Mr Battye’s Class

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. 

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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!

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16/11/18

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

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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.

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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! 

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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…

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11/11/18

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

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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! 

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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!

 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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! 

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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).

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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! 

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.”

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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!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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28/09/18

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

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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.

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27/09/18

Help with homework

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27/09/18

Pupils can learn their multiplication facts with these cool songs!

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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!

 

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26/09/18

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

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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.

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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.

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12/09/18

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

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