YEAR 3/4 GALLERY
Welcome to the Year 3/4 School.
This half term we are focusing on the topic question -
Can you justify the importance of looking after water?
As part of our water topic we have looked at the different states that things can be and through carrying out an investigation with water, chocolate and jelly, we found out that it is temperature which causes a change in state. We then looked at the changes of state in the Water cycle and the main changes of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. In English, we have been writing a story to show the dangers of plastic in the ocean and how this affects the marine animals and in Geography we researched facts about plastic and the damage that they can have. Did you know that 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away in the UK every year?!
It has been a very busy start to the half term and we have had fun starting our new topic and Book Week. As part of our topic we have looked how oil spillages can led to the death of the wildlife and started to look at other environmental issues such as the use of plastic. During book week, we created some ‘Wild Thing’ characters using images of animal body parts off the internet and then using our Art Day skills from last week, we sketched them and used watercolours and pencils to add detail. In English, we looked at what Max was like and his emotions and we compared a film version to the book. For once the film had more detail than the book!
In the first half of the Spring Term, we focused on the question -
How are products designed and marketed?
Over the last two weeks we have used our market research to design a chocolate bar or treat, make one and of course test it! We then wanted to see who the parents and the rest of the school thought had designed the best so we created adverts using Itrailer and also wrote some which would appear in newspapers. We then put all of our learning together in our teams on PowerPoint. After our presentations were ready, we organised what our teams were going to say and showed them in a sharing assembly. After the presentations, the school and parents got to vote. Everyone deserved to win as they had designed some mouth-watering treats and worked incredibly hard on their presentations but after the votes were counted PAMJEL came out victorious. Below is their winning PowerPoint and the PowerPoint created Cookietastic..
Year 3 and 4 are still seeking revenge after Reception and Year One invaded our classroom! They tied Mrs Mayo up, put all of our names down the Zone board, took our chairs and wasted some of our whiteboard pens. Even worse, was that we had to tidy up after they had gone! They did it so we could understand what an invasion was like and could put ourselves in to the shoes of the Mayans when the Aztecs invaded them. Also during the last couple of weeks, we have started to design our chocolate bars or cookies. As part of this, we have completed market research around the school and have used this to inform our designing decisions. Next week, we are planning to make our treats so we have planned carefully what we need and what we are going to do.
As part of our topic, we went on a visit to Cadbury world! Not only did we get to look around but we had a presentation on how they market their products. They also told us how they designed their wrappers and why they made the choices that they did. regarding packaging and flavours.
It has only been two weeks but we have been extremely busy! In the first few days, we reflected on our learning skills and which were our strongest. We then created our own target to show which one we wanted to get better at. As part of this, we have created a question wall in the classroom. Here the children can pose a question and then the other children in the classroom can see if they can answer it. In addition we have started our new topic and we have taken a chocolate quiz, compared what life was like in 900AD in our country and where the Mayans came from and written some "treat" shape poems using a range of figurative language. Also, Well done to all of the fantastic reading over the holidays; it has been a pleasure seeing this evidenced in a lot of the reading records.
In the second half of the Autumn term we focused on the topic question -
How and why were the pyramids built?
The children have worked extremely hard this half term and should be really proud of themselves. In the last couple of weeks, we have finished our topic by writing an explanation text on how and why the pyramids were built. The children certainty showed off their historical knowledge and lots used their writing target too. We also finished our magnet work and the children designed and made magnetic games. As a reward for all of their hard work, they baked some Christmas biscuits.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been focusing on magnets. We have looked at the force and how different poles of the magnet attract and repel each other. Also, we have seen which materials are magnetic. Did you know that 1p's and 2p's were not magnetic until the 1990's when steel was put in them and 10p's weren't magnetic until 2011? Using all of our magnetic knowledge, we then created questions that we would like to answer about magnets and then we planned and carried out a fair test. In the next couple of weeks, we plan to use all our magnet knowledge and Egyptian knowledge to design a magnetic game.
Some excellent reading has been happening at home too and I have loved reading the comments in the Reading Records and seeing some full Bingo boards already.
