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Year 4 Blog 2020-2021

 

Week beginning 21.09.2020

This week in Year 4, we have continued learning about astonishing contraptions in history!

In maths, we have been rounding to the nearest 100 and counting in 1,000's. We had to make sure that we recognised whether the number had to be rounded up or down to the nearest 100, by looking at whether the number was higher or lower than 50. 

In science, we learned about friction. We know that friction is a force and that it can have an impact on the movement of objects on different surfaces. We completed an investigation to observe how much friction was created on a variety of surfaces. 

In history, we have looked at the marvels of Roman technology! The Romans created roads and aqueducts; we still use these today! We have also been learning about the history of clocks. We now know that clocks have evolved from sundials and water clocks to the modern-day clocks that we use today. We created our own sundial to track the time throughout the day, each hour of the day we would mark the shadow to observe the movements of the sun.

In PSHE, we have discussed our own experiences of the colours of regulation. We discussed the situations that cause us to feel different emotions in our day-to-day lives and recorded them in a table. We also reflected on experiences we had where we transitioned from one colour to another and thought of strategies to help ourselves to feel green again. 

Week beginning 14.09.2020

This week in Year 4, we have been learning how to read a number line and how to plot a number accurately, rounding up or down to the nearest 10 and completed a maths investigation that involved us accurately identifying the place value of numbers.

In history, we have been learning about the Stone Age and how times changed leading to the Iron Age. We looked at the changes in their homes, their weapons and tools and the food that they ate. We then used this information to plot the changes in time onto a chronological timeline!

In PE, we have been practising our rounders skills. We have been practising how to throw and bowl a ball, how to strike a ball and how to field during a game.

Using our knowledge of the Stone Age, we have written the beginning of a story. Our story is based on our character waking up one morning in the Stone Age, they meet a strange person and explore this person's cave. Suddenly, a terrifying animal attacks!

We had to make sure that we used expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, and our non-negotiables. We used the chromebooks to plan, write and redraft our work!

In science, we have been learning about light. This week, we looked at shadows and how they change size and position when the light source moves. We completed an investigation using torches to observe the change in size and position as we moved the torch around a glue stick.

In PSHE, we have been discussing how to regulate our feelings. This week, we watched videos and identified which colours the characters were feeling and were able to explain the actions that identified as the different colours of regulation. We then worked in groups to create a freeze frame that clearly showed the colours of regulation.

Week beginning 07.09.2020

This week in Year 4 we have been exploring our first topic 'Astonishing Contraptions'. Throughout this topic we will be using the book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'.

In maths, we have been looking at numbers to 1,000, hundreds, tens and ones and number lines to 1,000. 

We have also completed a maths activity based on Stone Age animals. We used top trumps cards to look at and compare the statistics of the different animals. We were then able to input the data into a table and bar graph, ensuring that we were using the appropriate labels and measurements.

  

In PSHE, we have been learning about the colours of regulation and their importance. We know that the colours of regulation will help us to regulate our emotions and to use strategies to help us to feel better.

In science, we have been learning about light and its importance. We can now identify which objects are light sources and which objects reflect the light or allow light to pass through them. 

In history, we have been learning about the Stone Age. We have specifically been looking at the hunter gatherers and Neolithic farmers and how they differ from each other. 

 

Welcome to the Year 4 team 2020-2021.

We look forward to welcoming you all back on to school site and in to Year 4!

If you have any questions at all, please email or call the school office.

'The Year 4 team would like to extend a warm welcome to the new Year 4 pupils and their adults! This week we have been thrilled to welcome the children back into school! They have adapted brilliantly to the new routines and shown incredible maturity with their attitude towards coming back in. 

This week, we have been taking the opportunity to get to know each other better. The children have shared their memory books and some of their proudest stories and achievements from the lock down period and the summer holidays. The children have also completed a number of tasks and games to share their hobbies and personalities with us. 

The children have also been engaging with our topic 'Astonishing Contraptions' through a range of hook activities. We have been focusing on the idea of inventors solving problems as the children have been involved in team-building activities and challenging problems in different contexts. This included creating and testing a floating, weight-bearing structure using limited materials.

 

Finally, the children have been considering the ingenuity and problem-solving skills of people in the Stone Age as they reflected on cave paintings. The children used natural materials such as chalk, charcoal and assorted berries to create their own cave paintings using the same techniques as people in the Stone Age would have used.'

