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(16. 7.15) Evening all! You all did a great job at our rearranged Sports Day this morning - super speedy! Photos below.
I just wanted to say thank you all for such a brilliant year and being such a wonderful class- I have loved every minute ! I hope you all have a fun filled summer holidays and I will see you all in September! But before then, I hope to see you at the leavers assembly tomorrow in church - 9:30.
(12.7.15) What a jam packed week with only one more ahead of us! Where has the year gone?
First and foremost I want to congratulate everyone on playing their parts so well in the school play - Pirates Vs Mermaids. Well done troops!
English: We have finally finished our pirate stories which I must say are very entertaining! We went through the editing processes several times to ensure our stories were top notch and met our checklist. We then typed them up using our impressive word document skills. Expect them up here soon!
Maths: Investigations. This week we have been solving maths investigations by being methodical and logical in order to spot patterns.
Science: We investigated different materials to discover if they were transparent, translucent or opaque. Using this, we then had fun making shadow puppets - photos below.
PE: Forget the Ashes, we had our own intense cricket match here at Clifton Hampden. Rosie and Anthony were particularly impressive, hitting to the boundary every time! Photos below.
(4.7.15) I hope you are all enjoying the heat wave!
Play practise is well on the way and coming on 'swimmingly'.
English: Our pirate stories are in full swing; swashbuckling adventures a plenty not to mention those pesky mermaids! Some of us our taking our play parts to heart! Photos below.
Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 10/100 and applying that into helping us convert and compare measures.
PE: We managed to get some cricket training in during Wednesday's session despite the heat.
(26.6.15) Goodevening all!
First and foremost we need to say a huge thank you to Miss Jackson who had her last day with us. We have loved having her here at Clifton Hampden and wish her all the best in her new job!
English: To coinside with our up coming play, we have been planning our own pirate stories full of adventure and treasure. We shall be writing them over the next week.
On another note, please do take the time to read our wonderful and beautifully written diary entries which are in our new outdoor display. We are all very proud of our writing!
Maths: Mixed measures and data handling. We have been converting measures, predominantly length, to solve problems and collected data from PE and put into bar graphs.
Topic: This week we created our own natural disasters, although less destructive and dangerous (however, I'm not sure Mr Field would agree after the state of the classroom!). We very much enjoyed creating rain, lava, tornadoes, hurricanes, wind and (for good measure) quicksand. Photos below.
(20.6.15) Afternoon one and all. We have had another busy week in Year 3/4.
Maths: We have been solving problems involving all 4 operations (- + / x). We have to work through steps of first deciphering what we need to do, identifying key language and digits. To solve the problem we may have had to use mental or written methods or even draw a picture.
English: This week we have been writing diary entries from the eruption in Pompeii in 79AD. We have explored emotions and actions through drama to help us get into character. I have been very impressed with the thoughtful and insightful perspectives the children have made. Well done everyone!
Science: Shadow detectives was our role this week - you may have spotted the 'crime scene' on the terrace!
Computing: we have been learning key vocab and the layout of a desktop and how to store and organise our work on the laptops. We then finished our information posters using our knowledge of layout on a word document. They are all up in the classroom so parents do come and have a look.
Music: There has been glorious singing resonating through the school. The play is on it's way!
Topic: The natural disaster focus this week was tsunamis. We learnt how the dangerous wave is caused and looked at different places around the world who are hit regularly. We then, using a key, plotted these and the most powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions onto a world map.
(8.6.15) Morning all. I hope you are having a wonderful sunny weekend! I have added this term's topic web below.
This week the children underwent end of year assessments. They worked incredibly hard and as a result have done very well - super job year 3 and 4!
We have managed to squeeze in some learning too:
English: writing a recount of the adventures of half term, ensuring it is ordered, in paragraphs including lots of detail.
Maths: co-ordinates. By going 'along the corridor and up the stairs' the children marked on co-ordinates that when joined together made a polygon.
Science: Introduction to our new topic of 'light'. We learned that a shadow is formed when an object blocks the light. Scroll down for photos.
RE: This term we will be looking at parables - the stories Jesus told that taught us about leading a good life and the value of Christianity. Mrs Wake and I were very impressed with the amount of stories the children knew from the bible.
PE: Mr Woodley is teaching cricket this term while I will be teaching athletics. We will be recording data on length and time to use in maths later on this term. Please view the careful measuring skills in the photos below.
