Welcome to Class 6’s page. We are a Year 3/4 Class taught by Miss. Pepper with Mrs. MacInnes to support us. Please have a look at the work we have been doing so far. Please remember, PE is every Thursday, homework is due every Wednesday and reads are checked every Friday. Make sure you read the expectations stuck inside of the reading log and homework book to understand what happens, and what is expected.
Food for Thought
Our Learning Theme for Term 5 and 6 is called 'Food for Thought.' Our writing and foundation subjects will link to everything possible about food, and then we will be using our knowledge and skills to create a meal in Term 6. Keep an eye on our Class page for learning updates.
At the beginning of Term 5 we wrote an argumentative text about farming - Is this a good career for people to go into? We used a letter, pictures, books and information to decide on the 'for' and 'against' reasons linked to the question. We then expanded on these points using a mind-map. This way of planning helped to draft and edit an argumentative text. We also included persuasive devices into our writing. We then moved onto reading fairy tales linked to food - Hansel and Gretel and The Gingerbread Man. We used our improved knowledge of fairy tales to write our own opening to Hansel and Gretel. The following week, we wrote our own scripts. This was a little tricky at first, but we did a good job. We read and acted out some scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then used the features from this text type to write the middle section of Hansel and Gretel as a play! Finally during this term, we wrote a book review of Hansel and Gretel.
The last term of the year has now begun and we have had an exciting start in English! Sweets! We have been inventing our own sweets to write about and try persuade Willy Wonka to invest in our idea! We first started with identifying the best vocabulary to inspire our ideas and use in our writing. To help not only did we have pictures, but we also ate different types of sweets in the lesson!! Below are some photos of us eating and writing. We have recently been inventing our own sweet for Willy Wonka! We discussed and recorded our ideas before writing a persuasive piece. Following this, we created a character for our Willy Wonka story. Our story not only included our character and Mr. Wonka but also our sweet invention. We spent a week writing a chapter with an opening, build up, problem, solution and ending. Miss. Pepper was rather impressed with our focus and writing!
Number: Three of our maths lessons each week are focused on our number skills. Towards the end of each lesson, we complete a RUCSAC. This is solving a problem using the skill we have been learning/practising. Term 5 has focused alot on number problem solving, and Year 4 learning about factor pairs and using these to solve sums. In Term 6, Year 3 focused on solving addition problems and Year 4 focused on division.
Space, Shape and Measure (SSM): Everything Thursday in when we learn the SSM skills. In Term 5, we focused on telling the time on analogue and digital clocks. We have begun data and statistics in Term 6.
Problem Solving (STOPs): Every Friday, we have a STOPs lesson. These lessons are designed to teach us different strategies we can use to solve different mathematical problems. In Term 5, we recapped previous strategies - acting it out and trial and error. In Term 6, we have started with 'finding a pattern.' This involves us looking for repeated numbers/items and a series of these. We have made a good start so far!
In Term 5 we focused on what how food is produced and the impact of foods on our bodies. We carried out an investigation to see how different drinks effect our teeth. Eggs were left for 1 week in different liquids. The shells are very similar to the enamel on our teeth. We used water, milk, squash, coke and vinegar (even thought we don't drink it, alot of us use it on our chips!) It was very exciting when we looked at the shells a week later. We examined them and were able to touch them (if we wanted to.) We discussed why these results occurred, focusing on sugar. Below are photos of our investigation, observations and results.
Art and Design Technology.
We have had a busy and exciting start to DT. In our first lesson we learning all about food safety and hygiene. We started with discussing food safety and hygiene before using the food. We were on the ball with this - clean hands, clean surface and equipment, hair tied back. We moved onto how we stay safe when we actually prep food. We had the opportunity to prep different types of food using knives and potato peelers. (Risk assessment carried out and approved.) We were very sensible, focused and careful. Our partner (& Miss. Pepper) helped and kept an eye on us when using the equipment. Below are photos of us preparing these foods.
