Mr Battye’s Class

22/03/19

Awards! Pictured here is the Hard Worker of the Week, the Special Person of the Week and the Accelerated Star Reader of the Week. Also, we had another recipient of a Bronze Award for receiving 100 Siddal School Superstars. Well done to all!


21/03/19

Here’s next week’s homework. Your child will be given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  Pupils will be quizzed on these spellings on Friday, 29th of March. In addition, pupils will be given a maths sheet to complete based on the work we have been doing in class over the last week. This maths homework should be returned by the same day. All completed homework is marked and stuck inside each childs’ learning log. Please ask Mr Battye if you would like to see your child’s learning log. He will also bring them to the upcoming Open Evening. Thank you!


20/03/19

Three more pupils received their pen licences today! All three pupils have demonstrated neat joined handwriting on a regular basis. Congratulations! 


20/03/19

We are studying length in maths. Today we moved onto subtracting lengths in metres, centimetres and millimetres. We started by subtracting lengths using the same unit of measurement. When we became confident at this, we then subtracted lengths in mixed units of measurement. Finally, we were asked to complete the part whole models by calculating the part using column subtraction. We helped Mr Battye cut a fence panel for his garden by calculating the length to saw off. Let’s hope he can put up the fence by himself (when it comes to DIY, Mr Battye is as thick as two short planks!). Some pupils did really well at subtracting lengths and will move onto reasoning and problem solving activities tomorrow. Other pupils will be supported by an adult in order to have another go at some more fluency questions. Ask your child if there is a B & Q is Halifax (there isn’t!). 🙂


18/03/19

As part of our ‘We Will Rock You’ topic, we studied Stonehenge today in D&T. We learnt that Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 4 m high, 2 m wide and weighing around 25 tons. The monument dates back to Stone Age and Bronze Age times. We were asked to work in groups to construct a mini Stonehenge of our own. The actual monument took thousands of years to construct. Ours took less than an hour! Here’s some photos of the actual monument as well as pictures of us at work.


15/03/19

Here are some of our weekly prize winners. Our photos feature our Hard Worker of the Week and Special Person of the Week as well as our two Accelerated Readers of the Week. Our Table of the Week award went to Gryffindor and our Pupil of the Week Award was shared by three pupils who each received seven Siddal School Superstars. When we marked up the weekly Siddal Superstars on the chart today, we saw that two more pupils had reached the magic 100 mark. They will receive their Bronze Award Certificates in assembly next Tuesday! Well done!

 


15/03/19

In science today we worked in pairs to prepare and perform a radio interview with 19th Century palaeontologist Mary Anning. We made up a name for our radio station, wrote an introduction and a series of closed and open questions to quiz the famous fossil hunter. Some pairs were brave enough to volunteer to perform in front of the class in our pop-up studio in the corner of the classroom. As you can hear, we have some brilliant interviewers and interviewees in Rhino Class. Well done! 


14/03/19

Here’s next week’s homework. Your child will be given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  Pupils will be quizzed on these spellings on Friday, 22nd of March. In addition, pupils will be given a maths sheet to complete based on the work we have been doing in class over the last week. This maths homework should be returned by the same day. All completed homework is marked and stuck inside each childs’ learning log. Please ask Mr Battye if you would like to see your child’s learning log. He will also bring them to the upcoming Open Evening. Thank you!


13/03/19

As part of our rocks and fossils topic in science, we were joined today by 19th Century palaeontologist Mary Anning. We asked her about her life and work, including her important discoveries. She brought along several genuine fossils to show the class. We then took part in a role play activity in pairs with one of us being a radio presenter and the other playing the part of Mary Anning. We will record our radio interviews tomorrow and upload them onto this blog. Watch this space!


12/03/19

Today in Rhino class, we were joined by PC Calkeld and her two colleagues. We learnt about British Values and the work of the police. We got the chance to take a close look at some of the equipment police officers use to fight crime. We really enjoyed ourselves and learnt a lot. Thank you to PC Calkeld and her colleagues for visiting us.


11/03/19

In English we have been reading Stig of the Dump. In chapter 4, Stig and Barney come across a fox hunt! Fox hunting, along with the hunting of other animals using dogs, was banned in the UK in 2005. We debated in class whether The Hunting Act of 2004 should be maintained or repealed. The pupils came up with some really good ideas supporting both sides of the argument. We then deconstructed a formal persuasive letter about a similar issue (hare coursing) and then planned, drafted, edited and published formal persuasive letters of our own. At the start of the topic, seven pupils voted in favour of fox hunting. By the time we had completed and read our letters to the class, only two pupils supported it. Our letters have been delivered to The Green Party Candidate for Town Ward in the upcoming local council elections in May. Here’s a few photos of some of our letters as well as the reply we received…

 


09/03/19

In English we have been writing letters. To consolidate our work in English and science, we wrote thank you letters to The National Coal Mining Museum for England. We recorded what we learnt during our class trip as well as the activities we enjoyed. Our letters have been posted and we look forward to a reply!

  


08/03/19

The rest of the class visited The Children’s Bookshop in Huddersfield today. We listened to an excerpt from a story and selected a book to purchase. This visit concluded a super set of events to celebrate World Book Day!


08/03/19

We had an unprecedented six Readers of the Week this week! Unfortunately, we have not been able to quiz for most of the week due to a technical problem with the iPads. As soon as the problem was resolved, these six pupils promptly scored 100% in their Accelerated Reading test. Well done! 


08/03/19

Due to our trip to the National Coal Mining Museum for England last Friday, we had a rollover of weekly honours this week! Here are our hard workers and special pupils for last week and this week. Well done to all!


07/03/19

Year 3 Rhinos celebrated World Book Day by participating in an eclectic selection of exciting activities. Everybody came to school dressed as their favourite book character. We all had a great day and looked fantastic in our fancy dress! Thank you to parents and other family members for all their hard work providing creative and colourful costumes!

   


07/03/19

Here’s next week’s homework. Your child will be given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  Pupils will be quizzed on these spellings on Friday, 15th of March. In addition, pupils will be given a maths sheet to complete based on the work we have been doing in class over the last week. This maths homework should be returned by the same day. Thank you!


05/03/19

As part of World Book Day, today some our Rhinos visited The Children’s Bookshop in Huddersfield. We had the opportunity to spend our £1 book tokens on a book of our choice. On Friday, the rest of the class will visit the bookshop. To celebrate World Book Day, this coming Thursday pupils are invited to dress as a character from their favourite book.


05/03/19

Here we are making Plasticine models in computing. We will use online software to produce an animation of our Plasticine models. Our models look really good!


01/03/19

Year 3 visited the National Coal Mining Museum for England today. As part of our ‘We Will Rock You!’ topic, we learnt how coal was made – a process starting 300 million years ago! We took part in a rocks and fossils workshop and then descended 140 metres underground to experience a real coal mine. In the workshop, we learnt about how coal was made, classified rocks and made some fossils of our own. During our time underground, our guide, Miner Eric, told us about the history of coal mining. We learnt that children as young as six worked down t’pit! We walked nearly a kilometre underground. On our journey, we put up pit props, sent messages, operated drills and let off (ahem, fake) explosives! Unfortunately, cameras and other electronic equipment were classed as ‘contraband’ and not allowed underground so we have no photographic evidence of our subterranean journey! Back on the surface, we visited the old bath houses and met the pit ponies Eric, Ernie, Finn and Bud (Finn was massive!). We also had the chance to burn some energy in the adventure playground in the museum’s grounds. We all had a great day out. Thank you once again to parents and other family members – it was your financial contribution that helped make this event possible.


