Miss Johnson – Year 3 and 4

Summer 2019

Week beginning 15th July 2019

English and Computing

We have created our own stop-frame animations throughout this week. We developed a backdrop for our scenes and made the characters out of modelling clay. Once we created the different shots, it made our clip which we could then add voices to, to re-told the stories we wrote in English.

Explorer’s Area

We enjoyed our last session in the nature area building dens and exploring.

Week beginning 8th July 2019

Personal Challenge

Badger Class worked hard this week to improve the number of skips we could do in 60 seconds. We also did timed laps of the field to show that our fitness will improve if you keep practising and pushing yourself.


We enjoyed wearing our costumes for the dress rehearsal.

Week beginning 1st July 2019

Butterfly Release

We enjoyed watching our caterpillars grow in size, turn into chrysalides and then transform into butterflies. We placed our hands in the net to see if one landed on us and some of us got very lucky before they flew away.

Week beginning 24th June 2019


In swimming this week we practised kicking our legs and floating on our backs. Some of us have started developing our backstroke skills without floats!


We used our houses from last week to test whether or not mangroves protect houses and building from Tsunamis. We went to the Explorer’s Area to build our models.

Week beginning 17th June 2019


This week we have been learning about Tsunamis and the devastating effects they have on the land they flood. We created model houses ready for our Tsunami practical next week.


In Spanish, we used our bilingual dictionaries to look up new words.


Week beginning 10th June 2019


In Maths this week, we have been investigating different ways of completing division. We established sharing and grouping gives you the same answer. The children learnt that sharing is better for smaller numbers and dividing by grouping is better when dealing with larger numbers.

Week beginning 3rd June 2019


In Maths this week, we have been using our knowledge of multiplication to work out factor pairs using arrays.


Bikeability leaders came in to deliver a fun session where we could test out different bikes and practise our balance skills. We also created electricity by biking as fast as we could to power a music box!

Week beginning 20th May 2019


In science, we practised using and making our own classification keys. We looked at the similarities and differences between different animals in order to ask appropriate questions to group the animals.


During PSHE this week, we discussed what it means to have a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. We explored the different foods you can have and created a healthy meal plan for a whole week at school!

Week beginning 13th May 2019


We went down to the Explorers Area on an invertebrate hunt. We looked for insects that do not have a backbone. We found centipedes, woodlice, earwigs, spiders, caterpillars, worms and butterflies. Using a classification key, we recorded their characteristics.


In English this week, we focused on ‘Performance Poetry’. We created our own volcano poems using lots of exciting vocabulary and rehearsed them to share with the class. We included actions to give our poem more emphasis when performing.

Week beginning 6th May 2019


We recreated our own versions of Hokusai’s wave by pressing down certain areas of polystyrene and then rolling paint onto them to create a print.


In our swimming lesson this week, we practised getting into the streamline position and gliding forward. We discussed our technique for completing the front crawl and practised having straight legs and kicking feet.

Week beginning 29th April 2019


We learnt about tectonic plates and how they move in different ways beneath our feet. We discussed volcanoes and how they are formed and then completed an exciting experiment to show them what happens when pressure builds.



We learnt about the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. During the lesson, we learnt how to use a classification key to help us determine the similarities and differences between animals. These differences are called variation and we can classify animals into five different groups: fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds.

Week beginning 24th April 2019


During English, children read a new story ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and had a go at acting out and explaining the key events of the book using a story map.


We recreated the layers of the Earth by using Play Dough. The different colours and thicknesses represent the different layers – inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. We found out information about each of these layers and recorded our learning.

Spring 2019

Yrs 3&4 Topic web – Spring

Week beginning 25th March 2019


This week, Badger Class investigated the melting points of different materials. We watched the materials change states from a solid to a liquid and measured the temperature at the point this happened. The materials we used included butter, wax and ice cream!


Continuing our learning about China this term, we taste-tested a traditional Chinese appetiser – Dim Sum. We tried different dipping sauces to go alongside them and evaluated how we thought they tasted.

Week beginning 18th March 2019


We have been looking at Chinese vases. Children had a go at drawing one thinking about the shape of the vase and making sure it is symmetrical. Using oil pastels, we smudged and blended the different tones of blue. We painted them white and are then going to scratch the patterns into the vases.