In preparation for our Come Dine with Me Week, we looked at how ingredients change when combined. We were given ingredients to make a basic biscuit dough - flour, salt, baking powder, butter and water. In small groups, we used different techniques to combine our ingredients and see how it all changes. This included cutting our butter then using our fingertips to rub the flour, salt and baking powder with the butter to create breadcrumbs. We also mixed, gradually added water and finally combined everything to make our ball of dough. We had create fun and worked together really well. Have a look at the photos below of our group work and final product!
During our Come Dine with Me Week, we were able to create the main meal and pudding we had designed in the previous week. We all aimed for a carbohydrate salad for our main, then created our own pudding. We were presented with a range of ingredients and had to decided which ones to use, making sure we had a balanced meal. Below are photos while we cooked and our final meals.
Inventors and Inventions.
Our Learning Theme for Term 3 and 4 is called 'Inventors and Inventions.' Our writing and foundation subjects will link to inventing and bridges, and then we will our knowledge and skills to solve an invention problem in Term 4. If you have any junk-modelling, please bring these into Class 6 ready to use later on. Keep an eye on our Class page for learning updates.
This Term, we are creating and writing different non-fiction texts focused on bridges, Brunel and his bridges. The information we learn in other subjects will aid our writing. In Week 1 and 2 we are writing a fact file about bridges. We have learned about different types of bridges, and will be including this into our fact file. During our third and fourth week we created our own inventor, and wrote an autobiography about them. We first learned about the different autobiography features and used these in our writing. In the final two week of Term 3, we had to use our imagine and write a newspaper report about the Clifton Suspension Bridge Grand Opening! We watched video, facts files and used the Role Play Area acting as interviewers to help us generate ideas and then use the 5Ws to write our report.
In Term 4 we are using the book 'Ice Palace' to create pieces of writing, mainly story focused. The first week back, we wrote a setting description, using the book and vocabulary to help us. In Week 8, we wrote about the main character, Ivan. To help us visualise what he looks like we dressed up as him the Role Play Area, then used these items to support our description and writing. Below are a few photos of us dressing up and showing his emotion. Our play rehearsals took focus the following week, then some of us went to Charter House. When we came back, we have been continuing the story of the 'Ice Palace.' Ivan has fallen down a hole and we have been creating the solution to this problem, bridge focused, and continuing his adventure of finding his missing brother.
Number: Three of our maths lessons each week are focused on our number skills. Towards the end of each lesson, we complete a RUCSAC. This is solving a problem using the skill we have been learning/practising. This Term we have started with division. We will be learning to use a written method to solve division sums, as well as using the inverse. This is where our multiplication knowledge will support us. We have also been learning alot about fractions; finding fractions of shapes and numbers, and adding/subtracting them. The start of Term 4 has focused on measuring, comparing, addition and subtraction of different units of measure. Below are some photos of us calibrating a bottle. We moved onto perimeter and area, which was new for most of us! Miss. Pepper was impressed by how quickly and well we understood this maths concept. We've also learned how to solve perimeter and area problems. In our final week, we have focused on problem solving. This has given us the chance to apply all of our number and calculation skills to different problems, both one step and two step.
Space, Shape and Measure (SSM): Once a week, we have a maths lesson learning about SSM. We started with money problems, then moved onto angles. In Term 4, we are recapping shapes and learning about Roman numerals. The Roman numeral learning has focused on converting from numbers to Roman numerals, and vice versa, and also telling the time on a Roman numeral clock, and writing digital clocks as Roman numerals.
Problem Solving (STOPs): Every Friday, we have a STOPs lesson. These lessons are designed to teach us different strategies we can use to solve different mathematical problems. In Term 3, we are starting with the strategy 'Lists and Tables.' During Term 4, we will be going back to original strategies to see what we can remember and develop our ability to use these securely.
We have been working on our scientific enquiry skills. In Term 4, we will be putting these into practise even more. We will be going out of the classroom to make observations, then use these observations to create an enquiry and question. In small groups we will design our own investigation to answer our chosen group question before carrying out an evaluating it.
