Spring Term 2018
Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas break and are ready and excited for our new topics this term.
Over the next few weeks, we will be finding out all about the islands of Hawaii, home to several of the world’s biggest volcanoes. We will take a look at Hawaii’s geographical features as well as some of the cultural traditions, popular music and art work. Following that we will take a closer look at volcanoes and find out exactly how they erupt and why.
Some of our other focuses this term will be as follows:
Literacy: Pie Corbett story telling
Science: The human body and how to keep it healthy
Art: Hawaiian Tikis
DT: Building our very own working volcano
Music: ‘Compose a season’
ICT: Our creative LAVA project
I cannot wait to get started!
New Year, New Class CH!
Hello and welcome to another year at Ysgol Maes-Y-Llan!
We have an exciting term lined up and can’t wait to get started! Our topic this term is ‘The Romans’ and we will be exploring whether they truly were ruthless and rotten (as described by Horrible Histories!). Below is a brief breakdown of our subjects this half term:
Narrative – Story writing, Roman adventures.
The four mathematical operations
Welsh – Personal Information
P.E – Gymnastics (Monday) and Swimming (Friday)
History – The Romans
Geography – The expansion of the Roman Empire and its impact.
D&T / Art – Roman Mosaics
I look forward to meeting you all over the course of the year; I hope that together, we can help your child aspire, apply and achieve their personal and academic goals.
Swimming (Friday 15th September onwards)
We are once again very fortunate to be able to offer the children of Class CH the opportunity of swimming lessons at Chirk Leisure Centre. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn to swim, grow in confidence in the water or develop already established swimming skills. We will once again be fortunate to have two dedicated swimming instructors to ensure your child receives dedicated teaching.
Further information will be sent out on the school newsletter this Friday (8th September).
Last week we explored all about the United States of America in Class CH. We did a range of things including trying American food, sports and researched all 50 states! Below is a PowerPoint we used in this afternoon’s open afternoon.
Thank you to all of the parents for coming in and to the children for their hard work! Below, is a short PowerPoint about our week, why not take a look?
Twitter – @YMYL_Class_CH
Class CH will soon be on Twitter and it will provide parents the opportunity to receive information and updates from class activities and trips instantly. The purpose of the twitter page is to provide information to parents of Class CH. The page will be set to private so Only the parent(s) or Guardian(s) of the children in Class CH can access the content of the page.
Should you be a parent of a child in Class CH and wish to follow our tweets, please click on the logo below to find our class profile. The profile administrator shall then process all requests to follow the account. This account will NOT follow parents back. The account administrator has the right to block any follower who misuses this information service.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to ask Mr. Hughes.
Click the logo to be redirected to our Twitter page.
Reminder – PE Kit
A reminder that this term, as with the previous term, Class CH’s PE lessons are on a Monday. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit including: a royal blue t-shirt and shorts, and pumps or trainers for them to be able to take part in the lesson.
Should you be required to purchase any kit, all of our uniform is now available from Ram Leisure, please click on the link below:-
Thank you for your co-operation.
Class CH Swimming
A reminder, that this term the children in Class CH will be attending swimming lessons on Friday mornings at Chirk swimming baths. All children will need a swimming costume, towel, hairbrush and £1 towards the cost of transport. We will be leaving at 9.00am so please make sure that your children are here punctually. This will start on Friday 13th January 2017.
Spring Term 2017
Happy New Year to all from Class CH. I look forward to welcoming you all back to school for the new year. This term, we will be learning all about the local village of Ruabon.
- We will delve in to the history of Ruabon, dating all of the way back to the Bronze Age!
- We will explore the geographical features (natural and human) of Ruabon.
- In science, we will continue to look at leaves and trees before going up to maximum voltage as we learn all about electricity!
- In P.E, we will be working to the beat as we do fitness and dance (Please Note: P.E will remain on Mondays, please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school for the lesson).
- In art, we will be taking inspiration from the world around us to paint and draw the best of Ruabon.
I look forward to another exciting and engaging term with you all; as always, please come in and speak to me should you need to.
