Human 'Circuit' - we made a human simple circuit during science today. When the current was flowing the bulb lit and when the switch was opened our bulb went out. What fun!
Shadow Puppet Theatres - as we are learning about 'light and shadows' some children made shadow puppet theatres at home. We had Peter Pan, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk and even a Polish folk tale 'The Dragon of Krakow. The children enjoyed turning the classroom lights off and acting out their fairy tales in the dark with a light source. What fun!
Christmas Jumper Day - look at all our different jumpers!
Road Safety Talk - PCSO Mark Robson visited us this week to talk about road safety. It was a very informative session!
Visit to Penrith Library - Class 3 enjoyed listening to stories and playing Victorian parlour games at the library this week. It was a super fun session.
Year 3 have been doing lots of experiments with 'mirrors' in science as part of their 'light and shadows' topic.
Year 4 have been testing electrical circuits in science. They had to predict if the circuit would work before testing it.
Viking BROOCHES - Class 3 children have enjoyed making their Viking brooches. First of all, they designed a brooch in their art books and cut the cardboard to the correct shape. Wool was applied to the cardboard in their chosen design. The cardboard was then covered in tin foil and the design was carefully raised by smoothing it. The brooches were adorned with jewels and a pin. They are fantastic!
Silhouette War Art by Class 3 - Remembrance 2019
Class 3’s ‘Remembrance’ display.
Year 3 carried out an investigation and found out that ‘darkness is the absence of light’ and that ‘light travels in a straight line’ during their new science topic of LIGHT AND SHADOWS.’
Year 4 had an exploratory session to introduce them to their new science topic of ELECTRICITY. What fun!
Class 3 have made beautiful Viking jewellery (BROOCHES). They designed their own brooch and then had to fashion the design out of wool. The wool design was covered with tin foil and the pattern then rubbed carefully to raise the design. Sharpie pens were used to cover the raised design. Jewels and adornments were then added. They are highly effective!
Class 3 leading the responsorial psalms and bidding prayers at the ‘All Saints day’ mass. A lovely service!
Year 4 have been looking at historic timelines (BC and AD) we tried to organise eras of history into a long timeline.
VIKINGS - Class 3 are enjoying learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
Year 3 have been doing addition with 3-digit numbers. It’s been a bit tricky remembering to ‘carry under the doorstep’ and to ensure our columns are in straight lines for adding!
French - Class 3 are enjoying the new French dictionaries with Mrs Richardson. What fun searching for new vocabulary!
Year 4 - STATES OF MATTER . Year 4 have been learning about solids, liquids and gases in their science lessons. They enjoyed a 'changes over time' temperature experiment whilst using thermometers.
Year 3 FORCES & MAGNETS - Year 3 have been enjoying carrying out experiments on forces and magnets.
THE STORY OF JACOB AND ESAU - we learned the story about Jacob and Esau. We learned that Esau gave his 'birthright' away for a bowl of stew. In groups we did an activity about things in our life that are eternal or temporary. We also looked closely at the scripture in the Holy Bible. A group did a beautiful liturgy on the theme of families!
Class 3 have been making 'Viking Longships' in DT. We learned lots of facts about these ancient modes of transport. They were tricky to make but are very effective!
Year 3 and Year 6 on Times Table Rockstars - Year 6s showed the Year 3 children how to use the game to hone their multiplication skills.
Year 3 have been practising lots of 'fact families' in maths!
Class 3 - Years 3 and 4
Welcome to Class 3. Please find an introductory newsletter about our learning this term. Copies went out to parents, but you can download a further copy here!
Class 3 enjoyed taking part in an 'Extreme Reading Challenge' in the Summer term. Children were challenged to read in an 'unusual' but safe way and e-mail Mrs Jones the evidence. We had children reading up trees, driving fork-lift trucks and even with snakes perilously nearby. We hope you enjoy looking at the clips as much as we had making them.
Benjamin was the overall winner, Mia second and Ciaran third.
We are fabulous, avid readers in Class 3!
Extreme Reading Winners
Year 4 enjoyed their ‘Bike ability’ session on Monday. They learned about wearing a helmet correctly and making safety checks on their bikes. Other skills learned were; being pedal ready, correct use of brakes and signalling right and left. A very informative session! All children passed level 1.
We have been enjoying learning about ANGLES in maths. We have learned that there are right angles, acute angles (less than a right angle) and obtuse angles (more than a right angle). We've made right angle testers to find different angles around the school.
YEAR 4 LIBRARY CAFE - the year 4 children are enjoying library cafe with members of their families on Friday afternoons. Children are reading and completing short activities (with refreshments of course!)
Cricket Week - Miss Davies held an enjoyable assembly to launch cricket week. We found out lots of different umpiring signals. We tried to put our knowledge into practise with Mr Mason.
Class 3 had a great trip to Beamish Museum on Thursday.!
