Autumn 1, Week 1
The children have been brilliant and settled into the new school routines! We have spent some time getting used to being Juniors by being more independent and understanding the expectations. We are all looking forward to new learning in our new class!
We have come to the end of our first week and we have been very busy! We started our 'Lost Words' project and have been researching different birds. We did some bird watching (see photos) and have been researching facts using the internet to make a fact file. We began our topic of 'The Romans' and discovered the legend of how Rome was founded. In Maths, we began the week by looking at multiples of number and fractions. In RE, we have been looking at different religions and beliefs and we will continue to cover this for the next few weeks. In Science, we have begun exploring the topic of Animals including humans. All the children have logged onto chromebooks and have been using them in their learning.
We have been busy this week. As part of our topic of 'Romans', we made mosaics! In Maths , we are continuing to learn about place value and ordering number. In Science, we were looking at nutrition and healthy meals. The children designed their own meal using the 'Eatwell Guide' to help them. We completed our project of 'Lost Words; by writing poetry and drawing our birds. Our spellings this week are the words with the ze/ sound but end with the spelling -sure. In R.E, we have explored different beliefs and started to look at the many ways that weddings are conducted and the different rituals that are involved.
This week the focus has been on assessment. The children have completed Maths, Arithmetic, Reading, Spelling and Grammar and punctuation assessments. They have continued to learn how to play the violin and how to play strategically in team games. In Science, we were learning that animals require different food to survive. In History/Geography, we were learning to locate the expansion of the Roman Empire and compare the names of the countries now and then, for example Gaul became France and Belgica became Belgium.
We are reading a class book called 'The Heart in a bottle'. We are using it to provide a focus for our Literacy lessons. We have learnt prefixes, -ous words, synonyms and expressed opinions about the book. In Maths, we are learning about place value and column addition. In RE, we explored how different religions celebrate weddings and a common feature that some religions shared were the use of rings - so we made our own! In Music, the violin bow was introduced. In Science, we studied the human skeleton. We discussed its purpose and named many of the bones.
In Literacy this week, we have been describing a known character's thoughts, feelings and emotions. We have retold the story, sequenced words using adverbs and adverbials and extending our sentences using conjunctions. We finished the week by looking at the suffix-ness E.g hopeless. In Maths, we have cotinued to focus on place value and using our knowledge of number bonds to help us with our addition. We had a visitor in the school who came to tell us a story and dramatised some of the characters from traditional stories. In Science, we were learning that animals have different skeletons from humans. In RE, we were identifying the different Hindu gods and goddesses and exploring what they represent.
In Literacy, we have converted adjectives into adverbs using the suffix -ly, created multi-clause sentences using conjunctions, planned a story involving a dilemma and looked at how verbs can change tense to describe past, present and future. In Maths , we have continued to consolidate our understanding of place value. We began our learning in Black History Month by finding out more about Patricia Bath. She is classed as a super scientist because she invented 'The Laserphaco Probe' which helped people who had been blind for over thirty years to see again. We began by listening to her life story and then researched 'cataracts', using our chromebooks. Next week, we are going quiz her life and discoveries. In R.E, we continued to learn about Hinduism and in a particular form of worship called puja. We began some learning in french by reciting the numbers to 10 and responding to simple addition sums given in french and answering the sum in french - fantastique!
This week, as part of Black History Month, we tried to imagine what it might be like to be blind or visually impaired. We used eye masks to help our imaginations. We then completed a quiz about Patricia Bath using our Google classroom. In Maths, we have been exploring addition and subtraction and the inverse of these operations. In literacy, we have been learning to convert adjectives into adverbs using the suffix -ly and creating captions using varying intensities of verbs. In History, we have learnt about what sort of homes Celtic people lived in and drafted an information leaflet, we studied and designed our own version of a Roman shield based on historical evidence. We then made our own shield!
In Literacy, we have been identifying common and proper nouns, identifying and creating noun phrases and using prepositions to join noun phrases. All this learning has come from using our new book, 'Escape from Pompeii'! In Maths, we have been learning about decomposition using a combination of practical activities and interactive games using the Chromebooks. In Science, we introduced our new topic of Forces and Magnets. We began by comparing how an object moves on different surfaces. We made a prediction and then tested cars on a ramp covered with a variety of materials. For PHSE, we explored what makes a family and recognised that there are different types of families. We also talked about our own families and why they are special to us.
