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Year 5 Blog 2020-2021

Week Beginning: 14.09.2020

Week Two of our Year 5 autumn term is complete! Here’s what we’ve been up to!

In science, it was investigation time again. We were given two different types of chocolate buttons to look at. We considered how they were the same and different. Then, we made a prediction based on which button we think will melt the quickest and why. When the chocolate gets warm it turns from a solid into a liquid. This is the same as when an ice cube melts.

 

We also completed our first longer piece of writing for the academic year. We wrote a diary entry about Roman slavery, imagining that we were a slave that had been punished and forced to become a gladiator.

Dear diary,                                                        

Today started off as a normal day, I woke up at 4:00am to make my cruel, selfish master his breakfast. I made pancakes with banana and maple syrup. Oh, how I wished I could eat that!

He woke up at 6:30am because he had a meeting. I gave him his warm, delicious breakfast.

He glared at me and told me to clean his bedroom. Working is hard, and I am only 16.

I walked inside his royal, messy bedroom. I went to his cupboard to wipe off the dust. 

My hand accidently slipped and I knocked over one of his major expensive, ancient vase! I was scared of what he was going to do to me so I cleaned up the mess and prayed he was not going to find out. He came back at 11:00am.He then went up to his bedroom, I was so scared.

A few seconds later, I heard him scream of anger, he ran and picked me up with my shirt 

collar. ”You don't want to know what I am going to do to you” he said grinning excitedly.

 

Dear diary,

Today was the worst day ever! My Master whipped me in front of the people that were in the Colosseum because I was talking to another poor, hard-working slave (it actually really hurt).It just isn’t fair, it’s like I can’t talk or anything. Living the life of a slave isn’t that nice. You live in a dirty rat and spider infested shed and you only eat rotten, mouldy bread.

Finally, to round off our learning about the Romans, we created a double page spread in our Learning Journals to showcase our new knowledge. We really enjoyed making these as we could let loose our creative brains!

Week Beginning: 07.09.2020

Wow! What a jam-packed week of learning we’ve had during our first full week in Year 5!

In Science, we conducted our first experiment of the autumn term. We explored different materials and grouped them based on whether they were solids, liquids or gases. To do this, we observed what happened when currants were added to lemonade. We found out that the bubbles, which are made of gas, stick to the surface of the solid currants. They float up through the liquid lemonade to the surface. The gas bubbles burst and the solid currants sink to the bottom of the liquid again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also started our first topic of Year 5; Crime and Punishment. To begin our learning, we thought about our ‘I wonder’ topic question that we are aiming to answer by the end of the topic; Are punishments beneficial to mankind? What do you think? We thought of key vocabulary about our topic, what we want to know about crime and punishment and what we would like to learn by the end of the autumn term. Here is a photo of one of our completed mind maps:

This week, in our topic lessons we have been learning about the revolting Romans. We have explored the Roman Empire & emperors, gruesome Roman punishments, Roman slavery & in maths; the Roman numeral system. It doesn’t sound like much fun being a Roman slave! Mining was very dangerous and the slaves were often treated terribly and had no rights. We then completed a drama performance demonstrating our understanding of slavery in the Roman times:

Welcome to the Year 5 team 2020-2021.

We look forward to welcoming you all back on to school site!

If you have any questions at all, please email or call the school office.

Week Beginning: 31.08.2020

This week the Year 5 teachers were so excited to welcome back the new Year 5's into school. 

We have spent time getting to know the new timetable and getting used to being back in school again. We have been practising our teamwork skills by playing some games which involved the children taking different roles in order to be successful. 

On Friday, we had our hook day to introduce the children into their new topic of Crime and Punishment. The school gardener had been murdered and it was up to the children of Year 5 to help the police find out who the murder was. The children spent time reading the police statement, observing the crime scene, taking fingerprints and reading witness statements from the teachers to figure out who was telling the truth. They then put together a timeline of events across the day to investigate and come up with a prediction of what happened. At the end of the day the CCTV was sent through and the murder was revealed!

The children in Year 5 really impressed us teachers by using their inference and team working skills throughout the day. Well done! A great start to Year 5! 

 

Year 4 Blog 2019-2020

Week beginning 13.07.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have summarised their learning throughout the India topic by creating a presentation on Google Slides. They used Google Sheets to record and present statistical data of their choice and create visually effective graphs to use in their presentations. The children then created their presentations, adding lots of information from some of the different aspects of our topic. They thought about different formatting techniques and animations they could use to ensure that their presentations were vibrant, colourful and engaging for their readers.

The children also completed their Bollywood Performing Arts Projects this week, concluding with a showcase of what they had learnt and the performances they had prepared. It was particularly lovely to see some of the children share their learning in one of our Google Meet live sessions! 

We have also been learning about a different religion this week - Sikhism! The children created some excellent posters about the key principles of Sikhism and created patangs as part of their study of the Sikh festival Vaisakhi. 

As we have come to the end of the summer term, the children had the opportunity to share some of their termly homework projects with the class. There were some brilliant, creative projects and it is evident that an awful lot of effort has gone into them! 

 

In PSHE this week, the children were thinking about transitions and big changes. They reflected on the changes they have already experienced and the imminent changes in their lives. The children then produced some superb posters advising children on their own experiences and looking ahead to their futures! 

