This week, our new arrivals were 6 attractive Harlequin Raspora fish. They are pretty creatures with a distinctive black wedge shape on their bodies. This week, I chose Toby as our ‘Fishkeeper of the Week’ because of his huge enthusiasm about the fish in our class. He has been most diligent and very skilled, helping to introduce the new fish into the tank, as well as assisting Mr Ryker in hoovering the tank and then changing the water. Toby has also been expertly assisted by Kasey!
The children also have tasks to complete each week and I thought Grace’s work was stunning!
However, some rather sad news greeted us on Thursday, when it was discovered that three of our new little Harlequin fish had passed away. Swim in Peace, fishy friends…..
Much excitement again this week, as we welcomed more fish into Nightingale Class. This time, our new arrivals were four Red Wagtail Platys, which originally hail from Mexico. Interesting fact: Platys are all born as females and some then turn into males. They also give birth to live young, called ‘fry’. The platys were very shy at first and hid behind the aquatic plants, avoiding their more established Danio companions. However, they soon found their feet (fins?!), and started to explore, swimming around happily and having their photo taken! Stay tuned for more fishy news this coming week…..
We are sure that your children have told you that we are one of the lucky schools to take part in ‘Fishkeeper Fry’, an initiative run by Maidenhead Aquatics to educate children about keeping fish.
After setting up the tank, testing for various chemicals in the water and adding fresh plants, we finally added some new arrivals this week! Six pretty Zebra Danios are now happily swimming around, keeping the children amused! The children are very excited and in the coming weeks, we will be adding different species of fish and learning more about the fish keeping process. Watch this space!
The children have made a fantastic start to the new term and have really hit the ground running. In Maths, the focus has been time and fractions and they have worked hard on exploring these areas with lots of practical activities.
This term, there are lots of cross-curricular links as our Science and Geography topics overlap: in Science we are learning about Rocks and Soils, and in Geography we are learning about Extreme Earth. The children are really enjoying these topics and are making excellent links between what they’re learning about volcanoes and then applying this knowledge when learning about igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Perhaps the most exciting thing to have happened in our classroom so far this term is the arrival of a fish tank! We are very lucky to be taking part in Fishkeeper Fry, a project designed for Year 3 children which looks at keeping a tropical aquarium and learning how to care for the fish that will soon arrive to live in the aquarium. Watch this space for updates about our new arrivals!
Welcome back from the Christmas break and a very Happy New Year to you all. We hope that you’ve all had a joyful time and that everyone is refreshed and ready to start the new term.
The end of last term was jam-packed with activities and the children had a wonderful time including creating Christmas art, preparing for and then performing in the Christmas Carol Concert, enjoying a fabulous Key Stage 2 Christmas lunch and participating in a variety of festive games. Alongside all of this we also managed to include some work: studying the Christmas story in R.E.; writing winter-themed poetry in English; introducing some fraction work in Maths and completing our whole class book – The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.
We also went on another Nature Walk to see how the school’s outside environment has changed since our walk at the beginning of the Autumn Term.
Please note that P.E. days this term are on a Tuesday and a Wednesday, but P.E. kits should stay in school all week in case of an unexpected change.
We have had a packed couple of weeks here in Nightingale Class. The children have been working hard on their measure work including some fantastic practical sessions exploring volume and capacity. They have also been embarking on various mathematical investigations including an exploration into whether or not the answer is always even when you multiply an odd and an even number.
In D.T. we have been working with Kingfisher Class on our food project; so far the children have tasted a variety of breads and have considered what sort of fillings might be appropriate for a main meal sandwich. At the end of this week, we are all really looking forward to actually making our own sandwiches.
Two of the breads we tasted: Black Forest loaf and a spicy tomato loaf.
Finally, as the weather becomes colder, please can we ask that children come dressed appropriately to school with a warm coat, hat and gloves – especially on Forest School days (when thick socks are also a necessity!). Thank you.
We are all settled back in now after the half term break and the children are really enjoying their Forest School sessions. If you haven’t already looked, do check out the Forest School webpage; it is updated weekly and tells you all about what they have been doing in their sessions.
In English, the children are really enjoying reading The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark about Plop the owlet and his family. With Mrs Ryker the English work has been linked to the history topic, exploring the world of ‘Stone Age Boy’. In the forest, we are also linking to this topic, whilst looking at the following themes: Clan and family, The woodland supermarket, Shelter, Tracking and hunting and Spirit Worlds.
