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Week Beginning 17th January

This week we have been learning about the History of the domestic Cat and how and why this popular pet has become such a well loved and valued creature. We have looked at the particular links with Cats and Tudor History. During the Black Death we no know that people thought cats were to blame but they soon realised that cats were able to help stop diseases spreading because they would kill vermin.

We have also been learning about famous Tudor Kings and Queens and drawing portraits. After this we have found out all about King Henry VIII and his 6 wives. We have learnt all about the way that Henry treated people and also how he treated his wives. He has a reputation for being a pretty brutal King who is well known for executing people who annoyed him. 
 

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W/B - 10th January 2022

We have been very busy in class since returning from the Christmas holidays. We have started work on our topic question 'Were the Tudors terrible?' The children have thought about the questions they would like to explore in order to find out more about the Tudors and we have began looking at life in Tudor times for the rich and poor. We particularly focused on the clothes they would have worn, the food they would have ate, the medicines they had access to and the crimes and punishments of the time. The children created fact file posters in groups and we discussed how what they found out differed from today.

In literacy we have been completing work based on a piece of text called 'The domesticated cat'. We studied the text and answered Viper questions to help deepen our understanding on what we had read. The children found it very interesting how the popularity of the cat has changed so much over the years. 

In maths we have continued our work on multiplication and in particular been looking at factor pairs. Can any of the children show you a factor bug?

In art we have begun drawing our very own Tudor Roses. Following a tutorial video and using their art pencils they have created some lovely pieces of art.

Our science this half term is electricity. This week we looked into the history of electricity and thought of some questions we would like to explore in more detail in order to find out more information on our topic. After thinking about all of the things that use electricity to work we began to look into electrical safety and became health and safety officers to complete a risk assessment type activity.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing the children on Monday.     
  

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Welcome Back
Friday 7th January 2022

Happy New Year 

This term the children will be exploring The Tudors and answering the question ... Were the Tudors Terrible?

We have already started finding out what the class what like to know during this topic and have some amazing questions to research.

This week we started to find out all about the Tudor Rose and the Battle of Bosworth. 

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The Final Week of Term

Week Beginning 13th December 

On Monday 13th December the children enjoyed the magical Christingle service at St Anne's Church in Gunnislake. It was a wonderful opportunity for all of the children to enjoy celebrating this time of year in such a beautiful building. 

On Tuesday 14th December we went on the train to Bere Ferrers. This trip was funded and organised by Great Western Railway. At Bere Ferres the children wrote chinquapin poems and made parcel pets. We had a delicious buffet lunch in a train carriage that has been converted into a restaurant. After lunch we travelled back to Gunnislake on the train and walked the short distance to Albaston Church. We were able to sing Christmas Carols to some of the elderly community and share our gifts that we had made for them. At the end of the afternoon the children were delighted to receive gorgeous knitted elves that had been made for all of them. 

The end of the week has involved a delicious Christmas lunch, lots of fun Christmas crafts and our Christmas end of term party with Year 3.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

All the best from everyone in Polzeath Class for 2022.


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W/B - 9th December 

This week we have been finishing off our topic on "How can we save our Earth?" In science we continued to look at how animals have evolved to better survive in their habitat as well as creating our own creatures to live in a given habitat. The children really enjoyed this and had fun thinking about which features their creature would have in order to help it survive in their given habitat.   

Every week we complete a 'Big write' activity. This week the children wrote a recount about their very own Christmas days. Their objective was to make sure they included at least two fronted adverbials. They are getting really good at using these correctly and their recounts were fabulous. 

In maths this week we have been focusing on our 6 and 9 times tables. The children particularly enjoyed learning 'The hand trick' for the 9 times tables. Can your child show you this hand trick to recite their 9 times table? 
On a Monday we complete a stand alone maths lesson; this half term it has been on Time. We had great fun this Monday taking part in a time hunt where the children had to find the hidden clock faces around the room and record the time shown on each one.

With our continued focus on animals, this week we completed a beautiful piece of art whereby the children were given half of an animals face and they had to complete the missing half using art pencils and coloured pencils.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the children are looking forward to a fun packed week next week. 

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W/B - 29th November 

This week we have been looking at the effects of climate change on animals. The children have been carrying out research in Literacy and Science to better understand a chosen animal as well as the habitat they live in. In Literacy the children wrote reports on their chosen animal which focused on aspects such as their appearance, behaviour and further interesting facts.

