This week Christmas has arrived in Otter Class. The Tree has been put up, we've opened day one on our advent calendar and we have continued to rehearse for our Christmas production.
In English,we have enjoyed writing our own stories about Beowulf the heroic Viking. When writing our stories, we have been trying to include fronted adverbials, speech and interesting descriptive vocabulary. Â
In science we have been learning about sound. We created our own phones, out of cups and string, and discovered how the sound travels along the string
Welcome to Otter Class!
Teacher - Mrs Britton (Monday & Tuesday) and Miss Cowin (Wednesday - Friday)
LSA - Mrs Croucher
This term our topic is ‘Who is roaming in the rainforest?’
This term's medium term plan can be found here
This term's homework grid can be found here
This term the spelling homework is changing. Each week the children will choose two words from the year 3/ 4 list provided by the government and three words that they are spelling incorrectly in their English books. Every Friday the children will be tested on these spellings and they will choose new spellings for the following week. They will write their new spelling list in their homework books so they can be practised at home. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
PE will be on Monday and Thursday (Terms 2 and 6 swimming). Please make sure to wear the correct PE kit to school on these days.
Homework is given termly. Your child will have their homework grid for the term in their homework book. Please choose 1 or 2 activities from the grid each week to complete. Please ensure homework books are in school every Thursday so they can be marked and handed back out on Friday. Reading should be done at least 3- 4 times a week and your child's reading record signed. Timetables and spellings will be tested on Friday.
Welcome Fletcher-we hope you had a lovely first week in Otter Class.
Our trip to the Tobacco Factory last week has been the stimulus for a lot of our learning this week. In English we have been writing character descriptions and thinking about speech and in the afternoons we have started to compose music for Beauty and the Beast.
In our maths lessons we are beginning to learn about measure. The children found out that they would have to run around the school 10 times if they wished to run a kilometre. (We may try this in our next P.E lesson)
We also went to Chew Valley school for a netball festival which the children really enjoyed. They all showed great skill, team work and represented the school brilliantly.
In English this week Otter Class have been writing reports on animals we have created. We have described their appearance, habitat, diet and any threats the animals might face. Our SPAG focus has been possessive apostrophes.
The children have been learning how to play netball in P.E. They have been working on their passing and defending skills. The class was split into two teams and we played our first match which the children enjoyed.
Our week ended with the whole school watching 'Beauty and the Beast' at the Tobacco Factory. We had an amazing time and it has provided us with some great ideas for our writing in English next week.
What a brilliant start to the term we have had. The children are looking forward to learning about our new topic and have been excited to see Mrs Croucher turning our classroom into a tropical rainforest. We created some beautiful drawings of the Red Eyed Tree Frog which we've also been learning about in our English lessons. All the children have been thinking about his terms focus value: ambition. Everyone in the class has set themselves some ambitious goals which they hope to achieve by the end of the term.
This term our topic is 'Legends and Longboats.'
Week 6 and 7
What a fantastic end of term we had! We were all very proud to see the children performing so well in the Christmas production. They all worked incredibly hard and we hope you enjoyed watching it.
In our final weeks, we completed lots of Christmas activities. In Maths we had fun and challenged ourselves with come Christmas problem solving and in English, after watching some video clips, we planned and filmed our own Christmas adverts.
As well as Friday being the last day of term, it was also the last day in school for Alfie H. We will all miss him very much and we hope that he enjoys his new school.
This week Christmas has arrived in Otter Class. In preparation for the Christmas fair, the children have been making things to sell. The Tree has been put up, we've opened day one on our advent calendar and we have continued to rehearse for our Christmas production.
In English we have enjoyed writing our own stories about Beowulf the heroic Viking. When writing our stories, we have been trying to include fronted adverbials, speech and interesting descriptive vocabulary. Miss Cowin and Mrs Britton have enjoyed reading the imaginative stories.
In science we have been learning about sound. We created our own phones, out of cups and string, and discovered how the sound travels along the string. Have a look at the pictures of us experimenting with sound.
This week in English we have been learning the story of Beowulf. He was a brave Viking who defeated a horrible monster. We have acted out the story in preparation for writing our own version next week.
Monday was our last swimming lessons for the term. We were very proud to see all the children attempt to swim in the deep end of the pool.
We have also started rehearsing for our Christmas production. Otter class will be playing 'The Children of the World.' They all have speaking parts and we would appreciate it if you could help your children learn their lines at home.
