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homework grid term 2

Please find attached the homework activities for Term 2.homework grid term 2

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The Year 3 Cave

Some of the children from Hummingbird and Swan Classes showing items that they have made during our topic on the Stone Age.

Some of the children from Hummingbird and Swan Classes showing items that they have made during our topic on the Stone Age.

During our topic on the Stone Age in the U.K., the children have pretended to be cavemen and painted animals they would have hunted; constructed Stone Age tepees using natural materials we found on our field and made replicas of the Bronze Age Boat that archaeologists found in Dover.  It has been lovely to watch the children’s knowledge and understanding of this time period grow over the past seven weeks and we have been very impressed with the progress that they have made. Here are some pictures of the “cave” that we made showing some of the items that the pupils made in class.  We wish everyone a well-earned rest over the half-term holiday.

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Christmas Cards

This year we are participating in a Christmas Card art project.  All the children in the school have had the opportunity to design their own Christmas cards that you may purchase to be able to send the ultimate personalised Season Greeting.

The cards were handed out by class teachers last Friday and the deadline for ordering is Monday October 16th.  The cards will then go off for printing and be back in time for sending to all for Christmas.

The school will receive £1 for every pack of cards ordered.  The money will go towards buying some playground toys and equipment.  We hope to raise lots!! Here are some of examples of some of the amazing artwork that was created from Nursery to Year 6.

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Stone age dwellings

This week we worked towards making stone age homes, using twigs and leaves.  We then described these using persuasive language, as if we were selling them.  Firstly, we had to practise using conjunctions!

 

In RE we also made Torahs (the Jewish Holy Scroll) this week.

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Year Three Archaeologists at Rose Street

On Thursday Rose Street Year 3 got together with Year 3 West Minster to take part in an Archaeology Day as part of their topic on Stone Age Britain. First of all we looked at the contents of handbags to find clues about the owners.  This is how archaeologists work in real life putting together pictures of the past with the clues left behind.  We tried to work out if the owners were rich or poor, male or female, old or young, healthy or unwell. Then we looked at actual artefacts from Canterbury Archaeologist Trust, and tried to work out what they were made from and what they were used for.  We were handling items that were over 2000 years old. After that we studied rubbish to see what would rot if we buried it and what would still be there in 100 years’ time.   Then we examined “poo” from the past and looked for clues to see if they were Roman, Viking or Tudor poos.  Finally we made a time line to show how long the Stone Age period lasted for and we were amazed at how long our line had to be.

On Thursday Rose Street Year 3 got together with Year 3 West Minster to take part in an Archaeology Day as part of their topic on Stone Age Britain.
First of all we looked at the contents of handbags to find clues about the owners. This is how archaeologists work in real life putting together pictures of the past with the clues left behind. We tried to work out if the owners were rich or poor, male or female, old or young, healthy or unwell.
Then we looked at actual artefacts from Canterbury Archaeologist Trust, and tried to work out what they were made from and what they were used for. We were handling items that were over 2000 years old.
After that we studied rubbish to see what would rot if we buried it and what would still be there in 100 years’ time. Then we examined “poo” from the past and looked for clues to see if they were Roman, Viking or Tudor poos. Finally we made a time line to show how long the Stone Age period lasted for and we were amazed at how long our line had to be.

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Roald Dahl Day

On Wednesday 13th September schools across the nation will be celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday.  To join in with the celebrations we will be hosting a dress up day for the children.  This can be as one of their favourite characters or by simply wearing something yellow, (socks, t-shirt etc.), as this was the famous author’s favourite colour.

We are asking for a small donation of £1, or whatever you can afford, to donate to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps to make life better for seriously ill children in the UK.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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Week beginning 26-6-17

This week Swan class are newspaper reporters, asking all the questions they need to write a great newspaper report about animals escaping from the zoo.  How would you feel if a lion sat next to you on the subway….? Ask the children!

Maths is all about 2-step problem solving and knowing which operations to use to find the correct answer.

Linked to our ‘Madagascar’ topic the children are creating some beautiful water colour pictures of an African sunset with silhouettes of animals and trees.  In science we are learning to be safe in the sun.  We all need sunlight but we also need to know how to protect ourselves, especially at this time of year.  Don’t forget the sun screen and the sunglasses!

 

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Week beginning 19-6-17

Week 3 and a new English task based on ‘Madagascar’.  This time children will be finding out what makes an exciting newspaper article.  Our report will be about the animals’ escape from the zoo.

In maths Swan Class are finding fractions of amounts, for example 1/4 of 36.  Can you find 1/3 of 35?  Explain your answer….yes or no?

Our topic sessions are very practical because it is time to use the zoo plans from last week and make some 3D zoos.  Don’t forget the gift shop!

If the sun shines we can continue investigating shadows and what happens to them during the day.

PE is on Monday and Friday – children will need outdoor footwear please.

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Should animals be kept in zoos?

Read these amazing extracts from some of our reports, what do you think?

“Many people believe that animals should be kept in zoos but some people think they should be free.  I will be discussing the good and bad points.”      Annie Bryenton

“There is no doubt that if the animals are in the wild they won’t have anyone to look after them and they might become extinct.  Many people believe animals are more safe in a zoo because they will have people to look after them.”    Shyla Ryder

“Some people think that animals should be in the wild so they get more space and know how to hunt.  Many people believe that they shouldn’t be in the zoo because they will get bored.  If animals are in the zoo they won’t get experience of the wild.”    Albert Howlett

“This discussion has shown that animals should live in the wild but also they are safer in the zoo.  What is your opinion?”   Lilian Claringbold

We voted and the result was 14 children thought animals should live in zoos, 13 children thought animals should live in the wild and 1 could not decide.