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
As the children look forward to performing in the upcoming christmas concert ‘Nativity Nightmares’, the children in Class CH have been requested to wear festive clothing and / or accessories for their upcoming performances. Thank you to those children and parents who have already provided these clothes for tomorrow’s dress rehearsal.
We look forward to putting on great performances for you all next week!
Trip – BBC National Orchestra (21st November 2016)
All children in Class CH have been issued a letter regarding next week’s trip to watch the BBC National Orchestra in Llandudno. Please could all permission slips and money be returned by Friday 18th November. The coach shall be departing at 9.15am on Monday 21st November and returning at approximately 1.15pm; therefore please provide a packed lunch for your child (children entitled to free school meals will be provided with one by the school). Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hughes or the school for further information.
I would like to say thank you to all of the parents who have taken the time to visit on parents’ evening this week, I hope you have found it as beneficial as I have. It has been great to meet you all and have so many positive conversations with you all. I do apologise for any delays you may have endured for your allotted time and I greatly appreciated your patience on the evening.
I look forward to working with you all in supporting the development of your children over the course of the year.
Parents’ Evening – Class CH
All children who have returned their slips regarding parents’ evening have now been assigned an appointment and given a slip with confirmed appointments on, to give to parents and guardians. Thank you for the many responses, unfortunately not everybody could be given their preferred slot due to the demand for certain slots, appointments were made on a first come, first served basis and I do apologise if this has affected you. If you have any issue with the slot assigned, please feel free to come and speak to myself so an alternative date and time can be arranged.
Roald Dahl Project
Children have been reminded that their project on Roald Dahl, which they have been working hard on for the past four weeks, is due in this Friday (11th November). Thank you to the children who have already submitted their work via email, USB or by hand. Children are reminded that this piece of work is compulsory as it is an integral part to their history work this term. Children will present their work to the class next week.
As a reward for the class’ good behaviour this term, the children have decided that for their reward they would like to watch a dvd for the afternoon in their pyjamas. Therefore, could you please provide children with some pyjamas that they can wear for the afternoon (only) to enjoy their DVD (U rating) , popcorn and hot chocolate.
Please note tomorrow is also non uniform day.
This week Class CH have started reading Roald Dahl’s beloved novel, ‘The BFG’. We have discovered that the BFG was very big, very thin, he carried a suitcase and came out in the “Witching Hour”. We also discovered that each stride he took was the length of a tennis court. I asked the children if they could research the length of tennis court to see if as a class, we could discover the exact length. Many of children came back with an answer today (which is fantastic to see!); the children found that the answer was 23.77 metres (78 feet). This afternoon as a class, we measured out 23.77 metres on our yard using a metre stick, chalk and some very helpful assistants!
Here is what the distance of one stride for the BFG looks like! I can’t wait to see what else we learn about the BFG next week!
Week Ending 16.09.16
Welcome back – our second week has been completed already! In science we have been identifying what we know about science and what roles involve science. We have also introduced the topic of solids and liquids and discussed what we know and what we would like to learn. If the children want to explore their science topics at home and take their learning further then they are welcome to bring drawings, research etc to add to their work.
In R.E we are examining ‘What do signs and symbols mean in religion?’ We have discussed what we know about R.E and its role in helping us to be global citizens. We will be exploring the intended meanings of a wide range of signs and symbols. We will also discuss and investigate examples of symbolic language.
If you have any queries about science/R.E please feel free to ask anytime but especially on Monday 19th at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ event.
Enjoy your weekend.
Welcome to all of the children and parents to another exciting school year!
Firsly, allow me to introduce myself. I am Mr Hughes and I will be the class teacher for Class CH this year. I am delighted to join the teaching staff at Ysgol Maes-y-Llan; I’m looking forward to the exciting year ahead.
The school will be hosting a ‘Meet the Teacher’ session on Monday 19th of September at 3pm until 4pm (later times or alternative dates can be arranged); I look forward to meeting you all; together we will strive to help your child grow both academically and as a person.
This term your children will be celebrating Wales’ (if not the world’s) most famous children’s author Roald Dahl, on his centenary celebration. We will be exploring one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved novels, The BFG.
This term we will be:
Literacy: Exploring Roald Dahl’s writing style and how he created his magical stories.
Maths: Trying to determine the stride length of a giant!
