Mrs Connolly and Mrs Dunham – Year 3 and 4

Autumn Term 2018

Year 3&4 Topic web Autumn 1

Week beginning 15th October 2018

Science – This week, we made our own mini compost bins down in the Explorers’ Area. Using plastic bottles, we added layers of small stones, soil, vegetable peelings and leaves.  We also added some water and real live worms.  The worms are essential as they will eat the plant matter and break it down, leaving the resulting compost rich in nutrients.  We will observe the changes in our compost bins over the next few weeks.



DT – People in the Stone Age invented sewing using needles made out of bone. We had a go at making our own needle pouches by carefully sewing together two pieces of felt and then adding a fastener.

Week beginning 8th October 2018

PE – We have been continuing to develop our hockey skills. Over the last few weeks we have worked very hard to improve our control of the ball.  We have focussed on travelling at speed with the ball, passing, receiving and intercepting.

Computing – This week, we had a go at adding data to a database. We will use this database over the next few weeks.


Class Assembly – We have also been very busy rehearsing for our class assembly this week. For those of you who managed to see it, we hope you thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you didn’t make it, then enjoy the photos!

Week beginning 1st October 2018

Trip to Flag Fen

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Flag Fen this week. Flag Fen is site of huge archaeological importance due to the discovery of a wooden causeway which was used by prehistoric people, as a way of moving through the waterlogged landscape, thousands of years ago in the Bronze Age.  As well as looking at the remains of the causeway, we examined many different artefacts to learn more about life in prehistoric times.  We had a lot of fun exploring the reconstructed roundhouse and replica log boats and even got to make out own pot out of clay, just like they would have done in prehistoric times.  Our visit also included a captivating story around the fire.  A great time was had by all!


Week beginning 24th September 2018

Art – We completed our Stone Age Cave Paintings this week and they look great! Using stencils we had cut out ourselves, we drew and coloured our animals with charcoal and chalk.


French – This week, we discussed nationalities and learnt how to say what nationality other people are in French.


Just chilling – Sometimes in Otter Class we spend a few minutes after lunch practising relaxation and meditation techniques, to help us focus and get ready for an afternoon of learning!

Week beginning 17th September 2018

Art – We started working on our Stone Age style cave paintings this week, using sponges and paint to create a stone-effect background.


History – This week we considered how we have learnt about life in prehistoric Britain through archaeological artefacts. We examined some real flint and also some pictures of different flint tools from the Stone Age, attempting to work out what each one was used for.

Week beginning 10th September 2018

Science – This week we looked at different types of rock and had a go at grouping them. We learnt that there are 3 different types of rock: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.


PE – We enjoyed our second lesson of hockey this week. We practised our dribbling skills and also passing and receiving the ball.

Week beginning 5th September 2018

The children in Otter Class have all returned to school full of enthusiasm and excitement about the year ahead.  A super start to the Autumn term!

We have had a lot of fun this week getting to know our new class mates by playing games and completing team building activities.