In year 3 this week we have been preparing for the end of term with assessments being the main focus. In English, we have been looking at different suffixes and prefixes and how they change the meaning of words in addition to our reading assessments. In Maths, the students have enjoyed getting their teeth into equivalent fractions, identifying different types of angles and measuring perimeter. In Science we have completed an investigation into whether the position of light (i.e. sun) influences the formation of shadows throughout the day.
This week we have been completing assessments, but we also made time to have some fun in class. We learned some of the history behind Valentine’s Day and that Valentine’s Day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was. The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine".
Knowing this background we had the opportunity to make a friendship valentine card for our friends and also got creative in the house Art competition. Next week we are looking forward to learning all about different languages all over the world!
So this has been a busy week in between completing six weekly assessments and trying to create and complete cards before the end of the week. The children have worked very hard and for the most part been very focused on their end of unit assessments. With the penultimate skiing lesson on Thursday we have had to complete both our Valentine’s card and the card for the House competition in one day. We used paint and water for the latter and I apologise for any splashes on school uniform but the children thoroughly enjoyed making them. Hopefully we can end the half-term much more calmly through Malsenitsa week
This has been a busy assessment week for us in Year 6. We have been working very hard to complete all of our exams, go skiing, rehearse for the musical, and work on our Topic projects, which are due next week. We have also been creating Valentine’s cards for students throughout KS2 and our house point competition projects. It has been a very busy week!