Geography: Scouring the world to locate The BFG’s ‘Giant’s World’.
History: Examining the life of Roald Dahl and his impact on world culture.
Design and Technology: Creating BFG puppets that we will be using in our IT project to create a new cinematic trailer for The BFG.
Physical Education: Inspired by the success of Team GB’s gymnasts, we will be putting our best, balancing foot forward in gymnastics! (Please note: P.E will take place every Monday and kits are expected to be in school for this lesson).
Science: Mrs Raybould will be bringing Science to life this term every Tuesday afternoon.
I look forward to the year ahead and working with you all. If you have any questions or queries please come and see me for a chat.
Mr. C Hughes
Summer Term 2016.
Week Ending 20.07.16
Hopefully you will have had your first lie in this morning!
We have finished our first year as Juniors – well done in year 3. It has been a pleasure working with you.
In our celebration assembly we said farewell to Mrs Swarbrick and Miss Thomas. We sang our tribute songs heartily – well done. Charlie was awarded the merit cup – Congratulations Charlie. And last but not least, we were very fortunate to be treated to an ice cream from Mr Idnan, Tanya and Adam’s dad. Diolch yn fawr iawn.
Enjoy the summer. Stay safe.
Mrs Raybould and Mrs Jones
Week Ending 08.07.16
Congratulations to Charlie, Emily, Ieuan, Kristyna, Lisa and Lucy J. Between them they read an incredible 493 times. Bendigedig! They will be going to Splash Magic on Monday.
It has been a busy week. Starting off with our assembly on July 4th – Independence Day. A fantastic effort by all. Thank you Mrs Jones for organising it all and thanks to all family member who attended.
I had the pleasure of organising the trip to Nant Mill on Tuesday, which was enjoyed by all. Thankfully the weather held and we stayed dry with the exception of the river activities! The pond dipping and woodland habitat exploration was a first for some. It was also interesting to learn about our local history too. Naturally we owe a huge thanks to our helpers too. Diolch yn fawr iawn.
Thursday’s open afternoon for international week was an opportunity for children to show their hard work from assembly and international fortnight. Sadly a trip to Disneyland isn’t feasible!
Finally we concluded the week with Gemma from ‘Design to Smile’ with a ‘sugar assembly’ about the detrimental effects of sugar on children’s dental health.
Have a nice weekend. Please can you make sure your child returns all reading scheme books. Thank you.
[Nant Mill 05.07.16]
Week ending 24.06.16.
What another busy week, life is never dull in Year 3. We were disappointed on Monday to find Sports Day was cancelled due to the unpredictable British weather as we were finally organised for the relay. Going out onto the field for PE yesterday and it was chaos once more as so many forget the order and even the direction they were running in! Fingers crossed for dry weather on Monday as we practised for an hour yesterday.
We are continuing with our Adventure and Mystery genre and have nearly completed ‘The Thing in the Basement’ ready to create our own stories. Maths has been fractions, time and problem solving activities. Our Healthy Eating project is going well and I am so pleased to see lovely homework being returned from so many in the class. They have blindfold taste testing and sandwich making to come.
Also on our page this week is the invitation for our class assembly on Monday 4th July at 2.30pm. Please help your child to learn their speaking part as they are very excited to do well on the day. The children are also bringing a note home today regarding clothing on the day.
As always, many thanks for your continued support and have a good weekend.
Week Ending 27.05.16.
What a fabulous week! Not only did we go to Splash Magic as a result of our reading this half term but yesterday we had a lot of fun at the Summer Fayre too. In addition, on Tuesday, we were treated to a tremendous performance of classical music based on a theme of Heroes and Heroines.
In Splash Magic we played on the bouncy castle, did roller skating, football, basketball, running around and had a bit of a boogie. There will be lots of photos added to our page after the half term holiday. The readathon continues so let’s give ourselves a healthy head start and continue reading during the holidays. This is having a significant impact on our learning in school. Please keep up the good work and thank you for your continued support.
We have concluded our RE project about the impact of faith from Mother Teresa, St David, Mahatma Ghandi and the Dalai Lama and their contributions to the world. We have also concluded our science topic on the Human Body. Next we will be learning about Living Things and Hinduism. In Welsh we will continue with the language patterns about times and illness.
