Years 3 and 4
Welcome to Years 3 and 4!
In Lower Key Stage 2, we are always working hard to achieve our goals and discover new things. One of our goals is to be outstanding writers and amazing mathematicians. Our focuses this year are handwriting, spelling and our mental maths skills, such as number bonds. We love finding out about places and people around the world and work together to 'see further'. Adults and children challenge themselves to be the best learners that they can be, practising important skills such as perseverance and team work. Within this phase adults really want children to be able to build on their basic life skills including cooking and textiles. We are building our musical skills as well and learning to play a range of instruments such as the recorder, tenor horn and trumpet. We enjoy celebrating our successes and feel proud of what we can achieve!
We are keen to involve parents and carers in as many ways as possible and throughout the year there will be various opportunities for us to share the children’s learning with you.
In year 3 we have Dragonflies class taught by Miss Parry and Mrs Williams and Hedgehogs class taught by Miss O’Connell, Mr Martin and Miss Pendleton. In year 4 we have Owls class taught by Miss Morris and Miss Kia and Otters class taught by Miss Keir and Mrs Green.
In Year 3, children get the chance to go on a residential trip and stay overnight at Hill End Camp. Children take part in different activities like orienteering, minibeast hunting and team building, taking advantage of the beautiful outdoor setting. We sing songs and toast marshmallows around the campfire in the evening with Mrs Neal and use our torches on a night time walk! Children also get the chance to use some of the amazing facilities at Hill End, such as the sound garden and wartime shelter.
This year, one of our research projects is ‘Flintstones: Fact or Fiction.’ in which the children explored the early hunter gatherers becoming experts in the Stone Age. To begin this project we watched the popular 90’s film the Flintstones and the more recent film the Croods, which are modern adaptations of the Stone Age, in order to develop an initial opinion of what the Stone Age was like. Following this throughout the term we have taught about the daily life, food, tools/weapons, transport/trade and many other aspects of life during the Stone Age. From this at the end of the term we will revisit the film and the knowledge they have developed in order for them to answer the project title and decide what they initially knew was fact (true) or fiction (made up).