Year 3 & 4 Marvellous Maples and Jolly Junipers

Staff

Marvellous Maples Teacher: Miss Howard

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Allison and Mrs Brown

Jolly Junipers Teacher: Mrs Willis

Teaching Assistants: Miss Harrison and Miss Jones

Marvellous Maples Classroom

Classrooms

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.

Jolly Junipers Classroom

School Council

Every class has at least one school councillor to help share their classes’ views and make changes across the school.

School Councillor for Marvellous Maples

Sam

School Councillor for Jolly Junipers

Sajmon

Class Dojo Masters

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.

Dojo Masters – Marvellous Maples

Jessica  and  Sankelp

Dojo Masters – Jolly Junipers

Ondrej and Viktorie

Our Curriculum

Click on the tabs below to find out more information about each topic. 

In this topic, we will look closely at Ancient Greece: a study of Greek life and
achievements and their influence on the western world.
As part of Science, we will look at Electricity and Working Scientifically throughout different processes.
Within Art and Design, we will be Drawing with sketching pencil, focusing on perspective – 3D box design.  We will have a go at 3D Work, designing and sculpting a Clay Pandora’s Box. For Design and Technology, we will be looking at different inventors and how they have impacted our lives today.
As part of our Computing this term, we will cover E Safety – making sure our children feel confident in using the internet safely.
Our question for Climate and Environment studies will be:

Conservation of electricity – How can we reduce our use of electricity?

Quality Text

Our quality text this term:

‘The Cyclops, Polyphemus’ – adapted from ‘The Iliad and the Odyssey’ by Marcia Williams.

Hook

The Hook

 

For our hook, we designed and drew our own Mythical Creature.

Experiences

Our Experience:

Coming soon!

Throughout this term, we are going to be looking at volcanoes and earthquakes where we will be making our own model volcanoes in design and technology. We are also going to be looking at different materials and states of matter.

Quality Text

Our key text this term:

 

Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit

 

Travel back in time to the days of the Roman Empire and join Tranio, the son of an actor, and his friend Livia, the baker’s daughter, in witnessing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Tranio, like most Roman boys, likes to watch whatever is going on: tradesmen selling their goods, ships unloading their exotic cargoes, politicians making speeches in the forum. But one hot August day a very different scene unfolds. The ground begins to shake, the sky to darken. People run gasping for air. Heading for the harbor, Tranio and his friend Livia hide on a boat and witness one of the most terrifying moments in recorded history-the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of their beloved city, Pompeii.

Hook

The Hook

This term our book is all about Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. For our hook, we made a volcano, used papier-mâché and then painted them.

Once our volcanoes had dried and set, we asked the parents to come in and we made them erupt on the playground. We used baking powder and vinegar with red food colouring to make it look like lava.

Experiences

Our Experience:

For our experience afternoon, we asked the Past Presents people to come in and the children experienced what it would have been like to spend a day in Pompeii when the volcano had erupted. We did a mixture of activities of lifting things off of buildings, putting the fires out in the houses and crawling around on the floor to get out of a building.

In Traders and Raiders, we will be focussing on the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons. We will be looking at where the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons lived and how the counties have changed over time. In art and design, we will be printing on fabrics, creating Anglo-Saxon textile designs.

Quality Text

Our key text this term:

 

Thor and the serpent

 

Everyone in the village feared for what they thought was in the sea. Until one day that their thoughts became true, when a fisherman saw a monster in the sea. Thor sets off with his fishing rod and has a battle which uses all his strength.

Hook

The Hook

For our hook this term, we watched a video about a Viking and then we made a longboat which would have helped him to escape the monster.

Experience

Our Experience:

For our experience this term, we had the Past Presents people in again to teach us all about the Vikings. We learnt about how the viking prep their ships for battle, how they fought and what happened to them when they died.

In Burps, Bottoms and Bile, we will be looking at animals and humans digestive system and their skeletons. We will will also be looking at healthy diets and how to prepare and cook food in design and technology.

