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Beverley van Rensburg (BRensburg) on: Venus class blog
Hi Venus Class
How are you all? I hope you have managed to do some of your school work in the sunshine today and enjoyed being outside. Are you keeping up with Joe Wickes and keeping fit. I think I am getting very old as I am worn out by the end of the session! I clearly need to work on my fitness. I have been running and doing yoga via zoom with my yoga group which is good fun. I managed to catch up with all the teachers last week via zoom. We are all working different days in school so we don't always get to see each other. It was good fun and I learnt a new skill using zoom. Have you learned anything new since you have been learning at home. Have any of you done any gardening or cooking?
Anyway I just wanted to say hello and say that the school is really quiet without you all. Stay home and stay safe!!
From Mrs George
COVID 19 time capsule
If you would like to make a time capsule for this time in history I have included a website that has activities that you could do.
Some parents have suggested that it would be helpful to know what some of the key skills are for their child's year group. Should you wish to find some short, fun activities relating to these snapshots, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons and https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/home-learning-centre/ have a great range! However, there is no expectation for you to do any extra work at home with your child, we have provided them mainly for your information. Any questions please write on our class blog!
The year 3 and 4 common exception words list is here. It might be helpful to see which words you understand the meaning of and can spell. Set yourself a challenge to learn a few each week. Remember you are expected to know them all only by the end of year 4.
I know that some of you were working on the tricky words on the Year 1 and 2 list here. Keep working on them too and become expert spellers!
Week 6 July
English: This week our new booklet is The Stone Trolls which will keep you busy for 2 weeks.
PE: Here is the website to find a variety of activities from PASS our PE provider. They also have a series of lessons about well being which is important for all of us. Click here and enjoy playing along.
Music: Out of the Ark for singing activities here
These two websites also have a variety of lessons to support your learning.
Our Zoom meeting is on Monday 6 July at 3.30pm. I hope to see many of you so we can chat again.
Week 29 June
English: We will be continuing with the booklet The Truth About Trolls and complete the work by Friday.
This week I have included some extra lessons on time.
Remember to continue with Times table Rock Stars and support your house in the challenge.
This week is Science week. BBC Bite size will have many interesting topics to look at and experiment and test at home. There is a series of videos for year 3 revising Rocks, soil and fossils which will be helpful to you. I would love to hear from you on our BLOG about what science you have been doing.
Theme: Flow (all about Rivers) If you have completed any of the home tasks please send photos to the office so that I can share your work.
Music: Out of the Ark here
Pod 4 baking a birthday cake
Esmae and her family went night fishing and it was very exciting as Esmae reeled in her first fish which was a carp. Well done to all of you a great activity and looks like loads of fun. Thanks you for sharing with us.
WEEK 22nd JUNE
Talk for Writing Home-school booklet THE TRUTH ABOUT TROLLS. This booklet will be for 2 weeks. I hope you enjoy it.
Our theme FLOW all about rivers will continue, so try and complete one of the tasks listed on the homework sheet.
PE: This week is National Sports Week so why not try one of these challenges with your family?
Music: Out of the Ark songs
Remember our Zoom meeting on Monday at 3.30pm. I would love to chat to more of you.
WEEK 15th June
Talk for Writing Home-school booklet JOURNEY TO THE JUNGLE ( complete the booklet this week)
PE Newsletter with information for you. Mindfulness and yoga course to sign up to.
Music: Out of the Ark songs
Harrison visited Teston lock and was able to see and understand how the lock worked. It looks like he learnt a great deal of new information. Perhaps you could find out why we have locks in rivers and how they work. Thank you Harrison for sharing your visit and learning with us.
Zoom meeting Monday 8th JUNE at 3.30 pm.
I am in school everyday so fingers crossed our internet connection will be good, as I don't want to do a disappearing act!!!
WEEK 8th June
This week and next we have some exciting English for you to enjoy. It is different from the English that you have been doing so far but I'm very excited about it. It is a booklet about a Journey to the Jungle by Maria Richards. It is up to you how much you do each day but there is enough work for 2 weeks. After that I will be introducing you to another story booklet. I would love to hear what you think of this on our zoom chat on Monday.
Talk for Writing Home-school booklet JOURNEY TO THE JUNGLE
PE interesting exercises here
Songs from Out of the Ark here
Exciting writing competition. Read all about it here. I would love many of you to enter.
WEEK 1st JUNE 2020
I hope that you are all enjoying the beautiful weather and keeping yourselves protected from the sun. Remember our zoom meetings on Mondays at 3.30 pm
English Reading and Writing here
English Grammar and Spelling here
English text Chapter 1 A bite in the Night here
PE: Why not have ago at these activities.
Songs: I think this is a good song - Shake my sillies out.
Science: This term we are going to be learning about rivers. Watch this clip and see what you have remembered by answering the quiz.
