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Term 2

Key information:

3GL will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Thursday.

Enquiry Overview: What are mummies and how were they made?

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This term, we will be travelling back in time to Ancient Egypt in a Power of Reading text called "Marcy and the riddle of the Sphinx." We will be following the ancient journey of Marcy on her quest to free her father from the Sphinx, writing about and creating our very own Egyptian artifacts along the way. As well as this we will be role playing, hot seating and freeze framing many characters and scenes from the book. We will also be learning how to use speech marks and adjectives.


This term we are exploring what it means to be a Christian in Britain today. To start our topic we watched Nativity 3 to gain an insight into the true meaning of Christmas to Christians.

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Anti-Bullying Week

This week, we have been focussing on anti-bullying. We have thought about what bullying is, how it makes people feel and how it can be prevented. As well as learning in class, we were lucky enough to have a production about bullying called A Bully's Paradise. We really enjoyed watching this production and we thought it contained lots of important messages about bullying. 

Healthy food, healthy us

This week, we have been trying out new foods. We understand the importance to eat as healthy as we possibly can to look after our bodies and it's also great to try out new things. We went into the dining hall to try new things that would go onto our school dinner menu. We had a Quorn sub which was amazing, mash potato with leek and onions sprinkled with breadcrumbs and a chicken curry. Then for desert we had a banana sponge cake with custard. We were so surprised that these meals were all healthy yet tasted so yummy! We cannot wait for these to appear on our dinner plates!

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Death Masks

This week, we created our very own death masks. The Egyptians created death masks when a pharaoh died to place over the top of their face. They were made from golds, silvers and blues and were very grand. To create our masks, we drew around the mask to make the headband for the death mask. Next, we cut the template of our masks out. Then, we cut out the centre and used masking tape to stick the mask into the middle. After this, we cut a slit into a tube of kitchen roll to stick under the chin to make a beard. Now for the messy part! We used papier mache to cover the whole mask and then we had to be very patient and wait for the mask to dry. We can't wait to paint them! Come back soon to see our finishing products!


Who knew maps could tell us so much! Today we looked at lots of different maps and then we really focused on the keys. We learned that keys show us symbols to help us locate places or things on a map. We used our atlases and the keys to find out the capitals of lots of different countries. A capital city is usually represented by a red square. We also learned that there are man-made and physical parts on a key. The physical parts on a key are things such as rivers, lakes and mountains. Man-made symbols on a key are things like airports, country borders and capital cities. After this, we used the key to help us identify the capital city of Egypt, the River Nile, El Giza (where the famous pyramids are) and the airport. We really loved looking at maps and cannot wait to look at more!


We are so fortunate because we have Bristol Sport teach us football on a Tuesday during our PE slot. In our first lesson, we learned how to dribble the ball and control the ball with the side of our foot. We also learned how to stop the ball but placing our foot on top of the ball. The coaches spoke to us about controlling the footballs so they weren't rolling around the playground and not being kicked at full pelt when we were playing with our friends. We played lots of games like stuck in the mud but with a football. That was quite tricky but we really enjoyed ourselves!


Oh my goodness! What amazing costumes, there were so many golds, blues and silvers. Everybody looked amazing. People were dressed up as pharaohs, mummies and shepherds. In the morning, we watched the Prince of Egypt to immerse ourselves into our Ancient Egypt topic. After that, we came back to class and we used Atlases to find out where Egypt is, what the capital city is and the famous river that runs through Egypt. Did you know the River Nile is the longest river in the world? Then we looked at the Ancient Egyptians writing. These are called hieroglyphics. They used pictures to show letters instead of symbols. We wrote our own names on a cartouche which is a carved tablet. It must have taken the Egyptians so long to write - some of the pictures are quite hard to draw. 


After lunch, we worked in teams and had to make a 3D pyramid. Our pyramid had to stand on its own, had to be taller than one of our whiteboards and had to stay standing after it was gently blown. It was quite difficult but we persevered and made great pyramids! We had such a fun day and cannot wait to learn more about Ancient Egypt.

Term 1

Key Information: 

3GL will have outdoor PE on Tuesday and indoor PE on Thursday. 

Term 1 Newsletter

Enquiry Overview: What is the place between?

Leon and the Place Between 
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This term, we will be immersing ourselves into a Power of Reading text called "Leon and the Place in Between." We will be following the magical journey of Leon, writing and creating our very own place in between. As well as this we will be role playing, hot seating and freeze framing many characters and scenes from the book. We will be learning how to use noun phrases and commas in a list and inverted commas!

Term 1 Reflections 

"I have really enjoyed practising my times tables!" Thomas

"My favourite part of this term has been ordering numbers. I now know what ascending  and descending means!" Ronnie

"The best part of this term has been exploring sketching and creating our own place Between. I loved thinking of my own ideas." Ffion

"I have really enjoyed learning the different skills to play basketball. I hope to play a game out of school soon!" Sam

Challenge- Creating our own Place Between

Today we completed our enquiry exploring Leon and The Place Between by creating our very own Place Between! 

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Visit to St Stephen's Church 

Today we were lucky enough to have a talk from Lisa and Peter in St Stephen's Church. They told us all about Christians and their beliefs about God. 

RE- What do Christian's believe about God?

Today we have been exploring what Christians believe about God, thinking about who he, how the year know he is there and why he isn't imprints the to their lives. We thought about the Holy Trinity and how we have the Holy Trinity in our own lives. We cannot wait to continue our learning around this interesting topic.

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House Quiz 2018!

Today we participated in the annual House Quiz. It was very exciting and very close but as always we worked hard in our teams and tried our hardest! 


Today was very exciting because we got to go on the Chrome Books for the first time! We spoke about the importance of keeping our passwords safe, making sure they are not easy for people to find out and how we must tell our parents or guardians if anything upsets us online. We learned that our passwords must be more than 8 characters long and include numbers and symbols. 


In the afternoon, we used Popplet to create our own times table charts and `All About Me` mind maps. We really enjoyed using the Chrome Books and iPads and cannot wait until our next computing day!

WOW- Magic with Mr T!

To kick start our enquiry based on 'Leon and the Place Between', we had a very special visit from a very magical man- Mr T. He wowed us with some amazing magic tricks which left us extremely excited to begin our new enquiry. As well as this, back in class we learnt all about optical illusions and had a go at creating our own illusions and mini flip books.

Science - Magic Magnets!

WOW! What a fantastic start to our Science Topic. We are looking at forces and magnets and to immerse ourselves we created our very own magic trick using magnets. We were amazed at how the paper clip moved without us even touching it! We cannot wait to learn more about forces and magnets this week. 

Magic Magnets!

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Magic Magnets

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Becoming Purple Learners

This week we have been learning about how to be a Purple Learner. We have set up our classroom display so that we can remembered how to move our learning on, how to stop ourselves and others from blocking our learning and the different zones of challenge we can be in.

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