28/02/19

Here we all are performing ‘Fossil Rock Anthem’! We worked in groups to write our own verses and we all sang along to the chorus accompanied by musical instruments. 🤘


28/02/19

Here are our Accelerated Readers of the Week. Both pupils scored 100% in their quizzes over the course of the week! Well done!

 


27/02/19

In history we visited the school grounds to build a Stone Age settlement. Firstly, we had to choose a suitable site. Most of us chose a spot with lots of wood in order to build our homes! We split into two groups. The first group split into two teams. We were asked to work as a team in order to follow instructions to put up a tent. When our tents were completed, we made up some Stone Age songs. We were very loud! The other group was divided into four teams of four. Each team was asked to build a home for a Star Wars figure (Obi-Wan, Greedo, Sandperson and Ewok!). Each figure sat on a paper towel. We made our homes out of logs and then covered them with leaves. We tested our homes by squirting ‘rain’ on them. The dryer the paper towel, the more waterproof the home was! We all had fun in the sun making our Stone Age camp. Next Thursday, we will go outside again and perform the opposite task (weather permitting!). We then plan to write some instructions telling another Stone Age settler how to build a similar settlement. We originally planned to visit the Hebble Trail to build life sized shelters but because of staff absence, this wasn’t possible. We still hope to visit the Hebble Trail before Easter and build real life shelters of our own!


27/02/19

Here’s our class newsletter and curriculum plan for this half term.


27/02/19

Here’s next week’s homework. Your child will be given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  Pupils will be quizzed on these spellings on Friday, 8th of March. In addition, pupils will be given a maths sheet to complete based on the work we have been doing in class over the last week. This maths homework should be returned by the same day. Thank you!

 


25/02/19

We had an awesome science lesson today! Firstly, we revealed the plaster fossils we made before the half-term holiday. They look really good. They have been displayed on our science working wall for now. At the end of the half-term, we will bring them home. We then learnt a song about fossils called ‘Fossil Rock Anthem!’ We added dance moves and musical instruments. Working in groups, we were then challenged to write an extra verse of our own. We will finish our extra verses and perform them to the class this Thursday.

  

 


25/02/19

The Better Living Team visited Year 3 today. Ellie spoke to us about the importance of sleep. We learnt that sleep plays an essential role in our health and well-being throughout our lives. Getting enough good quality sleep has many benefits, including protecting our health. We were all given a letter telling us how to get a good night’s sleep. The final Better Living event will take place in the summer term.


14/02/19

Here are some of our weekly award winners. Pictured here is our reader of the week and our end of half-term honours recipients!


13/02/19

Here’s some photos of the Year 3 pupils who attended our Valentine’s Day disco this evening. As you can tell from the photos, everybody had a great time! Thank you to Siddal Parents and Friends for organising this event!

 


13/02/19

Here’s our half-term holiday homework. Your child has been given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  Pupils will be quizzed on these spellings the first Thursday back after the holiday (we are going on a school trip to the National Coal Mining Museum for England on the Friday). In addition, pupils will be given a maths sheet to complete based on the work we have been doing in class over the last week. This maths homework should be returned by Friday, 1st of March. Well done to the pupils who have completed all or most of their homework so far this year. 


12/02/19

Rhino awards! Pictured here is the table of the week and the stars of the week as well as the pupils who won the Hard Worker Award and Special Person Award. We also won the attendance award for the second week running! Well done Rhinos!


08/02/19

In history we learnt about Stone Age tools. We looked at different tools and suggested what they were used for. We then carved our own Stone Age tools using bars of soap! It was all good clean fun! Yabba-dabba-do (Mr Battye needs to update his cultural references)!


07/02/19

Here’s next week’s homework. Your child has been given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  Several pupils in red group have achieved very high scores recently. As a result, they have been moved from red to blue group. Thank you for your continued support.


06/02/19

As part of our ‘We Will Rock You!’ topic, we have been studying soils in science. Half of the class went into the school grounds with spades, rulers and clipboards to investigate the different layers of soil. Next week, the other half of the class will perform the same activity.


04/02/19

We made Stone Age bowls and pots today in art. We learnt that in the Neolithic period (New Stone Age) people began farming and making pottery for the first time. Clay was shaped into bowls and pots for storing and cooking food. We made our bowls and pots out of plasticine rather than clay (way less messy!). We started by rolling our plasticine into a sphere. We then fashioned a ‘pinch pot’ by inserting our thumbs into the sphere. Next, we opened our spheres out into a bowl shape using a pinching technique. Following this, the rim of the bowl was formed. Finally, we decorated our bowls using a piece of string to make attractive indentations into the bowl. Some pupils even added handles. Our bowls and pots ROCK! Well done Rhinos!


04/02/19

Here’s some pictures of us changing our Accelerated Reading books in the school library. Pupils are encouraged to read at home as often as possible. Thank you to parents and other family members for writing a comment in their child’s reading record. When pupils finish a book, they sit an Accelerated Reading quiz. Their score is recorded and they change their books in the library. The pupil or pupils who attain the highest scores over the week are awarded the Reader of the Week certificate. Pupils who bring their reading books to school each day are rewarded with a Siddal Superstar at the end of the week.  Our library looks really nice and has some super displays.


01/02/19

Awards! Here’s some pictures of the recipients of our end-of-the-week awards. The photos feature the Table of the Week, the Star of the Week and the two Readers of the Week. Rhino Class also won the whole school Attendance Award this week. Well done Rhinos! 


01/02/19

We have introduced two Wow Work boards in Rhino Class to celebrate and showcase great written work in English and Maths. We change the work regularly.  Although Mr Battye and Mr Peel were impressed with the pupils’ work, the class stick insects featured in the photo seem more interested in their privet leaves! Well done to the pupils whose work is currently displayed!


01/02/19

In RE we have been studying creation stories. We learnt that different faiths and cultures from all over the world each have creation stories about how the Earth came to be. Using the diary writing skills learnt in English, we wrote diary entries about the creation of the Earth based on the book of Genesis in the Bible. We then got into friendship groups in the hall in order to improvise and perform an interpretation of this story via a rhythmic gymnastic sequence. We performed our sequences to dramatic music. Each group performance is unique and each one is brilliant. And as you can see from our performances, God rested on the seventh day!


31/01/19

Here are the Rhino Class Table of the Week and Stars of the Week for last week. These awards are based on the number of Siddal Superstars accumulated over the course of the week. Siddal Superstars are awarded for a wide variety of reasons (great work, brilliant behaviour, helping others, being polite, doing a job, being tidy, being ready to learn quickly, returning homework, bringing their reading book to school every day, beating last week’s spelling and 5-a-day arithmetic quiz scores as well as achieving full marks in their multiplication quiz). The team and individual Siddal Superstars for the week are added up on a Friday and prizes are awarded! Every child’s individual Siddal Superstars are transferred onto our Siddal Superstar board in the classroom. One pupil has achieved their Bronze Award already! Who will be the Table of the Week and Star of the Week tomorrow?


31/01/19

Here’s next week’s homework. The maths sheet is based on work we have been doing this week in class. Siddal Superstars will be awarded to pupils who return their maths homework. In addition, your child has been given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  All returned homework is marked and stuck in pupils’ learning logs. Please ask Mr Battye if you would like to see your child’s learning log or any other books. Well done to all the pupils who regularly bring their homework back to school. Thank you! 


