Friday 21st June, 2024

This week has whizzed by!

As part of Other Faith Week, we focused on The Greek Orthodox faith and on Monday afternoon visited The Twelve Apostles Church in Brookman’s Park.  Fr Demetriano made us feel very welcome talking to us about the lovely church and the special icons etc that we saw there. The number of paintings, stained glass windows and icons were  magnificent.  The children gazed at them in wonder and awe.  The children learnt that the area where the priest celebrates the majority of the services lies beyond the icon screen (or Iconostasis) and is the Sanctuary. This is where the Altar Table is situated, as well as the Table of Oblation, where the Holy Gifts are prepared before their Liturgy begins.

This morning after assembly, Fr Demetriano visited our school to talk to us about the similarities and differences between our faiths.

On Tuesday we celebrated Sports Day in the afternoon.  Alongside the fabulous weather the children took part with enthusiasm and were full of energy and fun. A huge thank you to all of the staff who helped ensure that the afternoon ran as smoothly as possible and a special shout out to Miss Pringle who organised a very successful Sports Day.

 

 

The children are doing their Plants Topic in Science for the remainder of the term and have started to grow sunflowers.  Please encourage your child to keep a record of the height of their sunflower each week and I would like them to bring their sunflowers back into school on Monday 8th July to see how they are growing and to compare results with the rest of the class!  They will of course be returned to your homes to be cared for and replanted in your own gardens.  In Maths, we are moving onto a new area of learning.  The children have worked hard on their understanding of time over the last few weeks -please use as many opportunities for them to practise what they understand about this area of learning. They have been working hard to tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII, and the 12 hour and 24 – hour clocks. We also revisited our work on digital devices this afternoon and as part of the work we chatted about cyber attacks and about when criminals try to steal our online information without our permission.  They were introduced to a website that introduces them to a password checker tool.  T`he children asked if I could post the link we used to check to see what makes a secure password. The link is here.

                                                                                               

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the sunshine!

 

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

Home Learning:

Mathletics

TTRs

Spelling Shed

Keep a record f the height of your sunflower for the next few weeks.  (Please return your sunflower to school on Monday 8th  July)

 

 

 

 

Friday 14th June, 2024

This week has been ‘Healthy Eating Week: Give it a Go!’ and in Year 3 the class have been busy on following the themes of:

  • Get at least 5 A DAY
  • Stay hydrated
  • Move more
  • Focus on fibre
  • Reduce food waste

On Wednesday the children designed their own smoothies and created a smoothie that contained apple juice, banana, apple, spinach and wild berries.  We were impressed that many children tried all ingredients!

 

In Maths the children have continued to revisit addition and subtraction work in fluency ensuring they can check their answers to calculations using the inverse and in our main maths work, we have returned to reading the time displayed on both analogue and digital clocks.

In English, we read the text Gregory Cool. It is a story about a boy who goes to spend four weeks with his grandparents in Tobago. We discussed character feelings and built up our inference skills.

In RE the children have started their topic work on Discipleship learning about Mark the gospel writer.

In our light topic in Science, the children also recognised that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object.

We received the results from last week’s Hertfordshire’s Maths Challenge. Well done to Noemi, Dafne, Christian, Hugo and Lucas who are now going through to the next round!

Wishing you and your families a good weekend.

 

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

 

Home Learning:

Mathletics

TTRs ….practise 3, 4, 8 times tables please.

Spelling shed- spellings and spag activity.

Friday 7th June, 2024

This week has been a busy one upon our return from half term.

The children have embraced their learning well.

In Maths the children have been learning about 3-D shapes and they have had many opportunities to create 3-D shapes and describe them using vocabulary such as faces, vertices and edges.  We have spoken about a cuboid, prism, sphere, cylinder, square-based pyramids to name a few and each day the children have had the opportunity to make their own 3-D shapes.

