A very big welcome to your new school year, especially to those joining the phase in Year Three. To Parents and Carers - it is a transition and we understand any worries, concerns or fears you or your child may have. Please talk to any of the staff in Year Three and Four if you have any questions or needs as we are here to help and hopefully reassure. To children - I hope you will have a fun, happy and challenging year where you will learn a lot, make new friends and memories along with knowledge and progress. Please visit the curriculum area of the website to view our medium term plans but we can't wait to get started on learning about the Stone Age, building caves and doing electricity experiments! Our class text this half term is, 'Wolf Brother' by Michelle Paver and although we are reading lots of books we're all looking forward to this one.
PE will take place on a Monday.
Mrs Hibberd will be teaching on a Tuesday afternoon (French, and some history/geography, often with linked art and DT work).
Homework includes nightly reading, your child has been given a reading record and book today and this will be changed daily, or as completed, and additional homework will be given out on a Friday. This will include ten weekly spellings which will be tested the following week in your child's home/spelling journal, a set of times tables which also will be tested, two pages of your child's grammar book linked to the work we will be doing in class and a piece of English and Maths linked to the work your child has been doing in class that week. Topic homework will take the form of a project (with several options to choose from to complete) half termly.
I do believe that the best thing your child could be doing at home is reading every night and understand that family time is precious and sometimes homework cannot be completed. Please do not hesitate to speak to me if there are any problems or your child is ever worried as we are here to support and the one thing I would ask every child in my class to do is to read.
Good luck to everyone for your new term and please get in touch if you have any questions.
We learned how to collect and sort data into a carroll diagram and interpret it. We had fun collecting our own data as well and deciding how best to present it and what it showed. We solved problems linked to data.
Year Four have been learning about water safety this week at the swimming baths, they will need a swimming kit for next Monday.
Year Four enjoyed solving a murder! Walbottle staff worked with us to investigate a crime. We were detectives and had lots of fun.
We had lots of fun learning archery skills. Lots of us scored highly! Year 4's are looking forward to taking part in rugby sessions every Friday afternoon.
What a wonderful trip! Thank you to Mr Lamb and Mrs Fullard for accompanying us and well done to everyone for a fabulous day, we were very proud of you. As part of our geography topic about the history of the Quayside and the River Tyne, Year Three and Four sailed down the Tyne and learned many interesting facts about the river and Newcastle and Gateshead.
We planned and carried out fair investigations in science. We learned about the work of famous artists and made Norman Cornish houses too this week.
Exploring and identifying plants. We measured growth and sketched plant details.
Lots of fun in music!
A wonderful and very busy first week back! Year Four have started their swimming lessons - please ensure that they have an appropriate costume and are not wearing earings on a Monday. We have all begun to learn how to play the ukulele and will continue this for the rest of the term, and lots of us stayed at Broomley Grange for two nights and took part in many fun and challenging activities. Thank you to everyone for your help in ensuring that everyone was collected with the correct luggage safely on Friday.
We have hundreds of photographs and I have added a small selection below but your child will be given a copy of all of the photos to keep. Children took part in activities in the woods, completed the zip wire, climbing wall, assault course, high ropes, Jacob's ladder, crate stacking, campfire and lighting a fire then toasted marshmallows and lots more. Eventually, we got some sleep!
I hope you are all fully recovered and rested after the bank holiday and look forward to our river cruise down the River Tyne on May 18th! We also have an author, Mark Carton, visiting Year Three next Monday and your child can purchase a copy of his book if they wish. Finally, we are running a school Book Fair next week after school, and for anyone who cannot make it, on Tuesday pm your child will have an opportunity to purchase a book if they wish.
Another busy and fun half term in Year 3/4. If you have any questions please feel free to come in and speak to me or any of the LKS2 team.
Have a wonderful Easter everybody! Well done for all of your hard work and effort in our phase play - you were amazing! Have a very happy Easter.
We have enjoyed Shakespeare week this week, especially creating Shakespearean insults! We learned what an idiom is and performed scenes from Macbeth and wrote our own spells. Look out for a class cauldron coming soon!