30/01/19

In science today we looked at the rock cycle. We learnt about how rocks are formed. Using Starburst sweets, pupils were able to make igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic ‘rocks’! Using sweets was a great way to learn about rock formation (and delicious too!). The pupils have done really well in this topic and already know a great deal about rocks. We are lucky to have Mr Peel teaching us this topic. What he doesn’t know about rocks isn’t worth knowing! Here’s some pictures of us at work along with some photos of our science working wall. Next, we will move onto soils before finally studying fossils (not Mr Battye!). 🙂


30/01/19

The final few small steps were taken today in our multiplication and division topic in maths. The National Curriculum requires pupils in Year 3 to ‘solve problems includingcorrespondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects’. We tackled this rather bewildering objective by using concrete and pictorial representations of multiples of 2, 3 and 4 using matchsticks! Through this, we were able to to calculate ways numbers are connected with other numbers. After a while, some pupils found that they didn’t need matchsticks at all! Here’s some pictures of us working together in maths along with our current topic working wall and our permanent maths display. The latter is used to model calculations and reflect the work we have covered over the entire year. Next week, we will move on to a new topic…Money!


29/01/19

Pupils should have brought home the letter detailing our forthcoming trip to The National Coal Mining Museum for England on Friday, the 1st of March, 2019. Thank you to parents who have completed and returned the attached consent form. The cost of the trip is £6.50 and can be paid via our ParentPay website. Please contact the school office if you have trouble paying using this method. Here is a copy of the letter sent home with children. Thank you for your support! 


24/01/19

It’s been another great week for Accelerated Reading in Rhino Class. 60 quizzes have been taken this week with 47 passes! Three pupils have maintained an average score of 100% over the course of the week, two of whom having quizzed four times. But who will be our Star Reader(s) of the Week? We will find out tomorrow! Thank you to parents and other family members for supporting your child in his or her reading. Please see Mr Battye if you would like to know how your child is getting on in Accelerated Reading. 


24/01/19

Here’s next week’s homework. The maths sheet is based on work we have been doing this week in class. Some pupils used a place value grid to help them whereas others found the 100 square handy. Some pupils can now calculate the remainder mentally. Siddal Superstars will be awarded to pupils who return their maths homework. In addition, your child has been given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  All returned homework is marked and stuck in pupils’ learning logs. Please ask Mr Battye if you would like to see your child’s learning log or any other books. Thank you! 


23/01/19

Today we started our rocks and fossils unit of work. As part of our ‘We Will Rock You Topic!’, we sorted rock samples into sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic and man-made. Rock samples provided by Mr Peel and Mr Battye (as well as Mr Battye’s brother!) were positioned at four different stations around the classroom. Our junior geologists were charged with the task of sorting the samples into the major rock types. Pupils recorded their findings in tables. Many pupils successfully sorted each rock sample and spelled key vocabulary correctly! Rhinos rock! 🤘


22/01/19

Magnificent maths from our Rhinos so far this week! We have been dividing by 3, 4 and 8 using a range of representations to help us. Our fluency questions involved procedural and conceptual variation! Using base 10, place value counters and place value grids, pupils are working towards dividing using formal written methods. Making use of the working wall as well as concrete and pictorial resources, all the class have demonstrated an ability to divide multiples of 3, 4 and 8. Children who grasped this concept were moved onto reasoning questions. Pupils who found this tricky were given additional adult support both in class and during a 1:1 afternoon intervention session.  Tomorrow we will introduce quotients with remainders. When pupils grasp this, they will be challenged via word problems and multi-step problem solving. Keep up the good work Rhinos!


21/01/19

Today we worked in the school yard to produce Stone Age cave paintings. As part of our ‘We Will Rock You!’ topic, we studied original cave paintings and then got into friendship groups to produce pictures of our own. We worked very well in groups and produced some authentic looking artwork. Pupils have been asked to research cave paintings around the world for optional extra homework. Well done Rhinos!


19/01/19

As part of our ‘We Will Rock You!’ topic, we are excited to announce a trip to the National Coal Mining Museum for England on Friday, 1st of March. Pupils and staff will journey underground and find out how coal was mined in Yorkshire. We will also take part in a rocks and fossils workshop in the museum’s underground classroom. Mr Battye has taken school groups to this museum on numerous occasions and the pupils in his care have always enjoyed themselves. You will receive a letter providing further details in due course. Meanwhile, here’s a promotional video and some photos to whet our appetites! You can find out more about the National Coal Mining Museum for England by clicking here to visit their website. 


18/01/19

We are studying prehistoric times in our ‘We Will Rock You!’ topic. In RE, we are looking at creation stories from around the world. Many of these stories originate from prehistoric times. We took the Jewish creation story from the book of Genesis and interpreted it through rhythmic gymnastics in PE. Inspired by Lillie’s fantastic rhythmic gymnastic display in a ‘show and tell’ session last week, we have designed an entire term’s scheme of work! We started by learning a few basic moves. We then put the moves to music by playing ‘follow the leader’. Following this, we worked in small groups to improvise a routine set to dramatic music. We will perform our routines in PE next week. We will then go on to write our own creation stories in RE and then interpret and perform them in PE. We saw some fantastic work today with pupils demonstrating taught moves as well as coming up with some moves of their own. Each group worked really well together. Well done Rhinos!

 


18/01/19

As part of our ‘We Will Rock You!‘ topic, in English we are reading ‘Stig of the Dump’. We are working towards writing a diary entry from the point of view of Barney. To help us, we were visited by none other than Stig! We prepared a range of questions to ask him. Although he only knew a few words, Stig was able to answer our questions using pictures, gestures and body language. As you can tell from our expressions in these photos, we really enjoyed meeting Stig. Hopefully, he will come back to visit us in the future. It’s a shame that Mr Peel wasn’t in the room at the time to meet him! 🙂


17/01/19

We concluded our Forces and Magnets topic with a lesson on magnetic poles. We found out that opposite poles on a magnet attract and like poles repel. We then moved onto to using compasses in order to label the compass points in our classroom. Finally, we investigated what happens when we hold a magnet near a compass. Why does the compass needle go ‘crazy’ when we do this?

We also found out that the Earth’s magnetic north has shifted dramatically recently! For hundreds of years the magnetic pole was to be found on the coast of northern Canada. In the 1990s it drifted into the Arctic Ocean and it is now moving towards Siberia at a rate of about 30 miles a year.

Interestingly, if geologic history repeats itself, Earth’s magnetic poles should eventually swap places! Based on the magnetic fingerprints locked into ancient rocks, we know that over the last 20 million years, magnetic north and south have flipped roughly every 200,000 to 300,000 years. The last of these major reversals occurred about 780,000 years ago, although the Poles do wander around in between these larger flips. That means we’re a bit overdue for a total reversal! Whoa! 

Here’s a picture of some of us finding north, south, east and west in the classroom! But which pupil is pointing to magnetic north?

Next week, we will start our Rocks, Soils and Fossils topic (at last!). 


17/01/19

Here’s next week’s homework. The maths sheet is based on work we have been doing this week in class. Siddal Superstars will be awarded to pupils who return their maths homework. All pupils are encouraged to have a go at the top section. Some pupils could have a go at the bottom section too. Pupils who complete both sections will receive TWO Siddal Superstars! In addition, your child has been given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue).  All returned homework is marked and stuck in pupils’ learning logs. Please ask Mr Battye if you would like to see your child’s learning log. MANY PUPILS FROM ALL THREE SPELLING GROUPS HAVE ACHIEVED FANTASTIC SCORES IN THEIR SPELLING QUIZZES RECENTLY!  Thank you! 


11/01/19

More marvellous models! Here’s some more Bronze Age and Iron Age roundhouses constructed by pupils, parents and family members. They look amazing! Well done to all the pupils who completed this optional holiday homework. They were rewarded with a Siddal Superstar and a Kit Kat (which they were instructed to make a roundhouse out of before consuming – most pupils just ate them! 🙂 ). Well done Rhinos!