We managed to have a mine tour and found out about the appalling conditions that the miners experienced. We wore hard hats and some of us had to really 'duck' on the way down so that we didn't bang our hats. It was really scary when the main light went out and we experienced what the miners saw by the light of a small lamp. What a terrible job to do!
We had some lovely talks in the colliery village houses. Some of us even got to 'beat carpets'
The school was very different to ours. Mrs Jones' group got told off by the Headmistress for going in the wrong entrance. Luckily, we didn't get the cane! It was amazing to see how the children learned in those days.
In the 1900's town we visited the bank and found out about the currency of the day. We found out that 240 pennies made a £1 in those days. The bag containing the pennies was extremely heavy.
The bakery was fun and some of us even got to taste samples of shortbread, albeit it different to our shortbread of present day.
The shops were really interesting and the staff on duty really knew their history. All were dressed in costumes from the 1900's.
We managed to have bus and tram rides too!
What a fabulous day and the weather was really kind (a bit too hot at times!)
Mrs Jones, Miss Campbell, Mrs Reay and Mrs Glen
CLASS 3's trip to BEAMISH MUSEUM
Our striking Pentecost display
Class 3 preparing their Year of the Eucharist posters for the diocese competition.
Year 3 have been learning about time. We have been timing activities in seconds.
We have been learning about the Holy Spirit coming among the people with tongues of fire. Our flames and spinners blowing in the wind, remind us the Holy Spirit is always with us.
Pentecost Flames and Spinners
Animal Art Project
This was a project over 4 weeks. As we are learning about ‘Animals including Humans’ in science we decided to do an art topic on animals.
First of all we prepped the paper by using wax crayons, illuminous paint, newspapers and paper. When dry, we then ripped the strips of paper and took a central point to glue them onto our sheet.
Next, we used India ink to outline eyes, noses and snouts for our animals. We left white circles within the pupil to catch the light. We had an idea of what animal we wanted to do—eagles, owls, dogs, cats etc.
To make our eyes interesting we used coloured pastels to shade from dark to light—using complementary colours or colours next to each other on the colour wheel. We did similar on the noses and snouts.
We positioned the eyes and noses on our paper before gluing them on.
Extra detail like fur, whiskers etc was added to our pictures using India ink again.
They are absolutely amazing and so eye-catching!
Our beautiful animal pictures!
Class 3 enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in the sun before we broke up for the long Easter weekend. Paper eggs with a message had been hidden in the playground. If they found a message they had to read it and then act it out. It was finally exchanged for a sweet. What fun!
Year 3 performed their version of ‘Welcome to the 60s’ to a packed hall of parents on Friday. They had performed their dance at the recent ‘U Dance Festival’ in Carlisle. It was absolutely brilliant to see so many confident children enjoying dancing to different numbers from the swinging 60s. All the children enjoyed the experience of performing on the big stage. Mrs Jones and Miss Campbell were so proud of the children!
Year 4 children performed their dance version of ‘Welcome to the 60’s’ to parents Tuesday afternoon. They had been learning the dance with the help of Lauren Kirkbride from Razzamataz. Well done!
Year 3 had an amazing day on Friday 22nd March at the annual ‘U Dance’ festival held at The Sands Centre, Carlisle. Their dance ‘Welcome to the 60’s was met with huge applause. They were absolutely amazing and brilliant ambassadors for St Catherine’s school. Superb!
Class 3 enjoyed a workshop with staff from Gist on ‘road safety.’ It was very informative and we now have a really good idea of how to cross the road safely. We also received a pencil and a slap band.
Year 3 and 4 children who represented St Catherine's school at cross country. The event was held at Hunter Hall school. Our runners did really well with two of the children coming in the top 20 out of 400 runners.
Year 4 are studying ‘Animals including humans.’ We have a good understanding of how the digestive system works. In fact we even acted out the different stages in the hall using our bodies.
Year 3 are learning about ‘money’ in maths. We are combining amounts to find a total and also moving onto being able to subtract amounts and give change.
Class 3 enjoyed a visit from Cumbria Library service today. Gordon, the Librarian read us a story and then we chose a book each from the amazing selection. We love books!
Book Fair …we enjoyed looking at the Scholastic book fair.
World Book Day … we had a great day dressed up as book characters. We even had two winners for truly wonderful costumes, Billionaire Boy and The Rainbow Fish!
Ash Wednesday … we received the Sign of the Cross on or foreheads today in church to welcome the start of Lent.
Year 3 and 4 children who represented St Catherine's at a 'Quicksticks' hockey competition at the Leisure Centre on 12th February.
Year 3 and 4 children who represented St Catherine's school at Kwik Cricket on Thursday 7th February.
ART - we enjoyed finding out about the artist Clarice Cliff. In 1927, Clarice developed a new design for pottery that was unique and unlike anything that had been made before. The pottery was called ''Bizarre,'' and it featured bright colors and modern shapes.
