Year 3 & 4 Marvellous Maples and Jolly Junipers

Staff

Marvellous Maples Teacher: Miss G Steven

Jolly Junipers Teacher: Miss C Hodges

Marvellous Maples TA:

Marvellous Maples 1:1 TA Support: Mrs K Allison

Jolly Junipers 1:1 TA Support:

Jolly Junipers TA: Miss Harrison

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 

School Councillor for Jolly Junipers

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

Dojo Masters – Jolly Junipers

Master 1

Master 2

Master 1

Master 2

Our Curriculum

Click on the tabs below to find out more information about each topic. Throughout the year we will also add pictures of memorable experiences and hooks!

During this topic, the children will be completing a study looking at British History beyond the year 1066. We will also be focussing on Queen Elizabeth II during art where we will be having a go at drawing a portrait of Her Majesty in charcoal.

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Little Red by David Roberts

 

Little Red is on his way to visit his grandmother on the other side of the wood. Ignoring all warnings of wolves in the wood, he removes his coat and strays from the path. That’s when the greedy wolf, lurking in the wood, hatches an evil plan. He steals the little boy’s red coat and hurries to the cottage to gobble up Little Red’s shortsighted grandmother. But once the wolf’s had his dinner, he’s ready for dessert… meaning Little Red is next on the menu! But can a keg of delicious sparkling ginger beer save him from a gruesome end?

Hook

The Hook

 

To start our hook off, we read through some instructions and found out that we were making Gingerbread men. So we followed the instructions and made ourselves some Gingerbread men.

Once we had made the mixture to our Gingerbread men, we put them in the oven until they were done. Once they were finished, we decorated them using icing, chocolate chips and marshmallows.

Experiences

Our Experience:

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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.

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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

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Experiences

Our Experience:

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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.

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The Last Viking by Norman Jorgenson and James Foley

 

A victorious story about a boy with a wild imagination, this humorous and pertinent narrative not only addresses the serious issue of bullying, but also highlights a moving relationship between grandfather and grandson. Josh is a nervous kid, and he is especially nervous about the kids who bother him at school and in the skate park. With his helmet and sword, and joined by his trusty Scottish terrier Wolverine, Josh finds new strength when the ancient Viking gods unite with him to thwart the neighborhood bullies.

Hook

The Hook

Coming soon!

Experience

Our Experience:

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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.

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Wish by Chris Saunders

 

Rabbit has never had a wish before; but one day he gets not just one, but three!

Once every year wishes take flight,
filled with hope and twinkling light.
They dance in the air, with a swirl and a swish,
you have to be lucky to be chosen by a wish.

Rabbit cannot decide what to wish for, so he asks his friends Mouse, Fox and Bear what they would do if they had a wish. Being selfless and kind, Rabbit grants all three wishes to his friends. They are so grateful for his kindness and generosity, they share their wishes with him.

Hook

The Hook

Coming soon!

Experiences

Our Experience:

Coming soon!

In Mighty Metals we are going to be having a look at forces and carrying out a magnet investigation. In Design and Technology, we are going to be building and programming a simple robot to do simple instructions. Finally in Art and Design, we are going to be studying the artist Rene Lalique and making our own metal jewellery.

King of the birds

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A Tale of Two Feathers by Twinkl

 

This story explores the differences between day and night, introducing readers to a host of diurnal and nocturnal animals.

Children will love reading about Otis Owl and Kia Kingfisher as they fly through British woodland, coming closer to finding each other.

Hook

The Hook

Coming soon!

Experiences

Our Experience:

Coming soon!

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

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The Shark in the Dark by Peter Bently

 

The shark in the dark is big, mean and greedy and he enjoys tormenting all the little fishes in the depths of the ocean. Until one day, a squid comes up with a cunning plan to unite the fish and teach the shark a lesson he’ll remember forever.

Hook

The Hook

Coming soon!

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.

Once we had made the mixture to our Gingerbread men, we put them in the oven until they were done. Once they were finished, we decorated them using icing, chocolate chips and marshmallows.

To start our hook off in Autumn 1, we read through some instructions and found out that we were making Gingerbread men. So we followed the instructions and made ourselves some Gingerbread men.

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 Steven or Miss Hodges 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 Mondays.

 

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

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

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Firs Primary School
Raven Street
Derby
DE22 3WA
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Fax: 01332 200782
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