Welcome to KS3SG! Our class is taught by Sammy with support from Lorraine and Trudie and we have 8 students.
We have had a very settled and exciting start to the half term and the children have come back with excellent attitudes towards their learning. This half term, the children will be attending Outdoor Education every Wednesday, with Howard and Ryan, and will be improving their geographical knowledge and their team work skills. In our classroom based learning, we are exploring ‘Britain as a Diverse Society’, ‘Belonging and Identity’ and Buddhism. Each of these subjects will enable us to deepen our understanding of how the world works and develop our sense of what it means to be a part of the community. I look forward to getting to know the children better and their unique personalities.
Update – November 2018
KS3SG have had an excellent autumn term so far. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Buddhism and have shown great respect to other cultures, beliefs and attitudes. We particularly enjoyed our visit to the Tara Kadampa Buddhist Centre and showed wonderful enthusiasm and intrigue during it. At school, we created Lotus flowers and Vesak lanterns and learned of their significance.
The term has been full of learning about significant global events including the end of World War 1. This was a fantastic way to start our learning and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring life as a WW1 soldier using our senses to explore the dreadful experiences the soldiers had. The students wrote some incredible letters home from the perspectives of WW1 soldiers and even read some real letters that were sent home by soldiers from Derby.
In Autumn 2, we participated in raising money for Children in Need and wore spots to support the appeal. We had a cake sale to raise money and learned about the importance of helping those in need. In addition to this, we participated in Anti-Bullying Week and wore odd socks to celebrate uniqueness. KS3SG wrote some amazing poems about anti-bullying and created a Magic Box full of the inspiration and the ingredients needed to be a good, kind person that says no to bullying.
We intend to continue learning this half term with as many practical activities as possible. We particularly enjoy applying our maths skills to real life contexts and using them to help us navigate our way around different, difficult problems. This is something we are really getting good at!
Finally, we have started to practice our super Christmas song ready for our St Martins X Factor performance. We’re hoping the skills we learn from the Sinfonia Viva Orchestra, that visit us on Mondays, will help us to develop our confidence and musical
Update – January 2019
KS3SG have had a super start to the Spring half term. The students have shown excellent skills and attitudes towards their learning and have worked hard to develop their teamwork skills.
This half term KS3SG have participated in outdoor education with Howard and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the lovely Derbyshire by foot. The students showed excellent levels of resilience and challenged themselves to overcome some of their fears. They particularly enjoyed walking around the Attenborough Nature Reserve and are really looking forward to going grass sledging!
In English, we have been learning all about superheroes! We started off by creating our own superhero and their powers. The students were really enthusiastic and came up with some awesome, powerful characters that were ready to save the world. Using these characters the students used intonation and expression to vocalise superhero scripts that they had wrote themselves. We recorded these and created QR codes so we could view our work electronically – scan this one to take a look at a great use of voices to bring work to life. We also used our characters to create our very own comic book, these were epic! In addition to this, we have recently helped write newspaper reports about a superhero that went rogue. We followed a trail of destruction and managed to solve the case in order to inform Debbie.
In maths, we have had a great focus on place value and have used this to help us solve number problems. As well as this, we have used our prior knowledge of multiplication and division to solve some tricky word problems. We are focusing on solving a range of problems in real life contexts. This is something we find tricky but our determination and positive attitudes has helped us to understand!
Update March 2019
The students have continued to shine throughout this term and have made everyone proud with their continued hard work and resilience. In English the students have been working around the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and have ranked the Hogwarts professors. Hopefully they won’t want to replace me any time soon! The students have also used Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ this half term to help them create a set of excellent rules for Quidditch! In addition to this, the students wrote some fantastic newspaper reports explaining what happened in Harry’s first Quidditch match.
In maths, the students have been working hard on mental methods for addition and subtraction as well as learning how to navigate around a map of Europe. The students showed exceptional team work during this challenge and supported each other to tackle some tricky questions.
Last half term, the students took part in a Crystal Maze Day around school. They worked excellently together to solve puzzles and problems and managed to collect all the pieces of the Crystal puzzle! Well done team KS3SG.
The students have recently attended a residential trip to Caythorpe Court PGL and show excellent behaviour during their stay. They demonstrated great skills and attitudes and really showed what it takes to be a St Martins student!