Welcome to our class page. Please check regularly to find out all about our exciting learning.
Reminders and Dates for the Autumn Term
3rd – Trip to Museum of Science and Industry
14th – Christmas Jumper Day – wear something Christmassy for Christian Aid (bring £1)
18th – 9.30am First Play Performance
19th – 2.15pm – Second Play Performance
21st – Christmas Party Day. Last day of term.
PE will be every Tuesday and Wednesday, when we will be doing dance and outdoor PE. Be prepared!
Below you will find lots of photographs about the learning in our class.
May the Force be with you
We have had a fantastic day at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Following our class teaching about forces, we have looked at the impact of gravity on falling objects, learnt about the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean and experimented with magnetic forces. We were amazed when our brave teachers volunteered to jump out of an airplane – they really are super heroes! Have a look at our faces, they tell the whole story!
As part of our science work on forces, we have been thinking about air resistance. This week we made parachutes, to see if height, size, shape and materials made a difference to how fast a parachute dropped. We took our parachutes out to the red bridge to test them, which was really fun.
St. Gregory’s High School came for a visit and some of their students spoke to us about their experiences with bullying. They taught us a fabulous dance and gave us the opportunity to take part in their Positive Footprints Award. One of their students read a lovely letter to Mrs. Hogan and another student read one to Mrs. Lydon, which made them both a bit emotional. We have been challenged to think about who we could give the award to.
Year 5 had a really exciting day at Lymm Safety Quest last week. It was a very informative day, and made us really think about some of the choices we are making. We learned about being safe around water, what to do if a fire breaks out in our house, the importance of anti-bullying, how to be safe crossing roads and railways, and so much more!
A Surprise from ‘Down Under’
This week, we were very excited to receive a surprise package. Mrs. Bradley and a teacher in Queensland, Australia have set up an exciting project, so that both of their classes can find out what it is like to live on the other side of the planet. We couldn’t believe it when we were given a letter from a child in a school in a completely different hemisphere! We have read the letters, planned and written our responses in English lessons and, finally, we have typed the letters and added pictures which are typical of us, our school, Warrington and England. We are also interested to know, as part of our RE topic, how they celebrate Christmas in Australia – do they really have a BBQ on the beach?
Chemistry with Cabbage
We are very excited after our amazing science day. We loved watching, doing and exploring different acids and alkalis – creating and designing our own experiments to identify and classify these. Our favourite part was seeing the gloves inflate. Thank you so much Mrs. Watson, for helping us create unexpected chemistry with red cabbage.
This half term, we have had the pleasure of welcoming our Chinese visitors. In our class, we had 5 children who were buddies with Owen, James, Daniel, Ellie and Sophie. Throughout their stay, they joined in with our maths and English lessons and we taught them a thing or two in Rugby too! The visitors in our class were enthusiastic to learn what happens in an English school and they amazed us with how fast their times tables recall was when we played some interactive games.
Dance & Rugby
In Pe this half term, we have really enjoyed having the Warrington Wolves come in to teach us some Rugby skills. I was so proud of my class in every lesson as all the children were commended for how well they had listened and how well their skills had progressed from year 3. On Tuesday 17th July, 5 children from our class had the pleasure of taking part in a Rugby festival held at Crossfields. It was so hard to choose which children to send to the festival, but to the credit of all children in my class, Wil, the Wolves coach who was training our children said that we could send anybody from our class as they were all so good at the skills they had been taught.
Our other PE sessions have been to learn dance skills. Throughout the half term, the children had the opportunity to learn different dance compositions whilst using a variety of props that dance groups use. By the end of the half term, the children will have composed their own dance routine using props – watch out for the videos.
We have continued to learn about ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ this half term. After exploring what living things lived in our school grounds, the children collated their information and presented this in graphs. Since then, we looked around the wooded area at the sides of our playground and school field, and we decided to build a ‘Bug Hotel’. We achieved this with the help our our night care taker, John, who took the time to make us the outer shell of our hotel. Since then, both year four classes gathered many natural resources to fill the hotel with in the hope that we can attract more wildlife to our environment. The children have all worked so hard with this in a very compassionate way as they all wanted to make sure that the wildlife around our school was safe and looked after.
