We were so sad to leave Denbeigh this morning! Luckily, we were able to make the most of our last day by visiting Conway Castle on the way home. We climbed the steep steps right to the top of the prison tower to enjoy the best views. After that we enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine inside the castle walls! The children have had a wonderful 3 days, we are all very proud of their fabulous behaviour whilst they have been away. We have had lots of fun, giggles and laughter and made plenty of special memories. Well done Maple Class!
Our second day at Plas Nantglyn was jam packed with exciting activities. The children began their day with orienteering, they followed their maps excellently and took turns to read the clues. After lunch we went deep into the forest and worked in teams for the 'bottle run' challenge. The children had lots of fun getting muddy and splashing around. We then worked in our groups and took turns to build dens in the forest and dams in the stream. We also made our own bridges out of logs!
The children really enjoyed their first day at Plas Nantglyn. Once we arrived we had our lunch on the field and played some outdoor games, we were so lucky to have the sunshine. After that we began our adventurous nature walk through the village. We saw beautiful blossoms, towering trees, fresh water streams and plenty of animals along the way. We took a stroll through the village before arriving at a local park, which the children played in. Later that evening we were thoroughly entertained by the marvellous performers in the talent show. We have some extremely talented magicians, musicians, comedians, dancers and artists in Maple Class. After all of that excitement we relaxed with a story from Mr Welch before bed!
Today we walked to Bootle Library to explore the facilities on offer and encourage the children to make use of them. We were introduced by a lovely lady called Louisa who gave us a tour of library and showed us how to find the books we were looking for. We found a variety of exciting fiction and non-fiction books to look at during our visit and read some together as a class. We found books linked to our new History topic on the slave trade and our new science topic about plants. Some us even found stories we have already studied in class! We were lucky enough to borrow some books and the children behaved impeccably. We even taught some members of the pubic how to use the self service system. Well done Maple class I hope you enjoy many more visits to the library.
Today we have been calving and creating our own cave style paintings. We began by sketching some authentic designs, before transferring them onto clay. Once set we will paint and glaze our clay tiles next week! Well done everybody your designs look brilliant!
Artists at work! We had such a pleasant afternoon making some excellent observational sketches and watercolour paintings of daffodils. The class worked very hard to train their eyes to only draw what they could see, we then practised using watercolour paints in our sketchbooks before applying all of these skills into your lovely Spring cards that the children brought home. They were very creative, I'm sure you will agree!
Last term year 3 enjoyed taking part in a variety of fun activities during our SEAL day. SEAL stands for Social Emotional Aspects of Learning and is designed to help children become responsible, confident and successful citizens. Th subject covers a wide range of areas including relationships- which was the focus of our SEAL day. The day was filled with fun activities such as games, art and even drama performances in the sunshine, all about getting on and falling out. I am really pleased with how well the children responded to their tasks and I really hope they remember all of the important points that were made about friendships and relationships.
Year 3 are loving their FA skills training! Each week, we have been lucky enough to take part in football sessions to improve our skills and knowledge of the sport. We have seen some real talent and excellent team work during these sessions. This will be continuing every Wednesday after half term, so please could you make sure the children have their PE kits, thank you for your continued support!
Mount Maple has erupted! We thoroughly enjoyed watching our volcanoes erupt to finish off a super science week! Every single volcano was a huge success and every single group experienced a different explosion. Super science work everybody!
What an exciting start to British Science Week we have had! To celebrate this week we will be completing a range of exciting activities and experiments to allow the children to work scientifically in teams and independently. Yesterday we began to construct our very own volcanoes using empty bottles, newspaper and card. We plan to recreate our own eruptions later on this week and we cant wait to see the results!
We have been learning about different types of rocks and how they are formed, to really understand these processes we decided to make our own (chocolate) sedimentary and igneous rocks! We swapped sand and dirt for different kinds of chocolate to create layers in our chocolate rocks, the children worked in pairs to complete this process and we explored our results as a class. The children were delighted with the results as messy as they were!
Today we had lots of fun creating our own conversations between two of the main characters in our class text, 'Escape from Pompeii'. The children worked well in their pairs and some of them performed their scripts to the rest of the class! We have some very talented actors in year 3!
We have had an interesting afternoon working as scientists, exploring different kinds of rocks in our very own class rock museum. We worked excellently in our pairs and made some observational notes on the different rocks, we then investigated their properties further using the Ipads. Well done everybody on your discoveries!
What a lovely first day back at school we have had, it has been brilliant to see the children after their week off. After a successful working day we enjoyed some much needed class time to find out about all the wonderful things they have been up to! Welcome back everybody, let's look forward to another brilliant term!
We were lucky enough to be visited by the Junior Chefs Academy yesterday and got involved in becoming chefs to make an authentic, tasty Chinese meal! The children were so involved and showed some serious talent in the kitchen department. I hope you all enjoyed your Chinese banquet last night!
We have had an exciting time investigating our new Enabling Enterprise project- Trash for Treasure. We began by exploring and evaluating different toys looking at their qualities and flaws. It is clear that Maple class are experts in the toy department! Well done to everybody for working so well in their teams, it's going to be a great project! Thank you for all of your lovely homework telling me about your favourite toys and treasures at home, I really enjoyed reading them!
Artists at work! We had an extremely creative week last week experimenting with mark making, Ancient Greek patterns and creating our own pottery! I can't wait to see how they all turn out after their second bake in the kiln!
Well done to everybody in year 3 for creating some beautiful winter wildlife posters as part of our Science and English topic.
We have been learning all about nutrition in science and this week we have looked at the diet that UK garden birds have. We have linked this with our brand new book in English, which is called 'Coming Home'. Our book is all about a Robin on his journey home in the middle of winter. To help look after our winter garden birds, we have spent the afternoon putting our research into practice and making our own bird seed cakes to take home today! Maple class worked brilliantly in their groups to create some delicious, nutritional treats for the birds to feast on in these cold temperatures. Well done everybody!
Artists at work! We have been inspired by French artist Henri Matisse and his beautiful, collage creations. We have used his technique, 'painting with scissors', to create some get well cards for our missing friend this week. Get well soon Lillie!
We have had a fabulous morning baking our delicious pizzas! Well done to our team leaders Amelie, Albie, Isabella and Grace R for organizing your team and making sure everybody had a turn. Maple class have developed their teamwork and listening skills by working together to bake Magnificent Mediterranean pizzas, hope you all enjoy them later!
We had a brilliant time during 'Enabling Enterprise Day' yesterday. We took part in a challenge day all about politics working on refining 8 key skills. They were working in a team, problem solving, leading, using imagination, sharing ideas, listening carefully and most importantly staying positive and aiming high. The children worked so well and really enjoyed debating over toys being allowed in school, creating political party rosettes and rehearsing and performing their speeches. Well done to all the political parties in maple class you were fab!
Well done to our DoJo winner of the week Sophie. Sophie always tries her best in everything she does, keep it up!
We have been writing our very own exciting, mystery stories this week, it was lovely to listen to some at the end of the day!
We have been researching Mediterranean fruit and vegetables in geography to prepare for our, 'Maple Mediterranean Masterchef Challenge!'
Working with our maths partners to create subtraction and addition number families.
Last week we explored shadows in Science. We looked at how shadows change during different times of the day and recorded our findings!