This week in Otter class we have been writing creative explanation texts in English. Everyone was able to chose the topic of their writing which included, 'How to be a Dragon Catcher,' How to be a Unicorn Catcher' and 'How to be a Fire Donkey Catcher'. In Maths we continued to focus on multiplication and will be moving onto division next week.
Based on our Viking topic, we had lots of fun making a class longship. It was long enough for all of us to fit in but we didn't think we would be able to sail very far in it.
We have been incredibly busy this week in Otter Class. In Maths, we have started multiplying and dividing and in English we have started writing an explanation test on 'How to be a Viking'.As well as our usual maths and English, we have been very lucky to have the opportunities to play some African drums, go to invasion games, visit forest school and go swimming.
This term our topic is Vikings. We have already learnt where Vikings originated and have started to discuss where they settled. During our art lesson, we looked at pictures of Viking longships and have created pencil sketches of the dragon heads which were on the front of the ships.
As well as learning about Vikings, in our maths lessons we have finished our focus on addition and subtraction and next week we will be moving on to multiplication. Also we have been writing explanation texts about a 'Teacher Pleaser' machine.
This term's medium term plan can be found here
This term's homework grid can be found here
Term 1 spellings for Year 3
Term 1 spellings for Year 4
This term our topic is 'Can you walk like an Egyptian?'
Our final week of term has been a busy one. We’ve learnt about the digestive system and created our own. Everybody thought it was disgusting but we learnt a lot. In maths we’ve been learning about column subtraction and applying our knowledge of subtraction when problem solving. Finally, to finish our Egyptian topic, we completed our amazing Egyptian jewellery and also wrote about different Egyptian jobs.
Otter class started the week by going to Wild Things Farm. We were searching for inspiration to help us write some story settings. There were lots of animals and we enjoyed sitting under the thinking tree.
Having researched Egyptian gods, this week we created PowerPoint presentations with the facts we had found. We included pictures and changed the fonts, backgrounds and size of our writing.
On Friday afternoon, we started to paint our beads which we will be using to create our Egyptian jewellery. Otter Class then looked at some pictures of Egyptian death masks and created some of our own in our sketch books.
Otter Class have had a very busy week this week. In English we have continued our story writing based on the Egyptian Cinderella and in Maths we have been doing column addition. As well as our Maths and English, we have been learning a lot about mummification and the human body. Did you know that when someone was mummified their organs would be removed and placed in canopic jars? We also found out about how the brain was removed.
Since the beginning of the term, the children have created some amazing homework projects. Miss Cowin, Mrs Britton and Mrs Croucher wanted to thank the children (and parents) for producing some great ancient Egyptian artefacts. These have been displayed in the Otter class museum.
This week we have enjoyed reading the 'Egyptian Cinderella' story and have compared it to the traditional version. We started to think about how we could change it to make it our own and we wrote an action sequence. In Maths, we have finished place value and will be moving onto addition next week.
On Thursday Caroline was back to teach us some gymnastics. This week we learnt all about travelling. Ask us to show you our 'monkey walk' (it was incredibly hard).
We were very pleased to have Sonny back in Otter Class on Friday afternoon as we have missed him lots. As well as having Sonny back, we have finished our fantastic scarab beetle printing as you can see from the pictures below.
Otter class were very excited this week to have someone come in to school and teach us gymnastics (this will continue for the rest of the term.) We were taught some different gymnastic positions and did some balancing. All the children were very good at balancing (much better than Miss Cowin).
After researching Egyptian jewellery, this week we have designed our own and we look forward to making it in the upcoming weeks.
In English we have finished learning about newspaper reports and we have continued with place value in Maths.
This week in Otter class, we have continued to learn about ancient Egypt. We have been finding out about newspaper reports and have started writing our own about the death of Tutankahmun. As part of our computing lessons, the class have decided what they would like to research about Egyptian gods. Their task next week will be to answer the questions.
In our P.E lessons, we have played some great games of bench ball. We worked so well as a team that we were given a ‘Star of the week’ certificate.
We have had a great first week in Otter class and have been excited to start learning about the Ancient Egyptians. As part of our English lessons, we learnt about Howard Carter and have written diary entries about the discovery of Tutankahmun’s tomb. As well as some fantastic writing, the children have created some beautifully colourful pictures of scarab beetles which Mrs Croucher has already put on display for the rest of the school to enjoy.
Welcome back to Otter class, we hope that you have had a fantastic summer break and are looking forward to the new year. Our topic for this term is 'Walk like an Egyptian.' Through this topic we will be exploring what life was like in Ancient Egypt, designing jewellery and finding out about mummification.