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Descartes (Y3)

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All homework will now go out on a Monday, to be completed/returned by the following Monday. Maths will be online using 'My Maths' and this will be set every Monday. Spellings will be tested on Monday before new ones are sent home. Please don't worry if your child comes home with the same spellings more than once. This may happen until the word is being spelt correctly consistently as opposed to just on the day of the test. Children should be reading at home daily, for at least 20 minutes and should be encouraged to discuss what they have read and complete their reading diary - extra dojos will be awarded for this.   

Practice makes perfect in PE

Descartes enjoyed a PE lesson using the apparatus in the hall this week. Balancing, landing and climbing up the ropes were just some of the skills practised by the children.

How does your garden grow ?

Our topic for this term is 'How does your garden grow?'. To begin our topic the children were asked to think about what a plant needs to grow. Based on their ideas, we planted some cress seeds in different conditions and asked the children to predict whether or not they would grow and why.


Topic afternoon

Descartes hosted their topic afternoon this week. The children enjoyed doing a variety of plant based activities such as planting sunflower seeds, making a fruit salad and making fruit hats. We were lucky enough to have some parents to share the fun and it was an enjoyable and informative afternoon for all.   

Roman Ribchester

To end this topic Descartes visited Ribchester for a truly unique Roman experience. The children handled several Roman artefacts, including swords and shields, and were lucky enough to be able to try on Roman battle armour. The trip was made complete with a visit to the remains of an original Roman bath house. As you can see from the pictures below, the children learnt a lot and had a fabulous time.   

Roman Shields

Descartes have really enjoyed making Roman shields this week, in preparation for our Roman battle. The children looked at original designs before creating their own. Bring on the battle!


Let the battle commence

Descartes went into battle this week and explored different defence and fighting positions used by the Roman Army. The children were utterly engaged and enthusiastic as you can see from the pictures below.

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Learning is much more fun when there is a song involved! In our French lessons we have been learning about the months of the year and saying the month of our birthday. Joining in a song with actions helps us remember the new vocabulary.  In coming weeks we will create party invitations and be able to understand the instructions to some simple party games.

Telling Traditional Tales in French


In French we have been looking at the story of The Enormous Turnip. Each child chose a character and we role played the story, learning the characters names in French as we went.