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This half term’s Learning Journey is: ANCIENT GREECE

Week Ending: Friday 14.6.19

In English: We have continued with myths as a theme and have looked at the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. We first unpicked new vocabulary as a group and then took sections from the myth to act out. Children then stepped into the character of Theseus and explored his emotions and thoughts as he embarked on his quest.

Next week: We will present all that we have learned this week in a diary entry, from the perspective of Theseus.

In Maths: We continued to focus on fractions but moved on to adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator e.g. 1/5 + 2/5 = 3/5 or 6/8 – 4/8 = 2/8. We then applied our learning to mixed problems involving fractions.

Next week: We will revise all four operations and methods taught and look more closely at balancing equations e.g ___ + 23 = 34 + 16.

Also this week:

Spanish day was SO much fun for teachers and students! We absolutely loved learning some Latin dance moves altogether as a year group. The children were fantastic at applying their language skills when asking for souvenirs and a drink at the Spanish Market. We loved learning about the planets in Spanish from our Year 6 students. The whole day was packed with lots of fun activities, songs and games to help us all improve our Spanish vocabulary!



Tree Assembly Achievement Winners:
3R: Amelie
3O: Ava
3M: Isabella

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

Key dates this term:

TRIP: Cambridge Theatre: MATILDA! Wednesday 15th May 2019

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!


We loved our BIG BANG where the children got to make their own magical medicine, their ‘favourite dream’ jar and their own magical sweet whilst hearing extracts from a range of Roald Dahl texts.

What a performance Matilda was! The production as fantastic and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the show. The children were in awe at the talent of the young performers in particular. It was a lovely way to finalise our learning journey this term!


We also loved heading down to the garden to see what our talented gardener has been growing. We then began our science experiment by planting seeds ourselves!



What a fantastic BIG BANG we had this week! A HUGE thank you to Ariana’s parents (3O) who really engaged all of the children with their vast knowledge of Ancient Greek traditions and beliefs. The children loved learning about the significance of vases and the various patterns used; they were then able to sketch their own which they did with such care. They loved looking at the Greek alphabet and learning how to write their name using it. We were all fascinated by the significance of Greek Gods and enjoyed having the opportunity to create our own 13th God or Goddess!

Finally, the children were impressive at learning some steps from the traditional Greek dance of ‘Hasapiko’; we had lots of fun performing it to other classes.


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