11/01/19

As part of our ‘We will rock you!’ topic, we will be looking at rocks, soils and fossils in science. Here are some samples on our science table. Examples include sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, crystals, animal and plant fossils as well as sand samples from the Sahara Desert in Northern Africa (the largest sandy desert in the world) and from the world famous Maya Bay in Thailand. If there are any geologists out there, please let Mr Battye know if he has incorrectly labelled them! With parental permission, pupils are allowed to bring in rocks and fossils of their own to school.

Sahara Desert, Africa

Maya Bay, Thailand


10/01/19

Here’s next week’s homework. The maths sheet is based on work we have been doing this week in class. In addition, your child has been given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue). Siddal Superstars will be awarded to pupils who return their maths homework. Thank you! 


09/01/19

Another Iron Age model arrived in school today. And it’s AMAZING! Natina and mum have made an entire Iron Age village. The attention to detail is incredible! Pupils have until this Friday to submit their finished models and drawings. Prizes have been purchased and Siddal Superstars will be issued to all pupils who contribute. Well done to all pupils who have brought back work so far! Once again, Siddal Primary School is lucky to have so many talented pupils, parents and other family members. Thank you. 🙂


09/01/19

More marvellous magnets! Today in science we performed a full investigation with pupils being asked to find which magnet was the strongest. After working in groups to come up with the best way to test this, pupils voted to use paper clip chains attached to a variety of magnets. The longer the chain, the stronger the magnet. Different types of magnets included bar, horseshoe, button and ball but most groups found the best magnets were the unscientifically named fridge magnets that have been on Mr Battye’s board all year! Who’d have thought it? Why do the fridge magnets exert the strongest magnetic force? Many pupils worked very well in groups with some pupils able to perform repeat testing in order to attain reliable results. Here it comes…Well done Rhinos! 


08/01/19

For extra optional homework over the Christmas holiday pupils were asked to draw or make their own Bronze Age or Iron Age roundhouse. Here are some completed pieces of work. They look fantastic! Pupils have until this Friday to bring their drawings or models to school. All pupils will receive a Siddal Superstar and a small (chocolate-based!) prize. Well done Rhinos! The first week back after half-term we will visit the Hebble Trail and construct our own prehistoric settlement!


07/01/19

We investigated magnetic and non-magnetic materials in science today. We found that some metallic materials were attracted to a magnet but not all! Older 1p and 2p coins were not attracted to our magnets. We discovered that 1p and 2p coins minted before 1992 contain a bronze coloured alloy of copper, tin and zinc (none of which are magnetic). Coins minted after this date are made from copper-plated steel. It is the steel (made from iron) which is attracted to the magnet. Non-metallic materials we found were non-magnetic. We also saw a paper clip being turned into a magnet! Mr Battye then tried to prove that wooden match sticks were magnetic but it was just a silly magic trick! Pupils in Rhino class worked well in small groups to complete this investigation. Well done Rhinos! 


06/01/19

Fasten your seatbelts folks! We’re about to time travel from the present day back to prehistoric times

The date is 10,000 B.C. (12,000 years ago!). We’ve been transported from modern day Siddal to Stone Age Siddal. Our first job as wandering hunter-gatherers is to find a suitable place to live.  We’ve come across a small river called Hebble Brook in the area known in modern times as the Hebble Trail. People had to make their houses out of animal skins and branches during the Stone Age so we will need access to trees and animals as well as a water supply. Luckily, the Hebble Trail has all three. But beware! The area is also home to rival tribes, wolves and even bears!

On which site will you build your settlement? Select A, B or C! 

 

Site A – A clearing in the woods.

 

Site B – By the banks of Hebble Brook.

 

Site C – On a plateau (a flat bit!) halfway up the valley side.

 

Each site has good points and bad points. So what will it be; A, B or C? You decide! 

Finally, here’s an artists impression of what our Stone Age settlement could look like…

 


06/01/19

Our topic work this term is entitled ‘We will rock you!’. Here’s a cool song about life in The Stone Age. Children should be familiar with it as we used the original version as one of our warm-up dances in PE last term.


06/01/19

Happy New Year! Here’s our class newsletter and curriculum plan for this term.


21/12/18

We had a small Christmas party this afternoon. We played a game called ‘Snowman Drive’ in mixed groups with prizes for the winners. We then played the Christmas shopping corners game. If an item was sold out, pupils were challenged to complete a forfeit with prizes for the best performer! There were also prizes for the best dancers! We then settled down to watch the film ‘Nativity 2’ on the big screen. Have a great Christmas and we will see you all again in 2019! 


21/12/18

Here are six Rhino pupils helping deliver the Christmas mail. They all did a great job!


20/12/18

Here is our Christmas holiday homework. Pupils will bring home a spelling sheet (green, red or blue) and a piece of maths homework. As an extra optional homework task, pupils have been challenged to draw or make prehistoric roundhouse. This idea was suggested by the children themselves. Pupils who complete a roundhouse will be issued with Siddal Superstars and a small prize. Their completed work will be displayed in the classroom and Mr Battye will upload photos onto our blog page. Please see the homework sheet for more details.  Click HERE to find out more about life in prehistoric Britain. Thanks.


20/12/18

Today we made Christmas cards. Our pop-up cards have a Christmas tree theme.  When we finished, we made our own snowflakes. Like the Rhinos, each snowflake is unique. There are no two snowflakes the same. Tomorrow, we will have a snowflake competition where we will vote for the best snowflake! We will also have our Christmas party in the afternoon. Have a great Christmas everybody!


19/12/18

Along with the rest of the school, our Year 3 pupils visited St. Mark’s Church in Siddal today to take part in this year’s Carol Service. Our class performed the festive favourite ‘Little Donkey’. We provided our own accompaniment with a range of percussion instruments. Ably conducted by our student teacher Mr Peel, many people commented on the quality of our singing and musicianship! Well done Rhinos!


18/12/18

Because of other after school events, The School of Rock (Christmas Edition) didn’t get the opportunity to record the song they had written!  Luckily, the Rhinos were on hand to learn and perform the song in just one afternoon. Featuring several members of the after school club, the pupils learnt the tune and the lyrics with many children having the opportunity to play along on glockenspiels, tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks and the obligatory sleigh bells! Considering the pupils had just over an hour to learn the song, Mr Battye thought that all the pupils who took part did very well indeed. The recorded song was played on Phoenix FM only hours after it was recorded. The hosts of the radio show agreed it was the best Christmas song ever! Here is a photo of the singers and musicians. If you missed the radio show, below is a recording of the pupils’ song entitled ‘Christmas Time at Siddal’Well done Rhinos! 

 

 


18/12/18

Today at Siddal Primary School, pupils had the opportunity to come to school wearing their Christmas jumpers and enjoy a Christmas meal accompanied by Christmas crackers and seasonal music. Here’s some photos of some Rhinos enjoying their Christmas dinner! Thank you to the cooks at Siddal for preparing a lovely meal!


18/12/18

Here’s a photo of two Rhinos delivering the Christmas mail at Siddal Primary School. Several adults approached Mr Battye to say what a good job they did! Well done!


17/12/18

We wrote Viking kenning poems today in history. The word kenning is derived from the Old Norse phrase kenna eitt við, which means “to express a thing in terms of another”, and is found throughout Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic literature. Our kennings consisted of hyphenated two word phrases describing the vicious Vikings! We made up actions to accompany our completed pieces and some of us got the chance to perform our poems to the rest of the class.  Here’s some of our phrases as part of a Viking greatest hits poem! WARNING: SOME OF OUR POEMS ARE RATHER BRUTAL!

Boat-builder

Sea-farer

Axe-wielder

Skull-smasher

Monk-scarer

Land-invader

Brooch-wearer

Thor-prayer

Rune-writer

Saxon-fighter…

VIKINGS! 

