We are a year 3/4 class taught by Mrs Herrera and supported by Mrs Weatherburn.
Have you ever wondered where pineapples are grown; where rice comes from or how fish comes from the seas to our plates? These are some of the questions that Class 7 have been asking and researching the answers to during our new learning theme.
So far we have studied the physical geography of Wiltshire and compared it to the Lake District. We have thought about how land is used differently in both regions and why Wiltshire is more suitable for crop growing and the Lake District is more suited to animal rearing.
In Art, we have been studying food logos and thinking about what makes a successful logo. Class 7 will be designing their own Fair Trade logo so keep an eye out for photos.
In PSHE and Science, we have been considering what we mean by a balanced diet and have been thinking of some easy food swaps. We have also been exploring the effects of too much sugar on our bodies and we are currently conducting an investigation into the effect of sugar on our teeth. I think Class 7 will be surprised by the results!
In English, children have been using the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel to inspire their own writing. Children have recounted the opening with some choosing to write a diary entry from Hansel or Gretel’s viewpoint. Children have also written an alternative ending; the witch inevitable meets a grisly end. Using the play version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a model, children are now challenged to write a section of Hansel and Gretel as a play script.
In maths, we are reviewing our addition and subtraction skills to ensure children in Class 7 have a secure understanding of using a formal written method to add and subtract larger numbers. Children are also applying these skills to worded problems and column calculations with missing digits.
We are now coming to the end of our Learning Theme: ‘Inventors and Inventions’. We have started off the term looking at different kinds of bridges with a focus on their different designs and uses. The children have already produced great fact sheets either based on two different bridge designs or on two different bridges by the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The children are now bridge design experts and can spot a suspension bridge and an arch bridge from a line up! They are also beginning to think about which bridge would be most suitable for different environments.
Class 7 ended the term by writing their own story based on Robert Swindells' 'Ice Palace'. Their chapter started with their protagonist, Ivan, mid-way through his journey through an icy land on a mission to rescue his little brother from the child-snatcher, Starjik, and his hungry wolves. The children's own chapter was written around the following problem: Ivan needs to cross a raging river to reach Starjik’s cave. When he steps on to the bridge, something is wrong. What? What will Ivan do?
I am very impressed with the writing that the children produced. They worked incredibly hard to include the descriptive devices we learnt throughout the term, including; similes and metaphors; a list of 3 interesting adjectives to describe a noun; sentences of 3 ideas to build up a picture; and they began to think about how the verb choice in a sentence can change its meaning. The children also tried to vary their sentence structure by balancing longer sentences (beginning with adverbs and fronted adverbial phrases) with shorter sentences to build up tension. Some even included a cliffhanger by using an ellipsis.
Phew! I think we are all exhausted after a very productive term.
The term started off with the children learning all about the life and times of Brunel and they produced fantastic fact sheets comparing his various bridges. They then took on the role of an inventor and wrote a biography based on their fictional character. Inventions ranged from teleporters to magic mirrors that give you fashion advice and trampolines for the fire brigade. Finally, the children took themselves back to 1864 (a teleporter would have been useful) to the Grand Opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. With notebooks at the ready, they became roaming reporters and recounted the events of the day (some fictional and some based on research about Brunel's involvement in the bridge design and construction).
In maths this term, the children have been learning more about measure. They have read a variety of scales for length, mass and capacity and begun to apply their knowledge to solve worded problems.
It continues to be essential that all children apply their knowledge of times tables to problem solving in all areas of maths. So, Class 7, keep practising rapid recall of your times tables.
Class 7's challenge: To make the strongest and nicest looking bridge by joining materials.
Look at the photos to see the wide range of designs the children came up with!
In Science, the children firstly considered which materials an innovative bridge designer would use. They then tested a variety of materials in order to conclude which ones would make the strongest and sturdiest bridge.
We then went on a science trail to learn more about materials and their properties. The children explored the playground to examine different things that have been made by humans, identifying and evaluating the materials that have been used in everyday life. They used this data to make links between the properties of a material and its function. Following this, they used their knowledge of materials to design some 'inventions that would never work' including a window made out of metal or a bed made from bricks. Finally, they collated and presented their data on the different materials in the playground into a bar chart.
In Computing, Class 7 is learning about computer networks. Following a ‘network hunt’ around the school, in which they identified and mapped out many of the devices on the school’s computer network, the children themselves became the network. Look at the pictures to find out how!
Here at The Manor we take online safety seriously and encourage children to stay in control and stay safe when using the internet. Talk to your children about what websites they visit, the games they play online and the apps they download. Visit the Think You Know website to make sure you know how to support your child to stay safe while having fun online. The Cyber cafe is a great place to start.
In French, the children have been learning the popular French song 'Sur le pont d'Avignon'. The video below shows different people crossing the bridge to dance; swap them with the names we are learning:
Join in at home by asking your children to teach you the actions.