We have had another busy week full of great learning! I can’t believe we are less than two weeks away from the end of our first half term. The day after we break up - Friday the 19th October - we will be having our school parents day. Information will be sent out to you shortly about this. I am looking forward to meeting you all properly and discussing your child and their progress.

What we have been learning about this week…

In Maths we have been using a number square to add and subtract two digit numbers from each other. We have also started to focus on our times tables and their corresponding division facts.

In English we have continued to look at conjunctions and have also done some character analysis of some characters in the fables we have been looking at in class. The children’s vocabulary is really starting to grow, I’m very impressed!

In Science this week we have been learning all about the fossilisation process. This can be tricky to understand but the children blew me away with how quickly they understood this and were able to order the steps in their books.

In History we were hunter gatherers for the day and tried some of the food that they would have gathered. We were very adventurous and tried dates, figs, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. The children were very brave and tried these foods even though they didn’t look very appealing! We also created a stone age menu.

In R.E. we have started to learn about Baptism and how this sacrament brings us in to the Christian family. We have spoken about how we can live our lives like Jesus and follow in his footsteps. I have asked the children to ask you why their name was chosen for them - does it have a meaning or was it because you just liked the name?

The children have brought home a letter today regarding the harvest. The children have been asked to bring in a tin of fish or vegetables to join the school collection which will then be taken to a local food bank. All donations are greatly appreciated. If these items could be brought in to school from next Friday the 12th October. This is an important time in the year and a time for us to reflect on how we can help others less fortunate than ourselves.

The children brought home on Monday a spelling sheet and a times tables sheet. Please can the children spend 5 minutes or so each night practicing these as they will have a short test on a Friday to complete (they will be tested on all spellings highlighted in green and a random selection of times tables questions). I understand that the children do also have homework to complete as well as daily reading; however this extra work at home will benefit your child throughout the year greatly.

Please see the homework tab of the website for details of this weeks tasks. 

Award winners this week:

Golden - Sienna

Maths - Jensen

Writing - Declan

A huge well done also to those children currently taking part in our Shakespeare production - they were featured in the newspaper this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

It has been another busy week in Year 3. Time really is flying and the children are enjoying the challenges that life in the juniors brings.

In Maths this week we have been looking at place value and learning to understand what the value of each number is in a three digit number. We have also learnt about how to work out if a number is greater than or less than another number. The children are working super hard in their Maths work and this is really paying off! Well done Year 3.

In English this week we have been carrying on looking at Fables but with more of a grammar focus. We have done further work on inverted commas and have started to learn about conjunctions and how we can use these to join two single clause sentences together.

In Science we have been learning about the permeability of rocks. We conducted an experiment where we put different rocks in to water and noted whether there were any bubbles coming off the rock or not. If there were bubbles then the rock was permeable, and if there wasn’t then the rock was impermeable.

In History we have continued to be archaeologists and we had a go at matching artefacts to their descriptions. This was quite tricky as it required teamwork but we got there in the end!

In R.E. we had Father Jim visiting us to answer the questions we thought of last week for him. The children were fascinated by what he had to say and thoroughly enjoyed having him in school to visit us. We are going to start learning about Baptism next week and about how this is our welcome in to the Christian family.

Our award winners this week are:

Maths: no award this week due to our welcome assembly

Writing: Lila

Golden: Adam

Please see the homework section of the website to see this weeks tasks.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

This week we have been learning about the importance of having a growth mindset. We have learnt that the brain is a muscle and that we are not born ‘smart’. The more we use our brain, the stronger and smarter it gets. That is why it is important to challenge ourselves and not give up - if we do give up our brain becomes lazy! The children have really got on board with this and we will be doing lots more work on this as the year progresses.

We have done lots of super learning in Year 3 this week and I am so proud of all of the children for how hard they have worked and for the effort they have been making. It is not easy transitioning from Year 2 to life in the juniors but they are all taking it in their stride.

In Maths this week we have been focusing on adding and subtracting a one digit number from a two digit number.

In English we have continued to look at Fables and have done some role play around this. We have also been learning about inverted commas and when we can use these in our writing.

In Science we did an experiment around how rocks can change over time and learnt all about erosion.

In R.E. we have devised some questions to ask Father Jim as he is visiting our class next Friday. This ties in to our learning around our Christian family and who makes up that family.

In Art we have been doing some colour mixing and learning about Vincent Van Gogh.

In History we were archaeologists for the day and we were looking at some artefacts to decide what we could deduce from them.

All in all a very busy but fun week!

