This half term we are working on 

  • English – "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes – newspaper reports & story.
  • Maths – Fractions, decimals and money
  • Science – Animals including humans, digestion, teeth and food chains
  • Topic / History / Geography – The Coiners of Cragg Vale
  • Music - Exploring rhythm and pattern.
  • Art – Sculpture trail

 

 

Year 3/4

 

This year your teacher is Mrs Brayshaw

with Mrs Smith

 

Our topic this summer term is

the Coiners of Cragg Vale.

 

 

 Look at the Year 3 curriculum here

and Year 4 here

 

 

 

P.E. is on Tuesdays.

 

  

 

The children in Year 3 and 4 and the residents had a lovely time at Mytholm Meadows community event on Thursday the 2nd of May. The children helped with many activities from discussing their input and ideas about design of the garden, to making pots and planting seeds for the Kitchen garden. Whilst serving refreshments, the children were able to chat to the residents and encourage parents and visitors to get involved. The children encouraged many visitors to sign pledges offering help with the garden and support with activities at the home, which were very welcome. One of the activities the children enjoyed was to improve people’s empathy with the ageing process, it involved wearing thick gloves to peel an orange and wearing sunglasses at the same time to demonstrate the problems old people might have with poor sight and diminishing dexterity in hands. Another was to feed someone else, experiencing how this felt to have lack of control.

 

We visited Mytholm Meadows on Wednesday afternoon and helped to weed and plant seeds in the garden. We had great fun adding new compost to the flower beds and helping to improve the garden.
Looking around Halifax Minster was fantastic. We were amazed by all the beautiful windows and carvings to see in there. We searched for animals and crosses and even Easter eggs, inside which were hidden clues about the Easter story. We drew some pictures of the stained glass windows, which was quite a difficult task. We also had a brief performance from an organist, who kindly demonstrated some of the sounds and how these were made, before playing us a few tunes. After this we made our Easter gardens that will hopefully look very pretty when the grass seed begins to grow. Of course we all enjoyed eating our packed lunches!!

 

Year 3 and 4 have made magic potion poems. The children had fun making their own potions in bottles and writing labels for these. These are linked with the work we have done on Harry Potter. Here are some lovely examples of their work.

During our visit to Mytholm Meadows this week, we did some weeding in the garden that we helped to plant last Summer, then we ‘chitted’ some potatoes. We made the egg boxes look lovely with paint for the potatoes to stand in. There were some lovely conversations between young and old as they were doing this.

 

Year 3 and 4 worked in groups to investigate their own questions about water. Can water be made to flow upwards? What happens when materials are put into water? When you mix materials with water what will happen? The children had to predict, plan and choose resources then from their results work out what it all meant and come to a conclusion.

 

 

Year 3 & 4 have been programming the beebots to follow a given course. This was quite tricky as sometimes they seemed to have a mind of their own.
We visited the residents of Mytholm Meadows again to continue our garden design work. We chose plants that would grow well together in a Kitchen garden and then planted some seeds in origami pots, which we made with newspaper.

 

 

The children had a super time in their archaeology workshop with Mr Andrews. They handled and learnt about many stone-Age artefacts, flint arrow heads, knives and axes some of which were really quite beautiful. They also had a go at digging and cataloguing their own finds, working as a team and sharing the tasks between them. With natural colours in oil pastel and pencils the children created their own cave art with some very impressive results.

At Mytholm Meadows the children met up again with their friends to review their garden work and think up some new and interesting ideas for some of the garden areas. Some of their ideas and designs will hopefully be incorporated into some of the garden areas at a later date with the children’s help. Whilst they were there they made a delicious drink with the residents, a warm spiced apple drink, which they all enjoyed making and especially drinking!

 

Year 3 and 4 worked in groups to investigate their own questions about water. Can water be made to flow upwards? What happens when materials are put into water? When you mix materials with water what will happen? The children had to predict, plan and choose resources then from their results work out what it all meant and come to a conclusion.

 

 

Year 3 & 4 have been finding out about states of matter. We wondered if gases had a weight and experimented with different types of fizzy pop. By weighing the liquid before and after stirring, we discovered most of the pop was lighter in weight when some of the co2 had gone.
We also investigated the process of evaporation, using lots of skills to measure weight before and after wetting the cloths and recording results in a table. Unfortunately, our test was left too long and we found out that after 24 hours most of the cloths wherever they had been put to dry were about the same apart from the ones sealed in bags.

 

Year 3& 4 have been making cave paintings in the manner that Stone Age people would have done. They have used natural colours to represent plants and crushed stone colours and applied these with their fingers instead of brushes.

 

 

Year 3 & 4 have been creating some work for display relating to the stone- age theme. They made spears and tools out of clay, they drew around their hands with charcoal, made a camp- fire out of tissue and sticks and cut out some leaves.