 


14/12/18

We have been studying dance in PE. We learnt a dance which pitted the vicious Vikings against the angry Anglo-Saxons. Fortunately, after much fist-clenching and chest-beating this particular meeting between the two tribes had a happy ending! Well done Rhinos for terrific teamwork and dazzling dancing! Here is a video of our dance…


13/12/18

Here’s some photos of our trip to Jorvik Viking Centre today. We learnt so much about life in Viking Britain. Thank you to parents and other family members – it was your financial contribution that helped make this event possible.

 


13/12/18

Here’s next week’s homework. The maths sheet is based on work we have been doing this week in class. In addition, your child has been given a spelling sheet to practise at home (green, red or blue). Many pupils have done incredibly well in their spelling tests so far this year.  Siddal Superstars will be awarded to pupils who return their maths homework. Keep up the great work!


12/12/18

We completed our Viking longships today. Carefully following the instructions, we worked in pairs to cut and stick each part together. They look brilliant! After our ships were completed, we designed and labelled our own Viking longships in our topic book. Some of us then went on to use a dictionary in order to produce a glossary defining the key technical vocabulary. Well done Rhinos!


11/12/18

Today we were joined by the Reverend Linda Maslen from St. Mark’s Church, Siddal and her two assistants (plus Dougal the dog!). The Reverend showed us how to make Chistingles. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle.

Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:

  • The orange represents the world;
  • The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ;
  • The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations;
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

All of our Christingles looked brilliant! We had great fun making them as well as singing a Christmas song (to the tune of Baby Shark!). Thank you to Reverend Linda Maslen and her team for coming into our school and thank you to parents and other family members who sent in oranges to decorate!


10/12/18

Here we all are making Viking longships as part of our topic work. Carefully following the instructions, we worked in pairs to cut and stick each part together. We will finish them later this week. We were joined for the afternoon by a Viking supply teacher called Mr Olafson (like Mr Irwin who visited us a few weeks ago, he looked just like Mr Battye). Also pictured are pupils who made replica Viking axes for extra homework (without even being asked!). Well done Rhinos! We are looking forward to our trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre this Thursday.

 


06/12/18

We have spent the last two weeks writing instructions in English. We have focused on using imperative verbs, clear sentences and fronted adverbials. Most pupils even managed to use colons and semi-colons appropriately (that’s a Year 6 objective by the way!). Based on our class book, The Egg, pupils were asked to write instructions on how to train a dragon in a specific skill. Our instructions are entitled ‘How to train your dragon to fly’, ‘How to train your dragon to breathe fire’, ‘How to train your dragon to distress a damsel’ and ‘How to train your dragon to duff a knight’. We published our instructions in a class book. This book is situated in our class library and is available for pupils to read (once they have completed an Accelerated Reading test!). We are going to move onto non-chronological reports next week. This will give pupils the opportunity to write about the dragons they designed for half-term holiday homework. As well as this, in art next week pupils will be following instructions in order to make Viking longboats. Here’s some photos of a few samples of work. Coincidentally, every example Mr Battye selected was based on training a dragon to breathe fire! Weird that! 🙂


06/12/18

As previously reported, we have been making Christmas wrapping paper to sell at the Christmas Fair tomorrow. Here is a sample of our finished work. Pupils have put their initials on the back if you wish to purchase your child’s wrapping paper. Well done Rhinos!


06/12/18

Here’s next week’s homework. We have three spelling groups (green, red and blue). Pupils will be quizzed on their weekly words next Friday. The maths homework is based on the work we have been doing in class this week. This homework should be handed in by the 14th of December. Well done to all the pupils who have completed ALL of their homework so far this year! Thank you for your continued support.


05/12/18

Here’s some photos of us taking part in Accelerated Reading. After we have read our books, we complete a quiz on an iPad. We then move our name from the red pot to the green pot and visit the school library in order to change our books. Pupils who bring their Accelerated Reading book to school all week receive a Siddal Superstar. The pupil with the highest Accelerated Reading score over the course of the week is awarded the Accelerated Reading Star Reader of the Week!


03/12/18

Here we all are making Christmas wrapping paper to sell at the Christmas Fair this coming Friday. We were going to decorate baubles but Mrs Brown found they were too expensive all over Halifax. I bet they will be a lot cheaper AFTER Christmas! So we went for Plan B. As you can see, we’ve gone for a reindeer theme on our wrapping paper. When our handprints are dry, we’ll add eyes and Rudolph-esque red noses. Let’s give a big hand for the Rhinos!


01/12/18

Pupils should have brought home a letter detailing our trip to Jorvik Viking Centre in York taking place on Thursday, 13th of December. The cost of this trip is £7.00. Parents can pay via our ParentPay system. It should be a fantastic experience! Thank you for your continued support. 

Click HERE to view the Jorvik Viking Centre website.


30/11/18

G’day! Here’s some of the original Aboriginal artwork produced by pupils in Key Stage 2 during our art afternoon last week. Accompanied by a rainstick and boomerang, our artwork looks amazing on Mrs Sunderland’s awesome antipodean display (the didgeridoo didn’t make it unfortunately!). Ha! Mr Battye has just seen a mistake! Can anyone else spot it? We’ll fix it on Monday! 🙂 It’s now fixed! But not in this photo!


29/11/18

It’s been another great week for Accelerated Reading in Rhino Class. 75 quizzes have been taken over the course of the week with 57 passes! Six pupils have maintained an average score of 100% over the course of the week. But only one of these pupils is our Star Reader of the Week! Who will it be? Well done to our Star Reader of the Week! Much deserved!


29/11/18

Here’s next week’s homework. As always, pupils have a set of spellings to learn (green, red or blue) as well as a homework sheet to complete and return to school for the end of next week. This week’s maths homework is based on the work we have been doing in class over the last few days. As some of us have already spotted, the maths homework appears to have lost two buttons! Thankfully, the Rhinos were on hand to draw two new ones! Hurrah! Thank you.


28/11/18

We are looking at forces and magnets in science. Today we studied friction. We set up an investigation to see which type of road surface created the most friction for our toy cars. We found that the rougher the  surface, the greater the friction. For the first time, we performed a full investigation with a prediction, plan, results and conclusion. We were introduced to fair testing and reliable testing. Each group worked really well together. We can’t wait to get onto the magnets part of this topic though! Here’s some pictures of us working scientifically together…


28/11/18

Based on our class book ‘The Egg’, we are writing instruction texts in English. Our task is to write an instruction manual entitled ‘How to train your dragon’. In order to plan our work, we composed sentences orally via role play. We had four training tasks to choose from: ‘How to train your dragon to fly’, ‘How to train your dragon to breathe fire’, ‘How to train your dragon to distress a damsel’ and ‘How to train your dragon to duff a knight’. We used clear and concise instructions using imperative verbs. We took it in turns to be the instructor, George and the dragon. We worked really well together in groups. Next, we will perform a shared write and then write an instruction manual of our own. Here’s some photos of our group work…


28/11/18

As part of our Viking topic, we have organised a trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre in York on Thursday, 13th of December.  Pupils will be taken back to 25th of October 975 AD in a time-capsule, and then embark on a tour of a reconstructed Viking settlement which includes voices speaking in Old Norse, as well as aromas and life-like animated figures, made by laser technology from skeletons found on the site. Beyond this is an extensive museum area, which combines an exhibition of some 800 finds from the site with interactive displays and the opportunity to learn about tenth-century life and to discuss it with ‘Viking’ staff. Pupils will also take part in an archaeological dig workshop.

The cost of the trip is just £7.00. You will receive further details in a letter issued in the next few days. Please click the following link for more information.

