Look what we've been learning!

Osprey Class Blog
Hello and welcome to Osprey!
We are the Year 3 class, who like to work hard and have fun!! This blog will tell you all about what we have been learning, the activities we have been taking part in and the exciting events we are looking forward to.
Summer Term:
This term our topic is Ancient Greece! Scroll down or go the the Parent Page for this term's topic map.
Coming Up...
Year 3 and 4 will be having an Ancient Greek day on Friday 7th June. Details about our LKS2 Summer Trip will be available soon.
WB 13.05.19 and WB 20.05.19
Science, Science, Science!
Over the last two weeks of term, Osprey class have been taking part in Assessments to show us all how amazing they are. Everyone worked really hard, so we have also done some really exciting SCIENCE! We used some of the skills from our Science Skills Wheel to help us explore Magnets. Have a look below to see some of the super activities we have taken part in.
Have a great half-term! See you in just over a week!
Our Winners:
Headteacher's Award - Harry, for some super writing.
Olympic Values Certificate - Harley, for improving his throwing and catching skills.
Superstar Writer - Zac, for remembering to include ALL of his success stars in his instructional writing.
WB 6.5.19
Activities Week 2019
While the Kestrel (our Year 5 class) and some of Kite (Year 4) were off on their trip to Grafham Water with Mr Jones and Miss Whitton, Osprey welcomed the remainder of Kite class to take part in an Activities Week with us. Using our topic as a basis, we took part in lots of fun, creative and challengeing activities including:
  • Re-telling Greek Myths using hand made puppets and iPads (Videos will be up soon);
  • Playing Balloon Volley Ball;
  • Designing and creating Mythical Creatures;
  • Taking a trip to the Woods, where we made our creatures, found them a habitat, listened to a story and had a yummy snack;
  • Made musical 'Sound-Scapes' for the film Hercules;
  • and finally designed and made Catapults in our STEM challenge.
We had lots of fun working together with Year 4 and can't wait for the rest of Year 4 and Year 5 to see what we have been up to. Have a look below for a short video of all our activities.
Winners this week:
Headteacher's Award - Joe, for working really hard on his group when creating the catapults.
Olympic Values Award - Zoe, for being positive in Balloon Volley Ball, despite being initially unsure.
WB 29.5.19
This week in class, we discovered more about Greece and where it is in the world. We made quizzes using 2Quiz on Purple Mash (https://www.purplemash.com) all about Greece in the modern age. Osprey class traveled back in time, thinking about how timelines can overlap and discussing what Mummies and Daddies did when they were children if there were no iPads!
In Science, this week, we looked continued our topic of Forces. Last week we discussed pushes and pulls, but this week out focus was on gravity and friction. We got to take part in some super activities, including: testing toy cars on ramps made of different materials; sorting movements into pushes and pulls; discussing a concept cartoon about friction; and making super 'helicopters' to learn about gravity. On Friday, we tested our helicopters. Have a look below for some pictures and videos of us watching gravity do it job!
Winners this week:
Headteacher's Award - Sunday, for her perseverance in learning to tell the time.
Olympic Values - Felix, for his super cricket skills with out coach on Monday.
Star Writer - Evie, for her lovely non-fiction text on oceans and continents.
WB 23.4.19
Summer is here!
This first week back has been very relaxed but very exciting in Osprey. We have done lots of great learning in a variety of ways. As well as practicing our times tables and spellings, we also: revised our Maths from last term; wrote about our Easter Holidays and Saint George; spent the whole of Wednesday learning how to type up stories on the computer and create illustrations for the adventure stories we wrote; started learning how to tell the time by making our own clocks; and started our new science topic on 'Forces and Magnets'.
As well as all of that, we started a new Topic - the Ancient Greeks! On Thursday we became archaeologists for the day. We got to: make badges; discuss what we already know about Ancient Greece and ask questions; dig in the sand tray for 'Ancient Greek' artefacts; look at charred food 'remains' to discover what the Ancient Greeks ate; looked at some Greek vases; and researched the Ancient Greeks and words related to our topic. Have a look below to see some pictures of us completing our super activities...
