Robins: Blog items
Robins 2nd December 2021, by Mrs Rice
Date: 3rd Dec 2021 @ 8:38am
We are sending lots of love to everyone who is at home, we miss you and can't wait to welcome you back into Robins class.
We have had an unusual week but have made the most of it and enjoyed lots of fantastic outdoor PE lessons.
Next week we will be concentrating on the use of conjunctions in English to join two simple sentences together. We will use this skill to write a character description of Tom and to write a conversation between Tom and his Mum from our beautiful story Winter's Child.
In Maths we are continuing with our column addition of 3 digit numbers adding tens, we will explore how to exchange when the tens digit totals more than 9. We will also use a number line to help our understanding of what happens as we cross the hundreds boundary. The website mathsframe has some great times tables practice games on for the children to play on at home to increase their rapid recall of multiplication facts. https://mathsframe.co.uk/
In RE, we will explore why Christians support charity work of children around the world and the impact of their actions of others. We will link this to our mission statement "Christ is the Light that guides us."
In Science we will explore how we see things by light travelling in straight lines and reflecting off surfaces into our eyes as well as investigating how shadows are made.
We will hopefully continue with our ukuele lessons as well as enjoying Cricket and PE with Mr Ault. Spare socks are also useful in book bags as sometimes trainers can get wet.
Our spelling focus for everyone this week is homophones. A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word however is spelt differently and has a different meaning.
week, weak, no, know, write, right, hear, here, there, their, they're.
We will encourage the children to use expression when reading out loud, especially when reading a conversation between characters, paying particular attention to the adverbs used by the author to explain how the character is talking. We will continue to use our inference skills to explore characters actions and motives. Thank you for your continued support with home reading.
Please ensure your child has a healthy snack at playtime as we do not receive free fruit in KS2.
Please come and ask me if you have any questions or queries. Look after each other.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan.
Robins Wk Beg 29.11.21, by Mrs Rice
Date: 28th Nov 2021 @ 11:29pm
Well, the show must go on! We will pick up our singing and dancing practice again in January. Thank you for the costumes that you have given so far. These can come into school the first week back in January now that we have a little extra time. We can't wait to perform Hoodwinked to you all. The children are still listening to the songs and enjoying learning them without singing them, who knew this was possible?!
We will be busy making Christmas crafts this week as the excitement builds towards the big day!
In our Maths lessons, we are continuing to add using a variety of methods. This week, we will be adding tens onto a three digit number by exploring what happens when the tens digits total more than 9.
In Writing, we are using our knowledge of simple and compound sentences to aid description of beautiful settings in our story Winter's Child. Now we have met Winter's Child, we will be reminding ourselves about how to write a dialogue between two characters using inverted commas correctly.
In Art, the children will continue learning how to make new colours using primary, secondary and tertiary colours as they create a sunset.
In RE we will be learning about the Christmas Story and the season of Advent.
In History, the children are thoroughly enjoying learning about life in the Stone Age. They wowed me with their understanding about how homes changed during the Stone Age last week and I can't wait to develop their enquiry and chronology skills further as we move our learning into the Bronze Age and look at key developments as well as inventions that have impacted life today.
Cricket this week is on THURSDAY NOT WEDNESDAY. Please send your children into school wearing warm PE kits on Monday for their lesson with Mr Ault and on Thursday for their Cricket lesson. We will also enjoy our Ukuele lesson on Thursday afternoon.
Thank you for your continued support with reading and times tables. We now have the Top 100 Reads for Y3 laminated in class and the children are taking pride in popping their name next to each title as they have read one. Please continue to listen to your child reading out loud each evening. Reading is the most wonderful way of getting lost in a story with exciting characters, is great for learning new vocabulary and can increase the quality of your child's writing. I have also updated Times Table Rockstars so that the children can practise their rapid recall of multiplication and division facts. Please look out for their sticker each week in their reading diaries as this informs you of where the children are upto weekly. Here is another website full of fun games to practise times tables facts on.
Spellings are also in the diaries weekly.