 

 

Year 3 Blog 2020-2021

Week beginning 13.07.2020

We can't believe that it is our last week in Year 3. It's true what they say, time flies when you're having fun and we most certainly have had a LOT of fun together! 

We have had a very interesting year, we never would have expected to be teaching you from a screen but we have still really enjoyed having you in our classes. Miss Jackson, Mrs Rice, Mrs Izatt and Mrs Cawcutt would like to thank you all for being an amazing year group this year, we have been blown away by your kindness, how thoughtful you are and your enthusiasm towards learning. You are all going to be fantastic Year 4's and we cannot wait to see you again in September. We hope you have the best summer break!

We have been super busy in our English lessons this week.

At the beginning of the week we finished off our setting description writing, ensuring that we used all of the necessary features and our imaginations! Once we had finished this, we started looking at how to write a successful letter. We looked at summarising information, the features of a letter, subordinate clauses and subordinating conjunctions and wrote a letter using all of these features.

 

 

In maths, we have continued learning about mass. We have been solving problems, reading scales and reading, comparing and ordering capacity and volume.

 

 

In RE, we have been learning about special foods in different religions. We have looked at how food can be used in different religious festivals such as Good Friday, Ramadan, Eid, Rosh Hashanah, Diwali, Christian Harvest Festival and Hanukkah.

 

 

Throughout the year, we have been using Scratch to complete a variety of different projects by creating our own codes. This week we have been working on the final boat race! We used operators to compare numbers, add codes to detect when a sprite is touching a colour and using a variable to record the time. 

 

Week beginning 06.07.2020

In maths we have been learning about measurements. We have specifically been learning how to read scales when measuring/weighing different objects and comparing and ordering the mass of a variety of objects.

 

We have been studying the brilliant Basquiat this week! 

He was a South American artist that liked to paint and make music, his art work was heavily influenced by graffiti. We had a look at his different pieces of art and answered some questions using our own opinions. We then created our own drawings influenced by his work, here are our masterpieces:

 

We have been very busy with our English work this week!

We started off the week by finishing off our adventure stories that we were working on last week. We then started learning about how to write a setting description including all of the key features.

 

 

 

In French, we have been learning how to say Je peux (I can) and use it to say what we can do. We can now say Je peux sauter, Je peux ecrire, Je peux ecouter, Je peux boire and Je peux parler. We enjoyed our live French lesson this week as we got to repeat each of the phrases and improve our pronunciation even more!

 

 

Week beginning 22.06.2020

This week in year 3, we have been learning about shapes in maths. We have looked at their properties, quadrilaterals, 2D and 3D shapes and symmetry. 

In English, we have been looking at the features of instructions so that we can write our very own instructions for a robot! We have been designing our own Cobots that can help families throughout the pandemic and we have written instructions to show them how to operate our Cobots successfully. We have made sure to include adjectives, adverbs, imperative verbs and the necessary features of a set of instructions. Here are some examples:

In DT, we have been planning and designing carnival floats suitable for the iconic American carnivals! This week we have been creating our prototypes, ensuring that we included each of the requirements of the design criteria. Here are our creations:

In RE, we have been learning about some of the rules surrounding food in different religions. Food is a very important part of lots of different religions. Some food is used for special purposes, some foods are used to celebrate special events, and some foods are forbidden or avoided according to special religion rules. We discussed our favourite meals and explained which religions could or could not eat it.

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 15.06.2020

This week in Year 3 we have been learning about lots of different things, we have been super busy!

 

We're poets and didn't even know it! In English, we have been looking at poetry and how to write one based on the sounds that we have collected from our homes. We have been inspired by 'The Sound Collector' poem to write our own versions. Throughout the week, we have looked at the features of poetry to ensure that our poems are amazing. Here are some examples:

In maths, we have been learning all about parallel and perpendicular lines. We went on a hunt around our homes or school to identify any parallel or perpendicular lines and have been able to accurately draw them into our books, with rulers of course!

In geography, we have been learning about similarities and difference between England and Brazil. Whilst doing this, we had a look at the human and physical features within each country and compared them.

We have been completing two DT projects throughout our 'Amazing Americas' topic. We have learned about the different carnivals that occur in America and have been designing and creating our own carnival floats:

We have also been preparing and making different American foods:

In science, we have been learning about magnets and investigating which materials are magnetic. Using a variety of materials, we have tested which of them are magnetic by hovering a magnet above them and seeing whether they attract.

In computing, we have been using Scratch to create our own pictures with a pen. This week we have focused on adding a pen extension, using broadcasting to control a sprite and responding to mouse events. It has been a little tricky but we have persevered and managed to create some great projects!

