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Year 4

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French - w/b 18.10.21


In French, Year4  have been learning how to count to 30 in French. We have focussed on oracy and pronunciation this term. Children are beginning to write and recall their own sentences based on our learning in French.


In French, children learnt how to say doll, console, teddy bear and balloon in French. We have had discussions about pocket money and described the cost of objects. Children also described their opinions about the object using the sentence starters taught in the lesson. 


RE - w/b 11.10.21


In RE this week, we have been focusing on the importance of symbolism in Hinduism. We looked at a range of objects and tried to identify the meanings behind these everyday items. For example, a diva lamp is used to symbolise light and is often used in the Hindu festival of Diwali. During the lesson, we extended our vocabulary of key words including the names of deities and Gods such as Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.


Science - w/b 04.10.21


This term in Science, we are learning about sound. So far on our learning journey, we have explored how different sounds travel. 


The children have carried out scientific enquiries where they have investigated pitch, using different instruments. The children have also learnt new scientific vocabulary throughout the week. The children have started to note down their findings from the enquiry.


Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21

In Mathematics this week  Year 4 have been learning about finding 1, 10,100, 1000 more or less of a number. The children have also been working on identifying values on a number line. In every Mathematics lesson the children do flashback 4 to recap and revisit topics that they have learnt before. This is also a great opportunity for children to share ideas and learn from each other. The children have also been using manipulatives to help answer questions in the Mathematics workbooks.

Both classes in Year 4 have been learning more about how to represent numbers pictorially and as a concrete representation. Children have used their prior knowledge to help them answer the questions. As we are coming to the end of this unit the children have become much more confident in understanding place values. They have also been resilient and used key vocabulary taught as well as this they also used their reasoning skills to answer questions. Reasoning is one of the school's values.


English - w/b 20.09.21


In English this week, Year 4 have been exploring the poem ‘Grandma’s Sugarcake.’ We annotated the poetic devices used in this poem. We also discussed how John Lyons uses non-standard English. The children have worked hard to identify what John Lyon was writing. They were all following Sir John Heron’s value of resilience. 


The children also used their drama skills and performed a ‘Performance Carousel’ for the poem ‘Grandma’s Sugarcake’ which was a great success. The children worked collaboratively as a group. Using the work of John Lyon the children wrote their own poem about a food type following the structure of the poem of. Just like any other writing, the children proofread and edited their first draft, before redrafting and finally publishing their poems. Children used a combination of standard English and non-standard English. They also used the new vocabulary learnt in our poetry unit.


Reading - w/b 13.09.21

On Monday, in Guided reading we read a poem called ‘Chocolate Cake.’ Both classes used what they have learnt in English to identify the poetic vocabulary used in this poem. We focussed on drama in reading. We have really enjoyed reading the poem chocolate cake. We explored the ‘Drama Contract’ and all agreed to adhere to it. During Guided Reading we presented our group’s actions using a performance carousel and explained our freeze frames to the class, using the key vocabulary which we had generated. We thoroughly enjoyed using this technique and put ourselves into the shoes of the characters.

W/b 06.09.21 - Back to school!


Pupils in year 4 had a very strong start to the school year. They already started working hard on place value in mathematics and returned their homework projects to school. 


Year 3

2020 - 2021

English - w/b 12.07.21


This term we have been exploring the story ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’. We have discussed and brainstormed Edward’s complex relationships with characters in the story, created an illustrated character description, hot seated as Edward and written thought bubbles describing one of the tragic events. Now that it is the end of term we have been writing an extended piece of writing of an autobiography as Edward Tulane. We explored the features of autobiographies and have been redrafting and publishing our writing this week. 


PHSCE - w/b 05.07.21


In PHSCE this week, we have been learning about the fascinating and inspirational life of Anne Frank. We explored key events that occurred during her life and the discrimination that she and her family faced during World War II. We had a long discussion about how Jewish people might have felt when Hitler forced them to wear a yellow star in public. We then moved onto creating our own fact file about Anne Frank.

History - w/b 28.06.21


We are learning about the amazing Romans! We discovered fascinating facts about what the Romans are famous for inventing, how Rome grew from a city to an empire and we compared life during the ancient Rome times to life today. We found out about the story of Remus and Romulus- two brothers who were banished from the land Alba Langa so that they did not earn their right of one day becoming king. When learning about this story we shared our moral views on whether the actions of all the characters were right or wrong. We enjoyed writing the story in our own words and adding colourful illustrations to go with each key event. We are looking forward to creating mosaic art next week!


