Over the course of lockdown, the teaching staff at Akaal Primary school have endeavoured to provide education and home learning to help the children at home with routine, structure and education.
We have used the Zoom application to provide a safe education space for children and host four meetings a day, one each for literacy, maths, word study and topic.
Special Zoom videos have also been recorded for other subjects or updates on other topics too. This resource has provided us with a fantastic bridge to communicate, educate and protect our children.
Along with the assistance of these and other Youtube videos to provide subject overviews in case children cannot attend live meetings, we at Akaal have tried to promote our learning in the best possible way.Click Here to View an Example Video (External Link)
In Year 3, we begin building the foundations of key stage 2 learning after the children’s hardworking year in year 2 and finishing off key stage 1 the best way they can to be ready for this step.
In a wonderful, welcoming environment, year 3 is a space for children to know their place in school, build their independence and belief that the can learn on their own and motivate themselves to complete their work to the best of their ability. They will always have resources they can access to help them but it is about them thinking, getting up and saying ‘I need this’ and use it to push their learning.
In literacy, we look at a range of writing styles, different formats and stories to give children a range to build from and be able to adapt their writing depending on what they are talking about. We always try to link it to our topics so that the information flows and they can borrow ideas from different learning opportunities.
In maths, we continue to push the children in the 4 operations and use larger numbers to progress the learning from key stage 1 and try and adapt this learning into real life situations so that children can apply their learning in the future such as addition being linked to money.
In topic, we teach a wide range of foundation subjects and out topics this year are ‘Golden Ticket’, ‘It’s a Mystery’ and ‘Heroes and Villains’.
Word study is our way of showing our children at Akaal Primary school the different spelling rules and patterns that they may see in different words. To achieve this we follow the steps of Sort, Explore, Challenge and Reflect so that children are exposed to the words in various ways so they can understand the rule, know the meanings and be able to use it in the appropriate way in future pieces of work.
In Year 3, we continue to look at different suffixes and prefixes. We look deeper into different homophones and what they where and recognise which is which. And we also look at punctuation such as the possessive apostrophe.
In Hope class, we have our opportunities to read, change books, enjoy our class story and also take part in our reading sessions. We have our reading mornings on Monday and Friday mornings and a table a day get to go in and read in the calm reading zone to relax and enjoy their book.
During our Friday reading sessions, we don’t just read, we look at different aspects of reading such as inferring, retrieving, explaining, summarising, sequencing and looking at vocabulary.
In year 3, we continue on the great work they achieve in year 2 and push them higher in their learning in order for them to master key math skills. With the four operations we look at a range at different methods to find a solution that helps your children learn the best way they can in order to achieve their best. We also look at other areas like geometry, measures and statistics so that children can recognise them in the world and why they are used.
Topic- Golden Ticket
In Topic we have been looking at all sorts of different areas relating to the world of chocolate. We have a range of different missions from discussing the history of chocolate and where it has come from to designing our own sweets and machines to propose an idea to Mr. Willy Wonka! Our children have been really enthusiastic about our topic and have learnt some new skills along the way. Here is a range of pictures to show our different missions.
For our Mission Impossible! We had to discover who Roald Dahl’s missing child after finding out that he created more characters for the ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ story. So Hope Class came up with 5 new characters to be able to enter the factory and utilized lots of their own ideas until one set of rich triplets won their golden ticket into the factory.
As a special bonus of the day, our school is now a proud owner of it’s own candy floss machine which is helping with our special event and maths learning as well delivering some tasty candy floss!
Trip to York
In November, Mr. Peggs, Mrs. L-C and some other very helpful adults took Hope Class all the way to York to visit York Chocolate Story. Her we could find out more about the history of the Mayans and where chocolate first came from, we looked at the process of chocolate and how factories would go about making the chocolate and learnt about the local chocolate makers of York such as Nestle, Terrys and Craven.
After Our chocolate story adventure, we then went on to do a chocolate making activity with different flavourings and how they made them and then had to come up with our own chocolate and present it to the professionals… THE ADULTS!
Hope’s Values Book
This is Hope classes values book. Here is where to find the different pages of all of Hope classes adventures and special events of the school where Hope class has taken part in to achieve to. The children of Hope class are wonderful and have been praised everywhere they have been so far. Long may it continue!