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A warm welcome to Impala Class. The children have settled into Year 3 fantastically and I have already been impressed with their hard-work, enthusiasm and dedication to their learning!


This term, our topic is World War Two, where the children have already been learning about key events from the war and the countries who were involved. They are working so hard to remember the key historical dates that we have been practising in our class quizzes! Over the next couple of weeks, the focus will shift towards what life was like for children during the war. The children will understand all about evacuation and daily life for WW2 children. We are all so excited for our trip with Year 4 to Stibbington Education Centre for an Evacuee Day! Later on in the term, the children will also have the opportunity to cook and taste some war-time recipes, which will really help them to understand about what life was like during rationing!


This term, the children will also be learning about artist and sculptor Henry Moore.  Additionally, they will study Electricity and Sound in science as well as developing their investigative skills. 


Until the end of this term, PE sessions will take place every Wednesday afternoon. We will be playing football on the field so please could you ensure that your child has their PE kit, along with suitable outdoor shoes! Any children wearing ear-rings should either remove these for PE sessions or cover them with plasters.


I have already been so impressed by the children’s passion for reading. This is such an important skill and it is so fantastic to see the children immersing themselves in lots of different books. Please encourage your child’s love of reading by reading their school book with them at home, or even enjoying a story from home at bedtime! I know some of the children have been enjoying our WW2 topic so much that they have started reading books set during the war, such as ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. What a fantastic way to extend their topic learning!


Key things to remember in Impala Class:

  • ’Hands-on Maths’ homework will be given out each Monday and will be based on our mental maths focus for the week. Please practise this with your child little and often!
  • Spellings will be given out each Friday and the children will be tested on these the following Friday. Please ensure that children are practising their spellings at home – We want lots of full marks each week!
  • Knowledge Organisers will be given out prior to each learning journey. Please help your child to learn the facts provided so that they can show off their knowledge in our class quizzes! I wonder who our Star WW2 Learner will be this term?


My door is always open for any queries, concerns or anything you wish to discuss so please don’t hesitate to pop in for a chat.


Thank you so much for your continued support towards your child’s learning – Let’s make this year in Impala Class fantastic!


Miss Catriona MacLeod

September 2019


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Powerful Poetry!

The children have made an impressive start to the year with their tremendous poetry writing. We used the poem, 'The Magic of the Brain' by Jenny Joseph which focuses on all five senses, to gather powerful language. The children then used this to write their own poems on the theme of the Blitz which is part of our history topic this term. You can hear a superb example below.

The Blitz

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Inspirational Workshops!

On Thursday 6th June children in Years 3 and 4 were visited by a group of students from Walton Girls’ High School.  The Walton students inspired and engaged the children with a series of workshops on the theme of space.  They kicked the afternoon off with a space quiz in the hall and our children eagerly answered their questions.  Following a presentation, the children split off into groups to write space poems and create their own solar system with polystyrene balls and paint (a bit messy, but great fun).   The final session,  run by the performing arts team at Walton, was a solar system dance.  The Walton students had planned, resourced and prepared everything.  It was fantastic to welcome such a hardworking and motivated group of young people into our school and a wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by all! 

World Book Day

Our class celebrated World Book Day in style with these fabulous hats! We really enjoyed reading and sharing books with children from different classes in the school.

Roman Day

We had a great day with Partake learning more about the Romans. In the morning, we investigated Roman artifacts, and looked at games that the Romans played. We also tasted some foods that the Romans enjoyed such as dates and their very own tomato ketchup! In the afternoon, two of our class got to dress in Roman clothing. They looked super. Finally, we re-enacted a battle between the Romans and Barbarians with big Roman shields, and the boys won! It was a great day.


More photos can be found in the Gallery.

Flag Fen

We had a wonderful time on our class trip to Flag Fen Archaeology Park near Peterborough which is home to a unique ancient wooden monument.  A kilometre long wooden causeway and platform are perfectly preserved in the wetland. Three thousand three hundred years ago this was built and used by the Prehistoric fen people as a place of worship and ritual. Sixty thousand upright timbers and two hundred and fifty horizontal planks are buried under the ground along with many swords and personal items given as offerings to the watery fen. It was a fabulous opportunity for us to discover what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors.


More photos can be found in the Gallery.

Celebrating Harvest

I was so proud of the class when they, along with the children in Barasingha Class, led our Harvest celebration. We all had great fun learning the songs and the children worked wonderfully together to perform in front of their friends and family. Well done everyone!

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Hot and Cold Poetry

The children have written some wonderful poetry on the theme of hot and cold.

Leaf Paintings

I was really impressed by how the children used their observational skills to create these beautiful paintings.

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Our Class Display

One of our first tasks this term has been to create a display to represent our class name, Impala. The children used watercolours to create some fabulous paintings and we are very proud of our display in the hall.

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