Welcome to year 3 and 4’s blog!

Here you will find updates and photographs of our learning over the weeks.
Back to the class overview

Friday 28th April 
Welcome back to the summer term! All of the key information for the term can be found on our LKS2 Summer Letter. This week in numeracy, the children have been learning about equivalent fractions and how to spot them. In Literacy, we have been editing our learnt text, Destruction in Pompeii and making it personalised so that we are writing about our own volcanic eruption of our choice. We have moved on in our grammar session to look more closely at expanded noun phrases and how they can help add detail to our writing. Our aim is to make sure that we include them in our newspaper reports when we write them over the coming weeks. 

In preparation for the summer production, the whole school attended an assembly with Berkshire Maestros this week as we began learning some of the songs. We’re all so enthused and excited that we’ve been singing along to the catchy numbers all week! 

On Thursday afternoon, Miss Glynn took all of Key Stage 2 outside for a game of rounders. We all got into our houses and played as Oak/Ash vs. Willow/Sycamore. It was lots of fun, with some of the children scoring some excellent rounders for their teams. It was lovely to see some of the older children helping some of the younger children who hadn’t played it before.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend! 

Egg Rolling!

Thursday 6th April
What a crazy few weeks it’s been! Years three and four have done lots of learning as we have worked towards Easter and the children have all remained resilient and enthused throughout. Once again, I have been delighted with how immersed and committed all of the children have become in our Tremors topic this term. Here is a selection of photographs documenting our different learning styles:

In Literacy, we have now learned all five paragraphs of our Talk 4 Writing – ask your child to recall it back to you! We have begun editing our class version to help us to create our very own newspaper report about a natural disaster.
 

Mac brought in a volcano model that we then used to create our very own explosions!

For homework, the children were asked to create their very own volcano model or poster – some children even baked their own volcano! They have been proudly displayed in our corridor for the duration of the term and have been admired by all of the children as well as visitors to the school!

As part of a drama/art lesson, we listened to the sound of a volcanic eruption and considered what emotions we might feel: scared, frightened, alone, worried, sad, hurt, desperate. We had to consider what positions we might get ourselves into to help us feel safe during an eruption. Afterwards, we were able to sketch some of the poses of ourselves or other children.
 

We created our very own volcanic art, which is now on display in the classroom!

 

Monday 27th March: Natural History Museum
On Monday, all of the children were bouncing with excitement as we boarded our coach for the Capital. During the journey, some of the children even rehearsed their Talk 4 Writing work on Devastation in Pompeii, which was lovely to hear. As we arrived, we walked through the zones until we arrived at the Red Zone when we split up into our groups. During the morning, Miss Glynn’s, Miss Davies’ and Mr Davies’ groups went around the Earthquakes and Volcanoes section whilst Miss Shillabeer’s and Mrs Friel’s groups explored the Earth’s Treasury. We then swapped over for the afternoon.

Wednesday 8th March
Year three and four have dived head first into their topics this term – already demonstrating enthusiasm and resilience to persevere with their learning. In numeracy, we concluded our unit on multiplication and division by learning how to divide firstly using a number line before moving on to learn the bus stop method. Lots of children found division difficult but all were able to use their fantastic knowledge of the times tables to help them solve tricky problems involving remainders. 

This week, we have moved our learning onto fractions – our unit for the rest of the term. We will be looking more closely at: finding fractions of shapes, objects and amounts; finding and comparing equivalent fractions; converting fractions into decimals; understanding tenths and hundredths; adding and subtracting fractions; solving word problems involving fractions and decimals. As it’s our first week, we have been consolidating our understanding of 1/2s, 1/4s and 1/8s and finding fractions of shapes and objects. On Wednesday, we even used tortillas and cut them into different fractions to help us understand the size. Some noticed that the larger the denominator (tell your parents what that means!), the smaller the piece of tortilla you would have. 

In Literacy, we have now finished our explanation texts on the digestive system. Once we had written them up in neat, we had to choose one paragraph that we wanted to focus on improving by editing. This meant we had to read the paragraph carefully and use our success criteria to help us see what was missing from our work and consider what we could use more of to make our writing more interesting. Some children noticed that they hadn’t used any conjunctions and so turned some of their simple sentences into more detailed, compound sentences. When the children were happy with their work, they were able to type them up in neat!

