Welcome back, Year 3! It's fantastic to have you all returning and I cannot wait to get started on our learning once more. We have new topics, new units in English and maths and lots of forest school and outside learning.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the grown ups who have been helping out over this week. I understand that this form of learning is not ideal for anyone, but hopefully this work and the live lessons are providing some sense of normalcy and structure in these uncertain times. Without grown ups helping, this would be impossible. Secondly, I am very very impressed with all of you! You have done some excellent work this week and we have covered everything I wanted to cover in school, even if we have done it differently than I had planned.
Enjoy a relaxing weekend and I will see you all Monday at 9:15 for our next English lesson!
A few of you have been asking about sending in photos of the children working. I think this is a great idea and it would be amazing to get some photos to start throwing up here of our Lockdown 3 classroom. Thank you to Jenny for sending in this photo of Rhys working on his Science yesterday!
On the main google classrooms page, on the purple banner at the top (with the picture of a notebook, laptop and pen) there is a little arrow going down. Clicking that will reveal the link to the live lesson room. Reminder that live lessons will be beginning at 9:15, 11:15 and 1:15 each day. Thank you.
Thank you for sticking with me today, think I've got the hang of it - a special thank you to those of you who have offered assistance and to the children for all being so enthusiastic and patient (at least when they are on the call with me!)
My current plan is this:
Any worksheets or exercises to be completed will be uploaded at the start of each day. This means that those who cannot attend the live lessons can complete the work at alternative times. I believe that any work you complete on the computer can be sent back to me using the 'turn in' function and I will be trying to set as much work as possible that can be done this way so I can be getting a good idea of how you are all doing.
At 9:15, 11:15 and 13:15 each day there will be a 'meet' using webcams where I will offer additional feed-ins and children can ask questions. I urge you to come to these wherever possible as it will provide the best teaching possible but will also be a very positive social option for the children. I will try and keep these to 10-15 minutes max but if children want to sit in the room working like we did in maths, then that's okay too! The link will be the same each day, so it might be worth saving it in bookmarks - I will try and pin the message to the top of the feed, but so far I've not been able to work out if this is actually possible.
If there are those of you who have been unable to access the learning today, please send me an email at email@example.com and let me know. I can arrange paper packs of work and send those off or leave them at reception to be collected. This will obviously take some planning and putting together which I have not yet had the opportunity to do, so it may take a couple of days to get this in place for next week.
Finally, you should be really proud of yourselves guys, we're the only class currently doing live lessons and I've been really impressed with how quickly you've all adapted to this! Well done!
Please see the following. This was sent out as a letter last term but I am aware that a lot of the letters will have been misplaced since then.
We have set up Google Classroom for your child’s class. This is where teachers can communicate with the class, children can ask any questions and where work can be set.
Your child’s Google login is 18(first name in full last initial)@walkern.herts.sch.uk
For instance, my username would be firstname.lastname@example.org
The password is Walkern20 but I believe this can be changed once you are logged in.
Please use the code basncaa to join the Year 3 class.
Following on from yesterday's announcement, we are working to put things in place to best serve the needs of all children. Please stand by and check back regularly for more information as the day progresses. Please make sure that children understand I am very sad to not be able to see them in class and that their presence will be missed, but that all staff are working on finding the best way to do the best we can.
To all Year 3 parents,
I am aware that some parents may choose to keep their children home due to safety concerns regarding the current Covid-19 Pandemic situation. For children who are choosing not to attend, packs of work will be provided. If, at a later date, the class bubble were to close or government guidelines were to change and force the school to close, lessons will be provided via Google Classroom.
Please continue to check this page for additional updates. I want to reassure parents and children that any decisions that are made will be relayed here as soon as possible. I would also like to extend my personal appreciation for your ongoing support in these times and voice that I understand many of you must be facing difficult decisions right now. Please look after yourselves and make the decisions that allow you to feel safest.
Class Teacher - Mr Absalom
Class Teacher - Mrs Burton
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Cooke
Autumn Term 2020
We are only a few weeks in and already we have been working very hard! After starting out with fables in English, we are moving on to writing our own version of The Ant and The Grasshopper. In maths, we have been revisiting what we know about place value and order, counting up in hundreds, tens and ones. Soon, we will move on to estimating and rounding which can be tricky, but with the right attitude we will do our best!
In history, we are looking at the lives of prehistoric peoples - The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Our science ties in very nicely with this as we are looking at rocks and fossils, allowing us to tie the learning in both subjects together. We have also managed to enjoy the last couple of weeks of summer sun by doing lots of PE out on the field. A fantastic start from all of the children - I honestly could not be more proud of each little person in my class!
The class will continue to have extra PE on Monday and Tuesdays as well as the sessions on Thursday and Friday. This allows us to provide intervention help to children who may need some support with certain aspects of their learning which was essential in the period we were in ‘lockdown.’
Our spellings go out on a Friday alongside homework, both of which are needed to be done by the following Wednesday.
The most important thing I can ask of you is to please read listen to your children read every day. Ten minutes a day will lead to huge progress in every subject and has been proven massively advantageous in numerous scientific studies.