Mary Seacole

As part of our topic learning, 3S have been researching a variety of historical figures from the Victorian period. Last week, we learned all about Mary Seacole who was a Jamaican British nurse who set up the British Hotel (a hospital) behind the lines during the Crimean War. We admired her perseverance and dedication to do what she loved which was to help and heal others.

Here are some of the posters we made to celebrate her achievements:

Silly Sentences with 3S

We have finished writing our stories of Jack and the Beanstalk. For the rest of this week, we will focus on understanding how a sentence is constructed and the different word types that are needed in order for a sentence to make sense. Today, we worked on some super silly but grammatically correct sentences by using a method called colourful semantics.

The method is simple and also easy to practise at home. All you need is a Who (orange), What (yellow), Where (blue) and When (brown). Then, you order the pictures so that the sentence makes sense grammatically. This is a great speaking and listening activity you can play at home with your family over the half term. Some examples of sentences that the children made today were:

Here are some examples of cards we used in class but why not have a go at making your own cards at home over half term?

3S Drumming

Last week, we had a special visitor come in to teach our class how to play the Djembe drums. A Djembe is a kind of goblet-shaped hand drum originating in West Africa. The kids absolutely loved it and played brilliantly. You can watch the children in action here:

Why didn’t the sun do anything to the black paper?

Last week in science we learned about the importance of the sun but also the negative effect the sun’s UV rays have on our skin. To test this ‘invisible’ power of light, we set up an experiment. We took three pieces of different colour sugar paper, covered parts of the paper with pieces of card and left it in the sun for a week.

Today, we took a look…

The pink and (used to be) purple sheets of paper were definitely affected by the sun but the black paper didn’t change at all! Can you work out why the black paper was not affected by the sun’s UV rays as much as the other two colours? I can confirm that the 3 pieces of paper were made our of the same material. The only difference was the colour.

I am looking forward to your answers!