As of Monday, we have begun a new style of literacy learning called Talk 4 Writing (some of you with siblings in year 5/6 may have seen this style of learning before when they learnt the Oozlewump!). This is where we will be learning a piece of text off by heart using story maps and actions to act out the paragraphs. This term, our focus is on writing a piece of non-fiction text, specifically a newspaper report linked to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii. The children will be continuously encouraged to practise what we have learnt so far in class, at home to help with retention. We have already discussed in class some of the interesting times we could choose to practise – in the bath, out in the car, walking to school etc!  

Our topic for this term is called: Tremors! It focuses on natural disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. So far, we have learnt about the differences between the three main types of rocks: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. We have since moved on to focus specifically on the structure of the earth and it’s tectonic plates. 

I am pleased to announce that our class trip for this term has been booked! We will be attending the Natural History Museum in London on Monday 27th March to enhance our learning of natural disasters. Letters will be sent home this afternoon with all of the necessary information and permission slips, which will need to be signed and return to school as soon as possible. 

World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March
It was lovely to see all of the children’s wonderful costumes last Thursday. It’s great to see all of the children bring their favourite characters to life. Here are a few pictures from the day:

Friday 10th February
We had a lovely end to the half term and our unit on the digestive system. In Literacy, the children began planning their explanation text. Using all of the knowledge accumulated from our research carried out during our topic lessons, the information was put into sentences that had been jumbled up. To develop our understanding of the purpose of paragraphs, we then had to sort the sentences into appropriate paragraphs under suitable subheadings. Following this, we had to organise the sentences into chronological order so that our text made sense when read aloud.

Having worked so hard during our planning, on Friday we began writing our explanation texts to answer the question, How does the Digestive System work? We made sure to refer to our success criteria throughout our writing to ensure our writing contained all of the features required in an explanation text.

To support our learning further, and to conclude the unit, we have been producing our very own digestive t-shirts! All of the children had so much fun learning to sew. A massive thank you to Mrs Ramachander, Mrs Webb, Mrs Lyon, Mrs Wedgbury, Mrs Friel and Mr. Davies for coming to help us out on Monday and Friday afternoon – we couldn’t have completed them without your help!

Here are some pictures of our work in progress:


The finished piece:

On Thursday afternoon, we concluded our yoga unit in PE by presenting our African adventure stories to the rest of the class. It was lovely to see how all of the groups had interpreted the moves into their stories in creative ways!

Friday 3rd February
Years three and four have been doing lots of cross-curricular learning this week. We began in Topic by recapping our learning of all of the parts that make up the digestive system. We then got into groups, with each group researching one of the four main parts in greater detail: the mouth and oesophagus; the stomach; the small intestine; the large intestine and rectum. On Friday, the groups had to present what they’d found to the rest of the class and to teach them what they knew. During our literacy lessons, we have been identifying the key features of explanation texts, in preparation for our own non-fiction writing on How does the digestive system work? We will be using the information we find out in our topic sessions to help inform our writing next week!

In Numeracy, we have been learning a new method for multiplying, the grid method. This method is pictorial and helps us to visualise what we are multiplying. On Monday, we began by using concrete materials such as place value counters to answer some simple 2- digit by 1-digit numbers. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we put our skills into context by solving some tricky multiplication word problems. On Friday, all of the children took part in creating their very own word problems. They had to roll a 1-9 dice three times to create a 2- digit x a 1-digit number. We then discussed how we could manipulate the numbers and transfer them into our very own individual word problems. We had to solve our own problem first and then write it onto a piece of paper for another child to try. We were able to mark each others problems as we had already worked out the answers ourselves!

In yoga this week, the children have been put into groups and have begun embarking on their very own African adventure! Using the poses learnt over the last few weeks, each group have been preparing their very own journey, which they will share when they present to the class next week.

Friday 27th January
In Numeracy, we have moved on to looking at multiplication and division in greater depth. In addition to our weekly mental maths lessons, we have been using our recall skills to focusing on what multiplication looks like in a visual manner by creating arrays using counters. We then used the arrays to create inverse division facts.

  

During our Grammar sessions, we have been focusing on the /ei/ sound, including ei as in vein, ay as in say, ey as in they, ai as in straight, as in apron and eigh as in eight. We then moved on to looking at different spellings strategies including spelling pyramids, which the children completed for homework. Next week, we will find out if the pyramids helped us by testing out the words we have learnt!

