Miss Johnson – Year 3 and 4

Spring 2018

Yr 3&4 Topic Web Spring 2018

Week beginning 5th February 2018


In art this week, Badgers have been making Egyptian style necklaces. They have used paper plates, paint and pasta. We looked at old Egyptian necklaces which we used as inspiration for our colours and patterns.


We wrote newspaper articles about Tutankhamun’s tomb being found. We looked at different sources, facts and listened to a radio podcast to gain a better understanding of Howard Carter’s discovery.

Week beginning 29th January 2018


In PE we continued to practise our Egyptian dances. We looked at moving from one shape to another fluently. We also learnt to count the step in our dances.


We learnt different ways to record our findings.

Trip – Tomb Raiders and Mummy Makers

Otters and Badgers thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the Saffron Walden Museum this week. We got to examine and draw some real artefacts from ancient Egypt.  We also started the process of mummifying a tomato!  As well as exploring the rest of the museum, we also burnt off some energy racing around a ‘turf-maze’.  With all that, and a picnic lunch in the nearby hall, we had a great day!

Week beginning 22nd January 2018


To prepare for our writing this week, children orally rehearsed the events of our story ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’. They completed a telephone exercise were they discussed their thoughts and emotions about how they would feel at different points in the story.


Forces and Magnets – children are discovering which objects repel and which attract. They are developing their knowledge of how magnets behave and are learning to describe this.


In music, we have been focusing on creating sounds according to the personality of a character. The children are composing a piece of music about a wicked/evil person or a happy/kind person and creating these sounds using a variety of instruments.

Week beginning 15th January 2018


To help us understand the main events of our story, children created drama pieces. They enjoyed creating humorous scenes and practised getting into character. This week the children also wrote fantastic character descriptions.


Children enjoyed learning about the mummification process in Ancient Egyptian times this week. We started by having a competition as to who could create the best mummy which led onto a discussion about preserving the body. Tissue paper is not a good wrapping element…


Week beginning 8th January 2018


We have been learning about forces and magnets. We used balloons as a force to move the car along the table.


Everything Egyptian – even our dancing! We are choreographing our own Egyptian dances inspired by different gods and goddesses.


Week beginning 4th January 2018

We are beginning our new topic on ‘Everything Egyptian’

We have begun to create our own Egyptian papyrus.

Autumn 2017

Week beginning 11th December 2017

Learning and having fun in the Explorers Area

Week beginning 4th December 2017


In maths this week, we have been focusing on multiplying up to 3-digit numbers. We also used our knowledge of multiplication to help us work out division problems.


We have been looking at a new stimulus for our writing this week called The Lighthouse. We had to be very observant when watching the video to record the events of the story. Our notes were used to write a recount of what happened using the past tense, exciting powerful verbs and other descriptive details.

Week beginning 27th November 2017

In Maths this week, we have been learning how to use the grid method for multiplication. We made arrays out of cubes to support our knowledge of this.

We also enjoyed the Christmas Craft morning , PSHE anti-bullying week and our Class Assembly on Friday!

Week beginning 20th November 2017


We continued learning skills for Tennis this week, including swinging a rack with control, throwing a ball and striking a ball with some accuracy. Additionally, we practised being agile on the court by completing some agility exercises. As we moved side to side, staying low, we had to shout out the number our partner was holding up. This allowed us to practise staying balanced and move while being focused on an object, as if we were waiting for the ball to come our way.


Badger class enjoyed another afternoon of cooking! We learnt skills for cutting different ingredients and learnt how to do this safely. They practised a bridge cut, grating, claw grip, using a fork and knife as well as being told about using kitchen scissors. Our favourite part was decorating our pizzas and eventually eating them as an afterschool snack!

Week beginning 13th November 2017


We tested each other on our mental maths skills! This week we have continued looking at addition and subtraction. We used the partitioned method to help us with our addition calculations. We then used calculators and check our answers.


We are focusing on accuracy when developing our tennis skills. We have learnt how to hold our rackets and use controlled movements when striking the ball back to our partners.