Jorvik Viking Centre website


22/11/18

We have five pupils who have averaged 100% in their Accelerated Reading quizzes this week (and nine pupils who have achieved 85% or more). Nearly everybody took part in at least one quiz this week (including one pupil who quizzed five times!). Pupils who have brought their reading book to school every day this week have been awarded with a Siddal Superstar! But who will be our Star Reader of the Week? We will find out tomorrow!


22/11/18

In history and art, pupils have been learning about runes. Runes are the letters that the Vikings used instead of words. Strangely, runes do not only stand for letters. Some also stood for different words or concepts as well so understanding them was quite confusing! We wrote our names on rune stones. Children who selected a smaller stone wrote their initials instead. Our rune stones are on display on our Viking table in our classroom. They look really good!  Next, we will be making Viking helmets and longboats!


22/11/18

As previously reported, some pupils in Year 3 have been taking part in an after school club entitled School of Rock (Christmas Edition)! We have written a song called ‘Christmas Time At Siddal’. Now we can sing the song, we are learning to play the tune on various instruments (including keyboard, glockenspiels, tambourines and the obligatory sleigh bells!). All being well, we will record the song and upload it to the blog. In addition, this tune (as well as the other song we have written) will be broadcast on Phoenix FM before Christmas. Mr Battye will let children know when it will be played across the airwaves! Here’s a photo of our band…


22/11/18

This week is Friendship Week at Siddal Primary School. In Year 3 we mixed up the seating arrangements and asked pupils who were in Mrs Newham’s class last year to sit with pupils from Mrs Braime’s class. We sang a song about being kind and then asked pupils to work in their pairs in order to produce a poster containing acts of kindness. Some pupils included ‘kindness’ acrostics in their posters. The completed posters will be displayed around school. We will finish our posters tomorrow and then invite pupils to come up with a kindness poem or song to perform to the class. In addition, we have a Harry Potter themed ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ box in Year 3. Running since the start of the academic year, pupils are invited to nominate other children in the class who have displayed kindness throughout the week. In our Friday class awards, Mr Battye pulls out a nomination at random. The selected nominee is awarded with a small prize.  Here’s some photos of our children working well together on their kindness posters…


22/11/18

Here’s next week’s Year 3 homework. Pupils will be tested on their spellings on Friday, 30th of November. The Red Group are looking at the n sound spelt kn and gn and the Blue Group are looking at words ending in -ation. The maths homework provides pupils with the opportunity to revisit some of the questions they found challenging during assessment week this week. We will look at some of the other challenging questions during our lessons next week as well as in afternoon intervention sessions. Just to let you know that the school photocopier is currently out of action! Hopefully, it will be operational by the close of play tomorrow so Mr Battye can hand out the homework for the weekend. Thank you.


21/11/18

Pupils in Key Stage 2 enjoyed an afternoon of art at Siddal Primary School today. Children had to choose from a range of activities taking place in the four Key Stage 2 classrooms.

Pupils who visited Year 3 produced some original antipodean artwork based on paintings produced by the Aboriginal people of Australia. We learnt about how Aborigines used symbols and colour to represent objects and natural phenomena. These symbols are used to tell Dream Time stories. In addition, we also learnt about some animals indigenous to Australia (including a range of marsupials and a rather unusual animal called a duck-billed platypus).

Aboriginal paintings use dots to make patterns or symbols. We used cotton buds to create this dotty texture. Before we starting painting, we chose an animal to draw. Great white sharks were a popular choice, as were koalas and kangaroos.

We were joined for the day by Mr Battye’s Australian cousin, Mr Irwin. To be honest, he was very similar to Mr Battye except he had blond hair (and was just as boring!). Mr Battye, on the other hand, used the magic stock cupboard (!) to travel to Australia to teach Mr Irwin’s class. It was weird because Mr Irwin didn’t really sound Australian at all.  His accent was all over the place!

As well as producing our paintings, we learnt how to play the didgeridoo. Some of us got the chance to play the didgeridoo as well as make the sound of falling rain using a rainstick. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to throw the boomerang Mr Irwin brought along with him.

Like in the other three classes, most of us have not quite finished our paintings and we will meet again on Friday afternoon to complete our work. Here’s some photos of us at work as well as what we have learning about and some of our completed paintings…


20/11/18

Pupils in Year 3 are working with The Better Living Team throughout the academic year. Today the Better Living Team delivered a lesson based on healthy breakfasts. We were surprised by the amount of sugar added to breakfast cereals. We discovered that porridge contains the least sugar and processed cereals, such as Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, Frosties and Kraves, contain the most added sugar! Pupils and parents suggested pieces of fruit or apple juice as a healthier alternative to sugar when preparing porridge. Pupils were given a leaflet to take home all about making healthier choices at breakfast time. Here’s some photos of our class working with The Better Living Team…

 


18/11/18

This coming Wednesday, we are having an art afternoon at Siddal Primary School. Pupils will be given a choice of art activities to sign up to. Each classroom with have a different theme and task. In the Year 3 classroom we are fastening our seat belts and flying to Australia to produce some original Aboriginal artwork. Selected pieces of work from each class will be framed and displayed around school. Should be a good afternoon!


17/11/18

Our school website has been given a makeover and some of our Year 3 Rhinos appear on the homepage. Mr Battye is not featured (despite his best attempts to photobomb!) Well done Rhinos!

Click here to view the Siddal Primary School website. 


16/11/18

Today we played the Complex Sentence Game in English (er, as fun as the name suggests!). The pupils came up with some weird and wonderful sentences based upon the book ‘The Egg’. Once again, children demonstrated an ability to write main clauses and subordinate clauses joined by a subordinating conjunction (along with a comma). The game was eventually won by Hufflepuff table, who went on to be Table of the Week! Well done everyone!


16/11/18

Pupils in Year 3 came to school in their pyjamas today to celebrate Children in Need. Thank you for your donations!


15/11/18

We have been dividing in maths this week. Using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations, we started our unit with dividing by grouping. Most children did really well using this method and quickly moved on to reasoning activities. Today, we worked on dividing by sharing. We seemed to find this method a bit more tricky as some of us tried to run before we could walk! For the pupils who found this hard, they received 1:1 support in our afternoon intervention session. Happily, most of us got there in the end! Pupils have been asked to reinforce their learning in our weekly maths homework. Over the next week we will move onto formal written methods of multiplication and division. Here’s some photos of us using concrete and pictorial methods to support our learning as well as some of the work we have been doing.


15/11/18

Our Year 3 pupils wrote some super sentences in English today. Using our knowledge and understanding of our class reading book, ‘The Egg’, we warmed up by revising previous work done on simple and compound sentences. We extended simple sentences using coordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so – known by the acronym ‘FANBOYS’). We then moved onto complex sentences using subordinate and main clauses using subordinating conjunctions (as, after, although, because, before, unless, until). Many children did really well and were able to place the subordinate clause at the start of a sentence followed by a comma as well as writing the subordinate clause after the main clause. Pupils are now challenged to use these sentence types regularly as part of their independent written work. Well done Rhinos! 


15/11/18

Some pupils have done really well in their Accelerated Reading tests with seven children averaging 100% over the course of the week! But who will receive the Accelerating Reading Star Reader of the Week certificate tomorrow?


15/11/18

Here’s next week’s homework. It’s great to see so many pupils doing really well in their weekly spelling quiz. It’s even better to see many pupils now using these words spelled correctly within their written work. As always, the maths homework should be returned by next Friday. Thank you for your continued support!