In topic, we have moved on from teeth to look more closely at the organs that make up our digestive system. We watched The Magic School Bus (click to watch) and stopped to discuss and make notes about the key organs. We then labelled the parts in our books.

On Friday morning, Miss Shillabeer accompanied the year 4s on a trip to Streatley Church to take part in a church trail, to build on their learning from their RE lessons. The children were an absolute credit to the school. The lady leading the session has since contacted us to let us know how impressed she was by both their attitude to learning and their behaviour. Miss Glynn was so over the moon, that the year 4s received a learning star for the week.

Friday 20th January
To begin the week, Mac brought in some skulls for show and tell so we could look at the different teeth in different animals – all of the children found it really interesting! We looked at a sheep’s skull and noticed that they have no canine teeth but many more molars than humans do. We discussed several reasons for this including that sheep are herbivores and therefore do not eat meat. We also noted that sheep only have incisors on their bottom lip. We came up with a theory that this must be to shovel the grass into their mouths and then use their molars to chew. In contrast, the fox’s skull (below) had distinct canine teeth that would be used to tear the meat of its prey.
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In Science this week, we started a food diary looking at the effects different drinks have on our teeth. As eggshells contain calcium carbonate, they closely replicate the enamel on our teeth. The children worked in groups of threes and were responsible for observing a particular drink and making notes of its effect on the eggshell over the week. The groups looked at tea, squash, coca-cola, coke zero, milk, orange juice, water and coffee. On Monday, the children made predictions about what they expected to happen to their egg. The biggest surprise of the investigation was definitely the orange juice. We discussed that although orange is a healthy fruit, it also contains a lot of natural sugars, which when consumed in excess can be very bad for your teeth – which is why it’s extra important that we always brush our teeth twice a day!
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In Numeracy, we have been adding and subtracting amounts of money and incorporated our column method skills to help us solve tricky problems. The children decided that we needed to add several new rules to our current list of ‘Rules to remember when using the column method,’ this included: making sure the decimal points are always aligned, to always include a £ sign with your answer if you have used a decimal point in your working out and that you cannot use £ and p together in an answer.

In Literacy, we have been working on developing our spellings through learning about suffixes and prefixes. We initially looked at suffixes and how they can be added to the end of words to change their tense or to make them plural. We moved on to look at the prefix ‘un-‘ and ‘dis-‘ and how they can change the meaning of root words to become the opposite. We worked in pairs to sort a selection of root words (words without any suffixes or prefixes attached), into whether we thought they used the prefix ‘un-‘ or ‘dis-‘.
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In PE on Thursday afternoons, we have begun learning yoga. We were introduced to some of the initial poses through the means of a story of travelling to the African Plains!
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We have recently made some improvements to our reading area in the classroom, here is Otto and Jack R. making the most of it during our reading time in the morning:
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Friday 13th January
In Numeracy, we have been recapping how to use the column method for both addition and subtraction . We have extended our learning further by grasping how to exchange when carrying out column subtraction. Towards the end of the week, we began looking at word problems and challenges that involved multiple steps in order to find the answer. We have been identifying the key vocabulary, which then informs us of what we need to do to successfully solve the problem. A lot of the children have been incorporating the bar model into their learning as a visual tool to help tricky word problems become more manageable. To conclude our learning for the week, we have been practising finding the inverse to ensure that our answers were correct.  

We have sunken our teeth into our new topic Burps, Bottoms and Bile! Already, we have learnt a lot about teeth and what else can be found inside our mouths. In Literacy, we began the term by developing our dictionary skills and discussing the most effective strategies for finding words. The children then put their strategies into practise by having to search for key vocabulary related to teeth. With all of our new found knowledge, we began preparing to compose our very own fact files. They had to consider what else they needed know and decide how best to find the information they needed.

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On Monday, the class took part in an observational experiment, which involved brushing our teeth! In the morning, we prepared for our experiment by composing a scientific write-up where we had to consider the following: what we wanted to investigate, how we would measure the experiment, what equipment we would need, how we would ensure it was a fair test and what element we would need to change. After lunch, we carried out our experiment by working in pairs and taking it in turns to brush our teeth whilst our partner assessed our technique. We then tested how well we had brushed by using a plaque-disclosing tablet, which showed up all of the plaque on our teeth!

There were lots of different brushing techniques:
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And lots of careful observations:
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And the plaque-disclosing tablets proved to be a real success!