What fun we have had the last couple of weeks mummifying each other with toilet roll. As part of this we looked
closely at the mummification process and wrote instructions for it
At the end of the term we did a sharing assembly to the rest of the school and our parents. We shared all the work that we had created on our topic question......'How was the Stone Age different from the Iron Age?'.
As part of the Beeline festival, we went to the University of Worcester and attended a workshop by Steve Cole. We also went to the Hive and created some dreams based on the BFG.
In the first half term we were focusing on the topic question -
How was the Stone Age different from the Iron Age?
In History and English we have been looking at the Stone Age boy.
Using Comic Life we created our own comic based on our knowledge of the Stone Age.
We have been busy the last few weeks with lots of team building games and treasure hunts in our Topic. In English we have been focusing on show not tell emotions. so that our work is even more interesting. Can you guess what emotions we are trying to show?
Year 4 went Bell Boating with Year 4 from Flyford to improve our paddling skills and team work. We can't wait until we go to the gala.
We looked at how things can be organised. We then looked at creating some branching databases. As part of this we discovered how important asking the right kind of question is!
As well we went to the Think Tank in Birmingham. Here we took part in an under your skin workshop and got to look around areas of the museum that were relevant to our topic. There is so much to explore there and we would definitely recommend going.
As part of our Science week, some parents and grandparents came in and took part in some investigations with us!
After labeling the digestion system, we made it! We saw what happens to our food in our stomach and intestines before it comes out as poo!
At the beginning of digestion, we drew what we thought happened to food from the mouth to the toilet. We then researched the answers, labelled some diagrams and after had a game to see who could order the parts of digestion the quickest.
As part of our topic we had a map to find information about inside the body. We then used this information to answer some questions.
Year 2 and 3 are beginning to think about the residential trip next year to Malvern. Here is the last time that we went so you can see how amazing it was!
In the second half of the Spring term we looked at the topic question -
'How does Upton Snodsbury compare to Marseille?"
We designed and painted some patterns and messages on pebbles to go in our spiritual garden in school.
We went to a dance festival with some of the local schools. We were nervous to begin with but then had lots of fun. We also got to learn some Morris dancing.
When comparing cities and villages, we looked at how close things would be to us in each. This included schools, shops and libraries. To do this, we found a route, used to string to measure it, measured the string and then used the scales on the map to find the actual distances.
After researching Marseille and learning about some persuasive techniques we created some leaflets to persuade people that they should go there on holiday. They are so effective that now Mrs Mayo wants to go on holiday there!
Using atlases, we found out facts about Marseille and Upton Snodsbury and compared them.
For homework, we completed traffic surveys on roads by where we live. We then partnered up and compared our results.
During Reading week, we completed a wide range of activities including: creating Reading Rivers, having a visit from Shoo Rayner, reading to different children in school and dressing up. What a busy week!
In Spring One we looked at the question: What are the similarities and differences
between light and electricity?'
At the end of the half term, we wrote an assembly that we then shared with the school
and our families. This is the PowerPoint we made to go with it.
Using our knowledge of opaque, translucent and transparent materials, we created some shadow puppets.
After reading all about Theseus and the Minotaur, we created our own monsters!
We identified materials that were reflected and then used them to make a coat which would not be suitable for
Theseus from the myth Theseus and the Minotaur.
Our next challenge was to work out how a switch worked and then make one!
Mrs Mayo gave us some things to try and make a light bulb light up and we had to work out how to do it.
At the start of our topic, we looked at which we thought was the most important-light or electricity. After sorting some items that uses them, we decided that light was the most important because without it, there would not be any life!
"What happens when volcanoes erupt?" was our topic question for the second half of the Autumn Term
We composed some music to accompany the dance we have created in PE
We made volcanoes in clay and then got them to 'erupt'!
We have been doing practical maths to develop our skills.
On Wednesday we dressed up as Victorians and experienced a Victorian day at school.
It was all very different to our normal school day!
This term we are focusing on the topic question -
"What was life like for Victorian children?"
Year 3/4 football team took part in an inter school tournament at Inkberrow, this week. We were all proud of the way they played.
