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Class 3/4H 2019-2020

Class 3/4H Learning 2019-2020

Welcome to Class 3/4H, enjoy looking through our gallery below to share in some of our experiences:

For topsy turvy day, we shared a topsy turvy maths investigation, with a doughnut maths challenge. Can you create 8 equal pieces of doughnut using only 3 cuts?

Over this half term we have been working on developing our 500 word stories to submit to the BBC 500 word competition.  In class we voted for our top 3 stories in each year group, which we will then be sharing with KS2.  Below are our chosen stories for you to read:

AK Year 3 finalist

IP Year 4 finalist

JB Year 4 finalist

KA Year 3 finalist

LC Year 3 finalist

RJ Year 4 finalist

We have been working on developing the structure of the sentences we write so that we can write in a variety of ways without becoming repetitive in our sentence starters, here are a few examples from our English working wall based on visiting a Roman Market:

Each friday this half term we have been working with Phoenix dance to create our own Roman themed dance performance.  Here we are in action:

To begin our history topic ‘Romans,’ we explored being archaeologists, finding Roman artefacts in mini dig sites.  We enjoyed exploring, by brushing through the surface to discover the finds.  There was some great discussion about what the objects could be and where they could have been found.

Following on from our exploration of structures, we designed and created as engineer teams, as we embarked on a bridge the gap challenge.  We researched different bridge structures and applied our exploration of building Japanese towers and structures to our designs.  We set our criteria of creating a bridge that covered a gap of 50cm, would be self supporting and would support a toy car travelling over the bridge.  We faced many challenges as we worked to build our bridges, strengthening them proved to be trickier than we had first imagined.  Here we are in action:

With DT we have been exploring structures, following our link to Japan from Kensuke’s kingdom, we have been exploring the amazing architecture in the buildings of Japan.  Working in teams, we embarked on several challenges, building the tallest tower and the strongest structure, comparing the different shape structures to balance or support.  Here are a few pictures of what our exploration:

Through our science lessons this week we have been finding out about the main functions of our digestive system.  We had a lot of fun, exploring the effect of saliva on crackers and watching a model demonstration of how our digestion works.  The photos below capture some of what we did in class:

For our preparation for Harvest we chose to compare how we celebrate Harvest along side how the Hindu culture celebrate Harvest too.  We enjoyed making kites to share in one of the aspects celebrated in India, along with cooking in traditional Hindu ways, making ‘Ghee’ and ‘Pongal.’

Whilst thinking about surviving on the island (as Michael) we thought about how to clean water.  We began exploring this process in science as we explored filtration to clean water, by separating the particles.  We were surprised by the results.

In maths, our year 4 children investigated different ways to show numbers that rounded to 5,000, using 14 counters they found many ways, and knew there were more possibilities to find.  They realised that if they had 5 thousands, then they had to keep the hundreds to 4 or below, if they had 4 thousands, then they had to ensure that the hundreds were over 5.  We all enjoyed this investigation as part of solving problems with rounding numbers to the nearest 1,000.

We created a fair test to test our the theories behind where flavours are tasted on our tongue.

Through RE we enjoyed exploring the artefacts to show what is included and how to make a puja tray.

RE – Our Puja Tray – we had fun finding out about the significance of the items on display as well as enjoying listening to the Bhajan’s musical traditions, which added to the happy atmosphere we were recreating.

We have enjoyed finding out about our teeth, naming them and finding out about tooth parts.  As we have been thinking about tooth care we set up an investigation to explore the effects of different liquids on our tooth enamel.

We were surprised to find one shell has practically disappeared, whilst being shocked at how one egg had increased in it size so much that it wouldn’t come out of the jar.

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