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Summer 1

This half-term we are continuing with our Stone Age to Iron Age topic.  The children have spent the first few weeks studying Stone Age cave Art.  They have watched different video clips showing the inside of caves where ancient art has been discovered and studied close up pictures of the paintings. Following this, the children sketched ideas and then using pastels they created different effects. The children experimented with blending the pastels to get the different earthly colours.

 

Finally, in pairs, the children created their own piece of art using their ideas.  The tables were turned on their sides so it was like drawing onto a cave wall.  They will be on display in the classroom until half-term if you would like to come and have a look.

The Dordogne, France: Lascaux's Prehistoric Cave Paintings

More info about travel to France: http://www.ricksteves.com/europe/france From about 18,000 to 10,000 b.c., long before Stonehenge and the pyramids, back when mammoths and saber-toothed cats still roamed the earth, prehistoric people painted deep inside caves in what is today the Dordogne region of France.

Whilst the Year 4s were bell boating, the year 3s created Stone Age jewellery.  During the day, they studied different jewellery that was worn using google, planned their own design and then they created their necklace using clay.  Have a look at the pictures below.

Stone Age Jewellery

 

Spring 2

 

We have had an exciting few weeks back in the second half of the Spring term.  Ash class took to the great outdoors for the introduction to their new topic which is 'Stone Age to Iron Age'.  The children made damper bread around the fire, they made a piece of jewellery and used natural resources to create a piece of art.  Take a look at the pictures of the children thoroughly enjoying their WOW day.

Stone Age Wow Day

During our English lessons we have been enjoying the story 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura.  It is all about a boy who falls down a hole and finds himself back in the Stone Age where he gets to know a girl called Om.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning the model text and have written some really successful stories of their own although their character isn't met by a friendly face instead they are met by a hostile tribe. 

 

We have published the stories and they can be found in the library if you want to step back into the Stone Age and find out how the characters escaped the hostile tribe.  I can assure you that they all are a fantastic read with some great illustrations.

 

 

Spring 1

 

This half term is an extremely exciting half-term as the children put on their inventing hats as part of our topic.  Our topic is 'Bright Sparks!'. The children will be learning all about electricity so that they can invent and make their own electrical game ready to play with their parents at our maths café.  Watch out for more information and pictures as our learning unfolds and the sparks of our creative imaginations fly.

 

During our English lessons, we are continuing the topic of 'Bright Sparks!' by immersing ourselves in the animation 'Wing It' which is all about an inventor called Sherman.  He spends hours in his workshop planning and trying to create a flying machine but he keeps failing until one evening some aliens visit and give him a helping hand.  The next day, he wakes up with a fantastic idea and gets to work straight away. 

 

Have a look at the animation below.

 

 

WING IT!

The children thought about Sherman's feelings in the story and put themselves in his shoes by writing a diary entry from Sherman's perspective using all of their fantastic English skills.  We have chosen a couple of amazing examples, using the pot of fairness.

Diary Entries

Months of the Year Song & Days in A Month | Measurement & Time

The children in year 3 are learning about how many days are in each month. Today, we started learning this song and I promised that I would share it on the website so they could practise it at home.

Our 'Bright Sparks' topic is going really well.  Last week, the children used batteries, wires, lights, buzzers, motors and switches to create simple circuits.  Sometimes the components didn't work, but the children didn't give up and they used their problem solving skills to work out why the circuit may not be working.   

As part of our 'Bright Sparks' topic, the children created simple electrical circuits.

We are inventors!  Using our knowledge of circuits, the children have designed their own steady hand tester games.  This week, the children are using a variety of D&T skills to create their games ready for our Maths café on Thursday 9th February where the children will be able to enjoy their creations with their parents.  Have a look below at some of their creations in the making. 
We finished this half-term on a real high!  The children held a very successful maths cafe and enjoyed sharing their steady hand tester games with their parents.  Have a look at the pictures below to see how the final inventions looked.

Autumn 2

 

This half-term we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks.  We started off our topic by holding a Greek banquet.  The children enjoyed tasting the different foods.  Some went down really well and others not so well.  We evaluated the different foods throughout the banquet by scoring them based on their texture, appearance, smell and taste.

 

Greek food tasting

In English, the children have been enjoying reading Greek myths.  Our narrative text this half term was 'Theseus and the Minotaur'. We started the unit by looking at different mythical beasts. The children created fantastic poems about the mythical creatures using rich vocabulary and poetic techniques.  We then spent time immersing ourselves in the myth and learnt the model text using our story map and actions.   Following this, using their fantastic imaginations, the children created their own mythical beast and wrote their own myth.   