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Friday 16th December
What a delightful end to the Autumn Term! All of the children have worked so hard and I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts, their resilience and the progress made individually and as a class throughout the term. I would like to say a special thank you for all of your thoughtful cards and gifts, it’s greatly appreciated. I am now feeling very settled at Streatley and wanted to say an extra thank you for welcoming me to the school this term. I hope all of you enjoy a well-deserved rest and a lovely Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you all fresh and ready for the Spring Term in 2017! Here are some photos documenting our work from the last week:

Creating Stonehenge silhouette paintings to conclude our Tribal Tales unit:
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Creating our hats for our Christmas dinner:
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Christmas maths on the last day:
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Friday 2nd December
Year 3 and 4 did some excellent work in numeracy this week as we began by rounding numbers. We firstly talked about the word approximate and clarified what it means. Whilst all of the children can now round 2- and 3- digit numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, some of the year 4s went on a ’rounding hunt’ around the hall and the classroom, where they had to round all sorts of numbers and units of measure to spell out a mysterious sentence! They had lots of fun doing it! Later in the week, we moved onto addition using the column method. On Friday, all of the children were introduced to bar modelling, a new and pictorial method, which can be used to help when solving tricky word problems. 

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Below, Caitlin, Florence and Cory were caught making the most of our working wall by testing one another on comparing 3- and 4- digit numbers using the <, > and = symbols to consolidate their learning from last week – well done guys!

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In Literacy this week, the children began by creating a character that they want to use in their adventure stories. Using our knowledge of compound words, we had to research different animals that exist and choose one to be our character. The rule in the Hodgeheg, is that the first and last vowel swap around after Maximillian’s accident. For this reason, class 3 have seen a ladybird become a ‘lidybard’, a butterfly become a ‘betturfly’ and even a goldfish become a ‘gildfosh’. Once we had all decided on an animal, we had to create a character profile for them, taking into account their appearance, personality, likes/dislikes, family and friends. On Friday, the children worked very hard to create an outline of their story, detailing each new venture their character would embark upon. All of this was in preparation for their story writing next week.

In SPaG, the year 4s have been developing their knowledge of sentences further by firstly recapping what a compound sentence should have before moving on to look at complex sentences and how the two differ from one another. Each child can now clearly define the key features of both compound and complex sentences and should also be able to tell you about a main clause, a subordinate clause and a conjunction!

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In Topic this week, we had a special visit from Clare from the West Berkshire Museum who came and delivered a special Stone Age workshop on Wednesday afternoon! Clare brought lots of fascinating artefacts and with her, including different weapons and even a woolly mammoth’s tooth! All of the children were actively involved and really enjoyed themselves. Initially, the children worked in small groups to study an artefact using a magnifying glass before attempting to sketch it, including as much detail as possible.

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Below, Fig and Matthew studied Clare’s timeline:
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A woolly mammoth’s tooth (Mac was keen to compare the size difference):
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Part of a deer’s jaw:
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Have a lovely weekend!
P.s next week, the times tables tests will be on Friday.

Friday 25th November

This week, the children have been tackling tricky word problems related to comparing and ordering numbers. Later in the week, we moved on to looking at multiples. The year 3s worked with Miss Glynn counting up and down in 5s, 10s, 100s and 50s up to and beyond 1000! We even went outside to show all of the surrounding wildlife how well we can count! Meanwhile, the year 4s worked with Miss Shillabeer counting up and down in bigger numbers; 1000s, 6s, 7s and 9s up to 10,000!

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In Literacy and SPaG this week, we have been looking at different types of compounds. We began by studying compound words and thinking of some of our own. On Thursday, we moved on to looking at simple and compound sentences. The children were able to identify that every simple sentence needs a noun and just one verb. We moved onto compound sentences, which need two main clauses that are then joined together with a conjunction. We experimented using different conjunctions and how we must say our sentences aloud first to ensure they make sense. The children are looking forward to using a greater variety of sentences in the narrative writing next week!

During our SPaG lessons, the children have also been trying hard to improve their handwriting. We looked at our books from the first week of term compared to now. It was clear that all of the children are making real improvements with their presentation it was lovely to see the children recognise their own achievements! Here, Carys demonstrated some of the letters we have been looking at with some chalk on the playground!

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In Topic, we have been looking at the homes of people during the Stone Age. We looked at Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age), Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age), Neolithic (New Stone Age) homes. We also looked at settlements found in Skara Brae in Scotland. We looked at the development in homes through the different periods of the Stone Age and how man evolved to create better settlements to live in. Next week, we will be looking more closely at what Stone Age people ate and the tools that they used to hunt. There will also be a special surprise on Wednesday afternoon!