As always, please feel free to come and talk to me about any questions or queries that you may have.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan.
Robins Wk Beg 22nd November 2021, by Mrs Rice
Date: 18th Nov 2021 @ 8:16pm
School has sounded wonderful this week with the happy sounds of children singing Christmas play songs. It is getting very exciting as we lead upto our KS2 Christmas production of Hoodwinked. Our class dance is coming along nicely, thank you for the Lumberjack costumes that we have had so far.
A reminder that tomorrow (Friday 19th November) is Children in Need day. Please bring pennies for Pudsey and wear own clothes/pajamas.
I have noticed a big improvement in the children's handwriting and presentation this week. I was extremely proud to share the children's books at our local cluster moderation. Several local primary schools gathered together and we moderated each other's work to check our assessments are accurate.
Next week in Writing, we are contining to read Winter's Child. The pages are beautifully illustrated and the children are really enjoying this story so far. We will be applying our understanding of sentence structure to character and setting descriptions. The children will expore the characters of Tom, his mother and Nana through wriitng conversations, giving them time to practise their use of inverted commas for direct speech.
The children are using their inference skills to work out how a character is feeling, what their motives might have been and why they have carried out certain actions in The Ice Palace story. They will learn more about the character of Ivan and infer what kind of person he is from the clues in the text. We will also continue to read out loud to our partners using pace, fluency and expression to bring the story to life.
In Maths, we will continue our addition work. The children have added ones crossing the tens boundary this week using partitioning. Next week we will add tens and ones to 3 digit numbers using a number line to calculate. We will also practise our multiplication and division facts, trying to give speedy answers.
In Science, we will explore how we see things and how light travels to our eyes. The children really enjoyed their light investigation this week, exploring why we can't see dull objects in the dark.
We will be busy making Christmas crafts to be sold at the Christmas Fair as well as continuing to learn the songs for our play. The children will also have their German lesson with Mrs Judge where they will learn how to tell people where they live in German. They will enjoy a fabulous Ukuele lesson with Dan, PE with Mr Ault as well as their Cricket lesson on Wednesday.
A very busy and fun filled week! As always, please come and see me if you have any queries.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan
15.11.21, by Mrs Rice
Date: 11th Nov 2021 @ 10:44pm
Wow, what an amazing week we have had. The children became scientists in our "Amazing Light" workshop led by Chester Cathedral. They explored opaque, transparant and translucent materials in a variety of ways using lots of exciting equipment. We enjoyed a beautiful Remembrance Day service at the war memorial this week, our children showed such repect, we were really proud of them. I am also really pleased with the progress the children are making in their ukuele music lessons. The children are learning how to read music, how to use pitch and the musical terms for parts of songs egchorus and bridge. We have enjoyed learning more songs for our Christmas production, Hoodwinked. Thank you for the costumes that we have had already, we can keep them safe in school. If you are having any problems in sourcing a checked shirt, please let me know.
In our Writing lessons next week we are really focusing on what makes a sentence. We are going back to basics to embed the fact that a sentence needs a noun and a verb. We will explore joining two clauses with a conjunction. Our descriptive writing will focus on winter scenes from our beautiful story Winter's Child by Angela McCallister. Our reading lessons will continue to be based upon The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. We will explore new winter vocabulary in both texts, practise reading out loud using punctuation to enhance meaning and ask questions about the characters and plot.
The children will be adding 3 digit numbers using partitioning, number lines and the column method. We will support this new learning with practical equipment such as place value counters and base ten equipment. We will also be working on our rapid recall of times tables facts. We use speed grids for this which the children really enjoy. Please log into TTRockstars where games have been set for the children to practise their times tables facts. Regular times tables and division facts practise is crucial for the retention of these important facts.
In RE, the children will continue to explore how and why Christians support certain charities and world organisations such as Fair Trading. We will look at Bible quotes that inspire this charitable work and see if they are still relevant today. Mrs Judge will visit us again to teach the children their German lesson. So far they have learnt how to say hello, goodbye, my name is.... and numbers to ten. They have enjoyed singing happy birthday also. In History, we will explore where people who lived in the Stone Age lived and why. We will learn about their reasons for nomadic life, their temporary shelters and cave dwelling.
