GRADE THREE NEWSLETTER

THE SWIM GALA EDITION

SWIM GALA

Equipped with their goggles, swim caps and covered in sunscreen, our Grade Three children came to school Wednesday morning full of enthusiasm and anticipation for their annual Swim Gala. Weeks of training and preparation was about to pay off as the children readied themselves for their events. All competitors had selected two events and the crowds were entertained with freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, fly and relay races throughout the morning. The Great Saint's Boat Race proved to be a great climax to what was a very exciting swim gala. A special congratulations to Jaime House for winning the House Cup on the day.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

10 May - Building Children of Character Workshop

11 May - Virtues Conversation and Coffee

12 May - Mufti Day

13 May - Early Closure for Founder's Day

20 May - Cinema Under the Stars

26 May - Chinese Cultural Expedition Information Evening

01 June - EPSG Meeting

17 June - Summer Term Concludes

What's Been Happening in Grade Three?

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After the research of types of jewellery that were worn by men and women in the past, children were given the opportunity to design and create their own jewellery. Using a range of materials, our jewellers are applying their creativity skills to create original pieces of jewellery for themselves, or to be used as gifts for their friends and loved ones. The children's jewellery will be on display as part of this unit's Exit Point at the end of the term.


For children wanting to carry on experimenting with creating jewellery at home, please find some excellent art and craft websites below.


http://www.allfreejewelrymaking.com/Jewelry-for-Kids


http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/49160/diy-jewelry-projects


http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/jewellery

LANGUAGE ARTS

The creativity continued with our poetry unit this week as children continued being exposed to different forms of poetry before attempting to create their own poems in a similar style. Poetry being written by the children have covered a variety of themes including poems about 'how to do something' 'magical secrets', 'wishes', 'enchanting places' and 'bags full of magic'. The children have been encouraged to be as inventive as they can be with their poetry and some truly original and entertaining poems have been recorded across the grade level. The opportunity to read aloud poems to classmates has allowed time for children to practise their projection and expression skills. Once poems start coming home, please encourage your child to read the poetry they have written to you and explain afterwards what their inspirations were. For children wanting to carry on exploring the world of poetry, please find some useful websites below.


http://storyit.com/Classics/JustPoems/


http://www.poetry4kids.com/poems


http://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html

MATHEMATICS

Time is our next focus in Mathematics with the children working this week on telling time to the minute, using terms that tell the time, and converting hours and minutes to minutes and vice versa. Discussions are taking place about how we spend our time, manage our time and the usefulness of a clock or watch to tell the time. Incorporating games and exercises, the children are refining their time reading and time keeping skills. There has also been 'time' to share a few time related riddles and jokes.


What does a clock do when it's hungry?
(It goes back for/four seconds!)

Why was everyone so tired on April 1st?
(They had just finished a March of 31 days!)

What is a frog's favourite year?
(Leap year!)

Why are Saturday and Sunday the strongest days?
(Because all the others are weak-days!)

What animal keeps the best time?
(A watch dog!)

What is the shortest month?
(May, because it has only 3 letters!)

How many months have 28 days?
(All of them!)

What day do potatoes hate the most?
(Fry-day!)

What time is it when an elephant sits on your watch?
(Time to get a new watch!)

What did the thief who stole a calendar get?
(Twelve months!)

Notice from the Art Department

Grade 3 students have begun their Fashion Unit in their classrooms. In Art we have embarked on our very exciting screen-printing project. Students will be screen-printing their chosen designs which should communicate their particular style preference (ie. colours, themes, patterns, words etc.)


Each student will need a garment which is:

  • 100% cotton
  • solid coloured (any colour)
  • It can be a t-shirt, tank top, button-up shirt, blouse (this should also suit their personal 'style' so it would be great if students can choose this themselves or take part in the decision)


It is needed by:


Week 5 (May 3rd - May 9th) for 3AGr/TCo

Week 6 (May 13th - 17th) for 3Cth/KHa


Thanks for supporting your Fashion Designers!

On the VLE

Remember to regularly check out your child's VLE page.

Newly added to the Projects tab they will find:

Creative Writing Ideas and Recommended Reading Books.

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Important Notice - PE Kit and School Uniform

On days that Grade Three students have their PE lessons, they come to school wearing their PE kit and can remain in their kit all day.


If your child is in a sports team, or in an ECA that requires them to wear their PE kit, on a non-PE lesson day, they wear their normal school uniform for the day and change into their PE kit at 3.00p.m.