Marvellous Maples Teacher: Miss Guildford
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Allison, Mrs Robinson and Mrs Nash
Jolly Junipers Teacher: Miss O’Connor
Teaching Assistants: Miss Labuschagne
Our classrooms are well organised to promote the children’s independence and to ensure the best from all of our children. Both classrooms have working walls for English and Maths to aid the children with their work. We also have Topic boards where we proudly display the children’s work and photographs of their learning.
Every class has at least one school councillor to help share their classes’ views and make changes across the school.
Every class has at least 1 dojo master. The dojo masters help show visitors around school and explain what they are/have been doing in class.
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In this topic, we will look closely at two important historical figures (Richard III and Elizabeth I) and decide whether or not they were a hero or a villain. Within Science lessons we will be learning about electricity and then using the skills that we have learnt to design and make our own torch during our DT lessons. During PSHE we will be learning about relationships and within RE lessons we will learn about what it is like to be a Hindu.
‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde
For our hook, we played ‘Guess Who’ in pairs and described different characters to help our partner guess who we were talking about.
Throughout this term, we are going to be looking at the Romans and learning about when they invaded Britain and what influences they had on our lives today e.g. roads and our language. In Art and Design Technology we will be learning to sketch a Roman bust using different pencils and how to make bread similar to the Romans. In our Computing lessons we will be learning about the parts of a computer and how we can search for information about the Romans using the internet.
King Midas is granted one wish and he chooses the ability to be able to turn anything he touches into gold. At first this is amazing but soon things turn bad. He cannot eat or drink because his food and water turn to gold. He cannot hug his children because he fears they will turn into statues. Eventually he asks the Gods to remove his ability but he does not learn from this experience. King Midas upsets the Gods and they give him a pair of donkey ears.
This half term, children will be learning more about the City of Derby. In History, they will investigate the past by studying significant buildings – the Silk Mill and Derby Cathedral. Geography will focus on map skills. In Art we will explore graffiti and the works of Banksy and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
In this warning tale, Mitch learns the dangers of playing outside during a storm.
We watched a video of lightning striking buildings and discussed how we felt and what warnings we would give other people to protect them from being struck by lightning.
We will be taking a tour of Derby City centre, looking at significant places, buildings and monuments. We will be carrying out a traffic survey in the local area to establish how much traffic is contributing to climate change through emissions.
This half term we will be learning about sounds. In Science we will be learning how sounds are made and how we hear them. In Geography we will focus on noise pollution and we will take a walk around the local area to check the levels of noise pollution. In Design and Technology we will be learning about Alexander Bell and making our own musical instrument.
The Sound Collector
A poem about collecting different sounds.
We will listen to lots of different sounds and see if we can decide what they are.
We will be taking a walk around the local area to check on the levels of noise pollution.
It is a tale about a boy who is greedy and selfish but with the help of his Grandmother he begins to think about his behaviour.
This half term we are learning about light in Science and how it travels and investigating light using data loggers in Computing.
In Art we will be looking at cave paintings and attempting our own versions and in History we will be learning about the Stone Age through to the Iron Age – How did people live then? How did things change along the timeline?
Matale comes to supper
This is a tale about a boy who is greedy and selfish but with the help of his Grandmother he begins to think about his behaviour.
We are going to listen to the story of the Hare and the Tortoise. We will think about the moral of the story and then attempt to write our own story with a moral.
To start off our topic on Stone Age to Iron Age we have taken part in a special workshop. During the experience we took on the role of Archaeologists and created a class Museum. We learnt about early pottery and made our own pot to take home. We also had the opportunity to learn about weaving, making bread and making string from plants.
In Predator, we are going to be looking at animals including humans, looking at their food chains. We will also conduct fieldwork study in Geography, looking at human and physical features. In addition, we will study the Amazon, Amalfi Coast and the Peak District. In art, we will look closely at the work of Albrecht Durer and produce our own art work inspired by his.
Fred, Con, Lila and little Max’s plane is on the way to Manaus when it falls out of the sky. Now, lost in the Amazon rainforest, they must figure out the basics of survival: water, shelter, food. Do they wait for rescue, or find a way to rescue themselves?
We watched ‘Adrift’…
Click the link and see what you think!
How important is dialogue in our writing?
We will visit Padley Gorge and look at human and physical features.
We will be doing lots of exciting things over the year. Click on the tabs below to see the photos of what we have been up to.
Home learning will help children to practice skills and consolidate knowledge learnt at school. For Marvellous Maples and Jolly Junipers, home learning will be given to the children on Friday and must be returned to school by the following Thursday.
Home learning club is available at lunch time if your child wishes to attend or requires extra support.
If children are struggling or you are unsure how to support your child, please message Miss Guildford or Miss O’Connor on Class Dojo.
Children will also have the option of completing topic related challenges which can be chosen from the grid on the topic page.
For Year 3 children their PE sessions will be swimming so they will need to bring their swimming kit including a towel every Wednesday.
Year 4 children will do PE in school and will need to bring normal PE kit into school.
Firs Primary School
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782