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Fun with parents

 

As our topic 'What do you know about Italy?' draws to an end, Michelangelo class invited parents and carers in to enjoy a fun Italian themed activity. The task was to construct an Italian landmark using spaghetti and marshmallows. It was great fun and lovely to see parents and children working together. 

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Stations of The Cross

 

Tomorrow sees the return of our annual 'Stations of The Cross' reflections. Each class will represent two stations. Michelangelo have looked at Station IV when Jesus sees his Mother. At this station, Jesus is covered in blood, sweat, and spit. He is bent under the weight of the cross and is being shouted at by the soldiers and people in the crowd. Mary is experiencing every mother’s worst nightmare, seeing her child suffering harm, and she feels the pain pierce her soul. Though Mary is not the one carrying the cross, seeing Jesus in this terrible state fills her such pain and sadness it as if she too is carrying her own invisible cross. To reflect on this, we have thought about a time when our Mum, or another special lady in our life, has helped us. It may be when they have taken on our worries or sadness, as Mary did with Jesus. Perhaps they offered us help when we needed it most. We have written about this on a flower and created paper flowers in honour of special women who help us. As we did this, we remembered how it felt to be offered help.

 

Our second station is Station XI, where Jesus is nailed to the cross. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, his pain and suffering must have been unimaginable. We have thought about how many people suffer pain every day and we have thought carefully about the different types of suffering. This can be from illness, hunger or poverty, and because of war or natural disasters. We have written prayers asking Jesus to help them and pinned them on a cross. 

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Marvellous creations

 

Our topic 'What do you know about Italy?' is coming to an end. To mark this, the children have created a model relating to Italy. The variety of creations was fantastic, the children have created everything from meatballs to the Basilica - and everything in between ! We will proudly display them for the rest of the school to admire and the winning creation will be announced on Monday. Well done and thank-you to the children and parents for their fabulous efforts!

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Joyeuses Pâques

The children have hunted for coloured Easter eggs in our shared story.  They learnt about the importance of the church bells to French children and made their own Easter cards.

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Dear diary...

 

Our writing focus over the last week has been on producing a diary entry as William, a World War 2 evacuee in our class book 'Goodnight Mr. Tom'. It was a different style of writing for the children and they worked hard to produce a moving and heartfelt diary entry. 

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Church visit

 

Michelangelo class visited church today. Our visit was slightly out of the ordinary in the sense that we didn't go to attend Mass as we would normally. Instead, we went to spend some time with father Michael and hear explanations about parts of the Mass, the Gospel and some of sacred artefacts and what they symbolise.  It was an informative visit and the children enjoyed it. 

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Inspiring young minds

 

St. Mary's was fortunate enough to have a special visitor on Friday. George Fouche, an international and professional rugby player, came in to speak to the children and share some of his experiences. George spoke about the highs and the lows of his life and career. The overriding message to the children was that they can do anything they set their minds too and, just as he has done, overcome any hurdles they may face. The children were enthralled and I'm sure that George 's words have left their mark.  

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The magical sound of the panpipes

 

As part of our ongoing Science topic, 'How do we hear sound?', we have been listening to different sounds and focusing on pitch. As a class, we looked at the example of string instruments and how the tightness of the string alters the pitch. We then went on to make our own panpipes so that we could identify low and high pitched sounds. 

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Super Science

 

Today has been a particularly special as, across the school, we have been celebrating Science. Our day began with a spectacular Science assembly, during which the children were entertained with a variety of experiments and awesome scientific facts. Each class then conducted their own Science based activities. It has been an incredible and exciting learning experience for the children, involving everything from constructing catapults, making ice cream, propelling rockets, producing slime, creating volcanic eruptions, and making lava lamps -  to name just a few of the wonderful activities. The children have been enthralled and it's been a truly memorable day.  

 

 

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Amazing clay creations

 

The children were very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy some clay modelling today. Mr Hill, a retired teacher and artist, has been working with all the classes this week and helping the children to create amazing creations. The task was to create a sea creature and a habitat for their model to rest on. All the children were fully immersed in the task and the end results are incredible. Our wonderful morning ended with with Mr Hill giving a demonstration on his potter's wheel, a rare and unique experience for the children. We will be painting our creations soon so watch out for the finished pictures. 

