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Year 3 & 4 (Owls

Please find the weekly timetable below:


A message from Miss Elvy.

Welcome back for the last term of the year. It promises to be a busy one! We have the Year 4 residential to Windmill Hill during the second week and reports will also be sent out later in the term. These will include next steps targets for your child.

This term our topic continues to be ‘Splash’, focusing on rivers, coasts and the water cycle. This term we will focus on features of rivers and make a comparison of the UK with North and South America. Specialist PE sessions will continue, and weekly Music will again be provided by Mrs Blake.

Our Maths learning this term will focus on position, direction and measurement, including time. We will also continue to develop calculation skills and methods through our ‘5 a day’ sessions. Individual times tables will continue to be set on a weekly basis and tested on a Friday. Homework and spellings will also be set at this time.

Our English focus this term will be both non-fiction and poetry. We will begin the term with a variety of poems by Caribbean authors, including Valerie Bloom and James Berry.

Our Science topic will continue to be about Light. We will be explaining how and why shadows move, as well as using sundials around the school grounds.

Our RE learning will be focused on the values and morals which are shown through different religious teachings and ways of life.


St Anselms Outreach Session

 We had a visit from some St. Anselm's students to help us with our Science learning about Light. We used periscopes, wrote in secret code, tried on different optical illusion glasses, experimented with reflections using mirrors and torches.




Owls class Roman Museum Trip

 A few photographs from our class trip to Canterbury Roman museum, where we saw local archaeological finds, including beautiful mosaics. We made our own Roman coins and investigated daily life, weapons and tried grinding our own flour using a quern stone.








Science Week

We have been having a great time doing science week this week. We have done lot of different investigations and experiments to hone our science skills and we have loved getting messy and learning lots.

Monday: Changing Colours

We went outside and gathered up items from the natural environment to find out what colours exist in nature at this time of year. We found that it was mostly brown, orange, green and yellow. This became our colour palette for the day! We wrote a description of the world around us based on these colours and we made a bar chart in maths to show what we found out. In the afternoon, we used our colour palette to create some beautiful artwork which will come home soon.


Tuesday: Changing Weather and Investigating

We went outside (in the cold and the rain!) and blew bubbles! This was fun, but also scientific, as it allowed us to determine the wind direction. We had to use a compass to find North and then work out which way our bubbles were blowing. Some of us even worked out the wind speed by using a timer as well.

Our job that morning was to be a scary predator and eat all the wiggly worms! We found that the green worms were the hardest to find because they were the same colour as the grass - they were camouflaged too well! We then wrote a story from the point of view of the worm. Not all of us survived ...

We also tried out investigations to see if the person with the longest legs could jump the furthest, and if the person with the biggest feet had the biggest stride. As a whole, we rather disproved those theories!



Wednesday: Changing States

Today was all about watching things change! We spent lots of the day making bread, seeing how the ingredients become the finished product. We changed each recipe slightly so we could compare how it looked and tasted at the end. It turns out we really like salty bread!

We also investigated what happens when you add food colouring to milk and then add washing up liquid. It was amazing to watch the colours spread out across the plates and change. We tried out different milks to see if there was a different effect and got some surprisingly different results!

We explored the mystery of cornflour and found out that it is neither a solid nor a liquid! This was really fun to explore but also very messy!

Still to come this week: Blowing up balloons using popping candy, researching famous scientists and making rubber balls! Stay tuned!


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A group of owls is called a parliament.

Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees.
Owls do not make nests
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