Year 3: The Bongos: Blog items

The Week Ahead - 5th February, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 4th Feb 2018 @ 7:20pm

The last week of half term already.

We have lots of practical activities planned for this week.

English - writing recount diaries using events from the story of the Iron Man.

spelling- adding suffixes less, ness, full and ly.

P.E. our last orienteering session and swimming.

Jigsaw / PSHE - we will be spending a few afternoons continuing to focus on our challenge, this is working as a team to design and create a garden ornament.  These can then be displayed in our Garden of Dreams in the hall. There will be successes and disappointments, frustrations and feeling proud.  This is all part of the journey.

D.T. We will be learning about linkages and levers, using this knowledge to create a moving Iron Man. 

Science - we will be learning all about Magnets. 


Science forces, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 31st Jan 2018 @ 9:47am

Yesterday we explored all things forces. We went on a forces walk around school, we thought deeper using different skills of discussing - odd one out, true or false statements.

We had fun exploring friction. We picked up jelly cubes with straws, then added oil and had another go - it was really tricky. 

Some groups began to explore different surfaces and how a car travels over them.  It was so busy we only have a few photos but we promise to take more next time as we continue our exploration. 


English excitement, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 31st Jan 2018 @ 9:42am

This morning the children are practicing using their senses to gather vocabulary for their diary writing.  Developing their thesaurus skills to extend their knowledge and range of vocabulary. 

The Week Ahead - 29th January, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 28th Jan 2018 @ 11:58pm

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and our Longton Panto performers have had a good rest.  I have heard fabulaous things about you all, well done. 

This week our learning will consist of:

English - Reading diaries

Maths - Fractions

Science - Forces

Jigsaw - working in our teams to create a garden decoration. 

P.E. - Orienteering and Swimming - T.shirts and shorts needed please.  The children are carrying out their assessments for their water safety cetificates.

Watching the Reception and Year 1 performance.

Computing - Internet Safety

R.E. - Hinduism. 




Jigsaw Afternoon Tea, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 28th Jan 2018 @ 11:51pm

Thank you to all who came to our Information Afternoon Tea, all about Jigsaw.

If you were unable to attend and wish to know more you can find the Powerpoint on the PSHE page of the website in the section 'Parent Information Page'.  There are also further documents under PSHE curriculum. 

Mrs Catterall

News report, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 25th Jan 2018 @ 9:11pm

We have enjoyed using iMovie on the iPads this week to create a news report about the strange star in the sky. (Part of the Iron Man story).

Projects, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 25th Jan 2018 @ 8:59pm

Thank you so much for bringing in all your amazing projects. Is it lovely to see your creative flair.  I know the children have enjoyed working with you on these.  Thank you to the mums, dads, grandmas, grandads and anyone else who has helped. 

More Orienteering , by Mrs Catterall

Date: 25th Jan 2018 @ 8:54pm

Today we went outside for orienteering. We had maps showing coloured cones.  There were coloured cones dotted around the ball cage just like our map.  Each map had a different route on it.  We had to follow the map and write down the codes under each cone.  There were 8 different maps to try.  It got a bit tricker towards the end as all the cones became white and we had remember to keep our map the correct way around. 

Neighbourhood Talk, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 25th Jan 2018 @ 8:48pm

On Monday afternoon we welcomed Jo from South Ribble Borough Council into our classroom.  She talked to us about litter and graffiti, dogs, waste and recycling as well as parks.  It was very informative and the children listened carefully to all of the information. 

Capacity, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 25th Jan 2018 @ 8:45pm

We have been exploring capacity during the week.  How much liquid will each of the containers hold? Can we accurately measure out ml using measuring cylinders? 

The week ahead, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 21st Jan 2018 @ 9:42pm

In lessons this week we will be learning about:

English - we will be looking at the final 2 chapters of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.  Completing a variety of writing tasks- describing the emerging Iron Man from the pit, writing/ performing a news report and predicting the ending comparing it to what we will then read.

Maths - this week will be focusing on measurement with a focus on capacity.  Look at the measurements on different containers at home and compare.

Jigsaw - we continue our work on dreams and goals by working in teams on a task, here we will be able  to explore the different emotions we can have when being given challenges.  Succeeding, disappointment, pride, success etc.

Geography - activities around volcanoes.  Creating fact files, watching a volcano erupt, hopefully!

Neighbourhood talk on Monday afternoon.

P.E. - orienteering, swimming.  Please remember swimming hat, one piece costumes for the girls and clothes as we continue with our life saving skills. 

R.E. Hinduism.

If you completed a project please bring it in so we can display them in the hall on Monday and Wednesday night after school. 

I also look forward to meeting with you all this week for parents evening. 