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Non- fiction writing

 

Our topic for this half term is Italy. We have written lots of non-fiction pieces, ranging from Italian food menus to fact files on Italian landmarks. The research that we have done along the way has enabled the children to produce a non-fiction booklet, all of which are crammed with interesting  facts and pictures. The children are very proud of their booklet and quite rightly too, they are wonderful. Well done children! 

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Preparing for Easter

 

Our Easter preparations are well underway. This week the children have made Lenten promises, they have thought hard about how they can better themselves on the run up to Easter. Also the children have been contemplating the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us. We will explore this further next week as we prepare our Stations of The Cross. 

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World Book Day 2019

 

Our World Book Day celebrations have gone brilliantly! As always, the children and parents have made a fantastic effort. The children have thought long and hard about their chosen character and it was a real pleasure listening to the children talk about their selection. Many thanks to the parents and children for making it such a splendid celebration. 

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The Bulgarian Good Luck Charm 'Martenitza'

 

St. Mary's is fortunate enough to be blessed with a small number of children from the Bulgarian community. The children have been generously giving out a lucky charm this week. The “Martenitza” is a good luck charm weaved from intertwined white and red strings. It can either come in the form of an accessory such as a bracelet or necklace, or as a pair of small dolls named “Pijo” and “Penda”. Bulgarians put on the lucky charm on March 1 and wear it until they see a stork, swallow, blossomed tree or another symbol of the coming spring.

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Shrove Tuesday

 

Michelangelo class enjoyed a tasty treat this afternoon. Pancakes were the order of the day with a choice of either lemon juice, chocolate spread or syrup. As you can see, the children thoroughly enjoyed them! 

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Colours of the Rainbow

Using a mixture of methods, the children have been learning about colours in our French lessons.  Firstly, we revised what the children knew about how the colour adjectives sound, this was followed by a matching game where they paired coloured balloons to the written form of the word. Once they were starting to recognise the words and their spelling, they completed a written activity using these adjectives.  To close the lesson and to show what they had learnt, we played a game of Sow and Grow on the 'frenchgames.net' website which they really enjoyed.

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Outdoor learning

 

Michelangelo class took full advantage of the delightful spring weather today and took their learning outside. Continuing our work on capacity, the children worked on various word problems before getting the chance to complete the potion challenge. The potion challenge involved making potions using different amounts of liquids which all had to be measured carefully.  

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Thinking about capacity

 

Today we have been thinking capacity. The children worked in pairs to record the capacity of various jugs before experimenting with water and various containers to test out different measures for themselves. 

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French Learning Fun!

Michelangelo children have been learning the vocabulary for parts of the body.  they played games matching pictures to written words, they labelled Alex to show where the body parts were situated and made a human body train.  As well as this, they joined in singing the French version of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

 

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Take a look at our exciting egg-periment...

 

In keeping with our focus on the digestive system, Michelangelo class are conducting an experiment to see the effects that different liquids have on our teeth. We used hard boiled eggs, the surface of which is very similar to tooth enamel, and soaked them in various liquids to see what happens. Watch this space to see if our predictions were correct!

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Results time

 

The results of our recent Science experiment  are in. As most of the children predicted, the vinegar and Coke caused the most damage to the egg shells. We discussed that the sugar and other chemicals in these liquids were the most probable cause. 

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Cake sale

 

Michelangelo class hosted a cake sale on Friday, with all proceeds going towards the travel costs for the Young Voices event in Manchester. It was a roaring success, and the cakes really did 'sell like hot cakes!'. Many thanks to the parents and children for their support.

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Safer Internet Day

 

Yesterday was Safer Internet Day. To mark this, Michelangelo class had a discussion about using the internet safely - with a specific focus on the importance giving and seeking consent. The children watched a video, featuring children their own age, and then went on to complete a word search and design a poster. 

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The Fib

 

Our English topic this half term is Issues and Dilemmas. To support this topic we are reading The Fib by George Layton. 