Photo Album 3D shapes

In RE our focus has been the Blessed Sacrament and the children have spent time learning about St Dominic Savia (who had a deep devotion to the eucharist) and Blessed Imelda (who longed to receive the Eucharist from the time she was a very young child).  The children have designed their own monstrances, learning that the monstrance is an important part of Eucharistic Adoration and today, they had the privilege of leading the Blessed Sacrament Procession to the church.

Blessed Sacrament Procession ppt

 

Yesterday, two teams of children from Year 3 took part in the Hertfordshire Maths Challenge.  This is a friendly, online, inter-school competition that gives the children the opportunity to apply their mathematics knowledge and teamwork skills to solve problems and answer challenging questions, putting their reasoning skills to the test. Well done to the two teams.  We await their results from the Hertfordshire Maths Team.

From next week, our PE days will be Tuesdays (Tennis) and Thursdays,  so the children need to come in PE kits on these days please.

Tuesday, 11th June 2024 is Sports Day. Your child will need to be in their PE kit, wear a sun hat and have their water bottle! Ks2 events start in the afternoon and finish shortly before the end of the day @ 3.15pm.

Next week is also Healthy Eating week, so the class will be participating in daily events as well as food tasting and will learn about the 5 ways of keeping healthy. Contributions towards these events can be made via School Comms.

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

 

Home Learning:

Mathletics

TTRs – please log on and practise your timestables.

Spelling Shed

SPAG.com

 

Friday 24th May, 2024

This week was Spirituality Week, a special week in which the class, along with the rest of the school, participated in various activities aimed at fostering stillness and connection with themselves, nature, and God. We thank Miss Donatantonio for her hard work in preparing these wonderful activities for the children which they have thoroughly enjoyed and thank the Year 6 children who lead the prayer station activities.

Click here to see some of the photos from the week.

This week we have had a past student, Ruby, on work experience in our class.  The children have enjoyed having her  support during their class work and during their morning and lunchtime breaks.

On Wednesday it was lovely to see so many children attend the international Pentecost celebration.  Thank you so much to the parents in Year 3 who prepared a dish to celebrate their culture for the rest of us to enjoy!

In Maths the children have continued their work on time in reading time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute.  They have also been working on telling and writing the time from an analogue clock.  This has included being able to use Roman numerals from I to XII. If you have any opportunities during the half-term to revisit this work with your child that would be wonderful!

In PE the children have continued to practise their running, throwing and jumping skills for our forth coming Sports Day and today we celebrated our Feast Day with a lovely mass followed by a refreshing ice lolly. Thank you to Matilda and Ayrabella who brought up the offertory during mass.

Well done also goes out to those children in our class who took part in the Oakmere Mini Marathon!  The children returned to school delighted with their efforts. We are so proud of them.

 

Wishing you and your families a wonderful half term break.

 

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

 

Friday 17th May 2024

This week in Year 3, the children have finished off their speeches and have begun a short narrative based on the animation Marshmallows. They have been working on creating setting descriptions using prepositional phrases. Next week, we will be describing the monster so perhaps you could watch together with your child and talk about some interesting words or phrases.

 

In Geography, Year 3 have explored why rainforests are so hot and wet. They also created their own climate graph for a town in the Amazon basin.

In PE, we have continued to build skills in cricket with a focus on batting this week and for our second PE lesson, started to practise for Sports Day.  The children were to practise their jumping, throwing and sprinting techniques.

Click here for photos.

In Science the children looked at recognising that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes. They did their own research about the sun and created their own informative poster to teach others the importance of protecting themselves.

Pentecost has continued to be our RE focus, thinking about how St Paul himself was a Pentecost person. We have also considered how spreading the word of God started with Jesus, then the disciples, followed by the Gospel writers and is now down to us today.

Please remember that we will be celebrating our school’s Feast Day Mass in school on Friday, 24th May at 2pm; everyone is welcome!

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara

More photos are being uploaded this weekend of the children’s art work from this week and last week and PE from this week but we are experiencing a technical difficulty!  Please log back in to see them.  Thank you!

