Our Year 3 and 4 children make up the Blue Spruce class. For our Year 3 pupils, this is an important time as they move into Key Stage 2. In Blue Spruce, children begin to take more responsibility for their learning and develop a greater sense of independence.
Mrs Grice, Mrs Morley and Mrs Griffiths
Term 3 and 4 -
Why is it so cold at the poles?
We will be taking a closer look at where the countries of the world are located and focusing on the Polar regions. These places have unique climates and we will learn why they have extreme weather patterns and if it's possible to live there. By the end of term 4, we hope to have created our own shadow puppets using Aurora: The Tale of the Northern Lights as our inspiration.
Our English lessons will follow Robert Swindells' Ice Palace, and the children will have the opportunity to:
Enjoy a story and discuss its meanings
Explore narrative plot, settings, characters and draw inferences to aid understanding
Broaden understanding of writers' use of language and build a varied vocabulary
Write non-fiction texts based on fictional stimulus
Write a non-chronological report
Write a narrative ending
Science - Sound
Science - Light
Computing - Spreadsheets
Computing - Touch Typing
Geography - All Around the World
Art - Paint and Mixed Media
Home learning useful links:
Should your child need to self isolate, work will be sent home but the websites below have lots of activities for children to do at home.
- wwww.purplemash.com - children can login and explore resources to support all areas of the curriculum, complete tasks and play games.
- www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning - use this link to watch the daily maths videos for your year group. Worksheets will be sent home to complete should you need them.
- www.mathletics.com - children can login using their own usernames and passwords and complete tasks set
- www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 - great for testing your mathematical recall
- https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/online/ebooks-audiobooks/ebooks/ - you can download ebooks for free from the library service
- www.pobble365.com - a fantastic website that publishes a new image every day as a stimulus for writing, with hints and exercises to get the creative juices flowing
Class teachers: Mrs Grice and Mrs Morley
Teaching assistant: Mrs Griffiths
- Book bags can now be brought in to school so children should bring their reading records every day.
- Please sign your child's reading record after hearing them read. Children need to read at least three times a week at home.
- Weekly spellings will be sent home every Friday. Please practise these with your child at home.
- Water bottles and a fruit snack should be sent in with your child every day. Please remember to clearly label everything.
- Please make sure that your child brings a coat every day as the weather is changeable.
- PE is on Friday afternoon, children should come to school wearing their PE uniform on those days.
- Blue Spruce also have PE every other Thursday afternoon. See newsletter for dates.
The Blue Spruce Gallery
When learning about the Earth, we used plasticine to mould the different layers from the inner core all the way to the crust.
Here we are making the decoration for our recycled drums. We used a wax-resistant technique and some action painting to create our finished designs:
Our author visit from Thomas Taylor, who illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and is the author of The Eeerie-on-sea series.
Little Gate Farm - decorating their Christmas tree with our hand made ornaments.