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Year 3/4 (Chameleons)

Key Information!

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)

Mrs Buttwell (LSA support - Chameleons)

Mr O'Dowd - Class Teacher (Geckos)

Miss Taylor - Class Teacher (Iguanas)

Mrs Simmons/Mrs Cook/Nicky Compton - PPA cover

Mr Bagge - ICT

Mrs Slominski (LSA support - Iguanas)

Miss Higson (LSA Support - Geckos)


Homework Rota: 

Homework for Chameleon class will be set via Google Classroom - it will be set on a Friday and should be 'turned in' by Wednesday :)


Library Time : Friday! Please bring a book bag on this day


P.E.: Games/PE time is Monday afternoon (with R & R). The children in Year 4 will also receive swimming lessons later in the year. Please ensure that all PE kits are in school at all times as the timetable may change.


If you need any further info, please give me a shout :)

End of Week Two!

Hello everyone!

We have been so busy this week with lots of fun and exciting learning. We kicked off the English with our new book, 'I am Spartapuss'. A story about a Roman cat ends up becoming a gladiator for a crime he didn't commit!

Then we investigated word classes with a fun time challenge carousel game (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs) and looked more deeply into what conjunctions are.


In history we kicked off our new topic, 'Romans on the Rampage' with thinking about why the Romans wanted to invade other countries. We looked at how far they travelled and where Ancient Rome appears on the historical timeline. The children were fantastic!


On Thoughtful Thursday we started the day by giving each other compliments in the morning ​​​​​and completed Supermovers timestables songs today on Fitness Friday! 


During all of this we earned lots of marbles towards a star party AND gained all of our power marbles (linked to our learning toolbox values). This led to the children receiving an EXTRA SPECIAL class prize today at lunctime. Their very own class pet! 

The children are so excited about looking after the stick insect eggs and creating the perfect environment for them, so we went out hunting for sticks and leaves they would like to eat. We also set up a little damp bed for them to lay in until they are ready to hatch. Let's hope on Monday we may have some baby stick insect nymphs to look after!! :)


Well done to Jack and Emarra for being star of the week this week and last - it has been so deserved as have all the other Wizard Workers, Superstars and house points. 


Can't wait to see you all on Monday but have a lovely weekend before then! 


Mrs S xx


(photos to follow!)


End of week one!


We have had such a lovely week together! We have spent quite a lot of time getting to know each other by playing games, dropping eggs and decorating our lovely classroom. We have made dream catchers to trap any worries we may have about coming back to school, individual chameleons to show how unique we all are and started reading our class book, 'The Christmasaurus'! 


The children have been utterly wonderful and I am so proud of their resilience and attitude. We have had such a fun time and I am genuinely excited about the year we have ahead of us. 


Next week, we will start our Romans topic which we are all very excited about :) 


Mrs S x


Wow! We are here! It didn't really feel like we would ever get to this point but here we are :)


We have had a wonderful first day together and I have been so impressed with the children's attitude and resilience in being back to school. They are a lovely group of children and I know we are going to have a fantastic year.


Today we have played some 'getting to know you' games, studied Frida Kahlo and created self portraits using natural materials and completed a team building egg drop challenge! Phew what a busy day! I think they will sleep well tonight.


Please do let me know if you have any concerns or queries, and I will always do my best to help wherever possible.


Mrs S x





What a lovely week!!


I just wanted to post a quick message this evening to say what a lovely week we have had in Chameleon class. After the HUGE success of SON on Friday, I am still trying to catch my breath a little bit. I truly was so overwhelmed by the whole project and I am so proud of each and every one of my class. 


This week we have enjoyed all sorts of exciting learning, from the opening of Mrs Simpson's supermarket in maths to the talent show today (Congrats Megan - so well deserved!!!).


We have also enjoyed Sports Relief today, walking a collective 100 miles across the school and the school disco last night which was fantastic as always!! 


Amongst all that, preparations for Bushcraft, Y3 collective worship (20th) and the Y3/4 Easter performance are now well underway.. What a busy time!! 


I have a big smile on my face this evening and looking forward to next week :)


Mrs S xx

Our Tomato Sauce Viscosity Experiment. In Science today we designed an experiment to test the viscosity of tomato sauce as an example of a flowing liquid. We shared our ideas and came up with a method. In groups we used a planning sheet to help us say what we were asking, what we had to keep the same and what to measure. The only factor we changed was the type of sauce. We weighed the sauce with digital scales, timed the race with a stopwatch and recorded the results in a table. Most people found that Waitrose tomato sauce was the most viscous and took a long time to reach the finish line. Mrs Simmons

World Book Day 'crime scene' investigation

This year on World Book Day, the children of Year 3/4 stepped into the shoes of an investigator to solve a mysterious break-in in the library. They arrived at school on Thursday morning to find a part of the library cordoned off with police tape, and an assortment of crime scene evidence behind it, including: paw prints, tufts of fur, a train ticket to London Waterloo and a sandwich filled with a suspiciously orange sticky spread. Whoever it was, they did not manage to get to the sandwich - but they certainly tried. Who could it have been?


