Welcome to Year 3/4
This year we have participated in 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 different artists to find one that we liked and wanted to work in the style of. 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 wove the wool around the canes to build a pattern. We also changed colours to make our own unique pattern.
Once we had made our Mexican Eyes, we wrote instructions for others to follow. We discussed every step of making a Mexican Eye.
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 picked 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:
This term we have been learning about shapes and their properties; through this we have learnt and understood:
Once we made our shapes we discussed how we could group these shapes together based on their properties.
We used Venn diagrams to help us sort shapes into types of angles and number of sides/vertices.
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 evolved into what how we know today. We found out about chocolate in the UK and how York has produced some of our favourite chocolates.
As our topic was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we were able to create our own lickable wallpaper! To complete this process it was necessary to wear some fashionable attire which included an apron, hairnet and rubber gloves!
Then in a democratic vote, we chose a flavouring for Alex to mix in with the batch of melted chocolate. We took it in turns to mix the flavouring to ensure it was thoroughly incorporated. Alex then came round and squirted chocolate onto our plastic sheets which we had to shake gently to spread it evenly. Finally were able to decorate the wallpaper to our own individual taste!
After this we were encouraged to imagine we owned our own chocolate factory. In groups we designed our own rooms within the imaginary factory.We thought of marshmallow ceilings, strawberry lace swings and white chocolate swimming pools, just to name a few!
We then went around York's Chocolate Story to learn about how York is a centre 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 become even more amazing mathematicians. 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:
In geography we have been learning all about volcanoes. We have researched different volcanoes around the world and plotted these onto world maps studying the different types of volcano and how they are formed. We were lucky enough to make our own salt dough volcanoes and 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 volcanoes came to erupt and comparing these with our predictions.
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 views to compare the differences and similarities with where we live.
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 use and draw what the scene would look like to help us with the scene descriptions.
From this children can:
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:
recognise and write decimal equivalents to , ,