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 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.
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!
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?