 

We had our first live lessons this week and they were a huge success. We were able to look through the information that we need to know and practise some examples together too! All of the children that joined were so super polite, respectful and wonderful! All of the Year 3 teachers were very impressed and cannot wait to have more live lessons with you!

 

Week beginning 07.06.2020

Well, another super week of learning has taken place for us in Year 3 this week. The weather couldn’t dampen our spirits! Let’s have a little look at what we have been getting up to!

 We moved onto lesson 2 of our carnival float design & technology project. This week, we learned how a chassis, wheels and axles work together to create a moving vehicle and trialled using these in our own carnival floats. To help us with our learning, we watched some videos about how these worked to gain a better understanding.

Here are some of our DT projects so far:

In music, we carried on our learning about understanding and identifying the pulse in pieces of music. We clapped the pulse to lots of different pieces of music from a variety of genres and also learned some cool songs! We really enjoyed watching the videos of you stomping, clapping, dancing and tapping to different musical pulses.

 

Our science lesson this week called on us to be scientists and complete our own investigation, if we were up to the challenge! We learned about a force called friction and investigated how different surfaces can affect the friction acting upon a moving object. To do this, we used toy cars, a ramp and tested how fast the car travelled on different surfaces like carpet, gravel, grass and wood. We then wrote down our findings in our books.  

 

In maths this week, we started the week looking at multiplication, then moved on to a little bit of division and ended the week with some tricky problem solving using our skills that we had practised and perfected throughout the week.

In English this week, we have been looking at how to use fronted adverbials, similes, adjectives, adverbs, FANBOYS and apostrophes for possession. We have included all of these things in a character description that we have written about a superhero that we have created! Here are some examples:

We held our first live PSHE lesson in Year 3 on Friday morning! We spoke about pride and what this means and if it is important to feel pride and be proud of ourselves. We have decided that we should all be proud of our achievements and celebrate them with each other too because it might inspire someone else to be brave and try something new.

 

Our PE lesson on Thursday afternoon was SO much fun! We became gym instructors and put our families and toys to the test. We chose ten activities to complete in a circuit and then we modelled each exercise. We had to spend the same amount of time on each activity and then swapped over to the next one. It was EXHAUSTING!

Week beginning 01.06.2020

What an excellent first week back we have had in Year 3! Every single one of you has worked extremely hard and put the maximum amount of effort and care into your work, we are so proud of you! It has been amazing to hear from so many of you again and to hear about the fun that you had during half term, it makes us miss you even more than we already do!

 

In maths we have been learning about money! We have been counting coins and notes, converting pennies into pounds and pounds into pennies and how to add and subtract pounds and pence. We have also been looking at how to use metric units of length. We have been super busy mathematicians this week!

We have been working on our reading comprehension skills a lot this week too. We have been learning how to retrieve facts from a text, looking at the language that is used within a text and practised using adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions. 

In computing, we have been using Scratch to create a space mission to Earth! We have been working on animating a space rocket to fly to Earth through space, using coding and costume changes.

We learned about volcanoes in geography this week. We have looked at why volcanoes occur and where they can be found in America. Did you know that there are around 1,510 volcanoes in the world?! The largest active volcano can be found in Hawaii, it's called Mauna Loa.

 

Throughout this half term, we are focusing on our design and technology skills and using them to prep and make different meals/snacks. We have been learning about different foods from North and South America and designing meals based on the foods that we have learned about. We have been super helpful in the kitchen and cooked up a storm! Here are some pictures of the things that we have been working on:

We have also been working on a DT project that involves designing, making and evaluating carnival floats! We have been using the resources that we have available to us at home or school to create our very own carnival float that could be used in an American carnival!

In science, we learned about forces. We now know that a force is a push or pull acting on an object as a result of the object's interaction with another object. We thought carefully about when we would use a push or pull force at home, putting socks on uses a pull force!

 

Please continue to send us pictures and videos of your amazing pieces of work, we absolutely love seeing all of the wonderful things that you get up to at home!

 

Week beginning 18.05.2020

We have had yet another successful and exciting week in Year 3, time flies when you are having fun!

 In maths this week we have been recognising, finding and writing fractions for shapes and quantities. We now know how to find equivalent fractions and compare fractions with different denominators. We have been enjoying using the Oak National Academy online learning platform to complete our maths!

In geography, we have been learning about earthquakes and the tectonic plates! We now know why earthquakes happen and how to keep ourselves safe during an earthquake. 