Home Learning

Spellings on spellingshed

SPaG activity on spellingshed

Mathletics

TTRs

Psalm for Pentecost Mass

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

And renew, renew the face of the earth.

 

O bless the Lord, my soul, bless your name.

How great are your ways in the world!

Great is God in heaven’s domain,

Gentle the breath of God’s love.

 

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

And renew, renew the face of the earth.

 

Our days shall fall like flow’rs in the field.

Winds blow, they blossom no more.

Our God is good in justice revealed,

Gentle the way of the Lord.

 

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

And renew, renew the face of the earth.

 

The eagle soars in strength flying high

Great is the name of the Lord.

From east to west, as day is to night,

Gentle the love of the Lord.

 

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

And renew, renew the face of the earth.

 

 

Friday 10th May, 2024

The highlight of this week we feel was the May Procession on Monday morning.  The children took part in the procession with the rest of the school while the sun shone down.  Thank you for your flower donations; the Peace garden was filled with beautiful flower scents and a stunning eye-catching array of vibrant colours.

In Maths the children have continued to focus on formal short multiplication with the emphasis on the format and understanding what is happening and why at each stage of the procedure. They have coped well with this.  They completed the Crooked Multiplication Game with excitement today. Perhaps you can play this game with them at home as well!  Our  speeches about plastic pollution are now complete. Next week we will be editing them. In PE, the focus was on familiarising themselves with the game of cricket and the roles of the players in the game.  Each group member experienced the role of the batter, back stop and fielder. Our Geography learning about climate extended to the flora and fauna of locations. Year 3 matched up the types of animals and plants they would expect to see in a range of climates. In RE the children learnt that The Ascension was when Jesus returned to heaven and what this means for us all in our lives today.  On Thursday the class attended OLSV for the Feast of the Ascension and sang beautifully throughout the mass. Thank you to Tara and Solomon who participated in the offertory.  On this feast day, the children who received their First Holy Communion last weekend received the Body of Christ at Mass and they did so with such reverence.

Myself, Mrs Lines and Mrs Vieyra will be thinking of the children this weekend who will be receiving their First Holy Communion and wish them many congratulations.

May they always feel the presence of Jesus in their life and be blessed with peace, love, and happiness.

 

Well done and congratulations also goes to the children who took part in the football tournament this week: Mikey, Ayrabella, Fabio, Lucas, Louis, Joseph, Hugo and Iustin.  They played with such teamwork and supported each other throughout!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

 

Home Learning:

Mathletics

TTRs

Spellings on Spellingshed

 

Friday 3rd May 2024

Unfortunately, due to the weather, we were not able to take part in our May Procession today; we look forward to crowning Mary with flowers on Tuesday.

In English, the children have begun to write speeches about the impact of plastic pollution and what changes they can make. In Geography, the children have been working with climate graphs. They looked at descriptions of temperature and rainfall, and then determined which graph most accurately represented it.

In Maths the children have been looking at formal multiplication: they have been multiplying two-digit numbers by a single digit using the distributive law with and without regrouping.  They have also started to use another maths tool to aid them: the place value slider which assists them in multiplying by 10 and 100. In RE, they looked at the Acts 2: 5-13 where they learnt from Luke that immediately after receiving the holy spirit people were moved to go and speak about Jesus. Each child produced their own holy spirit recognising that the holy spirit helps them to live differently.

In assembly this morning the children who are making their First Holy Communion this weekend stood up in front of the rest of the school. Myself, Mrs Lines and Mrs Vieyra will be thinking of them this weekend and wish them many congratulations.

May they always feel the presence of Jesus in their life and be blessed with peace, love, and happiness.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

See you back in school on Tuesday.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

 

Find below photos of our Easter egg hunt!

 

Home Learning

Spellings on Spellingshed

Mathletics

Listen and try to learn the new song for mass.

We understand that some households will be busy his weekend with celebrations. I have extended the Mathletics home learning for a later date.