They had to read suspect alibis, cross-reference with witness statements and examine clues left at the scene to narrow down who could have committed the dastardly crime. Pupils worked in groups in a carousel around the room, using their worksheets to decide whether the evidence at each table could incriminate or absolve the suspects.


In the end it was a unanimous decision: it could not have been Father Bear, because we had his cinema ticket as proof that he could not have been at Otterbourne School at the time the crime occurred. It could not have been Corduroy, as he was wearing his new trainers and the evidence found at the scene included shoe-less paw prints. It could not have been Tiger, as though he had a red hat which matched one of the witness statements, his fur did not match that which was found at the scene. Therefore, the children were able to prove without a doubt that the culprit was indeed Paddington Bear!


We followed up on Friday by writing a newspaper article about the sensational situation; including quotations from witnesses, pupil detectives and Paddington himself.


Miss Bennett :)

Spring into Fitness and Wellbeing!

We have had a great week so far learning all about how to keep our minds and bodies healthy.


On Monday we enjoyed doing some workouts from Joe Wicks, Tuesday was spent in the rain doing pancake races, an internet safety chat with Mr Bagge on Wednesday and today we have enjoyed a full timetable of fitness and health activities, teamed with learning about how to evaluate and build our self esteem. What a week!!


Tomorrow we are looking forward to spending the morning with Mrs Cook doing yoga, and finishing a very hectic, but wonderful week with Robin from SON. This week he is bringing Ian Williams, Professor of Applied Environmental Science and Associate Dean (Enterprise) within Engineering and Physical Sciences. We are so very excited about our performance next week.


Fingers crossed the sun stays with us as we head into the weekend.

Mrs S x

Project showcase! 

Today the class showcased their excellent projects that they have been working on over the last few weeks. I am amazed! They have clearly put a lot of time, effort and research into them and they are all wonderful. Well done everyone! 


A huge thank you to everyone who contributed with cakes and pennies for the Years 3 and 4 bake sale. We raised a huge £145 for the South Central Ambulance Service. We'll done!! 


Have an excellent half term and see you in a week for our exciting new topic, 'Bella Italia'! 


Mrs S xx

Synagogue DT!

Today, we put our knowledge about Judaism and Special Places into practice and created Synagogue dioramas!


The children were so, so resourceful with the objects they had been given and it was lovely to see their knowledge of the Synagogue and all things associated being presented in a different way. They really showed off what they remembered the Synagogue to look like, and wowed me with their understanding of the different areas inside.


I will put some pictures of the finished products up later in the week :)


Well done!!!



Halfway Point!

Another Friday down, and just two Fridays to go until half term. We have an awful lot to do in that time, so our timetable is looking VERY busy between now and then!


The children have been working hard on their new Iron Man topic, and have been enjoying writing from the perspective of others in diary entries and recounts. We have also been working on our Art skills, using charcoal and white chalk to create 3D and metal effects on our very own Iron Man drawings. 


The SON project will now be visiting us weekly ready for our concert on Saturday 7th March. A letter about this is being sent on Monday.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Mrs S x

Welcome Back!


A big welcome back to school to everyone and also a huge thank you for your generosity with cards, gifts and wishes at the end of last term. It really means a lot and I am very grateful!


We have come back to school full of energy and excitement for the new term ahead and we have already started our new topic, 'What a wonderful world?' This is an extension to our topic last half term, where we will be thinking about the human impact on habitats around the globe. This topic will continue to work in collaboration with The SON Project and more exciting news will follow regarding this. 


We are also looking at a new text in English, 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. So far, we have predicted what we think the book will be about, brainstormed ideas about iron and what we know about the metal, and used role play to generate ideas about what the two seagulls saw and felt as they watched The Iron Man fall from the cliff. The children are very engaged in this text already and I am excited to see the outcomes which come from it. 


As always, if you need anything please catch me on the playground at the start or end of the day.


Mrs S x

Welcome back!


A big welcome back to school after half term. I hope you all had a lovely week and are ready for the exciting things to come this term. In some exciting news, we have received a letter from Newsround asking us to write and produce our own Newsround style TV report on plastic pollution around Otterbourne Village. 


Therefore, we kicked off our new topic 'What a Wonderful World' yesterday with a litter pick around the village to find out about the extent of plastic pollution where we live. It was a little wet and muddy, but the children were good at persevering and we rescued lots of rubbish and plastic from the grounds around our school and village recreation ground. 


When we got back to school, we carefully sorted the waste and looked at what could have been recycled. It was a shame to see that lots of the rubbish we found could have been placed into the recycling bin!


Today, we have been watching clips of Blue Planet 2 and Planet Earth 2 to find out about the extent of plastic pollution affecting the Earth and the animals who inhabit the world with us. This will help to inform the writing of our news reports later this week.


If you are able to offer any expertise in any aspect of our learning this term, please make yourself known! We love to have people come to school and speak to the children about their work/hobbies. We would especially like to hear from anyone who works in recycling, upcycling, waste disposal or waste management.


As always if you have any questions, please catch me in the morning or after school.


Mrs S xx

The Present | A Short Film by Jacob Frey

The film tells the story of a boy who rather spends his time indoors playing videogames instead of discovering what's waiting outside. One day his Mum decides to get a little surprise for her son, which makes it hard for him to concentrate on his video game any longer.