In History, Nightingale Class has been enjoying delving into the past, as we learn about the time period of the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. Using relics and evidence from the past, we are investigating such fascinating questions as ‘Was Stone Age Man just a simple hunter gatherer?’, ‘How did life change when man learned to farm’, and ‘Why did they build Stonehenge?’ We will also be looking at the lost village of Skara Brae, an ancient village found buried on an island near Scotland and unearthing its secrets about life for the people who lived there. Finally, we will become history detectives of the Iron Age, as we unfold the dastardly goings on at Maidens Castle!
At the end of last half term, we loved learning about ‘Diwali’ and the story of Rama and Sita. Many thanks to Mrs Vijay, who kindly provided some resources and lent us some celebration clothes to try on!
The children have had a busy final week of the half-term. They focused on the festival of Diwali in R.E. and performed some of their shadow puppet theatre creations in Science.
As you know, next half term the children will begin their Forest School sessions for the year. These will take place on a Thursday morning and just to reiterate that they will need the following school PE kit items:
- A pair of warm tracksuit bottoms or leggings, navy blue or black. The school PE tracksuit bottoms are ideal for this.
- The school PE jumper
- The school PE T-shirt
- A waterproof coat
- A pair of trainers and a pair of wellington boots that will be kept in school.
As a school, we will be providing waterproof trousers for all the children using the forest but it is essential that the children have the correct clothing and footwear. You also need to ensure that PE kit comes back into school on a Monday morning, as the children will be continuing to have PE every Monday. Please see the timetable below to give you a picture of what is happening this half term.
Some children have not been able to access the school field at lunch time since the weather has become wetter because they haven’t had the correct footwear. Please do make sure that your child has a pair of wellies that can stay in school at all times; these can be left on the rack outside Nightingale Class.
Finally, have an enjoyable half term break. If you’re looking for activities to do there are some good ideas on the Nature Detectives section of the Woodland Trust website – www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives.
We have been working hard in Nightingale Class over the past few weeks. In English, the children have enjoyed working on ideas based around the book Flotsam by David Wiesner, using their inference skills to deduce what is happening in the fantastical pictures inside the book. In Maths, they have been busy measuring all sorts of items of differing sizes.
We really enjoyed National Poetry Day last Thursday and the children enjoyed searching the school to find the teachers’ favourite poems. We also read together What is Pink? by Christina Rossetti and then had a go at creating our own versions of the poem:
What is Pink?
What is pink? a rose is pink
By the fountain’s brink.
What is red? a poppy’s red
In its barley bed.
What is blue? the sky is blue
Where the clouds float thro’.
What is white? a swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? pears are yellow,
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? the grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? why, an orange,
Just an orange!
Many thanks to those of you who have provided shoe boxes for our Science investigation this week. Watch this space for an update on how our investigation has gone.
Parents often ask us for book recommendations that their children might enjoy, so please do look at the link below which includes a variety of books to read together or that the children might enjoy reading for themselves. We hope you find it useful.
We were delighted to see so many parents at Meet the Teacher this week. We hope that you found this informative and if there’s anything more you’d like to know, do ask. Please see a copy of the handout below, together with the KIRFs for this term and the timetable (remember the timetable is just a guide).
The children will have brought home their Homework Books for the first time this weekend. There is a spelling task for them to complete and next week there will also be a written times table task. In addition to this, they should work on the KIRFs and use TTRockstars to support their times tables.
Last week we enjoyed a nature walk around the school. We will be taking a nature walk every few weeks, so that we can log the changes in the seasons throughout the year.
Can you spot the butterfly?
Delicious-looking blackberries, but the children followed the Forest School mantra of ‘No Pick, No Lick’.
Signs of autumn!
Welcome to our new Nightingales
We are very excited to be starting the new term in Year 3 and are looking forward to getting to know all the incoming children. Year 3 is the beginning of Key Stage 2 and the children really have the opportunity to get their teeth into some exciting topics over the course of the year. With the move into Key Stage 2, comes greater independence and responsibility, and we know that the children will really rise to the challenge: taking care of their belongings in and around the school; looking after the classroom and being role models for the younger children.
Mrs Ryker teaches the class on a Monday and Tuesday, and Mrs Roberts teaches on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There is no Forest School this half term, but the children will have a weekly Forest School session with Mrs Summers after half term.
P.E. is currently on Mondays and Wednesdays, so P.E. kit must be in school on these days, however we ask that kit stays in school all week in case there is a day change or it is needed for another reason.
Outdoor shoes are required in school at all times, so that the children can access the school field at play time. These can be outdoor trainers or wellies and can be kept on the rack outside the classroom.
Reading books have now been given out and the children should be reading to someone at home every day if possible. The children have also received Reading Records; please sign these every time you listen to your child read.
If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to let us know.
Mrs Roberts & Mrs Ryker