Year 3/4

Dover

Dear Parents/Carers

We will be having outdoor games every Thursday and PE every Friday.  However, this may sometimes change so please make sure PE kits (including trainers for outdoor games) are in school every day.  Now the weather is getting colder, please send in joggers rather than shorts, and sweatshirts - not hoodies.

Please can you encourage your child to

  • Come into school every day ready to learn
  • If possible, read every day to an adult
  • Learn and rehearse times tables (particularly 3, 4 and 8)
  • Encourage children to visit educational sites if they are using a computer

Thank you for your continued support on this.

Mrs Wittmann

Our blog ...

TERM 5

Week 1

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break.

A term means a new Inquiry - it’s……..The Maya Civilisation.

We started our Inquiry with a WOW Day when we learnt a little bit about the Maya. Then we were able to incorporate some maths by looking a square numbers and nets of cubes. Our challenge was to find out how many cubes we would need to make a square based pyramid of six layers. Afterwards, we all made at least one cube which we are going to put together to form our own pyramid. After this, we looked at Maya masks before designing and creating our own. Finally, we made our own Ojo de Dios by weaving wool around lollipop sticks.

When we weren’t learning about the Maya civilisation we continued to work on our fractions, looking at the difference between a unit and non-unit fraction before looking more closely at fractions that make a whole. We finished our stories based on ‘The Journey’ and have edited them to make sure we are using a variety of conjunctions and prepositions.

We had three people go up in our ‘cracking times tables’ this week; keep working on them everyone!

 

 

 

TERM 4

Week 5

In Science, we have started our new unit on sound. We have looked at how sound is produced and travelled around the school, finding which areas were quiet and which were loud.

In Maths, we have been working on our problem solving and resilience this week. We faced a tough challenge in one investigation and were really proud of ourselves for keeping going even when it got tough!

In Literacy, we have just started working on some adventure stories. We watched a video called ‘The Journey’ and were interested to see the story from the point of view of a boat. We then planned our own adventure stories ready to write after we get back from the Easter break.

Well done to the two children who moved up in their ‘cracking times tables’ this week. Keep working on them everyone!

Have a lovely Easter break!

 

Week 4

Well done to everyone on completing Assessment Week; you have all worked really hard!

It was Science Day on Tuesday. We spent the day looking at chromatography and conducted an investigation to see if we could find out what coloured pens Mrs Wittmann had used to create her chromatography examples. Then we got to have a go ourselves! Afterwards we created chromatography art for our display board.

In our Inquiry we looked at rhythm grids and we worked keeping a rhythm as a class. Then we were able to create our own rhythm grids and test them out on our friends.

We had a lot go up in ‘cracking times tables’ this week; well done, everyone!

 

Week 3

In Science we have been investigating insulators and conductors. We have looked at which materials make good insulators and conductors as well as carrying out and writing up an experiment based on this.

In Maths, we have been using our new division skills to find fractions of whole numbers. We have then applied these skills to work on problem solving. We continue to work on our four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) during morning activities and are becoming more confident every day.

In Literacy, we have been working on lots of different things. Earlier in the week we have been working on writing for an extended length of time. We were given a picture of a floating house and we discussed why it could be floating. Then we came up with our own narrative based on this picture. We have also been continuing to work on our comprehension through Accelerated Reader and focussed comprehension in small groups.

We had a few go up a level in ‘cracking times tables’ this week. Well done to those who did.

Week 2

Happy Snow Days everyone!  Due to the school being closed on Thursday and Friday homework will be given out the following week instead.  Enjoy the snow and stay safe.

Week 1

Welcome back!

This week in Maths, we have started to look at division. We are now able to partition the number into tens and ones and then group them. We have found it is a lot quicker than trying to count in groups!

In Literacy, we have been looking at poetry and shape poems. In groups we have analysed a shape poem of our choice and then next week we will be writing our own.

We have continued to work on electrical circuits in Science. This week we have been predicting whether different scientifically drawn circuits would work or not. Then we tested this using the equipment.

