Class 3 2016-2017

Week ending 27th July 2017

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've had a very active week this week in Class 3! We started the week by finishing our mosaics, enjoying some mindful music whilst we relaxed and focused whilst piecing them together. Our first sport of the week was orienteering, in which we were zipping round hunting for posts using our map reading skills. We then went on to practice our swordplay with some fencing, focussing on small precise jabs rather than heavy swings. After that, we enjoyed a cricket session in which we had some excellent batting and fielding. On Wednesday was our Sports Day, all children in Class 3 put in a lot of effort and determination in each of their events and it was lovely to see everyone being cheered on by both our friends and family. We also participated in some archery, in which some of us rather fancied ourselves as Robin Hoods, hitting targets in tricky places and scoring bullseyes! On Friday we spent our morning doing some circuit training, many of us persevering with activities we struggled at and all of us getting rather sweaty! We have had a fantastic time during Sports Week and have all tried incredibly hard. 

Week ending 14th July 2017

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

In class 3 this week In Computing we have explored how to use the broadcast block in Scratch to trigger another event, first looking at the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and how we could set a basic sequence for them. We also began to look at creating a looping quiz using this feature, where if a user got an answer incorrect, they would be taken to the start of a different section of the quiz. In Art we have been creating mosaics, first looking at what a mosaic is then beginning to look at the properties of the composite shapes we could use before starting our very own mosaic. In Geography we looked at the impact of the explosion at Chernobyl, using maps to plot the nuclear fallout and consider what caused certain countries to be more effected than others. On Wednesday we had our transition day, in which Year 4 moved up to Class 4 to spend the day with Mr Brown, and Year 2 joined Year 3 for a day with Miss Shaw.

Week ending 7th July 2017

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week in Class 3 we have been continuing our designing and constructing of Roman siege weaponry! We have evaluated the effectiveness of our original Lego designs and thought about what made some more effective than others, then used these ideas to influence our plans. In English this week we have been analysing an explanation video on the construction and mechanics of a trebuchet, which despite not being a Roman weapon gave us a lot of ideas for how to build throwing arms. In Science this week we have been looking at the physics behind pivots, performing an experiment in which we had to discover the relationship between the length of a pivot's short arm and the distance it would launch its payload. This was then followed by a challenge in which we tried to find the best length of short arm to launch a payload to a cup 40cm away - we thought 30-40mm is best!    In Maths this week we have continued our work with time in Year 3, looking at solving problems based on varying units of time up to months and years. Meanwhile, Year 4 were exploring the relationship between perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes of their own design.     We finished our Roman siege engine work by taking the catapults to the hall and have a firing contest, seeing which designs launched the payload the furthest before bouncing. Some of our successful catapults relied on a downwards force (like a counterweight) to launch the throwing arm, others used the tension of an elastic band to push the throwing arm, whereas one group created a ballista-inspired siege engine which used taught elastic weighted with a blu-tac hammer.    Class 3 have had a lot of fun and creativity this week building their siege weapons and have used a wide range of thinking skills in the creation, evaluation and revision of their work. 

Week ending 30th June 2017

This week in Class 3 we have been doing a lot of hands-on activities!

In our Science lessons, we waved our beans goodbye and made one final set of observations, noting which had been the most successful variables to plant our beans in or feed them with. Sadly, most of our bean plants had gone mouldy due to what was used to feed them, but still many of them managed to grow quite tall!

In DT we have been looking at Roman siege weaponry, considering forces and what obstacles invading Romans might have to come. We designed our own siege weaponry replicas then had a go at constructing them in lego, holding a contest later on in the week to see which siege weapon would be able to fire a projectile the furthest. Well done to Sophie, Erin and Meredith for firing the projectile so far it bounced off the wall at over 6 metres! 

In Maths we have revised our knowledge of time, revisiting how to tell the time in both analogue and digital format and solving problems based around minutes, hours, days and months.

