Shirley Community Primary School

Learning for life

Nuffield Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 1TF

01223 712252

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The Queen's Jubilee Celebration Week- Week beginning Monday 6th June 2022

We have enjoyed celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by learning about the Queen's coronation ceremony and the crown she wore on this momentous day! We had a go at making our own versions of the St. Edward's Crown using a template and creating our own patterns.

In Maths, we have been learning about mass and reading scales. We applied this learning to some biscuit-making as we weighed ingredients for biscuit dough using mechanical scales. We got to eat our biscuits during our Jubilee party in class. They were a little sweet but we enjoyed them!

We had a wonderful time performing our song 'Roar' by Katy Perry for the Jubilee concert for invited guests and learnt lots of interesting facts about life in the 1950s from Mrs. and Mrs. Thomson! We found out that you had to go to several different shops to get different items as there weren't any supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury's which we have today. Also, food was often wrapped in newspaper!

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Equality and Diversity Week- Week beginning Monday 23rd May 2022

This week, we have been discussing what the words 'equality' and 'diversity' mean. We have also been learning about influential Black Britons from the past and currently.

We enjoyed learning about the lives of Olaudah Equiano, Mary Seacole and Claudia Jones and discussed why Marcus Rashford is such a positive and influential role model . We wrote our own short biographies, fact files and created timelines. We also created posters advertising the Notting Hill Carnival and included information about its original founder Claudia Jones.

 

Friday 11th February 2022

 We were very sad to say to goodbye to Mrs. Roe this week but we had great fun making, baking and eating some delicious cakes and scones for our tea party! 

We have doing lots on work on safety for Safety Week this week! We have learned about what to do in an emergency situation and how to stay safe online. We enjoyed learning about road safety and being safe on your bike from members of the police force and fire brigade. We were also able to reflect on all that we were learned as we wrote short non-chronological reports about a chosen area of safety.

We have been learning how to work out change when buying an item in Maths and have been applying to this knowledge to problem-solving and investigations about money.

We hope everyone has a lovely half-term next week!

Friday 4th February 2022

 This week, we concluded work on our unit of writing based on 'The Cloud Tea Monkeys' as we wrote our non-chronological reports about tea. 

We have been learning about money in Maths and have been looking at how to count coins in pounds and pence as well as convert pence into pounds.

We had great fun whittling and making Stone-Age inspired tools in this week's Forest School session!

 

Friday 28th January 2022

 This week, we enjoyed learning about instruments in the horn section of an orchestra.

In English, we have learnt some fascinating facts about the history of tea and how tea is made. We are nearly ready to write reports in-role as tea experts next week!

In Maths, we have been learning how to divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers and making links to our knowledge of times tables.

In our Science lesson, we got to found out about different types of soils and their properties.

We have been learning how to spell the 'shun' and 'zhun' sounds at the ends of words. We learnt that if a words ends with a 'shun' sound, we shoot the ti-on! If it is a 'zhun' sound, we use sion (e.g attention, division).

Friday 21st January 2022

 This week, we enjoyed learning about orchestral instruments in our Music lesson and had a go at playing violins. It was fun taking it in turns to be the conductor for our 'string orchestra'!

In English, we have enjoyed doing some writing based on our current text 'The Cloud Tea Monkeys' and have been learning about where different types of tea leaves are grown preparation for report-writing.

We have been learning how to use the column method for multiplication when multiplying 2 digit and 1-digit numbers in Maths and have enjoyed working on investigations where we had to investigate statements about calculations. We have been exercising our learning muscles and working on our ability to persevere when doing challenging tasks!

Wednesday 12th January 2022

We have had another busy start to the week and have been continuing to enjoy our new Science topic. This week we were investigation properties of different rocks e.g. how porous and how hard wearing  they are. We were disappointed that we did not get to continue our exploration outside due to a rainy Tuesday when we were timetabled to be in the forest schools area. However, we managed to do some of our activities indoors, such as rock painting and making models of rivers and beaches in trays.

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Happy New Year to everyone in Year 3! It is great to be back and hear all about your Christmas break.

Today we started our new English unit of work that is based on the text 'The Cloud Tea Monkeys' by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. We started off by becoming tea tasters and we had a selection of teas to smell and to taste. We wrote some great descriptions. See the photos of our tea tasting below!

We also started our new Science topic 'Rocks, Soils and Fossils'. We enjoyed learning about different types of rocks and we used magnifying glasses to investigate them and then label and sort them. See photos below.

 

 

Tuesday 23rd November 2021
We have had a great start to the week! We started reading our new text for English: 'The Heart in the Bottle' by Oliver Jeffers. We have read the first half of the story which was pretty sad but we are hoping that we are cheered up by the end of the story! We are writing about the little girl and are using prefixes in our sentences.
In Maths, we are learning about multiplication and repeated addition. We are drawing arrays to help us understand and solve multiplication number sentences.
We continued to find out more about the moon this week in Science and in PSHE we are learning ways that we can adapt to changes in friendships.
Keep up the hard work Year 3!
Anti-Bullying Week 2021
 
The theme this year is 'One Kind Word' and we have been thinking about kind words and acts that we can do both at school and at home.
We have been talking about the definition of bullying so that we all have a shared understanding of what constitutes bullying. We have written about this in our PSHE books.
We have been focusing on the role of the witness/ bystander. We know what we can do if we see an incidence of bullying behaviour and have made posters to put up around our end of the school to show our understanding and help others. See below...
       
Monday 8th November 2021
 
We have had a busy afternoon - we had a session to discuss COP26 and environmental issues. We talked about the impact of climate change and what we can do about it. The children wanted to make posters and write a letter to World leaders to show their concern.
 
We also talked about our new science topic and learned how the Earth moves in Space. 
Monday 11th October 2021  World Mental Health Day 
 
As yesterday was World Mental Health Day, we spent some time during assembly and in our PSHE lesson thinking about our own mental wellbeing. We talked about different emotions and ways that we can manage our emotions. Badger class decided that they would like to make a calm corner in our classroom and we shared some ideas of things that help us to feel calm. We suggested some calming activities that we have put in our calm corner. We shared different breathing techniques that help us when we feel overwhelmed. Look at some of our ideas in the photos below. We also know that if we feel that our worries get "too big" we know who we can talk to about this and what we can do to get help.

 

Tuesday 21st September 2021
 
Over the last two weeks we have been looking at the features of the Sparky text and practising using adjectives, antonyms, adverbial phrases and noun phrases. This week it is time to put what we have learned into action when we write our own Sparky stories. Look out for some examples of our work below...
 
We have started using Times Table Rockstars to practise our tables - more information and usernames will be sent home soon.
 
We have also been enjoying exploring moving paper clips using magnetic force though different materials in Science - see video clips.
 
We enjoyed our library time with Tree Kangaroo Class. It was great to be able to share stories with the older children. Remember to bring a bag to school so that you can take a book from the classroom home to read.
 

 

Monday 13th September 2021
Our second full week at school got off to a great start today with lots of hard work in Maths and English. Our English text at the moment is called Sparky and is about a girl who gets a pet sloth.
Last week we created adverts to persuade people to buy a pet sloth. Our reading text is called 'Fortunately the Milk' and is full of some very bizarre goings on! We are collecting lots of new vocabulary and making some careful observations and predictions as we read. In Maths we are learning about hundreds, tens and ones and are very good at partitioning numbers.
See below some photos from our science lesson today when we explored magnetic materials.