Well, here we are learning from home and keeping in touch the safest way possible - from a distance. Look after yourselves 3T, learn whatever you can, enjoy spending time with your loved ones and I can't wait to catch up with you all on our return to school.
To keep you up to date with the Mrs Taylor madness, I will post things here and keep you updated on all things funny, bizarre and prawn cocktail crisp related whenever I can!
Stay safe and smiley you little superstars
Effective immediately, there will be no further arguments over prawn cocktail crisps since nobody seems to like that flavour anymore.
I'm glad about the lack of future crisp conflict but what do I do with all these leftover bags??!
Initial thoughts: give it a week, when faced with the only alternative of 17 bags of cheese and onion, I am sure they'll disappear!
Just had an idea! I know, hold on 3T, you know how special these moments are...
Nothing can be wasted at the moment (nor should it ever to be honest!) so the unloved crisp flavours will make a tasty breadcrumb coating for homemade fish or chicken goujons. Whizz them up in the blender or let a mini Taylor bash them to smithereens and revamp them as a crispy coating for a healthy, comfort tea. Watch this space!
Word of the Day
Can you find the meaning of today's word and use it in a sentence of your own? What other words can you discover that have similar meanings? Use either a dictionary and thesaurus or Wordhippo to look up your definitions and synonyms.
Collins Big Cat have given us online access to their reading scheme books. There are reading books to support those of you reading book band colours up to Lime. Also read the books under the 'progress books' tab for further reading material in your colour band.
If you are reading Grey books, please choose wisely from other online and paper book selections you can access. Keep up the reading miles!
I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the children for making this week so enjoyable. We have heard a whopping 19 traditional tales and have expressed opinions on them. We’ve identified themes and conventions and considered the magical number and repetitive elements of many of the tales. We have explored traditional tale language and written our own versions of the classic Rumplestiltskin.
I’m genuinely sad the week is over...
‘Step Up to the Mic’ Parent Share. Adults and children worked together to roll story cubes to create on-the-spot traditional tales. Once written, who was brave enough to orally retell the story by stepping up to the mic? Some fabulously imaginative tales were created. What a talented bunch of authors we have in Year 3.
The Gift of a Book. A gift from me to you. 3T and 3H paired up to ‘speed friend’ one another before going to the library to select a book for their partner based on what they’d learned about them and their likes/dislikes. The children wrapped up the book and ‘gifted’ it to their new friend during our reading week. Watching the children's faces as they revealed their books and hearing their chatter about the choices was a gift to us adults.
The children should know their 3 times tables facts by now. Please support their knowledge by encouraging them to practise regularly.
It has been 49 days since we submerged Malcolm the Mackerel in a salt/bicarbonate of soda mix as part of our mummification experiment. Today (wearing my trusty 'Gary Gloves') we were brave enough to uncover him!
After a good few eughs and eeks, we were staring like wide-eyed frogs at Malcolm's corpse. We decided that the covering of salt has worked really well and most of the moisture has been absorbed by the salt mix, however, we thought he still needed a little more time to be fully mummified - we are obviously not given a helping hand by the Egyptian sun!
Welcome to Torrisholme’s Valley of the Queens. Here you will find tombs of princes and princesses and maybe a wayward pharaoh or two.
Making flat bread, ancient Egyptian style.
Ramp investigation. We tested ramps to find out which one would be the best to move a heavy object on.
Fantastic friction! Today we investigated friction in wet and dry sand. We found out from our research that the Egyptians used to wet the sand to help them move heavy rocks. When we tested the wet sand tray the block moved more easily as there was less friction.
Super successful shadufs? There is still a lot for us to learn before we can rival the designs of the ancient Egyptians. We are not quite ready to irrigate the school field!
Graffiti maths! Well there’s one way to motivate the children with written multiplication... let them write their calculations on the tables! What friyay fun!
As we have been learning about the process of mummification, Mrs Taylor had Year 3 riveted watching her mummify ‘Malcolm the Mackerel’, this afternoon! He is now totally immersed in salt and bicarbonate of soda to replicate the process of drying out. We will check on him at the end of this term.
Tackling division with remainders in a practical way. Sadly straws aren’t as delicious as eating any ‘left over’ chocolates!
Creating Christmas Characters-can you guess who is who?
The Big Move with Joe Wicks for Children in Need. Jumping, running, punching and twisting to raise money for those who need something a little extra to help make their lives a little brighter.
The Big Move 1
The Big Move 2
The Big Move 3
The MOST fun event of the year is approaching...
Year 3's Christmas Production.
Parts will be given out in due course and songs will be learned in Music sessions. Dust off those dancing shoes and dig out your disco flares - we can't wait to bring the sparkle to your festive season!
At Torrisholme, we are continuously striving to develop ways to encourage our children to read for pleasure. We have created a ‘HOT BOOKS’ list of 30 up-to-date, age-appropriate texts, compiled from a range of suggested reading lists. This is not an exhaustive list of fabulous year group appropriate books but is more a fun challenge list for our children to explore texts written in a wide range of styles by a selection of current and popular children’s authors.
Then we sorted them into reptiles, mammals, birds, fish, insects and amphibians
Hockey skills. We had a great time trying to control our hockey balls today and dribble around obstacles.
Performance poetry. The Bug Chant by Tony Mitten
Performance video 2
Performance video 3
Volcano and Folk Tale Parent Share. Thank you so much for your support - the children absolutely LOVED sharing their work with you.
Problem solving in maths
Master artists! Using watercolours to create a background before adding detail to create explosive volcano paintings.
How Camel got his Hump - freeze framing in action. Can you retell the story using these tableaux prompts?
Vivid volcanoes! We have created striking oil pastel pictures using differing pressures to create different colour effects, smudging and blending. See our final masterpieces on our classroom windows - you’ll be amazed!