We all really enjoyed our trip to the Black Country Museum where we experienced what it was like to live in Victorian Britain.
This week we enjoyed an art's morning where we observed our faces and sketched self portraits.
Year 3/4 visited Worcester Cathedral. They enjoyed a guided tour and a workshop on 'Why People Pray' linked to their RE question next term.
As part of RE we looked at deciding if someone was morally right or wrong. After discussing different situations in groups, we
decided that it depends on who is involved and the context.
At the beginning of the topic, we took part in a treasure hunt where we found out about lots of Viking facts.
Last half term, we created a dance based on water and this term we got to share it with other local schools at a dance festival.
Please come in and see the video of our amazing dance (The file is too big to upload!)
In the second part of the Spring term
we worked on"Can you justify the importance of looking after water?"
During Science week, we focused on the changes that occur in water. As part of this we had a visitor in from Severn Trent to talk about the water cycle, looked at chromatography with a parent, investigated what happened when cornflour and water was mixed, measured puddles throughout the day on the playground and went to the Hive. There was also lots more...it was a busy week!
As part of looking at changes, we looked at improving our composting and what we needed to do. This was good as part of Science week as it
is all about changes!
In Geography we looked at the journey of a river. To show our knowledge of this journey some of us wrote a
story as if we were a water drop and some of us labelled a diagram and wrote some definitions.
As part of Book Week we focused on Non-fiction books. For World Book Day, we came dressed up as someone or
something from a non-fiction book.
In the first half of the Spring term we explored the question-
'Would you have built roads like the Romans did?'
Once our vehicles were completed we road tested them.. Below are some of our wonderful creations.
To share all our learning on our topic question, we invited the parents in to find out what we had learnt.
Using a range of resources, we build the chassis and axles part of our cars..
As part of DT we designed vehicles to travel on our roads.
We researched Roman roads using books and the internet and then created non-fiction leaflets on Publisher and a
set of instructions on how to build a road.
As part of our spelling work, we invited parents in to take part in a workshop and see all the different
strategies we use to help us learn our spelling patterns.
To begin our Roman topic, we went the the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. It was an amazing school trip. WE got to look at
a wide range of artefacts and got to dress up as Romans!
As part of our RE, we went to a synagogue in Birmingham.
After exploring magnets and forces, we created questions that we wanted to answer. Then we planned a fair test
and carried out the investigations.
In the second part of the Autumn term we explored the topic question-'How are new products
designed and marketed?'
We worked in teams across the school to create some Christmas crafts.
So that we could crown the 'Chocolate Champions' we presented our work to the rest of the school. The school then had to vote for their favorite. For this we made sure that we used all of our persuasive language that we had learnt about in English.
We invited the parents in to take part in a Maths workshop. Here we looked at games we could play to improve our basic skills.
We created newspaper and TV adverts to market our chocolate bar. We created the TV adverts using the Ipads
As well as designing chocolate bar, we designed the packaging.
Once we had designed our bars, we worked in teams to create our yummy treat!
So that we design a chocolate bar that other people would like to buy, we carried out market research across the rest
of the school. We will use this when designing our bars.
As part of biscuit week we looked at how important it was weighing the different ingredients correctly.
We will remember this when we make our own chocolate bars later on in the topic.
To begin our new topic we visited Tesco in St Peters to find out more about packaging and marketing. We got to
look behind the scenes and take part in some food tasting.
We investigated the question 'Do all soils absorb the same amount of water?'
In Science we investigated if all stones are the same strength.
We shared our learning this half term with the rest of the school and parents.
In the first half of the Autumn Term we worked on the question
'How was the Stone Age different from the Iron Age?'
We created some Stone Age and models so that we could compare what homes were like during the different eras.
After studying cave painting, we created our own in the same style but showing a modern scene. To make the paper look a cave, we used tea to stain it.
Using comic life, we planned out a Stone Age conversation, took pictures to match and then created a comic.
To do some research, we have used the computers.
After examining the artefacts we sketched them and created some posters.
We became archaeologists and went on a dig to see what artefacts we could discover.