Week 2 - W/E 15th September

Well, we’ve had another really busy week in B3!! As you may have read in the newsletter, this week has been Roald Dahl Week, the first of many themed weeks that we have planned for the year. It gave us all the opportunity to hear extracts from a whole variety of books written by Roald Dahl and then to focus on one in our own class.


On Monday morning each teacher read a short extract from one of their favourite Roald Dahl books and shared why their book was special to them. Following the assembly, the children discussed and shared their own thoughts about Roald Dahl and his very popular books. So many children enjoyed reading his books or had watched the films based on his stories. Sadly, I wasn’t in school on Wednesday, and missed the opportunity to dress up, but Mrs Rattue did a great job dressed as The BFG, although she did say that the ears were rather uncomfortable!


On Tuesday, Mrs Djora entertained us with another assembly. Mrs Lowden and Miss Williams competed against against each other in a ‘Getting Ready for School’ race. They each had to wash their face, eat breakfast, brush their teeth, put on a cardigan and pack their school bag, all without using their hands. They both chose a helper who was their hands. See the @BusheyManorJM Twitter feed for pictures.


This week, we introduced the children to our main stimulus for this half term, a book called 'The Minpins' by Roald Dahl. Using a variety of clues, including images on the front cover of the book and vocabulary in the blurb, we discussed what we thought would happen in the story. As the week progressed, we explored some of the images in the story and created word banks about the main settings. We then used this work to create poems which described life in the forest.


In the afternoons, we enjoyed a variety of activities, including music and art. We participated in our first choir session led by the Chorister Outreach Program. These sessions will continue for 10 weeks with the aim of learning a variety of songs for a performance at St Albans Abbey. Our Year 3 and 4 children will be joined by other schools from the local area and we hope that it will be an exciting and memorable experience for all involved (More information to follow).


Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to our ‘Meet the Teachers’ event on Thursday. It was lovely to meet so many of you. If you were not able to attend, your child should have come home today with an information pack. You can find the PowerPoint presentation we used in the meeting in the ‘Useful Information and Resources’ section of our Class Page.


Finally, the Year 3 Home Learning Grid for this half term is now available on the website and the class have also been given a paper copy to bring home. If you have any questions about the home learning, or indeed any other concerns, please catch me, Mrs Lowden, after school or write a message in the Home/School Notebook (HSN) which will be coming home next week. Alternatively, if you would like a longer discussion, you can email (, or pop into, the office and ask for a meeting to be arranged.


Have a lovely weekend