Our award winners this week are:

Maths - Brodie

Golden - Molly

Writing - Kourtney

Have a super weekend and please see the homework section of our page for details of this weeks tasks.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

Our second week in Year 3 has really flown by. Before we know it, it will be Christmas! The children have had another fabulous week of learning and are really growing in their maturity and behaviour each day. This week we created our class rules so that we can understand what we need to do to be a good member of Year 3.

We also took part in a class vote to decide which children were going to represent our class on the school council. Molly and Adam were the chosen children - a huge well done to both of them! I know they will be fabulous school council members.

In Maths this week we have been looking at our number bonds to 20 as well as adding a one digit number to a two digit number. Some of us found this a little bit tricky but we applied our growth mindsets and we got there in the end.

In English we have started a new topic on fables. The children worked in groups to perform a fable, such as the boy who cried wolf, and then they had to match the moral to the fable. Their performances were fantastic!

In Science we have continued our work on Rocks and have been trying to use scientific vocabulary to describe different rocks.

In R.E. we have been thinking about why we go to Church and special occasions in our own lives that have brought us there, such as Baptisms and Weddings.

Our certificates this week were awarded to:

Golden Award - Declan

Maths Award - Nathaniel

Please see the homework tab for details of this weeks tasks.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have had a great first week in Year 3. The children have been fantastic to teach and they are so eager to learn! The children have settled in beautifully and are taking the move to the juniors in their stride. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and what it will bring.

In Maths this week we have started by recapping our number bonds to 10 and then looking at our number bonds to 100. The children impressed me with their knowledge and hard work.

In English we have focused on reading and spelling - please see my separate blog post about Accelerated Reader for more information about our school reading scheme.

In Science we have started our topic on Rocks and the children enjoyed sharing what they already knew about this subject and what they wanted to find out.

In R.E. we have started to think about our Christian family and special times we have spent with our own families. The children's contributions to discussions around this were so lovely and heartfelt, they really made me smile!

Please see the homework tab of the Year 3 page for details of this weeks homework.

If you would like to discuss anything with me please feel free to speak to me at the end of the school day.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

This week the children will be bringing home their new reading folder along with a book from our Accelerated Reader scheme. The way the scheme works is that the children take an online reading test which gives them a ZPD (zone of proximal development - a range of books that will challenge your child without causing any frustration). This is in the form of a number range and each child will have a different ZPD. This is because the test looks at the children's own personal reading skills and determines from that what range of books they can read. Please note this number is not a reading age. For example; a ZPD may be something like 1.8-2.4. All of the children have now completed this test.

The books we have in school have a corresponding ZPD attached to them and your child will be able to pick books to read from within their own ZPD. Initially, your child will be picking books from the lower range of their ZPD and over time will start to work towards the top end of their ZPD.

Once the children have read a book they will take a quiz online. Each book has a certain number of points attached to it and the children will gain a proportion of these points depending on how they do on the quiz. The quiz is designed to test the children's comprehension of the book they have just read.

The children will be bringing these books home to read and will also be bringing home their reading log. I have asked the children to make notes in their reading log each time they have read the book to keep track of what is happening as they will be able to refer back to these while they are quizzing. I have suggested that the children make notes after every few pages or after each chapter if that applies.

If you do have any questions regarding this I am always available at the end of each school day once the children have been collected.

Thank you.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

The highlight of our week has definitely been Sports Day! All the children tried their absolute best and didn't give up. I was so proud of them all. Well done to all of the children for also showing fantastic teamwork and cheering their team mates on. In the end Layton won the KS2 trophy which was well deserved!

In Maths this week we have been learning about division. The children have found this tricky but we have used our growth mind sets and will continue to look at this next week.

In English we have started to look at a new text - Escape from Pompeii. This is a story about two children who fled Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted in AD79. It ties in beautifully with our current History topic (Romans) and Geography topic (Volcanoes). The children have written a setting description this week and will write their own narratives based on the story over the next couple of weeks.

In History this week we have been thinking about how we know that the Romans existed which led us on to thinking about archaeologists and what evidence they have found when digging up sites. We played a Roman themed Battleships style game which we all enjoyed!

This morning we went over to Church to take part in the Solemn Exposition. The children were so beautifully behaved and respectful, well done Year 3.

I can't believe we break up for summer 2 weeks today - this year has really flown by!