Mosque and Synagogue Trip
As part of our RE topic ‘The Church’, the children had the opportunity to visit Manchester Central Mosque and Manchester Reform Synagogue. The children were fantastic during both visits. They listened well and asked lots of questions. We learnt about the services that take place in a synagogue and the traditions that they Jewish people follow.
In the afternoon, we were warmly welcomed in the mosque where the children had their lunch and were taken on a tour around the different areas. We were given the change to ask lots of questions (both children and adults) and we were even able to watch the 1.45pm prayer. I was so proud of the children as they were silent and respectful during this time and just wanted to learn more.
Oral Health Visit
Today we took part in a workshop run by Marion Stocks who is Warrington’s Oral Health Lead. We looked at the different types of teeth that we have as a child and as an adult and what the function of these teeth are. Later on, some of us were involved in an experiment to see how well we brush away the plaque on our teeth! We definitely have a class full of healthy teeth. Have a look at the photographs to see how much fun we had.
So far this half term, we have been studying the Vikings for our project. This has covered where the Vikings came from, where they invaded and we are going to be learning lots more about everyday life as a Viking.
In English, we have been reading different versions of the Viking story ‘Beowulf’ which was originally written as a poem. We are all thoroughly enjoying this gruesome story and are going to be writing our own descriptive versions of it soon. Watch out for some of our work on here.
As it will be our sports day this half term, we have been learning about Athletic skills. So far we have evaluated our running and have been trying to improve our long jump techniques.
We’re also having some dance classes, with Becky, to learn an African dance. Once it’s all been put together, we will post some photographs of the finished piece.
In Science, we have been studying ‘Animals, Including Humans’. Although we have previously covered some of this topic in health week, we will continue to look at animals and insects that are in our environment, create food chains and think about the importance of looking after these food chains in order for everything in them to survive.
As part of our project this half term, we have been learning all about Westbrook and Warrington. We have studied a range of different maps including aerial photographs where we could see our school and the surrounding streets. The children designed their own surveys that they completed on our walk around Westbrook to find out why people come to the Westbrook Centre. They also conducted a traffic survey where they found out what vehicles pass through.
United Utilities Water Cycle Workshop
In science, we have been learning about different ‘States of Matter’. We have found out the difference between solids, liquids and gases; investigated the best way to melt chocolate and taken part in a workshop let by United Utilities about how the Water Cycle works. We were fascinated to learn that the water on our planet has been here since life began and that we even drink the same water that the dinosaurs drank! Thankfully, we found out that we now treat our water nowadays to make sure it is clean and doesn’t make us poorly. To help keep our water systems free from blockages, the children learnt what should and shouldn’t be put down toilets and drains.
Health week began with an assembly all about being ‘Heart Smart’. Boris the robot joined us last year teaching us different ways to keep ourselves healthy. Throughout the week, our theme was ‘Let Love In’ and we started by reading a story called ‘Words and your Heart’ by Kate Jane Neal. The story talked about how words can change the way we feel in so many ways. We really enjoyed different ways of using words to make each other feel good – there were so many huge smiles around the classroom!
We also took part in at least 30 minutes exercise every day and investigated how this changed our heart rate in maths where we presented our results in line graphs.
In science, we looked at how our digestion system works and what organs make up our digestive system. As always, this topic was thoroughly enjoyed by the children, especially when they had to sort organs into the correct place on a body.
During our PE lessons, we have been learning skills for gymnastics and badminton. In gymnastics, we have worked on our own independently and in partners/small groups. We have used control and balance to be able to perform a range of gymnastic shapes which we put together at the end to create a sequence.
In badminton, we have learnt the key skills needed to be able to strike the shuttlecock effectively and begin to build up a range of techniques to help us score higher points and win the game.
Today we did our first performance of our Christmas play ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’. We hope that everyone has left remembering the true message of Christmas and that it’s not just about presents, and that there are many people in the world who are not as fortunate as us. We need to remember that Christmas is about giving our time, our love and our friendship and that we were given God’s greatest gift, Jesus, to remember and celebrate each Christmas. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Ancient Greek Workshop
As part of our learning about the Ancient Greeks, we took part in a Greek workshop called ‘Greek Gods and Monsters’. We had a really exciting morning where we learned a lot more about different Greek gods and goddesses. Also, we took part in lots of drama to act out some of the myths.
