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St Thomas' CE Primary Academy

Term 4

Week 1


This term in French we are learning about birthdays. In order to do this successfully, we have to be really good at recalling the numbers from 1-31. As part of our first lesson, we did lots of different activities to help us build understanding and fluency with our French numbers. This included chanting and sorting before playing bingo. This allowed us to identify the numbers in French at speed. It created a huge buzz around the classroom! 



This week in RE we found out that we will be digging deeper this term with our Understanding Christianity unit of work. Today, we had fantastic debates and discussions surrounding how Christians show their beliefs in God the Trinity through the way they live their lives. In order to do this, we had a handful of phrases that we had to sort and match together to make full sentences. However, we had to discuss and explain why we thought they matched together well. It was tricky because there was more than one answer and lots of different opinions! This created excellent discussions and debates around the room!


Library Time! 

We love visiting our fantastic library at St. Thomas' and we're lucky enough to have an amazing place to read and share books with our friends! 


Week 2


This week in PSHE we discussed the meaning of challenge. We understand that it is important to recognise our strengths but we also need to understand that we all face challenges at points in our life and particularly challenges to self-worth. We all find different things challenging. We looked at different scenarios and discussed what the challenges might be and the reasons for that. The children were quick to understand and reflect upon why some people may find certain scenarios tricky and challenging. Next week we look at some strategies to help us overcome and bounce back from setbacks.




In English this week, we have continued to explore explanation texts. We are using the text 'Until I Met Dudley' with view to creating an explanation text of our own! This week we have focused on the features of an explanation text and what our writers toolkit should look like for this genre - we are writing to inform. We know that an explanation text is in chronological order, has technical language and is written in paragraphs. The children spent time look at a 'Dudley Example' from our focus text and identified the features in groups. Great work!


PE (Netball)

One of our PE topics this term is netball which the children are incredibly excited about. This week we were focusing on developing our passing and moving skills whilst following the footwork rules for a game of netball. This was quite a tricky task but the children showed fantastic resilience and enthusiasm to make progress.


World Book Day 2023 - Thursday 2nd March

What a fantastic time we had during World Book Day 2023. There were so many different characters from Harry Potter, to Spiderman, to Matilda! We spent some valuable time in our fantastic library discussing, sharing and reading books together. The Year 3 team even managed to get together for a photo! They dressed up as 'Big Cats' which is our Guided Reading novel this term!


Week 3

This week we explored technical vocabulary in English to help us write our explanation texts! We looked at the different parts of vacuum cleaner and their function. Afterwards, we used our knowledge to draft and publish our reports! We also looked at the function of a stem in Science! We observed celery stems in food colouring over a few days to see how the coloured dye altered the stem. This showed us how nutrients travel through the stem of a plant. 


Week 4

This week we continued to learn how to play the ukulele in Music. We all show lots of enthusiasm during Music and are so excited to play the instruments. This week we used our knowledge of the different parts of the ukulele to identify the tuning pegs and tune the instrument. We learnt that the strings of a ukulele are G C E A. In PE we continued our dance unit where we created actions and movements inspired by industrials factories. In Design and Technology, we also began to practise our sewing skills! We retrieved our knowledge of running stitch from year 2 and began to practise backwards and blanket stitch.


Week 5

This week we began the week exploring hazards in PSHE. We looked at hazards that are around our local area and used 'predict - assess - manage' to help us overcome the hazards. In French, the began to ask each other: quelle est la date de ton anniversaire? We practised having conversations with each other in French using our knowledge of numbers and months to support us asking and answering when is it our birthdays. In Music this week we learnt how to play the C chord on the ukulele. We finished the week with a special visit from Reverend Jane who spoke to us about Christian beliefs and Trinity.