Year 3 Roman Day – 6.4.22
Year 3 have had a brilliant day celebrating the end of our topic ‘Emperors and Empires’. Some of the activities today have been: designing and making mosaics, writing a diary entry in the role of a Roman soldier, learning about Roman numerals and taking part in a special Roman PE lesson. We even did a Roman march around the playground with our shields!
Everyone looked amazing in their outfits and so much effort went into them, as well as the shields and swords. Well done Year 3!
Here are some photos of the day.
All children at Hazeldown were lucky enough to be treated to a classical music concert by two wonderful musicians from the Teignmouth Classical Music Festival. Alfie and Rebecca wowed us with their amazing musical talents and we experienced so many instruments being played live! Who knew a bassoon could make such a low and deep sound!? What an extra treat in the middle of World Book Week!
Don’t forget the Classical Music Festival is happening this weekend in Teignmouth this weekend, Alfie and Rebecca are performing a special concert on Saturday afternoon. Details can be found in the leaflet given out this week.
This afternoon, Year 3 have been investigating magnets. We started by discussing the meanings of key words: magnet, attract and repel. Then we found out about the north and south poles. Finally, we investigated the strength of magnets using force meters. We did this by hooking a paper clip onto the end of a force meter and attracted it to a magnet. We then slowly pulled the paper clip and force meter away from the magnet and recorded the force (in newtons).
Year 6 continue to astound us with their reflective learning. Over the last two weeks, we have been building our knowledge of decimals. It has been fantastic to see the progress and to see our pupils thinking like mathematicians, looking for efficient methods rather than just the answer.
This afternoon, Year 3 received a very special letter. Waiting for them after lunch was a brown envelope which contained a letter from Iron Man. The letter told them that he had also sent a special email to the Year 3 teachers: this contained a video detailing a challenge. The challenge involved exploring and investigating the fit trail – finding out how the equipment works, what makes it move and how they stay on the equipment.
It was a great afternoon to start our new topic ‘Mighty Metals’!
There are also some special stickers from Iron Man waiting for Year 3 on Monday…
As part of our spelling today, Fir class created sentences about Remembrance Day which included words from the year 3/4 spelling list. We reflected on the sacrifices they made during the war and felt empathy for the lives lost and others who were/are impacted by war. We demonstrated our resourcefulness by using our spelling list to create the sentences. We then shared our sentences with the class.
Today in Fir Class, we have written persuasive letters to the general public, as well as companies, to persuade them to take action regarding plastic pollution. In literacy, we have been learning why and how we write persuasive letters. We used our prior knowledge from our learning journey of Blue Abyss, along with devastating plastic pollution facts that we learned by visiting Plymouth Aquarium.
We used the metacognition cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate our persuasive letters. You can see from the pictures that we used our plans effectively to support our writing, as well as monitoring them by using our purple pen to edit and improve. This demonstrated our learning value of being reflective. We have shown our resourcefulness learning value by making sure we have all our helpful resources in front of us. Great learning Fir Class!
It might have been the first day back of the new term but Year 6 were raring to go when set with the challenge of Barvember. This opened up quite a discussion about how to tackle today’s questions but with resilience and collaboration we got there!
On Monday 18th October, Fir Class visited the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. This trip was part of our learning journey as we have been learning about the Blue Abyss.
We started the day by curiously exploring artefacts from the ocean. We were very keen to share our thoughts with the staff at the aquarium and find out more about the fascinating artefacts! Collaboration was also very important during our activities as we ‘dissected’ a sperm whale to find out about their diet. Although, we discovered that lots of plastic had been ‘consumed’, which led to interesting discussions about plastic pollution. We were able to dive into the depths of the ocean through using virtual reality headsets, it was an amazing experience!
We even gave the fantastic staff our very own book ‘Anthology of Sea Creatures’ to share with them all the wonderful learning we have been doing in literacy through writing a non-fiction text.
This half term, Year 3 have been learning about cities. As part of this, we learnt about urban art and then created some of our own with special graffiti pens. We then used the metacognition cycle to plan how we wanted to create our art, monitor the techniques used throughout and then evaluate and reflect at the end.
Year 3 have been exploring their new maths vocabulary. In pairs, the children discussed the words and their definitions, challenging each other to justify their opinions and prove that they were right. As a further challenge, the children put the words into a maths context.
This morning, a group of Year 4s went to TCS to participate in a netball festival. There were 12 different stations all focusing on different skills of netball including different types of passing (chest, bounce, overhead, one arm), shooting, defending and teamwork. They all demonstrated our school learning values and put in 100% effort. Well done Year 4!
This morning, a team of Year 6s walked to TCS for a netball festival. The first part of the session was focusing on skills and the second part involved playing matches against other teams. The whole team were brilliant ambassadors for Hazeldown!
This week during maths, we have been using our growth mindset to use new the technology in the classroom, this being the interactive whiteboards. The new whiteboards are amazing and the children loved being able to use them freely. We were using our knowledge of clockwise and anticlockwise turns to program an online beebot to travel to the destination. All those that had a go on the new interactive whiteboards had a fantastic time and can’t wait to do it again!
This week at Hazeldown, we have been continuing to develop our metacognitive understanding in the classroom and on the playground. Using our cycle of metacognition phases, we have given ourselves time to reflect on all aspects of school life including: our friendships, our learning and our own progress. We understand that reflecting on the decisions that we make can not only have a positive impact on moving our learning forward, but can also help us to understand social situations that we might encounter during the school day and improve relationships.
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