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Key Stage 2 - Year 3 and 4 (Miss Emma Haines)

Welcome to Year 3 and 4!

 

Please have a look around this page for class information, for both parents and children, and also to see what we have been up to recently!

News

 

  • (22.6.14) Morning all! Over the last couple of week we have been learning about British Myths and legends: Robin Hood, King Arthur and his knights. The children have been retelling the stories from different perspectives, using inverted commas and writing beautiful descriptions about the settings, characters and weapons.

 

     In maths the children have been working very hard on their written methods of multiplication and division and have        been solving word problems too to apply there methods!

  

     In science we have been continuing our work on habitats learning that all organisms, including plants, have specific      needs in specific habitats. Using this knowledge we have made wormeries and designed a habitat for our very             special guest this week - Bertie, the tortoise! We were all rather fond of Bertie but unfortunately Mrs Campbell is           adamant she can't do without him!

  

    Topic was interesting this week. The children learnt about how castles changed due to the development of                   weapons. The children then made there own battle plans to take down a castle and also a plan to defend it. Well,         may I just say that I would not have liked to have been on the opposing side of some of the children in battle!! We         have also started to look at mechanisms of catapults and trebuchets with a view to make one in the following               weeks.

 

    Just a reminder that the castle projects are due in this Thursday, 26th. It sounds like you have all had a lot of fun and     I am very much looking forward to seeing all your creations!

 

  • (8.6.14) Welcome back to our final term of the year! The children had a very busy first week back undergoing their assessments. They all worked very hard and now we are looking forward to getting back to lessons! 

 

     The children have all received a project for their homework over the next 3 weeks - to build a castle either a                   historical representation or fairy tale castle. The children may use any resources you have or may find. We did              discuss that it had to be able to fit in a car and through the front door of the school for a presentation on Thurs            27th of this month! Please ensure that you still continue to read every day and practice mental maths skills and            spellings each week. 

 

    Although we didn't go over to church on Friday for the D Day remembrance service, some children from our class       were lucky enough to meet two soldiers who attended the service. These soldiers let the children try on some of the     uniform and have a go at blowing the trumpet. Not a mean feat but many of the children managed to make a lot of         racket... I mean sound!

 

  • (Half Term) And the end of another term! In our final week of term 5 the children were very busy finishing off their incredible mythical creatures below. All are comprised of many imaginative parts and names! Using only the primary colours, the children have been mixing them to make secondary colours, developing their skills as painters.The children have all finished writing and typing up in neat an explanation text on how to build a motte and bailey castle as well as almost completing their very own model. In addition to this, the parts for our up coming school play have been given out so it wont be long until lines and songs will be sent home to learn!

 

    I do hope you all have a fun filled half term. Please remember to practise those times tables, mental maths skills         and undertake lots of reading!   See you all soon.

 

  •  (18.5.14) Hello all, I hope you have enjoyed the glorious weather this weekend!

 

      Last week the children started writing instructions and explanation texts to accompany the motte and bailey                   castles they have been making in DT. The project is coming on nicely. The children have even made their own             contour maps using components of their castles.

 

      In maths the children have worked very hard indeed on answering word problems using addition and subtraction           whilst beginning to recognise' finding the difference' in certain sums. They have also had a lot of fun with direction,       using compass points and quarter turns to both give and follow instructions.

 

      In addition to this we all had another wonderful adventure at forest school and sadly our last this year. The children       used compasses, created some natural seats and made some imaginative creations out of clay. Some children           managed to turn themselves into mud monsters! Thank you for a brilliant year of forest school Mrs Field, we look         forward to next year!

