Welcome to Amethyst Class
Hello and welcome to Year 3/4. This year our teacher is Mrs Dickinson. We love learning and like to do our very best work every day.
Summer Term Homework
I hope you have all had a lovely Easter break.
Firstly, there are some changes to home learning; attached is a letter that you should have received by parent mail on Friday outlining the new expectations for home learning.
Secondly, attached is the first of the fortnightly ideas for work. There are a wide range of activities, aimed at both indoors and outdoors learning, with 20 activities allowing for 2 activities per day (plus Maths Whizz, TT rock stars and reading). If you have any questions, please message me via Class Dojo.
Some useful websites for use at home:
www.whizz.com (Maths Whizz)
ttrockstars.com (Times Tables Rock Stars)
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ Videos, lessons and worksheets all available (highly recommended!)
numbots.com (same log in as TT Rock Stars)
timestables.me.uk (Times Tables)
https://ukhosted29.renlearn.co.uk/2233616 (accelerated reader)
oxfordowl.co.uk (free ebooks – sign up free)
https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/free-downloadable-issue/ online newspaper
https://litfilmfest.com/playlists/ (ideas for writing)
https://edu.rsc.org/resources/primary (ideas for science)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize (all subjects)
Welcome back to the spring term!
We have started a new book called 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'.
To introduce children to the book they have had to look at some illustrations in the book to infer and make predictions based on the images. They have also written a persuasive letter in response to an advert allowing the public to visit the magnificent vault.
In maths, Year 3 have started learning about measuring. They have measured objects around the classroom using mm, cm and m. They will also be comparing, ordering and adding and subtracting different measurements. Next they will begin to learn about perimeter.
Year 4 have been revising the 4 operations to consolidate the new methods they learnt last term. They have been answering fluency calculations, 1 and 2 step word problems and reasoning questions. They have done a brilliant job and have retained everything from last term! Next, they have started learning about area. They began by using post it notes to measure the area of objects around the classroom.
In science, we have stated a new topic of 'Sound'. To begin our topic we discussed what we already knew. We then went outside to listen to the sounds around us and created a sound map. Then, we learnt about vibrations and how we hear sound. we even made our own telephones.
The children have been very excited to get stuck into the new Ice Zone topic 'Anglo Saxons and Vikings'. So far they have learnt about the Anglo Saxons as they historically came first. They have learnt about the invasion, written letters to the Saxons and started designing their own pendants. They have also compared themselves to an Anglo Saxon child.
Year 4 were super lucky and had BOSCH Rexroth in this week. The class took part in a range of engineering activities which included looking into hydraulics. They worked well in teams and even had competitions in launching rockets across the playground using force.
Please see the pictures below.
This afternoon, Year 4 had great fun learning all about electrical circuits. They worked in small groups to create simple circuits and investigate what happens when they add and take components away. We even made a whole class circuit!
Please see the pictures below!
Year 4 have already been super busy this month and are now fully underway in their ICE zone topic of Home and Away. Recently, they researched some European composers and then created their own composition using notations.
Year 4 were lucky enough to have some artists come and visit this month. The children were asked to create a leaf-cutter ant colony using a range of media. Their art is currently being displayed at the local library. Have a look at the photos below.
In their RE lessons, Year 4 have been learning all about Judaism. They have already learned all about the founder Abraham and the Ten Commandments. This week, they were investigating synagogues. They discovered what they are used for and who works in one. They even got the chance to create their own one. See the photos below.
Year 4 have been working with our resident artist Mr Cornell. They learned all about drawing geometric shapes using hexagons and then moved onto using the computer program 'Sketch Up'. On this program, they used their knowledge of 3D shapes, axis and computers to create incredible images. Have a look at the photos below.
Year 4 had a wonderful day at the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge. The staff there were so impressed with their amazing Egyptian knowledge and the members of the public were incredibly complimentary on their behaviour. Well done Year 4!
For World Book Day, the children dressed up as their favourite book characters. We had a great day reading our books and making our own bookmarks.
This week, Year 4 had their residential to Grafham Water. Over the three days, the children took part in numerous adventurous activities such as sailing and climbing. They worked incredibly hard as a team and tried their best every day. Well done Year 4.
This week, Year 4 have been working super hard on their sketching skills. They have been learning how to draw an eye and create a reflection within it. I am super proud of them, their drawings are wonderful.
Yesterday in science, Year 4 had the chance to make their own telephones. They had to investigate how they worked and understand how the sound traveled to their ears. Have a look at the photos below.
Today, Year 4 had some furry visitors! In English, we are learning all about the book 'Pugs of the Frozen North' so we thought it would be a good idea to arrange some lovely pugs to come and see the class. The children (and teachers!) had great fun and now the children will be writing their very own pug fact-files!
Today, Year 4 finished their science 'egg-speriment' and were amazed by the results. We found out that the coke, fanta and vinegar destroyed the eggs shells. We concluded that these liquids would affect our teeth in a similar way if we didn't look after them! Their reactions were great!
Year 4 have been busy scientists this week. We have been learning about our teeth and how to keep them healthy. We are performing a whole class experiment on how sugar can affect our teeth. Instead of using our teeth, we are using eggs! We have placed the eggs in five different liquids and we will see which liquid has the worst affect on the egg. Watch this space for the 'reaction' photos on Monday!
Today, Year 4 worked in small groups to create their own digestive system. They used a range of household objects to mimic the actions of food being digested. The children had great fun
Year 4 have recently been learning all about the animal world. We worked as a class to create our own classification key using some of the children in the class. The children then worked on creating their very own keys all about vertebrates and invertebrates.
Year 4 have had a super busy first half term. The class have been enjoying their class text 'The Iron Man', and have produced some wonderful work based on this. The class have also been super busy in their maths lessons and have now secured their understanding of addition and subtraction. Next term, they will be moving onto multiplication and division!
Recently, Year 4 took part in their autumn DLPT sports event. The class showed wonderful sportsmanship and had a great day.
Welcome back to another school year! Over the first few weeks, we have all been super busy getting to know our new teacher and finding all about what fun activities are planned for Year 4. Please ensure you have a look at our Curriculum Newsletter for an overview of the upcoming term (find this in the link below).
Year 4 had a super busy creative week. They got to know their new teacher, had fun sharing their summer stories and were very creative with their art. We created our very own 'Birch Tree' art in the style of Monet.
This half term, Year 4 have been very busy (as always). Have a read below.
This term, our topic is based on the continent of South America! The children are lucky enough to have their own walk in rainforest!
The children will be studying several topics over the next term, beginning with ‘Stories from different cultures’. The children will be exploring stories from different countries and cultures and will be creating their own descriptive work from these.
Year 4 will also be writing their very own journals based on the book, ‘The Great Kapok Tree’. They will get into the role of the character who faces difficult decisions.
In Year 4, we will again start the term by looking into fractions. We have investigated equivalent fractions and will soon be moving on to finding fractions of given numbers. The children will also be revising their written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will use tens frames to help with their counting.