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)
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 - AM), Mrs Tiller (1:1), Mrs Hinton (1:1), Mrs Armstrong (LSA Support - PM)
Maths/English and Spellings are handed out on a Thursday for completion and return on the following Tuesday. The children may choose from a variety of homework tasks from the sheets provided at the start of the term.
Library Time : Thursday afternoon (although children are also trusted to use the library in their own time).
P.E.: Games time is Thursday afternoon (with R & R) and indoor PE is on a Monday afternoon. 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.
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.
Visitor in Year 3/4
Today we welcomed Mrs Cox, a mummy to a child in school who generously offered to come in and speak to the children about her job as a landscape planner.
She explained about how her job was vital for ensuring that new developments don't contribute to climate change and the things they do to when planning new towns etc such as adding wind/solar farms or creating children's playgrounds from recycled materials.
It was great to hear from an expert and also to get a different side of the pollution/climate change debate. Thank you Mrs Cox!
After this, we held a debate on 'Is all plastic bad?'. The children had some excellent contributions :)
Well done! Xx
Outdoor Classroon Day
We enjoyed spending some time outside today and used the opportunity to practise our open and closed questioning techniques, number bonds, place value and we created a simple compost heap to test the decomposition of plastic vs organic material.
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
Our little superstars had a great day yesterday finishing their Viking boats. Here are some pictures of them working hard and they will be able to come home with them tomorrow :)
'Just Joshing' and visit from 'Orca'
Wow! We have been treated today in school by a visit from not only one, but two fantastic organisations. This morning, Firehorse Productions visited us for an Anti Bullying play called 'Just Joshing'. This focused on the effects of bullying, what bullying is and how it may look and also touched on other aspects such as cyber bullying. The children really enjoyed it and it will be a great catalyst for conversation in our upcoming friendship week.
This afternoon, Mrs Simmons kindly arranged for Y3 and Y4 to be visited by ORCA, a charity that’s entirely dedicated to studying and protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in the UK and European waters.
Our visitor brought with her some life size dolphin and porpoise models and the children were very engaged finding out about the different types of cetaceans. As always they were beautifully behaved for our visitors all day.
I particularly enjoyed one comment from a child who said, 'We have learned so much today and we haven't even done any writing!!' :)
Tomorrow we will be back to finishing and editing our stories.
Mrs S x
Today in P4C, the Year 4 children focussed on the concept of 'Belonging'. We have been looking at this idea in our whole school and class worships and the children wanted to develop this by thinking about how we belong to the world, and each other.
We started by watching 'The Present', a story about a little boy with a disability. The children thought carefully about why he might not feel like he belongs in the world e.g. he feels different, can't join in with some activities etc. This encouraged the children to think about the concept of belonging from another perspective.
In the video, the boy is given a puppy who has a similar disability. Initially the little boy shuns the puppy but eventually comes to the conclusion that they belong together.
The children thought and discussed their ideas very sensitively, and linked it to current affairs in the news e.g. refugees being rejected by countries. It was very interesting to hear their responses and lovely to see them being so sensible with their contributions. Their ideas will help to make up a display in the hall relating to British Values.
Well done for being such caring and thoughtful citizens Year 4.
Mrs Simpson x
This afternoon we started creating some beautiful pieces of art using oil pastels. The children thought carefully about how a dragon's eye might look, and drew their designs using pencil. Then, they started to carefully blend colours together using oil pastels. We will finish our creations next week.
Well done to Henry for achieving star of the week for excellent story writing - great job!!
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs S xx
In English we have been focussing on a poem called 'The Grateful Dragon' and in the next few weeks we will be writing our very own dragon stories. The children have been busy planning their characters, settings and plot lines this week and we have used our wonderful outdoor space to help us generate vocabulary to use in our stories.
The children are looking forward to getting started and have come up with some super ideas. I can't wait to read them!
Mrs S x
Today we trialled our first 'Flexi Friday'!