Today we read more of our story and we discussed it in detail. We started picking out evidence to support our verbal comprehension. Then we did a carousel around the classroom working in groups to answer the following questions using our knowledge and evidence from the text…

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Turning rubbish into art

 

This week we are looking at our topic from an art perspective. Our focus is the digestive system which we have linked with healthy eating. We are looking at the work of Jason Mecier who uses food to create famous works of art to explore our theme further. 

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You are invited to the party

In French the children have been learning about the months of the year.  They now recognise the written words and have made their own party invitations and included their birthday dates.

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Fractions

 

Our Maths focus for this week is finding fractions of shapes and amounts. To begin the topic today, the children worked in pairs using special dry wipe paper to answer some fraction based questions. 

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Persuasive writing

 

Our writing this week has focused on persuasive techniques such as rhetorical questions, dramatic language, different sentence starters and so on. We included all these techniques in a letter to ASDA, in an attempt to persuade them to ban fizzy drinks due to the poor health implications. This links to our Science lessons in which we have looked at the effects of too much sugar on the body. 

 

 

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Joyeux Anniversaire

In Michelangelo class the children have been learning about the months of the year.  They revised what they knew about days of the week, then they made a party invitation using the new vocabulary they have been practising today.

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How well have you brushed your teeth? 

 

Our Science lesson today involved looking at how we can brush our teeth effectively. The children brushed their teeth as they would normally, then used a disclosing tablet to see if any plaque was still left. The results were surprising.

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Raising awareness

 

This week we are thinking about caring for our teeth. Today we looked at the amount of sugar in various drinks and how this might effect our teeth. The children suggested taking our display into the playground at home time to share what we have been doing with parents and children from other classes. Feedback from other parents and children suggested that they were just as shocked as we were about the amount of sugar in some drinks, particularly those drinks you would least expect.  

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Finding the area...

 

Our focus for this week is finding the area. This really tested our multiplication skills and the children worked very hard. 

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Finding our inner calm...

 

Our PE lesson today was very relaxed. The children worked in pairs to try various yoga poses, some of which were more challenging than others. 

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How does the digestive system work?

 

This afternoon we did an experiment to examine the digestion process in more detail. We used various substitutes - such as orange juice, a plastic bag and so on - to replicate the elements of the system and see how the food is broken down and processed in detail. It was an engaging, fun and informative lesson as you can see from the pictures below. 

 

 

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Using IT in Maths

 

Our Maths lesson today involved using the I Pads to investigate Roman numerals. We worked in groups to translate numbers into Roman numerals. It was a lively, informative activity with an emphasis on team work. 

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Rolling, balancing and hopping

 

In PE today, Michelangelo class navigated an obstacle course which involved balancing, rolling, hopping and jumping. It was a fun lesson and many of the children managed a movement that they weren't able or confident enough to do previously. 

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Taking a closer look...

 

Our science lessons this week are focusing on the different types of teeth. We used mirrors to identify the different types of teeth that we have and then counted our teeth to see which ones we did and didn't have. 

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Gathering data

 

To begin our Maths topic for this week, Michelangelo class have been gathering data on toothpaste flavour preferences. We will use the data to construct bar charts and pictograms this week. This will also link with our Science topic for this half term which is The Digestive System, with an initial focus on teeth.  

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Our best work board

 

Our best work board is updated every week with the finest work that Michelangelo class has to offer. It's a lovely showcase of the children's hard work and we are very proud of them. 

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Christmas craft

 

Michelangelo class have been busy making Christmas cards. In true Christmas style, it's glitter galore!

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Carol Service

 

Last night was the Key Stage 2 Christmas Carol Service. The children performed beautifully and the church was packed with family and friends. It was a really lovely occasion and a fantastic celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. A huge well done to the children for singing, reading and acting so brilliantly. 

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Posada Box

 

Throughout Advent, each class has shared a Posada Box. The box contains a candle, a selection of prayers and a set of nativity themed figurines. The idea is that the children prepare for the upcoming celebrations by setting up Mary and Joseph, lighting the candles and reading some of the prayers.

 

This is based on a Mexican custom where the Nativity figurines are passed from home to home within a community to remember the journey that Mary and Joseph made to get to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Each receiving family welcomes the giving family into their home, offers them some hospitality and places the figurines into their Nativity scene for the night. The following evening, the figures are passed onto another family in the village.

