school sessions we have begun carding and dying our own wool, using natural resources. Then we have begun making our own drop spindles using bow saws and hand drills.
This week we looked at the rich descriptive language in the text ‘The Princess Blankets’ and without looking at the picture, we thought about the colours, textures of the blankets. We learnt about different weaving techniques and created a large class blanket.
We have begun creating our own blankets which we will be describing in our writing next week.
Bye Bye Chicks!
We’ve had a really special time watching our chicks grow. From keeping the eggs warm, to watching them hatch and grow into thriving, bouncy chicks – it’s been really wonderful to see the whole process with our own eyes. But finally… and sadly… it’s time to say goodbye. Farewell Fred, Pepper and Issy. We will all miss you… sniff.
Our chicks continue to thrive under the careful supervision and love of our Class 3 children. We are cleaning them every day, making sure they have plenty to eat and drink and giving them plenty of cuddles. They are growing so fast they are nearly able to jump out of their brooder!
High Five Netball Report
(written by Liliya Loveland and Lottie Humphrey – Class 3)
On Tuesday 13th of October Class 3 went to a High Five Netball Festival. When we got to KEVICC we were amazed to see how many children were there from loads of different schools from the area. All the older students at KEVICC were very encouraging to all of us and helped us improve in our high five netball. We made loads of new friends during the festival. They gave us awards/ stickers for good behaviour and good sportsmanship. We all really enjoyed the High Five Netball Festival.
The chicks have landed!!
After much patient waiting and anticipation we have been rewarded with the arrival of 3 new chicks!! It all began with a lot of cheeping and egg rocking and rolling and now they are here. We will be transferring them to their new home shortly and hope to keep them in the classroom just a little while longer to see how fast they grow. Keep watching this space 🙂
Our dragon egg hatched!! But where could he be?
Class three have created these beautiful pictures with a range of techniques. They blended colours to make their backgrounds using watercolour paints. Next they ripped paper into their desired scenery and using a layer of chalk and their fingers they smudged on their outline. Using watercolours and pens they brought their dragons to life and added to the foreground of their pictures.
On Monday 21st September class 3 spent the first part of the morning finding out what school would have been like in the Victorian times. They had lessons in the four R’s: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Religion. They worked by candlelight on slate with chalks and even suffered through Victorian punishments.