Welcome to Rowan & Chestnut
This term, the children have been learning hockey skills, playing games to improve accuracy moving with the ball, passing and shooting. They enjoyed our team battle today, trying to be the team with the highest score by being the most accurate at shooting. To start the lesson we played trucks and trailers where one player (truck) controlled the ball, moving all the time, changing direction quickly whilst their partner (trailer) followed closely behind, waiting for the “all change” signal to swap roles.
Our music focus this term is pentatonic scales and melodies as used by the Chinese in their music. We have listened to some traditional Chinese music and watched dancers perform a dragon dance. As we listened to the music, we expressed how it made us feel through movement. We have been playing pentatonic scales on the chimes and glockenspiels.
Today, Year 3 led worship for the whole of KS2 in the hall. The children took charge of the whole assembly, lighting the candle, reading the Bible passage, guiding the other children in their thinking and closing the worship time.
The Bible passage, taken from Matthew, told the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus escaping to Egypt to get away from King Herod.
We thought about how Mary, Joseph and Jesus were refugees in a place where they could not speak the language and did not understand the culture – how frightened they must have been. We related this to refugees today, fleeing from wars, for example from Ukraine and Syria. We thought about how we can extend a hand of friendship to those who are frightened having made dangerous journeys to escape their terrifying situations.
We finished by listening to a song about reaching out to others – You can reach out with a heart of love – Doug Horley. Here’s a link to the video to watch at home – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3WhVRC51ls (please note this is an external link to YouTube).
We hope you have all enjoyed a peaceful Christmas and New Year break. We are ready for another exciting term of learning ahead with our focus being around the Romans across our history and English lessons this term. In computing the children will be learning about emailing and looking out for spam / phishing emails. In our DT this term we will be making cushions using appliqué techniques. In maths, we are revisiting place value along with addition and subtraction, and then moving on to fractions. We will be using maths in our French lessons too as we learn the numbers to 12 and use them to talk about our age and play some games.
Please see our overview of the term below along with our maths focus this term with our key instant recall facts (KIRF) – 4 times table facts.
‘Why is Christmas so important for Christians?’
The whole year group took part in our Big Christmas RE lesson in the hall, exploring the big question ‘Why is Christmas so important for Christians?’ We watched some videos, telling us the Bible story and the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. The children could use four different zones to explore and share their thoughts on our big question. In the colour zone, the children could draw pictures – some lovely thoughts about how Jesus birth led ultimately to his death on the cross, showing the true significance for Christians. In the word zone, children wrote prayers, carols and short stories. They could sequence the Bible story with a cut and stick activity. In the busy zone, there was Lego and playdough to create artefacts to show their understanding of the significance of Christmas. In the reflection zone, children shared their personal thoughts about Jesus’ birth.