Awards this week go to:

Maths: Liliana

Writing: Naomi

Golden: All of Year 3 for an amazing Sports Day!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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This week we have continued to learn about the Romans. We made our very own Roman shields which took quite a lot of hard work! We tried to create our shields so that they looked just liked the ones the Romans would have had. Once they had finished we went outside to attempt to create the 'Testudo' (tortoise) formation that the Romans were famous for. We did a great job!

In Maths this week we have been learning about different types of lines - vertical, horizontal, parallel, diagonal and perpendicular. We had fun on the infant playground trying to spot as many of these lines as we could.

In English we have finished our instructions and they are now edited. I am so impressed with the children's writing - they have worked very hard to use as many features of instruction writing as possible. If we ever cross a woolly mammoth; we will now know how to wash it!

In Science we have been looking at the eatwell plate this week and what foods we need to eat to have a balanced diet. Next week we will be making models of balanced meals.

We have also been practicing for Sports Day. Just a reminder that this is on the 5th July at 9.30am. Please come along to support the children.

This morning we all attended Mass for the solemnity of St Peter and St Paul. The children were beautifully behaved and I couldn't have been prouder of them.

Awards this week:

Maths: Audrey

No other awards have been given out this week due to our Mass this morning.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the weather!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

To start our week we had a go at following a set of instructions to create our very own woolly mammoths using milk cartons, tissue paper, card and pipe cleaners. The children did a fantastic job and they are now on display in our classroom. Today we have planned our very own set of instructions and we will be writing these next week - all based on the book 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth'.

In Maths we have started to look at 3D shapes and their properties. We were very good at this! The children can confidently name lots of 3D shapes as well as describing their properties. Can you spot any 3D shapes in your house?

In Science we have continued our animal and human nutrition topic and are enjoying our roles as personal trainers. We have been busy compiling some data for our 'clients' which we will present in a few weeks time.

I have been super impressed this week with the children's positive attitudes and hard work. Well done Year 3.

Award winners this week are:

Golden - Zachary W-O

Writing - Tom

A date for your diary: Sports Day is on the 5th July at 9.30am. Please can you ensure the children are in full PE kit that day with sun cream applied. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have had a very exciting week in Year 3...I don't know where to start!

The children were very lucky to have an artist come in to our class on Tuesday morning to give a workshop to the children and to ask them to create some pieces of art for a Wordpool event coming up in July (a leaflet has come home with your child today). There was a circus theme and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Similarly, we were thrilled to welcome a lady called Emily in to our school this morning who is a storyteller. Emily shared with the school a history of the Blackpool Tower Circus through a wonderful story about  a girl called Mary - ask the children to share this story with you. The children then had the opportunity to write a postcard describing an act from the circus, as if they had been in the story like Mary. These postcards will be on display at the Wordpool event in July in Stanley Park along with their circus artwork they completed earlier in the week.

On Thursday we had the privilege of going to St Mary's for a Mass with other Year 3 classes from our local Catholic schools. Our new Bishop, Paul Swarbrick, led the Mass and it really was a very special occasion. Our Year 3 class led the post communion reflection with a beautiful rendition of 'Love, Love' which they performed so well. After the Mass, we had a picnic lunch and then had the chance to play outside in Christ the King's wonderful outdoor area. I was very proud of all the children who represented our school beautifully.

In Maths this week we have continued to learn about the grid method when multiplying.

In English we have started to look at a new text - How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth - and will be creating our own instructions based on this next week. As per my text earlier this week, if the children could please bring in an empty and clean milk carton on Monday that would be great as we are going to be making our very own woolly mammoths.

No homework this week - however, please ensure your child is reading every day and making notes accordingly.

No awards were handed out this week due to just returning from half term and our visit from the storyteller this morning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

This will just be a very short and sweet post to wish you all a happy and healthy half term!

I have sent the children home with two letters - one regarding an after school club starting after half term and one regarding a mass we have at St Mary's the week we return. If your child wishes to take part in the after school club they need to return the attached health form on our first day back as it starts the following day. The St Marys mass slip also needs to be returned on the first day back.

No homework over half term - but lots of reading please.

Award winners this week:

Golden: Zachary F-S

Writing: Angelo & Audrey

Maths: No award due to bank holiday

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

The highlight of our week was going to the tennis club on Wednesday for our final tennis lesson. The children were so well behaved and sensible, and once we got there they played some fantastic tennis. It was such a hot day but there was no complaining at all! I have since sent a letter home with the children from the tennis club detailing some lessons they do there - there is a free one on a Thursday so I do hope some of the children consider going as they seemed to have really enjoyed learning this new sport.

