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

Summer 2 Topic: Potions! – click here for the recommended book list.

It’s been a term full of potions and wonderfully weird experiments. See the collection below:

Making Bubbles!
This was an experiment all about predictions. We had to predict which would help us to make the biggest bubble. There was a bit of a dispute about whether the hula hoop actually created a bubble because it technically couldn’t be ‘blown’ like some of the others. 



Making Carbon Dioxide
We mixed vinegar with bicarbonate soda in a test tube and put a balloon over the top. The gas that was created from the reaction, blew up the balloon! 

Measuring Temperature

Testing for Viscosity
We tested for viscosity by timing numerous liquids run down a slope. This included lemonade, treacle, fairy liquid, tomato ketchup, yogurt, cooking oil and cornflour.

Friday 8th June
Welcome back to the final term! On Monday afternoon, we went on a mystical treasure hunt around the school grounds. We collected numerous objects: a large clock, a white rabbit, a top hat, a Queen of Hearts card, rabbit ears, a teapot, some cake and a unsuspecting bottle of ‘love potion’ clearly labelled ‘drink me’. We came to the conclusion that the general theme of the hunt was Alice in Wonderland. We discussed the possibilities of drinking the love potion and ultimately discussed the dangers of drinking unmarked bottles. On Tuesday afternoon, using perfume bottles for inspiration, we designed our very own potions and bottles to store them in. We considered what material they would be made from and any labels they might need. 

In maths, we have begun our unit of time. We have rehearsed the months of the year and can now all identify which months have 31, 30 and even 28 days. The year 4s have begun looking more specifically at hours and minutes.  

In English, having had the half term break, we revisited our legends that we wrote in the final week with fresh eyes and begun proofreading what we had written. We then worked with a partner and suggested improvements. Having revisited the success criteria of legends, we identified what we may needed to change or edit to improve our stories (for example, with speech, we discussed how very dull the word ‘said’ can become!) Towards the end of the week, when we were happy with our improvements, we began writing our final versions in neat – everyone was concentrating so hard, you could have heard a pin drop in the classroom! 

In RE, we looked at the significance of Holy Communion by sampling different types of bread and considered who we might need to thank for the bread we received. We considered everyone from God for creating the world and everything in it, to the farmers who care for the wheat, the bakers who bake the bread and even Aldi and Miss Glynn for supplying it in the classroom!

As you may have heard (or seen), we are now participating in the daily mile. At 2pm daily, the whole school ventures onto the field to attempt to run/jog/walk a mile in 15 minutes (approximately 10 laps!) – feel free to come along and join us! 

Apologies for the lack of photos – I’m having issues with WordPress! 

Friday 25th May
What a hectic term it’s been, I can’t believe the year is going so quickly. The year threes and fours have worked incredibly well this term and we have covered a lot in what feels like such a short space of time. In maths, we have covered money: recognising the coins and notes, adding and subtracting amounts; and solving problems when finding change). We also spent some time learning about statistics: creating tallies and solving problems; collecting data and to create pictograms (y3s), bar charts (both) and line graphs (y4s); and using Microsoft Excel to input and present our data electronically in graphs.) 

 
 

 In English, we have continued with our ‘Dragon Slayer’ unit. We have studied a range of legend texts for comparison and also watched a short animation. We have been developing our use of inverted commas to create our own dialogue between the characters from the Dragon Slayer animation. We have analysed the use of expanded nouns in our sample stories which add detail when describing the characters and setting. This week, the children have planned and begun to write their very own legend stories using their own beasts.   

In Topic, we have concluded our Misty Mountains Sierra unit. We have learned about the features of mountains and studied how climates can differ depending on when in the world they are located. As part of the homework, we have had an incredible range of different interpretations of model mountains! 

In music, we have mastered Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. All of the children have rehearsed the lyrics and can play along on the glockenspiels using the notes G, C and A. Florrie, Ellie and Olive have even transferred their skills onto their recorders whilst George I. has played along on his cornet. 

In PSHE, we have set our new targets for the end of year.

As an end of term treat (and because Miss Glynn is heading home for the break) – Barney and Albert paid the class a visit.

