This week, we continued our English learning on the Journey. We made paper lanterns, similar to those in the story. We had to follow instructions very carefully! We also created our own poems by using descriptive language about the magical carpet scene. Next week, we will be continuing the story of Journey by writing our own adventure stories.
In Maths, we have concluded our topic of numbers to 1000 and place value. We will now be moving on to addition and subtraction, including the column method. We also have a continued focus on times tables, particularly the 4s and 8s.
In RE, we created our own prayers to be displayed on a new prayer wall in our classroom. The children wrote prayers in different forms e.g. for thanks, forgiveness, help and praise. We have also really enjoyed sharing our Angelus homework with the class, which is now either on display or in our new class RE folder.
Have a restful week and don’t forget to check our Goggle classroom for this week’s homework,
Welcome to Year 3’s first blog post of the new school year. The children have settled in so well and have made me feel very welcome to St Adrian’s.
In English, we have been looking at the story ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. The wordless picture book has really captured the imagination of the class and we were very eager to read the other two books in the trilogy.
During our Math lessons, we have been focusing on place value and understanding the value of each digit within three digit numbers. We have also been finding 100 more and 100 less of three digit numbers too.
In Science, we have been investigating magnets and the forces they create (pushes and pulls). We will be testing magnetic materials next week, which the class are looking forward to.
To finish off the week, we created jellyfish with paper bowls and tissue paper to bring our reading corner to life. We will be finishing them off next week with ribbon tentacles, ready to be displayed.
Have a restful weekend and don’t forget to check our Goggle classroom for this week’s homework,
This half term we are exploring the theme homes and family. This is a sensitive theme. The experience of ‘family’ in society today is varied, with many joys and sorrows. Whatever the experience, family still remains the first place for growth and development, the basic social unit.
For Christians the pattern and ideal of family life is found in the Scriptures. God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family. While offering ideals for family life, it is important to acknowledge and respect the real experience of some children which is not ideal.
Word of God
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” (Colossians 3: 12-15)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centres of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia Domestica: the Domestic Church. It is in the bosom of the family that parents are by word and example… the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children.” (CCC1656)
Prayer and Reflection
Father, creator of all, you ‘ordered the earth’ to bring forth life and crowned its goodness by creating family life. Teach us the beauty of human love, show us the value of family life and help us to live in peace with everyone. Amen.
It was great to meet so many of you at our ‘Meet the teacher’ meeting last week. Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it – I’ll look forward to getting to know you in September.
Last week, Mr Bedford wrote to your parents about returning to school in September. One of the things that he wrote about was the equipment we use in school. Mr Bedford said that for the equipment we use all of the time, like pens and pencils, we should try to keep our own items. He asked that, if possible, we bring our own pencil case to school.
It would be helpful if your pencil case included these items:
a pencil sharpener (tub-style to catch sharpenings)
a short (15cm) ruler
a glue stick
a set of colour pencils (12 colours should be fine)
a pair of children’s safety scissors
You will need to keep this pencil case in school and you will be able to leave it in your locker at the end of each day.
Don’t worry if you are not able to get a pencil case. We will do our best to ensure that our school equipment is not shared.
Have a lovely summer holiday and I am really looking forward to seeing you all back in school in September.
Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18th-24th May) and the theme this year is Kindness. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the importance of kindness!
We would like all of St Adrian’s to get involved, so we have attached some activity ideas at the bottom of this post to help you to celebrate this week – if you would like to.
There is a Kindness Calendar which challenges you to be kind twice each day – once to yourself and once to someone else (that is only two acts of kindness a day, we’re sure all of us St Adrian’s are kinder than that!!)
And for our competitive pupils there is a Kindness Cup trophy to design. If everyone in your home takes part in in the Kindness Calendar Challenge you can award your Kindness Cup to the winner!
As the number of weeks away from our usual routines of work, school and activities with friends grows, it is increasingly important to focus on looking after our mental health.
In response to the impact that COVID-19 and isolation poses to our wellbeing, many organisations are offering support and resources – we would like to share some which your may find helpful. These include:
• The ‘Schools and Families Advice Line’ (SFAL) is a new service established to provide emotional wellbeing advice and early help to children and young people, school staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be really worrying when you, or someone you know is going through a difficult time. If you feel this service could help, please call the Single Point of Access (SPA) who will take your details before passing them onto a call back service. Telephone: 0300 777 0707 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org You will then get a call back from a mental health practitioner between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
• The Spot the Signs & Emotional Wellbeing project by the Herts Mind Network are offering free webinars for young people and parents/carers. You can book onto a session by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2QZqK4f Below is a snapshot of some webinars being held:
• Mentally Healthy Schools have put together a list of helpful links focused on coping exercises and activities:
Welcome back and welcome to the beginning of the Summer term! I hope you had a lovely break. I would love to hear all of your stories from Easter so please do share them with me over in our Google Classroom 🙂
As before the Easter holidays, each day at 9:00am a Maths, English and a Topic piece of work will be set. When you choose to complete the work during the day depends on when suits your routines and depends on your families circumstances.
Miss Costello’s English and Maths Please log into Google Classroom to see today’s lessons.
Ms McCarthy’s English and Maths Please log in to Google Classroom to see today’s lessons.
Year 3 Topic Please log into our shared Year 3 Google Classroom to see today’s topic lesson.
TIP: If you are having trouble seeing images on a google document: check you are in a google chrome browser!
I am looking forward to when we can be back in the classroom together but, until then, I am hoping and wishing you and your families are well.
The Scouts have produced a list of 100 free activities, games and craft ideas. All the activities are designed to have a clear positive outcome, such as developing communication skills or learning how to solve problems. https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors
Duolingo are a free online language learning program with more than 30 languages, designed to help ages 10 and up learn through “bite-sized” lessons. https://www.duolingo.com/
Audible is launching Audible Stories, which offers free educational, entertaining and immersive children’s and family audiobooks.
Try touring museums, parks and national icons from the comfort of your couch. Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can check out virtual tours of the largest temple complex on Earth, Yellowstone National Park, Champs-Élysées, the gardens of Versailles and more.