Author Archives: Jack Bertuello

Y3 Peter and the Wolf performance

Year 3 have been really busy putting together a performance based on Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’.

 

They wrote their own song and choreographed dance moves to go along with it.

The class also split into groups, and composed music to represent each character in the story.

We brought all of this work together with Bournville Junior Year 3s, and went to their school to practice.

Finally, we brought all our work together and performed on King Edward School’s stage, where an artist painted as we sang and played our composition. Everyone joined in, and made us all very proud!

Y3 National Poetry Day

For National Poetry Day today, Year 3 wrote some poems based on Lila from The Firework Maker’s Daughter’s journey up Mount Merapi.

Below are just two of the amazing poems produced today, which were focusing on interesting vocabulary and using prepositions.

KS2 Lego Club

Key Stage 2 Lego club has been lots of fun so far this half term. We are currently 7th in the national leader board of 79 schools (Tiverton Key Stage 1 are FIRST!)

If anyone would like to vote, every week the top twenty are placed on a poll here- https://www.kidswithbricks.com/leaderboard and you simply click on our school beneath the pictures.

Here are some of our best builds so far-

The Golden Gate Bridge (plus extra sea monster).

A Lego city skyline.

And a delicious looking burger.

Y3 Active Planet Entry Point

To introduce our new topic ‘Active Planet’, Year 3 imagined Tiverton was to become an earthquake disaster centre!

 

The children worked brilliantly in their Kagan teams to decide what they would need, how they would organise it, and even produced a news report to inform the local community!

 

Below are some pictures of our budding news reporters-

 

 

Fairtrade Fortnight

 

This afternoon, Year 4 learnt about the benefits of Fairtrade as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2018, and wrote some great poems on the subject!

 

First we worked in Kagan teams to brainstorm ideas, using round-robin to make sure everyone’s ideas were included.

Next, we wrote and performed poems/raps to the rest of the class. Below is Keelan performing his, and Konya’s poem ‘My World’.

Chinese New Year

This afternoon Year 4 learnt the story behind why the years of the Zodiac are named after animals.

We found out what animals the years we were born in were named after. Next we made some traditional Chinese paper drums which we decorated with Chinese symbols for the animals (or which ever ones were our favourite!)

Drama Workshop

Year 4 were very luck to have a drama workshop led by Geoff Readman today.

We worked around the ideas of poverty and wealth, linked to our class story for this half term, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This led to some fantastic writing in character as Grandpa Joe, writing to one of the golden ticket holders to persuade them to give it to Charlie instead.

 

 

Cadbury World Trip

 

Year 4 had a brilliant trip to Cadbury World yesterday. Not only did we learn a lot, we also had lots of fun AND got free chocolate! What a day!

 

We started off with a talk about how chocolate is made, all the way from bean to bar. 

 

Isaac wore the factory uniform worn by workers at the Cadbury Factory, even modelling the beard cover so that Mr. Bertuello didn’t have to!

 

After lunch we went into the 4D cinema, on an exciting ride through a virtual Cadbury World.

 

We learnt about how the Aztecs were the first to trade cocoa beans on our tour of the factory itself.

Later, we were shown how chocolate is moulded, and got to see a real cocoa pod! 

Exploring the Outdoors

As part of our topic, Autumn, Nursery have been exploring the outdoors. We have been collecting leaves and sticks. We have also been going to forest school to develop our understanding of the natural world. We sat around the fire and ate some yummy snacks. Everyone is looking forward to more adventures as we continue to explore the Autumn outdoors. 

