Chestnut Class (Year 3)

Welcome to Chestnut Class
Chestnut Class is a Year 3 class. Mrs Timmins is the class teacher. They have support from our teaching assistant Mrs Cessford. 
On Wednesdays  afternoon, Mrs Cessford takes them swimming  whilst the class teacher has their PPA time. 
Chestnut Class
Our weekly timetable is as follows:
TUESDAY -  This is our PE day, children should come to school in their PE kits.
WEDNESDAY - Year 3 go swimming in the afternoon and should bring their swimming kits with them to change at Morpeth.
THURSDAY -  Reading books are taken in and changed and reading is logged for the reading ladder.
FRIDAY -  We have a forest school session in the afternoon with Miss Gray, so wellies are needed in school. ALSO we go to the library, reading books come home and spellings are completed and reset. 
Welcome to Chestnut Class
What we have been up to through the year:
AFRICAN ARTS WEEK - WB 11th September
We had a fantastic week developing our arts skills this week to the theme of Africa so we could display our art work in a showcase at the end of the week. We started the work with artist Katherine Renton creating Zebra clay pots. She showed up how to use our hands to initially create a pinch pot, which we turned into the bodies of our zebras. Then we carefully added and blended the other body parts, such as a head, neck, legs and tail to the body. Once dried we added PVA and then carefully painted the bodies white and added the black stripes.
We also did an artist study on Edward Tinga Tinga, focusing on his use of pattern, colour and shape. We used this careful study to create our own painting inspired by his style. As a class we painted our backgrounds with watercolour, drew our leopards on top and then painted that and the border with acrylic paint. We finished our art by adding black pen to outline our leopard and its spots and also drew an African themed pattern in the border. 
Tuesday 26th September
European Day of Languages - German
We had a fabulous day filled with lots of German activities. We spent the morning learning about the country of Germany. We used the internet and powerpoints to fill out our fact files with information such as the capital city, the population and where in the world it is. We then started to learn some of the language. We learnt how to say various greetings, the numbers and the colours. 
In the afternoon we learnt a dance that we performed to the school, tried various German treats and then we finished with a whole school quiz at the end of the day.
Thursday 16th November - Hancock and Quayside Visit
We started off our very busy trip with a visit to the Hancock Museum to look at the Stone Age exhibition and the fossils, which linked in with our learning last half term. Using the museums explorer kits, we moved around these areas. After we had completed these tasks, we had time to explore the whole museum. The children especially enjoyed looking at the Roman and Ancient Egyptian exhibits. 
After our lunch break, we hopped on our coach and drove down to the Quayside. Here we looked at the various bridges and buildings along the Tyne, before crossing the Millennium bridge to go up into the Baltic and view these sites from their viewing platform.  
Christmas Fun!
We had a fabulous December which involved lots of fun things leading up to Christmas. We performed our school Christmas Nativity, we went to see a panto at Whitley Bay and we also had our own Christmas party in school. Take a look at some of the photos of the fun!
Friday 19th January - Year 3 Multi skills final (School Games)
We were very proud to have made the final of the school games year 3 multi skills. We participated in 5 activities which needed team work, skill and speed to try and win. There was running, passing and balancing involved in these activities. Even though we didn't place in the top 3, we were really proud of how we did and we had lots of fun doing it!