Greek Mythical Beasts

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In Ash class we have also been looking at how the Ancient Greeks have influenced architecture.  We looked at lots of different pictures of the Greek temples, identified their features and then found some buildings that have similar features today such as the British museum in London.  We then became architects and designed the front of our own building.  We had to decide on whether we wanted Ionic, Doric or Corinthian columns and the pattern above the columns.  Using clay and a variety of tools, the children created the front of their building.  They did a fantastic job of using our values for learning, perseverance, resilience and creativity.  Below are some pictures of them hard at work.

Ancient Greek inspired building tiles

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Our fabulous Greek temple clay tiles

Autumn 1

We have started the year well and all the pupils in Ash class have settled in and hit the ground running.  This half-term our topic has been Rockin' around the world.  The children have been looking at the Earth's structure, volcanoes and mountains and we are just going on to look at different rocks and soils.  Have a look below and see the fantastic learning that we have been doing.

 

Our English work has also been linked to our topic.  We have been reading and exploring the 'Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman.  The children have learnt an adapted version of the story and created their own wishing tale.  Philip Pullman would be extremely impressed with the writing that all the children have created. 

 

During P.E, the children are putting together a dance based around the book 'Escape from Pompeii'.  We are hoping to put a video up so that everyone can enjoy their performance.

 

Rockin' around the world

Below are some stories inspired by Philip Pullman. The children have enjoyed the Firework Maker's daughter and we have worked really hard to create our own wishing tales using talk4writing. I am sure you will be impressed with the quality of the writing. The pupils work was chosen using the pot of fairness.

Below are some stories inspired by Philip Pullman.  The children have enjoyed the Firework Maker's daughter and we have worked really hard to create our own wishing tales using talk4writing. I am sure you will be impressed with the quality of the writing.  The pupils work was chosen using the pot of fairness. 1
Below are some stories inspired by Philip Pullman.  The children have enjoyed the Firework Maker's daughter and we have worked really hard to create our own wishing tales using talk4writing. I am sure you will be impressed with the quality of the writing.  The pupils work was chosen using the pot of fairness. 2
Below are some stories inspired by Philip Pullman.  The children have enjoyed the Firework Maker's daughter and we have worked really hard to create our own wishing tales using talk4writing. I am sure you will be impressed with the quality of the writing.  The pupils work was chosen using the pot of fairness. 3
Below are some stories inspired by Philip Pullman.  The children have enjoyed the Firework Maker's daughter and we have worked really hard to create our own wishing tales using talk4writing. I am sure you will be impressed with the quality of the writing.  The pupils work was chosen using the pot of fairness. 4
Below are some stories inspired by Philip Pullman.  The children have enjoyed the Firework Maker's daughter and we have worked really hard to create our own wishing tales using talk4writing. I am sure you will be impressed with the quality of the writing.  The pupils work was chosen using the pot of fairness. 5

Ash Class 2015 2016

 

As you can see we had a fantastic Spring term learning about the 'Rotten Romans'.  The children made shields, created the Roman formations and worked as teams to design and make catapults.  They then enjoyed an afternoon demonstrating to their parents which was the most effective catapult design.

 

Ash class also brought the Romans into our P.E lessons.  They worked together in groups to create different motifs and sequences which culminated in a whole class dance that retold the invasion of the Roman army.  Key Stage one were a fantastic audience - please see the video clip below.

 

The Summer term in Ash class has been full of science excitement.  The children started the term exploring forces.  We received a mission from James Bond and planned a fair test to help him figure out which shoe had the best grip on a wet surface.  The children used force meters to test the force needed to make the shoe move and based on their results they drew a conclusion.  They also explored magnets and in groups they enjoyed using the magnets to see which materials were magnetic.  Once they had experimented with the magnets, they made a magnetic game.

 

During the final few weeks of the half-term, the children have become 'Nature Detectives'.  We kick started the topic with a fantastic trip to Bishops Wood where the children studied different habitats.  Back at school, they have learnt about the different variations in animal groups and looked at the food chains.  We had a fantastic afternoon dissecting owl pellets.  The children found all sorts of bones and using a key they were able to identify the body part and which animal the owl had eaten. 

 

 

The dance - The 'Rotten Roman invasion'

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Using their knowledge of the Roman invasions, the children put together motifs and sequences and retold the story of the invasion through dance. The children then took to the stage and performed the dance to Key Stage one.

Testing the catapults

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We really enjoyed testing out our catapults and measuring how far they fired different objects.

Testing out our catapults.

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The great outdoors - West Malvern year 4 adventure

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