 

 

We will be attending the Ascension Day mass on Thursday and the children have been asked to listen to a new song which they will be singing.  Here is the link to the song:

 

1. One sacrifice of Christ,
one throne above the heavens.
Christ has risen as he said,
and will come to wake the dead.
Christ will return to set us free.

One sacrifice of love,
one message for the nations:
Jesus suffered, died and rose,
and ascended to the throne.
Christ will return to save the world.

2. One gaze we lift above,
where Love was drawn to heaven.
We stand watchful through the night
for our King to come in light,
heirs to the glory of the Lamb.

One mighty Word of truth:
Christ did arise in triumph.
Now he sits upon the throne;
God’s right hand is he alone.
Christ reigns in splendour over all.

3. One banquet richly set
for all God’s holy people.
We will dine in joy and peace,
and our song will never cease,
praising the Lamb upon the throne.

One shout of joy we raise,
one voice in exaltation.
For in glory Christ has gone,
and in hope we now are drawn
to one sacrifice of Christ,
one sacrifice of Christ.

 

Enjoy your long weekend!

 

 

Friday 26th April 2024

Amongst all the learning that occurred this week in Year 3, a special Bible was brought into school by Archie. Finding this beautiful book amongst other household objects, has certainly excited Archie’s family and the class!  Over the last few days, allowing us to keep the bible in school, Archie has been explaining the Bible’s history. The children have been very lucky to have handled a book with so much history.  Thank you to Archie and the Cornwall family  for allowing us to examine this precious book.

In Maths this week, the children have continued learning about fractions and carried out many problem solving activities to deepen their understanding. In English, we have started our unit on persuasive writing based on Stella and the Seagull.  Yesterday, Year 3 worked on their persuasion skills by trying to come up with reasons as to why they should be able to stay up later. I’ve heard some of them tried to use their ideas at home! In Geography, we have been learning about the world’s climate zones. Using climate maps alongside political maps, the children located what sorts of climates different countries have.

In PE, the children have begun to look at Cricket as a summer sport. On Wednesday, the children practised their throwing skills by throwing a tennis ball towards a target and ‘the batter’ having a go at hitting it.  Well done children!

Have a restful weekend

 

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

 

Home Learning

Mathletics

Spellings and SPaG activity on spellinghshed

Friday 19th April 2024

Welcome Back!

It has been wonderful to catch up with the children and hear all about their Easter breaks. It has also been very exciting to hear how their Holy Communion preparations are coming along.

This week in English, we have been finishing off our Flotsam stories that we started before half term. In Geography, we have started our new unit called ‘Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry?’ In order to begin to understand this question, we have needed to learn about the climate of the UK. We discovered that Potters Bar is in one of the drier and warmer places of the country, although it doesn’t always feel like it! Our PE learning this half term will focus on striking and fielding, with cricket being our chosen sport.

In Maths the children have continued learning about fractions.  We focused on adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator and solving problems involving fractions.  The key words have been: denominator, numerator, halves, thirds, quarters, fifths, sixths etc… We have also been focusing this week in our PHSE/Wellbeing lessons on Keeping Ourselves Safe looking this week at videos about: Keeping safe near Railways, Water and Roads.  These short videos pose questions for the children to discuss and have helped them to explore the video content they have just watched.

In Science the children have started their new unit on Light and today we spoke about what the children know already, what they would like to know about light and did an activity on classifying light sources (Natural and Man-made).  The children were interested to learn that the moon is not a light source and that light from the sun hits the moon and is reflected into their eyes.

 

Please click here to see the RHE/PHSE we are covering this summer term using Ten Ten.

This afternoon, Sofia had kindly brought into school a gingerbread man for each member of the class and the children decorated their own one.  Thank you to Sofia for her kindness.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara

Home Learning

Mathletics: please log on and complete the activities set.

TTRs: please log on and practise your timestables especially your 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

Spellings on Spellingshed
For reference, this half term’s spellings can be found here: Summer 1 Spellings  

SPaG Activity also on Spellingshed