 

As a Year 4 team, we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you and well done to all of the children for their hard work and fantastic attitude this year. Although it is a shame that our year was interrupted by these unique circumstances, it has been an absolute pleasure seeing the children thrive and develop their independence during home learning. We would like to thank the parents and carers at home who have supported the home learning process - we have been truly blown away by the quality of work the children have consistently produced and the engagement we have had. We wish you all the best in Year 5 and look forward to catching up with the children in September! 

 

We hope that you all have a lovely, safe, relaxed summer break!

Week beginning 06.07.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been engaged in the design process for Indian crafts, such as jewellery and decorations. The children researched and evaluated some of the existing designs and the significance of these objects in Indian culture. Then, the children designed their own Indian crafts according to their own design specification. The children then created their own Indian crafts and evaluated them to think about the positive aspects of their design and any areas to improve on. It has been lovely to see such a wide range of ideas and creative uses of materials! 

In our cross-curricular Maths learning this week, the children have been developing their knowledge of statistics and interpreting data relating to India. They have practiced their skills of reading charts and graphs accurately in order to take information from statistical data. 

This week the children have also combined their knowledge of the vocabulary for this half term's French topic 'What is the weather?' to produce a video news report in French! A huge thank you to all of you who sent in videos - once again, the creativity was lovely to see! 

Finally, in PSHE this week, the children have been reflecting on their learning throughout our Relationships topic. They have recapped all of the topics and discussion points we have covered throughout this half term and demonstrated their understanding. The children also reflected on online games and the importance of finding a balance when online gaming.

 

Thank you all once again for your hard work and your participation in the class assemblies and live lessons!

Week beginning 22.06.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been developing their knowledge of the mythical culture of India by exploring another Indian folk tale 'Keep Your Word'. The children used the story to practise a range of different comprehension skills, including summarising, predicting, exploring word meanings and considering the impact on the reader. 

We have also started our new French topic this week, learning the vocabulary for the different weather conditions. The children have been introduced to the vocabulary they will use over the next few weeks and been revising this vocabulary so that it is memorable to them. It has been lovely to see some of the creative ways children are trying to remember this language - including PowerPoints and detailed sketches!

In Science this week, the children were learning about the changing states of water. They have been reminded of the key scientific vocabulary for the states of water and had the opportunity to observe the changes in action by carrying out some practical investigations. 

 

Finally, in PSHE this week, we discussed boyfriends, girlfriends and the special relationships adults get into as they grow older. The children thought about some of the perceptions people have of these relationships and how people can often feel pressured to get into relationships.

 

Week beginning 15.06.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been stepping into the shoes of a tradesman or tradeswoman from the Indus Valley civilisation. The children learnt about trade in the ancient civilisation and how it is different from modern trade, then wrote persuasive pieces to convince someone to trade with them. They used a variety of persuasive techniques to effectively convince their reader. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children also continued to develop their knowledge of the Bollywood culture in India, as part of our performing arts project. They learnt about some of the high-profile Bollywood films and created their own advertising posters, trying to imitate the Bollywood style. 

In Science this week, the children continued their 'States of Matter' topic by learning about heating and cooling. The children had the opportunity to carry out some practical experiments at home to investigate the freezing points of different liquids or the melting points of chocolates! 

Finally, in PSHE this week, the children discussed friendships and how to manage in scenarios where friendships can break down. They thought about what makes a good friend, and discussed different scenarios and how they would advise people to interact. 

 

Thank you all for your engagement with the live sessions this week, we hope that they have proved to be useful for the children and we will be continuing to do more next week

 

Week beginning 07.06.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children finished their work based on the Indian folktale 'The Tiger Child'. The children reflected on the purpose and significance of the story and have used the folk tale to get an insight into the culture of India. 

This week, the children have been stepping into the shoes of archaeologists and historians, finding out about the artefacts discovered from the Indus Valley civilisation. The children carried out analyses of different evidence and thought about the significance of the evidence, before carrying out their own research to find out more about the artefacts. 

In this week's Science lesson, the children investigated different gasses and some carried out their own experiments at home. The children submitted some fantastic examples of the work they completed, and also did some additional research. 

 

Finally, in our PSHE lesson this week, the children reflected on ways to keep themselves safe online during the lockdown. The children thought about all of the apps they are using to stay connected and communicate with their friends and family, and focused especially on the SMART message.

 

Week beginning 01.06.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been finding out about different elements of India's culture and history. The children started a Music and Performing Arts project which is going to carry through the rest of the half term, focusing on the vibrant, colourful culture of Bollywood. The children have started preparing Bollywood dances, thinking about different aspects of choreography. 

In our History sessions this half-term, the children are going to be exploring the ancient Indus Valley civilisation. This week the children have been finding out where the Indus Valley civilisation was, when it existed and how advanced the cities and settlements were. The children created timelines of some different ancient civilisations they will have learnt about or heard of in the past, and thought about what technology might have existed during the Indus Valley period. 

The children have also been learning about a traditional Indian folktale in this week's sessions - 'The Tigerchild'. The children were really engaged with some of the most ancient stories which have been passed down through Indian culture. 