Mrs Catterall 


Orienteering, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 21st Jan 2018 @ 9:20pm

We have been taking part in orienteering sessions on Thursday mornings.  We have learnt about points, lines are areas, using a key and matching up symbols.  The children needed to use their memory skills to solve the puzzles. 


Place Value, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 8th Jan 2018 @ 9:33pm

Today we were focusing on reading and writing three and four digit numbers, ordering them, placing them on a blank number line and discussing the value of the digits. 


Projects, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 8th Jan 2018 @ 9:29pm

Projects for this term are due in on Monday 22nd January ready to be displayed for parents evening. 

They can be related to any aspect of our topic or on an area your child is interested in.

Key topic areas are:



Forces and Magnets


Dreams and Goals

The Iron Man

2018 - Spring Term, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 5th Jan 2018 @ 9:10pm

I hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and made lots of family memories.  I'm looking forward to hearing all about it on Monday.

I have attached to the main class page a curriculum overview and letter for this half term.  

One thing I have enjoyed doing as a family this holiday is sitting down together to plan 1 full family day of activities each month.  These aren't necesarily activities that cost lots of money, the focus has been on something we all take part in together.  Some of the things we have selected are a walk and picnic on the beach, a bike ride and ice cream, a day baking all sorts of cakes for members of the family, A day at the leisure centre swimming and playing badminton.   I have attached a grid we completed, if this is something you might like to do yourselves please feel free to print it out.  

The last few weeks of the term - Photo catch up, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 5th Jan 2018 @ 9:02pm

It was a busy end to the last few weeks of the term; cooking, making modroc objects and painting them, calendars, Chrstmas cards, our Wedding day, music concert, Christmas Lunch our Jigsaw lessons, Christmas party and finishing off the term with our Class Compliment treat of den building under the tables in our onsies.

Here are just a few of the many photos we took. 

Lights, Camel, Action!, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 6th Dec 2017 @ 10:20pm

I am so proud of all the Bongos and Penguins, they have all been Superstars this week for their Christmas Play.  Fantastic singers, dancers and actors, we truly have some very talented children.  Well done everyone x 

Mrs Catterall 

English, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 6th Dec 2017 @ 10:12pm

This  week we have been reading a story all about crayons! The children have worked together in teams to create posters for each of the different crayons, exploring their feelings and thoughts and personalities in the story.  

DT - Baking and cooking., by Mrs Catterall

Date: 6th Dec 2017 @ 10:11pm

Our first group of chefs took to the kitchen on Friday afternoon with Mrs Neilson to make soup, bread and they even had a go at making their own butter.  The other children will be having their turn over the next 2 weeks.   Hopefully someone might save me some to try! 

Shape Poetry, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 6th Dec 2017 @ 10:07pm

We braved the cold and took our learning outside the other morning to gather inspiration for our shape poetry.  We focused on our senses and detail in what we could see to create lists of powerful vocabulary before returning to the class to create a Poem.

Time, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 6th Dec 2017 @ 10:03pm

This week we have been learning more about time.  We have used a website game, this is fantastic for matching analogue and digital times.  I have asked the children to start with the year 1 game and once they can complete in less than 30 seconds to move on to the next one and so on.  

Please support your child with reading the time at home, talking about start and finish times of TV programmes, how long will it be on for? We are leaving at  ?  The time is now ?  How long before we go? etc. 

The week ahead, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 26th Nov 2017 @ 10:02pm

Another busy week is planned.

GPS - spelling work,

Reading - finding evidence about one of the main characters in the story. 

English - poetry

Maths - reading and writing time. O'clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to, using an analogue and digital clock. 

Monday afternoon - Celebration Assembly in church.

Tuesday - Mrs Ainsworth will be teaching the class today, she has lots of amazing activities planned.

Wednesday afternoon - music

Thursday - swimming, water safety, clothes needed again please. This will be our last swimming lesson this term.  We will recommence again in January. 

Friday afternoon - one group of children will be cooking  in the kitchen with Mrs Neilson.  Children in the choir will be singing at Longton Methodist church.

We will be continuing to practise our Christmas play, please make sure costumes are in by Wednesday as we will be having a dress rehearsal at the end of the week. 

Mrs Catterall 

Maths, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 26th Nov 2017 @ 9:47pm

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Fractions session on Wednesday afternoon.  Our practical maths continued throughout the week.  We had several problems to solve on Friday, the children showed great teamwork and lots of fantastic discussions and explanations. 

DT, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 26th Nov 2017 @ 9:42pm

Mrs Neilson's lesson on Friday afternoon was all about Bread.  The children found out about different sorts of bread and discovered how to make soda bread and where many of the ingredients come from.  Over the next 3 weeks the children will have a go at making bread and a healthy soup to go with it. 

Road safety, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 26th Nov 2017 @ 9:39pm

It has been road safety week this week and we have learnt about how we can stay safe on the roads.  We found out about the work of 'Brake' and their message of speed down save lives


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