Year 3 & 4
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In Y3/4, we love to share all the different activities and learning that happen within, and often outside, our classroom walls! For this reason, we have created a sharing page, where teachers regularly upload photos of the children's learning, weekly homework sheets and information relevant to our current topic. Please visit this page https://padlet.com/carlathom/howtotrainyourdragon to see -a taster of Yr 3 & 4 life.
Please click on the link for this week's Maths, Spelling and Spelling Investigation homework and this week's Reading Comprehension: The Winter Olympics.
Yr 3 & 4 Group Shelter video. Frozen Lands Topic:
This term we experienced an 'Acclimatisation' Morning where we prepared ourselves for our 'Antarctic expedition'. We pitched a variety of pop up and normal tents, used Virtual Reality to truly experience seeing the vast Antarctic wastelands, used drama activities to image ourselves as explorers, talked and handled real explorers' equipment and researched our 'crew names' from Shackleton's 1914 expedition. This video shows you the great fun we had at using an emergency group shelter. It was surprisingly warm inside! To end our morning, we huddled into our sleeping bags in the chilly tents and tasted hot choc and kendal mint cake as Shackleton's crew may very well have done.
Y3/4 have an exciting year ahead: experiencing their learning through stories and dramatic historical events. For example, in the autumn term, we are reading the book, Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo about a boy living in the Indonesian jungle after running there for sanctuary on the back of an elephant after the Boxing Day Tsunami. In English lessons, the children delve into the story and the characters’ experiences and use this in their writing creations, be that written in pen or using IT programmes such as Puppet Pals on the IPADS or various programmes on the class computers. Excellent writing from the children is celebrated and shared with the children in class and also with a wider audience, through the Y3/4 PADLET page: https://padlet.com/carlathom/howtotrainyourdragon
The PADLET page also shares photos and other activities from our learning journey this year. Reading has a prominent role throughout the day with guided reading activities to allow children to read and discuss the class text with the support assistant, deeper their understanding of a shared group text with the teacher, enjoy individual reading and also provide an opportunity for the children to prepare a poem for performance and practice essential writing skills.
Maths lessons use a range of resources, such as practical activities and IT programmes, to teach key skills across both years. Each year group is taught separately, enabling greater differentiation and tailoring of the content to the needs of the children. The children enjoy completing their homework online as well using a range of different websites dependent on the topic taught that week.
Times Tables Games - a selection of Websites to support your Times Tables learning.
Year 3 and 4 both learn French every week following the Catherine Cheetah scheme of work, which is based on a fun approach to language learning, involving the key skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is taught in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere where the children are encourage to chorus together and try out the new language in order to build their confidence in speaking.
Computing has changed in the light of the new curriculum and Y3/4 are enjoying the new direction it has taken, exploring the new skills of coding on the IPADS and developing their understanding of online safety, internet research and a range of other topics throughout the year. The exciting new medium of Virtual Reality brings awe and wonder to the class, with the children visiting new places and exploring new ideas in a virtual location.
Science lessons are full of fun activities to help the children understand the new concepts being taught. The lessons also incorporate other subjects such as maths, art and computing elements to engage children in their learning.
In Geography we want to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world through fun activities linked to our creative curriculum. A knowledge of Britain's past and the wider world is achieved through our History lessons where already we have looked at The Gulf War.
Music is about listening to various different forms and having the opportunity to make music. We already are very fortunate to have the services of a qualified singing teacher in the early part of the term. We then move onto recorders and every avenue will be explored to find vehicles for our children to perform throughout the year.
As we are a Church of England Academy a Christian ethos runs through our teaching as to how we should live our lives and care and treat others. The children are also taught to respect other religions in the world in our RE curriculum.
Art enables pupils to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design. We will use different mediums including painting and clay modelling, again linked to the themes we are discovering in our text.
Every week the children take part in organised PE using an outside fully qualified coach. This is supported by some form of indoor PE in the hall including gymnastics and dance. Fairness and respect for others runs through our PE teaching.
We will go swimming at Brackley pool after Christmas and there are also opportunities to take part in inter school sports like football and cross country.
Please click here to see a Year 3 & 4 Rainforest PowerPoint presentation
Please click here to see a PowerPoint presentation about our fantastic Tudor Day Trip!