Let’s hope the suns shines for our holidays. Enjoy the freedom of not having to rush to school.
Week Ending 20.05.16.
Another busy week in Year 3 with lots of work and new challenges faced. We continue with our topic ‘This is Me’ and will be starting to create our own family trees next week. Please help your child to complete the information that they need in order to start their work in class. They brought this home with them yesterday and it has all been discussed.
In literacy we are continuing with our creative writing unit and will be tying in some adventure and mystery next week with a class reader linked to our work.
There is great excitement with our Pop Art work. We have been studying the work of Andy Warhol and are busy creating our own masterpieces using different medium. Photographs will follow of our class display next week.
Mrs Raybould had great fun in Music with the class playing a selection of percussion instruments to create a tune/rhythm about Robin Hood. Some chose to make up lyrics too.
In Science we concluded our investigation into the effects of sweet or acidic drinks on tooth enamel – in this instance eggs shells! Next week we will be looking inside our bodies.
Please don’t forget it’s our Summer Fayre on Thursday. We look forward to seeing you there and please don’t forget to bring your decorated/filled cups in along with your raffle tickets.
To round off the week on a positive note – we won the tidiest classroom award this week with a special mention for Ieuan who did a splendid job keeping us tidy and organised.
One more week on the Readathon ans we are just about ‘top of the tree’ – last big push please Year 3! Let’s try for the double.
Have a great weekend.
Mrs Jones and Mrs Raybould
Week ending 13.05.16
The tests are over – thank goodness! Everyone tried their best and we hope it wasn’t too stressful at home. Now we can continue with our topic work and practise for sports day.
The children have been learning all about teeth in science and have homework to complete – this time using their existing knowledge and looking at the teeth that animals have. They were all excited to receive their toothpaste and toothbrushes. Here are some pictures of our teeth making activity. We created teeth using salt dough. We have also started a fair test where we have put boiled eggs into different liquids to see what damage they may have sustained. The results will be studied in our next lesson.
Here is a link, as promised, to consolidate and/or extend the knowledge and understanding they have:
In RE we have been researching people of faith and what impact their faith and activities have had on the world. In Welsh we have been practising reading and speaking about different times and activities. Try “brysia” (sounds like brush -ia) if you want them to do something quickly ;0). Please continue practising the language patterns used in the Welsh mats we posted a few weeks ago. They will really help with their progress.
Mrs Raybould and Mrs Jones
Week ending 06.05.16.
A short but exciting week. We had a special guest in science this week. A huge thank you to Mr Kevin Steel, Ieuan’s dad, for coming in to share his knowledge and expertise as a physio. We investigated and learned about muscles and joints. We identified the three muscles groups and identified muscles and tendons. Mrs Raybould and Ieuan were willing to demonstrate how muscles move using a tens machine. We also discussed the role of a physio and what training is required. We may well have the physios and doctors of the future in Class 3.
In creative writing the children have been using story starters as a stimulus. They are also looking at artists and famous portraits. In maths our preparation and revision for the tests continues. We have already undertaken our reading tests.
On the theme of reading, whilst we have read well this week the competition is hotting up. Growth mindset guys – we can do it! Similarly in P.E we are in training for sport’s day. Skipping needs attention boys – if the boxers can do it so can you ;0)
Have a great weekend and make the most of the sunshine.
Mrs Raybould and Mrs Jones
Week ending 29.04.16.
Competition is hotting up in the readathon. We were pipped to first place by Miss Griffith’s class this week but hot on our heels are Miss Thomas’ class. Let’s read for victory everyone and step up our efforts so we get to enjoy the fantastic treat that is on offer!
We have been practising working in test conditions for the forthcoming assessments and children are familiar with the expectations.
Many thanks to the parents who were kind enough to be measured for our science investigation. The children were thrilled to see that family members were listed. We measured head circumference and height, arm span and height were also compared to see if there were any patterns. We also investigated and compared forearm and foot size. Next week we will be learning about muscles and are fortunate to have a visitor 🙂
Enjoy the long weekend.
Mrs Raybould and Mrs Jones
Week ending 22.04.16.