At the beginning of the week, we were working towards our school's Artsmark by completing a 'Wellbeing Bubble'. The children enjoyed being creative while listening to calm music. In Literacy, we were learning to use the possessive apostrophe accurately and studying inference. In Maths, we were exploring subtraction and participated in the TT Rockstars competition. In RE, we were learning how the features of a church support Christian prayer and worship. In Science, we spent time researching the life and achievements of Sir Isaac Newton. We used the Chromebooks to help us learn about algorithms and how tom make an object move. We held a Poppy competition and participated in a remote two minute silence as a whole school.
In Science, we were learning to explore the magnetic poles. In Literacy, we wrote vivid descriptive sentences, identified the features of a newspaper article, asked and answered questions in role and punctuated direct speech. In Maths, we have been concentrating on multiplication and particularly on the x3 times table. We are also involved in a 'battle' with Birch class in TT Rockstars. We are also in competition with Birch Class on Spelling Shed - in a Year 3 championship. We took part in a Diwali dance and had a great time! it was Geography Awareness week so we have been litter picking and using a survey to draw conclusions from our findings.
In History, we began to find out more about the Roman timeline and Boudicca's rebellion. In Literacy, we began the week with some Drama. We had a 'survivor' of Pompeii sitting in the hot seat, answering questions about how they survived the eruption. We then went on to identify features of a newspaper article and techniques to create a catchy headline. We learnt how to punctuate direct speech, include reporting clauses, record events in chronological order, use past tense, summarise, use noun phrases, preposition phrases and fronted adverbials. In Maths, we are learning about multiplication, inverse, partitioning and doubling. In R.E, we explored what Christians mean by church. We watched a remote 'lesson' by Warburtons, who demonstrated how to make bread rolls.
In Literacy, we have started a new book called 'The Tear Thief'. We have learnt more about conjunctions, identifying different verb forms, identifying similes and metaphors and writing in the present perfect form. In Maths, we have been practising our times tables and how to partition and multiply sums. In Science, we have been finding out what everyday materials are attracted to magnets. In History, we were learning to understand what it was like to live in Roman occupied Britain in 61 CE before Boudicca's rebellion and what benefits the Romans had brought to Celtic life.
In History, we have been exploring the reasons why Boudicca led a revolt against the Romans. In Maths, we have been learning that division is the inverse of multiplication and about factors and multiples. We have finished our book 'The Tear Thief' and have written questions, commands and statements. We have also written in the present perfect tense. We also used possessive apostrophes and conjunctions tom explain an idea. As a class we re-enacted scenarios which involved conflict as part of PHSE. We discussed how we could solve the problem. We have a few members of the class who are active members of the Jewish faith and we were lucky enough to have the Festival of Hanukah explained to us and demonstrate the rituals that go with the festival. We are learning about Spain as a country and Spanish as a subject. We explored the culture of Spain and in the New Year - we will learn how to say greetings.
We have come to the end of a very trying term but the children have been so resilient and have continued with their learning. We have continued learning about measures with measuring in centimetres and millimetres. We have learnt more about different sentences and inverted commas and continued with learning new spellings.
As Christmas is fast approaching , we sang a Christmas song and posted it on Class Dojo so that any parents/carers could watch it . We made Christmas cards, had our special dinner and we held a Christmas party! We played lots of different games. Phew!
Lockdown and online learning begins. In literacy, we started a new book called 'The Tin Forest'. We used specific and technical verbs, range of sentence types to persuade and made inferences based on limited information. In maths, we continued to consolidate place value. We recapped the Spanish colour names and had a music lesson. In Geography, we identified distinctive mountains. We conducted our weekly Spelling Shed Hive.
We continued to explore 'The Tin Forest'. We wrote a postcard to give advice to the old man. We created expanded noun phrases, used a variety of past tense verbs, used future tense and description. In Maths, we explored representing numbers and their place value using Dienes, comparing numbers, rounding to the nearest 10, rounding to the nearest 100 and revision of rounding. In Science we were learning about the difference between a rock and a mineral and sorting rocks and minerals. We had a music lesson delivered by BYMT. We began an Accelerated Reader challenge Beech Class versus Birch Class. We conducted our weekly Spelling Shed Hive.