Our winners this week:
Headteacher's award - Chloe V, for being a kind and helpful friend.
Olympic Values award - McKenzie, for being fair and sensible both in PE lessons and when playing football at lunch.
Summer Term Overview
Have a look below at our Summer term class text and Topic Map, while we work on some excellent work to show you all!
Spring Term 2
We're off to see the Wizard...
This term we took part in so many exciting activities, including:
  • Learning about the parts of plants and what they need to survive in Science;
  • Writing adventures stories in Literacy;
  • Re-telling the Easter Story in RE;
  • And most exciting of all...performing our adaptation of the play 'The Wiz', a stage version of L.Frank Baum's classic 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'
See below for some pictures of what we have been up to this term or follow the link below to pictures of our performance and cast photographs.
WB 25.2.19
Spring Term 2
Welcome back, we hope you had a great half-term. 
This half-term in year 3, we will be continuing our Extreme Earth topic, as well as looking at: plants in science, computer programming in ICT, fractions in Maths and, of course, performing our first LKS2 play - an adaptation of 'The Wiz'.
This week, we have been looking at the parts of plants. We had great fun dissecting some tulips and learning all about the functions of each part. We were also lucky enough to take part in a really exciting ICT-Unplugged lesson, where we got to follow each other's instructions for making a sandwich - and then we got to eat them!
Our winners this week...
Headteacher's Award: Imogen.
Olympic Values Award: Toby.
Super-star Writer: Isla.
WB 11.2.19
Magnificent Music and Marvelous Mud
In Osprey this week, we have been looking at poems and performing them in groups (see below for pictures). We also wrote some excellent acrostic poems all about different types of weather.
In Science, we explored the different types of soil. We went out into the playground and collected mud, which we then brought inside and tested using our 'Hand Texturing of Soil' flow-chart to help us work out which type of soil we have at school. (See below for pictures).
Finally, in music we sailed the seas this week, imaging we were caught in a terrible storm - have a look below the pictures for a great example of one of the groups hard at work on the pirate ship.
In the final week of school before the half term, the children also brought in this month's homework. They had been asked to create a volcano in any way they liked.
We had some really excellent pictures, Legos and papermache models. Have a look below to see some examples of the ones brought in.
Our winners this week:
Headteacher's Award: Evie.
Olympic Values Award: Ruby.
WB 4.2.19
Assessment Week!!
This week was a assessment week in school and Osprey class were working really hard to show off how great they are at Maths, Reading and Writing. Their writing was a really exciting piece about the magical world you might find inside a raindrop.
We also learnt how to use the bus stop method in Maths and thought about how to eat healthily in PSHE. We made plates to show the food wheel. (See below) For further information on how to stay healthy and the recommended daily intake of food and drink follow the link - https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/   
Our winners this week!
Headteacher's Award: Freddy-Lee.
Olympic Values Award: Zac
WB 28.1.19
Why does the earth shake?
This week in Topic lessons, we have been learning all about earthquakes: what they are and why the happen. We discussed the movement of tectonic plates and learned the earthquake drill - we also created posters to help others know what to do in case of an earthquake. We also discussed the houses we would like to have in an area where there are lots of earthquakes - to test our theory, we created houses from marshmallows and tooth-picks. Then, we tested them on some jelly tectonic plates. (Have a look below for pictures of our experiment). Finally, we researched some different historical earthquakes using the iPads. We found out where and when they happened, and how people's lives were affected. 
In Literacy, we discussed the key features of a newspaper article. We discussed the 5 W's (what, when, where, who and why) and planned our own newspaper reports on the earthquakes we researched. Have a look next week to see some of our finished articles.
Maths this week was also very fun, we have started looking at division and spent our lesson on Tuesday morning using sweeties to calculate the answers to our division calculations - we even got to eat the sweets afterwards!!
Our winners this week...
Headteacher's Award: Emily, for always trying her best.
Olympic Values Award: Chloe V, for her excellent team work in OAA.
Well done to all our winners!
