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Welcome to Y34K
Year of Positive Thinking 2014-2015

Our class are Year 3 and Year 4 children who
learn with Mrs Kewley, Mrs Joyce and Mrs Lall.
We will share our achievements and recent learning
with you on this page.

 
Dates for your diary:
Thursday 5th March - World Book Day
Friday 6th March - Fairtrade Friday
Friday 13th March - Trip to York
w/c 23rd March - On the Move Focus Week
Monday 30th March - Class Photo, Parents' Evening
Wednesday 1st April - Parents' Evening
Thursday 2nd April - Break up
Monday 20th April - Back to school


 
Food Chains

Focus week started off with us looking at Food Chains and learning about the vocabulary that goes with it from Omnivore to predator and prey. We first created large A4 food chains before completing videos about the animals we chose.

Food Chains
Polar Ice Caps - the big melt!

During our weekly Science blast we looked at the effect climate change has on the world around us specifically the ice caps. For the children's homework they looked at the artic circle and how the change in environment is affecting the wildlife specifically the polar bears. Using the hottest day of the year to our advantage, the children and I under took an experiment to see how long an ice lolly would last in the heat. Many suggestions were made from 5 minutes to half an hour. At intervals of minutes, the children took photos to show the melting process and luckily for them we all had one afterwards as a treat to see if it took them longer or shorter to melt theirs in the mouth! A fun, educational way to eating ice lollies!

Polar Ice Caps - the big melt!
Polar Ice Caps

Our representation of the polar ice caps! Yummy!

Polar Ice Caps
Mean Wood Valley Urban Farm

A fantastic day completing our Rocks and Soils exploration day - think you'll agree we had fun in the sun!

Mean Wood Valley Urban Farm
Water colours inspired by our Coast to Coast topic

After looking at Yorkshire born artist Ashley Jackson, we learnt some techniques about water colours. We chose one of three coastal areas: Cornwall, Italy or the Lake District and had a go at creating a picture in the style of him. We think for a first attempt e did a great job!

Water colours inspired by our Coast to Coast topic
Adventure stories

This week in Literacy we are writing adventure stories set in the beautiful Lake District. This morning we had a go at acting out potential stories - we can't wait to write them now!

Adventure stories

This week in Literacy we are writing adventure stories set in the beautiful Lake District. This morning we had a go at acting out potential stories - we can't wait to write them now!

Science blast - growing mold!

Today we looked at how our own bodies can help speedy up the process of everyday food items growing mold. Our prediction is that the bread we all handled will grow mold at a quicker rate than the slice that was left untouched. We have also places a slice in the freezer - our prediction (thanks to Ryan) is that the freezer will kill off the bacteria that ahs begun to grown or will stop anything growing because it is so cold! Check back in with us next week to see how our Science Blast is going!

Science blast - growing mold!
Science blast - growing mold!

Today we looked at how our own bodies can help speedy up the process of everyday food items growing mold. Our prediction is that the bread we all handled will grow mold at a quicker rate than the slice that was left untouched. We have also places a slice in the freezer - our prediction (thanks to Ryan) is that the freezer will kill off the bacteria that ahs begun to grown or will stop anything growing because it is so cold! Check back in with us next week to see how our Science Blast is going!

Science blast - growing mold!
Cornish fun

Using items that we would normally find at the beach we had a fun morning exploring the sand, tasting delicious food and imaging ourselves in Cornwall! Yummy fun!

Cornish fun
Drive to Cornwall

This morning the children were welcomed to their new topic Coast to Coast with a journey to Cornwall via our virtual coach!

Drive to Cornwall

This morning the children were welcomed to their new topic Coast to Coast with a journey to Cornwall via our virtual coach!

TV advers for the all new Home from Home
The pitch

The fantastic winners and the finalists giving the new apprentice candidates a run for their money!

We hope you'll agree that the children did a great job in 25 minutes - firstly deciding whos plan to go with then preparing a pitch for the class - here is what each group said. Watch the videos for the chosen 6 finalists
Boglis
My name is Jeeya and this is my partner Raushan – together we are called Boglis. We are highly trained to bring you the best furniture and home from home room. We will give some ideas of how to use our sketch to help you with how it will look.  We think that you should choose this room because the furniture is at the edges of the room with the carpets in the middle so you can listen to one an Another great feature is that when you need any food or drink you can go to the machines and get healthy snacks Thank you for listening enjoy your days.