 

 

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Week beginning 12.6.17

This week Swan Class are continuing their discussion ‘Should animals be kept in zoos?  Ask your child what they believe and why.  We will be writing discussion reports in English after sharing views and thoughts together.

In Maths the children are learning to measure the perimeters of shapes and will link this to measuring scaled enclosures on their own zoo plans.  They will also know the difference between  parallel lines and perpendicular lines!

The film of Madagascar has inspired the class to find out about the real island and we will be identifying human and physical features.  Would you like to visit this amazing place?  Ask your child what is special about it.

PE kits on Monday and Friday please!

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Welcome back! Week beginning 6.6.17.

In Term 6 Swan Class are going to the movies!  We are using ‘Madagascar’ as our English text and as an inspiration for art work.

Children will also be using globes, atlases and the internet to find out about the real island and its inhabitants.  Did you know Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world?

Our science topic is ‘Light’ and hopefully the sun will shine so that we can investigate how shadows are formed and if they change shape or size.

PE continues to be on a Monday and a Friday.  Please make sure your child has footwear that fits comfortably because they will be outside this term.  Earrings must be removed before school unless children can do this themselves.

Remember contact books and reading books on Tuesday ready for the new term.

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Week beginning 22.5.17.

The last week of Term 5 already!  We will continue reading ‘Black Queen’ by Michael Morpugo and use some of the features to write our own alternative endings.  Did you know short sentences can add to the suspense?

Children will continue practising telling the time, including using a 24 hour clock and Roman Numerals.

Hopefully the weather will be dry on Thursday for the combined Sports Day activities with West Minster’s Year 3 classes.  Don’t forget class photos on Tuesday too.  Bring your best smiles!

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Week beginning 15.5.17.

This week Swan Class start an exciting new story called ‘Black Queen’ by Michael Morpurgo.  It is an exciting mystery and the children will be identifying the characters and key features of the setting before predicting what might happen next….!

Our maths lessons are all about time, counting around the clock face in intervals of 5 minutes and comparing how long things take to do.

We will be checking on the progress of our science investigation too, what has happened to the seeds we put in the fridge and in a dark box?  Will the seeds on cotton wool grow as well as the seeds in soil?  Can seeds germinate without water?  Remember to ask your children!

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Shared Writing

This week Year 1 & Year 3 have been writing poetry.  This afternoon Robins class and Swan class got together in the hall to share their poems with each other. The children wrote some wonderful poetry, well done to both classes.

   

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Extreme Reading

Are you up for a little challenge?  If so please open the link to find out more.

 

Extreme Reading Challenge

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Mrs Monticelli’s Marvellous Medicine

Today Mrs Monticelli conducted a fantastic science experiment outside for our assembly. It involved a bottle of Pepsi and Mentos mints, have a look at what happened to her and her helpers 🙂 …

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Week beginning 8.5.17.

This week in science the children will be investigating how seeds grow and develop in different conditions.  Sunflower seeds will be planted and then placed in different situations. We need to find out what happens if we take away the light, warmth, nutrients and water.

Maths is about recording information in a scaled pictogram or bar chart and then asking and answering questions about it.

In English the theme is poets and poetry.  Who is your favourite and why?  Which poems make you laugh or feel sad?  Some famous children’s authors write poetry too – Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson and A A Milne, for example.

Remember PE kits must be in school on a Monday and a Friday and don’t forget Week 4 spellings!

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Week beginning 3.5.17.

Just 3 days this week!

Maths will be all about lines…vertical lines, horizontal lines, parallel lines and perpendicular lines…. how many can you find around your house and garden?

After our visit to The Fleet last week children will be writing some persuasive letters because they were disappointed to find rubbish in the water where the new baby ducklings were swimming.

Remember spellings for Friday please.

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Week beginning 24-4-17

This week Swan Class will be walking around the local area to discover what might be living in it and how to care for the environment.  With all the trees and flowers bursting into growth it is also a good opportunity to link our science lessons.

In science we are finding out about flowers and why a plant needs them.  Do all plants have flowers?

Our maths lessons continue to solve multiplication and division problems so keep practising the times tables!

PE and games are on a Monday and Friday, remember to remove earrings please.

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Welcome Back! Week beginning 18.4.17.

Welcome back to the Summer Term in Swan Class.

Our topic is ‘Horrid Henry’ and we will be learning about Henry VIII and his interesting family.  Why did he have so many wives and what happened to them?  Children will be linking their English and history lessons to write reports about events like the Battle of Bosworth and to write letters to a Tudor ‘friend’.

This term Swan Class will find out about two well known children’s  authors and read  some of their stories and poems – Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo.  Children may like to find more work by these authors in Sheerness Library or maybe they have copies at home to read.

Science continues from Term 4 and the class will be carrying out further investigations to find out what a plant needs to be healthy and comparing the different ways they disperse their seeds.

PE and games are on a Monday and Friday so please ensure children have a full kit, including outdoor footwear, in school every week.

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School Contact Details

Head Teacher Miss Hazel Brewer

Contact Person Nicky Austin

Emailrosestreet.office@swfed.co.uk

Telephone 01795 663012

School Address Rose Street Primary School
Rose Street
Sheerness
Kent, ME12 1AW

School Opening Times

Juniors:  8.50am – 3.20pm

Infants:  8.50am – 3.15pm

Nursery  8.45am – 11.45,     12.30pm – 3.30pm