 

  • (5.5.14) Last week the children had a lot of fun with poetry, refining their own (find below under 'our topic this term in castles') and performing others! We watched clips of Michael Rosen and Benjamin Zephaniah read their poems. The children made a list of things the poets did during their performance which they themselves wanted to recreate. Some of these were:

     - using expression

     - using actions and gestures

     - moving

     - changing the pitch of their voice

     - change the speed of different parts

     - using props

     We realised this was no mean feat but the children performed brilliantly - very entertaining! Unfortunately I am                unable to upload all of the children's performances due to the size of the files but if you wish to see it please pop in!

   

     During last week the children did length in maths, made motte and bailey sand castles in the 'Norman way' and            investigated friction using Newton meters. This was topped off with tree climbing and map reading at forest school        - photos on the forest school website!

 

  • (27.4.14) Welcome back! It sounds like you all had a very exciting Easter holidays and I hope you all received some mail from your very own evacuees during the last few weeks!

 

 

     To start off this term we have been describing 3D shapes, recognising their properties and some of us have      been making nets. We have also been writing our own version of a poetry book called 'the black book of              colour'. The children have described colours using their senses and descriptive language  - example of their      work to come!

 

 

     On Friday, the children finished their 'make do and mend' projects which look great. I have put photos in the        WW2 section so please have a look. Now we have finished that topic, we can now move on to ... castles!

 

The stars of Year 3 and 4 in costume for 'The pied Piper'!

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Merlin wrote us a letter to us asking for our assistance in making a life saving potion for King Arthur!

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Merlin wrote us a letter to us asking for our assistance in making a life saving potion for King Arthur! 5
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Keeping score - The world cup

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Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell!

Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 1
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Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 3
Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 4
Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 5
Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 6
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Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 8
Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 9
Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 10
Bertie came to help us out with our science on habitats - Thank you for trusting us with him Mrs Campbell! 11
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PE - Movement

This term we have been looking at dance and movement. This has involved experimenting in different ways to move around a space, not banging into others! The children have used different heights, speeds, direction, used different body parts etc We have worked particularly hard at moving in time with the music and moving in ways which will suit that particular sound be it soft, slow, fast or marching. The children have created their own dance patterns incorporating balances. They had to decide whether they would mirror each other, be synchronized and some groups even used cannon.

 

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Art - creating our own mythical creatures

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Visit to the Ashmolean Museum - Young Art Competition

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Class Information

 

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.

 

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.

Your child has a book mark with 2 reading targets to work on at the moment. These will be changed during the year when your child has met these targets.

 

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.

 

In addition to this, it is important for children to practice their maths skills such as 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 there is a mental maths test every Monday morning. This 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:

http://www.mathszone.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/

http://www.ictgames.com/

 

We have times table flash cards available in the classroom.

Please see the schools calculation booklet which we sent home after our maths evening 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 Autumn Term plans, please click on the documents below. Please be aware that this timetable is flexible and may be altered for special events, trips and extended learning activities.

Our Topic this term is 'castles'

Spring Term Topic - World War 2: The Home Front.

 

Our day at Hill End as evacuees. This is what we shared in the sharing assembly (11th Feb). Hear what we got up to on our day out.
Autumn term topic - The Tudors

Above are pictures from:

  • our Tudor day out to Sulgrave Manor
  • our archery demonstration (Thank you Peter, Ed, Katie and Robert!). If anyone is interested in learning about archery or even fancies having a go please visit the Clifton Hampden long bow society web page 

 http://www.cliftonhampdenlongbowsociety.co.uk/

  • Tudor samplers which we carefully sewed
  • Tudor houses we made by making a wooden frame and then made card walls (we had to do a lot of accurate measuring!)
  • some photos from our Tudor banquette (we made all the traditional dishes!).

 

In literacy this term we have been writing non-chronological reports on aspects of Tudor life. In groups the children researched an area using the internet, information books and knowledge we gleaned on our day out at Sulgrave Manor. They then presented the information in a poster to share with everyone else. Using these as notes, year 3 and 4 then made them into their own information page to make into our own information text. The children have thought about the layout and used ICT skills they have used this term to make their page in a word document. Please have a look below at some of our work.