Abon
Hello I am Abigail and this is my partner Abigail and together we make Abon. We are doing this as we are creating a new home from home room. This one is more colourful and it also has soft carpet as well as detail for interest. It also has a dance floor and an indoor trampoline as well as board games. Thank you for listening we hope we got your vote!

Design and build
Hello my name is Izaac and my partner is Rufaro our company is design and build. Today we have done some work on our all new and improved home from home room which we will make into a fun time room. It is for all ages of school from 5-11. The room will include a flat trampoline to jump on and an aquarium to watch the little fishes swim around. When you pick your children up they will not want to leave!

Builder
Hello my name is Harvey and my friends name is James together we make the company -  Builder. We create a good model that you will like. You would never like to go home either because there are so many fun things to do like the games corner with new technology.

Krishee
Hello my name is Aimee and this is my partner Krisha dn together we make Krishee. We think this will be the best room because it has added walls which ar a great safety feature and also a separate area for boys and girls for when the girls want to be girlie. It also has a 3D TV and a trampoline, If you press a button it turens into a cushion. Thank you for listening enjoy your day.

Levoxal
Hello my name is Ethan and my partners are Daisy and Ella and together we make up Levoxal. We are here to give up 5 minutes of our time to share our new design of the extended services which we know as the Home from Home room.  The reason why you should chose this is because it has: a pool table, swimming pool a reading area with comfy padded walls, climbing walls with safety harness and also a Lego wall. The reason the trampoline is next to the swimming is because you can jump in. The features we think are the best and most appealing is he trampoline and the pool and that is why we think our design is the best! Let’s hope we’ve convinced you!

Zebra
Hello my name is Nikolaos and my colleague is Daniel our company is called Zebra. Thank you for allowing us 5 minutes of your precious time. We are here to pitch to you the best plan ever for the new extended services room which is appealing for all ages. The children will be spoilt for choice. There are so many wonderful activities to choose from. The pool table is full sized and will be the envy of each and every school. The games room is massive and full of computer games as well as board games!

 Luhats
Hello my name is Hattie and this is my partner Lucy and together we make LuHats the best company for building extra services for school. We think this will be the best home from home room because there are air padded walls all around making it safe for children of all ages. The padded walls have another bonus they double up as a cushioned wall for the relaxing reading area. Another great feature is the smoothie machine which allows children to help themselves tk healthy snacks after a long stressful day at school. Thank you for your time!

 
Today 18th May 2015 marks the first day of our Apprentice Focus Week - Design and Build. The day began with a great assembly where we were delievered our tasks for the week before we were interupted by the one and only Lord Sugar!

We have been looking at the design and construction of our new home from home room and together with a learning partner we have put together some fantatsic pitch which we then voted for. Our overall winner was Stella Phillips and Sophie Birde and our finalists include: Lexi Jones, Ella Zigman and Lily Robinson, Ella Marshall, Ethan Oxley and Daisy Levitt, and lastly Nikolaos and Daniel. Have a look at all the other pitchs and videos to see if you agree with the class vote!
Science Blast - focus week

For our Science Blast this week we looked at how different surfaces affect the speed cars travel. We planned completed and reviewed our experiment using small toy cars - we are still finding bits of polystyrene!

Science Blast - focus week
Viking portraits

The children used patience and concentration to create some amazing pieces of art work - we hope you'll agree that they are simply amazing!

Viking portraits
Titanic survial letters

After learning about the unsinkable Titanic shipping disaster and completing our wonderful news reports, the children write fantastic survial letters. Here are a selection - we hope you enjoy them as much as we did when we first heard them.

Titanic survial letters
Titanic news report

Our broadcasters ready for action!

Titanic news report
Titanic News Reports - learning about cruise liners

The children did a wonderful job reporting live from the launch of the famous cruise liner - Titanic in April 1912.

Our first group - I think you'll agree they did a marvellous job!
Welcome to the 6 o'clock news
Coming live to the BBC News Channel
Live at 9
Channel 6 news presents.
Live from BBC
Tonight at 9
Lunch time news with Abigail, Daisy and Krish
World news
The one and only news channel presents the following report.
Task one: After looking at the very elegant Victorian railway carriages, we designed and made our own models to help us with our writing! we hope you agree with us that they are wonderful. Which one would you like to travel on and why?
Digger Day

To launch our focus week we enjoyed a morning looking at the changing face of our school and all had a ride on the diggers that are helping change our school.