‘Why do we put salt down on the roads in winter?’

We asked ourselves this questions and looked at the effects of salt on ice. We did this by having water ice cubes and ice cubes that were full of salt. We observed which ones melted quicker and discussed why.

Week beginning 11th March 2019


We continued our learning about solids, liquids and gases by looking at the temperature of water in its different states. We used thermometers and learnt that in order for water to be a solid it has to be below 0 degrees Celsius and for water to reach a gas it has to boil over 100 degrees Celsius.

We completed extra science lessons this week because of Science Week. Children create paper aeroplanes to test different ways of structuring an aeroplane. We discussed that size differences and wingspan played a role in how far the aeroplane could fly.

Week beginning 4th March 2019

Maths – In maths this week, we have been learning different strategies to add and subtract amounts of money. We have been partitioning the £ and pence, using a number line and a column method.

PE – In our PE lesson this week, we were practicing throwing and catching with control and accuracy, using two hands and one.

Week beginning 25th February 2019


In science, we are learning about the properties of solids, liquids and gases. We categorised different objects and discussed why some objects can change their states of matter.


We discussed our prior learning of the 5 oceans and the 7 continents and then explored maps and located countries using an atlas.

Week beginning 11th February 2019

Explorers Area

We enjoyed the morning in the Explorers Area climbing trees, making little fires and building forts. The children had a go at toasting a marshmallow over the burning wood. We had a wonderful time and ended it by sing around the fire pit.



In Music, we learnt about the pentatonic scale. We composed our own piece of music using just five notes. It sounded like Chinese music, linking to our topic.

Week beginning 4th February 2019


In Maths, we have been looking at fraction and decimal equivalences. We completed a matching activity to show our understanding.


We have been learning to follow instructions to create a Paper Mache Piggy Bank! We have really enjoyed this project and have written our own instructions for someone else to follow!


In Art, we developed our own tones and tints to paint our dragons with detail.

Week beginning 28th January 2019


In Maths, we have been finding fractions of a quantity. We discussed how it is similar to dividing by sharing and grouping. In order to help us, we used counters.


For Science this week, we set up an experiment to test the effects of different liquids on our teeth. The eggshells represent the enamel of our teeth. We observed what happens to the eggshells after 48 hours. After getting over the nauseating stench of egg and vinegar, we concluded our findings. Milk and water did not make changes to the eggshell compared to the other liquids!

Week beginning 21st January 2019


In Maths, we have been learning to add and subtract fractions. We used counters to demonstrate the fractions and then manipulated them to add or subtract a given amount.

Guided Reading

Every child participated in different reading tasks throughout the week. The children had the opportunity to enjoy a good book, read a newspaper or listen to story CD.

Week beginning 14th January 2019


In our science lesson this week, we conducted a comparative test, comparing brands of toothpaste. We tested four different types of toothpaste and recorded how long it took to scrub off a stain.


In Maths, we have been learning about fractions. We started the week by understanding what we mean by the terms denominator and numerator, and then we moved on to equivalent fractions.


In preparation for painting Chinese dragons in the coming weeks, we learnt how to mix tints and tones of blue.

Week beginning 7th January 2019


In Science, we have started learning about our digestive system and the different organs, which are involved in the digestive process. We focused on the first part of digestion – the mouth. We learnt about the different types of teeth humans have including, incisors, canines, premolars, molars and wisdom teeth. We learnt about their different purposes and had a go at identifying them in our own mouths!


This week we revised our knowledge of time by converting from an analogue clock to digital 12 hour and 24 hour clocks. We also looked at time intervals and calculated how long some of our favourite TV programmes are on for by using the start and end times.

Autumn 2018

Year 3&4 Topic web Autumn 1

Week beginning 10th December 2018

We have had a very busy week in Badger Class!


Science – In our Science lesson this week, we learnt that light travels in a straight line. We used torches and mirrors to try to change the direction of the light.

Maths – In maths this week we have continued our work on division, concentrating on sharing. We used a place value grid and hundred, tens and units counter to solidify our understanding.

Music – In music this week, we learnt about rhythm. We were inspired by the sounds of “Stomp” and we created our own versions using our bodies and classroom objects as percussion instruments. We finished the session putting all our ideas together to create a whole class stomp!