 

Forest school Friday

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Today was Miss Smitherman’s last day with Year 3, so we decided to go outside and have some fun. We made a small camp fire, which we had to collect wood and twigs for, to toast marshmallows and boil water in the Kelly kettle for some hot chocolate….we thought they tasted better outside.

some children had a go at using the skills they had learned on our trip to the Lickey Hills, and made dens. Some children climbed trees, and some were just happy to watch the fire and enjoy learning about fire safety. We all agreed that it was a lovely way to end the Spring Term.IMG_4073 IMG_4093 IMG_4095 IMG_4097 IMG_4098 IMG_4099 IMG_4100 IMG_4101 IMG_4102 IMG_4104 IMG_4107 IMG_4109 IMG_4111 IMG_4113 IMG_4114Hot chocolate and marshmallows

Right angles

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Year three have been learning about different types of lines and right angles in maths over the last week. Today our challenge was to write a set of instructions using right angle or quarter turns to help our partners move safely from one side of the classroom to the other. We had a fab time, and learned lots about right angles, quarter turns and directional vocabulary.

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Year 3 World Book Day

 

 

 

What a wonderful day we’ve had in Year 3 – witches, super heroes, princesses, and a whole library full of characters came to visit us today. We all had lots of fun dressing up as our favourite characters, and shared our favourite books with our class. Even our teachers dressed up!

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Our Year 3 Adventure

Today Year 3 went on their very own adventure, as part of their Adventurers and Explorers topic. Usually, our science lessons are in the classroom, so we thought it was about time we put on our wellies and explored science in our outside world.

We kicked off the day with a walk to Bournville Park, where we learned how to use a compass, we went on a scavenger hunt and we had a fab time splashing about in the river, pond-dipping with nets and using magnifying glasses and petri dishes to identify any river life we could find, before carefully returning it to its home.

We spent the afternoon at Rowheath Park, where we had a walk around the lake spotting signs of the changing seasons – we identified birds, trees and plants, and saw lots of new flowers beginning to shoot up from the ground. We sat by the lake and used four of our five senses (sight, smell, touch and hearing) to find out more information about the lake….and some very noisy ducks came along to join the fun too.

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Melting chocolate

On Thursday last week, Year 3 continued their work on Chemistry in Science by exploring the changing state of materials. Using hot water, we melted some chocolate buttons and explored the differences between melted chocolate and solid chocolate, such as how it looked, how it smelled, how brittle it was and, most importantly, how it tasted! 008 007009 010 012 013 015 016 018 021 026

Year 3 and 4 parks trip

Don’t forget to make sure you have returned the consent slip to school for the park trip, which is free of charge, and takes place on Wednesday 15th February for Year 4, and Friday 17th February for Year 3. Your child will need warm, waterproof clothes and sensible walking shoes, as well as a packed lunch (if you normally receive free school meals, lunch will be provided). It is advisable to also send your child with a drink, and a suitable bag to carry their lunch in.

If you have any questions, please see Miss Brewster or Miss Smitherman.

 

Chemistry in Year 3

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On Friday afternoon, we carried out an investigation using milk, food colouring and washing up liquid. We added a few drops of different colours to our milk, then carefully dipped a cotton bud covered in washing up liquid in the middle of the milk. We watched a chemical reaction take place, and the results were quite spectacular! This is something you can try at home too.

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We are investigators

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Year 3 have been researching survival skills to help them plan their next piece of writing – a set of instructions for the shipwrecked Michael in Kensuke’s Kingdom. They found out how to start a fire, how to build a shelter, and how to find food and water in the wilderness. If ever we are shipwrecked, we’ll know just what to do!

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We are scientists!

Today year 3 started to learn about chemical reactions in science. We experimented with hydrogel and salt, to find out what would happen when we mixed them together.

We learned that Hydrogels are very clever – they can change their shape depending on what is happening to them. Through exploring with the Hydrogel in the hair gel, we discovered that it turned from a solid in to a liquid when the salt was added!  We thought it was very exciting to see a real chemical reaction in our classroom, with things we see around us every day.

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Adventurers and explorers

Year three braved the rain this afternoon to have a mini adventure in our playground. We kicked off our new topic by having a set of instructions to follow, to help us navigate our way around the playground using a map, co-ordinates and a compass. It was cold, but we didn’t mind!img_0952 img_0953 img_0954 img_0955

Art in Year 3

This term, we have been learning about the artist and fashion designer, Issey Miyake. We experimented with the different materials and artistic styles used by this artist (including origami!) and then chose an item of fashion to design and make in the style of Issey Miyake. After careful research and planning, we created our final designs. We made hats (one of Issey Miyake’s most popular articles of clothing) using only paper. Some of the children loved their hats so much, they decided to model them for you!