As always, please come and chat with me if you have any questions or concerns.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan
Wk Beg 8th November 2021, by Mrs Rice
Date: 4th Nov 2021 @ 8:22pm
What a wonderful start to this half term we have had! I have been so impressed with the children's attitudes to learning and their engagement in all lessons. We have enjoyed our first Cricket PE lesson, our first Ukuele lesson (where we played and sang at the same time!) and learnt the first song from our Christmas production, Hoodwinked! It is just wonderful to hear children singing again in school. The children also enoyed exploring the properties of shape during our Maths Day.
Mrs Rice's spelling group have explored common exception words that contain a silent letter or a lerter that we pronounce quietly. Our words to learn this week are:
library, length, strength, business, February, island, answer
Mrs Brennan's spelling group have explored adding the suffix er and est with words ending in a y. The y is dropped and chamged to an i before adding er and est
For example: happy, happier, happiest.
Next week, we will begin to explore a new story in our Writing lessons, Winter's Child by Angela McAllister. We will be using illustrations from the book to make predictions, explore a range of new vocabulary associated with the text and focus on our sentence structure and punctuation. This is a beautiful story with inviting illustrations, a great stocking filler! In our Reading lessons, we will focus on the pace of our independent reading, our expression and intonation to enhance meaning when reading out loud. The story, The Ice Palace by Robert Swindell will be the focus text in our Reading lessons. We will infer a character's feelings and actions by hunting for clues in the text and 'reading between the lines'.
We will begin our new Science topic, Light - How we see things. The children will explore different sources of light and how how light travels. Our virtual Stone Age visitor will join us again and help us to learn about life in PreHistoric times. We are also taking part in a Science Light and Faith workshop, led by a lady from Chester Cathedral which we are extremely looking forward to.
Times Tables Rock Stars has lots of times tables games and practice for the children. We are currently working on our 5 times tables and the children are making great progress with their rapid recall of the facts. Please continue to practise times tables with your children at home as having these facts at the ends of their finger tips, makes so many other areas of Maths more accessable.
Thank you for your support with home reading. The children are enjoying reading a wide variety of stories and poems from our class library. This website, has the Top 100 Reads for each year group on, we have a selction of texts from Year Two and Year Three recommendations for the children to explore in class. These could make fantastic Christmas presents!
The children will have PE with Mr Ault on a Monday and now a Cricket lesson on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in warm school PE uniform on Mondays and Wednesdays as the lessons can be outside.
Please always ask me if you have any questions or queries about anything.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan xxx
Robins Blog Wk Beg 18.10.21, by Mrs Rice
Date: 15th Oct 2021 @ 12:32pm
Robins have had another wonderful week of learning together. I have been so impressed with the friendship they have shown to each other. The children have written short stories based on our book Seal Surfer by Michael Foremen and have used prespositions of time and place well.
Next week, we will be writing letters in role as the characters from the story using new ways to begin each paragraph. The children will be using their mastery keys of noun phrases, prepsotions and speech punctuation to ensure that their writing is fantastic. In Maths, we will be exploring place value problem solving and puzzles as we apply our knowledge and understanding to new contexts. The children are getting speedier and speedier at completing their times tables grids each week, it is lovely to watch their confidence growing with this. Times Tables Rock Stars is all set up for the children to play on at home. Please encourage your children to practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables regularly at home. We are working on giving speedy answers within five seconds!
My spelling group this week will look at the suffix ly. Our new words to lean are:
humbly, gently, simply, horribly, carefully, finally, quietly and completely.
Mrs Brennan's spelling group are exploring the suffixes er and est. Their new words to learn are:
nicer, nicest, happier, happiest, wilder, wildest
We will meet our virtual Stone Age visitor again as we learn about the clothes, tools and food that he has. The children will place key events in time along a time line using their skill of chronology. In Science, we will explore thefunction of the human skeleton and learn the names of important bones. We are also looking forward to our next German lesson where we will continue to practise greeting each other and saying please/thankyou. In RE, the children will explore Bible stories that show our understanding of God. We will discuss how God is presented in the story and reflect on what God means to us personally.