The Iron Man Chapter 5 here
What did you like about this story? Could you think about the music that the Spacebat Angel Dragon told the Iron Man about. The world became peaceful and the people wanted to live in harmony with each other. Could you draw or describe this world. Think about what things that would make you feel peaceful and happy.
Well done Josh and John for building a great green house. You have been very busy in your garden planting and building a bird box. I hope birds are going to come into your garden and nest. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Well done Millie you have made an amazing Metal Robot/ Iron Man. Wow! We will be able to list all the metal items that we can see. Who else has photographs of their metal creations? I would love to put them all together in a gallery.
WELL DONE SETH
Below you can all see how busy Seth has been planning, constructing and planting up his raised beds. What an amazing garden he has created! I am sure that we are all looking forward to more pictures in a few weeks time when he is able to show us his yummy vegetables and fruits. Remember to keep them watered in this hot weather.
If anyone has pictures of their activities please send them to the office and I will put them on our webpage.
Times Table Rockstars
The results for Term 5 as follows:
4th place - Maple with 2,889 points
3rd place - Rowan with 12,842 points,
2nd place - Cedar with 14,488 points
and the winner for term 5 - Holly with 31,283 points
Well done Holly!
Week 18 May 2020
This week is Mental Health week. Click here and watch the short video. Can you think of a random act of kindness for someone in your house or a neighbour.
Listen to some kindness stories. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-stories
English Reading and Writing here
English Grammar and Spelling here
English Text here
English Extracts here
Maths answers here
PE click here for a variety of activities
Science video clips for Friction. Watch the story of Rapunzel and see how the investigation covers the importance of prediction, fair testing and repeating any measurements taken. Can you answer these questions?
What did Rapunzel predict? Was it a fair test and why? Why did Rapunzel repeat this investigation several times?
Gosh! Dexter and his brother certainly worked very hard to prepare to celebrate VE day. You deserved your amazing party food. Well done.
What wonderful picnic boxes Harry H and his family tucked into to celebrate VE day! Great to see you having fun.
Thank you Harry W for your VE day celebrations looks like you had great fun. Thanks for sharing.
Week beginning 11th May 2020
I hope you were able to learn and enjoy VE Day on Friday. Remember each week to continue with exercising, Rock Stars, reading and singing.
English overview week 5 to 8 click here
English week 6 click here
The Iron Man Chapter 4 click here
Activities for The Iron Man click here
New Maths Summer week 4 (zip file) click here
Answers to Maths (zip file) click here
Internet Safety activities click here
PE from PASS (Mr Croucher) click here for year 3 term 5 lessons.
Songs to sing click here
FRIDAY 8th MAY VE DAY 75th ANNIVERSARY
I hope that you will be able to celebrate this special day in some way with your family. If you have something special planned, please take a photo and email it to the office for my attention.
A few ideas: Watch the power point by clicking here
Make a flag from this outline click here
Colouring sheet of people celebrating click here
Draw your own picture or make your own bunting. (there are many ideas on Youtube)
Website information link click here
Looking forward to you sharing something with us on our zoom meeting on Monday. Remember we have a new password.
EXCITING NEWS We have new chicks that are hatching and will be coming to school as soon as they are old enough.
Click here to see them.
Week beginning 4th May 2020
I know that some of you are finding it a challenge to get all the activities completed each week. I do not want you to worry or stress if you do not get everything done. It is important that you are doing your best and trying something each week to challenge your brain. I want you to read as much as you can. Remember there are links to books online and a lot of reading material around your home. (Junk mail, local newspaper, magazines and articles on the internet)
Information about your learning click here
English Weeks 5 to 8 click here
English Week 5 click here
English Week 5 text Ways I have raised money this year click here
The Iron Man Chapter 3 click here
Activities for The Iron Man Chapter 3 click here
Maths Summer Week 3 click here ( have some real money to help you with these activities)
Remember to keep doing Times table Rock Stars as the new challenge is on for the houses. Who will win this term?
Science video on magnetism click here
After watching the video write down some facts about magnetism.
What do you now know about repel and attract in magnets?
I hope you enjoy these activities.
Week beginning 27th April
English Reading and Writing click here
English Reading text page 1 click here
English Reading text page 2 click here
English Grammar and Spelling click here
Maths Summer week 2 click here
The Iron Man story Chapter 2 on You tube Click here. Listen to the story and then make some notes about the chapter. Think about these questions. Who believed Hogarth? What clues did the farmers see? What did they decide to do to trap the Iron Man? How did Hogarth attract the Iron Man's attention? What happened to the Iron Man?
Singing: If you go to the Sing up at home website there is a song to learn and sing along to each week.
PE: Remember to go to Mr Croucher's link to complete some physical activities.
...Earth day 22 April 2020 Click here to see more.