In art, we have been sketching bridges and drawing them 3D! We had created fantastic art work which is on display in our classroom. At the end of Term 3, we went out into Melksham to draw two bridges. It was abit of a cold and windy day, but we enjoyed it! Below are photos of us out and about sketching. In our first lesson back from the half term break, we were given the challenge to create a the strongest bridge using only 25 wooden lollipop sticks! There are photos of us completing these. Some of our art work is on display in the classroom. We are very proud of our work and like everyone to have a look!
Around the World in 80 Days.
Our Learning Theme for Term 1 and 2 is called 'Around the World in 80 Days.' It is based on the story of Phileas Fogg and his travels around the world, written by Jules Verne. Our writing and foundation subjects all link to the different countries we will research and travel too. The information and knowledge we gather and learn will be used to support our English lessons.
Term 1, First Week: UK, Second and Third Week: Spain, Fourth and Fifth Week: Africa, and the Final Two Weeks: Israel.
Term 2, First and Second Week: India, Third and Fourth Week: USA, the Final Three Weeks: back to UK
Check out our Around the World in 80 Days Learning Theme board by the end of Term. Miss. Pepper is very proud of the effort and work we have produced the last 2 Terms!
This Term, we are learning about the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ story, the structure and vocabulary presented, and then using these skills to write our own version. Each chapter will be focused on the country we visit and learn about as a School. During our visit to Spain, our character went to one or two different place. This includes, the beach, watching the Spanish dancers, the villas or Madrid Palace. In Africa, we focused on Kenya and visiting the Safari! We wrote about the different wild animals, including how they moved and what they looked like. Some of our characters went on a balloon or elephant ride, spent time at a Game Lodge or Luxury Hotel. Finally, in Israel, our characters either went to The Dead Sea or The Western Wall. On 20th October, we shared our finished stories to our Houses and parents. Below are photos of us with our final story books. We worked incredibly hard to write and edit these.
Number: Three of our maths lessons each week are focused on our number skills. Towards the end of each lesson, we complete a RUCSAC. This is solving a problem using the skill we have been learning/practising. We have started with place value. We have been recapping and extending our knowledge of reading and writing numbers both in words and numerals, place value, estimating and rounding numbers. We have are now onto addition. As a Year 3, we should be able to use a written method to add 3 digit numbers, and as a Year 4, we should be able to do so with 4 digit numbers. During the last 2 weeks of the Term, we have focused on multiplication - using both the repeated addition and grid method to solve sums.
Space, Shape and Measure (SSM): Once a week, we have a maths lesson learning about SSM. We have started with shapes, both 2D and 3D shapes, and using physical shapes to identify their properties. We will be moving on to angel work very shortly.
Problem Solving (STOPs): Every Friday, we have a STOPs lesson. These lessons are designed to teach us different strategies we can use to solve different mathematical problems. We are first looking at ‘Act It Out’, followed by ‘Trial and Error.’
During Term 1 we learned about the Earth, rotations, day and night as well as using scientific language. We now understand why different countries have different times to us, why people are asleep or awake at different points of the day and temperature differences. We used ICT to help us research these scientific factors in different countries.
In Term 2, we are learning about forces. This does mean we have to carry out Scientific Enquiries - INVESTIGATIONS! We have used diagrams and scientific language to illustrate and explain what forces mean and are. We have completed one scientific enquiry - finding out which materials affect the speed and movement of an object. Below are photos of us investigating.
In the first Term, we compared and contrasted artists from different countries. We had the opportunity to produce our own piece of art in the style of either Picasso, Banksy or Lowry.
In our second Term, we will be looking at famous artist and techniques from our visited countries. So far, we have design our own print linked to Indian block printing, then in the following week we were able to print our designs. Have a look below for some block printing photos. We loved this lesson!
Role Play Area: Travel Agents.
Our Role Play Area in Class 6 is a Travel Agents. We use this primarily in our English lessons when working independent. We may act as a given role, or use it to inform and support our writing. In the afternoon, we have used it to support our learning too. Below are photos of us using the Travel Agents during English and foundation subjects.