In science we have been looking at skeletons and bones this week. The children have been learning the bone names through different songs. We have looking at songs and videos. ‘Dem Bones,’ a video with Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana and Ron Brown’s ‘Name those Bones’ song to help them learn the different names. We’ve decided the best one is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abgJD054sds
Their learning log is also about bones and skeletons and is due in on Wednesday 27th April 2016, which the children are aware of.
We were fortunate to have the birds of prey in on Tuesday afternoon. Sam and Lisa had the privilege of holding the birds on their arms. In the interests of fairness we did a lucky dip – lollipop sticks with their names on. Everyone enjoyed the visit from our feathered friends.
In Welsh we have been learning language patterns about personal information. Please find attached a copy of the ‘matiau iaith’ which the children are learning. The basic language patterns are learned and elaborated to develop conversational Welsh. A copy of the mat is attached for your perusal and for the children to practise, which they have asked for. Children will have the opportunity to record their conversations, on a voluntary basis, to become accustomed to being recorded. This is an assessment tool that is used for oracy.
Our assembly today was from ‘Healthy schools.’ The children were reminded about the importance of healthy packed lunches and what makes a balanced diet. This also links with the class’s topic.
Have a great weekend.
Mrs Raybould and Mrs Jones
Welcome back to a new term and a new and exciting topic for Year 3.
This term Mrs Raybould and I will be focusing most of the curriculum around the children themselves. Our topic title is ‘This Is Me’ and will include areas such as personal history, where we live, skeletons, teeth, muscles, healthy eating and lifestyles, character and personality, emotions etc.
Welsh will centre around commands and illness and RE concentrates on ‘What is faith and what difference does it make.’
PE this term will take place on a Thursday afternoon and the children have a letter to bring home with them today. Please ensure that your child has the correct kit as stated on the letter. If the weather is fine I will be taking them outside onto the field to prepare for our sports day so please make sure they have trainers and/or pumps.
After our exciting morning to Frankie and Benny’s the children are looking forward to taking part in another readathon competition. Please could I ask that your child reads at home as much as possible and you write a comment and sign their diaries for them to bring into school each day.
If you have any queries or concerns do not hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to meet before or after school in order to support you and your child’s learning.
I look forward to a great term in Year 3.
The children also enjoyed a visit from John and his puppet Charlie – Don’t touch, tell. We learned about blister packs, child proof medicine bottles and needles. The message was clear that if it doesn’t belong to you and it doesn’t have your name on it, it is not yours to touch. You must tell an adult.
In science we did a fair test using a variety of liquids to test which was the hardest to travel through. We made predictions about Fairy washing up liquid, a cheap washing up liquid (from Aldi) vegetable oil and water. Surprisingly the cheap washing up liquid was the thickest liquid. It took more than double the time for the ball of plasticine to travel form the top of the cylinder to the bottom. Lots of excitement with the stop watches.
The children have air resistance to investigate for their learning logs, as part of their forces work in science. Apologies, but there is a full stop missing in my email address. It is email@example.com For those that wanted to make helicopters here is a link: http://www.abc.net.au/tveducation/juniors/pages/2000/transport/air/spinner_ins.htm.
As requested, there is a copy of the ‘Activities to help your child develop their confidence in maths’ document.
Last but not least, enjoy the Easter holidays. I hope the sun shines, wherever you are.
In Science we have been investigating friction. We have created a fair test to compare how vehicles move on different surfaces. Rough surfaces have a higher friction than smooth surfaces. The children kept the ramp height and their vehicle the same. Their variable was the material that the cars moved on, be it carpet, bubble wrap, wood, fabric or cardboard. They made predictions – which was the fastest or slowest surface. To support their learning they have watched a video that explains what happens. Have a look at:
In music we have been practising and singing the sea shanty called ‘Three Pirates.’ We have improved our performing skills and are singing with greater confidence. We will be following this up, next week, by singing ‘The Cook’ and playing simple accompaniments.
In maths we continue to work on our number of the day and using the handsets. This week’s problem solving and reasoning looked at multiples of 10 in number patterns and addition. If you would like to support this learning then think of a number and ask them to add 10 and 10 more etc.