PSHE – We did a team challenge in PSHE this week. Working together, we had to build the tallest tower that could hold a single marble. We all had the same materials; 30 paper straws, masking tape, scissors and paper. Congratulations to Mikey, Sheena, Brooke and Freddie who managed to build a tower that was 136 cm tall!

Week beginning 3rd December 2018

Science – In this week’s Science lesson we learnt what materials are transparent, translucent and opaque. We investigated how much light passed through each object and recorded our findings. As you can see we had a lot of fun with the torches!

PE – This week we completed our dances. We have worked hard making sure our movements were fluent.

Week beginning 26th November 2018


We used our digital mapping skills on the computer to locate Parisian tourist attracts.


We completed our investigations in Science about whether or not the size of the shadow gets bigger as a light source moves away from an object.


We have started our learning about division by investigating the difference between sharing and grouping using cubes.

Week beginning 19th November 2018


In PE this week, we practised difference balances with a partner and then continued to work on our street-dance.



In Maths this week we have been investigating factor pairs; the two numbers that multiply together to get the product.

Class Assembly

We’ve been working hard on our Class Assembly this week. We hope you enjoyed it.


Week beginning 12th November 2018


In French, we continued to practise our numbers. We focused on pronunciation!


We have started learning about multiplication this week, using arrays and understanding fact families. The children have worked very hard this week!

Week beginning 5th November 2018


In our science lesson this week, we investigated shadows. We learnt that shadows are formed when a solid object blocks a light source, and we had lots of fun with the torches in the classroom making shadow shapes.



We have been lucky to have a professional dancer come in and teach us a street dance. We are really enjoying this whole class dance and learning new dance moves.

Week beginning 29th October 2018


In our Maths sessions this week, we have been learning how to use the bar model to help us with addition and subtraction calculations. We started the week with an investigation using coloured rods of different values.


In English this week, we have been learning how the war affected different people and how they had different opinions. We used drama to show this. At the end of the week, we used our historical knowledge to write letters about how the war changed civilian lives too through rationing and the stress of filling the jobs men left behind when they were sent to war.

Week beginning 15th October 2018


Children created mini compost bins by creating layers of different materials in the Explorers area. Rocks, compost, worms, vegetable/fruit peels, leaves and small quantities of water were added to them. We are keeping the compost bins safe to watch what happens over time.


We were learning about ‘rights & responsibilities’ this week. Children understood that all rights come with responsibilities and expectations. We learnt it is important to consider other people’s rights and responsibilities as well as our own.



Week beginning 8th October 2018


In science, we learnt about the different types of soil. We tested their water permeability by investigating how much water passes through them in five minutes.


In history, we learnt about what life was like in the Iron Age and compared this with the Bronze Age. We acted out different jobs they had to do, linking to our English Stone Age Boy work we did last week.

Week beginning 1st October 2018

School Trip to Flag Fen

We enjoyed our visit to Flag Fen where we learnt about prehistory. There were monumental discoveries like the wooden causeway and platform. Archaeologists also found artefacts dating as far back as the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Long boats were discovered in Must Farm, which prehistoric people would have used for travel and trade. The children enjoyed looking at the materials, which had been excavated in the area. They also enjoyed making a pinch pot out of clay!

Week beginning 24th September 2018


 In our English lessons this week we have been writing and editing our Stone Age story endings. We also learnt about including interesting sentence starters to improve the quality of our writing.


 In our French lessons we learnt where in the world they speak French and how we’d say different nationalities.


We have finished our cave paintings and they look very authentic!

Week beginning 17th September 2018


In Science, we observed how rocks change over time. We tested various rocks to check their density by seeing if they sink of float. Additionally, Badgers tested the effect of weathering and erosion by shaking rocks in a jar of water. They found, particularly in sedimentary rocks, that pieces of sediment would break off into the water.


Children are continuing to practise their hockey skills. This week we focused on having control over our sticks and balls!

Week beginning 10th September 2018


We started our learning on rocks and fossils by looking at the three different types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We handled the different rocks and categorised them into naturally occurring and man-made, like cement.


We are learning the place values of different numbers and practising reading and writing numbers up to and beyond 1000.

Week beginning 5th September 2018


The Stone Age was introduced as our topic this half term. We discussed the different tasks or jobs these people had. We had a go at acting out the activities down in the explorer’s area.

We enjoyed getting to know each other too!