Quality Text

Our key text this term:

 

Poppy, Waldo and the Giant by Pie Corbett

 

The day that Poppy thought she saw a giant was the first day of the summer holidays.

Who is this giant and what are they doing around where Poppy lives?

Hook

The Hook

Someone raided our classroom!

Whilst we were out, someone helped themselves into our classroom and raided our book corner. They left huge white footsteps and they left us a piece of paper with a strange story on it.

Experiences

Our Experience:

Coming soon!

As part of Design and Technology, we will create a moving robot – how exciting!

We are very lucky this term to be having a community artist Kate to help deliver our art lessons – we will be making metal structures. Parents will be able to come into school on the 16th May to create metal jewellery with the children – Yay!

In PE, we shall be learning to play badminton.

King of the birds

Our key text this term:

 

The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas

 

There was once a robot with a broken heart, good for nothing but expiring slowly on a scrap heap. Then one winter’s day a migrating bluebird lands on his shoulder, too exhausted to go further. The robot offers her shelter in the place where his heart used to be, and her warmth and singing and companionship stir up the last glimmer of energy the robot has; he carries her across snowy wastes to the warm south, whereupon his strength dies out finally. And there he still stands today like an old hollow tree, home every year to singing birds.

Hook

The Hook

 

Junk Model Robots

 

For the hook of our topic, we made some junk model robots. We used old cereal boxes, tubes and paper to create our very own robots. Some of us made actual robots, and some of us turned each other into a robot, by making a robot head, or arms!

Experiences

Our Experience:

 

Jewellery Making

 

To start off our jewellery making activity, we asked the parents to come in and we designed our own jewellery. Once we had finished our designs, we then made the jewellery by manipulating metal wire into necklaces, earrings and bracelets. We also added beads and charms to our jewellery to make them look pretty.

In Blue Abyss we are going to be looking at living things and their habitats and food chains. In Geography, we are going to be identifying the positions and the importance of many key parts that a globe tells us. We are also going to be thinking about climate change on the water cycle and the availability of drinking water.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Our key text this term:

 

The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy

 

Each night, in the hours between supper and bedtime the Tear Thief carries her waterproof, silvery sack over her shoulder as she soundlessly steals the tears of every child who cries. But what does she do with all of those tears? This tale illustrates a message to teach children to value true feelings.

Hook

The Hook

 

We found some tears!

 

When we came in from break time today, we found a bag with something in it. We opened the bag and it was a bag of tears. We talked about who we thought the tears had come from.

Experiences

Our Experience:

Coming soon!

Our Experiences and Opportunities

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.

This Autumn, we will be visited by Past Presents – an exciting workshop on the Greeks.

Coming Soon!

Autumn 2’s book was all about Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. For our hook, we made a volcano, used papier-mâché and then painted them.

Once our volcanoes had dried and set, we asked the parents to come in and we made them erupt on the playground. We used baking powder and vinegar with red food colouring to make it look like lava.

For our experience in Autumn 2, we asked the Past Presents people to come in and the children experienced what it would have been like to spend a day in Pompeii when the volcano had erupted. We did a mixture of activities of lifting things off of buildings, putting the fires out in the houses and crawling around on the floor to get out of a building.

For our experience in Spring 1, we had the Past Presents people in again to teach us all about the Vikings. We learnt about how the vikings prep their ships for battle, how they fought and what happened to them when they died.

Things You Need To Know

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 Howard or Mrs Willis 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.

PE day for both Maples and Junipers is on Thursday.

 

The children need to bring in their PE kit to school, so that they can get changed in school, just before PE.

Year 3s will go swimming on a Thursday. Please send your child with a full piece swim suit if they are a girl and swimming shorts for boys

 

In September-December we do PE indoors. The children need to have shorts and a top in their bags. From January the children will be doing PE outdoors. They need to make sure that they have got warm clothes such as joggers and a hoodie.

 

Here are some useful websites that you might want to visit to support your child’s learning.

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