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Year 3/4 (Geckos)

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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 allows them to 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:

Miss Hutchings - Class Teacher (Geckos)

Mrs Simpson - Class Teacher (Chameleons)

Mrs Simmons/Mrs Cook - Science

Mr Bagge - ICT

Mrs Slominski (LSA support)

Mrs Tiller (1-1 Support)

Mrs Hinton (1-1 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. 

Good News!

A huge well done goes to both the Geckos and the Chameleons for their fantastic production of 'Good News'- a play that tells the traditional Easter story, but with a modern newsroom twist! Each and every child worked their socks off to learn countless lines, songs and actions, and they made their teachers very proud with their brilliant performance to both the school and to their friends and families. What a way to end the term!

Enjoy a well earned break!

Miss H x

Bright Sparks Homework Projects

This half term, years 3 and 4 were set a homework to produce a 'project' around our current topic of electricity. They could produce anything they wished about any aspect of electricity that interested them. 

I think it is fair to say that the children have all gone above and beyond with their projects, and should be extremely proud of what they have produced! I have been well and truly wowed by the effort and creativity that the Geckos have displayed within this task- well done to them!

 

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Wacky Hair Day!

We've had a rather different day at school today, with the children coming to school with 'wacky hair' to raise money for Comic Relief. We had a very multicoloured, glittery, spiky looking classroom today, and we have had a lot of fun seeing what inventive things can be done to a head of hair!

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World Book Day

We had a fantastic day today dressed as different book characters- the children's costumes were fantastic! We spent the day writing and illustrating our own rhyming story books titled 'Blown Away', inspired by the author Rob Biddulph. The children all worked very hard within their groups, and we now have some of our very own exciting additions to put in our classroom book corner for all to enjoy!

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Spring into Fitness Week

We kicked off the half term with a very exciting and jam-packed 'Spring into Fitness' week. This week was all about how we can look after ourselves in terms of both our physical health, and our mental well-being. The children participated in a wide range of activities across the week such as learning CPR, testing how exercise affects our heart rate, exploring whether our height impacts our level of strength, mindfulness colouring, and discovering some (rather shocking!) facts about sugar content in different foods and drinks. The children threw themselves into every single activity with interest and enthusiasm, and I am certain a fantastic week was had by all!

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Through the Ages!

We have had a great half term in Gecko Class learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. We wrote our own narratives in English based around our class text 'Stone Age Boy', created our own cave paintings using only natural materials, and even finished off our half term's learning with an exciting visit to Butser Ancient Farm. 

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Chocolate Workshop!

What a fantastic morning the children have had learning about all things chocolate, and becoming level 10 'Chocolatologists'. The children got stuck right into a range of activities throughout the workshop, doing things such as role play as cocoa farmers, chocolate tasting and even taking part in a chocolate making competition against the teachers! Unfortunately for the teachers, the children were very creative chocolate makers which led to a landslide win for them, and resulted in some very sad teachers who had to put their chocolate creations in the staffroom for all to eat rather than being able to keep it for themselves to enjoy! The children were fantastic throughout the whole session, and even wowed our session leader Carl with their quick thinking and knowledge of all things chocolate and Fairtrade.

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Roman Day

What a brilliant way to end our half term's learning in true Roman fashion! The children looked fabulous in their costumes- thank you so much for all of the effort you put into these. We enjoyed a very busy day jam-packed with headband and shield making, recreating Roman battle formations to fend off the Celts (played by the rather vulnerable teachers!), and we even recreated a Roman-style banquet full of typical Roman foods. The children thoroughly enjoyed showing off all of their work from across the half term at the end of the day, of which they should be very proud of!

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Mice Crispy Cake Making!

We have been hard at work so far this year learning all about the Romans. In English, we have been reading all about a Roman cat called Spartapuss who has been wrongly sent to prison and has been left eating rancid black rat soup every day! We decided that we could create a much better meal for him, and instead made him some ‘mice crispy cakes’ for him to enjoy. We explored imperative verbs and time connectives, and used these to help us to recreate the recipe for Spartapuss to use for his friends!

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