In English we have been assessing and improving the grammar used in other's and our own explanation texts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 23rd June 2017

This week in Class 3 we have been continuing our investigation into the development of our runner beans. Some of them have gotten rather smelly, particularly those that are being fed things like ketchup or mustard rather than water but they are still able to grow on this diet! We have been drawing diagrams and making initial observations after four days of feeding compared to our control bean and have drawn some interesting conclusions as to why some have grown more than others.

In Geography we have been continuing our work on Europe and have been looking at an important event in recent years, the Chernobyl disaster. We considered the sources of our electricity and whether the risks outweigh the benefits of nuclear power and we debated which of the effects of the meltdown would have had the biggest impact on the local populace.

In Maths we have been exploring weight and capacity, looking at reading a range of scales and how to measure accurately, a skill we needed when looking after our beans!

In English we have been looking at adding brackets to our explanation texts to help us explain the technical vocabulary we use in more understandable language to help our readers better interpret our work.

Last Friday we prepared our Fathers' Day cards, giving them all a personal touch. Hopefully we looked after Dads and other people last Sunday on that special day!

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 16th June 2017

This week in Class 3 we have been spending a lot of time doing tests to see how well we've done over the year, though we've still had opportunities for fun in the afternoon!

In Geography this week we have been working on our presentation on a European country, exploring what borders it shares, what foods are common, what hills, rivers and major cities are present, and how typical the education and employment are of the population.

In Computing we have returned to e-safety, revisiting the risks of common applications and how best to safeguard ourselves against them.

In French we have been looking at pets, particularly with a focus on the quantity of each animal and how that changes the structure of the noun and determiner. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Week ending 9th June 2017

It has been a busy first week back in Class 3! In English, we have been starting to look at explanation texts, looking at how they differ from instruction texts and carefully explain a process using technical language and the third person. We have begun to pick apart our morning routine ready to draft an explanation of what a child should do to prepare themselves for a day at Worlaby Academy.

In Maths we have been looking at length and measure, freely converting between units and drawing accurate diagrams. Some of us used scale maps of the London Underground to calculate and approximate distances between stations by using measure and conversion.

In Science we have begun our new topic on plants. We are investigating what a plant requires to grow, but already being quite knowledgable in this, we are using this as a chance to demonstrate some of our 'Working Scientifically' skills by coming up with our own ways we can change the variables of this classic experiment. we came up with wild ideas, from replacing our water with calcium-rich milk to planting our bean in sand.

In Geography we are continuing our work looking at Europe, we have revisited a blank map of Europe from the start of the last half term and have found we are much better at identifying European countries thanks to our work on the Roman Empire! We are now beginning to look at the people and their culture and history who live inside these countries and presenting this to others.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 26th May 2017

This week in Class 3 we spent a lot of time preparing for both our Arts and Roman assembly! 

In our history lessons we have been learning about the rebellion of Boudicca and have been role playing as different Roman and Celt characters, thinking about how they would feel leading up to and after the battle of Watling Street. 

In our Geography lessons we have been looking at sketch mapping and have used our own knowledge and google maps to draw planned maps of the local area, complete with keys. 

In Maths we have been using the internet to research a specific European country to support our next piece of Geography work, looking at the rainfall and minimum and maximum temperatures in that country and how that data is represented, then having a go at creating our own graphs and tables to represent this data.

In Science we have been looking at classifying given rocks based on the observable properties of permeability, durability, hardness and density. We decided on our own methods and were able to identify and group a range of sedimentary and igneous rock samples accordingly.

Most excitingly, we performed our Roman assembly to the rest of the school and parents who were able to make it, we gave readings of different extracts from our recounts from last week, gave descriptions of the Roman Gods we have been learning about and showed off some of our Roman infantry formations: wedge, porcupine, square and testudo. Thank you to all those who came to see us on both Wednesday and Thursday.           

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

Week ending 19th May 2017

This week in Class 3 we have been preparing ourselves, as a unit of centurions, for battle! We have been designing and constructing scuta and have begun to practice some infantry formations, though they require a lot of coordination.