In Maths this week we have finished our topic on time and I am so proud of all of the children who have persevered and shown great resilience during this tricky topic. A lot of us have found it hard but we have come through the other side! Well done Year 3.

In History this week we have learnt about Roman homes and designed our very own.

In Science we have started new topic looking at animals and their skeletons, as well as looking at what they eat. We are going to tie this in with the human diet also.

I was exceptionally proud of all the children who last week took their First Holy Communion. They all looked fantastic and it was truly a lovely service. The children have worked so hard to get to this point and I am so happy that I got to be a part of it. We have the remainder of our group taking their First Communion this weekend so I am looking forward to celebrating with them.

Our award winners this week are:

Golden - all of Year 3 (for fabulous behaviour on our trip)

No other awards given out this week.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

Our 4 day week really flew by. I hope you all enjoyed a nice three day weekend. To start our week the children continued to learn all about mountains and volcanoes in their new Geography topic. They also drew the Mona Lisa in their Art lesson - there were some very impressive attempts!

In English this week we created actions to the poem we have been looking at in our poetry topic - the Water Cycle - and then performed them. In Maths we are finishing up our topic on time and will be looking at roman numerals on an analogue clock next week.

I have been really impressed with the children's tennis skills in their weekly lesson. We definitely have some natural players in the class! The children really enjoy these sessions and towards the end of term we will be heading over to the tennis club for our final lesson.

In History this week we were looking at Roman clothing. The children made their own brooches and really enjoyed dressing up in a toga!

Award winners this week (no Maths or Writing awards due to Pop Idol auditions and a shorter week):

Golden - Gabriella

On a final note...I am a little disappointed with the amount of children who are not reading daily at home. I understand that we all lead busy lives but even if the children read for ten minutes before bed it would be greatly appreciated by myself and very beneficial for your child.

No homework this week!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have fully embraced our new History topic of the Romans. The children are really enjoying learning lots of interesting facts about them. This week we were looking at the Celtic Queen Boudicca who led a rebellion against the Romans. The children did some lovely writing on her life and have even learnt a song about her in Music - ask them to sing it to you! They learnt this song last term but still know it off by heart, it's very catchy!

In Science this week we have designed our very own space farms - we had to think about all the requirements plants need for growth and include those in our designs. The children have come up with some fabulous creations.

We are continuing to look at time in Maths - this week we have started to learn about how to tell the time to the nearest minute. Any practice you can do on this at home would be greatly appreciated.

In English our poetry topic continues and we are adding to our vocabulary by learning new words such as onomatopoeia and alliteration. The children have enjoyed finding examples of these in a poem we have been looking at on the water cycle.

Please see the homework tab for details of the work set for this week.

Award winners this week:

Maths - Sophie

Writing - Lily & Naomi

Golden - Claire

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

I can't believe we are three weeks in to our summer term already! Before we know it the children will be heading in to Year 4. So many of the children have matured beautifully this year and will be more than ready for their new school year in September. I am very proud of them all.

This week we have been very busy. In Maths we have continued to look at our new topic of time. We are finding this very tricky but we will get there eventually. If you could try to spend some time with the children helping them to tell the time on an analogue clock that would be super!

In English we have been looking at Poetry ready to start our very own poem in the next couple of weeks. The children are really enjoying this topic and its associated word play.

In Science we are continuing our plants topic and have just completed an experiment on water transportation in plants. To do this we added food dye to some water in bottles and put some white flowers and leafy celery in the bottles. Over the next few days the flowers and the celery leaves changed colour to match the food dye in the water. Ask the children how this happened!

In R.E. we are nearly at the end of our topic on the Mass. This has tied in nicely with the children's communion journey. Please spend some time with the children helping them to learn their Mass responses.

This week we were also lucky enough to go on the Life Bus to see Harold and Katie. We had a great time learning about the brain and the children were thrilled to see Harold! We learnt all about the different systems in our bodies also.

Please see the homework tab for details of this weeks homework - can you also ensure the children are reading every night and making notes based on what they have read.

Award winners this week:

Maths - Thomas

Golden - Theo

Writing - Caitlyn

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

It has been lovely to welcome the children back this week after the Easter break. I hope you all had a wonderful half term.

Your child has brought home today a copy of the report from our recent RE inspection. The report is a testament to our school's strong Catholic ethos and I feel very lucky to be part of such a lovely school family.

This term we are having a reading challenge in Year 3. The class have been split in to teams and at the end of the term the team with the most points achieved will be our winners. To achieve the most points possible the children need to ideally be getting 100% on each quiz, however even if they don't achieve full marks but still pass the quiz they will achieve a portion of the points available.

