Signs of Spring!
We walked through the school grounds this morning to look for sings of spring. We saw daisies, dandelions, buttercups, bluebells and apple blossom. In the new pond, we saw tadpoles!
This week, we have been reading dragon poetry and using clay to make dragon eyes. We are all looking forward to our dragon art workshop next week with Mr Lewis!
The Magical Literacy tour!
Apple class are celebrating completing their performances in the year 3 and 4 play!
Year 3 enjoyed a visit from Mrs Brinkworth yesterday for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths workshop. We learnt about the engineering history of Plymouth, including Brunel's famous bridge, and had a go at making structures using spaghetti and marshmallows. We found out that a triangular shape is stronger than a square or rectangle.
World Book Day!
We have enjoyed our day today dressed as our favourite book characters. We have played a Cinderella "staircase" spelling game, and have rewritten the story of Cinderella using similes. Can you guess the theme we used for the story?
Cinderella, by apple class
Once upon a time, there was a girl called Cinderella. Her face was as pretty as Stacey Dooley’s and her hair was as blonde as Rapunzel’s plait. She lived with her stepmother and stepsisters, who were as cruel Craig Revel Hallwood’s comments. They used her like a slave and worked her like a camel. Cinderella was as sad as a dance-off loser.
One day, a letter from the palace came. There was to be a royal ball to help Prince Charming find a wife, and everyone was invited. Cinderella was as excited as Bruno giving a 10. Everyone knew that the Prince was as handsome as a Alijaz.
Cinderella was told that she couldn’t go. “You’re as clumsy as a clown, and they’re as rich as…well, Simon Cowell. You’d be like the first person voted off Strictly. You can’t go.”
The night of the ball came, and Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters left, dressed up like celebrities and screeching like cats. Cinderella was as lonely as a lost dance shoe. Suddenly, a fairy godmother appeared, like a gust of glitter. “I can help you go to the ball!” said the fairy godmother. Cinderella was as surprised as a Strictly winner.
The fairy godmother whooshed her wand, and changed Cinderella’s rags into a ballgown. In her new dress, she looked as pretty as Darcey Bussel. Finally, she gave Cinderella a pair of glass slippers. They sparkled like strictly contestants.
Cinderella arrived at the ball. The prince saw her immediately, and thought she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen, like Ashley Roberts. They danced together all night, like Joe Sugg and Diane.
Midnight arrived like a quickstep. Cinderella ran as fast as a foxtrot, losing her slipper. The Prince watched as her shoe fell like a teardrop from Dr Raj. The next day Cinderella was back in the kitchen, scrubbing pots and pans like she was practising the tango.
She had just finished when there was a knock at the door. It was the Prince, holding the glass slipper. He said that whoever the slipper fit, could come to the palace and be his wife. The stepsisters tried the slipper, but their feet were as big as scoring paddles – it was like getting a 10 from Craig. They gave up.
When Cinderella tried on the shoe, it fitted like it was tailor-made. “You will be my Princess!” said the Prince. “I love you like Alijaz loved Jeanette. Come and live with me at the palace!”
Cinderella was as happy as a celebrity with a make-over. She took the Prince’s hand and left her old life behind like a can of spray tan. They lived happily ever after, like Strictly champions.
Spelling Bee success
Congratulations to Ellie and Esme who have shown our Queen Bee (Mrs Meadows, English Governor) that they are the bee's knees when it comes to spelling! They have practiced every day, and are now working on level 4! Keep practicing over half term :)
Challenge Chair Caps
Congratulations to our fantastic 5 today for achieving their cap for their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Thank you to everyone who brought mufti money today in support of St Luke's Hospice. We enjoyed listening to an Elmer story, and completing Elmer pattern activities.
Mayflower 400 poetry competition
Congratulations to Reece, who has written the winning entry for Apple class. The children were asked to imagine they were crossing the ocean on the Mayflower with the Pilgrim Fathers, and to include the phrase "beyond the horizon", the competition title for this year.
The ocean surface is blue crystal water.
When the sea rocks, it is very calm.
It sparkles like a rare jewel in the night.
It is rocking my boat very softly.
When I touch the water, I feel that it's very still.
What is beyond the horizon?
Is it dolphins?
I'm not sure.
Life for Victorian Children
We have been finding out about life for poor children in Victorian times. Here are Maisie's and Louis' thoughts:
Hello, my name is Maisie. I am a house maid. Every day, I have to clean the chamber pots, serve food and set the fire. My job is unfair because I have to do all the housework. I feel exhausted, but I still have to work. If I don't, I will be caned on the hand. I wish I had some money.
Hello, my name is Louis. I am a chimney sweep. Every day, I have to clean the chimney, climb the ladders and take out the birds nests. My job is horrible because I get covered in soot. I feel exhausted, but I still have to work. If I don't get out of bed my master will beat me. I wish I didn't have to go to work.
We have been using our "maths talk" to help us investigate in maths:
We have looked a poetry examples and added our own ideas:
Visit to Morwellham Quay on 2.11.18
Welcome to the Apple class page. We are very happy with the way that the children have settled into our new Year 3 routines; it is hard to believe we have only been back at school for four days!
This week, we have been writing sentences about the school day, using the correct punctuation.
This is what happened on our first day back:
We went to an important assembly with Mrs Harvey. (Ella)
We played excitedly on the playground. (Molly-Mai)
At lunchtime, we ate our delicious food. (Rio-Jay)
After lunch, we did our fire safety walk. (Orla)
I was tired at the end of the day and I wanted a snack. (Evan)
I was tired at the end of the day because I had did lots of work at school. (Harry G).
I was tired at the end of the day, but it was fun. (Harry H)