 

The children have also started a new Science topic this week, learning about States of Matter. In this week's session, the children found out about the properties of solids, liquids and gases. 

Finally, in our PSHE lessons this week, the children started their new topic 'Relationships'. In the first session, the children thought about the feeling of jealousy. As part of our online safety topic, the children also thought about in-app advertising and purchases, and found out about ways to keep themselves safe while using different apps.

Week beginning 18.05.2020

'This week in Year 4, we have been exploring the colourful culture of India by looking at the Indian poem 'The Blind Man and the Elephant' and practising some different Indian art techniques. The children started the week by completing a range of activities based on the Buddhist parable 'The Blind Man and the Elephant', including reflecting on the meaning of the poem and the different poetry techniques used. The children then learnt about various techniques that are used when performing poetry aloud, and considered these techniques as they practised their own performances of the poem. It was particularly lovely to see some videos of the children performing! 

Over the course of this week, the children have learnt about three different art styles: Rangoli patterns, Mehndi/henna patterns and block printing. The children have tried to imitate the vibrant, colourful techniques used in India to create visually effective pieces of art, and used a range of materials. There has been a fantastic variety of work submitted, including digital art and pastels! 

 

 

In our Science lessons this week, the children researched food chains as part of our 'Animals, Including Humans' topic. They also had the opportunity to finish their enquiry into tooth decay and the effects that different liquids can have on our dental hygiene.

Finally, in our PSHE this week the children came to the end of the 'Healthy Me' topic, discussing the concepts of healthy, positive relationships and the importance of being assertive. They also reflected on the entire 'Healthy Me' topic, thinking about their physical and emotional health.

Thank you all so much for your hard work at home over this half term. It has been really lovely seeing all of your photos and videos, hearing from you on the Classroom each day and seeing your faces in the class assemblies. Have a lovely half term break and we look forward to hearing from you all in June!'

 

Week beginning 11.05.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been finding out about some of the secrets of India - including the village of Chembakolli and some of the goods that are traded by India. The children have been finding out about the importance of international trade in the modern world, and how our lives as we know them are reliant on imports and exports. As part of this focus on trade, the children learnt about the FairTrade organisation and there were some really thoughtful ideas discussed about distributing wealth. 

In our Science lessons this week, the children have been finding out about the teeth as part of our topic 'Animals, Including Humans'. The children learnt about the different types of teeth and their functions, and have set up a practical enquiry to find out about tooth decay. We are looking forward to seeing some pictures of their experiments as they continue next week! 

Finally, in our PSHE lesson this week, the children found out about the effects of alcohol on the human body and reflecting on some of the misconceptions around alcohol. The children thought about how their previous lessons on group dynamics and peer pressure might be relevant to a discussion on alcohol. 

It was lovely to see so many of you in the Class Assemblies earlier this week! Please remember that we will be doing a Class Assembly each week from 1.00 til 1.25pm on a Wednesday! 

 

Please also keep sending us pictures and videos of your work and the things you are getting up to!

 

 

Week beginning 04.05.2020

In Year 4 this week, we have been continuing to explore the culture of India, focusing on the religious diversity of India - looking specifically at Hinduism. The children have learnt about the origins of Hinduism and some of the key beliefs of the religion. 

The children then focused on a key figure relating to the Hindu religion - Mahatma Gandhi. The children discovered some key facts about Gandhi's life and wrote informative biographies about him. As well as including key events answering the 5 W's in their biographies, the children have been seeking to use a range of informative writing features, including time openers. 

In our PSHE lesson this week, as the children continued to work through the 'Healthy Me' topic, they learnt about the negative effects of smoking and thought about some of the reasons why people start smoking. They tied in their knowledge from last week's lesson on Group Dynamics and thought about the significance of peer pressure. 

Finally, thank you all so much for the pictures and videos you have been sending in. It has been particularly lovely to see you completing different physical exercises as part of the 2.6 Challenge. Hopefully this lovely weather continues over the Bank Holiday weekend, and we look forward to seeing more pictures next week!

 

Head on over to our 'Whole School Blog' to see how we have been celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE day:  https://www.kentshilljuniorschool.co.uk/our-school/school-curriculum/whole-school-blog

 

Week beginning 27.04.2020

In Year 4 this week, we have been getting a better understanding of the geography of India. Throughout our Geography lessons, the children have been focusing on the physical geography of India, including the climate and key features such as rivers and cities. The children have also been developing their understanding of chloropleth maps, creating their own maps to provide information about the states and regions of India. 

The children also had an introduction to the diverse religious culture of India, completing informative and visually effective posters to reflect the many religions which are practised in India. Over the next few weeks, the children will be exploring some of the religions in greater depth. 

As part of our Science topic on 'Animals, Including Humans', the children had the opportunity this week to complete an experiment to help them understand the digestive system. The children also completed comic strips to show the journey food goes on as it travels through your digestive system. 

Finally, in PSHE this week, the children reflected on group dynamics and considered some scenarios which could arise in their school lives. The children thought about how they could solve the problems which arise in different scenarios.

