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This half term’s Learning Journey is: EXTREME EARTH

Week Ending: Friday 5.4.19

In English: We completed our learning journey with a fossils information booklet! The children compiled some research around fossils and organised it under subheadings prior to making their very own booklet.

Next week: After half term we will kick start out learning journey on ‘Roald Dahl’ with a fun day filled with activities that relate to his books i.e. marvellous medicines, dream jars, sweet creating. From this, children will be introduced to the story of Matilda and will create a group ‘rap’ about one of the main characters.

In Maths: We have spent a couple of days looking at angles as this was a gap that came up in our recent assessments. We focused on right angles, acute and obtuse.

Next week:   After half term we will be focusing on measure and developing our understanding of place value, relating to measurements.


Also this week:

We had such a great time at the Natural History Museum and particularly enjoyed being scientists in our workshop on earthquakes and volcanoes. The children were very well behaved and incredibly enthusiastic. We were so impressed with how much they have learned throughout the topic that they were able to share!

Tree Assembly Achievement Winners:

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**********************************REMINDERS &  NOTICES********************************** 

Key dates this term:

WORLD BOOK DAY: Thursday 7th March Come in as your favourite book character!

TRIP: Natural History Museum Wednesday 3rd April We will complete our term’s learning with an exciting trip to the museum to explore Extreme Earth. To complete our day, we will be treated to an interactive show based on our learning journey.

Reminder: Please check the school newsletter on the website every week as key dates and events will be on there.

Calling all parents…Share your talents & passions!
Our upcoming learning journeys for the year are as follows:
Autumn 1: Stones and Bones
Autumn 2:Ramayana
Spring 1: Magnetic Magic
Spring 2: Extreme Earth
Summer 1: Roald Dahl
Summer 2: Ancient Greece
If you have any particular interest, knowledge or speciality in any of these areas / topics, we would love to hear from you! Some parents have expressed an interest in delivering informal workshops or talks to the children, linking to our current learning journey. Please talk to your child’s teacher or Year Leader if this is something you are interested in. We appreciate what a great asset our parents are at Hazelwood in supporting our children with their learning. A big thank you in advance to any volunteers!

PE Kits:
Please ensure that your child has his/her PE kit in school as our children partake in two PE lessons a week (see below for days) Please ensure that your child has a suitable PE kit for their outside lesson.
3R: Tuesdays and Thursdays
3O: Wednesdays and Thursdays
3M:Tuesdays and Thursdays




Our BIG BANG allowed the children to experience the life of humans from the Stone Age as they stepped into role by becoming hunters, gatherers, farmers etc. They loved building the story of ‘The Stone Age boy’ by working in groups to create scenes in the form of cave paintings (we improvised with brown sugar paper!) and they were fantastic at building their own monument out of pebbles, inspired by ‘Stonehenge’.

We were also fortunate in having a parent from 3O (Aiden’s mum) come in and show us how to create mandala patterns on stones! The children were very patient and created some wonderful designs.

We had such great fun competing in our assault courses. Here are some pictures of some of the activities involved.

We had such a great time travelling back in time to the Stone Age and Iron Age. The children learned about fire-making, worked together to build dens out of natural materials, practised their target skills when hunting a variety of animals, learned all about Stone Age tools and weapons and even helped in cooking a ‘unique’ soup from various herbs. The weather did not hold us back!

AUTUMN 2: Ramayana

BIG BANG: A HUGE thank you to Mrs and Mr Pankhania (and family!) for our AMAZING Hinduism day. The children absolutely loved it and were so lucky to be treated to such a great range of activities. They thoroughly enjoyed painting and decorating diwas, creating their own rangoli art and making delicious sweets. They learned so much about Hindu beliefs and stories. We feel very fortunate to have such supportive parents at Hazelwood!

The children did amazingly with their performance ; we were so proud of them and their hard work. Everyone learned their lines and gave it their all so well done year 3!

SPRING 1: Magnetic Magic

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The children thoroughly enjoyed their ‘Magnetic Magic’ BIG BANG. We loved exploring magnetic and non-magnetic materials. Also, children completed experiments with scientific equipment (newton metres) to measure various forces needed to complete tasks given. We learned about air resistance and gravity whilst watching a demonstration of a ball hovering in the air over a leaf blower! It was a fantastic day!

NSPCC number day!

SPRING 2: Extreme Earth

We began our half term with a BANG as we dove into our new, exciting learning journey, ‘EXTREME EARTH!’ The children loved becoming property detectives and exploring different type of rocks.  They went on a rock hunt around school and categorised the rocks based on their properties. They were able to explain the differences between metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks. We also had our very own volcanic eruption!




The children had such a fantastic, hands-on week working scientifically to discover properties of rocks. They really understood the scientific process. The workshops were really engaging and information; the children loved being forensic scientists to discover who committed a crime and they were great at explaining how our bodies fight viruses. We finished the week with making our very own fossils using dough and plaster; it was so exciting when we peeled away the dough!


We were very proud of our Science fayre speakers; they did such a good job at presenting our experiments to the year group and other schools!


List of useful revision websites:

List of  useful spelling websites:

BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling & grammar
BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling : Play
Crickweb | KS2 Literacy
spelling – Topmarks Search
English Spelling Games and Activities