In Maths we have been continuing our work on multiplication and division,  in particular we have been recapping multiplying and dividing by 3. Can your child recall their 3 times table to you? 

In Geography this week we were using secondary sources to compare the two polar regions. The children created posters to present their findings. We had some great discussions about The Artic and Antartica and enjoyed discovering their similarities and differences. 

This week in art the children used oil pastels to create some beautiful animal eye pieces of art. 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.
  

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W/B - 22nd November

This week we have continued with our unit on "How can we save our Earth?" In Science we began looking at different habitats from around the world and the animals that live in them with a particular focus on how climate change is affecting these habitats and the impact that has on those animals.

On Tuesday we were lucky enough to be able to visit Dartmoor Zoo where we not only managed to see all of the animals that live there but also took part in an Evolution workshop and visited the Bug and Reptile house.  During the workshop we learnt about how animals have evolved and adapted to better survive in their habitats over time. We also got to meet a couple of the animals up close, which the children really enjoyed.   

In Literacy we have been researching the Polar Bear in preparation for our next piece of writing. We also wrote a recount of our amazing Zoo trip, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Currently in our writing we are focusing on the use of fronted adverbials. Can your child give you an example of a sentence using a fronted adverbial? 

In Maths we are now looking at multiplication and division. We are also beginning to spend time learning and revising our times tables as part of our KIRFs objectives (a letter on this can be found on the seesaw account). It would be amazing if your child could spend a bit of time at home also practicing their times tables.  

In Art this week we have been looking at the artist Andy Goldsworthy and the children created some beautiful pieces of art using only natural materials and by simply arranging them on the page in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. 

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing all the children again on Monday.  




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W/B - 15th November

Science
This week we have been dissecting the parts of the plant so that we can see for ourselves what these parts look like and where they are. We also discussed the important roles of these parts for pollination. 

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W/B - 8th November

Geography
This week we have been learning more about saving our planet with particular focus on our carbon footprint. We have been setting personal goals that will help us to hopefully reduce our own carbon footprint. The children chose things like switching off the lights and other electrical devices, eating more locally grown food and walking rather than taking the car everywhere. They are already showing a great awareness of the difference that we can all make. 

Jumble Sale and Fundraising 
We have started planning and organising our Jumble Sale which is due to take place on Wednesday 17th November. This is our way of helping our planet by recycling and reusing our unwanted toys, teddies and books. The money we raise will also be helping the animals in our planet as we are making a donation to the World Wildlife Fund. 

Religious Education and PSHE 
We have been finding out all about the Hindu festival of Diwali, Bonfire night and also Remembrance - there have been so many special and significant events taking place this week. It has been nice to discuss the traditions involved in these celebrations and to also think about why they are celebrated. 

Maths
Our unit of work on addition and subtraction is almost coming to an end. This week the children have been formally subtracting and this has caused some challenge especially when having to exchange. They have also been using the skill of rounding to estimate calculations so that they can predict answers and increase accuracy. 

Literacy
Through our class book 'The Bear in the Stars' we have been looking at descriptive language and describing the difference between the cool climate in the Arctic circle with the warm human town that the poor Polar Bear end up in. We have continued to discuss the consequences of climate change using this story as inspiration. The children have shown great empathy for the Polar Bear and this enthusiasm is guiding us towards finding out more about this special creature in the next couple of weeks. 



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The Final Week of Term
Week Beginning 13th December 

On Monday 13th December the children enjoyed the magical Christingle service at St Anne's Church in Gunnislake. It was a wonderful opportunity for all of the children to enjoy celebrating this time of year in such a beautiful building. 

On Tuesday 14th December we went on the train to Bere Ferrers. This trip was funded and organised by Great Western Railway. At Bere Ferres the children wrote chinquapin poems and made parcel pets. We had a delicious buffet lunch in a train carriage that has been converted into a restaurant. After lunch we travelled back to Gunnislake on the train and walked the short distance to Albaston Church. We were able to sing Christmas Carols to some of the elderly community and share our gifts that we had made for them. At the end of the afternoon the children were delighted to receive gorgeous knitted elves that had been made for all of them. 

The end of the week has involved a delicious Christmas lunch, lots of fun Christmas crafts and our Christmas end of term party with Year 3.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

All the best from everyone in Polzeath Class for 2022.




 


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