In computing, we have been using Scratch to create our very own rock bands! We have learned how to use codes to change our sprite's costumes, reactions and to add sound. We have seen some rockin' examples in our class studio:

In art, we have completed our final attempts of our South American inspired murals. We worked extremely hard to ensure that we had perfected our drawings before creating our final pieces of art.

In PE, we created our very own homemade athletics tournaments. We could create any athletics activities to complete and record our timings, we even challenged someone else in our house to complete the same activities!

In science, we have been looking at how to be safe in the sun! We know that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways that we can protect our eyes. This has been quite helpful recently, especially with the beautiful weather we have been having!

In music, we have been looking at a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. We listened to some music by Elvis Presley - the king of rock and roll himself! We learned about the history of rock and roll and how the music came to be popular.

Please continue to send us pictures of your work and the exciting things that you have been doing at home, they put gigantic smiles on our faces!

 

 

 

Week beginning 11.05.2020

This week in Year 3, we have continued to work extra hard on all of our assignments and have been completing our work at a very high standard!

In maths, we have started learning about fractions. We have been using the Oak National Academy resources to help us develop our understanding. We've had so much fun! We have been looking at relating halves and quarters to division, describing the part whole relationship in fractions, identifying the parts of a fraction, recognising which parts are equal and unequal, identifying half, quarter and a third of a shape, identifying and describing unit and non-unit fractions. We have been going fractions crazy!

In geography, we have been learning about the layers of the Earth. We know that the Earth has 4 different layers: Crust, Mantle, Inner core and Outer core. To show what we had learned, we created our own diagrams and models of the layers of the Earth:

In our GPS lessons, we have been learning how to use inverted commas and synonyms for the word 'said'. We completed a variety of activities to show where to use inverted commas and which pieces of punctuation should be used in a sentence. As the word 'said' can be a little boring and over-used, we have been thinking of different words (synonyms) that can be used instead!

Once we had completed our GPS work, we were able to use what we had learned in our writing this week. We have been telling tales!

As we are now learning about the amazing America's, we have been looking at South American Folktales. There are so many different folktales around the world that tell a story and we have chosen to take a look at 'The Rabbit and The Coyote'. Our task this week was to re tell the tale in our own way but had to make sure that we used inverted commas, synonyms for 'said', prepositions and adverbs. To start us off, we learned about the folktale and then acted it out or put the tale into a storyboard. We then planned out our writing and retold the story with our own twist. Here are some examples:

 

We have been learning about some of the different American celebrations and holidays. We chose a celebration to study and learn about before creating our own presentations or posters about it! We had the options of Independence Day, Presidents Day or Veterans Day:

We continued practising our artistic skills this week to create our own American murals. We have chosen an important American person to base our murals on and have been making several attempts to sketch them accurately.

In science we have been learning about shadows and investigating how they change size. Last week, we learned about how shadows are formed but now we are investigating how they change size. We have discovered that shadows change size when the distance between the light and the object changes! We investigated by using a light source and an object and changed the distance between them to see whether the size of the shadow changed. We found that the smaller the distance between the light and object, the bigger the shadow!

 

 

Week beginning 04.05.2020

This week in Year 3, we had a lot of fun and have produced some excellent pieces of work. Miss Jackson, Mrs Rice, Mrs Izatt and Mrs Cawcutt have been super impressed with all of your work this week, well done!

In maths, we have been working on measurement. We have looked at measuring and comparing different lengths and finding equivalent lengths. We used our knowledge of lengths to identify the suitable measurements of a variety of objects and used a ruler or measuring tape to measure objects around our home. We have been using the <  > and = signs to compare different lengths by thinking carefully about the different measurements used.

This week we have been learning all about carnivals! It has been carnival chaos! In geography, we have been learning about the different kinds of carnivals that people take part in all over North and South America! Did you know that carnivals take place before lent, so that people can enjoy as much food and drink as they can before they give it up? How interesting! Did you know that Rio De Janeiro is the biggest carnival in the world? In 2016 they had over a million visitors!

 

Once we learned about carnivals, we used our knowledge to write a diary entry about a day at the carnival! We used our imagination to describe the things that we could see, hear, smell and taste. We had to make sure that we included a variety of features to make our diary entries as successful as possible, such as writing in 1st person, using descriptive language, adding similes and metaphors and writing in chronological order. Once we had written our diary entries, we used our VCOP pencils to underline the features in our writing and our blue pens to improve our writing even further! Here are some excellent examples: