Mrs Connolly and Mrs Dunham – Year 3 and 4

Summer Term 2019

Week beginning 15th July 2019

Stop-Frame Animation Project – This week, we made our characters out of plasticine and completed our stop-frame animations.

Explorers’ Area – We had great fun in the Explorers’ Area creating mud faces in the trees!

Music – We also enjoyed playing the ocarina this week.

Week beginning 8th July 2019

KS2 Production – This week, we have been working hard in rehearsals for our KS2 production ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’.

Stop-Frame Animation Project – Using narratives we wrote, based on ‘The Wizard of Oz’, we are making our own stop-frame animations. This week we wrote our scripts and made our back-drops, using shoe boxes.

Week beginning 1st July 2019

Science – This week, we carried out a habitat survey in the school grounds.

Butterflies – We also released our butterflies into the wild. We have thoroughly enjoyed observing the miracle of metamorphosis up close. We have seen the caterpillars grow, change into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies.

Week beginning 24th June 2019

PE – In swimming, we have been working hard on our backstroke leg-kick.


Computing – This week, we developed our programming skills using Scratch. We had to write a script to make two sprites (characters) have a conversation and move. Many of us are very confident at programming now and can work independently when using Scratch.

Week beginning 17th June 2019

Geography – We learnt about the effects of a tsunami this week. We even created our own model tsunamis, using water in a tray, and explored the protective role of mangroves.


Spanish – This week, we practised using our Spanish-English bilingual dictionaries.

Week beginning 10th June 2019

Spanish – We have been learning some classroom instructions in Spanish, along with some actions to help us remember them.


Maths – We have revisited multiplication and division this week and the fact that they are inverse operations. We were also asked to prove that sharing and grouping for division give the same answer.

Week beginning 3rd June 2019

Geography – This week we learnt how tornadoes are formed. We all had a go at creating a vortex using water in a bottle.


Computing – We have been programming Lego WeDo to move!


Bikeability – We were very lucky to be given the opportunity to try out all sorts of different bikes in the playground. We even had a go at using pedal power to generate electricity.

Week beginning 20th May 2019

English – We’ve been revising some SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) this week. Here we are playing a plural or possessive apostrophe game to test our knowledge of when to use an apostrophe.


PE – In swimming we have been working on our front crawl technique, particularly the leg-kick and breathing. This week we enjoyed team relays to focus on efficient leg-kick for speed.

Week beginning 13th May 2019

Science – This week, we enjoyed hunting for invertebrates in the Explorers’ Area.


English – We have been exploring performance poetry this week. After learning and performing poems written by others, we had a go at writing our own volcano poems and performing them in small groups.

Week beginning 6th May 2019

Art – This week, we made our own 3D recreations of Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ by cutting out mountains and waves from coloured card and sticking them together with foam pads to separate each layer.


English – To help us write our own stories about the volcanic eruption in Pompeii, we re-read ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit and sequenced the events of the eruption.


Science – We used our knowledge of the different classes of vertebrates to classify lots of different animals this week. Some of us are very knowledgeable about animals!#

Week beginning 29th April 2019

Geography – This week, we have been learning about tectonic plates and how volcanoes are formed.

Science – We had a go at grouping and classifying animals according to various criteria.

Art – This half term, we are working on two art projects inspired by ‘The Great Wave’, a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. This week, we had a go at producing our own prints of great waves and Mount Fuji, using polystyrene blocks rather than wood. After practising on paper, we etched our designs into a sheet of polystyrene and then used it to make a colourful print.

Week beginning 24th April 2019

Geography – To launch our new topic of ‘Active Planet’, we have been finding out what is beneath our feet! We made models of the Earth, to show the different layers, using playdough. Having created our models, we then made information labels for each of the different layers. We were really pleased with the finished results!


PE – We enjoyed a great game this week which was a bit like cricket, but with a football! The fielding was a little different too and required good teamwork.

Spring Term 2019

Yrs 3&4 Topic web – Spring

Week beginning 25th March 2019

DT – In preparation for making our own dim sum, this week we sampled two different types of dim sum with three different dipping sauces. Some of us took a bit of persuading but we decided they were delicious!


Topic – We were very pleased to welcome some Chinese students from King’s Ely School this week. They talked to us about China and living there and we asked them lots of questions! We also had a lot of fun learning some words in Chinese and then playing a game to see which words we could remember.


Science – We have been learning about States of Matter – solids, liquids and gases. This week, we carried out an investigation to find the melting points of different materials (ice cream, butter and wax).

Week beginning 18th March 2019

Computing – This week we used scratch to write algorithms to create regular polygons, such as pentagons, hexagons, octagons, decagons and even dodecagons. We also had great fun writing algorithms to control our new mBot robots!


Art – We finished our pictures of Ming vases this week. To create our pictures of these iconic blue and white porcelain vases, from ancient China, we first drew our desired shapes and coloured them in with shades of blue, using oil pastels. We then painted the vases with a layer of white primer paint and finally ‘engraved’ them with a sharp tool to create the blue pictures and patterns.

Week beginning 11th March 2019

French – We have been shopping this week! We explored Euros and the cost of various shop items and then learnt how to politely ask for them.


Science – It’s British Science week and the theme this year is ‘Journeys’. We had an amazing time taking a journey across space in a pop-up planetarium! We learnt all about the sun, the planets, the stars and even the Roman and Greek myths, as told in the constellations of the night sky.

We also put our design skills to good use by creating our own paper aeroplanes and helicopters and then sent them on journeys across the classroom to see how well they could fly. After a few practice flights and any required modifications, we timed how long each aircraft stayed in the air and recorded our results.

Week beginning 4th March 2019

English – We have been exploring similes and metaphors this week, before writing some poems. Here we are matching up appropriate pairs to create effective similes and metaphors.