Topic: Volcanoes! How they are formed and what happens when they explode. We then got the opportunity to do some chemistry and create our own explosions using a drop of fairy liquid (small amount so as not to neutralise the reaction), vinegar and bicarb. See the sheer delight in the photos below.
(25.5.15) Happy holidays one and all. I hope you are all having a holiday full of adventures!
Topic/ English: Continuing with explanation texts, the children completed one on a natural disaster. Following this, the children then had to think about the importance of layout on an information text to add clarity and enjoyment to the reader. See photos below.
Maths: capacity was the order of this week. The children made potions using scales to measure accurately to create some truly interesting concoctions! Photos below.
Art: Photos below of the children very much enjoying their art topic with Mrs Fell. The children have produced beautiful artwork in various medias. Please come and view the growing display in the classroom.
Forest School: Sadly it was our last session of the year but as always an absolute delight. Please visit the forest school page to see our fire session!
PSHE/British Values: We would also like to pass on our thanks to Ambitious Oranges, our political party winners from our in school election. The Ambitious Oranges stood true to their manifesto and created a treasure hunt which, as promised, "guarunteed fun"! Thank you all for your hard work! And yes... photos below.
PSHE/ British Values: following on from our very exciting elections our Prime Minister, Siena, proposed to pass a new Bill in our parliament. "Primary children should not receive homework". After much debate and to-ing and fro-ing the children had to turn either left or right to show their support for the bill. It was a surprisingly close outcome but the bill was eventually passed. We just need our queen and head to sign it now! Photos below.
Maths: reflection and symmetry. Please see photos below. The children have been investigating lines of symmetry and using different methods to reflect images in mirror lines.
English: Explanation texts. The children have investigated many different explanation texts to create their own checklist, the criteria they will be using to create their own. Following this they have been writing their own explanations about natural disatsters.
Topic: In pairs the children are researching either electrical storms, tornadoes or hurricanes. They will then be creating an information poster which will include how there disaster is caused. Photos below.
Forest school: This week the children lead us to Clifton Heath using map work skills. We didn't get lost once! On the way the children investigated how sound was formed using grass and linked it back to last terms science. Not only this but the children were finding a selection of different rocks and then the gold mine... clay! Again this led to some lovely discussions linked with our science topic of 'rocks' from earlier in the year. Please see a selection of photos on the forest school page.
Evening all! We have enjoyed a short but jam packed week here in Year 3/4.
First and foremost we would like to welcome Miss Jackson who will be with us over the next 6 weeks!
English: The children have been busy writing new reports about Amie the endangered, pregnant tiger who escaped
during a terrible storm. The children then recorded their reports - photos below.
Maths: we have been recognising equivalent fractions using our knowledge of times tables to help us.
Trip: as you will have heard we went on a fantastic trip to Dorchester Abbey to help create an art installation their about 'the spirit'. The children were incredibly thoughtful and have created some beautiful glass balls filled with things that represent 'the spirit' to them. Please see photos which are on the website notice board. The installation will be up until Sunday evening so please, if you have the time, visit the Abbey.
Topic: Forest fires - how and why they start, how they are put out and contained and both the positive and negative affects it has.
Forest school: food chains and habitats today. The children then went on a bug hunt and discovered the perfect conditions and habitats for them. Please see photos on the forest school page.
English: We have started looking at news reports this week - lots of natural disasters to report on! The children also shared their 'Hall of the mountain king' stories with each other. Enjoyment and peer assessment - a very successful share. Scroll down for photos.
Maths: mental and written methods of addition.
PSHE: Our election is well on the way. The parties have been campaigning and the school is littered with coloured posters; red, light blue, pink, yellow, orange and turquoise. You can't have missed it! Rosettes are at the ready, manifestos are written and speeches are being prepared for Monday's hustings. Good luck candidates! Please visit Year 5 and 6's class page to see the campaigns in progress.
Topic: The water cycle was the order of this week and all the processes it entails. Please scroll down for photos.
Welcome to Term 5 one and all. I cannot believe we are here already!
Our new topic this term has been revealed as 'Natural Disasters'. Please scroll down for this term's topic web as well as photos of our first work based on this topic; flooding as we are all experienced with this specific natural disaster!
English: The children have been informing me, via a recount, of their wonderful Easter holidays. I must say you have all been very busy!
Maths: 3D shape - naming, describing properties, visualising and investigating nets of 3D shape and place value - reading and writing numbers, and rounding.
PSHE: elections - how fitting! The children have been learning about the government, who runs the country and how it run. We will be having our own elections in school over the next few weeks. Prepare for upcoming campaigns!
