Welcome to Year 3/4
Welcome to Jupiter Class. We are Year 3/4 children (7-9 years). There are 23 wonderful children in our class and our teacher is Miss Robertson. We hope you enjoy seeing what we get up to this year!
We can’t believe it is the summer term already! This term we will continue to create a safe, inclusive and engaging environment based on trust and kindness. We will also be moving to a broader and balanced curriculum whilst still focusing on making progress within our core subjects. In English, we are using Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham’s wonderful book ‘Cloud Tea Monkeys’ to inspire our reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. In Maths, will we continue building upon our multiplication and division skills before moving onto fractions. In Science, we will be answering the question ‘Do living things need different things to survive?’ in our topic -plants. Some of our other focuses include Rugby (PE), Hills, Coasts and Rivers (Geography) and Printing (Art and Design).
We are are so happy to finally be back in school. For the next three weeks we are going to focus on reading, spelling and maths basic skills. We will also be celebrating the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore in English.
Jupiter Class would like to wish you a very happy and safe Easter!
In English, we have looked at two book based on the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore. Jupiter Class were deeply moved by his death in February and asked to celebrate his life through their work. We have produced a biography, short description and a third-person recount. Please enjoy looking at some of our work based on his life.
Red Nose Day:
Jupiter Class researched the importance of Red Nose Day. We discussed the importance of helping others and decided to celebrate the day by designing our own red noses and participating in a quiz.
We can’t believe it’s the start of Spring Term already! This term we will continue to concentrate on our core subjects, alongside online safety, PSHE and PE. In English, we are using the picture book ‘The Secret of Black Rock’ to inspire our reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. In Maths, will we continue building our addition and subtraction skills before moving onto multiplication and division. In Science, we will be answering the question ‘What is the dark?’ in our physics topic ‘Light’.
World Book Day:
Year 3/4 children (both at home and in school) have had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day! We were challenged to write our own book reviews, read in an extreme place, make our own reading dens and even read to our pets!
Science (working from home):
Although we are working from home, this hasn’t stopped us from learning. Please look at some of our wonderful examples of home learning. When even linked our learning to our text ‘The Secret of Black Rock’ which discusses the use of lighthouses.
This term we will continue to create a safe, welcoming and engaging environment based on trust and kindness. We are also beginning to concentrate more on our core subjects, alongside online safety, PSHE and PE. In English, we are using Michael Morpurgo’s book ‘The Butterfly Lion’ to inspire our reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. In Maths, will we continue building our place value skills before moving on to addition and subtraction. Then in Science, our topic will be ‘Magnets and Forces’.
Today, we had our very first Christmas Dinner in the classroom. We had Christmas crackers, sang songs and tried to see who could make Miss Robertson laugh with the worst Christmas jokes.
Opening Christmas Cards:
Our Christmas cards are finally back from the North Pole after self-isolating there for awhile. Look how happy we are to receive and give cards.
Christmas Tree Display Competition:
Some photos of our PE lessons. Ask your child what they have been focusing on each week.
We had the hall all to ourselves on Wednesday for our class Christmas party. We had so much fun!
Today, we investigated which materials are magnetic. Did you know not all metals are magnetic? Ask us to tell you which metals are magnetic and which are not.
We are continuing to look at addition and subtraction. We use concrete materials and build up our fluency before moving onto reasoning and problem-solving. Please ask us to show you column addition and subtraction (we can even do it with exchange).
Today, we recognised that magnets have two poles. We predicted which poles would repel and attract and then investigated this. We also observed the magnetic field. Please ask us what the magnetic field is and what repel/attract means.
We have completed an investigation to help us compare how things move on different surfaces. We linked this to the amount of friction between a surface and the moving object. Please ask us to explain what we did.
We have independently wrote a diary entry from the perspective of Bertie. We all tried incredibly hard and Miss Robertson was so proud of us all. Click on the photos to read our work.
Back to school again!
We are back to school and ready to learn after our two weeks of self-isolation. We have jumped straight back into learning and have even started our Christmas activities woo!
Due to Covid-19 we have to work from home for two weeks. This doesn’t phase us though as we are continuing to work as hard as ever! Miss Robertson is incredibly proud of everyone – keep it up! At home, we are looking at topics we might not have time to cover this year due to Covid-19. Here are some examples of the work we have completed!
Maths and English
Autumn 1 – Recovery Curriculum
After a long 6 months off school, our main focus this half-term is to create a safe, welcoming and engaging environment based on trust and kindness. Please enjoy looking at all of our fantastic work.
To celebrate the end of half term, we have used Halloween to inspire our work this week. Please look at our spooktacular work below and stay safe this Halloween.
Paper Plate Pals
Ghosts and Cobwebs
‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’
Jupiter Class have had a very emotional response to Charlie Mackesy’s heartwarming book ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’. They have made connections between this text and their recovery curriculum topics including kindness, love, self-esteem and friendship. We will be using this text to inspire our art, reading, writing and, speaking and listening skills.
Self-Esteem Poem Jupiter Class have completed many activities linked to self-esteem. This week we decided to boost our self-esteem further by writing a poem based on how wonderful we all are. Please read some examples of our work below.
Today we made cards for the people in our lives that we want to say thanks to. We did this as part of our focus on doing random acts of kindness. We thought we would design our cards in the style of Charlie Mackesy’s book.
We used scenes from our class text to inspire our artwork. We looked at Picasso’s animal line art to help us with drawing our characters in a similar style to Mackesy. We then added watercolour. Jupiter Class realised this style of art does not need to look perfect. We also made up our own versions of our favourite quotes.
Jupiter Class have spent the morning outside completing an autumn nature trial and creating autumn artwork. This linked to our Science topic (Seasons) which we are revisiting from last year. We even created a whole class piece of art using branches and leaves. Please remember to bring a pair of wellies or old trainers in so that we can continue our outdoor learning.
Jupiter Class have used watercolour to paint an autumn scene. This linked to our Science topic (Seasons) which we are revisiting from last year. We will continue to develop this skill over the next few weeks! Well done all!
Every day, Jupiter class watch the news to make sure they are fully informed about Covid-19. Yesterday, we discussed how face masks help keep us safe and then we made our own face masks. You’ll never guess what we used to make them … SOCKS!!
Jupiter Class know that sometimes it can be hard to be kind and happy all the time. So today we decided to work on this by spreading a little happiness and kindness to one another. We started by exploring the art style – pointillism. Did you know pointillism is done with the tip of a brush? Miss Robertson then gave everyone the name of someone in our class to design a positivity postcard for. We used pointillism to design our postcards and in English we worked on writing a positive message for our friends. The smiles on our faces when we shared our postcards with each other were huge! Please take a look at our work below.
Designing the postcards
Writing the positive messages
Delivering the postcards to each other
Guess our emotions!
Jupiter class use the Zones of Regulation to identify and regulate their emotions everyday. Today we worked in small groups to explore our emotions further. We were given an emotion to portray through drama and the other groups had to guess the correct emotion. Look at the images below and guess what emotion each group are portraying.
Jupiter class have looked at the importance of the rainbow and discussed how rainbows provided us with hope during a difficult time. We then used the rainbow to inspire our collages.