Welcome to the
Year 3 and Year 4 pages.
Here you will find articles and photographs of all the exciting things we have been doing this year.
Don't forget to check out the useful websites linked to our current topics.
Welcome back to School!
Didn't that summer go quickly!
All the staff in Year 3 and 4 would like to welcome all the children in our phase back into school as we have lots of fun and exciting learning to do.
This half term sees us tackle such areas as 'The Twits' in English, place value in maths, 'The Romans' in history and spatial sense in Geography to name a few! Check back in below to see how we are getting along!
Help learning at home.
Following our Parents' information evening, we have attached below the following documents to help when your child is completing their homework.
Reading is incredibly important and reading each day for a minimum of ten minutes helps your child's reading fluency so much. Equally important is deepening your child's understanding and comprehension of a variety of texts. To help out, we have attached a range of question ideas to ask when reading with your child.
In our maths, we use specific calculation strategies within school at the various different Key Stage levels, to avoid the "that is not how my teachers tells me to do it" conversations, we have attached our Lower Key Stage Two calculations strategies to help when completing maths homework.
During out English lessons, we use no nonsense spelling strategies to help learn our spellings. The children will be used to using these strategies and would be able to apply these at home. Please find these strategies attached below.
Parents' information evening slides
For those who couldn't attend Parents' information evening. Please find attached the slides from the evening.
Hello Yellow - Youth Mental Health Awareness
As part of Hello Yellow, we all dressed up with items of yellow clothing alongside writing some positive affirmations around our mental health.
In art this week, we mixed tones, tints and shades of yellow to enable us to create a realistic painting of a single crisp (a quaver).
In science, we mixed fruit juice, banana and crackers in a bag before passing the mixture through tights, to represent some of the stages of the digestion process.
Mr Chater talked to the phase about his replica Roman sword. We were very interested to learn how it was used in combat.
In geography, we explored the use of scales on a map to calculate approximate distances between places in our local area.
We explored how tone (or light and dark) can be used to create the appearance of a three-dimensional form.
As part of our science investigation, we placed eggs in different liquids to observe the changes to the shell over the course of one week. The eggshell in lemon juice became soft and split open. The eggshell in cola became stained brown and there was no change to the eggshell in water. We discussed how these same liquids could affect our teeth.
Summer term two is here!
All the staff in Year 3/4 would like to welcome back the pupils for our final half term of the 20/21 academic year.
It has flown by in no time at all, however, we still have lots of exciting things to explore including:-
A Design and Technology Project.
Western Europe (Geography)
The Elizabethan Era (History)
An introduction to Islam (RE)
Forest Schools for 3/4M and 4G
We are also excited to be looking at range of new texts including 'The River' by Valarie Bloom.
Keep checking back to see our fantastic work as we continue on the journey.
The Summer is here!
All the staff in Year 3/4 would like to welcome back the pupils for our Summer Term 2021!
We have lots to look forward to including:-
India and China (Geography)
Henry VIII (History)
The Elizabethan Era (History)
Christian rites of Passage (RE)
Forest Schools for all three classes across the two half terms.
We are also excited to be looking at range of new texts including 'The Black Hat' by Maia Walczak.
Keep checking back to see our fantastic work as we continue on the journey.
Welcome back to school!
Everyone in Year 3 and 4 would like to welcome each and every pupil back to school, we are looking forward to seeing you all again as we look to complete the last three weeks of the Spring term.
Over the course of the term we will be posting pictures below of all the exciting sessions we will be taking part in.
So far these have included, 'The Courage of a Lion', team building games in our PE lessons and expressing our wishes for the end of lockdown.
We have many more fun activities planned and look forward to sharing them with you.
Red Nose Day 2021
Today we celebrated Red Nose Day! To help with raising money, we held a crazy hair day, here are a selection of the amazing "styles" that arrived in school today.
World Book Day 2021
Whilst most being at home, Years 3 and 4 still managed to make some fantastic 'Book in a Box' creations. Here are a selection for you to view.
We followed a step by step process to draw a scene with perspective. We then applied these skills when drawing our very own Christmas village.
In science we carried out an investigation to see the effect of different liquids on eggshells. Eggshells have similar properties to our teeth so this helped to inform us about the sorts of drinks which are good for our teeth and the sorts that are not. We found that acidic liquids had a worse effect than those packed full of sugar.
Wheatfield with Cypress Trees
When studying ‘form’ in art, we recreated elements of Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, ‘Wheatfield with Cypress Trees’.
We simulated part of the digestion process using pieces of bread, water and a zip-lock bag (or stomach). This rather strange set of ingredients really helped us to remember some of the simple stages of the digestion process and which parts of the body they involve.
We had a virtual author visit from Susan Brownrigg. She told us all about her life and what led her to become the author that she is today. Her favourite part of the writing process is editing. We are trying hard to develop our editing skills in school too.
As part of our work during Anti-Bullying Week, we created these jigsaw pieces to show that we are united against bullying.
We also celebrated our differences and uniqueness when we created this ‘pack of crayons’.
Daedalus and Icarus
We have been studying the Greek Myth ‘Daedalus and Icarus’. We used powerful verbs to describe what happened to Icarus during his flight.
We marked Remembrance Day with these stunning sunset pictures.
BBC Children in Need
For BBC Children in Need 2020, we raised money by dressing up in costumes for the theme ‘Under the Sea’.
As we were celebrating Bonfire Night at home this year, we felt it was particularly important to consider these safety rules.
