The children in Year 3 and 4 enjoy the opportunity to work with new children outside their usual year group. This not only enables them to develop new friendships across the school, but also gain new skills as they collaborate with children of a different age.
During the year we aim to offer the children a broad range of experiences, both in and out of school, and develop their independence and responsibility for their own learning. This is vitally important as they prepare to move into upper key stage 2.
The Year 3/4 teaching team is:
Mrs Simpson - Class Teacher (Chameleons)
Miss Hutchings - Class Teacher (Geckos)
Mrs Simmons/Mrs Cook - Science
Mr Bagge - ICT
Mrs Slominski (LSA support)
Homework Rota: Maths/English and Spellings are handed out on a Thursday for completion and return on the following Tuesday.
Library Time : Tuesday afternoon (although children are also trusted to use the library in their own time).
P.E.: Games time is Tuesday afternoon (with R & R) and indoor PE is on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning. The children will also receive 6 weeks of David Lloyd tennis at some point during the year. The children in Year 4 will also receive swimming lessons later in the year.
The class teachers are on duty from 8.45am on the meadow playground, where you are more than welcome to discuss any issues. However, if there is any aspect of your child's school experience that you would like to discuss in private, please call the school office to arrange a meeting.
An enormous well done to all the children today for their incredible enterprise skills. I was super impressed with the hard work put in to all the ideas and the resources the children brought along were fantastic.
Well done everybody!
Red Nose Day - 2019!
Wow didn't they all look amazing!! Well done to Layla for winning the KS2 prize for craziest hair, what an amazing idea!! Fingers crossed all the hairspray comes out by Monday :)
Mrs S x
World Book Day 2019!
The children look fantastic today! Thank you for all the effort and hardwork that has been put into their costumes. They are having a fabulous day writing and illustrating their own picture books.
Mrs S x
What a fun afternoon! We hope all you all had a great time this afternoon competing in the pancake races!
Here are some pictures of the fun and games :)
Mrs S x
Spring into Fitness - Day Two
We have had another wonderful day in school! We started the day investigating how physical activity affected our heart rate by checking our pulse during a variety of activities. We then converted our data in bar charts so we could compare how different levels of activity affected our pulse.
We were also treated to a visit from Mr Bagge who showed us how the school network works out on the playground. We all took on a role, dashing around the circuit to print, visit web pages and retrieve saved data from the network.
After this, we were extremely lucky to receive some training from a charity called HeartBeatzUK. We learned about using the AED defibrillator we keep in school and about bystander CPR. The children were able to practise this on each other as well as on a mannequin.
I am sure the children will come home buzzing about the activities we have carried out today and looking forward to what tomorrow may bring!!
Mrs S x
Welcome Back Chameleons!
Spring into Fitness - Day One
A big welcome back to everyone to school this week. I hope you have all had a lovely half term and are feeling refreshed and ready for an exciting six weeks before the Easter holidays!
We have enjoyed the weather today and jumped straight into Spring into Fitness week with our new 'Daily Mile', PE, yoga and a special guest appearance from Mr Wootton who taught us all about grip strength and peak flow. The children have really had a lovely day and are very excited for the rest of the week! I'm sure they will tell you all about it.
For this half term's homework, the children have been given a project relating to their science based topic 'Bright Sparks'. They will be bringing this home today and will have until Wednesday 20th March to complete. I have attached a copy of the homework to this message also.
As always, if you need anything, please catch me before/after school anytime.
Mrs S x
Over the last few weeks, we have been creating our own Stone Age Powerpoints during computing. We have worked hard to include pictures, headings and subheading and some exciting transitions to move between slides.
On Friday, we shared our powerpoints with the rest of the class. I am very impressed with how well the children have done!!
Mrs S xx
Butser Farm Trip - Monday 4th February
The children had a fantastic, if a little cold and damp(!), day at Butser Farm on Monday. We took part in workshops throughout the day on archaeology, jewellery making, cordage and spinning. We investigated the typical stone age houses and had lots of lovely stone age inspired items to bring home with us.
We also enjoyed eating our very own stone age inspired flapjacks around the fire to warm up at lunchtime!
Mrs S xx
Drama Freeze Frames
This week in English we have been looking at the story mountain structure for when we write our own stone age stories.
We then showed them to the rest of the class to see if they could guess what was going on in our stories!
The children can't wait to get started on writing their stories next week!
Stone Age Poo!!
When we arrived in class this morning, a mysterious parcel with a letter attached was waiting for us. We thought carefully about what could be inside the box before deciding it was probably a parcel from Professor Forest, a time travelling scientist who has recently visited the Stone Age.
The letter explained that he did not have enough time to finish his investigations into the Stone Age diet, and had brought back some samples for us to excavate.
The children had a great time dissecting the 'samples' and learning about the limited diet the people in the Stone Age had, even if it was a bit of a mucky, yucky job!!
In Art this week, we've had a great time exploring how we can use natural materials to create our own stone age inspired cave paintings. We went out and collected natural materials like grass and mud, and experimented with how we could create different coloured paints.
