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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.

 

 

Rhythm of the Rain

In English this week, using the whole school text, 'The Rhythm of the Rain', we have written poems based on the journey of the water in the story.  We used similes, personification and well chosen adjectives and verbs to create intrigue and effect for the reader.  Below are a selection of the poems being performed by the children themselves. 

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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!

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Science - Electricity

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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.

Peer Massage

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We have enjoyed learning some of the peer massage techniques. These have been helping us to calm down and relax before starting learning. 

Koala Day

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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.

Maths Investigation

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This week in maths we have been exploring fractions. We have been looking at fractions of amounts and equivalent fractions. The children have completed an investigation to help Miss Abbott decide which she would rather have. For example:- 

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.

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In our Science work investigating States of Matter, we looked at the properties of gas. To our amazement when we pulled the skewers out of the closed bottle of water, NO WATER came out! It was only when we opened the bottle that the water poured out of the holes. 

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). 

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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!

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Reciting our Roly Poly Bird Poems

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Year 3/4 enjoyed writing their own poems in the style of Roald Dahl. The poems were based on the Roly Poly Bird's poem from The Twits. We made sure that our poems had rhyming couplets and the correct amount of lines per verse. We practised and performed our poems in front of our class using the correct, volume, pace, tone and actions.    

Standby for Super Science Skeleton Work!

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This week in Science, we have been building and labelling our own skeleton. The children looked at the common names for the bones, but also the scientific ones too. 

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Measuring

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This week in science, we carried out an investigation all about, do bones grow as we get older? We measured our lower arm bones and compared the length of our bones with the age of the child. We found out that the oldest child, did not necessarily have the longest bones.  We recorded our results in a table. Can you think of any other investigation we could carry out?

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.

 

 

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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? 

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What do you like to read? Remember to practise your reading every night at home. There's so many good books out there!

What do you like to read? Remember to practise your reading every night at home. There's so many good books out there! 1

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