In PE, we have been continuing to practise our push-passing  to ensure the ball moves at speed. Following this, we had a game of stuck-in-the-mud – hockey style!

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Year 3 parents, please note: the year 3 flu immunisations will take place during Wednesday morning. Please ensure that your child’s consent form is sent straight to the office on Monday morning.

Friday 18th November
This week in numeracy, we have been comparing and ordering numbers. We recapped the greater and less than symbols and even tackled some trickier problems that incorporated our times tables. We looked at completing questions, which involved +/- 10, +/- 100 and +/- 1000.

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Above, Fig and Katie are getting on with some challenging word problems, which involved using the <, >, = symbols to compare two numbers and also ordering a series of numbers into ascending or descending order – these are two new words that we have encountered this week, ask your child what they mean!

In Literacy, we concluded our work on speech by identifying and then highlighting dialogue in text. We then moved on to looking at extracts from our story, The Hodgeheg, and considered how we could use adverbs and adverbials to improve the sentences.

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In Topic this week, we finally created our very own cave paintings (pictures to follow). We used a variety of different materials to recreate the colours that would’ve been available to the people living during the Stone Age. On Wednesday, we moved on to investigate the role of an archaeologist and began by getting our hands dirty and rummaging through Miss Glynn’s bin! In doing so, we uncovered a series of objects, which told a story about what years 3 and 4 had gotten up to during the morning. What we found most interesting was when we listed all of the different activities we had done during the morning but there was no evidence of in the bin. We then compared this to an archaeologist and all of the events from the past that we might not know of simply because there isn’t any evidence that it happened! – yes, it does sound confusing but we managed! On Friday, we began to create a time capsule that we will complete next week.

Friday 11th November
On Monday, the children thoroughly enjoyed our topic lesson as they were all presented with brand new sketchbooks! Continuing with our work on the Stone Age, we have begun looking at cave art and cave paintings. We discussed the materials they might have used and where they could have gathered the resources needed to create pigmentation for colour. The children got into pairs, wrapped up warm and went exploring outside to look for different sources of pigment that we could then experiment creating different colours with. Outside, we found: shades of mud, sandstone, chalk, leaves, grass, feathers, sticks and stones. As the children correctly noted, paint brushes didn’t exist during the Stone Age, so instead, we opted for using sticks and feathers as quills; some of the children opted to get their hands dirty and use their fingers!

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In Numeracy, we have been working hard to decipher Roman numerals. As this is a year 4 objective, I was really impressed with how fantastically the year threes rose to the challenge in learning the necessary methods to read and write in Roman numerals. Here is a link to the Roman numerals game from our numeracy lesson: http://www.abcya.com/roman_numerals.htm. An additional useful link with some other interactive games: http://www.roman-numerals.org/games.html.

In preparation for writing our adventure stories in Literacy, we have been developing our skills in correctly using inverted commas for direct speech. The children may have mentioned the ‘Speech Sandwich’, which is a visual tool we have been using to help remind us of where all the necessary punctuation needs to go. We have been experimenting with moving speech from the beginning to the end of sentences and noting how the punctuation changes depending on where the direct speech is. We concluded on Friday, by learning what to do when two different people are talking; new speaker, new line!

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In Hockey, the children have been developing their dribbling skills and control of the ball. This week, they got into pairs with the front person acting as the ‘truck’ and the one behind acting as the ‘trailer’. The truck had to direct the trailer across the playground, turning corners and maintaining a suitable speed. Meanwhile, the trailer had to dribble and control the ball, keeping behind their truck at all times. The children took it in turns to swap roles.

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On Friday, we had our Remembrance Service at the church in Streatley. I would firstly like to say a big well done to everyone who wrote a poem for the service, clearly you had all spent a lot of time and effort writing them. Miss Roberts certainly had a difficult task in selecting those to be read in church. A massive well done to Otto, George C., Elliot and Jack R., all of your poems were very thoughtful and beautifully delivered; you certainly did Class 3 proud!

Friday 4th November
The children have enjoyed a busy week settling back into school life. In numeracy, we have been looking at representing numbers in different ways. Prior to the holidays, we had practised reading and writing numbers in words and converting them back into numerals. Using these skills, we have looked at other ways we can represent numbers; through partitioning, tallying (smaller numbers), drawing Base 10 blocks and most recently, placing counters in place value grids. Some of the year 4s who knew how, also chose to represent numbers using Roman numerals, something the class will look at in more detail next week.