A reminder that it is World Book Day next Thursday, 1 March. Please start thinking about your book day costumes and your favourite book.

 

 

TERM 3

Week 5

In Maths, we have moved on to formal written methods for multiplying two digit numbers by one digit. We will continue to work on this next week.

In Literacy, as it is storytelling week, we have been recreating the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Today we had the privilege of performing them to Pembroke who were a great audience!

In Inquiry, we have been learning ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ song. It is quite fast so we are taking it one verse at a time. We have also linked it to geography by getting out the atlases and discussing how to use them. We used them to find where West Philadelphia and Los Angeles are (as well as England!)

Well done to those who went up in ‘cracking times tables.’ Keep working on them everyone.

 

Week 4

Apologies for the cancellation of our class assembly. I will let you know the new date once we have found space in the calendar.

We finished our aboriginal dot paintings in Inquiry this week. We are looking forward to putting them up around the classroom.

In Maths, we have been looking at how we can work out two digit multiplication using pictures. This will help us next week when we look at formal written methods.

In Literacy, we found out about inverted commas as how they are used in speech. We then wrote our own short story showing how we can accurately use inverted commas.

 

Week 3

Linking with our Inquiry we looked at the digeridoo and how it is played. We found it was a lot harder than it looked! We then looked at aboriginal dot painting and started to create our own, which we will finish next week.

In Maths, we have looked more closely at times tables, finding connections between the three and six times tables and solving problems based on them.

In Literacy, we finished our newspaper reports on the dragons and created some poems based on them.

Well done to everyone who moved up in their ‘cracking times tables’ this week – keep working on them everyone!

 

Week 2

On Wednesday we had our WOW Day when we found out our new Inquiry is …. ‘How Do We Make Music?’.  We had a great time making musical instruments and thinking about what questions we would like to ask/answer this term.

In Maths, we have consolidated our learning on multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 and built on this to find out what happens when we multiply by 1 or 0.

In Literacy, we have been looking at headings and subheadings. We then used them to create a newspaper report on a dragon causing chaos at Castle. We will be finishing these next week.

Congratulations to those who moved up in their ‘cracking times tables’ this week.

Week 1

We have been writing about our Christmas holidays in Literacy this week. We revisited the features of a recount and made sure we were putting everything that we learnt last term into our writing.

In Maths, we have been multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We have been looking at how when multiplying the number gets 10 or 100 times bigger and then when dividing the number gets 10 or 100 times smaller. We then applied what we knew to number sentences and problem solving.

In Science we have been learning about the different parts of a plant and their function. Next week we move on to our new topic of Electricity.

We had so many move up in their ‘Cracking Times Tables’ this week. Well done to everyone who did.  Keep practising!

A note from Mrs Wittmann .......  Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. Next Wednesday, 10 January, we will be having our WOW Day when the children will find out our Inquiry for this term. For this please can you bring in any plastic bottles, boxes, rice/lentils or cardboard.

A reminder that we still go out for games lessons even when the weather is cold. Please ensure your child has suitable PE kit - Tshirt, joggers and sweatshirt and trainers (not daps).

Finally, this term children will be getting Maths homework alongside their reading and spellings. This will be linked to work previously taught and, where needed, an explanation of methods taught will be added. Homework Club will be running on Thursday lunchtime this term for any children who would like extra support/time in school to complete their homework.

TERM 2

Week 6

 

We have been working our socks off this week rehearsing for the Key Stage 2 Christmas Class Songs. We hope you are able to come along on Monday to watch it!

In Inquiry, we have started to paint our Stonehenge models, whilst in Maths we have been looking at how we can represent multiplication in different ways.

In Literacy, our focus this week has been on prepositions. We have looked at the different types of prepositions and then applied them into a piece of descriptive writing based on a Christmas scene.

We have moved on from plants in Science and this week looked at how classification keys can help us identify animals. We used them to help us find out about invertebrates.