Summer Week 1 20th April to 24th April Home Learning
General information click here
Maths Summer Week 1 click here
English Summer Week 3 click here
Our theme for this term is MIGHTY METALS Click here to see the home tasks.
Remember when you record your tasks to think about neatly setting it out. Best handwriting, as those pen licences are waiting for you.
Mr Croucher has added some activities to keep you busy. Click here to see what has been set for you.
There is also a journal for you to keep about your activities. Click here.
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. I HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING A WONDERFUL TIME IN THE SUNSHINE. THE EASTER BUNNY LEFT A FEW TREATS IN MY GARDEN AND I WAS SO SURPRISED AND HAPPY. YUM I AM IN FOR A TREAT!
DON'T FORGET TO KEEP EXERCISING WHILE EATING YOUR EASTER EGGS.
The blog is working well and I'm so pleased that everyone is using it to chat to their friends and ask questions but we also thought it would be a nice idea to arrange a weekly video chat with everyone as well.
If you want to join in with the video chat you will need to ask your parent or adult looking after you to go to the Zoom webpage or to download the Zoom app. You don't need an account, just put this meeting code 845-065-0653 in on the day and time and you can join in.
Venus class will be meeting on MONDAY at 3.30pm.
In order for you to be able to join our meeting you will need to make sure that you are sitting in the kitchen, garden, lounge or common area, that your parent or an adult is present or aware of the meeting and that you are appropriately dressed. When you have joined the meeting, you will have a chance to tell everyone about what you have been doing and to ask questions about your learning. We will take it in turns to listen to everyone and not talk over anyone. If anyone is not behaving appropriately, you will not be able to join in with future meetings.
I look forward to seeing everyone!
Timestables Rockstars - Results for Term 4:
4th place was Cedar with 6,786 points
3rd place was Maple with 12,120 points
2nd place was Holly with 14,595 points
and the Term 4 winners were:
Rowan with 16,720 points
Next tournament begins 20th April for Term 5
Hurrah! It is Easter holidays.
This is a time for you to have a break from home learning and enjoy other activities. I have created a daily challenge for you to do. I have also
included some activities for our next theme so that you can decide what you would like to do or research.
For Easter holiday activities click here.
Easter holiday Project Click here for details
Some more fun activities from Out of the Ark Music. Just type in Out of the Ark Music into google and get the great activities.
WEEK 2 30 March to 3 April Home Learning
I hope that you are enjoying the sunshine and getting out in your garden for exercise and fresh air. Sunshine makes me soooo happy!
If you are having any trouble with the on line learning please ask questions in our blog.
Please click here for Maths Week 2
Please click here for English Week 2
Please click here for Parent letter
Please click here for Week 1 English pdf
Please click here for Week 1 English
Please click here for Mr Majeika
Please click here for Mr Majeika pdf
Please click here for Maths Week 1
Welcome to Venus's Page
Class Teacher: Mrs van Rensburg
Teaching assistants: Miss Dearnaley and Mrs Waghorn
WELCOME TO VENUS CLASS WE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE AN EXCITING AND FUN FILLED YEAR IN YEAR 3.
Term 4 Homework: There is only one piece of homework this term which is due on Monday 23rd March 2020
PE on Thursdays will be outside either on the playground or on the field if it becomes drier. Pupils must bring in a spare pair of socks, and trainers are essential and not plimsolls, as they are not suitable for outside wear. Track suit bottoms and a long sleeve jumper may also be worn as some days are still very chilly.
ART and HANDWORK
This term we are looking at textures and how pictures are created using textured fabrics, variety of threads and small items. We will also be creating texture with paints. If you have any scraps of fabric or threads (wool, string, cottons) please would you send them into school next week so that we can start planning our large class picture for the end of this term.
We had an amazing junk orchestra workshop today. Thank you to the PTFA who treated the children to this.
Dexter: I liked it because i could try out different instruments and see what sounds they made.
John: I liked the drum because I had to follow the beat. Boom, boom, boom, tap, tap.
Lucas B: i enjoyed listening to Mr Junkman telling us how he made the instruments.
Henry: I liked it when we played in groups and heard the different sounds.
Harry H: I liked to see how much Mr JUnkman could recycle and use to make fantastic instruments.
Mathilda: I liked the bottle tops on the wood because it made a jingle bell sound which was festive.
Jack: I liked playing the drums and keeping the beat.
Lucus T: It was a lovely treat at the end of our term.
Harrison: I liked to play in the class band.
We are hopefully going to start collecting materials to make our own instruments so keep checking the website.
Spelling test will be on Monday morning 9th December due to our very busy week.
Thank you for all the effort that was put into the amazing homework. The children will be sharing this with each other next week.
PE kit has been sent home as we have completed our PE for this term.