WB 21.1.19
Story Writing!
This week in Osprey Class, we have been writing stories about escaping from an erupting volcano. We thought carefully about our descriptions - using all of our senses - and how we could give the reader clues about what would happen next.
In Maths, we have been using the grid method to help us solve multiplication calculations, as well as reasoning and problem solving questions. To find out more about how Maths is taught at Meldreth Primary, have a look at our calculation policy.
We are excited to be studying The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum in Guided Reading this term - this week we read about Dorothy meeting the munchkins for the first time and wrote descriptions all about magical places in our own imaginations.
Our winners this week...
Headteacher's Award: Bailey, for working really hard to improve his writing.
Olympic Values Award: Zoe, for being such a great new friend to Osprey Class.
Superstar Writer: Toby, for his great descriptive writing.
Well done to all our winners!
WB 14.1.19
Vicious Volcanoes
In Osprey this week we have been learning all about volcanoes and how they work. We also got to read the story 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit. We retold the story and started planning our own volcano escape stories.
In Science, we looked at rocks and revised the different types. We then tested them for density, permeability and durability, using our scientific skills of observation and classifying (see below for our brand new science skills wheel). Have a look below for some photos of our experiment. 
In PE, we are working with Ms Jackson this term to complete some OAA and Orienteering activities. Have a look below for some pictures of our lesson this week.
Our winners this week...
Headteacher's Award: Harley, for his super questions in our Topic lesson on volcanoes.
Olympic Values Award: Jake, for his positive attitude in all PE lessons.
Well done to all our winners!
WB 7.1.19
Maths, Mnemonics and Metamorphic Rocks
This week in Osprey Class we have been taking part in a number of fun and exciting activities to get us all excited about our new topic: Extreme Earth. On Monday, we took part in a whole rotation of activities with Kite Class (Year 4) to help us learn about our first focus - the layers of the earth. On Wednesday, we decided we needed a way to remember the layers, so we wrote written mnemonic poems to help us. Have a look below for some pictures and great work!
In Maths lessons this week, we have started looking at multiplication using arrays and have practiced our timestables. Don't forget you can look at our calculation policy and our Year 3 expectations (both found here on our website) to be reminded of how the children are taught Maths at Meldreth Primary. Have a look at some of our super work below...
Our winners this week...
Headteacher's Award: Rennie, for trying so hard with his writing, especially with Mrs Maskell on a Tuesday afternoon.
Super-Star Writer: Sunday, for her excellent descriptive writing about a thunder storm.
Well done to all our winners!
WB 3.1.19
Welcome Back!!
The first few days were very busy. We have looked back over what we learnt last term; had a think about what we might learn this term and started a Science experiment all about washing our hands. Have a look below for some pictures.
We also did a spelling check. See below for a list of the year 3/4 common exception words, so you can keep on practicing.
Our winners this week...
Headteacher's Award: Osprey Class - for their excellent singing and acting during the KS2 Carol Concert last term.
Olympic Values Sports Award: Alicia - for her positive attitude in gymnastics.
Well done to all out winners!
Spring Term Overview:
Have a look below for our Topic Map and Spring Term class text, while we work on some super work to show you...
The end of 2018!
Holiday Work...
Please see below for our holiday Homework. 
The links for Mathletics and other supportive online materials can be found on our Parent Page.
Merry Christmas!
Autumn Term 2
The most wonderful time of the year...
This term has been extremely busy, so we have had less time to update our class page, but here is a little taste of all that we have been up to!
  • Enjoyed hockey lessons in PE.
  • Gone to the KS2 cross-county competition.
  • Learnt more about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.
  • Written Stone Age stories.
  • Created some excellent decorations for our winter themed school displays.
  • Watched the KS1 Nativity Play.
  • Taken part in the KS2 Carol Service at the church (have a look at the News page of our website to see some pictures and listen to some sound-bytes).
  • Enjoyed creating a 4 times table music video.
  • AND Been visited by Ernie (Santa's magical elf friend).
Well done to ALL our Headteacher's Award, Olympic Values Certificate and Star Writer winners this term! We look forward to see who will win next year!