I am really excited to let you know that after the half term holidays, Robins class will have another PE lesson on a Thursday afternoon. They will be taught outside by a cricket coach. Please send your child in to school wearing their PE kits next half term on a Monday and a Thursday. The children will need tracksuit bottoms and a school PE hoodie as it will be cold. Please ensure they also have a waterproof coat with them.
As always, please come and speak to me if you have any worries or questions. Thank you for your continued support.
Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan.
Robins Wk Beg 20.09.21, by Mrs Rice
Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 10:43pm
Welcome to Robins Weekly Blog
We have had a wonderful week in Robins class. I am really pleased with how the children have settled down to their learning routines in class. We are filling our recognition board regularly and have enjoyed playing 'hide and seek' and 'stuck in the mud' as our rewards together. This week, our Top Table award goes to Alexa and our Prasie Book award goes to Alexia. Well done girls :)
You will be able to book a 'Parents Evening' phonecall on Monday 20th September. This will be a ten minute phonecall to touch base and discuss how the children have settled. Year Three phonecalls are on Tuesday 28th September. I am really looking forward to talking to you all and getting to know you :)
Our spelling quizes will take place each Friday morning. This week, some children will have spellings that begin with the 'wr' sound such as 'wrong' and some children will have spellings that begin with the prefix dis and in such as 'disconnect and invisible'. The children wil have a list of their spellings in their reading diaries that they will tick/dot to let you know which words they spelt correctly during the quiz.
Reading - We have given the children a reading book from our class library. This may be a RWI book aimed at your child's reading level plus a story/non fiction book from our class library to share with you at home or a text from our class library. Please let me know if you feel the texts the children are selecting are too challenging or not challenging enough. I have now extended our class library with texts that the children are familiar with from Year Two for them to enjoy. We are continuing to read The Sea Book by Charlottle Milner in our whole class reading lessons. This week we will continue to discover new vocabulary, retrieve literal information and explore how the features of a non fiction text and it's structure all help the reader to understand the information.
Writing - The children are really enjoying reading 'Seal Surfer' by Micheal Foreman. We have loved learning new facts about seals and watching video clips of them in their natural environments. We will be writing a non chronological report about seals using paragraphs to organise our information. We will also be using prepositions of place and noun phrases to enhance the detail in our sentences.
Maths - We will continue to explore our place value knowledge and understanding of three digit numbers. The children will represent three digit numbers in a variety of ways, learning the value of each digit and positioning them on a numberline. Each morning, on entering the classroom, the children complete a '4 a day' arithmetic activity. This involves questions from all four operations ( addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) so that these skills are continuously developing. We have also introduced a times tables grid which allows the children to pratise and rehearse their mutliplication and divsion facts. This term, we will consolidate the 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as introducing the three and four times tables. I have set weekly games on Times Tables Rock Stars for the children to enjoy.
Geography - We will be consolidating Year Two knowledge of features of English forests verses a rain forest, looking at the human and physical features of both. The children will use atlases to locate rain forests around the world, exploring reasons as to why they are positioned near to the equator.
RE - The children will explore a variety of Bible stories, considering the message for Christians that each one gives about God.
PE - Mr Ault will teach the children how to play football, focusing on space, pace and invasion techniques.
DT - The children are learning about the seasonality of food and will be making apple crumble as they have identified that apples are in season in the autumn in the uk. I will send a letter out with further information.
Thank you for your continued support with reading, spellings and times tables at home. These three things are the basis of our weekly homework.
Please contact me if you have any questions, I am aways available for you.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan
Robins wk beg 13.09.21, by Mrs Rice
Date: 12th Sep 2021 @ 9:15pm
A very warm welcome to Robins Class.
Mrs Brennan and I have loved getting to know everybody, we are going to have a wonderful year.