 

Week beginning 20.04.2020

This week in Year 4 we have started our new topic - 'The Forgotten Jewel in the Crown (India)'. The children started the week with two days of hook activities to really get them engaged in the topic and give them a taste of some key aspects of Indian culture. The children chose from a range of tasks, including creating questions based on videos about India, drawing the Taj Mahal and creating a henna pattern. The children also created some excellent 3D models of Indian animals and Thar Desert Mud Brick Houses. 

For the rest of the week, the children have been developing their knowledge of the geography of India, focusing on its location, landmarks and some aspects of India's human geography. The children enjoyed using the Google Earth software to conduct some of their research about India's location and some of its most famous landmarks. They then developed their understanding of Indian culture by comparing it to England - looking at different landmarks from both countries and the standard of living in the capital cities of each country.

 

Week beginning 30.03.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been considering the importance of a balanced diet and imagining themselves in the shoes of a tiny insect exploring our world. Furthermore, the children have finished their Maths topic of Addition and Subtraction, completed a circuit of physical activities in P.E. and completed their end of unit assessments in French and Science. It's been lovely to see some of the fantastic examples of children's work which have been submitted to us through the Google Classroom: 

This term, the children have learnt how they can 'Make A Difference' to the environment in homes, at school, in their local area and beyond! They discovered the harsh realities of the damage that humans have done to the environment through plastic pollution and fossil fuels, and looked at practical solutions to these increasingly significant problems in our modern lives. The children designed and made projects which could help them to make the natural environment a better place for themselves and all other living creatures. Through their learning, the children have developed their understanding of their role as global citizens, and how they can impact the future of the planet. 

In our Summer topic, the children will be transported to an entirely different culture...the Forgotten Jewel in the Crown!

Week beginning 23.03.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been focusing on some of the positive ways that mankind has tried to protect the planet and preserve the environment. The children conducted some research on renewable energy sources in Geography, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of solar power, wind turbines and hydroelectric power stations. They then used this information to write non-chronological reports about renewable energy, focusing on using informative language techniques such as subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials. Continuing with this theme, in Science, the children produced posters about some of the positive things that humans are doing to help maintain the environment for plants and animals. 

In French, the children created comic strips in French, using the different class instructions and objects that we have been learning about over this half term. 

Finally, in PSHE, the children have been recapping some of our learning on online safety, and considering their responses to cyber-bullying situations. 

It's been lovely to see so many children interacting with the Google Classroom this week! Thank you all for your hard work and patience in using this new system!

Week beginning 16.03.2020

Towards the end of last week, Year 4 devised their own Science experiments as part of Science Week. The children were presented with a problem to solve - identifying which kitchen roll was the most effective. We discussed what makes kitchen roll effective and how we would be able to test different brands. The children decided their own method of testing, carried out their experiments and then reflected on how they could make their experiments fairer. 

 

This week, in our PSHE lessons the children reflected on how to work as a team in order to complete a challenge. They had to create an entry into a comedic sketching competition, dividing the roles for the activity within small groups to ensure that everyone's contribution was considered and evident.

Finally, in Maths this week, the children played Place Value Yahtzee, bringing together all of their knowledge from our Number and Place Value topic, including Roman numerals and rounding. The children generated 4 digit numbers and fit them to the rules on their scorecards.

 

Week beginning 09.03.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been creating an advertising campaign for our eco-garden with three separate elements: a written advertisement (including a range of persuasive features), a webpage and a jingle. The children have thoroughly enjoyed using the online Scratch and Google Sites softwares to create their jingles and webpages respectively. 

In Maths this week, the children have taken part in various practical activities as we revise the Number and Place Value topic ahead of next week's assessments. The children completed jigsaws using their understanding of Roman numerals and went out onto the playground to discover how finding the midpoint of a number line would allow them to make increasingly accurate estimations of where to place other numbers. 

Finally, in PSHE this week, the children have been discussing strategies for overcoming disappointments as they strive to reach their goals. We talked about the different emotions a person can have when they experience failure and considered advice we would give to people to help them move past their disappointment and re-focus on their goals. The children acted out these different scenarios through roleplay, representing negative and positive reactions to setbacks.

           

 

 

Week beginning 02.03.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been developing a digital prototype of the school eco-garden, with proposed improvements. The children referred back to their design specification, taking into account the features they suggested their eco-gardens must have, features they should have and features which would be additional. The children used an online software to design detailed plans for the eco-garden from a birds eye view. 

In PSHE this week, as part of our 'Dreams and Goals' topic the children discussed the importance of being able to overcome disappointment as we strive to reach our goals and achieve our dreams. The children related this to one of our core values at the school - perseverance. They were presented with a range of scenarios where someone might experience disappointment, and suggested the advice they would give to help those children focus on the positives and overcome that disappointment. 

Finally, it was lovely to see the children showing real enthusiasm for the books they read during this week's World Book Day event. There were some excellent costumes and the children thoroughly enjoyed completing a range of activities related to sharing stories and some of their favourite texts.

 

Week beginning 24.02.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been writing persuasive letters to our school governors to encourage them to officially open our new-and-improved eco-garden at the end of the half term. We hope to revamp the school's eco-garden as part of our 'Make A Difference' topic, tying in all of our learning over the past term. The children discussed the different reasons why it would be beneficial for a school governor to come and open our eco-garden, including the fact that it would encourage other children in the school to care for the environment and wildlife in our local area. The children wrote persuasive letters including a range of persuasive techniques, including rhetorical questions and flattery. 