 

Week 5

Well done to everyone for their hard work during assessment week, you all did so well!

In computing this term we have been looking at how to use PowerPoint. At the beginning we weren’t very confident but now you would be amazed with what we can do! We have been creating multiple choice quizzes which show off how we can change the background, add animations and even link slides together.

In the afternoons, during our Inquiry time, we have been busy making our Stonehenge models. They are starting to take shape; the next step will be painting!

Only a few people moved up in our ‘cracking times tables’ this week so keep working on them everyone!

Week 4

In Literacy, our focus this week has been on the past and present tense. We have looked at how different words change depending on the tense and then showed that we can accurately use both past and present tense in our writing by creating a fact file of one of our characters from last week’s story.

This week in Maths, we have continued with our focus on money. We have delved deeper into problem solving and understanding of two step word problems. We will continue to work on this throughout the year. Next week we move on to multiplication!

In Science, we have been looking the way plants are similar and different. We then used our research skills to find out some more interesting facts about plants.

A note from Mrs Wittmann ... Thank you to all the children who completed the optional homework of creating a Stone Age diorama. They were amazing and I am very proud of you for taking the time and effort to produce such wonderful work.

Week 3

We have jumped forward in time from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age! We looked at what the differences was between the two ages and then created a timeline on the different stages of the Bronze Age. We have also been busy designing our Stonehenge models, thinking about how we will construct them and what materials we will need.

In Literacy, our focus this week has been on sentence openers. We have looked at all the different ways we can start our sentences and then have shown off our skills by writing a story based on Golidlocks and the Three Bears.

We have been looking at money this week in Maths. We have reminded ourselves how to convert pounds to pence and have been using our addition and subtraction skills to answer words problems relating to money.

A note from Mrs Wittmann ...  Just a reminder that we will be completing a 'junk modelling' project linked to our Inquiry next week. Please can you send in cardboard boxes, egg cartons, etc with your child's name or initials labelled on the items or on a carrier bag containing the items.  Thank you for your help with this.

Week 2

We have jumped into exchanging in subtraction. It is keeping us on our toes and our brains are working hard but we are starting to get the hang of it!

In Literacy we have been looking paragraphs and when to use them in our writing. We then showed off our understanding of paragraphs by writing a short story (with paragraphs) based on Stone Age Boy. We were even able to show off some amazing expanded noun phrases as well!

In Science, we have been looking at the seven life processes for living things. We learnt the acronym MRS NERG to help us remember them.

Stonehenge has been our focus this week in Inquiry. We used our research and reading skills to find out fun facts about Stonehenge and used this to create a fact file.

This week saw six children move up in their ‘Cracking Times Tables’. Well done!

 

Week 1

We have continued our work on subtraction in Maths but have moved on to finding out what happens when the number in the ones column is smaller. This has kept us thinking this week and we will continue to work on this next week when we also look at money.

In Literacy we have been looking at noun phrases and extended noun phrases. We then applied them to our writing by describing either Om or Stone Age Boy. We revised using commas in lists and then we found we could use them when putting two adjectives together in our writing. We continue to work on our reading comprehension. This week we used highlighters to help us find key words in questions and texts.

In Science, we have been revising food chains and their structure. We had some interesting discussions about habitats and how they can influence what animals can go in a food chain.

Congratulations to Ronnie for being named 'Pupil of the Week' for taking responsibility in making sure his work is beautifully presented.

 

A note from Mrs Wittmann ... Over the next few weeks we are going to be making models in our Inquiry lessons. If you have any cardboard boxes, for example egg cartons, please can you send them to school in a carrier bag labelled with your child’s name.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

TERM 1

 

Week 6

This week in Literacy we have been looking at the structure of letters getting ready to write a letter in the character of boy from Stone Age Boy. We have also been consolidating our understanding of synonyms.

In Maths, we have continued working on our subtraction. Alongside this, we have been looking more closely at words problems and the steps to help us solve them.

We have been learning about the different parts of the digestive system in Science; we were amazed at how long our intestines are!