I have also included photos below of our Easter celebrations at school last term. Apologies that they are late!
The children had a mathematical Easter egg hunt in their house teams which they very much enjoyed. There are also photos of our Easter assembly based on Palm Sunday as well as certificates. Congratulations to those children who achieved their pen license.
Forest School: Map reading was the order of the day which the children did brilliantly. They identified symbols on the map with landmarks around us to guided us around the airfield. We even ventured into the very muddy forest - sorry about that parents! Spring has definitely arrived, we spotted many signs of the season for our spring watch board and very much enjoyed the glorious weather. Please visit our forest school page fr photos.
English: as you may have heard we have been writing our own version of 'the hall of the mountain king' by Grieg (linked with the 10 pieces). The stories have indeed taken a turn to the dark side. The children's writing is definitely reflecting this. Very eerie and full of adventure!
Maths: Fractions! Oh yes. Thanks to how had the children have worked on their times tables we have all found fractions a very enjoyable topic this time round. Well done everyone!
Topic/Science/DT: We have had an incredibly creative week. Scroll down for photos of us making our own instruments using what we have learnt in science (sound) which we have then composed our own versions of 'storm' by Benjamin Britten. Not only this we have researched and given power point presentations on a given composer. Lastly, we had a go at interpreting classical music into art. The children have created a machine inspired by John Adams' 'short ride in a fast machine' and also used paint to respond to Mussorgsky's 'night on bare mountain'. Those of you attending our 10 pieces extravaganza this coming Wednesday (25th March) will get to view all of our interpretations!
What a way to start Term 4 - A visit by the wonderful John Foster! The incredibly talented poet shared with us some of his classic work as well as some new material. As you can see from the children's faces, they were enthralled from start to finish. Hattie and William were so inspired they had to write down some prose immediately after John's talk. THANK YOU SO MUCH JOHN FOSTER, WE HAD A FANTASTIC AFTERNOON!
Your child will have P.E. on a Wednesday and Friday. During the terms when we do forest school we will not be doing P.E. on a Friday. P.E. on a Wednesday changes term to term but you will be informed at the beginning of each term whether your child needs a P.E. kit or swimming kit. Your child's P.E. kit should be weather appropriate including a change of T-shirt, socks and a jumper.
Your child will be given spellings to learn on a Monday and will be tested on the following Monday. If children do not get a sufficient amount correct in their test, they will come back on Wednesday lunch time to be tested again. If your child is doing phonics with me on a Mon - Thurs morning, their spellings will be linked to the sounds we have learnt.
Homework is handed out on a Thursday and needs to be brought back into school on the following Monday. Your child will usually have 2 pieces of homework to complete.
We ask all parents to encourage their child to read every day. It is still important for many children to read with an adult, as well as independently, to ensure they are sounding words out correctly, understanding new vocabulary and ensuring a good comprehension of the book.
In addition to this, it is important for children to practice their maths skills such as learning their times tables, telling the time and using money. These topics are covered within school, however, they are tricky to learn and retain. The more practice your child has with these 3 aspects of maths the easier your child will be able to apply them into all areas of their learning.
In our class we have a mental maths test every Monday morning. We shall start this later on in Term 1. It is comprised of multiplication questions, doubling/halving, shape, word problems, time, addition, subtraction and other areas of the maths curriculum we have been learning about the week before.
Helpful websites to support mathematical learning:
We have multiplication flash cards available in the classroom.
Please see the schools calculation booklet which we sent home for other practical ideas to help your child with their maths. If you have any questions please come and see me at any time!
To view our daily class time table and Termly plans, click on the documents below. Please be aware that our time table is flexible and may be altered for special events, trips and extended learning activities.
RE - Judaism
Over the last few weeks we have been learning about 3 festivals celebrated in Jewish Religion:
Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur - The day of atonement
Sukkot - a celebration to remember when Moses led his people through the desert
We spent a wonderful morning with Lynn at Harcourt Arboretum.
The children went of a scavenger hunt to find the beautiful Autumn leaves, seeds and sticks littering the forest floor. The children marvelled at the treasures they found from intense, rich colours to the intriguing shapes of cones. Using these, the children created their very own 'Andy Goldsworthy' inspired art.
Lynn also took us on a tour round the Arboretum. We saw the endangered trees, found tiny creatures hiding in cones, discovered secret art and the impressive Giant Redwood 40 'Abbies' high!
Thank you very much Lynn!