To start off the Autumn term, Year 3 have become immersed in the world of the Stone Age. We have been learning about hunter-gatherers in the Mesolithic era, who moved around and followed their food, and we have also been learning about the people who settled during the Neolithic era to become the first farmers. The people of the Stone-Age have left us with a legacy of the some of the world’s first known art, especially cave paintings. We experimented by crushing chalk and blending it with water to create a paste. We then used our hands to create paintings similar to that of those in the Argentinian caves of Cueva de las Manos. After this we went onto consider what a modern day cave-artist might depict in art and drew outside on the pavement using chalk.
In Year 4, we have been learning about the Anglo Saxons. In our art lessons, we are exploring how the Anglo Saxons used clay to make objects like pots and plates. We used natural objects such as fir cones, sticks and leaves to create patterns on to our clay before painting and glazing them.
Charlotte said ‘We were interested in how the pots were made and the colours they used.’
‘It was fun to do but the shaping was a bit hard’ said Nicholas
Caitlin said, ‘Using clay was good because we could make plates out of small amounts of clay.’
Science: In science, we are exploring matters of state. Our question this week was ‘when is a liquid so thick that it is no longer a liquid’? We used flour and water to test our ideas. We found that the more flour we mixed in to the water, the more like a solid our mixture became. It was very sticky!
Jagoda said, ‘It was really thick when you added lots of flour.’
‘When you added water, it would go really sloppy.’ said Immy
Latham said ‘The more flour we added, the slower it would pour in to the other container.’
ICT: We used Probots to think about algorithms in ICT. Using whiteboard pen, we created mazes to challenge our sequential programming skills. We found it quite tricky to begin with but with practise and some debugging most of us made it through the mazes.
Freddy said, ‘You need to make sure that you put the right pattern in. We struggled a bit with our Probot.’
‘If you had tables of different heights it would be hard for it to go up and down’, said Leanne
Hannah said, ‘We enjoyed drawing on the tables with whiteboard pen and using the maze for our Probots.’
In Year 3 we explored traditional fairy tales and thought about how we could ‘twist’ them to make them more exciting and entertaining. We focussed on Little Red Riding Hood. We made changes to the main character and used different settings. Before half term, we shared our twisted tales with Year 1 and some children also showed them in our phase assembly. The children really enjoyed sharing their writing with the younger children.
Year 4 pizza making
On a beautiful sunny day last week, Year 4 made delicious pizza from scratch and enjoyed their hard work with a pizza picnic on the field. Our cooking experience has linked to learning opportunities across various subjects. In Geography this term, we have been learning about Naples and comparing the city with Winchester. In Science, we have been learning about healthy eating and in Maths we have been calculating using money to cost our ingredients. The children have also written wonderful recipes, in their English lessons, so that they can share their pizza creations with others. Well done Year 4.
Learning about the digestive system in Science
As part of our topic about the human body, we went outside to conduct a very messy experiment where we recreated our digestive system! We explored through a very hands on investigation how a meal (biscuits, banana and water) travels through the different stages of our digestive system. We recreated the effects of chewing our food through lots of crunching; our stomach acid with acidic orange juice, and our large intestine using tights. Great fun and memorable learning.
Hughie said, “I liked the grossness and the fun of learning about the digestive system!”
To fit with our topic of Stone Age to Iron Age, we have been learning about Aboriginal Art. The focus of our art work has been the natural world, particularly animals which would be found in Australia. We have used the ends of pencils to make dots of paint which work together to make our pictures.
Layla said, “Painting Aboriginal art was great fun because we could use our imagination to paint in a different style”
Nicolas said, “It inspired us to make art projects about animals and other creatures.”
“When you are doing Aboriginal art it takes time and effort but it is worth it,” said Eleanor
“I like it because it is calm and relaxing,” Ava
Isla said, “It looks better if you see it from a distance because the picture is clearer. Up close you can see the dots and the gaps in between.”
As part of our English unit on Stig of the Dump, Year 4 were set a homework project to build Stig’s cave. When we had finished them, we shared what we had done with small groups in our classes.
Emma said, “I enjoyed the project because it was really fun being creative about how to make Stig’s cave!”
“I enjoyed it because I got to build it in Minecraft and use TnT to make the hole”, said Albert
Ava said, “I thought it was fun because we don’t usually get homework where we have to make something.”
“It was a really nice opportunity for everyone to free their imagination and build what they wanted in the cave. We could use the materials we wanted to”, said Natalia
Noah said, “I enjoyed using the clay to make Stig’s cave.”
Our topics in RE this year have been Creation, Prayers, Saints and Feasts, Advent, Christmastide, Revelation, Lent, Easter and Pentecost.
Our ongoing focus in RE this year has been to explain how Christians respond to the word of God and make links to our own experiences. Children are becoming more confident in discussing similarities and differences between some of Jesus’ miracles. For example, in our Lent unit we thought about the stories of the Widow of Nain and the Paralysed Man, and why these stories are relevant for us today.
We have discussed the importance of Easter and why it is so important for Christians. We made links between the resurrection stories and the risen Jesus at mass. We explored the symbols of Easter and then created Easter gardens, incorporating these symbols. The children reflected on why Easter is important to them.
In English this term we have created some persuasive writing based around the book Stone Age Boy. We have tried to persuade the main character to leave the Stone Age and come to live in our times. The children tried to persuade her by using examples of modern technology, food and lifestyle.
Leanne said “I liked how the author mixed up fact and fiction”.
Julia said, “I don’t really want to go to the Stone Age – everything would frighten me!.
Previous to this, we wrote Twisted Fairy Tales which we shared in Phase Assembly and with the Y1 children. Children thought carefully about their vocabulary and sentence structure when planning and writing their own Fairy Tale book.
Year 3 are enjoying learning about measurement and mass and relating this to everyday situations. We have succeeded in learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables and using the related division facts. This has helped in our understanding of fractions and how to calculate fractions of amounts. Our arithmetic skills have developed this year and we can now add and subtract three digit numbers using formal written methods.
Freddy said, “When I go to the supermarket I know how to weigh things now”
Y3 have been enthusiastic scientists this year. We explored the functions of our skeleton and how animal and human skeletons differ. We investigated the length of our forearms and feet and found that they are the same!
Our trip to Testwood Lakes fuelled their interest in rocks, soils and fossils, with many children bringing in examples from home.
Yana said, “I really liked finding fossils on our school trip to Testwood Lakes. You can learn a lot from fossils”.
We have recently studied how plants grow and have experimented with the conditions required to allow plants to grow. Children grew their own bean and recorded its growth over a number of weeks.
Our topic in History this term is the Stone Age. The children have been fascinated by making comparisons with life during the Stone Age and now. We have researched the ancient settlement of Skara Brae and discussed what we can learn from archaeological remains.
We explored the contrasting localities of Winchester and Naples. We compared the physical geography of both and thought about how visitors would enjoy aspects of both locations.
Ellen – “I liked finding out about how people live in Naples, and that it is world-famous for its pizza”
We learnt that Mt Vesuvius is near Naples and the children were excited to learn how volcanoes are formed. Our study of volcanoes linked to our English unit ‘Escape from Pompeii’, in which we wrote a descriptive narrative about the eruption of Mt Vesuvius.