This year we decided to leave Friday afternoons a little more flexible, with the hope that we could promote pupil wellbeing by deciding our timetable based on what the children need. Some children decided to practise their spellings on Spelling Shed, some children decided on a free write in their personal journals and some children decided to practise and challenge themselves with place value maths activities. We didn't prescribe what the children needed to do, but they all chose something that was very valuable to their learning which is brilliant to see in week one!!
Every child was 100% engaged for the whole 45 minutes and it was lovely to see them making the decision to focus on what they felt they needed.
In weeks to come we plan to introduce specialist PSHE lessons in this slot as and when they are needed, e.g a focus on friendship issues, if/when needed, or when focus weeks are in place such as Anti Bullying Week. Fridays afternoons are also timetabled for Art and DT activities, where we will be doing artist studies and creating our own Viking longship. Understanding that Friday afternoons are a tricky time to introduce new concepts, we hope this gives the children a more relaxed approach to the objectives we will cover.
As you can see from the pictures, the children seemed to really enjoy the freedom over their learning and I look forward to seeing what they come up with in the weeks to come.
A particular well done to Ami today, star of the week, and a wonderful person. As I said in Celebration Assembly, she is a genuinely lovely little girl who always goes the extra mile to help anyone who needs it, whether that's me or another member of the class. She has a heart of gold and is an excellent role model in terms of behaviour, attitude to learning and empathy towards others. Well done Ami, you are just fab!! :)
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing lots of people on Monday after school at the 'Meet the Teacher' meeting at 3.30.
Mrs S x
What an EGGcellent discovery!
Today we found a mysterious chest on the playground. When we opened the chest, we found two strange looking eggs, some coins and some jewels. On closer inspection, we decided that they didn’t look like regular eggs and decided they must be from some kind of mythical creature like a dragon. A note inside the chest read, ‘Please look after this for me’.
We searched the area to see what else we could find and found a sparkly, silver shoe and a pink scarf. The shoe reminded us of the story of Cinderella and thought that the egg might have been left by a princess.
We are keeping the eggs safe in our classroom and waiting to see if anything else turns up! In the meantime, we are writing newspaper reports to tell the world about our exciting discovery!!
Mrs S x
Welcome to Chameleon Class 2019-2020!
I am so excited about welcoming the children into class this year after a fantastic few days at the end of last term getting to know them. We have kicked off the new year with a bang, and welcomed Erik Erikkson into school on Tuesday to teach us all about the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. This was a fantastic way to start our new topic 'Let the Battle Commence', which focusses on the Anglo Saxon and Viking period. They were all very well behaved and super polite when questionning Erik about all the fascinating artefacts he had brought with him, and were very inquisitive when it came to asking questions.
Well done Caidey for being our first star of the week! What an amazing example you have set for everyone in class for such exemplary behaviour and attitude to learning xx
All in all, I have had a lovely start to the term and I hope the children have too. We have had a busy week with the workshop and lots of outside learning that I hope they will all sleep well for you at the weekend :)
Mrs S x
End of Term Year 3 French Party!
Whilst the year 4s went swimming this morning, we sneaked in an end of term French party! Flag bunting adorned the room and beautiful French music filled the air as we enjoyed a range of French Foods. Pomme, baguette de pain, croissant, brioche et pain perdu were on 'le menu', along with some extra special 'vino' which the children enjoyed. We watched Rio 2 in French as well!!
The children have been fantastic during French lessons this year and have always been so enthusiastic about their learning.
Well done Year 3!
Welcome to Chameleon Class 2019!
On Thursday, I had the pleasure of meeting the new members of Chameleon class ready for September. Although I know many from around the school, it was lovely to get to know them all a bit more. We had lots of fun creating our own Minecraft self portraits, decorating our locker labels (much to the Year 2's excitement!!) and creating shelters in the meadow to protect our little Playmobil people! What a great day!
I hope they all had a lovely day and I can't wait to get started in September!
