Happy Half Term

Hello Year 3,

I hope you are all okay and enjoying the half term break, as best as possible.

Here are some photos of the things I have been up to so far. On Saturday, I was invited to be part of the Virtual Audience on the Voice Kids. There were lots of children auditioning for their place on the show. You may see me on the telly around Christmas time. I have also been taking my new puppy, Obi, for lots of walks around the local area. He is really enjoying exploring out and about and making lots of dog friends. There is a photograph below of Obi on Valentines Day. Yesterday, I celebrated Pancake Day. Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, marks the start of lent on Ash Wednesday. It was often tradition for those celebrating Lent to eat plenty of pancakes on this day as a means of getting rid of fatty foods prior to the 40-day fasting period of Lent. I will be giving up chcolate for the next 40 days, will you be giving up anything too?

What have you been up to this week? You can send your photos via email with the subject ‘Miss Underwood’ to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk or send them directly to me on Class Dojo.

On Monday home learning will resume and the Year 3 timetable can be found here – https://homelearning.rushallict.co.uk/year-3. I know how tricky it can be to complete your work at home but you have all continued to amaze and impress me with everything you have been doing. I also owe a big thank you to your grown ups for everything they are doing to help and support you.

Stay safe and see you all soon,

Miss Underwood x

Over half term Fletcher completed his Sir Captain Tom – 100 Challenge. As way of remembering Captain Tom, I set you all a challenge of doing 100 of something. Fletcher decided he would complete 100 penalty shootouts. Unfortunately, the video was far too long for his Mom to capture all 100, but here are the last 5 Fletcher completed.

Jacob has been learning to ride his new bike. His Mom has been so impressed with his effort. After a few practise pedals, Jacob soon picked up the hang of it and has been spending time at the skate park.

Jenson has also had a new addition to his house. Zena, the German Shepherd, is only 11 weeks old! Jenson has enjoyed looking after and caring for Zena, ensuring she settles in well.

Nicky has been really busy over the last few weeks! He and his family are in the middle of having their new house built. Nicky has even been on hand to help his Dad with some of the work. Your new bedroom looks lovely Nicky!

Thank You!

As the end of the first half term, of 2021, comes to end, I just want to say an enormous thank you for your commitment and dedication to home learning. You have all been such superstars and should be so proud of the way you have adapted to remote learning. It hasn’t been easy, but you have all persevered and continued to hand in such high quality pieces of work.

Over the last few week, as part of your virtual English topic, you have been looking at non-chronological reports about Portia Spiders. The unit began by highlighting the features of a non-chronological report, compiling useful vocabulary and revisiting simple, compound and complex sentences. Before writing your own report, you all wrote detailed plans outlining the key facts and research you wanted to include, along with any powerful vocabulary. The end pieces that have been handed in are AMAZING! I think some of you may be future David Attenboroughs. Below are some examples of the magnificent work that has been submitted.

Kai’s introductory paragraph
Mia’s subsection all about the porita spider’s diet and hunting skills
Charlotte’s closing paragraph

You have all been so engaged with our science topic – ‘Light and Dark’. Over the past 6 sessions, you have looked at light sources, reflective materials, opaque and transparent objects and shadows. Below are some photos of Alexander’s home investigations. Alexander has sorted everyday items from his home into two groups, items that are opaque and items that are transparent. This is really important knowledge as you have now learnt that shadows are formed when light cannot pass through opaque objects. He has also found some objects that block light from passing through, which then make a shadow. Finally Alexander has also made his own shadow puppet theatre, to investigate how the size of shadows can be changed by moving objects closer and further away from a light source.

Not only have you all been learning lots at home, I have also developed my own knowledge on the Stone Age! The Stone Age was made up of three eras the Palaeolithic era, the Mesolithic era and the Neolithic era. Below is a picture of Jak’s Neolithic farm that he has created online. He used his knowledge from the topic to incorporate all the elements that might be found on a Neolithic farm. Super effort Jak!

Jak’s Neolithic Farm

It has been really important for you all to take time away from your screens. Each week Ava and Lilly have participated in our fitness sessions, improving their scores each time. They have even encouraged Finley to join them too!

Please continue to keep up all your hard work. Hopefully we can be back in school learning together very soon. Take time to rest next week. I would love to see some photos of the things you have got up to, I can then share these on our blog for your friends to see too.

See you all soon.

Miss Underwood