Year 4 are learning about 'Sound' in their science lessons. We have found out about noise pollution and different ways to protect our ears. Our experiments have concluded that sound is caused by 'vibrations'
Year 3 are enjoying learning about 'Rocks' and their properties in science. We have carried out hardness, permeability and acid tests on the rocks.
What an exciting time today at St Catherine's school!
Chloe Kelly, Class 3 won the Eden and Cumbria school's 'Superhero' competition run through Cumbria Library Service.
She was presented with a certificate by staff from Penrith library. Her amazing prize was a workshop with Nigel Dobbyn who is an author and illustrator from Teeside. He led an exciting workshop on 'Fantastic Beasts and how to draw them,' with Chloe and Class 3.
Border TV and Cumbria TV attended to film and interview Chloe about her superhero entry 'Rainbow Girl.'
Class 3 Swimmers - Class 3 children received their swimming badges and certificates following a 10 week block of sessions at the pool.
Class 3 nativity - Are We Nearly There Yet?
Class 3 performed their nativity, 'Are we nearly there yet?' in church on Wednesday evening. The performance was absolutely amazing and included walkers, dancing angels and jumping shepherds. All the children sang beautifully. The choir also joined us to sing a couple of carols. Well done Class 3!
Isaiah announces the coming of God,
The church's Advent readings from Isaiah look forward joyfully to the coming of the Promised One, the Messiah whom God would send and who would bring peace and justice on earth.
In groups we dramatised how we prepare and wait for the coming of the chosen one.
We had great fun on Christmas jumper day. Our Christmas lunch was delicious too!
Class 3 enjoyed a story in the hall today with a Librarian from the library service. We got to choose new books to enjoy in the classroom.
Oscar and Mia enjoyed a trip with Mrs Richardson on Thursday 8th November, 2018 to Ullswater Community College. They carried out a 'French' baking lesson where they made different French bread.
French baking at UCC
Class 3's assembly was all about 'God's place in the family.'
There was lots of reading of scripture which we had focused on in lessons. We also sang a song called 'Family of God.'
What a great job!
We have started to focus on the book 'Ice Trap' by Meredith Hooper which tells the story of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the ship, Endurance.
Shackleton wanted to be the first to cross the continent of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole.
We looked at the original advertisement that Shackleton put in the Telegraph at the time, asking for men to join the crew.
We used the literacy technique called 'conscience alley' to persuade individuals (using different view points) of whether or not they should apply to the advertisement.
We had some brilliant ideas!
Class 3 enjoyed a visit to Penrith Library on Monday the 8th. Bev the Librarian talked about what we can access in the library, like fiction and non-fiction books and the internet.
We we also found out that we can take out talking books, DVDs and exciting books. We can even talk a little!
We had a 'Bookshelf Treasure Hunt.' It was really challenging. Some of us even checked the library catalogue ...Wow!
Libraries are so exciting!
Class 3 visit to the Library
The Year 6's came in to show us how to log on to Times Table Rockstars. It was really good fun!
We are practising so hard to learn our times tables.
Times Table Rockstars
We've been learning about 'Place Value' this week in our maths lessons. Our activities have included lots of practical activities and writing numbers in numerals and words.
We are also practising lots of times tables.
We learned about the water cycle. Mrs Jones showed us in an experiment how evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection occur.
The Water Cycle
Year 4 started their new topic of 'States of Matter.' We classified different materials into solids and liquids.
States of Matter
We've had great fun during science week in Class 3.
Year 3 have started finding out about 'Forces' and moved lots of objects around to see what force was being used. We learned that forces can be a Push or a Pull.
The new Year 3's have settled into Key Stage 2 really well and are getting used to the new routines. Great effort!
Class 3 went into church today to discuss ‘The Sacrament of Reconciliation’ with Father John. This has been our recent focus during religious education lessons.
We found out how Father John carries out confession in St Catherine’s church. This is either face to face with the penitent or behind a screen confidentially.
The overall message from Father John was that we need to say sorry (show contrition) when we have committed a sin and always try to do better next time.
We found out that priests and even the Pope go to confession!
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Amelia, Kyra and Brandon from Class 3 enjoyed a drama day at Plumpton school on Wednesday entitled 'Play in a Day.'
There was an opportunity to work with other children from several other schools in the area.
Parents and grandparents enjoyed a performance at the end of the day.
Play in the Day at Plumpton School.
We have been learning about the Holy Spirit coming among the people with tongues of fire. Our wind mills and flags, blowing in the wind, remind us the Holy Spirit is always with us.
Congratulations Y3 on your performance at UDance 2018
Class 3 have been enjoying finding out about World War II in their topic work. We have written stories, poems, recipes and beautiful evacuee letters to name but a few.We have also made rationed cookies. Our war time assembly was wonderful!
World War II