Geography – This week, we used atlases to locate countries in the Northern and Southern hemispheres.


World Book Day – We also had great fun celebrating World Book Day at the end of the week.

Week beginning 25th February 2019

Maths – We practised our measuring skills this week to answer the question ‘Are both of our feet the same size?’


English – We are really enjoying the book ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’ by Philp Pullman. It is a story of a young girl who wants more than anything to be a firework-maker, but every firework-maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend! After reading a passage where Lila’s friend begs the Goddess of the Emerald Lake for some magic water to help Lila in her quest, we re-enacted the scene.

Week beginning 11th February 2019

Explorers’ Area – On Wednesday we had a fantastic time down in the Explorer’s Area. Our focus was working together and we were given the challenge of making something. Lots of us had a go at making fire using flint and steel. Other projects included bug hotels, mud sculptures, dens, various tools and weapons and of course a few mud pies!

Week beginning 4th February 2019

History – This week, we learnt about everyday life in Ancient China during the Shang Dynasty. We showed what we had learnt using drama which was great fun.


Class Assembly – We have also been very busy this week rehearsing for our class assembly. For those of you who managed to see it, we hope you enjoyed it.

Week beginning 28th January 2019

Science – This week, we learnt about tooth decay by investigating which drinks do the most damage to an eggshell (which is similar to the enamel on our teeth). We found out that bacteria in the plaque on our teeth turns the sugar we eat and drink into acid which does the most damage and causes cavities. In our investigation, the vinegar (which is an acid) completely destroyed the eggshell.


French – We learnt some different phrases to describe the weather. There were actions too, to help us remember them!

Art – We started to paint our dragons this week, using tints and tones of blue.

Week beginning 21st January 2019

Music – We had great fun using the pentatonic scale to compose a piece of music depicting a Chinese dragon.


History – This week we made timelines to show different ancient civilisations. We also examined how long the Shang Dynasty ruled for in China.


Art – We peer-assessed our first attempts at sketching a Chinese dragon, before having another go!

Week beginning 14th January 2019

Maths – It’s been a week of fractions and we’ve been exploring fractions in all sorts of different ways. First, we revisited what fractions are and how to identify them and here we are investigating equivalent fractions using coloured rods and by drawing squares of different sizes and splitting them into equal parts.


Art – This week we made tints and tones of the colour blue using powder paints. A tint is produced by mixing a colour with white to reduce the darkness, whilst a tone is produced by mixing a colour with grey to increase the darkness. The challenge was to produce as many different tints and tones of blue as possible!


PE – We worked hard to improve our dribbling skills in football this week.

Week beginning 7th January 2019

Maths – This week we looked at area and perimeter problems and also revisited telling the time.


Art – We followed step by step instructions to sketch a Chinese dragon.



History – To launch our new topic, we used various secondary sources (books and internet sites etc.) to explore the period of the Shang Dynasty in China.

Autumn Term 2018

Year 3&4 Topic web Autumn 1

Week beginning 10th December 2018

Maths – We explored division by sharing, using a place value grid and counters.


Geography – This week we located neighbouring countries in Europe using an atlas.


PSHE – To better understand working collaboratively with others and taking on different roles within a team, we had a go at building replica Eiffel Towers in small groups using straws! Good communication was essential; to start with, we weren’t even allowed to talk and it was impossible!

Week beginning 3rd December 2018

Music – We had a go at playing a Christmas carol on the glockenspiel. Some of us even tried a duet with harmonies.



PE – We enjoyed putting the finishing touches to our Street Dance routine!


Art – Using the technique of pointillism, we had a go at shading; looking carefully to see how close or far apart to make the separate dots with a pen.

Week beginning 26th November 2018

French – This week, we talked about various festivals and getting presents. We all had a go at saying what we would like for Christmas in French.


Maths – We have been working really hard to develop our understanding of division. We have explored arrays and the relationship between multiplication and division and how we can divide by either sharing or grouping.


Art – We had a go at optical colour mixing using a colour wheel.

Week beginning 19th November 2018

Geography – This week, we thoroughly enjoyed using digital mapping to explore the city of Paris and locate various tourist attractions.



Art – We chose different ‘tools’ to explore the technique of Pointillism.


English – We are enjoying our new book ‘Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick. This week we re-enacted one of the scenes to help us understand how the main character, Hugo, may have been feeling before we wrote a diary entry in role.

Week beginning 12th November 2018

Science – We continued work on our new topic of ‘Light’. This week, we had great fun exploring shadows and how they are formed.  Unfortunately the sun was not out so we had to make do with torches in a darkened classroom!



Art – This week, we closely observed the painting ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ painted in 1884 by Georges Seurat. It is one of his most famous pieces of work using the technique of pointillism, in which small, distinct dots of colour are applied to form an image.

Week beginning 5th November 2018


English – This week, we explored some WW1 poetry and our feelings about the war. One of the poems we read was ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.  We started by looking at the vocabulary and matching words to their meanings.  After reading and discussing various poems, we had a go at writing our own remembrance poems.


PE – We are very lucky to have a professional dance teacher this half term; she is teaching us a street dance routine which is great fun!

Week beginning 29th October 2018

Maths – This week, we have been working on our addition and subtraction skills and using bar models to represent various number problems. We also had great fun exploring number patterns using Cuisenaire Rods (coloured rods of different lengths).  We were given a numerical value for one of the rods and then had to work out the value of all the other rods.


English – With the Armistice centenary on 11th November, our focus for the next two weeks is the First World War.  This week, we learnt about life in Britain during WW1 and used drama to explore people’s reactions to the outbreak of the war.

Art – Continuing with the theme of the First World War and remembrance, we made poppies using egg boxes.

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.