“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”

Marty Rubin

Literacy

In literacy this term, we have started with non-chronological reports about how people lived in the Stone Age. After learning how to structure the report, children wrote their own, independent, non chronological reports on the theme of the Iron Age.

Towards half term, we will be reading and studying ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom.’ The children will be doing some active learning; in collaboration with Pershore college to discover which plants grow on a desert island and what conditions are needed.

Maths

In maths this half term, we have worked on multiplication using ‘the grid method.’ We have chosen the grid method as it is a simpler way for the children to understand the multiplication process as well as using their knowledge of place value.

Towards half term, we will be looking at methods for division.

Science

We have studied forces and magnets in science this half term. Children have been exploring pushes and pulls as well as magnetic fields and electromagents.

Topic – Geography

Following on from O.S. maps of Pershore, we decided to do a further study of land use and trade links within Pershore. This involved visiting shop owners, purchasing local goods and talking with customers on why local trade and transport is important.

Topic – History

Following on from the Bronze Age, we have this term been learning about the Iron Age and Celts. We have been analysing and compare lives, food, houses and belief systems throughout the ages.

In February 2020, we visited Bredon Hill – with an archeologist – to observe and study the Iron Age earth works.

Art

Our art theme this term, is inspired by the Great Barrier Reef and Kensuke’s Kingdom. We have worked with horizon lines and studied drawing with perspective. We have used poster paint, water paints and pastel concentrating on brush strokes as well as smudging the pastel.

The RHS Spring Festival – May 2020

As a surprise entry into this year’s RHS Spring Festival, Holy Redeemer have been working with volunteers: Bob and Val as well as the Pershore College to a develop a school garden based upon the Great Barrier Reef.

Year 3 /4 and other members of the School / Eco council will be working hard to prepare the garden and raise awareness for this part of the world , which is being destroyed.

Related Curriculum Areas

Year 3/4 will be studying ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett to inspire them. The children will be reading a classic starts novel supported by the original classic in extracts. This will expose the children to a good quality text.

We have been busy applying our maths skills by working out areas and perimeters of the garden space as we begin to build and decorate the reef.

Naturally, The Great Barrier Reef lends itself to geography. We will study maps of Australia and continents that side of the world.

Children will also learn, how we as a human race are contributing to climate change and how we can help preserve this through science. We will study animals and habitats as well as studying the structure of plants and their life cycle.

Design and Technology has given us the chance to experience CAD / CAM (computer aided design/manufacture) before we begin to build from our plans.

Spring 2

Literacy

This term saw the film premier of Michael Morpurgo’s (and Year 3/4’s) production of “Kensuke’s Kingdom.”

The class worked on improving their vocabulary through character descriptions, diary writing and working on showing emotion within their writing. 

The children composed diary entries from the point of view of Kensuke, Tomodachi (Orangutan) and Michael. 

Many thanks to all the companies, who have allowed us to film on their land and use their facilities. 

Maths

This half term, saw a focus on money, working with coins as well as notes, adding totals together and finding the correct amount of change. 

Towards the end of term, we will be working on statistics and fractions.

Science: Plants

We worked on naming parts of plants and exploring their job role. This work linked directly to our School Garden Challenge and our partnership with Pershore Horticultural College.

Geography

As part of our Year 3 curriculum, we chose Australasia / Oceania as a comparison to Pershore, Britain and Europe. We studied Australia and the Great Barrier Reef in detail as well as Skyping a real life Australian to interview him regarding transport links and trade. 

History

This half term we are studying what the Romans did for Great Britain. We used secondary sources to find out why our land was such a good resource.

Computing

In computing, the children used different media to present their work on their class book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ as well as researching advice on sustainability and the Great Barrier Reef. We used ‘Keynote’ to present information, Movavi on the laptop as well as filming, taking photos and screen shots on the ipads.

Art

In art, we created a sculpture of the ‘sustainable man’ using chicken wire and Mod Rock. The theoretical idea behind the title suggests that it is easy to be sustainable – it is just our choice! We should be acting wisely to save our planet.

We also created re-seeding units, for our School Garden Challenge, to represent the human repairing of the coral reefs.