Mrs S x
Oh my goodness, what a week we have had!
I cannot explain how amazed I am by our wonderful year 4s and the fantastic opportunity we had to spend four days on the residential with the Bushcraft Company. They were simply brilliant and we all had the most amazing time. A week I, and I'm sure they, will never forget!
They had the chance to learn so many new skills including cooking on their own open fires, wilderness walks, camouflage and concealment, building shelters to sleep in, first aid, archery.. the list goes on. They showed such determination and resilience and I am so very proud of them all. Some of the children had never spent a night away from home, yet they stayed so positive, engaged and enthusiastic through the whole experience. Some even had the courage to eat salmon eyes which is something I'm sure they will never forget!!
A particular highlight for me was being involved in an emergency SOS scenario where the children were able to show off their newly found first aid skills. After stumbling upon a crashed plane in the forest, with myself, Miss Hutchings and Mr Geraghty playing the role of casualties, the children had the chance to check for the first signs of trauma and administer first aid to us. I must say, this only happened after they had adorned me with a pair of sunglasses, rolled me down a hill and screamed in my ear a few times which caused a few giggles!!
The campfire songs and riddles were also a huge highlight and I'm sure you will have heard a few of their favourites already. I am very sorry for this!! :)
On our final night, the children absolutely wowed both us and the camp staff with 'Tribes Got Talent', a chance for the children to work collaboratively in their tribes and perform a song or a dance. The children worked so nicely together and performed such lovely songs and dances. After, they performed some of their own individual pieces, shocking the camp staff with their incredible talents. It was so wonderful to see.
The highly trained staff on our camp (Stu, Harry, Lucas and Jack) were exceptional and we enjoyed many a feast with plenty of delicious food, snacks and laughs and jokes every day. They were so kind and gentle to the children and were on hand 24/7 to ensure every child's needs were met in every way possible. They were so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and the children hung on every word they said. We cannot thank them enough for the dedication they show to their work and the effort they put in to make sure the children had the best trip possible.
All in all, we had the most fantastic week away and I am SO excited for next year already! How lucky I am to be able to do it all again!
Without doubt, the children came home covered in mud and dirt, smelling of campfires and extremely tired. A true representation of how they fully immersed themselves into life in the forest. After sports day today, I am sure they are fully exhausted and I hope they all have a lovely restful weekend ready for our last few weeks together.
With lots of love,
Mrs S x
We kicked off our new topic this afternoon with some orienteering (once the rain had disappeared!)
'Out and About' is a geography based topic about Otterbourne and Winchester. The children were shocked when we had a hand delivered letter from Ordnance Survey explaining that Otterbourne is going to be wiped from their maps! The children are very disappointed about this news and will be writing some speeches to take to a focus group, detailing all of the reasons why they feel Otterbourne is a special place.
Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs S x
Wow, our last half term all together.. how the year has flown! This half term is full to the brim of exciting activities and events. It's going to be a very, very busy one with the production, sports day, year 4 residential, talent show etc. I can't wait!
We have been thinking carefully this week about next year. The year 3s have been focussing on the type of role model they would like to become as the younger children enter their class. The year 4s have been thinking about roles and responsibilities and how they can become thoughtful citizens in our world.
In Chameleon class, we spent the morning planning a very thoughtful free write about our favourite feelings and memories - video to come!
As always if you have any queries or questions, please catch me on the playground :)
Mrs S x
We've had a lovely week in the sunshine creating our arts week projects. The children created their own comic book based on the film 'Mune' and I am blown away by their creativity and determination. The end result was fantastic and I hope you enjoyed visiting the gallery at the end of the day.
Happy half term to everyone!
Mrs S x
Wow! Another excellent half term is nearly finished and the children enjoyed sending off their topic with a bang today!
They all looked fantastic. I would like to say a huge well done to the children who have worked so hard on this topic. Their superhero stories are really something to be proud of and their homework projects were phenomenal. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support at home.
Here's to one last half term!
Mrs S x
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