Our PE day this term is on a Monday, the children will be taught on a Monday afternoon by Mr Ault. We will also be having a weekly German lesson on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Judge which is very exciting :)
Each Tuesday afternoon, we will have a times tables quiz. We will let you know which times table your child is working on and will put a sticker into their reading diary to let you know their weekly score. Our weekly spelling quiz will take place on a Friday morning. They will be words containing the spelling rule/pattern that we have been exploring throughout the week or based upon the statutory words for Y3 from the National Curriculum.
We are currently reading Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman in our Writing lessons. Our focuses are on using a rich and varied vocabulary, organising our writing into paragraphs and using prepositions of time, place and cause. We are also enjoying learning new facts about life in the oceans using The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner in our whole class Reading lessons.
It has been delightful to sing with your children and hear their voices after such a long time. Their singing has warmed our hearts.
Please feel free to come and talk to me at any time if you have a question or a concern. I am also available on the phone or via email. I am really looking forward to a fabulous year ahead.
Robins 14th June 2021, by Mrs Rice
Date: 11th Jun 2021 @ 3:51pm
What a fabulous week of learning we have had after the half term holidays. Robins class have been using their Geography skills to locate human and physical features of our grounds using the 8 points of the compass. We have been exploring our new Christian Value of Courage and how we can use the lessons that Jesus gives us in the Bible in our own lives.
Next week, in Maths, we will continue our work with fractions. The children will be adding and subtracting parts of the whole and finding fractions of amounts.
In Writing, we will begin a new exciting book Zeraffa Giraffa by Diane Hoffmeyer. We will be learning about how organisational devices such as headings and sub headings can help to present information clearly. We will also be learning how to use alliteration and repeating phrases to persuade the reader.
Our Reading lessons will focus on reading comprehensions skills based around inference. The children will also explore themes within Iron Man and what we think the author's massage to the reader was.
This week's spellings focus on the prexix 'sub' meaning below or under.
subzero, subsoil, subdivide, subway, submarine, subtitle, subheading, submerge.
Our Science learning is based around 'Animals and Humans'. This week, we will learning about the type and amount of nutritian that humans need and what is meant by a balanced diet.
Our RE lessons are based upon how Hindu families celebrate and worship God.
I am really proud of the children's attitudes to learning and their kindness to each other.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan
Y3 Wk Beg 26.04.21, by Mrs Rice
Date: 26th Apr 2021 @ 5:37pm
Robins had a wonderful week last week with lots of outside learning. We even found footage of a sparrow nesting in our bird box that was captured on our new night life camera, it was magical! It was lovely to talk with you all on the phone, thank you for your time. This week, we continue our problem solving in multiplication and division focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. In Writing, we are loving our new wordless book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. The children are homing their observational skills in on the beautiful illustrations to investigate what is happening on each page and searching for clues to decipher how the character may be feeling. This is a first for us all, a wordless book, who would have thought!
The children will be using their positional and directional language in Geography as they use the 8 points of the copass to locate places in our school environment. We will conduct a survey of the habitats around us using our statistics knowledge. We will represent the data that we collect in tally and bar charts. We will continue to explore the properties of rocks in our Science learning as well as making observations and notes of how the seeds are developing that we planted last week.
Our RE learning will focus on passages from the Bible that teach us how Jesus wants us to live our lives. We will focus on The Ten Commandments and relate these to life in modern day. Are the Ten Commandments relavant in our lives?
I have asked the children to spend five minutes each evening learning the spellings and times tables, they know that this is my request and not yours! Thank you for your continued support with listening to your children read, please may I remind you that this is part of our weekly home work and that three comments in the reading diary, earns the children a raffle ticket, which they are all working towards.
I am looking forward to another fabulous week together in Robins class. I am always at the end of the phone if you have any questions or queries.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan xxx
Y3 Wk Beg 29th March 2021, by Mrs Rice
Date: 26th Mar 2021 @ 2:15pm
We have made it to the final week of the term with huge smiles as we are so happy to be back together.
The children have been busy with assessments and have made me so proud with their attitude towards these.
