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Mr Kinch Holdstone Class

Welcome to Holdstone Class!


Key Information:

Outdoor Learning is every Monday - Please bring old clothes, a coat and wellies.

PE is every Wednesday and Thursday - Please bring a full PE kit with trainers/plimsolls.

Home Learning - Folders go home on a Friday night, please return by the following Thursday morning.

Thank you.


Ultimate Adventure Award - 10/11/17

With the year 2's at the cinema, the year 3's ticked a box on their Ultimate Adventure Award by 'helping younger children.' We worked alongside Dunkery Class (reception) during their maths lesson. After Mrs Carter's teaching input, it was over to the children of Holdstone class to help make sure they achieved the lesson objective. It was lovely to see two different age groups working together! 

Helping in Dunkery Class

Literacy - 8/11/17

Our new text for this half term, Outdoor Wonderland: The Kids Guide to Being Outside, is a non-fiction instruction text. We are still learning how instructions work and in today's literacy lesson, we attempted to make an origami elephant following instructions (not from our class text). There was plenty of discussion surrounding the instructions, whether they were easy to follow and what helped us understand what to do. Eventually, the whole class were able to complete and make an origami elephant. 

Origami at its best!

Outdoor Learning - 6/11/17

'Ring Ring, Ring Ring!'. Holdstone class recieved a phone call before their outdoor learning lesson to say a hurricane was going to hit the forest school area. We were asked if we could help save the field pixies that live on the forest school site, by building them shelter made of natural resources on the ground. They had 45 minutes before the wind (balloon pumps) struck! 

Holdstone to the rescue!

Science - 3/11/17

Holdstone class started to look at what exercise is and what affect it has on our bodies. Each group chose five exercises to participate outside for a minute each. After each exercise, they wrote down what they noticed about their and each others body. They discovered that they're faces change colour, we produce sweat, muscles ache, our breathing changes and our heart beats faster.  

"My muscles hurt!"

Art - 1/11/17

On a beautiful autumnal day, Holdstone class ventured into the pond area to find what they believed to be an interesting leaf to draw. Using magnifying glasses, we looked at the detail on our leaf and experimented shading using art pencils by smudging. 

Drawing in detail

Topic - 1/11/17

With the joys of Bonfire Night around the corner, Holdstone class had a carousel of activities to participate in, related to the topic. These included designing/colouring a firework, flick painting (using paint and old tooth brushes to flick paint to create an exploded firework image) and using our senses to described what they can see and expect to hear, smell and taste whilst watching a muted fireworks display video.  

Fireworks Carousel

Outdoor Learning - 30/10/17 

Finally, the weather was on out side and we managed to toast our lovely, sweet tasting marshmallows. We were focusing on our final sense, taste, as part of our topic.

Outdoor Learning - Marshmallow toasting (taste)

Topic 20/10/17 - 

Thank you very much to those who were able to attend our skeleton exhibition today. It was amazing to see so many people come and enjoy the hard-work Holdstone class have put into their projects and supporting the learning in our school. If you were unable to come, please enjoy the pictures below of the event.

Holdstone's Skeleton Exhibition

Maths 19/10/17 - 

Today in Maths, we discussed about resilience and our 'growth mindset' (changing the way we think to achieve more). This lead us to today's challenge. We had to draw a triangle with each side containing three circles. Each circle had to be filled with a number 1 - 6, BUT, each side of the triangle had to add up to a specific total either 9, 10, 11 or 12.

Maths challenge and testing our resilience

Literacy 13/10/17 - 

We added a little drama to our literacy lesson today! Using our bodies, we had to express emotions without making any noises. The emotions we had to show were grumpy, sad, elation, shock, scared and love. In groups, we then put together short performances of a letter that's in our class text 'The Day the Crayons Quit.' We performed it with a happy narrative before changing it to angry. 

Literacy - showing emotions through our actions

Topic 22/09/17 - 

Holdstone class had the opportunity to extract DNA from peas! As part of our topic and wearing our best scientific clothing, we worked together to find DNA in the vegetable.