12/11/18

As part of our Viking topic, we will be making rune stones in art. Pupils have been asked to bring a pebble from home to decorate at school. Palm-sized pebbles are the best size.  Siddal Superstars will be given out to pupils who bring a pebble to school. Don’t worry if your child cannot find one – a pebble will be provided! Completed rune stones will be displayed on our Viking table in the classroom. Thanks.


12/11/18

Pupils in Year 3 visited The Vue cinema today to watch ‘Captain Underpants’.  We really enjoyed ourselves. After we have finished our Viking art tomorrow, we will produce film posters and film reviews to encourage people to watch the film. Here’s some photos of our trip out…


11/11/18

Here’s our class newsletter and curriculum plan for this half-term.


09/11/18

Some of our Rhinos take part in an after school club called ‘School of Rock (Christmas Edition)’. We have been writing Christmas songs to perform in front of the school. We hope to record our songs and upload them onto the blog. In addition, our songs will be played on Phoenix FM! Here’s two of the songs we have written. The pupils didn’t like the first song (they said it was boring!) so we have written another one. Pupils can practise these songs at home if they want to. Oh, and click the link if you want to see a Christmas countdown! You know you want to!

Christmas Countdown Clock! 


09/11/18

In our topic work this half-term we are studying The Vikings! In PE we have been learning a country dance in which The Viking warriors come face to face with The Anglo-Saxons! Here’s the music so the children can practise at home if they want to (yes, the music is a bit cheesy but our dance moves are fantastic!). All being well, we will upload a video of our completed dance onto the blog. In our first PE lesson today, we had some brilliant dancers! Well done Rhinos!

 


09/11/18

In science this half-term we are studying forces and magnets. We think Mrs Sunderland’s display looks rather attractive! We look forward to filling the display with examples of the children’s work.


09/11/18

In maths we occasionally play a brilliant game called ’24’ (well Mr Battye thinks it’s brilliant!).  Players have to make the number 24 using any of the four operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide or a combination of these operations). All the numbers have to be used and each number can only be used once. Our Rhinos currently find this game rather challenging. Have a look at this card. A Siddal Superstar will be awarded to the first pupil to come up with a possible solution.

Also pictured is our current maths working wall. Working walls are used to support pupils with their learning. Here we can see a range pictorial and abstract representations of multiplication. Next up…division!


09/11/18

Here’s some more photos of the brilliant models made by the pupils for extra homework. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of dragon egg prizes in Halifax at the moment. Instead, pupils will be rewarded with an alternative prize on Monday. Mr Battye was told by the gentleman in B&M that Easter dragon eggs will be available three weeks after Christmas. Too late mate!


08/11/18

We have been invaded by dragons! Here’s some of the work completed by pupils over the half-term holiday. What creative and imaginative pupils we have! Well done to all pupils who completed this extra homework.


08/11/18

Here’s our homework for next week. Well done to the pupils who have completed extra homework over the course of the week! As always, pupils will be tested on their weekly spellings the following Friday. The maths homework is marked and stuck in pupils’ black learning logs. Pupils who complete homework receive a Siddal Superstar. Please ask if you would like to see your child’s learning log. As well as this, please encourage your child to read at home as often as possible and to practise his or her multiplication facts. Thanks!


07/11/18

A massive well done to all the boys and girls who completed the extra holiday homework. Your dragon drawings and models are incredible! We have some very talented pupils (as well as parents and other family members!) Pupils who are still in the process of completing this homework have got until this Friday to bring in their finished work. Mr Battye will give out the dragon egg prizes on Monday.  Visit the blog this weekend to see some photos. Well done Dragons  Rhinos! Thank you again to parents and carers.


07/11/18

The Year 3 Rhinos had front row seats as Google came to Siddal Primary School to deliver a special assembly all about internet safety. We found it informative and fun! Ask your child what he or she has learnt. There are lots more photos on our blog homepage!


07/11/18

We have moved from addition and subtraction onto multiplication and division in maths. We started off our unit by making arrays using cubes and counters. From this, we have been able to represent multiplication facts in different ways including completed stem sentences and number sentences (for example, repeated addition). We played a pelmanism matching cards game with multiplication questions using different representations. Although some of us found it hard at times, we worked really hard and Mr Battye was very happy when he marked the books at the end of the day! Hurrah!


02/11/18

Oh no! It looks like we’ve had a visitor to our class over the half-term holiday. She seems to have left a little present in the library area. It’s the wrong time of year for Easter eggs! What could be inside the egg?


26/10/18

The Year 3 Rhinos did very well in this week’s 5-a-day arithmetic quiz with most pupils beating last week’s cumulative score. Many questions reflect work already covered in maths (place value, addition and subtraction). After the half-term holiday, we will be moving on to study multiplication and division. Keep up the great work boys and girls!


26/10/18

Siddal Primary School visited St. Mark’s Church today for our Harvest Festival. The Year 3 Rhinos performed ‘Autumn Days’ (with actions and artwork!). All the Rhinos gave a great performance! Well done Rhinos!


26/10/18

Here are the Rhinos visiting the Year 6’s pop-up Victorian Museum in the school library. We all thought it was marvellous!


25/10/18

We finished our ‘Who done it?’ unit of work by writing detective stories of our own. The stories have been published in a class book. This book is available for children to read in our library area. Our stories are written in paragraphs and contain setting and character description, inverted commas for dialogue and even fronted adverbials! Some stories are so long, Mr Battye struggled to fit them in the photo! Many pupils included some of the forensic science techniques learnt last week. Here are a selected few. Well done Rhinos!


25/10/18

Our Year 3 Rhinos had a great time at the Halloween Disco. Here are some pictures of us having fun as well as some of the fantastic pumpkins on display. The last two photos are the Rhino Class fancy dress winners. Have a great holiday!


25/10/18

Here’s our homework for the half-term holiday. There is the usual spelling and maths sheets plus an extra optional task. As we are studying dragons in English and art next half-term, pupils have voted to either draw or make a dragon over the holiday. Further details can be found on the homework sheet given to your pupil. Below is a copy of the pupils’ homework. Have a great holiday! Thank you once again for your continued support.


22/10/18

Here we are producing our autumnal collages for the Harvest Festival at St. Mark’s Church this coming Friday. If things go to plan, we will display these collages when we perform our rendition of ‘Autumn Days’ (with actions!). With a bit of luck, the leaves and conkers will stay in place until then. Otherwise, our autumn scenes will look rather wintry!

We were really impressed with the children’s singing today during our rehearsal ahead of the performance. Hopefully, they can sing just as well in front of an audience! Also, let’s hope Mr Battye can remember the tune on the keyboard!


18/10/18

Pulse Education’s ‘Forensic Science Workshop’ came to Siddal Primary School today! We were joined for the day by Year 3 pupils from Luddendenfoot Academy. The pupils from both schools got on really well and enjoyed a fantastic day working scientifically together.

In the morning, pupils learnt key skills such as latent fingerprinting using magnetic powder, fingerprint identification using black ink, hair and fibre analysis using microscopes as well as UV detection using ultra violet lights and marker pens. The children made a unique fingerprint keyring to take home with them.

After dinner, pupils then used these skills to help solve a crime scenario. To add authenticity to the activity, pupils (and adults!) wore white SOCO suits, purple gloves, blue overshoes and face masks. We were all allowed to keep these items of clothing.

We will do some follow up work in science next week and pupils will draw from this experience when they write their detective stories. Below are some photos of our fantastic day.

Finally, thank you to parents. It was your financial contribution that helped make this event possible.


18/10/18

Here’s our homework for next week. Pupils will be given with one of the two sets of spellings to learn for a quiz next Friday. Each morning, we work on our weekly spelling rule. We also use these spellings and sentences in our weekly handwriting session. Some pupils have already received their pen licences!

