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Year 3 and Year 4
Term 1, 2017 – 18
The Badgers began the year with a fabulous Term 1! Our topic was Spain and we immersed ourselves in the language, music, literature, art and geography of Spain. The children thoroughly enjoyed making self-portrait masks out of clay in the style of Picasso.
We also enjoyed our preparations for Harvest Festival. We briefly learned about Harvest celebrations around the world and then focussed our studies on Thanksgiving in America. We enjoyed creating a cornucopia of artistically painted fruit and vegetables harvested at this time of year. We devised our own Thanksgiving dinner, made turkeys and even baked cornbread – a traditional addition to the Thanksgiving dinner.
As we learned, it was the Native Americans who made the first Thanksgiving possible. To this end we were fortunate enough to have a visitor in to tell us all about the Native American culture, traditions and beliefs.
Term 6, 2016 – 17
This term has been full of Science and History opportunities as we explored the final hours of the Titanic and its infamous ending. Badgers carried out a variety of different experiments with ice and buoyancy in an attempt to understand what actually happened on the night of the 14th April, 1912. As a class, we role played how it must have felt to have been a passenger on the Titanic as it left Southampton for its journey to New York – through to being one of the 705 passengers rescued by the SS Carpathia. This topic lent itself to some wonderful art work and we had several Head Teacher’s Awards including one to Jacob, Hayley and Zara. Well done!
We were lucky to have been joined by 123Science who carried out some truly amazing science experiments including exploding cola bottles and slime production! A huge thank you to the ladies of Highsted for joining us.
This term’s homework was a project of your choice. We have been absolutely bowled over with the brilliant projects that have come into school and have been shared in front of the class. It has been a bumper week of Head Teacher’s Awards and Badger Points too so congratulations to everyone in Badger Class. Finn’s chosen topic was South Africa and we were very fortunate to taste some treats from there too. Thank you for providing these delicious treats, Finn J
Sadly, this is my last website update as the Badger Class Teacher so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the amazing children that have been part of Badger Class, their parents and to all the staff. It really is the most amazing and caring school and I will miss coming here every day to be a part of it.
Term 5, 2016-17
This term saw the Badgers learning about the Anglo Saxons from the early settlers to the final days under King Harold. We explored their way of life and created our own Anglo Saxon Settlement in miniature in the classroom. Many children brought in their own craft equipment from home so thank you to those who contributed as it was greatly appreciated and resulted in some magnificent buildings! To complete the topic, we had a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings on our school playground with huge battle cries being heard across the village as our gallant King Harold (played by Eva Mitchell) sent his soldiers chasing after William’s army (played by Alfie Elsden) to be tricked by the Normans twice before the Saxons were finally defeated.
As part of our English learning, we began to read Varjak Paw by SF Said and this will continue into Term 6 as we learn the fate of our Mesopotamian Hero, Varjak. The children used the text as a stimulus to write their own stories and non-chronological reports. In maths, we continue with our Reasoning Journey as our children are expected to become fluent in their mathematical skills while being able to apply this knowledge across a wide variety of different problems and applications. As a reminder to all parents & carers of Year 4 children, they must have learnt ALL their times tables by the end of this academic year.
Term 2, 2016-17
Term 2 was the term of fossils, rocks and stones! In topic, we learnt about how they lived in the Stone Age and what it was like to be a hunter or gather. This saw us writing application letters for the job of hunter in the tribe! With the introduction of bronze, we discussed how peoples’ lives were changed and how we moved towards being farmers. As part of our science, we were fortunate enough to have a visitor from Maidstone Museum who brought in different examples of fossils for us to study and draw. We then recreated our own cave with paintings and handprints on rocks to replicate the early man in Pre Historic Britain.
For English, we read the fantastic book by Ted Hughes ‘The Iron Man’. Badger Class created their own 3D Iron Men as part of their home learning and we wrote our own stories based on this text. There were plenty of opportunities for drama and reporting the great battle between the dragon and the Iron Man in our own newspaper articles.
Badgers then worked with Beavers to present our Christmas Service to the whole school and visitors. We were very lucky to have a beautiful solo by Eva Payne who also sung a wonderful duet with Amelia Phillips. Thank you for all your hard work, Badgers, it was truly amazing and we were all very proud of you.
Term 1, 2016-17
Why did the Egyptians build the pyramids?
This term saw Badgers celebrating the 100th Birthday of Roald Dahl and all his wonderful books. From writing our own ‘Mr and Mrs Twit’ Tricks to creating our own George and the Marvellous Medicine, Badgers were able to develop their understanding of how to write a clear set of instructions and an interesting narrative. As part of our independent learning, Badgers were asked to design their own sweet which would not look out of place at the Willy Wonka factory. We had many wonderful ideas and some of the children even brought in their yummy creations into school for us to share and try!
Our topic was the Ancient Egyptians and we considered the reasons behind the building of the pyramids which linked into the role of the River Nile. In Art and DT, we then spent time learning about the process of mummification and creating our own ‘Mummies’ using Modroc. Badgers were encouraged to show a growth mindset each week in their home learning and the children rose to this challenge from demonstrating the pyramids in lego form to writing their own research on the Great Pyramids.
Thank you for all your learning this term and your growing mind sets too, Badgers.