Mrs Mezza has started to deliver our Spanish lessons. She introduced animal names. In Art, we explored the work of Henri Rousseau and how it linked with our story of The Tin Forest. In Geography, we asked the question, 'what is a river?' and explored how a river is formed. In Literacy, we identified themes within a narrative, gathered ideas for an information piece of writing, wrote an informative and persuasive leaflet and wrote an introductory paragraph. In Maths, we learnt more about multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, recapped on writing amounts of money, adding and subtracting money and using the column method. We held a year 3 boy vs girl TT Rockstars battle!
In Literacy we used the forms a and an according to whether the next word begans with a consonant or vowel. We expressed place using prepositions and time and cause using conjunctions.
We finally welcomed the children back to school after the National lockdown. We have been busy with our learning - for example, in Literacy, we have started to look at a new book called 'The First Drawing'. We have inferred meaning using the illustrations, used modal verbs and used subordination. In maths, we have been creating and interpreting pictograms and bargraphs. We have also continued to learn about time. In geography, we carried out an experiment which simulated rain. We did this to help us understand the nature of rivers. In Spanish, we were learning the feminine and masculine names of fruit and how you would pronounce the fruit in singular or plural form.
In Spanish we developed further linguistic progression by learning how to formulate a simple opinion on fruits in their plural form. We completed our first 100 word challenge! In Maths, we were learning about halving odd and even numbers and learning to read and match digital and analogue times. In Literacy, we were learning to identify regular and irregular plurals, exclamatory and interrogative sentences and to know the difference between possession and omission when using apostrophes. We used a new class resource called 'Now-Press-Play' where we re-enacted The Stone Age (see photos).
We have been bringing all our learning in Spanish together this week. This has included identifying Spanish numbers, writing words in Spanish using a word bank and matching Spanish phrases with pictures. In Geography, we have been learning to understand the words evaporation, condensation and precipitation and what part they play in the water cycle. We made a model to demonstrate the cycle. In maths, we have been learning about fractions. In Literacy, we continued to read 'The First Drawing'. We made connections and comparisons with the text, empathised with the characters, selected and sequenced events and used a variety of grammatical and compositional features.
Summer 1 Week 1
Our first week back started with a bang -'Science Week - Space'. Each day we have focused on a different aspect of space. We began by exploring what it was to be an astronaut. Then rockets, Moon, Solar System and Stars and Sun. We have watched the first moon landing in 1969 and 'hot seated' the three famous astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. We 'interviewed' the astronauts on their return to earth. We designed a memento to remember the moon landing using clay. We researched the moon and debated the pros and cons of the moon landing. We played planet trumps, re-enacted the orbiting planets and completed fact files. We explored gravity through drama. Finally, we listened to 'space' music ( Space Odyssey, The Planets by Gustav Holst) and created sound-scapes.
We have begun a new book in Literacy - it is called 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'. We have explored the features of traditional tales and myths and made inferences about characters and settings. We have written in role using a character's perspective and we are beginning to understand how to organise information into paragraphs. In Maths, we have continued to learn about fractions and equivalent fractions. We prepared for our 'Junk Orchestra Jam' by making our own instruments from recycling items. We will perform with other classes on Friday. This links to our Spanish lesson, where we began learning the names of instruments in Spanish. We began to look at Buddhism and we will continue with this next week. We have also started to study different artists. We will start with Frida Kahlo.
We have been focussing on non-fiction writing in our Literacy lessons this week. We have concentrated on writing reports on rats. This is because they feature in our book. In Maths, we have continued to learn about fractions - fractions of amounts. We took part in World Maths Day with great success (see the newsletter). In Science, we begun our Plants topic by studying root structures. We continued using coding in our computer lessons.
In Spanish, we have continued to learn about the name of musical instruments (Los instrumentos). In Literacy, we have used factual information to make an advert, use debate to discuss issues and put forward points of view, to write a persuasive letter in role and to give reasons for opinions using evidence from the text. In Maths, we continued to learn about fractions including adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator and focusing on mentally dividing. In Computing, we learnt more about internet safety amd made models at home. It was Mental Health week and we concentrated on some activites linked to nature. For example, we took a mindful walk, held a nature scavenger hunt, designed their own garden and completed a 'what makes me happy' poster. We explored Eid, why it is celebrated and how.