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In Literacy, we have begun a new fictional unit based around the Dick-King Smith novel, The Hodgeheg. We began the week by reading through several chapters of the book before focusing in on adverbs and their purpose when story writing. As a class, we created a large word bank of adverbs that will help to make our writing more interesting.

In Topic, we have begun our new history and art-based unit; Tribal Tales. This term, we will be focusing our when in history the Stone Age began and how the periods progressed through the Iron and Bronze Ages until the Roman invasion in 43AD. For our first lesson, the children created a whole-class timeline with all of the key events that took place during the Stone Age.

Our PE for this term will be hockey. The children will begin by practising how to correctly hold a hockey stick and developing their skills to control and manoeuvre a ball around the playground.

Friday 21st October
This last week of term has been a whirlwind for the year threes and fours; with termly assessments during the mornings and some fun-filled afternoons to conclude our Road Trip USA. We began the week by finishing off our lovely dreamcatchers. The classroom looked absolutely beautiful with all 24 of them reflecting the individual personalities of the children. On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to have Heather’s grandparents (who are currently visiting from South Carolina), come in and help us do some traditional American baking. All of the children worked in small groups to weigh all of the necessary ingredients to bake pumpkin pie. Once complete, we were all able to take a quarter of the pie home to share with our families. Needless to say, there were certainly mixed reviews about the taste and texture! Nevertheless, all of the children really enjoyed themselves and all actively got involved in the baking process. To conclude our literacy work on instructional texts, we used our knowledge from the pumpkin pies to write our very own recipes that would help others if they ever wished to bake the pie for themselves.

Making pumpkin pie:
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Writing our recipes in neat:
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The beautiful dreamcatchers!
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Friday 14th October
This week, the children have been revising their place value skills. What a lot of the children realised, was that they were able to read 3- and 4- digit numbers accurately but had not realised what the numbers would look like when written in words. As a result, we have spent our lesson time this week practising writing different numerals in words and vice versa. We played numerous games to help develop our skills.

In Literacy and Topic this week, we have been working really hard to plan and write our instructional texts on “How to make a Native American dreamcatcher”. All of the children have produced a neat version using the success criteria that we created together to help them. The last piece of criteria the children had to wait to check off, was whether their instructions were clear enough to be followed by someone else. On Friday, we spent most of the day producing our very own dream catchers! As I’m sure the children will have told you, we found it harder than anticipated. All of the children tried their very best and helped others when they could. We will finish our dream catchers on Monday afternoon and will then review whether our instructional texts were clear enough to follow!

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Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Monday morning ready for our final week of the half term!

Friday 30th September
This week, the children have been working really hard. In Numeracy, we have moved on from place value, to look more closely at methods for addition and subtraction. Whilst the majority looked at adding 2- and 3-digit numbers using partitioning, some of the year 4s looked at using the column method and worked at solving some tricky word problems. Below, the children had to ‘teach the teacher’, with Katie acting as the teacher, the children had to take it in turns to explain each of the different steps that are used in the Frog method.

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In Literacy, we received a lovely email from our headteacher, Miss Roberts who asked how well the children had settled into the new school year, enquired about our new topic, what their favourite lesson had been so far and what they thought of good to be green. We began by working as a class to start generating our response. The children were then given some time to think and talk to their partners about how they would answer Miss Roberts’ questions. On Friday, we got our the laptops and wrote our individual responses so we can send them back to Miss Roberts!

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In Topic this week, we were very lucky to have a visitor – Mrs Payne! Lillia’s mum came in to talk to the children about all of her road trips across America. This gave us a much better idea of how vast the American landscape is as she explained how long it took her to travel across different states. On Wednesday, we used our knowledge from Mrs Payne and began looking at the physical landscape of America. We read about the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, the Everglades National Park, the Rocky Mountains and the ‘Old Faithful’ Geyser. The children got into groups and began producing a poster on each of the places. Next week, they will present their findings to the rest of the groups.

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The first few weeks
During the first few weeks of term, we have all been getting to know each other and identifying personal targets for ourselves to work on this term. The majority of the children all agreed that their handwriting and times tables could definitely improve. As a result, we’ve spent a lot of time practising our letter formations.

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