Let the Olympic Games begin! - w/b 21.06.21


This week in Year 3 we attended an Olympic workshop. This was an amazing opportunity for us to broaden our knowledge on the Olympics as we have already been exploring the Olympic games during our guided reading sessions. We found the workshop exciting, especially since we had prior knowledge of the Ancient Greek Olympics and were able to impress our visitors with the interesting facts we had learnt. We really enjoyed the interactive tasks and role-play during the workshop and look forward to learning more about the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

Diversity Week - India - w/b 14.06.21


This week has been a very exciting week! As part of diversity week Year 3 have been celebrating the diverse cultures and traditions of India. We started the week with learning Indian greetings and carrying out research on India. We learnt about the geographical location, landscapes, population, cities, languages, religions and traditional foods of India. We enjoyed creating holiday brochures persuading people to visit India, we wrote fact files about Indian animals, we found out about Anish Kapoor and Mahatma Gandhi and created our own flags of India.

One of our favourite activities this week was making a traditional Indian dish of masala pasta. 


Mathematics - w/b 07.06.21

In Mathematics this week, we have been exploring money. We were able to recognise different notes and coins as well as tell each other the value of each. We used the notations £ and p in the correct context and also started to add and subtract different amounts. We found that converting pounds to pence and pence to pounds helped us to do this. We used key mathematical terminology such as coins, pound, pence, money, notation, addition, subtraction, part, whole, commutative, amount, sum and equal.

Great Big School Clean - w/b 07.06.21


On Thursday, year 3 pupils took part in the ‘Keep Britain Tidy's Great Big School Clean’ event. Staff from Manor Park library, as well as members from Newham’s Recycling team accompanied our pupils to Little Ilford Park, where we were briefed about health and safety, split into groups, and set off to find and collect litter. We were shocked to fill five large bags!

Litter ranged from empty cans, chocolate wrappers, plastic bags, empty crisp packets to name but a few. After having a brief discussion about the serious effects of litter on the environment, we enjoyed a drink of water and a piece of fruit (making sure we bin our litter!). We decided to become more vocal about litter when we are at home and with our friends outside of school. 


English - w/b 24.05.21


This week in English we have been exploring the topic of ‘recycling’. 

We researched facts about why recycling is important for the environment, we found out what materials can be recycled, how they are recycled and we discussed the changes we can make in our own lives to ensure that we are looking after the planet. We have been writing information leaflets about the importance of recycling. We enjoyed writing a catchy slogan and drawing illustrations for our leaflets. We linked our learning to our knowledge from our guided reading topic of ‘Endangered Animals’. We explained how animals are at risk of becoming endangered if their habitats are destroyed and recycling can help to protect the environments where animals live.


Get Active! - w/b 17.05.21


During ‘Get Active’ this week, Year 3 we discussed different types of ways to get active and stay healthy. We tried various exercises and yoga activities. Our favourite type of activity is dancing! We enjoyed boogieing to our favourite tunes on Just Dance Kids. We also participated in daily dance competitions where the person who followed all the moves accurately and enthusiastically won a dance award which was created by our teachers. We also participated in a Now Press Play session where we had further opportunities to get active while acting out different scenes in the story. We really enjoy our active sessions and look forward to them every day!


PHSCE - w/b 10.05.21


In PHSCE this week we discussed emotions and suggested ways people can deal with their emotions. We listened to the story ‘The Heart and the Bottle’ and discussed how the character was feeling very low. As a class, we thought of different strategies we can use if we feel sad to help us feel better. Then we planned a design for a pebble of positivity. Our pebble design included bright pictures and an inspirational quote. We look forward to painting our pebbles!


Art - w/b 04.05.21

This week we have been exploring Van Gogh’s painting styles and techniques. We delved deep into a famous painting by Van Gogh called, ‘Starry Night’. We annotated this painting using key vocabulary such as, tone, shade, mood, texture, highlight, colour mixing and brush strokes. We then moved on to create our own textured background in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

Falconry Workshop - w/b 26.04.21


Reading - w/b 26.04.21


We have been reading an exciting non-fiction book called ‘Animals in Danger’. This week we have analysed the key vocabulary in this book. In partners, we created a vocabulary brainstorm defining key words we are learning, such as, vertebrates, invertebrates, classified, ventured, perished, extinct and endangered. We found out all about the animals that have been hunted to extinction. For example, we learnt about the Elephant Bird which has sadly become extinct as it was commonly hunted for its meat and eggs. Due to its size and weight it was unable to fly or run away fast enough from hunters. We have also answered comprehension questions to demonstrate our understanding of the text. This helped us to use the skill of retrieval by referring to evidence from the text. We enjoyed showing our understanding of the animals in danger by writing our own fact files. 