Lots of Shakespearean maths this week! We solved problems using shillings and pence (d) and went shopping in Tudor times. We calculated ages and used timelines and found out about the plague in the year that William Shakespeare was born. We sorted data into tally and bar charts and learned how to calculate the mean, mode and median.
We solved tricky fraction problems involving types of doughnuts. Then we got to eat them!
We had lots of fun this week taking part in science activities and finding out about changes, sound and lots more.
Well done to everyone whose work has been published in a poetry book! Look out for a copy in the school library.
More fraction fun! We solved problems, found fractions of numbers and amounts, several fractions and learned about decimals. We are beginning to order decimals and round them to the nearest whole number. We found equivalent fractions and could count in tenths and hundredths.
We solved lots of fraction problems this week and tackled some tricky questions! We made our own books about fractions and to tell fraction stories on World Book Day and are enjoying reading about the life of Ada Lovelace.
Lots of World Book Day fun, games, drama, drawing, reading and finding out how authors and illustrators create their books this week. We explored new authors and thank you for your support in producing some amazing costumes. We entered competitions for designing a book token and bookmarks and don't forget to redeem your free World Book Day book!
Delicious honey cakes!
Thank you for your support in making some wonderful pyramids and honey cakes at home. We've had some amazing jewellery, presentations, facts, questions, death masks, cakes, pyramids, word searches and lots more!
We made Egyptian Shaduf's.
We investigated changing the pitch of instruments and ways of making and changing sounds. We planned and carried out fair tests and have started to learn British sign language. We know how our ear works and have been learning about sound in science.
Father Alun visited our class this week and told us lots of information about the Bible. We looked at different Bibles and tried reading some Greek. We asked lots of questions and learned a lot. Thank you Father Alun for a lovely visit.
More delicious Ancient Egyptian Honey Cakes - well done!
We celebrated Chinese New Year by singing in Chinese and reading music to accompany ourselves on the glockenspiel, reading stories, learning about the Year of the Rooster and all of the other animals, watching the story of Chinese New Year and being crafty. Happy New Year.
Tasting Honey Cakes.
Another busy week. Well done everyone for writing some fabulous stories for the 500 words competition. We joined in with the BBC interactive lesson and will work on redrafting these in school, children can then submit their finished stories for judging. We had a visit from the RSPB and learnt a lot about native birds. We took part in a survey and went outside to see which types we could hear and spot. Keep the Egyptian projects coming! Well done to everyone so far who has researched, made jewellery, wrote, created IT presentations and baked honey cakes. There are plenty of weeks left but well done!
Happy New Year and welcome back to everyone. I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new term. Topics this term include the Egyptians, Sound, Learning how to read stave notation, Finding out about the Bible, hockey, dance and games and lots of art and DT linked to the Ancient Egyptians. We will be writing and performing a whole phase play about the Egyptians before Easter so watch out for more information about that! Our homework project is for children to select four activities out of a given 24 to complete before half term and our grammar books and spellings will be going home every Friday. I'm looking forward to another productive and busy half term and wish you all well for 2017.
End of Autumn term
Happy Christmas to you all and thank you so much for all of your kind gifts and cards. Wishing you all a restful and very happy Christmas and I look forward to welcoming you back in January with another fun, busy term which will include learning about the Egyptians and writing and creating a performance!
Christmas themed music this week. We sang in rounds and are getting very good at reading stave notation.
Our final Forest School. Thank you to Mr Roberts for everything we have learned and the fun we've had. We took part in a litter pick, played games, cooked popcorn using the 'Poppinator 200' and have thoroughly loved our Forest School experience.
Some fantastic poetry today. We wrote using our senses in the forest and used similes, alliteration and thought about synonyms. We learned a new word, 'petrichor.' Afterwards we went on a Christmas trail and cooked bananas and chocolate in the fire pit. Christopher and Lilly lit the fire for us and we found lots of interesting objects.