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Welcome to Year 3/4


This year we have been learning lots of new and exciting activities! We have been building upon previous skills and advancing them across the curriculum in all subjects to help us progress further! We love to be challenged in Class 3 and show off our skills to visitors! Take a look at what we've been doing...




This term we have been busy preparing for the pop-up art gallery. We researched into different artists to find one that we liked and wanted to recreate. We decided to make our own Mexican Eye's using garden cane and wool. Our canes were glued together in the shape of a cross to make is easier for us to get started. We then started to weave the wool around the canes to build a pattern. We then changed colours to make our own unique pattern. 


Once we made our Mexican Eye's, we wrote instructions to explain how we made them. We discussed every step in making the Mexican Eye's. 






This term in English we have been focusing on poems and rhyming patterns. We have unpicked different types of poems and raps which follow different rhyming structures, explored different language features and why they have been used and picking out different word classes.  From this we were able to write our own poems and raps based upon our Rainforest theme. We have also covered: 


  • reading their own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear
  • plan their writing by:
    • discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
    • discussing and recording ideas
  • draft and write by:
    • composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structure



This term we have been learning about shapes and their properties; through this we have learnt and understood:


  • how to measure the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes
  • draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials
  • recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them
  • recognise angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn
  • identify right angles, recognise that 2 right angles make a half-turn, 3 make three-quarters of a turn and 4 a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle
  • identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines




Once we made our shapes we discussed how we could group these shapes together based on their properties. 

  • compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes

We used Venn diagrams to help us sort shapes into types of angles and number of sides/vertices.



York's Chocolate Story Trip!


On the last day of term we visited York's Chocolate Story! We loved finding out about the origin of chocolate from the Aztecs and learning about how chocolate has changed into what how we know today.  We found out about chocolate in the UK and how York has produced some of our favorite chocolates. 


As our topic was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we were able to create our own lickable wallpaper! We had to wear some fashionable attire which included an apron, hairnet and rubber gloves. 

We then chose a flavouring (cola), in a democratic vote, for the chocolate for Alex to mix in with the batch of melted chocolate. We took it in turns to mix the flavouring to ensure it was mixed thoroughly. Alex then came round and squirted chocolate onto our plastic sheets which we then had to shake gently to spread the chocolate. We then were able to decorate the wallpaper how we liked! 


We then had to imagine we owned our own chocolate factory. In groups we designed our own rooms, some of us thought of marshmallow ceilings, strawberry lace swings, white chocolate swimming pools, just to name a few! 


We then went around York's Chocolate Story to learn about how York is a center for the chocolate industry. We were lucky enough to try lots of chocolate on our way around! You can see us making our delicious lollies!



As part of our Mastery of Maths curriculum, we have been practising our reasoning and arithmetic skills to help us improve. We worked in pairs to answer questions on the back of golden tickets. We were tested on everything we have covered this year so far; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and time. 




Pupils can now:

  • solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two-digit numbers by 1 digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n objects are connected to m objects
  • solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to 2 decimal places



In geography we have been learning all about volcanoes. We have researched different volcanoes around the world and plotting these onto world maps; we have learnt about the different types of volcano and how they are formed. We were lucky enough to make our own salt dough volcanoes then erupt them. 


We can now:

- describe and understand key aspects of volcanoes and earthquakes


As we were erupting them, we discussed how the pressure would build up and why volcanoes can have secondary vents. We are now busy reporting about these volcanic eruptions, finding eye witness statements, gathering evidence about how the volcano came to erupted and how we predicted it was going to happen. 



This term we have been looking at describing and understanding key aspects of economic activity including trade links through visiting the local Tesco. 


We explored how fair trade is important to farmers in other countries and how the farmers can benefit from fair trade. We plotted these countries on a map; using our maths skills to convert distances, used globes to understand how far away they were from the UK and looked at different pictures and street view to compare the differences and similarities with where we live. 


Children can;

  • understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, and a region in North or South America
  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied



This term we have been looking at Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We chose scenes from the book, which we wrote a play script for. The children then used stage directions to show the characters actions, voice and movement. We had to plan the scene, act out parts of the scene to help us decide which stage directions to have and draw what the scene would look like to help us with the scene descriptions.  


From this children can:

  • discuss writing based on other play scripts to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discuss and record ideas
  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • read their own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear



This term we have been focusing on fractions and decimals. We used a variety of ways to solve fraction and decimal problems such as cutting up cakes, bars, pie charts and squares.  


Children can now:

  • count up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10
  • recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
  • recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
  • recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole
  • compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundreds
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4 , 1/2 , 3/4