The classroom was blacked out to recreate what it would have been like inside the cave and we painted by torchlight.
The results are brilliant and the children were all so engaged with the task. I will upload pictures of the finished product shortly :)
Mrs S x
Happy New Year!
We hope you all had a wonderful break over Christmas and are looking forward to the start of a new term. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all your generous gifts and cards at the end of last term.
The children have quickly settled back into the routine of school. They have really thrown themselves into our new topic, 'Through the Ages', and are thoroughly enjoying learning about the Stone Age. We have already learnt about prehistoric animals and have produced some beautiful Stone Age inspired cave paintings.
We are looking forward to some really exciting learning opportunities this term as well as a trip to Butser Farm on the 4th February (details to follow shortly). Some of these activities will require being outside, so please ensure your children have wellies in school.
We are particularly lucky this term as we are being joined by Mr O'Dowd, a final year trainee teacher from the University of Winchester.
Please catch me if you have any questions or queries.
Mrs S x
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Wow! What an amazing first term we have had this year! I am so proud of every single child in the class for being so brilliant. They have worked so fantastically hard at everything they have been given and really thrown themselves into life in Year 3/4. Your children are simply amazing and I love working with them each day. I can't wait to see what next term will bring!
I hope you all have a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year!
Love Mrs S x
The children had a fabulous day learning all about chocolate on the Ministry of Chocolate workshop. They really impressed our guest with all their knowledge about the history of chocolate and Fairtrade and especially enjoyed creating and tasting their own chocolates!
Mrs S x
This week, the children have worked in small groups to write scripts for a news report about Charlie Bucket winning the last golden ticket.
They worked so well together and enjoyed filming their final pieces on the green screen.
Well done Chameleons!!
Mrs S xx
Leonardo Da Vinci
Today in class we have been learning about Leonardo Da Vinci and his inventions. The children investigated various different utensils and sketched them in their books. Then they decided which utensils could be used together to create a new invention for Willy Wonka's chocolate factory! The children had great fun thinking about how everyday items could be used in different ways and came up with some very interesting and unique inventions!! They will be using their ideas to inform their writing later on.
Children in Need - Rockerbourne School!
Wow!! A HUGE thank you to everyone for supporting Children in Need this year. The children look absolutely amazing in their outfits and they have had a fantastic day doing lots of fun activities whilst raising money for a very worthy cause.
The day started with an assembly by the man himself, Mr Elvis Brooks-Martin, featuring some classic air guitar moves from Mr G.
During the day, we practised some groovy moves to 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams and designed and created our own rock star glasses.
The day finished with a whole school air guitar competition, with the joint winners being Gecko and Giraffe class.
Thank you once again for all your support. We raised a whopping £251 for Children in Need!! Well done!!
Love Mrs S x
Year 4 Maths!
The Year 4s started their new maths topic today by estimating the perimeter of the playgrounds in school. First of all, they created a table and wrote down their estimations. Then, they went outside and measured the perimeter in metres with a trundle wheel. After their initial findings, some of the groups decided to adjust their estimations for the other playgrounds based on what they had found out.
One group chose to use a tape measure to find the perimeter, but quickly decided this was not the most efficient method!
Yesterday the children spent the afternoon with Mrs Simmons collecting the resources needed to create their very own wormery in class! Each group was given a task such as collecting leaves, water, worms and mouldy fruit peelings. They looked closely at the worms using a microscope and learned about how they move, what they eat and how they live in compost. The children are very excited to see how their wormery develops over the next few weeks!
Wow, what a fantastic day we have had today! The children all look amazing - thank you so much for the time and effort you have put in to making their amazing costumes. The children have enjoyed a fun packed day of headband and shield making, as well as recreating a roman battle (children versus teachers!) and partaking in a roman style banquet where they enjoyed trying typical roman foods. At the end of the day we were able to show off some of the work we have created over this half term. The children have put so much effort and enthusiasm into their work this term and I am very proud of their achievements. I look forward to many more exciting adventures with them over the next year. Mrs S x
Welcome to Chameleon Class!!
What a fantastic start to the term we have had in Chameleon class!! The children have settled into the new class routines beautifully and have enjoyed helping create a class mission statement and behaviour charter to follow for the rest of the year. We have especially enjoyed learning outside this week, making the most of the warm weather whilst it lasts and really appreciating the abundance of outside space we are so lucky to have here at Otterbourne. The children have thoroughly impressed me with some fantastic pieces of creative writing, using the outdoor environment to describe what they could see, hear, hear and feel. In maths, we created human bar graphs and human pie charts outside, as well as drawing a huge place value chart on the playground to help us understand the value of each digit in a number.
I am so very proud of how the children have settled in to their new class and how kind and caring they have been with one another during this big transition. I am confident that we are going to have the most brilliant year together and I look forward to seeing them all with their smiley faces on Monday! :)
Mrs Simpson x
Welcome to Year 3/4!
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