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Welcome to Topaz Class - Yr 3/4

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Term 6 DICE Topic - Scrumdiddlyumptious

This term, our DICE topic is entitled 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' and jointly focuses on food and the writings of Roald Dahl. Tuck in and enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalizing treats! Work up an appetite with delicious stories about food, have fun with a vegetable orchestra or become a fruity sculptor. Find exciting recipes to read – and write your own too! Then, get busy in the kitchen making tasty dishes from across the world and discover how good food helps you grow fit and strong. Be a whizz and create your own scrumdiddlyumptious smoothie for Squeezy Joe and his team of fruity friends. And here’s food for thought – if you are what you eat, what does that make you?

 

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Letter-join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

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Computing - Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page.

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Home Learning

This year Maths Home Learning will be due in on a Friday. Spellings will be due in on Wednesday, as spelling tests will be on this day. Times Table tests will be on Thursdays, therefore Times Table homework will be due in on Thursdays as well. The children will also have an Arithmetic Test and a Grammar Test to help prepare them for similar tests at the end of Key Stage Two, but will be tested solely on knowledge and skills learnt within the classroom.

Those children who forget to bring in their homework, or fail to complete it to the deadline, will have to complete a portion of the homework during their lunch time.

Useful Websites

Here are some useful websites for Home Learning or extra research! As always, the websites have been checked and are all age-appropriate. However, do feel free to check yourselves or choose your own websites.

Food, a fact of life - A great website with resources for children, including stories and recipes, to help them learn about food origins and healthy eating.

Food labels – NHS Live Well Provides information on food labelling and food shopping tips. Useful background information that could be simplified for children.

The Journey of Bananas: From Land to Your Hand – YouTube A four-minute video from National Geographic showing how bananas are grown, harvested, packed and transported. Some specialist language, but this could be rewritten to produce an alternative narration.

Food around the world – BBC Food A tasty tour of different foods and favourite meals from around the world.

Resources – fairtrade.org A website with a whole range of resources about fair trade, including a resource map and a range of short films.

 

Fun Facts

Did You Know?

Tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable. In fact, tomatoes are the most popular fruit in the world!

Dark green vegetables contain more vitamin C than light green ones!

A kiwi fruit contains twice as much vitamin C as an orange. 

Eating more fruit and vegetables can significantly reduce your risk of nasty health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and some cancers.

Killer lemons! With their high acidic content, lemons can zap bacteria (it makes them great for cleaning your kitchen). 

Avocados are the world's most nutritious fruit. They're delicious too!

A watermelon contains 92% water and just 6% sugar.

Raisins are dried grapes. They contain lots of sugar.

The word pasta comes from the Italian word for 'paste', which means a combination of water and flour.

The sandwich was named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich (maybe he liked picnics...)

Milk is full of vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.

Meat is a key source of protein. It's packed with essential nutriets like zinc, iron and vitamin B12.

Soya beans (or edamame beans), spinach, calcium-fortified juices, yoghurt, and other dairy products have lots of calcium which builds strong bones and teeth and helps keep your nerves, glands, and muscles healthy.

Want healthy gums, teeth, and skin that heals super fast? Munch on apricots, bell peppers, cabbage, cantaloupes, grapefruits, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, oranges, papayas, pineapples, spinach, tomatoes, and watermelons (but not all in one go!).

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