We are continuing to enjoy The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner as a stimulus in our reading lessons. The children are using the contents and index pages to navigate the text, making predictions and summarising key points of paragraphs. This book is also helping us to take care of God's oceans and the creatures that live in them by considering how we can reduce the amout of plastic that sadly ends up there.
This week we will be wriitng a letter from one character to another in our Seal Surfer story. We will take on the roke of the boy in the story and write to Grandad, telling him of our adventures witht he seals in his absence.
Our spellings this week contain the letters 'ch' but make the 'c' sound
chaos, chorus, mechanic, character, anchor, echo, aching, chemist, schemed
In Maths we continue our work on multiplication and division exploring the patterns and connections of the 4 and 8 times tables.
We are thoroughly looking forward to visiting church on Wednesday to watch a pre recorded Easter worship by Mr Cliff.
Lostock are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday. The children can come to school wearing their pajamas ready for a wonderful day of story.
We are so proud of our class for the happiness and joy that they bring with them each day.
Have a great week. Please contact me if you have any questions or queries.
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan.
Y3 18.03.21, by Mrs Rice
Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 9:32pm
What a pleasure it is to have my gorgeous Robins back in class, happily learnng and laughing together. We are so impessed with how hard the children have settled quickly back into routines and into excellent learning behaviours. We look forward to seeing their smiles and hearing their giggles every day and treasure every moment with them.
Hopefully I can keep them now until July!
The children are absolutely loving watching the frog spawn develop daily in our classroom, it is the first thing they all rush to when they come in. They have enjoyed fun PE sessions with Mr A, time on our track as well as playtime games and time in our new woodland. Lots of outdoor fun is helping with our happiness.
Next week, we will be writing letters in our English lessons from different characters in our Seal Surfer story. We will explore the structure and language of letters and focus on prepositions of time, place and cause. In Maths, we will be continuing our work on multiplication and division. As a class, we are learning the four times tables, noticing patterns the multiples of four make on a 100 square, looking at the connection to the two times table and increasing our rapid recall of these facts.
The children are now having weekly virtual German lessons with Mrs Judge which they are loving.
Please continue to read with your child daily and recording in their reading diaries as the children feel so proud when they are able to put their ticks onto the chart and gain a raffle ticket. Daily reading is so beneficial for our children. Not only because it improves their vocabulary and writing skills but it is a gorgeous opportunity to escape into the wonderful land of stories, adventure and imagination. Our weekly spelling quizes have resumed each Friday. I have asked the children to spend five minutes each evening practising their spellings and five minutes on their times tables in order to keep these key skills ticking over and for the children to gain in confidence.
Our spellings this week are focusing on the suffix 'ation' being added to verbs to form nouns. For example when we add 'ation' to the verb 'exclaim' the word 'exclamation' is made. We will explore which letters are dropped when this suffix is added. Our new words are:
explanation, exclamation, preparation, exploration, temptation, separation, admiration, information.
Thank you for your continued support and as always, I am at the end of the phone or an email if you need to talk to me. What a class of super stars I have!
Have a great weekend
Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan
Y3 05.03.21, by Mrs Rice
Date: 1st Mar 2021 @ 2:36pm
Friday 5th March 2021
Happy Friday everyone. We did it! Two months of remote learning for the second time and you have been brilliant! I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of your families for supporting our class during this time. Your patience and dedication has been amazing and has meant such a lot to me. Thank you for being such lovely parents to work with. I can not wait to have your children back on Monday, I promise that we will look after them. Time to put your feet up now!
Well done superstars- we couldn’t be more proud of the amazing children we have at Lostock Gralam and don’t forget to tell your adults that we think they are superheroes.
Reflect and return to school task:
Today we would like you to just reflect on the last 8 weeks of remote learning and to think ahead to your return to school. There are some lovely activities below to help you to do this. You might want to print them from the attachment, or you might want to create your own doodles in your own style.
If you want, you could play this lovely relaxing music whilst you create your ideas today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2UEqBdU7go&list=RD-j2uKUK5P10&index=2
This next activity might help you to zone in on your feelings and share your thoughts about Lockdown.