Class Blog for Year 3/4

Fires and Eruptions! 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Jacob Lewis

In Forest School this week we learnt how to make, light and stay safe around a fire.

After learning about the essential nature of creating fire in History just like the people in the Stone Age we used the tools and materials around us to help light a fire. We had a safety talk and video before venturing out into the woods. After finding a suitable spot we gathered materials to start and maintain a small fire for our science demonstration.

Following on from our work on the structure of the Earth we modelled the Earth's crust and the flowing inner mantle by toasting marshmallows over the fore we made. Science has never been so tasty!

Click this link to see an arty video of our fire!

Volcanic Eruptions.

We have also learnt that not all fire is man made. We have also been learning about the rock cycle and volcanoes. Having made our own model of a volcano we then used some chemisty skills to make the magma erupt into a lava flow.

It was great fun and as we used lemon juice instead of vinegar it was also quite a pleasant smell.

 


Methods of addition 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Jacob Lewis

This week we have been learning all about addition. As part of this we have been looking at written methods and our understanding of these methods.

Please click the link below to see a video of the stages of progress in our learnng that we will make to be able to use efficient written methods.

Click here for the video: Written Methods of Addition Video

 


A Mammoth day of Instructions 

Posted: 04/10/2019
Jacob Lewis

Following instructions to Make a Mammoth!

Today we became expert readers and editors as we followed a sheet of instructions to create a Woolly Mammoth from some simple items. 
Having had the experience of following someone else's instructions we not only know how we should write our own set of instructions we have made some very useful edits to improve our mammoth making.

I am sure you will agree they look fantastic. Look out next week for our very own instructions.

To follow and create our mammoths we not only honed our reading skills but also used many of our arts and craft skills. Luckily, Mr Lewis was the only one to slice his finger!

Forest School Art Work

Inspired by the art work of Andy Goldsworthy we took to the outdoors to create our very own nature inspired art work. We used only items we could find in the forest school area and got very creative. Art work of all shapes and sizes was created.

 


History Day 

Posted: 27/09/2019
Jacob Lewis

A day in the past.

Today we all made a great effort to dress up as events of people from the past. We managed to cover from prehistory all the way up to modern history whilst having a lot of fun.

We spent the morning estimating using inches, feet, hands and yards before tackling some estimations of Stone Age animals and people. Have a go at one of our challenges here on the left.

It was fun using old style measurements and our estimating was much more accurate using inches and feet!

The Mammoth Hunt.


After playtime we went on a mammoth hunt by reading this poem. We then used our fantastic skills with adjectives and powerful verbs to rewrite one of the verses. Please play our video to hear some of our poetry describing the mammoth that we were hunting.

Hunters and Gatherers

During the afternoon we went out onto the field to learn how to throw over a distance with accuracy. As we did so well we progressed to trying to hit moving targets with quite some success. We finished off with a game of hunter by trying to sneak up on animals without them hearing us.

 


Book suggestion for Year 3/4 

Posted: 20/09/2019
Jacob Lewis

Books recommendations from Mr Lewis

Enjoying reading is the most important thing about learning to read. This includes not only reading a story but listening to someone else read to you and talking about what you are reading.

Here are some book recommendations of books that are great fun. There should be something for everyone so why not visit the school library or go down to the (temporary) library in Liskeard and borrow some of them to see if they are for you.

Astrosuars by Steve Cole

I love this series of books by Steve Cole. Full of brilliant characters and super adventures across the universe. 

Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur – he’s an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil… and eats a lot of grass.

Other series by Steve Cole - Cows in Action, Slime Squad, Astrosaurs Academy.

Here is his website - Steve Cole

Roald Dahl

Literally anything he has writtenis wonderful. Some books are well within reach of Year 3 and 4 children but some may be a stretch but that is just a good excuse for adults to read these wonderful books to the children.

My favourite is very hard to choose but Fantastic Mr Fox is a right up there because I love to do the voices of the animals when I read it out loud to the class.

Danny Champion of the World is also a firm favourite as it reminds me of what an exciting and adventurous childhood should be like as well as reminding of the times I went playing in the woods as a child.

Check out the official Roald Dahl website here.

Our class book this term
Stig of the Dump

A great book full of adventure, friendship, magic and mystery. It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to read this book to the class. I cannot remember the number of times I have read this book but I never grow tired of it. Just imagine you had a friend like Stig! What could you learn from him? What could you teach him? What adventures would you get up to?



 


Outdoor Learning 

Posted: 17/09/2019
Jacob Lewis

Very soon we will be continuing our Learning Adventure outside through a variety of Outdoor Learning opportunities.

Please see below to find out what we will need to be able to learn outdoor skills and help answer our question 'What are Rocks Good for?'

Please check back here reguarly for updates on our learning.

Dear Parent or Guardian,

As part of our topic question this term we will be discovering about the usefulness of rocks through outdoor learning. We have a program of learning opportunities that we have planned over six weeks.

Starting on Thursday 26th September.

In order for your child to make the most of this they must be well equipped to handle the changeable weather conditions.

On a Thursday please could your child bring to school in a named bag:

Wellington boots (or a change of suitable footwear)
A waterproof coat that will most probably become dirty
A change of trousers that can stand up to the rigours of learning outdoors.
A change of jumper.
Depending on weather conditions Hat Gloves Warm Jumper.

Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions about the kit list in this letter then please do not hesitate to ask.

Regards

Mr J Lewis

 


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