The children therefore need to be reading as much as possible at home, and making comprehensive notes. It is important that their notes are done properly as they can use these when they are quizzing. Good luck everyone!

For this term only, can the children please wear their PE kits on a Wednesday and Thursday instead of Monday and Thursday. This is because we are lucky to have a tennis coach coming in each Wednesday to teach the children. This session will therefore replace our Monday PE lesson.

Award winners this week:

Golden: Hollie

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have ended the week on a high with the children having had a wonderful day celebrating World Book Day. They all looked absolutely fabulous so a huge thank you to all of you for the effort made. 

Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our lovely chicks this morning. We have all grown very attached to them and will miss them lots. They were definitely ready to move on though as they were getting quite big and needed more space. We believe we had 6 girls and 4 boys in the end.

In Maths this week we have been learning about addition using the expanded column method. The children have blown me away with how well they have done on this. We will be continuing to look at this next week too. 

In English we have focused on our chick diaries this week and writing down all the important information of the hatching process as well as talking about our experiences of holding them. 

In R.E we are looking at the Mass and have been talking about how sharing and listening play a big part in this. We talked about how we share in Holy Communion and listen to God's Word. The children shared some lovely examples of times when they have listened or shared.

Award winners this week are:

Maths: Tia

Golden: Ryan

Please see the homework tab for details of this weeks activities.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have had a very exciting week in Year 3! Our chicks arrived on Monday and started to hatch on Wednesday. We now have 9 lovely little chicks! We are hoping to work out shortly whether we have boys, girls or a mixture of both. The children have loved seeing the hatching process, as well as being able to hold and stroke them. We have them until next Friday so we will get lots of cuddles in before then. The children have been keeping a chick diary and they are very informative!

The children have been learning about place value in Maths this week and continuing to look at Macbeth in English. In Science, the children drew some beautiful pictures of plants and then labelled the parts afterwards. We are still waiting for our runner bean seeds to shoot through the soil, and are watering them every day to help them along.

A huge well done to Lily, Audrey and Caitlyn who performed in our Macbeth performance this week at the Grand Theatre. You were absolutely fantastic and we are all very proud of you.

This past week we have been taking part in the 100,000,000 minutes challenge. Today we submitted our minutes for the week and we have read over 14,000 minutes as a class. How amazing is that? We need to keep this up Year 3 and carry on being the fantastic readers that we are.

Our awards this week go to:

Maths: Zach F-S

Golden: Reuben

Writing: Theo

No homework this week - however, please can the children ensure they complete chapters 1 and 2 of their 'I Belong' book ready for the Holy Communion meeting on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have had a fabulous week in Year 3!

In Maths we have been looking at subtracting by counting on and relating this to money. The children have worked really hard on this and have enjoyed the challenge.

In English we have completed our descriptions of the witches and they are great! The children have worked hard to use effective language in their writing to build up a picture in the reader's mind of what the witches might have looked like.

In Science we have started a new topic - plants. We have planted some runner bean seeds that will turn in to seedlings in the next 10 days or so. Once they do this we are going to test how important the requirements for plant growth are.

I am very excited to share with you that on Monday we are getting a very special delivery - chicks! They will arrive unhatched and in their incubator and we will be with them on their journey to hatching, and for a few days afterwards too. The children are absolutely thrilled, as you can imagine!

Thursday was World Book Day and this year we are taking part in the 100,000,000 minutes challenge. The children have been given a bookmark to record their daily reading time - please ensure they fill this in over the weekend.

This weeks award winners:

Maths: Abigail

Golden: Grace K

Writing: Joseph

Please see the homework tab for details of this weeks homework.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

It was lovely to welcome the children back this week and to listen to their stories of what they had done over the half term holiday.

We are now just over a week in to the very special time of Lent and this week the children made their very own Lenten promises. We are going to try very hard to make sure we stick to these and show the self-discipline that Jesus showed when he was in the desert.

In Maths this week we have been looking at 2D shapes and right angles. We found the work on angles a little bit tricky at times but we persevered and it paid off! Why don't you spend some time this weekend trying to spot right angles in your house? I would be excited to hear what you have found.

In English we are continuing to look at Macbeth and have started our descriptions of the three witches.

The children's 500 word stories were submitted yesterday - thank you for your entries and the hard work that was put in to them. Fingers crossed we have some winners in our midst!

Award winners this week:

Golden - Reece

Writing - Angelo

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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