Mathematics - w/b 19.04.21


Finding a quarter

In Year 3 we have been learning about Fractions. This week we have started looking at unit fractions. During this lesson, we used counters to help us find a quarter of different values. In our discussions, we used key mathematical language such as (fraction, unit fraction, numerator, denominator, vinculum, quarter)

Easter Holiday Homework Projects - w/b 19.04.21

During the Easter holiday, pupils were asked by their teachers to design and make an ancient stone circle or a replica of Stonehenge, using recyclable materials that they had at home. Some pupils even used play dough to create their model. Have a look at some of the wonderful models created by our artistic year 3 pupils!

English - w/b 29.03.21


In Year 3 we have been researching facts about reptiles. We found out about the Komodo dragon, Iguana, Chameleon and crocodiles. We used chrome books to find out interesting information and created brainstorms showing our findings. We have then used our research to write non-chronological reports. We ensured we had all the features of a report including, facts, subheadings, labelled pictures and captions. We are looking forward to publishing our reports.

Now Press Play! w/b 29.03.21

On Tuesday, Year 3 travelled back in time to meet Mary Anning, a famous English fossil collector and amateur palaeontologist, using a program called 'Now Press Play'. They started their journey in the school hall, where they received a set of earphones each. They became a character who travelled back to a time to meet Mary and help her collect dinosaur teeth and scales. During their visit, they met scientist, learnt about different dinosaurs and even escaped a meteor that killed off the dinosaurs! It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already had of prehistoric Britain, as they studied this back in the Autumn term.

Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!


Computing - w/b 22.03.21

In Year 3 we have been exploring Scratch. We have looked at the different features and purpose of Scratch. We made an attempt at creating our own animation on scratch. We made sure that we included a background and also changed our sprites. Then we moved onto adding sounds and discovering ways in which we could make our sprite move and speak. We used the ‘control, looks, motions and sound’ features on Scratch to do this. When our animation wasn’t going accordingly, we searched for potential issues that may have been caused and debugged these in order to make our animations work. In order to do this, we had to follow an algorithm.

Science: Rocks and Soils - w/b 15.03.21

In Year 3 we have been exploring rocks and soils. We have looked at real rocks and sorted them into groups based on their characteristics. We then went on a fact hunt around the classroom to find out about types of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock. This helped us to explore the properties of rocks and their uses. We then created rock fact files to explain what we have learnt.

Back to School! w/b 08.03.21


We are very excited to be back at school, and made a great start! This morning, the year 3 pupils became fashion designers, when they used newspaper, masking tape, clothes pegs and scissors to design and create an outfit. After all the groups completed their designs, each class held a fashion show, showcasing their creations. The children did a great job working together in teams. 

Keep watching this space for more exciting learning!

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 30.11.2020

DT - w/b 30.11.2020

In DT this term we have been designing and creating our own photo frames. We started off the design process by creating a detailed sketch of our photo frame and writing instructions on how to make them. Then we used our plans to construct our photo frames using wooden lolly sticks. Next, we evaluated our design and discussed what we would do differently next time. We are now going to implement changes to our frames to make them even better. Some of our changes include, making a stand to make our structure stable and creating multiple compartments to add more than one photo in our frames.

English - w/b 23.11.2020


In English this week we have researched facts about dinosaurs. We created posters in partners giving information about the dinosaur’s diet, weight, appearance and other interesting facts. We presented our work to the class which allowed us to develop our speaking and listening skills. Then we used our research to write non-fiction reports on dinosaurs. We wrote our introductions and information on the terrifying tyrannosaurus rex as a guided write on whiteboards. Then we began writing our non-fiction texts in our books. We look forward to publishing our work into books next week.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 02.11.2020

Guided Reading - w/b 02.11.2020



In Guided Reading this term, we are exploring a non-fiction text called Science Shocks. We have been delving into this factual and informative text and have learnt some fascinating facts about some of the most famous and inspiring scientists to ever exist. This week, we looked at a scientist called, ‘Antoine Lavoisier’. Lavoisier was a pioneer in Chemistry. Did you know that he helped establish the metric system of measurements?!


We made a word bank of all the interesting and unfamiliar words we found in the text. Some of these words include; legacy, tax, theory, guillotined and French Revolution. We used a website called ‘Wordsmyth’ to find out the definition of each word and used each one in a sentence of our own. We then moved onto answering comprehension questions and inferring what we learnt from the text.

Computing - w/b 19.10.2020

In Computing we have been focusing on Online Safety. We designed posters informing people about how they can stay safe online. We discussed the importance of protecting your personal information, how we should not talk to strangers online, which games are appropriate for our age group and what to do if we see a pop up on our screens. We also discussed what cyber bullying is and what somebody can do if they are experiencing this.


We also used role play to show our understanding of online safety. We discussed what is happening in various scenarios where you must be safe online and discussed what the solutions to the problems are. We created freeze frames in groups to show different scenarios where somebody must be safe online. We are looking forward to creating a digital vocabulary mat about Online Safety.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 12.10.2020