After our Greek workshop, we designed our own plate of healthy, Greek food. We learned about foods that are good for us and how much of each food group we should aim to have on our plates. The morning was a great success and lots of us tried foods that we haven’t tried before.
Towards the end of our first half term, we took part in lots of activities to learn about how Diwali is celebrated. These included creating artwork, learning about what Diwali is and showing our creativity through some Bollywood dancing.
Roald Dahl Day Fun
We had lots of fun on Roald Dahl Day. The children all looked fantastic and had gone to so much trouble to make their costumes look so good. During the day, we took part in exciting workshops where the children focused on the story ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We participated in some drama activities where we created our own freeze frames and designed our very own sweets in the style of Roald Dahl. This meant that we were able to be very creative in our designs and make them as bizarre as possible!
A great day was had by all and the children had lots of fun.
Our topic in science this half term is ‘Sound’. We will be learning about what sound is, how it travels, how our ears work and what happens to sound as we move further away from it.
As well as following our year four topic, the children will also be taking part in science assemblies where we have different people coming in to show us just how exciting science is.
Our project this half term in all about the Ancient Greeks. We will be learning both Geography and History throughout this topic, finding out where Greece is and how the Ancient Greeks lived.
Year 3 Learning
During our Spanish lesson, we planned and made a Spanish breakfast. We prepped our ingredients and read the instructions on the recipe. Once we combined our ingredients, we put them in the oven! The tortilla’s were a great hit with the class! I’m sure the children would love to cook this for you at home.
‘Which chocolate melts the quickest?’
On Friday, we planned and carried out a fair test which aimed to find out which type of chocolate melted the quickest. We thought about how we could make sure the test was fair and what we need to keep the same.
“This was the best lesson ever!” I heard being said across the classroom as smiles beamed from the children’s faces (that were covered in chocolate).
Our Holiday to Barcelona
Well, we had a fantastic afternoon on Wednesday! We went on holiday to Barcelona. As we entered the classroom, it was set up like a plane – all the chairs were in rows – we each took a ticket, and found our seat ready for our flight. What does every flight need? A pilot, co-pilot and cabin crew! We selected some trustworthy members of the class to help us with these important jobs. As you can see from the pictures, the children were very excited to go on holiday and had smiles on their faces from start to finish. During the flight, we learnt about Spain and all about human and physical geography in Spain. Zach’s love of planes inspired this geography lesson!
We have some fantastic artists in our class! We have been examining different artists and using their work to inspire our own. We were even lucky enough to have an artist, Miss Culleton, come and join us for the lesson. We used a range of media to create our artwork inspired by Monet. The children enjoyed our walking gallery once w had finished so they could show their friends their beautiful artwork. Check out our work!
Expressing Christianity through Creative Arts
Wow! The children created some excellent sculptures based on Christianity. We were inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, a sculptor who uses natural resources, to create our own artwork. It was lovely to see the children exploring the outdoors with their groups and working together to create some fantastic sculptures.
An Exciting First Week Back!
Wow! What an exciting first week back! We had a fun-filled week exploring our new project all about ‘Dinosaurs’. This project is based upon what the children wanted to find out. We started our first day by exploring dinosaurs’ footprints. We used our maths skills to measure the footprints to work out which dinosaur the footprints belonged to.
Outdoor Adventure Activities (OAA)
This half term, we are focusing on our team work skills. We had so much fun trying out the different activities and learning to work together effectively. It was lovely to hear the children supporting one another.
Head Teacher’s Award
Today, we went outside to investigate how our shadows change over time. We planned our investigation and carried it out by drawing around our shadow every hour to see how it moved through out the day.
A super, but wet, sports day! A little bit of rain didn’t stop the fun had by all. Well done to Mrs Angel-Webb and Mr Strickland-Wright for winning their races. A big thank you to all who came to support the children!
The children thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Tatton Park where we learned lots about the Anglo-Saxons.
We had an exciting science lesson examining different objects under the microscopes.
Anglo Saxon Invasion
What a fantastic first day back! Today we had an Anglo Saxon invasion. Half of the class were the fearless Anglo Saxons and the other half of the class were the Britons. The poor Britons were minding their own business, working hard, taking naps, cooking and cleaning when the Anglo Saxons invaded their homes. We thought about what life would have been like at this time and how the people would have felt.