Amazing autumnal trees
During our mindfullness sessions we created these amazing autumnal pictures, using warm and cool colour palettes. We were very pleased with the outcome, we hope you agree.
Ancient Greek Projects.
Over the last half term, each child was asked to complete a research project. The project had to be about 'Everyday life in Ancient Greece', 'Warfare in Ancient Greece' or 'The Gods of Ancient Greece'. The project could be presented in a wide range of ways including models, presentations and posters.
What arrived in on the last day of term was breathtaking. Such a wide array of models, books and posters made for a lovely afternoon sharing our learning.
See a selection of the amazing learning projects below.
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day’
In English we studied the whole school text ‘On a Magical Do-Nothing Day’ and thought carefully about the author’s message. We decided to promote the ‘Great Outdoors’ and our local Nature Reserve buy creating these posters and leaflets.
Mother and Child
Look at our amazing finished portraits! We took inspiration from Pablo Picasso’s piece ‘Mother and Child’. I wonder if any of our parents recognise themselves…
Duncan's not listening to his crayons
As Duncan was taking the crayons’ complaints seriously, we were forced to take matters further and write to… his MUM! Here are some examples of our wonderful letters.
As part of the #HelloYellow event for Young Minds UK, we dressed in yellow and wrote these messages of support for a young person who might need a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on.
'Mother and Child'
In our art lessons we began to create our own portraits, taking
inspiration from Pablo Picasso’s ‘Mother and Child’.
What's in your head?
We created these ‘What’s in Your Head?’ self-portraits.
They helped us to reflect upon different aspects of our lives, our likes, hopes, aspirations and dreams.
As part of the NSPCC PANTS initiative, we discussed some simple rules about our bodies and decorated these PANTS. Talking PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.
The Day the Crayons Quit
As part of our English work on ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, we wrote letters as red crayon telling Duncan how we felt when he was working us too hard!
Welcome to the 20/21 academic year!
During the autumn term, we will be learning about the Ancient Greeks in our history, healthy eating and food chains in science and focusing on creating self-portraits in the style of Rembrandt and Picasso in Art.
So far in English we have looked at the book 'The Day the Crayons quit' by Drew Daywalt and have been exploring the themes of 'A Magical Do Nothing Day' by Beatrice Alemagna. Please follow our amazing journey as we continue to look at a wide range of literature.
As we settle back into routines we are continuing to develop our mental health and wellbeing through weekly PSHCE and team building sessions while incorporating mindfulness throughout.
As part of our Egyptian learning, we designed and made Egyptian bread. We spoke about the importance of hygiene and a healthy diet. Then we designed our bread shape and added Egyptian ingredients, such as dates and honey. Next, we ordered the journey of bread from field to shop. Finally, we tasted our bread -yummy!
This week in science we have been making electrical circuits. We used a bulb, a cell, a battery holder and electrical wires. We then used aluminium foil, card, paper clips and split pins to make two different switches. When the switch was closed the circuit was complete so the bulb lit up.
We have enjoyed learning some of the peer massage techniques. These have been helping us to calm down and relax before starting learning.
To raise money for a koala hospital following the fires in Australia, we all paid £1.00 to bring our teddies into school. We have raised over £400! The teddies had a great day learning.
You are cooking frozen peas. There are 63 frozen peas in a bag. You can use either 3/7 or 4/9 of the total
amount of peas.
Which fraction of the frozen peas will you choose so that you have the most amount of peas to go with
your Sunday dinner? Explain your answer.
Children in Need
On Friday 15th November we didn't have to get dressed for school as we came in our pyjamas to raise money for this fantastic charity.
English - Leon and the Place Between
We have been studying Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith.
In our studies we have explored the use of fronted adverbials to start sentences, punctuation within speech and effective word choices including powerful verbs.
We then wrote our own version of the story from the perspective of the rabbit.
In science, we are learning about states of matter. We investigated the properties of liquids, solids and gases, researching how the particles in each behave differently. We poured water into a selection of different containers and noticed that the volume stayed the same although the shape changed while in a solid the shape did not change at all.
Only One You
The whole school book we have been looking at this week in English is Only One You by Linda Kranz. We have all enjoyed painting our own pebble, ready for the whole school pathway. Throughout the week we have discussed that each person is unique and individual. The children created very influential affirmations posters using bright stimuli. For example:- If you reach high, anything is possible. When carrying out this task the children focused on using Year 3/4 words. Towards the end of this week, we have created a poster advert to persuade people to 'Make the world a better place,' as this phrase is used at the end of the book. (Watch this space for the final adverts on display).
English - The Twits
In English this half term, we are immersing ourselves in the fabulous world of Roald Dahl. The Twits is our book of choice and we have started by looking closely at Mr Twit as a character. He truly is a hideous man! We've created our own revolting class beards, complete with decaying food, and have chosen some fabulous vocabulary, including similes, to describe what lurks within this 'hairy jungle.' We've written our own character descriptions and are now working on planning a new 'Trick Chapter' for the book. Our children had some crazy trick ideas from glue on a toothbrush to pepper in a teabag! Beware!
Art - Architecture Famous Buildings
We are loving looking at famous buildings as part of our art topic and started off by helping Christopher Wren complete a design of the famous St Paul's Cathedral.
Geography - Our European Neighbours
Children have been learning about the 7 continents and now we are focusing in on Europe. Children enjoyed hunting for Europe facts to help them create their own posters. Did you know that approximately 260 different languages are spoken within Europe?