In Spanish, we have been learning greetings in Spanish. We continued coding in our Computing lesson. We had a Brass demonstration in the hall so that the children could decide whether they would like to receive lessons in learning a new instrument. We have been carrying out experiments in Science which involved plants and will look at the results next week. We had two special visits this week. The Pakiki Theatre came and put on a show about local heroes. Then an author, Charlotte Brown came in to tell us all about her new book about Dina Asher-Smith. In Maths, we were learning about division. We finished our book 'The Pied Piper' and started to write our own version. In Art, we explored Henri Matisse's cut-outs in preparation for our screen printing and explored the work of the designer William Morris.
We have been very busy this week following up on the events from last week. We followed up the visit from the Pakiki Theatre by learning about a local hero 'Charles Darwin'. We became scientists like him and researched some scientific questions. Following the visit from author Charlotte Brown (she is writing a biography of another local hero - Dina Asher -Smith), we compared the Olympic Games past and present and learnt some very interesting facts! We used a Henri Matisse cut-out technique with our screen printing. We planned and prepared our comic strip planning for our workshop with author and illustrator Emily Fellah.
All this, plus our Maths and Literacy - we are ready for half term!
This week, in Maths, we have begun to learn about using partitioning to help us to multiply. We are starting to use the grid method. In Science, we explored 'transpiration' - discovering what happens the water when we water plants. In Spanish, we sequenced a well known story in Spanish. We had a tennis lesson this week instead of our regular lessons, and we had a special visitor called Emily Fellah. She showed the class how to produce a comic book strip. In Music, we continued to learn the violin. We have also begun our assessments to find out more about our learning.
We started the week with completing some assessments and listening to stories in Spanish. In Maths, we continued with using the grid method for multiplying numbers.
We went on our overnight school journey to Frylands Wood. We did so many activities - archery, traversing wall, grass sledging, assault course, giant games, tunnels, slack lining, pond dipping, orienteering and campfire. We had a great but exhausting time! Please look at our photos.
We have been solving word problems in Maths this week. In Computing, we were learning how a digital device works. We have been practising our field and track events in preparation for our sports day next week. The class photos were taken this week, and we tried to look our best! We had a visitor who came into school this week to deliver a Design and Technology lesson. The project was called 'Makedo'. Please look at the photos. In Literacy, we are continuing to explore 'How to live forever'.
It has been Maths week this week, and we have been involved in a TT Rockstar tournament. This has tested our times table knowledge! We have also spent time outside the classroom learning Maths. We spent the last afternoon playing our own board games that the children had brought in from home. In Spanish, we were learning about the different body names and sang the head, shoulders, knees and toes in Spanish. In Literacy, we created our prequel to our story 'How to live forever', including inverted commas, adverbials, different sentence forms and instructions. We continued learning the violin in Music. We finished the week with our Sports Day - please look at our photos.
We started a new book this week called 'Jim, a cautionary tale' by Hilaire Belloc. We have been studying his use of couplets and performing his work. In Computing, we were continuing our learning of identifying digital devices and inventing our own. In Maths, we have recapped rounding up and down and practised using large numbers. In History, we have been finding out about what crime and punishment was like in the Middle Ages and comparing this with what happens now. In PSHE, we have explored stereotyping and the different roles that occur in a household. In Science, we dissected a flower so that we could identify and label the different parts.
This week with have rounded up our book 'Jim, A cautionary Tale' with performance poetry and creating our own rhyming couplets. In Maths, we have been studying data handling and how to interpret pictograms. We also created our own pictograms with information given. In R.E, we have been learning about the Hindu belief of the soul and reincarnation. Our Science lesson was an active one - we used Now Press Play to learn more about Plants. In History, we explored the various punishments for crimes committed in Medieval times. They were particularly gruesome! In PSHE, we started to look ahead with what we hope to achieve in Year 4 and the growing up process.
End of Term
It has been a difficult year, but the children have shown their resilience and carried on regardless. We have worked tirelessly to make up for 'lost' time and all the children have worked extremely hard. We are very proud of their achievements and wish them the best in year 4.