Mrs Connolly and Mrs Dunham – Year 3 and 4

Summer Term 2018

Topic web Summer

Week beginning 17th April 2018

History – The focus this half term will be our local area so, on our first day back, Otters and Badgers walked around the village as History detectives, looking for clues to the past.


Computing – This week, Year 4s had great fun constructing lego models, with sensors and motors. Next week we will programme them to move!


Music – We explored pulse and rhythm this week. After learning three basic sounds of beatboxing (bass, high-hat and snare), we got into groups and had a go.

Spring Term 2018

Yr 3&4 Topic Web Spring 2018

Week beginning 26th March 2018

Art – This week, we finished our oil pastel pictures showing four different views of an animal.

PSHE – To round off our topic on ‘Keeping Safe’, we enjoyed a visit from PC Cole. We had a good look in his car and quizzed him on his job, as well as discussing various actions to help keep ourselves safe when out and about.


PE – We put together our own sequences of balances in gymnastics, focussing on changing the speed, shape and movements.

Week beginning 19th March 2018

Geography – We have been learning all about the River Nile. This week, we made our own leaflets for a River Nile cruise.


English – We have been working very hard on writing our own stories, all of which are about a child that takes a wild animal from its home, inspired by the book Windhover. We have reached the dilemma where our main character has to decide whether to return the animal to the wild or not.  Before writing a paragraph with lots of direct speech, we used drama to explore what our story characters might say to each other.  We also used a ‘Conscience Alley’ where the class formed two lines facing each other and one person walked between the lines, with everyone whispering conflicting advice to them. When they reached the end of the ‘alley’, the person had to make their decision!

 Maths – To consolidate our learning on shapes, lines and angles (and practise using a ruler properly!) we followed instructions to draw shapes and lines with specific properties.

Week beginning 12th March 2018

Science – It’s Science week and in Otter Class we have enjoyed lots of exploring and discovering! To understand further the role that flowers play in the life cycle of plants, we dissected some flowers to examine the different parts in more detail.

In addition to this, we had great fun exploring some other scientific concepts:

  • using Rice Krispies to enable an egg to survive the impact of being dropped from various heights
  • creating homemade rainbows by dissolving skittles in water
  • separating the different coloured inks of a felt tip pen using paper chromatography.

Week beginning 5th March 2018

Art – We looked at various animals in close detail this week. Over the next few weeks, we will aim to produce four different views of the same animal, using oil pastels.

English – Our focus this week has been adverbs and adverbial phrases. We had fun matching fronted adverbials to different sentences and then rearranging the sentences to change the position of the adverbial phrase within the sentence.

Guided Reading – To support our learning in Science, we read a text about flowering plants this week. After reading and discussing the text, we had to write a sentence to explain why flowers need birds and insects.

Week beginning 26th February 2018

Science – This week, we discussed what plants need for growth. In an attempt to answer this question, we planned and set up our own investigations.  We will grow plants under different conditions over the next few weeks and monitor their growth.


English – We have been exploring verbs. We identified verbs as words that describe being, having and doing.  In preparation for our own writing, we also picked out exciting verbs from a book we have read in class, Windhover, which tells the story of a baby falcon stolen from its nest.


Snow – Despite the bitterly cold temperatures, we enjoyed some fun in the snow!


World Book Day – We had a great time celebrating books and reading, dressed as some of our favourite story characters!

Week beginning 19th February 2018

Maths – We practised our measuring skills to investigate whether the total length of someone’s fingers (when added together) is the same as the length of one of their arms.

Science – We kicked off our new topic of plants by exploring several different types of plant. We examined their features and considered the functions of different parts of a plant.

English – ‘Expanded noun phrases’ was our focus this week. We practised expanding noun phrases, with modifying adjectives and prepositional phrases, and then trying to include them in our writing.  He we are creating some weird and wonderful creatures using expanded noun phrases (the powerful, golden cow of amazing strength, one gigantic, slimy elephant in the grass and my pink, spotted, rainbow-coloured frog with gigantic horns on its head).

Week beginning 5th February 2018

DT & Art – This week, we learnt about ancient Egyptian jewellery. After doing some research, we designed our own collars or necklaces and then made them using paper plates, paint and pasta.


Assembly – We had a lot of fun rehearsing our class assembly. We particularly enjoyed putting the finishing touches to our ancient Egyptian dance – but did the Pharaoh enjoy it?

Week beginning 29th January 2018

Explorers’ Area – What a fun week it has been! In addition to our trip to the museum, we had a super morning in the Explorers’ Area, connecting with the outdoor environment and developing key skills.

School Trip – 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

History – This week we learnt all about the ancient Egyptian ritual of mummification. We found out about the different steps of the process and then had a go at wrapping each other up with toilet roll.  What do you think of our mummification skills?


English – We wrote letters this week, in role as one of the servants from our current book, The Egyptian Cinderella. After finishing our letters, we worked with a partner to edit and improve our writing.

Art – In preparation for making our own cartouches out of clay (a carved tablet the ancient Egyptians used to display their names) we practised using hieroglyphs.

Week beginning 15th January 2018

Science – We had great fun exploring magnets and their properties this week. In particular, we discussed the poles of a magnet and the words ‘attract’ and ‘repel’.


Art – This week we painted our papyrus paper with traditional Ancient Egyptian images, using paints.

English – We used drama to retell the story of ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’.

Week beginning 8th January 2018

Art – This week, we made our own papyrus from brown paper and glue. It was very messy but lots of fun.


Maths – We have been learning about fractions this week. Here we are sorting cards into groups of equivalent fractions.

PE – We worked in pairs to create short dances, inspired by our topic of Ancient Egypt.

Week beginning 4th January 2018

History – We launched our new topic of ‘Everything Egyptian’ by exploring an undiscovered pyramid! Hidden in the darkness were many different artefacts.  We hunted them out with our torches and then carefully examined them, thinking about what they could have been used for and what they might tell us about life as an ancient Egyptian.


Music – We worked in groups to create compositions to depict three different ancient Egyptian gods: Ra (god of the sun), Horus (god of the sky) and Sobek (god of the Nile).

PE – This week, we practised our throwing and catching skills (including catching with one hand).

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