Please encourage your child to do as much homework as they can.  Pupils receive Siddal Superstars for returning homework on time (and extra stars if they do extra work at home!). Returned homework is marked and stuck into the pupils’ learning logs. Please ask Mr Battye if you would like to see this or any other book. Thank you!


17/10/18

At the Harvest Festival next week, The Rhinos will perform the song ‘Autumn Days’. Here are the lyrics (and actions!). Pupils are encouraged to learn the words for homework this weekend! Children will be given a paper copy of these lyrics on Friday. Please note that the actions are subject to change! All being well, we will also produce some autumnal collages to enhance our performance further. We will make these in class next week. Thanks for your continued support.

 


17/10/18

Here are our ‘Who Done it?’ art displays. One is situated on the school mezzanine and the other is in the classroom. Well done Rhinos! 


15/10/18

In art today we created ransom notes! As part of our CSI ‘Who Done it?’ topic, we talked about how crafty criminals use cut out letters from newspapers and magazines in order to send an anonymous letter.

Our ransom notes had a twist – we had to draw the letters using different typefaces and fonts. These included serif and sans serif, upper and lower case letters, bold, italic as well as, er, ‘Christmas writing’ (ask your child what this last one is!). If Mr Battye couldn’t identify the pupils from their handwriting then the children knew they had done their job well!

We will finish our ransom notes later this week but so far they look really good! The ransom notes will be used as part of the children’s detective story that they are currently planning in English. Pupils have already invented a detective (in the form of a giant Top Trump card) as well as a villain (who they described in their wanted posters).


15/10/18

Wow! Awesome three digit column subtraction from the Rhinos today! Mr Battye is delighted to report that everybody has demonstrated mathematical fluency! We will move on to missing number questions tomorrow along with part whole representations, bar models and problem solving. Well done Rhinos! 


12/10/18

We keep stick insects in Rhino Class. There are currently dozens of them! If you would like some of our stick insects, please ask Mr Battye for a letter and an information sheet.


12/10/18

As part of our ‘Who done it?’ unit of work, we used different techniques to produce identikit pictures. Take a look at this rogue’s gallery! Can you identify the pupils from their excellent artwork?


11/10/18

Christmas came early to Year 3 today! We designed and produced our own Christmas cards with a penguin theme! Pupils had the opportunity to make a card with a religious or non-religious message. Along with designs from all the other classes, our finished work will be sent off to the card company to get converted into Christmas cards. You will have the opportunity to purchase your child’s card in due course.  All our Rhinos really enjoyed themselves and produced some excellent artwork. To get in the festive spirit, we played Christmas music and wore Christmas hats! It was almost 20 degrees Celsius outside! Never a dull day at Siddal Primary School!


11/10/18

The CSI Forensic Science Workshop at Siddal Primary School is less than a week away! We will be joined by Year 3 pupils from Luddendenfoot Academy in what should be a fantastic experience! Every child will have an opportunity to learn, enjoy and achieve! Click the link below for the CSI countdown clock!

Click here for the CSI Forensic Science Workshop Countdown Clock!


11/10/18

The Rhinos produced some super sentences today! We worked on extending simple sentences by adding adverbs and phrases to a main clause in order to provide more detail. The sentences were based on our class book, ‘The Detective Dog’ by Julia Donaldson. Many pupils could identify the verb and the main clause and then move onto extending sentences of their own. Great stuff!


11/10/18

Here’s this week’s homework. Maths homework should be returned by Friday, the 19th of October. Pupils will be quizzed on their spelling the same day. Their target is to equal or beat the previous week’s spelling score. In addition, children are encouraged to read as much as possible at home and to bring their accelerated reading book as well as their reading record to school every day. Thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend!


09/10/18

Another small step was taken today on our maths learning journey. We moved from using concrete resources such as base 10 and place value counters to add three digit numbers via column addition with abstract numbers. Initially focusing on procedural variation, most pupils demonstrated an ability to set out and calculate using column addition. We then applied our skills in order to complete pictorial bar models and part whole representations. Some pupils made great progress with these conceptual variation tasks and moved from fluency work onto reasoning and problem solving activities. Tomorrow we will take another small step and use column addition in order to cross the tens and hundreds boundaries!


08/10/18

“Today, we looked at using inverted commas when writing direct speech,” announced Mr Battye. “I was really impressed with the work completed by our pupils. The children had to think up questions to ask PCSO Liz when she visits our class. All the pupils used inverted commas correctly and most of them used a capital letter, question marks and reporting clauses starting with a lower case letter. We will apply these skills when we write our detective stories over the next few weeks. Well done Rhinos! Click on the image below to see the sheet stuck in pupils’ books in order to help them.”


06/10/18

Some of our library books have been stolen! Who is responsible? We have already identified several individuals with the means, motive and opportunity! Can our Rhino detectives solve the crime and retrieve the missing books? Here’s suspect number 1…

…and no – it isn’t Mr Battye!


05/10/18

Pulse Education’s ‘Forensic Science Workshop’ is coming to Siddal Primary School on Thursday, 18th of October. Watch the video or click on ‘Home -2017’ to visit the website for more information!


05/10/18

As part of our ‘Who done it?’ unit of work, we have invited PCSO Liz to visit us. She will talk about the work of the police and the methods used to solve crimes. Over the next few days, think of some questions you would like to ask her!


05/10/18

Many Rhino pupils have had a great week this week!

Every day each class starts their maths lessons with a short arithmetic quiz. We call it 5-a-day (see example below). Many of the questions in Year 3 are linked to our current and previous units of work (with some others – like multiplication and division facts –  thrown in to keep the pupils on their toes!). We are delighted to see many pupils regularly beating their previous best scores! Well done Rhinos!

As well as this, it’s great to see many pupils trying their very best to join their writing and take extra care with their letter formation. Hopefully, it won’t be long before we start issuing pen licences!

Have a super weekend Rhinos!


04/10/18

Here’s this week’s homework. Please don’t return the spelling sheet – the spellings are to learn at home for testing on Friday, 12th of October. The maths homework, however,  should be returned to school by the same date. Please encourage your child to do as much as they can. Thanks!


03/10/18

In science this week we have been investigating opaque, translucent and transparent materials. We made predictions, recorded our findings and reported our results in the form of a letter. As an extra task in our follow up lesson we will shine a torch into Mr Battye’s ear and see if light comes out the other side of his head.


28/09/18

Well done to all the pupils who completed this week’s homework! Many children achieved fantastic scores in this week’s spelling test. Here’s the homework for next week!


28/09/18

Pulse Education’s ‘Forensic Science Workshop’ is coming to Siddal Primary School…


28/09/18

These are the Year 3 and 4 ‘common exception words’. Most pupils are expected to be able to spell these words by the end of Lower Key Stage 2. Most pupils will have four of these words to learn for homework each week along with six words following our weekly spelling rule. Pupils are encouraged to use these words in their writing at school.


27/09/18

Help with homework


27/09/18

Pupils can learn their multiplication facts with these cool songs!


27/09/1

Come and cheer on the Year 5 and 6 pupils as they take on St. Joseph’s in the first round of the FC Halifax Town 5-a-side Half Time Cup in front of 2000 fans and the BT Sport cameras! COME ON SIDDAL!

 


26/09/18

Addition and subtraction using concrete resources to represent hundreds, tens and ones…


26/09/18

We wrote poems in English. We tried to learn them off by heart. We then performed our poem in small groups to the class.


12/09/18

Welcome back! We hope you have had a great holiday. We will be doing lots of exciting things in class this term. Please visit this page to see some of the activities we have been taking part in.


12/09/18

The future’s bright! Here’s some of our Rhinos investigating reflective materials in our science topic.

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