Week beginning 6th November 2017


In order to understand our story about camping, Badger Class hid under tables and had forts to crawl into whilst we listened to noises we might hear at night. In the pitch black, we were able to imagine what it might be like and how we would feel if we heard an ‘ominous’ sound… Then, as a class, we created mind maps of brilliant descriptive language including words to describe what we heard and how we felt. Thesauruses helped us learn new vocabulary!


We practiced adding and subtracting 2- digit, 3-digit and 4-digit numbers using different methods. After completing the calculations, we checked our answers using a calculator and made corrections.


Badger Class learnt how to make bread by talking about what each ingredient does to the mixture. We discussed the importance of hygiene when cooking so we washed our hands, tied our hair back and put aprons on. Then we read and followed the instructions to add ingredients, kneed, prove and bake our rolls. It was a messy but fun lesson!

Week beginning 31st October 2017


This week we learnt about early settlers from the UK, linking back to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We identified features of settlements and reasons why settlers chose particular sights. We used the index to find places in an Atlas.


Design and Technology

Bread investigators! We are learning about bread from around the world by identifying the different names and the origins they come from. We had the chance to taste test different types of bread and complete an evaluation sheet to describe the odour, appearance, taste and texture. We decided which one was our favourite and which one we disliked in our conclusions.

Week Beginning 16th October 2017

History – Badger class went on the West Stow trip with the rest of KS2. We enjoyed listening to an expert tell us all about the day in the life of an Anglo-Saxon, she was able to answer a lot of our questions! We explored the settlement which was developed to mimic the buildings and houses Anglo-Saxons lived in. We found out they had different huts for different purposes. In the afternoon, we had the chance to explore different artefacts in the museum! We also had great fun trying on the outfits and pretending to be Anglo-Saxon boys and girls.

English – Going on the school trip has helped up to develop ideas for our English. We were able to create Anglo-Saxon characters to use for our writing! We made notes on how they dress, their jobs, things like and dislike, their lucky charm and information about their families. Badger class even looked at Anglo-Saxon names for their characters. Did you know, Emma was a popular Anglo-Saxon name?

Week Beginning 9th October 2017

Forensic Science

We enjoyed learning how to investigate a crime scene. We used the process of elimination to find out who was guilty in relation to evidence found.


We created our own artwork using natural material found in the explorer’s area and around the school. We created different patterns inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.


We learnt how to take notes to help us plan our non-fiction writing, gathering lots of information about The Vikings!

Week Beginning 2nd October 2017


We completed Stage 1 of our brooches which was an incredibly sticky lesson! We used tissue paper and string to add detail. They will then be spray painted.



Over the week we looked at different forms of poetry. We made rules to help us remember the different types. Kennings poems were most interesting – so we had a go at creating our own.

5 – A – Day

We have enjoyed doing 5 minutes of dancing a day to keep us active. It also helps wake us up in between lessons!

Week Beginning 25th September 2017


This week our learning objective was to understand how to hear. We learnt our eardrums vibrate when we hear a sound. We put our ears to the test with blindfolds.


In French we learnt masculine and feminine nouns and practised saying these as a class and in partners.


During PE, we played a team game called ‘cat and mouse’!

Week Beginning 18th September 2017


In Science, we tested how good our hearing is by walking away from a sound and stopping when we couldn’t hear it anymore. We created phone cups to talk to our friends and focused on the vibrations it makes against our ears.


Role play exercises helped us to understand the events of our class story so far – we did this to help us plan our writing.


This week we used our knowledge of place value to add and subtract values of 10, 100 and even 1000 from different numbers.

Week Beginning 11th September 2017


In Science, we investigated sound. We learnt sound is made by vibrations which travel through the air to reach our ears.


We learnt how to convert simple nouns into expanding noun phrases, to make our writing more interesting, using the character ‘Grendel’ from our class book as inspiration.

Week Beginning 5th September 2017


This week we have created Henri Matisse inspired artwork. We used coloured paper (and LOTS of glue) to create collages of something we like and gave our compositions ‘original’ names!


During PHSE we thought about facial expressions and discussed emotions. We talked about how people will feel when faced with a new situation, for example going to a new school. Following this, we created role play scenes to act out helpful and unhelpful choices people make and how they will make others feel.