W.B. 30.10.18
This week in Osprey we have been very excited to explore and finally use our new classroom! 
We have been learning about information texts and have written some great introductions to our Stonehenge Fact Files.
In Maths, we have been looking at word addition problems and have been solving them using the bar model and column method.
We also make some inspirational posters to put up in our classroom; began learning about light and shadows; and learnt all about the Day of the Dead in Spanish.
Our winners this week...
Headteacher's Award: Isla, for being such a kind friend and helping Alicia find her feet during her first week at Meldreth.
Olympic Values Sports Award: Freddy-Lee, for learning our Firework dance in ONE WEEK!!
Superstar Writer: Evie, for her excellent Stonehenge introduction writing.
W.B. 15.10.18
This week we have had so many exciting things happening. As well as working hard on our reading, writing and maths, we have also...
  • Created some spooky music (Have a look below for an example of our excellent compositions).
  • Gone on an exciting class trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge, on the TRAIN! (See below for some super pictures). Thank you SO much to all the parents and staff who made the trip possible!
  • Made Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) headdresses.
  • AND Moved classrooms!!
 Our winners this week...
Headteacher's Award: All of Osprey Class, for being so super on our trip and really sensible on the train, even when our first train back was cancelled!
Olympic Values Sports Award: McKenzie, for always being a kind and helpful friend, as well as showing great talent in out Netball lessons.
W.B. 8.10.18
In school this week, we very much enjoyed our harvest festival - practicing the songs, rehearsing our poem and eating the cakes we had left over!!!
In literacy, we completed our persuasive writing adverts for a Stone Age bow and arrow. Have a look below for some examples of our work. We also started to think about instructional writing and read 'How to wash a woolly mammoth.'
We continued to look at addition in Maths, but this time with carrying!! Everyone worked really hard.
P.E. was really fun this week, we enjoyed practicing our throwing and catching skills, and built on our team work.
Our winners this week...
Headteachers Award: Iris, for working really hard to improve her handwriting.
Olympic Values Sports Award: Millie, for always being a kind friend and helping her peers.
Superstar Writer: Chloe P., for her excellent persuasive advert writing!
W.B. 1.10.18
Can we persuade you to have a look at what we've been learning this week?                                                                               
We have been working especially hard this week to learn all about the key features of a persuasive advert. We have discovered, labelled, discussed and created to help us remember all about how best to sell our Stone Age product. Look next week to see our super writing!!
We have also been trying very hard to understand addition using the column method. We have learnt to lay out our calculations carefully and that you should 'Always, always, always start with the UNITS!'.
Our winners this week...
Headteachers Award: Sophie, for being a kind friend to children in ALL the classes.
Olympic Values Sports Award: Sienna, for her excellent team work in our Netball lesson.
W.B. 24.9.18
In Osprey this week:                                                                               
We have been working really hard to improve our reading comprehension and have been showing great tenacity when it comes to understanding and using Place Value in our Maths lessons. Have a look below to see some of the activities we have been doing.
Our winners this week...
Headteachers Award: Joe, for his super independent writing!
Olympic Values Sports Award: Imogen, for using all of her energy in every move in our This Is Me dance.
Superstar Writer: Harley, for trying so hard when writing our letters.
Class Award: Bailey, for being positive even when things don't always go his way.
Well done to all our winners!
So far this term...
Our first few weeks in Osprey:                                                                               
We have all settled in to Osprey now, in our temporary classroom (the old Kingfisher). Everyone has come back with lots of energy and determination to work hard this year. See below for some of the exciting activities we have taken part it so far!
In Science we learnt all about how to keep our bodies healthy.
We made fortune tellers in our PSHE lesson on being kind. Each number had a kind message or action hidden beneath it.
Our Maths focus for the first 3 weeks was place value. Here we are working together to show place value of numbers in lots of different ways.
Autumn Term Overview:
Our LKS2 topic this term will be 'Stone Age to Iron Age'.
Have a look below to see this term's topic map and class text, while we work hard on some amazing activities to show you all...