In PSHE this week, the children have started their new topic: 'Dreams and Goals'. Firstly, the children reflected on their own dreams and goals, and considered the different people who can contribute to them realising their dreams. We then used the story of basketball player Michael Jordan's success to highlight the importance of resilience, determination and hard work in achieving our goals. As a class, we discussed how it is unrealistic to expect our dreams to be achieved due to luck and easy solutions. 

 

Week beginning 10.02.2020

Continuing on from our work in Music and R.E. last week, the children were composers as they produced a piece of meditation music using a variety of instruments. The children considered how they would create a soothing, calm piece of music by altering the pitch, volume and tempo of their music. 

Looking ahead to next half term, this week the children started to plan their own ideas for re-designing the school's eco-garden. The children evaluated existing eco-gardens, sketched their own designs and generated a design specification considering the users and purposes of an eco-garden.

In PSHE this week, the children reflected on what makes them unique and special, and thought about how first impressions can often be deceiving. They discussed two different scenarios where their first impressions may not take the whole picture into account. The children also reflected on the entire PSHE unit of 'Celebrating Differences' and thought about how they have developed their understanding of bullying, assumptions and what makes every person special. 

Finally, the children thoroughly enjoyed competing to represent their house in the whole school Spelling Bee. So many of the children had worked extremely hard to practice their spellings over the past half term, and their increasing confidence with their spellings was clear to see.

 

 

Week beginning 03.02.20

In Year 4 this week, we have been publishing our diary entries based on David Weisner's 'Flotsam' text. The children produced some superb informative pieces, using a range of features including subordinate clauses, fronted adverbials and time connectives. 

We have also been learning about the Buddhist faith. The children reenacted the story of Buddha and discussed key aspects of Buddhists' beliefs. In connection with our 'Make A Difference' topic, the children explored the links between Buddhism and nature, discussing some of the central beliefs of the Buddhist religion. As part of their learning, the children found out about the importance of meditation for practicing Buddhists and begun to compose their own pieces of meditation music. 

Finally, in our PSHE lessons this week, the children considered the role of the bystander in bullying scenarios. The children discussed the reasons why people may choose to act, ignore an incident or even join in. In particular, we focused on examples of online bullying and the children proposed their own suggestions for people who may experience cyber-bullying.

 

Week beginning 27.01.20

In Year 4 this week, we have been developing our understanding of techniques for informative writing. The children have practiced using fronted adverbials, subordinate clauses and appropriate tenses as they have produced diary entries based on the 'Flotsam' text. There have been some excellent pieces produced, including some pieces written from the perspective of an underwater camera travelling across the ocean. 

As part of our Make A Difference topic, the children have been studying the environmentalist and artist Andy Goldsworthy. The children have sought to replicate his artistic style by completing observational sketches of natural objects and then designing on-site sculptures using only natural materials. The children were thrilled to get into the Art and D.T. Studio once again as they completed their sketches, and enjoyed some outdoor learning as they produced their sculptures on the playground. 

   

Finally, in our PSHE lessons this week, we have been considering the assumptions we can often make about other people and what influences us to make these assumptions. The children contributed some fantastic ideas and engaged in some very thoughtful discussion as they considered the role of celebrities, news and social media in influencing the thoughts of other

Week beginning 20.01.20

In Year 4 this week, the children were introduced to our focus text for this term, David Weisner's picture book 'Flotsam'. The children were enthralled by the detailed pictures in the text as they followed the journey of an underwater camera through some of the most mysterious and unusual parts of the world's oceans. The children improved their inference skills as they made suggestions about the text and the thoughts of the characters in the absence of any written text. To consolidate their understanding, Year 4 were joined by Year 6 at the end of the week as they created freeze frames to represent the variety of weird and wonderful scenes captured by the underwater camera. The children used an 'Open and Close' technique to engage their audience. 

 

The children have also started their new D.T. project making bug hotels for the school's eco-garden. In order to create a purposeful prototype of their final product, the children engaged in all aspects of the D.T. process. Firstly, they conducted research on existing bug hotels, analysing them for positives and negatives. Then the children wrote their own design specifications and drew annotated diagrams of their bug hotels. Finally, the children built their prototypes and evaluated them in relation to their design criteria. 

 

Finally, as we continued exploring our Science topic 'Living Things and their Habitats', 4DF have visited the new Science Lab to truly immerse themselves in the role of a scientist. The children thoroughly enjoyed wearing their lab coats, using practical scientific equipment and thinking with the mentality of scientists. 4ST and 4GF are really looking forward to visiting the Science lab for the first time next week!

 

 

 

Week Beginning 15.07.19

This week, we have concluded our Explorers topic by choosing an explorer to study. We were then going to debate against others to argue that our explorer was the best. We used specific websites to find relevant information about what made them a successful explorer. We had to research information that would support our argument such as where they travelled, any issues that arose and how long they were gone for. 

We created a mind map of all the information that we gathered. Then we wrote a speech bubble to state the most important points that we would use in our debate.

We really enjoyed these debates and have loved our text for this term 'The Explorer' which we are trying to finish before the summer holidays. Will they ever manage to get home?