 

The children were encouraged to take a picture of their time with the box.

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End of half-term celebration

 

Michelangelo class have been celebrating all their hard work this week. In addition to the fabulous work that goes on everyday in class, the children have also been working extremely hard in their own time by completing extra tasks at home. This half-term the children have managed to complete an extra 110 optional tasks! Well done children, this is truly fantastic and demonstrates a super attitude for learning and being the best that you can be. An extra special well done to Zyien, Mahibah and Ridha who completed the most overall. 

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The meaning of Christmas

This week the Y4 children have been discovering the meaning of Christmas, with a twist! We used bi-lingual dictionaries to identify Christmas characters and vocabulary.  Then we practised the vocabulary we had learnt to play a game of 'What's missing?" 

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Joyeux Noël

The Year 3 children have been making their own cards for Joyeux Noël.  They learnt the vocabulary for the bible characters and added them to a card for their own families.

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Fleetwood Voice 

 

Our Year 4 children took part in a collective performance with other local schools today, as part of the Fleetwood Voice project. Our children performed the musical piece that they have been working on, a re-telling of the fishing industry through music and actions. The piece was recorded and will be used in a short film, more details to follow. It was a fabulous celebration and the children did themselves and our lovely, little school proud! Well done children. 

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A glimpse of the past...

 

Our Year 4 children are involved in a special scheme called Fleetwood Voice which aims to re-tell history through music and drama. Our focus is the thriving fishing industry that was central to the people of Fleetwood. The children have learnt songs and actions, complete with instruments, to bring to life the story of the fishing industry. In assembly today, the children showcased the results of their hard work. Next week we will join children from other schools for a collective performance. Watch this space for more updates!

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La Nativité

In class this week the Year 4 children took part in the Nativity story.  Our French version of the story included using simple greetings, counting and spoken dialogue.  These are all skills which the class are starting to learn this year.

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Seeing red

 

Today is Red Wednesday, a special day in the church calendar where we are encouraged to think about Christians who are persecuted and suffering for their beliefs. We discussed this in our worship session and we lit a red candle whilst we prayed. The children were also given a pair of red glasses to take home in the hope that they will continue to highlight this campaign at home. 

 

#RedWednesday2018

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Ring-a-ring o' roses

 

This week we are continuing our Great Plague topic. As well as looking closely at the clothing worn by plague doctors, we have also looked at the rhyme Ring-a-ring o' roses and how this relates to the plague. 

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The Year of The Eucharist

 

To mark the beginning of 'The Year of The Eucharist' the children took part in a special worship session today. We gathered in the hall to think about why this is such a special event for the church and we shared some prayers and reflections to deepen our thinking. We were also lucky enough to have the sacred 'Monstrance' for the children to look at. This is the special object in which the Eucharist is kept. 

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Exploring poetry

 

Our English focus for the next couple of weeks is poetry. To begin this topic the children looked at various poetry books, picked out poems and features that they liked and shared it with the class. 

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Astley Hall

 

Our trip to Astley Hall yesterday was fantastic. We learnt all about The Plague. We made our own posies after picking herbs from the garden, dressed up as the plague doctor, looked at different tools and instruments used to treat the plague and then even looked around to see what it would have been like in the days of the plague for rich and poor people. Take a look at our pictures below and on the website.

 

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Multi Faith week assembly

 

Assembly today was extra special because it's the last day of our multi faith week. Each class explained what they had done for the particular faith that they have studied. Michelangelo summarised their learning of the Sikh faith and showed some of the wonderful work that they have done. 

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A Sikh Workshop

 

Michelangelo class were joined by a special visitor today. Mr Singh, a practising Sikh, came in to share his passion and knowledge about the Sikh faith. Throughout the day the children learnt the meanings of and how to pronounce relevant words, listened to stories relating to the Sikh teachings and thought carefully about how these can be applied to our lives. In addition to this, Mr Singh brought along plenty of items and instruments which the children were able to look at. We also talked about the practical aspects of the Sikh faith, such as wearing a turban for example. It was an insightful day and the children were enthralled. 