 

Have a wonderful break and I’ll see you in a week, ready for the final term! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Friday 4th May
May the fourth be with you! In Maths this term, the children began learning about money. This consolidated their understanding of the decimal point and how to use it when converting pounds to pence. We have learnt how to add, subtract and solve problems when spending money – this includes finding the correct amount of change. We have since this week, progressed onto statistics: looking at pictograms, tables, bar graphs and line graphs (Y4s). Next week, we’ll be incorporating computing into our maths lessons as we conduct our very own data collection and produce our very own graph using Excel. 

In English, we have started a new unit: Dragon Slayer. This is a fiction unit where we have been comparing two different legend stories: ‘Saint George and the Dragon’ and ‘The Beast with a Thousand Teeth’. We reenacted some of the scenes to help with our oral retelling skills – we had lots of fun doing this! 

  

The stories both have similar features that make them legend stories (a hero, a beast, a problem, a battle/fight scene) but are told in very different ways with very different resolutions! During our SPaG time, we have been looking at grammatical features such as noun phrases (y3) and expanded noun phrases (y4), in addition to similes and alliteration to help enhance our descriptive language. On Tuesday, we created a spider diagram to help describe what we would like our beast to look like. On Thursday, Miss Glynn gave everyone’s books to someone else and they had to draw the beast based on the description they had been given! We all found that our descriptions could have been much clearer and written in much more detail. 

In topic, we have been developing our map and atlas skills whilst studying mountains around the world. We have located the main mountains and placed them on a map of the world. Following this, we compared their heights by creating a bar graph. This week, we have been learning how to refer to compass points to compare the location of different cities, e.g. Oxford is north of Reading, London is south-east of Liverpool etc. 

In PSHE, we have been working on acknowledging our worth and learning to compliment others as well as ourselves. On Wednesday, we had a variety of photos of our class from different events throughout the year. We had to work in pairs to find features we would like to compliment – it could have been anything from what someone was wearing, to saying they had a nice smile! Following on from this, we had to compliment ourselves. 

In music, we have begun (as I’m sure you’ve heard) learning Three Little Birds by Bob Marley. The children have really enjoyed learning a different song with a much slower tempo compared to Abba’s Mamma Mia! 

I wish you all a lovely Bank Holiday weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Thursday 29th March
What a whirlwind of a term it has been! In Maths, we have concluded our learning of fractions. The year 3s can now recognise tenths as fractions and as decimals and also know how to find a fraction of an amount. The year 3s then taught tenths to the year 4s before we progressed onto looking at hundredths. 


In English, the children were able to produce a set of instructions based on their topic work. They chose whether they produced instructions on ‘How to make a PowerPoint Presentation’ or ‘How to make a poster on Ancient Greece’. 

In topic and computing, the children have been finishing off their presentations on life in Ancient Greece. Each of the children worked in pairs or small groups to present a poster on one of the following: entertainment, food and drink, buildings and architecture, jobs and families (including what they wore). Once they had finished, they created a vlog, which we watched back later in class.  

Our PE this term has been focused indoors using the gymnasium equipment. We have focused on developing our core strength and balance.

In preparation for the Easter Celebration with Goring, years 3 and 4 produced a ‘God’s Eye’ cross. This involved us having to weave wool around a cross made out of bamboo. This took lots of concentration but all of the children who didn’t attend the Cross County Championships certainly enjoyed the challenge! 
  

The last week of term has been ‘Greek Week’. This meant that all our learning was focused around an Innovate Challenge revolving around the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box. Firstly, the children had to read and answer questions based on the text. From this, they considered what they would have done if they found themselves in Pandora’s situation and whether they have ever been in a position where they did something they knew they shouldn’t. From this, we moved on to designing our very own Pandora’s box. We used our knowledge of instructional texts to create a ‘what we will need’ list. On Wednesday, we began making our very own Pandora’s boxes.  

Have a fantastic Easter break and I will see you all on the other side! 

Miss Glynn ๐Ÿ™‚

School Council’s Jim-Jam Jog Day: Friday 23rd March


Friday 16th March
In maths, we have been continuing our work on fractions and decimals. The year threes have looked at finding fractions of shapes and objects, adding and subtracting fractions and tenths when written as fractions and decimals.
 

The year fours have covered fractions objects and amounts, equivalent fractions, adding and subtraction. 