We are all very excited for our trip to Tatton Park to explore life during the Anglo Saxon period tomorrow!
Have a wonderful Easter break with your friends and families. Enjoy, be safe and eat lots of chocolate!
‘Eggciting’ Egg Competitions
The children decorated some ‘eggcellent’ eggs for our competition. It was an extremely tough decision for Amelia to make, but the minion was the winner! The next competition was to see who could roll their egg the furthest. Although there was lots of yolks flying around the playground, we had a clear winner!
British Values Day
What a fantastic day we have had! First of all, we asked the question ‘What is good about being British?’. The children came up with fantastic ideas and decided that fish and chips and roast dinners was one of the best things about our country! We discussed each of the British values and what they meant. We had some super discussions throughout the day about why it is important to celebrate people’s differences, about being unique and what we love about our country. We finished our day by singing our national anthem!
Democracy- The Great Debate- Should it be chip day every day?
Two wonderful panel members listened to each side of the debate and came to the conclusion that it shouldn’t be chip day every day as we need a balanced healthy diet, despite some interesting views from the ‘for chips’ group.
Today, we learned all about what the Roman’s ate by tasting food, what the Romans’ pottery was like by creating our own clay pot, all about Roman numerals, cracking codes and creating our own roman clock and finally we found out about different dates during the Roman invasion.
Showing Compassion for the Environment
The children have been thinking of ways we can show compassion to our environment. Recently, we noticed the ducks were looking for the perfect nesting spot, and all of the class were concerned that children might scare the ducks, so the children made posters to warn others of the ducks in the area.
We had a super day in Rome exploring the historical sites using Mr Google’s special google expedition equipment!
Today, we continued our art project about buildings. Over the last few lessons, we have examined different pieces of Roman art of showing buildings. The children sketched different buildings, creating a final sketch and then worked on mixing colours to add effect. The children produced some brilliant pieces of work!
Red Nose Day
What a fantastic day we had! Everybody came dressed in their pjs to raise money for those who are in need. We watched a video all about Hassan. Watch it here. http://www.rednoseday.com/kids/story
British Science Week
We had a fantastic week for British Science Week! The week consisted of many WOW investigations and we asked many ‘what if…?’ questions. On Tuesday, we were visited by a Boffin Scientist called Harry who taught us how to make slime, and he showed us how electricity travels through our bodies to the ground. Throughout the week we did other experiments in our class such as: What happens if you put a Mento into different types of fizzy drinks? What happens if you add a special tablet to water? Will it create a popping canister? We also created a jolly jet balloon. On Friday, we were lucky enough to have Alfie’s dad and his colleagues, who are scientists, join us from Manchester University. We asked the scientists different questions about their choice of job, what they enjoy and we even examined some brain cells!
Well done to everybody for their fantastic home learning! We enjoyed a great afternoon presenting our home learning to our group. We followed this by holding our very own ‘Walking Gallery’. The children imagined they were in an art gallery and inspected all the different work that each other had done. The children then commented on each piece of work by writing a note saying what they liked abou the work. It was lovely to hear the comments they each received from their peers.
History- What did the Romans eat?
You probably thought you heard incorrectly when your child came home from school saying they were examining a Roman’s poop? Well, not quite! Today, we investigated what the Romans used to eat by examining their poop. How else would we have found this out?! The children were hooked throughout the lesson. Laughter and learning all rolled into one. Although it was rather disgusting, the children learnt a lot about their diet and digestion. It was a fun- filled hands on history lesson!
James said, “This was the best lesson ever!”
Jake said, “Thank you for this afternoon. It has been fun!”
World Book Day
What a fantastic day! We started the day by looking at our favourite books and explaining who we were dressed as. We had an exciting range of characters from Gangster Granny to Matilda. All the costumes were fantastic. We created some book reviews on the iPads using the green screen app and took part in Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) sessions throughout the day which the children loved! Later on in the day, during the reading safari, we had a surprise reader come to visit and read a story – Miss Ashton! The children loved seeing their old teacher again! See our pictures and videos below of our fun filled day.