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Multi Faith Week

 

Today marks the beginning of Multi Faith Week for our little school. Each class is studying a different faith and the chosen faith for Michelangelo class is Sikhism. To begin our exploration of the Seek faith we looked at pictures of various symbols associated with the Seek Creation Story and thought about what they mean. We then used oil pastels, sketching pencils, chalk and water paints to bring them to life. The children experimented with shading and mixing the paints to make different shades.

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Collective worship

 

Our Collective Worship session was hosted by some of our Year 6 children today. The theme was about not judging others. The children listened to music and prayers and were able to share their own thoughts. A huge thank-you to Hannah, Summer and Keiyara for such a lovely, spiritual experience.

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Celebrating success

 

This half term the children have been working extremely hard to complete optional grammar and reading comprehension tasks at home, in addition to their set homework. As a reward for this extra work the children have been earning sweet tokens which they have now exchanged for real sweet treats. Congratulations to Mahibah and Ridha who won the challenge overall with a staggering 14 additional pieces of work. As a class we completed 176 extra tasks so a huge well done to all the children who participated in the challenge!

 

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Design Technology meets Science

 

As we approach the end of our topic, 'How do you use electricity?', the children have been working on a project that combines both Science and Design Technology. The task was to design and create a light. The design guide was specifically vague to encourage creativity and the results were well thought out and impressive. Below are pictures of the children making their design and we will add pictures of the finished pieces tomorrow. 

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Our finished light creations

 

 

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Wonderful writing 

 

This week saw the completion of our fantasy stories. The stories are based on an extract that we have been watching in class. The children have worked tremendously hard to make their writing amazing by including expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and subordinate clauses. You can see some of their hard work in the extracts below.

 

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Happy Families

In our French lessons, the children have been learning to talk about families.  After a picture and vocabulary matching activity involving television's Simpson family they split into small groups to play Happy Families.  It was an opportunity not only for fun, but to reinforce the language they had learned in the lesson.

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We're going to pick up the pieces and build a lego house...

 

Michelangelo class enjoyed a Science session with a difference today. The children took part in a lego workshop which incorporated the electricity topic we are currently studying. The session began with the children building a structure of their choice which they then added to with windows, doors, trees etc. The final stage was to align all the creations to form a lego city, complete with roads. Electrical components were then added to the buildings to make them light up. It was amazing and I'm sure it was a lesson the children will never forget! 

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Switch hunt

 

Our Science lesson today focused on how we use switches and the various types. To explore this further we went on a switch hunt around school to see how many different types we could find. As you can see from the pictures below, we managed to identify many different types of switches. 

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You say Hello, we say Bonjour!

Year 3 children from Michelangelo have been learning how to greet one another in French.  They learned a short poem, Two Little Birds and made puppets to make learning the poem more enjoyable.

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Mind mapping in English

 

English today took the form a collective mind mapping session. The children worked in small groups to form expanded noun phrases based on the video ‘Something Fishy’. Some of our favourites are listed below and we will use the ideas gathered in our writing over the next couple of weeks.

 

Shiny, gold sock fish

Clear, glass window

Sparkly, blue water

The transparent, blue window

The sandy, wet seabed

The terrifying, ugly shark

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Marvellous Maths 

 

To begin their marvellous maths today, Michelangelo class looked at how to partition two and three digit numbers. We then took it a step further by thinking about the value of each individual digit. 

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Fun and games in PE

 

In PE today, Michelangelo class practised their throwing and catching skills. The children then applied their skills to a game within their group. 

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Circuit making

 

Our focus on electricity has moved onto electrical circuits. We used practical equipment to make circuits and experimented with different battery sizes. 

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Michelangelo class

 

The Michelangelo classroom has been transformed and refreshed, ready for the new academic year. The learning environment is supportive and helpful of the children’s learning as well as being bright, colourful and exciting for the children to look at. Our reading corner has grown a magical tree, complete with fairy lights, and we have some lovely new books to encourage a passion for reading. We have also launched an exciting comprehension and grammar task challenge. The idea is that the children will receive points each time they take home an additional task, which they can then exchange for treats at the end of each half term. We are rearing to go and can’t wait for the joys that this school year will bring.

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