 

In Topic, we have been researching about the Greek Gods. We each chose a God or Goddess to focus on and produced a PowerPoint in pairs. In English, we have edited and converted these PowerPoints into Non-Chronological Reports. Meanwhile in Topic, we have learned about the geography of Greece including: it’s history, climate, population and capital city. We have researched the Ancient Olympics and how they compare to the modern day. 

In Music, as I’m sure you’re aware, we’re continuing to learn and rehearse Mamma Mia.  
Click here to see a video of their rehearsing! 

Last week, years three and four were very fortunate to be welcomed up at the nursing home next door who had just had a hatching of chicks! 


I would personally like to thank all of the parents for your well wishes and messages of support after yesterday. The children were superb and really did their school proud. 

Have a lovely weekend.

River Afternoon – February 2018


Monday 19th February
Welcome back to the second half of the Spring term. It was lovely to see everyone (myself included) looking so fresh and rested after the break – with quite a few new hair dos too! I think it’s safe to say that most of Streatley staff and pupils were in survival mode after the flu outbreak! Here are some photos of our learning from the final weeks of term.

In maths, we learnt about measurement: using rulers accurately, converting cm to mm, finding the perimeter and area of shapes.

In English, we have been drafting our very own newspapers on our trip to Henley having written a class WAGOLL (What a good one looks like) on our trip to Goring. During SPaG, we learnt how expanded noun phrases and adverbials (fronted adverbials – year 4) can add more detail. In addition, we began looking at punctuating speech so that we could include interviews in our newspapers.

In topic/computing, we have been learning how to use Google effectively so to search to find specific results. From this, we worked in groups to research specific physical features of rivers. Once we had compiled all of our research, we created our very own Powerpoint presentations from scratch. 

River paintings to follow…

Friday 26th January
After a successful first week of term, it seemed everyone was then struck down with the plague that is now worming its way through Streatley School this week and last. Here are some photos of our trip to Henley last week, before I too was wiped out with the flu. (Click on the images to make them larger). 

On the train from Goring – Twyford

Waiting at Twyford for the train to Henley!

Understanding Rivers workshop at the River and Rowing Museum
 

River walk to Marsh Lock, Henley

Home time – thanks for a lovely day, Henley! 

Happy New Year! 

Welcome back to the spring term. Please see our LKS2 Spring Term Curriculum letter for more information on our learning for this term. 

In maths, the year threes have been looking at dividing equally by threes, then fours and finally eight. The year fours have looked at dividing and using the inverse for the six, nine and seven times table before they progressed onto multiplying and dividing by 1 and 0 on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday this week they were manipulating numbers to multiply and divide them by 10 and 100.

In English and SPaG, we have been developing our proofreading and editing skills. We have been editing our short story on Bob Finch from the Autumn Term to make it more interesting by referring to our success criteria. Towards the end of the week, we have been recounting our experiences from our trip to Goring.  

On Tuesday afternoon, we ventured into Goring to look at the lock. We were fortunate to bump into the man who works at Goring Lock who was more than happy to demonstrate to the children how the water fills up to allow boats to pass through. Following this, we played ‘pooh sticks’ and measured the speed of the river. It took our stick 1min and 28 seconds to travel just 10 meters!  Miss Glynn then collected a water sample of the Thames that we would look at more closely in our Science lesson on Thursday afternoon. 

 

On Thursday afternoon, we predicted whether we thought the River Thames, the school pond or Miss Davies’ pond would be more polluted. Most of us suspected that it would be the Thames (myself included!). We analysed each of the three water samples and recorded our results in a grid. Following this, we used an Opalmeter (an instrument used to determine water pollution), to measure just how polluted the three samples of water were. To our surprise, the school was arguably the most polluted*, more so than even the measure Thames!

*Pollution was measured on a scale of 1-12 (1 being very polluted and 12 being as clear as tap water). Miss Davies’ pond scored 12, the River Thames scored 11 and the school pond scored a grisly 10/11 as we couldn’t come to a mutual agreement as a class. 

As I am sure the children will tell you – we had our very first music lesson on Friday afternoon. For this half term, we will be learning Mamma Mia by Abba. This week, our main focus was listening and moving in time to the rhythm and learning the words – I fully support any extra practise at home!  

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!