In R.E we are learning about the Bible and its importance to Christians. We discussed the historical elements, letters, psalms, prayers and proverbs. We also talked about books that are special to us. The children shared many ideas about books and why they are special to them. I am looking forward to reading some of their recommendations. The Owl Who is Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson has always been one of my favourites. What’s yours? Happy reading.
What a fun time we have had in Year 3! We have been concentrating on working together as a team and learning to cooperate with each other. The spaghetti towers were a real challenge and some of us even managed to balance our marshmallows on top.
As part of our volcanoes topic we designed and made our own volcano pencil pots which are now standing proudly on our desks. The best part was erupting them to see the lava spill out to complete the look. Kristyna even made one for me at home.
Many thanks to all the children who auditioned and took part in the Eisteddfod this week. You were a real credit to Year 3 and the school.
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Mothers Day! We hope you enjoy the gifts we have made.
Class 3 update from Mrs Raybould.
I am delighted that children are continuing to do well with the handsets for mental maths – this week has been our most successful.
In science we are continuing with ‘fair tests’ and have been identifying what sounds are made according to how full a container is. Does the amount of water affect the sound if you tap the container? Similarly, we listened carefully and made observations about the sound water makes as you fill a tube or cylinder. Is it low or high? If you could discuss some of the sounds you hear at home and whilst you’re out, this would be helpful. How would you describe the sounds you hear? High/low/soft/loud/quiet etc.
The children also ‘predicted’ whether my carrot whistles would work or not! Thankfully they did. There are YouTube clips available should you wish to make your own vegetable instruments. Should you wish to investigate how sound is produced then BBC Bitesize has some excellent quizzes and videos. The children have seen all sorts of representations of sound. They are also producing all manner of sounds as they design their own instruments.
In R.E, our visit, last week, from Reverend Kate was enjoyed by all and the children were able to ‘ask an expert’ about Jesus and his life. This week, we reflected on what we have learned from Rev. Kate and the Gospels to discuss what Jesus thought about himself. In previous weeks we have discussed what his friends and enemies thought of him.
If you have any queries, please ask me.
I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are ready for a new beginning and new term. Our topic for science and DT is sound. The children will be exploring how sound is created and creating instruments for younger children in their DT lessons. We will continue to develop our times tables and problem solving in maths.
In RE we will be looking at ‘What Jesus was like.’ Naturally, if you have any questions or queries about what will be taught please come and see me. Next week we will be looking at the face of Jesus and the children have been encouraged to look for other pictures.
Mrs Swarbrick has introduced me to Pentatonix, an a cappella group of 5 members – I will be sharing this with the class. You may want to take a look at their material online?
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda/Happy New Year
LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!
Our Spring topic is all about earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters.
We will be reading ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman, and basing most of written work on the book. Feel free to get a copy from the library to read at home; it is an excellent read!
We are also continuing to work on developing a ‘Growth Mind-set’
– learn from feedback and mistakes
– ‘Can do’ attitude
– always try your best
– never give up
– believe in yourself
Be like Austin…
Class PH have been investigating what happens when you mix solids with water. The children made predictions about whether the solids would disappear or stay. Are the solids soluble or insoluble? Ps The children are looking forward to their ‘tea’ experiment over the Christmas period!
Roman Bush Tucker Trial
Learning about co-ordinates by playing Romans vs Celts
Autumn Term 2015.
Our topic this term is the ROMANS!!!
We will be reading Chris Blake’s ‘Gladiator Clash’, from the Time Hunters series, in class, and using it as inspiration in writing our own time travelling stories…
We will also be reading several other books to help us build our knowledge about the Romans. With any luck we may also get a visit from a real Roman soldier (details to follow)!
Art, Design and Technology and Music lessons will also be based around the Romans.
In Science we will be looking at materials.
PE this term will take place on a Thursday afternoon. PE kits can stay in school for the whole half term.
Please continue to encourage, and listen to your child read at home as often as possible. It really does make a massive difference. Thank you for your continued support.
Here are some photos of the Roman shields we made with Mrs Raybould. We designed the shields in art as part of our topic. We looked at designs and symmetry in Roman shields and created our own design.