 

 

Week beginning 08.07.19

 This week, we looked at different types of settlements such as hamlets and towns and then we created our own picture of a settlement for Christopher Columbus. 

 

 

We have continued to read our text The Explorer which we are really enjoying. This week, we pretended that we were one of the characters from the text: Fred, Con, Lila and Max and wrote a diary based on their journey through the Amazon Rainforest on the way to Manaus. 

    

 

     

 

Week beginning 01.07.19

We have had a very exciting week! On Tuesday, we all took part in our first sports day at the junior school. We showed lots of perseverance and shared in each other's successes. Congratulations to the Normans who won the Year 3 sports day!

We also spent the morning up in Year 4 this week, getting to know our new teachers and completing some fun activities. 

Back in class, we have been continuing our Explorers topic by looking at different settlements and what makes a good place to create a new settlements. As well as this, we have explored some alternative religions including Humanism and made some comparisons between these. 

 

Week beginning 24.06.19

This week year 3 have been working hard to use a variety of features to write a persuasive letter to a stranger, in hope that they will come and rescue us from being stranded in a rainforest or Antarctica! These features include: rhetorical questions, emotive language, present perfect tense, compound and complex sentences and adverbs. 

We have shown great perseverance this week when working on our assessments, ensuring that we read every question carefully and answered all of the questions to the best of our ability. 

We have been practising our musical skills when using chimes to create and compose music to play along to the song 'Let your spirit fly'. We have been learning about musical notation and how to accurately place them on sheet music. 

 

Week beginning 17.06.19

This week, we have continued to read our text 'The Explorer' and we looked at words and phrases that capture our imagination. 

 This week, we have learned lots of art skills using paper such as scrunching, twisting, rolling and pebbling. We worked collaboratively to design our collage, annotating which materials and techniques we were going to use. We then used these skills to create a collage of the rainforest using a range of different materials. Here are some of our creations. 

              

          

                  

Week beginning 10.06.19

This week, Year 3 have been continuing our Explorers topic by reading the text The Explorer. We have then used this as our inspiration to write a narrative text using our imaginations. We could decide whether our characters were stranded in the rainforest like the characters in The Explorer or Antarctica like Ernest Shakleton.

We created a plan to decide what dangers our characters would face and how they would overcome them. 

 

 We then did some work on speech, using speech bubbles to recognise the part the characters were saying so that we could see where we needed to place the speech marks in our text.

 

 

 After this, we began writing, focusing on describing our characters and settings in detail. We created some fantastic pieces of writing, using our imaginations to engage our reader. 

 

After we had written, we re-drafted a section of our writing to improve it even further, paying careful attention to ensure that we included all of the success criteria. 

 

 

 Week beginning 3.6.19

This week year 3 have begun learning about their new topic: explorers!

 We started the week with a day in the life of a explorer. We completed a variety of activities to help us to understand the tasks and challenges that explorers may face. Some of these activities included: adding and subtracting money to buy camping equipment, working in teams to solve problems whilst crossing an iced over river and we used 'Now press play' to listen to and perform alongside a story of a boy who needed to rescue his poorly aunt by exploring through the rainforest. We also looked at natural art and worked together to collect natural materials to create our own pieces of natural art. To finish off our day of exploring, we read a story about an explorers journey whilst having a camping snack!

 In maths this week we have focused on fractions, we have worked hard to understand how to recognise unit and non-unit fractions, whilst also successfully adding and subtracting different fractions. 

 We have also looked at light in science, we have learnt about the different types of light sources, how important they are and that without them we would constantly be in the dark. We have begun to learn about some new explorers that have adventured around the world, such as Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus and Ernest Shackleton. 

 Throughout the week, we have been looking at health and relationships. We have been learning about the different changes that our bodies go through, what babies need to grow and develop and diversity in families! We have been able to ask lots of different questions that we may have about this topic to develop our understanding further.

              

                                    

 

 

Week beginning 20.05.19

 This week, Year 3 have been completing our Victorians topic by creating a Victorian leaflet using Google Classroom. We worked collaboratively, all working on the same document but adding our own sections of information. We really enjoyed being able to see everyone else typing onto the same page on our screen.

 We also ended our science topic of electricity by identifying conductors and insulators. We made predictions about which items would conduct electricity and which would not and then tested these predictions by placing the items within our circuit. If the bulb still lit up then the item was a conductor because it allowed electricity to flow through it and reach the bulb. 

 We also finished the text of Oliver Twist and learned how to summarise a paragraph of writing by only selecting the most important parts which have an impact on the rest of the story.

 

 

 

Week beginning 13.05.19

This week, Year 3 have been continuing our persuasive letter from Oliver Twist. We have redrafted this to include a range of persuasive features as well as commas and prepositions. We then published our writing using chrome books. We titled our document, changed the font style and size and learned how to use the spell check tool. 

 

 

We have also learned about William Morris, a famous artist in the Victoria era who designed lots of wallpaper inspired by nature.  We then tried to replicate his printing techniques using polystyrene tiles. 

                                                                           

 

 

Week beginning 06.05.2019

This week in year 3, we have been learning about electricity and circuits. We created our own circuits, using different components to successfully power a light bulb. 

