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 1 Topic: Misty Mountains Sierra – click here for the recommended book list.

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 🙂

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!