Welcome to Year 3/4!
The class teacher for this year is Mrs Smith.
The children will have PE on Friday mornings but they must have their PE kits in school all week. Please ensure your child has a water bottle, a sun hat, wellies and appropriate clothing for the unpredictable weather and outside learning!
ICE Zone (Home and Away)
The children have looked at two European artists: L.S Lowry and Wassily Kandinsky. The discussion they had looking at the artwork was amazing! They were able to say what they liked and disliked about the art, which artists they preferred and why and they compared the two artists by focusing on the colours and techniques used.
The children are well rested and eager to learn after their Easter break.
We have started reading a new text in English 'Leon and the place between':
The children have started to make inferences from the text and have written great character and setting descriptions. They are very excited to find out what happens next!
In Maths, we have continued learning about shape. The children have learnt about angles, symmetry and different lines (horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular). The children have been teachers and have described 2D and 3D shapes to their partners for their partner to draw and identify.
They have also enjoyed using the number link boards to practice their times tables! They were very engaged in the games and worked great in teams.
The children have started learning their new topic in the ICE Zone 'Home and Away'. They have had a trip to the St Neots museum (see pictures below) and have loved starting to learn all about St Neots and its history!
We have now moved onto a new text in English:
The children have been amazed by this story. So far they have compared the Egyptian Cinderella with the original fairy tale, they have inferred how a character is feeling and they have identified verbs in the pharaoh's journey. We will be moving onto debating the good and parts parts of the characters life as a class and then writing our own stories!
In Maths, the children have been learning about money. They have identified the different values, converted pounds and pence and added and subtracted money to find the totals. We are now moving onto time in which children will have to tell the time to the minute and learn about the days, months and year.
In science, the children have been learning about light, reflection and about how light travels. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the investigations!
World book day was amazing!
The children had an amazing time at the Fitzwilliam museum (see pictures below). They listened well, discovered some amazing facts and made their own pictures with papyrus paper.
The children are still thoroughly enjoying the story 'The Wild Robot'. We have read a very exciting chapter about a fire breaking out on the island. The children created amazing adverts and wrote very emotional diary entries from this chapter. They were extremely eager to find out what happened next!
Once we finished the story the children planned and wrote their own sequel 'The Wild Robot Escapes'. These stories were brilliant and the children are looking forward to reading the actual sequel soon!
In science, the children moved onto creating their own scientific experiments to test different questions about magnets. One group created a fishing rod to test whether magnets worked under water!
Sapphire have been learning all about fractions and how to add and subtract them. They have really got the hang of finding a fraction of a number. We are now moving onto the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and we will continue to develop our written methods.
Year 3 have started their new book in English:
The children have researched their own animals and written fantastic non-chronological reports. They have also written emails, descriptions and poems using the fantastic vocabulary they have learnt from the story.
Year 3 have hit the ground running in Maths as they've been recapping their place value knowledge before moving on to our new fraction topic.
Our new topic in science is forces and magnets. We have started the topic by investigating how cars move along different surfaces.
Moonstone and Sapphire class learning about pushing and pulling forces.
The children have been thoroughly enjoying the build up to Christmas!
The children have created their own Christmas poems which included acrostic poems, spine poems and when poems. The children focused on rhyme, similes and fantastic adjectives to make their poems as visual as possible.
In Maths the children have been enjoying investigations. They have worked together to try and figure out all possible answers and explain their reasoning. They have found these challenging but enjoyable. The mathematical language and discussion buzzing around the classroom is fantastic.
The children have worked extremely hard with learning their dance and songs for the Christmas performance and I know they are very excited to show how amazing they are!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We have started looking at our new text in English 'Bedtime for Monsters'.
During this text the children focused on word types: adverbs, verbs, nouns and adjectives and used these different word classes when they wrote their own monster story. The children also included speech in their stories whilst using inverted commas.
In maths we have moved onto multiplication and division, the children have been working hard to make links between the two operations and are begging to solve reasoning problems based around what they have learnt.
The children have really enjoyed learning about animals and humans in science. We have done experiments to test muscle endurance and learnt all about the human skeleton. We even created our own skeletons.
In maths we have be learning about addition and subtraction by using the column method. We have learnt how to exchange and made sure our columns were lined up correctly.
Year 3 have been working extremely hard in the ICE Zone. The children have learnt about the battle of Bosworth, the changes in the church and Henry VIII. They have also been designing and making fantastic dolls in the I.C.E Zone.
The children have developed their computer skills by learning about scratch. They have designed the backgrounds, changed the sprites and programmed the sprites to move and speak. They also showed fantastic teamwork and shared the laptops beautifully.
In science we investigated the permibility of soil and explained our findings. We found that the soil with larger rocks was more permable because the water had more air and space to run through. The children were fantastic scientists and made sure their tests were fair.
The children have come back to school excited and ready to learn! Please see the curriculum newsletter below which explains what the children will be learning this term in the classroom and in the ICE Zone.
The first day were completed some team building games in the hall and the children were amazing! They supported and encouraged each other and communicated really well. They also made some lovely art work.
We have started looking at our new text in English 'Jemmy Button'.
The children will be making inferences from the pictures, writing in role of the characters, letter writing and diary writing. They are loving the story so far and are eager to see if their predictions are correct!
They also role played an image from the book where they were focusing on the characters feelings and emotions. It was very interesting to see how each group interpreted the picture!
In Maths we are focusing on place value.
The children will be learning how to identify and represent numbers up to 1000. They will also compare and order numbers using a variety of resources.
We have started learning about rocks in science! The children were eager to compare the rocks by looking at their properties and sorting them into groups.
We had a very special 'History off the page' Tudor Day (see photos below) where we all dressed up and learnt about how the Tudors lived. The children made fantastic items and had a lovely banquet feast!