In maths, we have been working on formal multiplication. We have been following the steps to success to accurately multiply two and three digit numbers by a one digit number. 

We have been looking at the text, Oliver Twist. We discussed the characters and were able to draw inferences about them from the text. 

Towards the end of the week, we experienced a day in the life of Victorian children. We were taught by a Victorian teacher, shown a variety of toys and games, we worked hard at a workhouse and were shown the different outings that they would take on their holidays.

 

Week beginning 29.04.19

This week, Year 3 have started our new reading cycle where we get a chance to explore a text in detail in order to deepen our understanding. The text that we will be studying this half term is Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. We have chosen a version retold by Gill Tavner. During our reading cycle, we had a chance to make predictions, created a bank of unfamiliar or interesting vocabulary and ask relevant questions in order to improve our understanding of the text.

We have also learned how to sketch facial features in proportion and in the correct position on a face, we then tried shading to show the light and shadows on a face before attempting to recreate Queen Victoria's portrait. We had half of the face already and we have to carefully position the facial features and shade the light and dark areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 23.04.19

This week, Year 3 started our new Victorians topic by experiencing a morning in a 'Victorian' classroom. They had to chant along with the teacher and realised some of the punishments they might receive if they misbehaved!


We used the chrome books to research information about Queen Victoria including her childhood, reign, family and later life. Later in the week, we chose whether to create a biography or an autobiography to inform our audience about Queen Victoria.

In science this week, we identified a range of electrical appliances and then decided whether they were battery, mains or solar powered as well as understanding how electricity is created and sent to our homes.

 

Week beginning 01.04.19

This week, Year 3 completed our Ancient Greeks topic with a performance to the Year 2 pupils who visited us from the infants. We re-enacted some of the Greek myths we have been studying as well as creating mood through music to accompany our poetry. 

During our performance, we considered expression, volume and intonation to ensure that our performance was engaging for our audience. 

 

 

On Wednesday, we really enjoyed the House Spelling Bee. Every pupil in the year group showed their perseverance and tried their best, with many pupils performing in front of the class, the phase and a couple even performed in front of the whole school!

 

 

 

We also finished off our week by using our knowledge of 3D shapes, horizontal and vertical lines and parallel and perpendicular lines to create our own version of the Parthenon.

Week beginning 25.03.19

This week in year 3, we have been learning all about the Greek myth Pandoras Box. We have been writing a poem based on the positive and negative things that left the box, when Pandora selfishly opened it. We were focusing on using collective nouns, descriptive language, similes and metaphors.

 

We have also looked at pictograms and constructed our own based on our favourite Greek myth heroes - Thesues, Orpheus, Prometheus and Epimetheus. We used spreadsheets on our laptops to record survey data about these Greek heroes, which we presented in a bar chart. 

 

In science this week, we have continued to look at skeletons and muscles. We have learned that there are different types of skeletons: endoskeletons, exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons. As well as skeletons we have found that we many muscles, these muscles enable us to move.

Week beginning 18.03.19

This week, Year 3 have been continuing our Ancient Greek topic by creating Greek pots out of clay. We used a coil technique to build up our pots then we used our fingers and tools to smooth the coils to make sure that they joined together. 

 

 

We also learned about the human skeleton. Dr Fracture said that all bones in taller people are larger so we created an investigation to measure each other's height, the circumference of their cranium and the length of their hand to see if he was correct.

Week beginning 11.03.19

 

This week, Year 3 have read the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice. We acted the myth out to make sure that we understood it before we started writing. 

 

We have spent time this week concentrating on our editing and redrafting process, making sure that our redrafted version, has lots of extra features to make it a fantastic piece of writing. 

 

On Wednesday afternoon, we had a visit from the 2 John's who talked to us about how to use the games we play online safely. They showed us how to make our settings private. 


Week beginning 04.03.19 

To start off this week, we had our very own Greek day! Throughout the day we were able to develop our knowledge of Ancient Greece by learning about the Olympics, olive wreaths and many different facts. We were also able to use our knowledge of quarter turns, half turns, clockwise and anticlockwise to complete a labyrinth.

 

 

 

 

 

To support ourselves with our writing this week, we used the chromebooks to work collaboratively in creating word banks for Theseus and the Minotaur.

 

We have been using the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur to write a newspaper report recounting the events of the story, starting with an orientation and using compound and complex sentences.

 

At the end of the week, we had lots of fun taking part in world book day!

 

Week beginning 25.02.19

 This week, Year 3 have started our new topic of Ancient Greece with lots of fun activities. We have designed and created some Greek sandals that were fit for purpose and evaluated their effectiveness. As well as this, we have used some new technology called 'Now Press Play' to hear a story about the Ancient Greeks and be a part of it, acting out what was happening. We all loved taking part in this!

 

We have used atlases to locate Greece on a map and look at some of its geographical features such as its capital city and bordering countries. We then made some comparisons between Athens and London, looking at the climate and languages spoken. 

 

We also used some chimes in our music topic to play along to the beat of a song.

 

 

Week Beginning 11.02.19

 

This week, we have been on a walk around the local area. During our walk, we located lots of human and physical features of Benfleet. Mr Turner kindly accompanied us and shared lots of pictures to show us how Benfleet has changed over the years. 