 

 

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Diwali party

Year 3 had a fantastic afternoon celebrating Diwali. We learned a traditional Bhangra dance, enjoyed some music traditionally listened to during Diwali and had fun playing some party games. We all enjoyed our party food and dressed up in our smartest, most glamorous clothes. A super time was had by all!

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Diva lamps

This morning, Year 3 have been learning abut the story of Rama and Sita, and why some people celebrate Diwali. The children had a lovely time designing and making their own Diva lamps out of salt dough, using tools to help them shape the dough and make patterns in it too.

We can’t wait to enjoy our Diwali party this afternoon!

 

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Eid Party years 3 and 4

Today Years 3 and 4 got together to celebrate Eid. We played party games in the classroom and enjoyed some party food together. Earlier in the day, we learned about the celebration, learning about Ibrahim’s sacrifice and discussed the 5 pillars of Islam and their importance. We had a super day!imageimageimagenimageimage

All things potato

image Some time ago, the children in Year 3 planted some seed potatoes in a tyre on the field. Today the time finally came to dig them up! We donned our gardening gloves, rolled up our sleeves and set to work.

After digging up almost 50 lovely potatoes, we decided to have a go at putting them in size order….which was a little bit tricky because we had to look so carefully at each potato to work out where it should go.

After we did that, we had a go at putting our knowledge of fractions in to practice. We cut the potatoes in to halves, quarters and thirds. We did have a go at sixths, but the potatoes were too tiny.

In the afternoon, we cooked the potatoes in the microwave, and shared them out between everyone. We all looked at the potatoes and how they had changed from when we first dug them out of the ground, we all noticed how delicious they smelled after cooking them, and then we got to eat them. They were delicious! The children shared their own experiences of growing food and eating it at home too – it seems that we have a few green fingers in Year 3 this year!

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Sports day

Year 3 had a fantastic time at KS1 sports day this morning! We participated in the long jump, an egg and spoon race, a running race and a bean bag throw. Children who won first place in each competition were awarded a medal and a certificate, and the children who won second and third places had a certificate too. All children received a sticker for participating. Well done to Miss Miah and Mr Dunn for organising such a super day!

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Our trip to the butterfly farm

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On Friday Reception went on their trip to the Butterfly Farm in Stratford-Upon-Avon. They had a lovely time finding out about butterflies, moths and other creepy crawlies – we even got to hold a giant centipede and a giant African snail! The butterflies were very friendly, and enjoyed saying hello to Reception by sitting on Noah’s arm, Rian’s hat and Rushfa’s tummy.

 

Busy butterflies

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This afternoon, Reception have been busy making houses for our butterflies using blocks, pine cones, twigs, leaves, conkers, pebbles and fake grass. They have been using positional language to describe where things are in their houses, and have been getting very excited about seeing a real butterfly ‘house’ on our trip to the Butterfly Farm in Stratford on Friday.

Year 2 SATS

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This month, year 2 will be sitting their SATs test papers. The papers will include tests in reading, writing and maths.

 

We have been working towards these papers during this year and the children have been working really hard.

 

I am really proud of how far they have come and what they have achieved! They really have grown so much from their first day in year 2 last year.

 

We be working with them to ensure the test papers are completed and they have a chance to shine and show what they can do. They will be administered in small groups so the children will feel relaxed and able to show their capabilities. There will be some challenging questions that will make them think. Their resilience has grown through the year and they are learning to give things a go, even when they think it’s a bit hard. They have grown so much in this area.

 

And obviously, once they are completed, we will be celebrating their accomplishment!

 

I am really proud of the class and know that the SATs are just another way for them to show what they have been learning this year!

 

If you would like to speak to me about the tests, please feel free to grab me in school.

 

Mrs Round