Our Trip to Chester
On Tuesday 28th February 2017, we went on our trip to Chester. It was exciting from start to finish. We had a fantastic day learning lots of new facts.
On Friday, the children were investigating the properties of 3d shapes. They created a model of different 3D shapes using sticks and marshmallows. The children really enjoyed this and could all explain the properties of different shapes.
Our Class Assembly
I would like to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful children in my class for working so hard in putting together their class assembly. They have worked extremely hard on their work and were so excited to show you. I am so proud of them! Thank you to everyone who came to watch we hope you enjoyed it!
Here is the PowerPoint shown in the assembly. Miss Cragg’s Class Assembly PowerPoint
Today, we have been looking at the images from the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’. We imagined we were there and used the app ‘Green Screen’ to transport us into the story. We had great fun using this app and we felt like real actors!
We are always very proud of the children when they are inspired to continue their learning at home. Here are some fantastic examples of children continuing their science investigating at home.
Chinese New Year
Wow! What a fantastic day celebrating Chinese New Year. We all took part in a Chinese workshop where we learnt a Chinese dance and had our own Chinese parade. After our workshop, we did a range of activities which included creating a book mark, a picture of a rooster, we retold the Chinese New Year story, practised our fine motor skills using chopsticks and did some research on the iPads to create a leaflet/ newspaper report.
Our Visit to the Library
“Yesssss!” is always the response I get when I tell the children we are going to the library. This shows me how much they enjoy reading and getting stuck into a good book! The children always enjoy looking through the wide selection of books and discussing them with their friends. We brought back many books from the library to add to our reading area including lots of fact books and some stories about animals.
In our gymnastics lessons, we have been jumping on and off the equipment. We are working on perfecting our balances and shapes.
Science – Rocks
We looked at the different types of rocks and the children made their own sedimentary rock using chocolate to form the layers.
The children also made an earth pudding as we looked at what exactly is underneath our feet and under the ground.
Do you want to make your own earth pudding? Here are the instructions to do so. Instructions for Earth Pudding
Happy New Year! It has been lovely to hear the stories from the children of what they have been up to over the Christmas break. The children have settled back into school wonderfully and are ready to get started on our new project ‘What happened in Pompeii?’.
We started our year by thinking about what it means to be a good friend. Each child created a poem about another child in our class and what makes them a good friend. Each and every poem created was beautiful and it definitely gave us a wonderful, positive start to our year.
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for all your support this term. The children have settled into year 3 wonderfully and I am so proud of their achievements and hard work. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
The Christmas Party
Today was our Christmas party. Lots of fun was had by everyone. We designed our own party hats and used our maths skills to measure our head using a tape measure to make sure it would fit. There were some super designs! After that, we had lots of fun playing different party games.
We have been creating a range of Christmas crafts. The children have been working on their fine motor skills to create a wreath, a card, a reindeer gingerbread man, a gift bag, a Christmas candle holder and even some very special reindeer food.
The Christmas Play
The children have been working exceptionally hard to learn their lines and songs for our play. They performed it beautifully and it definitely put a Christmas smile on all the adults’ faces.
Today we had chance to play the multiplication games the children made at home. They were fantastic! It is clear a lot of hard work and thought had gone into designing and making the games. Thank you for supporting your child with their homework. We had great fun playing the different games whilst learning our times tables.
The 11th November is a special day. We all reflected upon what Remembrance day is about and who we think about at this time. The children created acrostic poems about remembrance and prayers. We all created a poppy to display on our classroom door.
Our class took part in the mile long fun run around our playground. All the children looked fantastic in their costumes. The children across the school raised a whopping £8 000 in total! A fantastic effort by all.
The Savage Stone Age Workshop
A Savage Stone Age welcome from Miss Cragg and Ms Bradbury.
On Tuesday 8th November, we had a ‘Savage Stone Age’ workshop. From start to finish, the children were hooked into life in the Stone Age. The workshop consisted of perfecting our rapping skills, acting and exploring life in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.
Children who aspired to be a school councilor prepared speeches to deliver to the class. After delivering their speeches to the class, a vote took place to elect our school councillor.
“I will do my best to help our school by making it a better place. I will help children with their problems on the playground and I will listen to everyone’s ideas. I love helping others!”