 

To aid our walk, we also look looked at an ordnance survey map of the local area and understood how to read grid references to locate different places on the map such as a golf course or parking. 

 

Our final outcome for the half term was to create a cross stitch and back stitch design linked to an aspect of our study of the UK. Some children chose to create a Union Jack flag while others created mountains to represent our week learning about Snowdonia or Big Ben to represent our week learning about London.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Week beginning 04.02.19

This week, Year 3 have been continuing with our study of the UK. We have learnt how to tell the time and look at bus timetables to help us on our journey across the UK. We used the characters from Major Glad and Major Dizzy to create a diary entry, sharing our experiences of Snowdonia, the Eden Project and London - some of the places we have studied during the half term. 

 

On Friday, we also learnt how to thread a needle as well as some cross stitch and back stitch skills in preparation for our final outcome next week where we will be creating a landmark or place in the UK that we have studied. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 28.01.19 

This week Year 3 have had a science week. We have identified the different parts of a plant such as the leaves and stem and what their function is. The function of a stem is to transport water and hold the plant up. 

 We have also created investigations to see if seeds can still grow when we take away one of their needs. We places some cress seeds in a cup and left one with no water, one with no warmth, one with no air and one with no sunlight. We found that the one with no air seemed to grow the quickest.

 We then used all the information that we had learned to create a narrative on Dandy the Dandelion and explain what happens to him as he progresses through the life cycle of a plant.

 

 

Week beginning 21.01.19

This week, we have been learning how to say the names of fruits in French. For example: une pomme is an apple and une banane is a banana.

 

We learned about the different parts of a mountain such as; the peak or summit which is the top of the mountain and the foot of the mountain which is the base. We used the chrome books to research information about Snowdonia and then used this to help us write a persuasive leaflet about Snowdonia.

 

Week beginning 14.01.19

This week Year 3 have been continuing looking at the text Major Glad, Major Dizzy and using this to create our own narrative, re-telling the story of the two soldiers stuck under the floorboards. 

 

We have also looked at some DT skills in order to help us build a structure. We have created bridges using strengthening and stiffening techniques and tested them to see if a toy car could pass over it without it collapsing. 

 

Week beginning 07.01.19

 

 

This week, we have started our new topic 'Our UK'. We started the week by creating giant 3D models of each country of the UK which we painted on Friday, considering the height of the land when we chose our colours.

 

We have also used our brand new Chrome Books to find different cities and towns using Google maps as well as using atlases to locate some of the main rivers in the UK.

 

Our new text this half term is 'Major Glad, Major Dizzy' which is about two toy soldiers who were dropped under the floorboards of a Victorian house and forgotten about for over one hundred years. We explored the pictures in this book which help to tell the story and look at how meaning has been inferred through the pictures and the writing. 

 

 Week beginning 10.12.18

This week, we have been looking at the text The Secrets of Vesuvius and learning about what happened when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. We used all this information to write part of a story building up suspense as two of our characters were in Herculaneum, at the base of Vesuvius when it erupted!

 

We invited some of our school Governors in on Friday afternoon to share all our fantastic Roman work from this half term.

 

 

Week beginning 03.12.18 

This week we have learned about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. We used this information and were inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock to create our own 3D volcanic artwork. We learnt a range of art skills such as scrunching paper, colour mixing and brush techniques to give our artwork some texture.

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 26.11.18

The Year 3 pupils have coped extremely well with their first Junior School assessment week, completing both maths and reading test papers.  We were really impressed with how hard all the pupils worked to achieve the best results they could.  

 

We have also been writing in role as Queen Boudicca, desperately appealing to the Celts to join our army in order to defeat the Romans.  Pupils have made excellent use of adjectives to describe the Romans and the Celts from Boudicca's point of view as well as lots of persuasive techniques such as rhetorical questions.  

 

With much excitement, we have begun to practise our Christmas songs for the inter-class battle which will take place on the 17th December.  

 

 

Week beginning 19/11/18

This week, Year 3 have been learning about the Roman invasion of Britain including Julius Caesar's attempts to invade Britain, Boudicca's rebellion and Hadrian building his wall to protect his land and soldiers. 

 

We used this information to create our own News Report and performed these to the rest of the class on Friday.

 

Additionally, congratulations to 3NH for a fantastic class assembly this week. Every pupil was brave enough to stand up in front of a large crowd to celebrate all the wonderful achievements we have made so far in Year 3! 

 

Week beginning 12/11/18 

This week, Year 3 have been learning about the expansion of the Roman Empire. We used atlases to locate different countries in Europe and then plotted how the Empire grew over time. 

On Friday, we invited the Year 3 children at Lubbins Park Primary School over to enjoy a Roman day with us. We played games, took part in a quiz and had a look at lots of Roman armour and weapons.  

week beginning 05.11.18

This week in year 3, we have been writing about what the Romans have done for us. Through research, we have collected information about topics including: aqueducts, toilets, the army and roads. We are learning to write these facts in paragraphs with sub-headings within an information text. 

We have also been remembering those brave soldiers that dedicated their lives to fight for our freedom. We have been making poppies out of plastic bottles to place on display, as well as paper poppies to create a work of art in the shape of a soldier.