In Inquiry, we have been comparing animals from the Stone Age. We then started to make our own woolly mammoths.

A big congratulation to all the children who have all moved up a level in their Cracking Times Tables, there were lots this week!  

Week 5

We are getting so good at column addition in Dover Class! We completed our hot tasks this week and were very proud of how much we have improved over the last couple of weeks. We are now tackling subtraction!

This week in Literacy we have read a book called Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. It is about a boy who times travels back to the Stone Age and meets a girl called Om. With help from Om, he starts to learn all about life in the Stone Age. We have been working on retelling this story just using picture prompts. Today we enjoyed being tour guides and showing each other around our Stone Age camp. However they had their eyes closed, so we had to describe the camp to them. We thought about how the camp looked, smelt and sounded. After, we wrote a descriptive paragraph in our books before sharing our favourite sentences with the class.

Huge congratulations to the children who have all moved up a level in their Cracking Times Tables.  Keep practising everyone - you can do it!

 Week 4 

We have been looking at teeth this week in Science; what types of teeth we have and why some are pointy and some are flat. We enjoyed making our teeth using clay and comparing them to each other.

We are getting more confident in column addition, including carrying. We have started to apply it in problem solving, thinking about what the question is asking me and if I have got a reasonable answer. A lot of people moved up this week in our ‘cracking times tables.’ Well done to everyone who did.

We have finished writing our own instructions independently and have enjoyed writing them in neat for our display. It is very exciting as we have found out that we can edit our work using pink pens!

In Inquiry, we have been looking at a British history timeline, trying to place events in chronological order. We were introduced to what B.C.E and C.E stands for.

 

Following recent confusion over homework submission as a Key Stage we have met and agreed upon a uniform submission deadline and expectations for homework.

From this week onwards homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be returned on the following Wednesday. This includes spelling challenges, reading four times a week - recorded in yellow reading record books - and a ‘definition detectives’ activity.

Homework has been given out today (Friday 29th September) and is to be returned next Wednesday (4th October). Please offer help and support to your child with this.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Wittmann

 

Week 3

Another week over already!

In Maths, we have been using what we know in place value to help us with written methods for addition. We have revised column addition, remembering that our ones, tens and hundreds need to line up and to always start by adding the ones.

In Literacy, we have been working on writing independently. We have used the instructional writing we completed in class to come up with our own instructions about how to trap (or in some cases look after) a magical creature. We are going to finish these next week.

We have pretty much finished building our shelters in our Inquiry lesson and most of us have painted them!

 

Week 2

We can finally reveal that our inquiry unit this term is…….… Ancient Britain!

Our WOW Day started by looking at how archaeologists use information to find out about the past. We became archaeologists ourselves by finding pieces of an artefact and putting them together. We noted down on our notepad any interesting features before measuring its width and height.

After this we started to look at the Stone Age and how it compared to our lives. They had no electricity! We also looked at the type of food they ate and how they worked as part of a tribe. In our own tribes we went on a hunt around the playground to find our own food.

In the afternoon we were able to get out hands dirty making our own Stone Age dwellings.

In Maths, we have looked at ordering and writing numbers in both numeral and words. We are learning to read the question carefully and try for ourselves before asking for help.

In Literacy, our stone giants have turned in to all sorts of magical creatures! In our tables we are busy drawing instructions about how to trap them which we will continue next week.

 

Week 1

What a first week we have had in Dover!  We have a new classroom and new routines, which has kept us busy.

Our new teacher, Mrs Wittmann, has been teaching us how to write a recount based on our adventures over the school holidays. We have been focussing on time connectives this week, making sure we are using them in our recount writing.

In Maths, we have been revising place value. We now understand the value of a digit in a three digit number using vocabulary such as hundreds, tens and ones. In our Maths books, we are learning how to represent our work in both pictorial and written forms.

We have also been looking at flags this week; why countries have flags and what the colours and shapes represent. We have chosen one flag which we will be drawing and researching next week.