Christmas productions are next week. On Monday we have our dress rehearsal so please make sure that your child has their costume, Santa hats or other props that they need.
PE: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Spelling Tests: Fridays -- as we no longer have forest school this term.
Reading Challenge: Please keep up with listening to your child read at least 3 times each week in order to stay on track and receive a bronze certificate and treat at the end of this term. Updates will be pasted in your child's reading record at the end of this week.
CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION - This year we will be having a whole school production and some of year 3 children are a group of angels as well as children. They have been given words to read over the weekend, ready to read or say on Tuesday 19th November when we will be assessing if they can project their voices loud enough to keep the part. Please help your child to rehearse well.
By the end of the week (22nd November) the children will receive a note explaining what costume they will require for the production.
TERM 2 Gods and Mortals
The newsletter about this theme will be on the website by the end of the week. I have included the homework tasks and the due dates.
TASK 1 -- Due date Monday 11th November
TASK 2 -- Due date Monday 2nd December
End of theme class visit.
Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to our end of theme afternoon.
The children loved this Predator theme and worked hard learning new skills.
Thank you to all the grandparents who visited us we do hope that you enjoyed your time with Venus class.
Thank to the parents who were able to attend the class meeting on Wednesday. I hope that you found it useful and informative. I am including the power point presentation for those of you who could not make the meeting so that you have the necessary information.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursdays.
You will need a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and socks and trainers.
PE kit must be in school everyday as we could use our trainers outside when we have a brain break by jogging, skipping or running.
This term we will have Forest school on Fridays.
.You will need to remember your jogging bottoms or long trousers, a long sleeved shirt, waterproof jacket, socks, wellies or old trainers and
warm hat for those cold days.
You will all have forest school each week. You have been divided into two groups (see contact books for groups) and the groups will alternate going to forest school in the morning or afternoon each week.
Please make sure that wellies or old trainers are sent to school in a separate bag as they do become very muddy in wet weather.
Meet the teacher is on Wednesday 11th September at 3.20 pm in Venus class.
I look forward to meeting you all and sharing expectations, routines and activities for Venus class this year.
Theme for Term 1
It’s time to take a walk on the wild side!
This half term, we’ll invite some amazing animals into our classroom to discover how they move, what they feel like and what they eat. We’ll also program a toy to move across a grid – will it be caught by a predator? We’ll learn about the different parts of a plant and how some plants are predators! From our investigations about the human skeleton, we’ll find out how muscle make the bones move. We’ll investigate food chains and learn about how animals find their food. Using the internet, we’ll research the majestic peregrine falcon and discover where crocodiles live. After our research, we’ll create an exciting aquatic animation.
At the end of the theme, we’ll show you a range of animal fact presentations, make animal collages and learn about the interesting (and disgusting) world of parasites!
Learning focus: Science
English Recounts, leaflets, poetry, stories, speeches
Science Food chains, fossils, plants, skeletal systems
Art & design 3-D models
Computing Algorithms, flow diagrams, research, logical reasoning and presentations
D&T Selecting and using materials
Geography fieldwork, using maps
Mathematics Data handling
PE Competitive games
PSHE Resolving differences
Help your child prepare for their project Predators can be found in deserts, jungles, oceans or even in your own back garden! Why not go for a walk and see which animals and plants you can identify? You could also visit a zoo, thinking about which animals are predators and which animals might be their prey. Alternatively, put bird food in the garden to see if you can attract any visitors!
HOMEWORK for term 1
Please select two activities from the Home Learning ideas.
The first one is due in on Friday 27th September
and the second one is due on Friday 11th October.
You are invited to school on Tuesday 15th October at 2.30 pm to see the work that we had completed this term..
We will working on the following in Maths and English.
Addition and subtraction of a one digit number from a three digit number.
Placing numbers on a number line.
Continue to learn phonics to help our spelling.
Using conjunctions to join sentences and link ideas into a more complex sentence.
Adding and subtracting tens from a three digit number. Column method.
3 times table
Recount using First, then, next, after that, finally. Must be in chronological
sequence. Be able to recap an event orally. Write a recount after our visit from predators.
Bar models 324 = 254 + ?
324 - 254 =
Write sensible number stories for the bar model.
Counting on and back in tens.
Poetry about predators and their prey.
Read poems about the predators.
Create noun phrases to use in their own poems.
Adding and subtracting hundreds from a three digit number. 234+500=
Using < smaller than < greater than and = is equal to/the same as
Creating leaflets and trump cards
Know how to set out a leaflet and a trump card.
Choose a predator and create their own.
Problem solving using addition and subtraction column method
Fact file / information leaflet
Create another leaflet about a different predator.
Revision of 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Multiplication – making groups of 3 (times table)
Division – sharing equally.
Write your own story about an imaginary predator using knowledge that you have learnt.