Digger Day
On the Move Focus Week
What a action packed week we have had in Year3/4K! Our week started with a trip to the school field where we looked at the changing face of our school field before we began to look at how transport has changed over history. One of our focuses took us back to the Victorian carriages we saw at the National Railway Museum another was looking at the infamous Titanic. Tune back next week to see where our learning has taken us after 1912!
Murder Mystery at Pudsey Primrose Hill

Alice has been murdered - but who did it! There were five suspects: The White Rabbit The Queen of Hearts The Caterpillar The Cheshire Cat The Mad Hatter Each suspect was questioned by the class barristers in order to ascertain which one was gulty of the murder. Watch our suspects being questioned.

Amazing Animations

Using the story of Alice in Wonderland, the children in Y3/4K made their own unusual characters and settings. They then used an App called 'Animate it' on an Ipad and made their own animated films!

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

In Art lessons we have been learning about how to use tint, shade and tone. We have also been looking at the work of Claude Monet. We used the skills we had learnt to paint our own Water Lilies paintings. We practised using just the tip of our brushes to create the effects you can see in our paintings.

Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Snow Poems

When the snow fell this week, we took the opportunity to write descriptive poems.

Snow Poems
Roman Artefacts

The children returned to school after their Christmas break to find that Roman artefacts had been discovered on the school grounds during the holiday period! This inspired us to find out more about the Romans and what the artefacts might be and to draw some round houses.

Roman Artefacts
Wood Beneath the World Trip

On Monday Y3/4KB visited the Town Hall and explored a wood that has grown in the crypt underneath the building. We met Jack who looks after the wood and he shared lots of stories about magical woods with us. We explored the wood for ourselves, found clues about who might have visited, and really enjoyed the stories that he shared with us. Back at school we explored our own trees, wood and forest settings and have written our own stories. We will be sharing some of our stories with Jack and on this page ...

Wood Beneath the World Trip
Electirc Circuits

This week we have been learning about electrical circuits. Watch our video to see what we know.

Creatures in their habitats

We have made some fabulous and extraordinary creatures. You can have a look at them in their habitats. If you would like to find out more about them, please have a look again soon as there will be some information pages about them.

Creatures in their habitats
Children in Need Fundraising

We came dressed as something we would like to be when we grow up, or as a character. We raised over 400 together as a school!

Children in Need Fundraising
Portaits

Welcome to our portrait gallery!

Portaits
Performance Poetry

The children have been using exciting vocabulary to create poems about bonfire night. We hope you enjoy watching them.

Poetry Writing

Linked to Bonfire Night, we have been writing poems. Here are some examples of our writing. See if you can spot the repeating lines, rhymes, and powerful adjectives.

Poetry Writing
Duomo Cathedral

As part of our research into Italy, we have been looking at some of the amazing archetecture in Milan. Here are some drawings of Duomo Cathedral.

Duomo Cathedral
Cities Around the World Focus Week
22nd September - 26th September 2014

Venice has been the focus for our learning this week.
We have made a 3D model of the Grand Canal with views of the Rialto Bridge using lots of Art and DT skills.  We have tasted and made Italian food including our own pasta!  Maths and English learning have all been connected to Venice, tourism and geography.
Making our landmarkMaking our landmark
Making Vegetable LasagneMaking Vegetable Lasagne
Istanbul and Nicosia

Our children listened to a very interesting presentation by Wendy Altinors. She told them about her first hand experiences of Istanbul and Nicosia and showed photos of the two cities. The children then presented some key facts about the cities.

Istanbul and Nicosia
Positive Thinking Day

We had to use lots of positive thinking to achieve our goal of building dens. The children worked with others from their house teams and had to work harmoniously and productively to make their den.

Positive Thinking Day
Italy - Geography Topic

We have been learning about Italy in our Geography learning this half term. We have found out about mountains, lakes, cities, towns etc. We chose to show what we had learnt by making 3D maps.

Italy - Geography Topic
Art Through Music (Fish)

We used music to inspire our drawings. We used lots of pencil patterns to help us to remember how to use our pencils effectively after a long summer holiday!

Art Through Music (Fish)