In Science we have been looking at the formation of fossils and describing how it happens over time, as well as researching the work of Mary Anning and her contributions to palaeontology. 

In English we have been busy planning, drafting and improving a recount about a lucky escape from Pompeii during the eruption of Mt Vesuvius - few would have been so fortunate!

In Maths we have been exploring the relationship between fractions and how to show using different models how they can be added and subtracted.

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 8th May 2017

This week in class 3 we have been recreating Roman artefacts in our art sessions. We have looked at a range of relics and thought about their purpose, then recreated them in watercolour and pencil.

In our science lessons we have begun to explore the formation of rock, comparing the effects of different pressure and heat required for certain rocks to form.

In English we have been looking at improving our descriptions using simile, metaphor and personification by describing volcanic scenes. 

In Maths we have been revisiting fractions, exploring how to find fractions of an amount and how to manipulate and represent tenths and hundredths. 

 

Week beginning 27th March 2017

This week in Class 3 we have been looking at the beauty of Spring in our art lessons, using watercolour to capture the shape and tones of the different flowers which will soon start to bloom. 

In English we have begun looking at the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, considering the emotions and reactions of the citizens of Pompeii so that we will be able to create a play script from this drama.

In Maths we have been interpreting data found in bar graphs and then presenting our own information following a study done on the preferences of others in Class 3.

 

  

Weird Science! (26/9/16)

 

This term our Science topic is teeth and digestion, so we've had an appetite for investigation and have been creating our own digestive systems.

We snipped, ripped, ground and mushed up food using the same actions that our teeth would do until it was broken down enough to swallow.

 Then we churned the food in a stomach to simulate the acid breaking it down.

 Finally we helped the food travel through the smaller and lower intestines by squishing and pushing the food down some tights and saw how nutrients were able to pass through the intestinal walls.

Finally we were left with the remains of the food, leaving us feeling quite flushed, for we'd digested rather a lot of information.



Welcome to Class 3 (years 3 & 4)

Our teacher is Mr Fowler, Mrs Grey teaches us PE on a Tuesday afternoon. 

PE

We have PE every Tuesday afternoon so please make sure you have your PE kit at school.  We might need our PE kits on other days too, so it is a good idea to bring it on a Monday then take it home on Friday to be washed.

Homework

We get homework on a Friday and it needs to be handed in by Tuesday morning.  Anyone who hasn’t handed their homework in by then needs to go to homework club, on Tuesday lunchtime, to do it. 

Spellings

We have spellings tests every Thuursday morning.  We are given new words to learn (that are linked to our spelling lessons) every Friday for a test the following Thursday.  There is a list of words that we are expected to be able to spell by the end of year 4 – please have a look at the document at the bottom of the page.  Our weekly list is available on the Summer Term page.

Times tables By the end of year 4 we should know all of the tables up to 12x12.  We learn them in this order – 2s, 10s, 5s, 3s, 4s, 8s, 6s, 7s, 11s, 12s.  We have a test of these on a Friday; this is either one times table in a mixed up order, the division facts for one times table (i.e. how many 6s in 48?) or a random test of the tables we have learnt so far. 

Water bottles

We all have water bottles that we can have a drink from in class and that we can refill at school, but please remember to take them home every night to get them washed.  

Reading

We all love reading lots of different types of books.  At school we all take part in a guided reading session at least once a week where we discuss what might happen in the book, why the author has chosen specific words and what clues we can get from the text to help us form opinions about the characters, settings and story. We all hand our home reading records in on a Friday morning and if we have read 3 times that week at home and our reading record has been signed by an adult then we get a merit - we love getting merits!  

Please encourage reading at home - it doesn't have to be a school reading book that your child has read for you to write in their reading record, they could have read a comic, the newspaper, a non-fiction (information) book or an e-book.  Whatever your child has read, please take the time to talk to them about what they have read and what has happened in the book or what they have learnt from it, what they enjoyed and what they think might happen next. 

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