Welcome to our Year 3 and 4 team page. On here you will find out what the children have been learning each term as well as seeing some lovely photos of the children in action.
This term we are learning to be Ocean Explorers. We are excited to learn all about the ocean, the zones and the unusual creatures that live there. Plastic pollution and how we can reduce this will also feature very heavily in our topic. We are aiming to take part in a beach clean and to share our message about looking after our oceans. We are working in collaboration with Living Coasts and The Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative.
Goodrington Beach Clean
What a productive day! After walking 2 miles from school to Goodrington beach, the children met the team from Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative (TCCI) where they learnt how to carry out a beach clean safely. Each class went off to different areas of Goodrington and worked tirelessly to collect a whole variety of rubbish. The children were so surprised how much they collected, especially as initially the areas looked very clean. It was surprising how much plastic netting, ropes, fishing lines and smaller plastic items were collected. The children were also horrified how much dog poo was left behind. The team from the TCCI and Torbay council were fantastic at supporting our project.
Living Coasts Visit
We were very fortunate to secure an outreach visit from the Education team from Living Coasts who delivered a session about the impact of plastics on our oceans. They discussed how plastic gets into our oceans and what we can do to reduce this. The children then took part in two different activities: Nurdle hunting and plastic sorting. The children were fascinated to see what type of items get washed up on the beach and how they might have got there.
Autumn Term 2018
The children have been very industrious planning, designing and making products from reclaimed waste to sell at our Pop-up shop at school. After making a few prototypes, the children came up with their final quality products which they made by hand, ready to sell. On the day of the shop, the children were professional and very adept at selling. Huge thanks to all our families who visited and purchased items from our shop. The children were so pleased to hear they have raised over £130. Some of the money will be donated to the Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative (TCCI) who are supporting their learning in January and some will be to purchase resources to help keep our playground litter free and prevent it from blowing into the drains and in-turn, the oceans.
Wow, what a fantastic range of homework we have received this term. The children really love choosing their own homework tasks and seem very proud of their work. Thank you to all our families for supporting your children with their homework and we hope you are having fun with your children.
We were very lucky to secure a free workshop from Alex at Recycle Devon. She taught us all about where some of our most commonly used materials come from and how these natural resources are being wasted when we don't recycle. We played lots of games that helped us to learn about what products are made from but also showed us some items that have been made from recycled rubbish. We all went away from the workshop feeling inspired to reduce the amount of rubbish we make as well as renewing our love for recycling. The children know how important it is and by making small manageable changes, they can have a huge impact on our world.
For the first 3 weeks of this half term, the children have been focusing on learning about forces and magnets. They have planned and carried out investigations to understand force, friction and magnet strength. The children learnt skills such as using a newton meter, carrying out repeat measurements and finding the average as well as planning a fair test. They have observed, measured and asked questions to extend their scientific thinking.
Forces and Magnets Investigations
Autumn Term 2018
Field to Fork finale - whole class cooking
As our finale to our 'Field to Fork' topic, the children chose a recipe that they wanted to cook. This year, we chose recipes from other countries. 3/4 M made pizzas from Italy, 3/4 H made Chicken Thai curry from Thailand and 3/4 B made Chicken Fajitas The children had a great time becoming chefs and really enjoyed tasting some of the new flavours.
Science ~ learning about pollination. This term, the children in years 3 and 4 have been learning about plants and what they need to grow healthily. One part that they loved learning about was pollination. The children loved re-enacting how insects fly from one plant to another to collect nectar, not realising that they are actually collecting pollen to fertilise another plant.
Pollination and flower disection
As part of our 'Field to Fork' theme, we invited a local farmer in to tell us all about his typical day and the produce that is grown on his farm. We were fascinated to learn that many of the fields are used to grow feed for their animals as well as growing crops that go to market to provide the British public with produce. Interestingly, Mr Tully's farm produce wheat for biscuit making and oil seed rape to make vegetable oil that we can buy in our shops as well as barley, hay and straw. We were extremely lucky to get a guided tour of his tractor that he drove into our school playground. All the children were very excited to be allowed to climb up and sit in the cab - it was a lot higher up than they realised. Huge thanks to Mr Tully for his time and knowledge.
Visit from Local chef and restaurant owner Mitch Tonks
We were very pleased to welcome our local well-known chef and restaurant owner, Mitch Tonks. We had written several questions to ask him about his childhood, early career and his inspiration so that we can write a biography about him. We felt really inspired when he told us that he was determined to teach himself to cook and how his passion and hard work led to his success. Because Mitch was so impressed by the children's behaviour and the quality of their questions, he arranged for them to be given their very own Rock Fish ocean protectors pack. In return we have sent him some of the children's biographies.
Visit to Occombe Farm to make a special bread
To start our new topic 'From Field to Fork', the children visited Occombe farm where they became chefs for the afternoon. They worked in small teams to follow the recipe to make Italian Focaccia bread using tomatoes and herbs grown at Occombe. The children enjoyed picking their own herbs to use in their bread. They even washed up after themselves! We were lucky to visit the Berkshire pigs while we were waiting for our bread to cook. The children collected apples that had fallen off the trees and took them to feed the pigs.
Occombe Farm Visit - Cooking Focaccia
PE - Gymnastics
This half term, the children have been improving their gymnastic shapes and developing a sequence that involves moving across the equipment and showing off these gymnastic shapes. Well done to all the children who really improved their shapes and connecting movements - you look like professionals now!