Unit 2, Year 3/4, 2019/20
Welcome to the Unit 2, Year 3/4 web page. Here you will find copies of our newsletters, curriculum overviews, home learning projects and information about the exciting things our children have been learning.
Unit 2 leads - Mrs Nicola Kelly/Mrs Abby Coe
Unit 2 classes and teachers
Hedgehogs - Mrs Gwenllian Ware/Mrs Amanda Chapman
Squirrels - Mr Jay Owens
Otters - Mrs Nicola Kelly/Mrs Abby Coe
The children in Unit 2 have been very keen to keep practising their skills and learning at home. Here are some useful websites you may wish to look at with your child...
This week we were getting ready to take part in the RSPB big schools bird watch. We built bird hides using our den making skills and did an amazing job! Next week we will be using observation sheets in our bird hides to count the birds we see.
We also found lots of ice around the garden and the children were surprised to see how think it was! We had some great conversations about why some of the ice had survived from the cold mornings on Monday and Tuesday and others areas of ice had already melted.
Science in Unit 2
Year 3 and 4 had a great time investigating the properties of different rocks. We worked like real scientists, making observations and sorting into different categories using venn and caroll diagrams. Great work Unit 2.
History and Archaeology
This week, we have been learning about a Stone Age archaeological dig in North Yorkshire. We looked at photos, information texts and a video simulation of what life might have been like, before collating all this information into our own factfiles. Here are some examples:
Spelling Rules home learning
The Launch of Our New Curriculum Sequence- We Are Archaeologists!
Unit 2 had a very interesting first week back this term. As part of our new Curriculum sequence focussing on History and Geography, we had a visit from a local archaeologist. She explained a little about what archaeology was, and then answered the children's questions. Amazing facts included that elephant and hippopotamus bones have been found near Honiton!
Later in the week, the children made toilet roll timelines, looking at British history spanning 10,000 years. The children learnt about key vocabulary including AD, BC and millennia, and learnt that if we had continued to the beginning of the Stone Age, we'd have had to make our timeline start at CCC!
The children have been very interested in this topic so far, and are looking forward to learning more.
Our New Units for English and Curriculum
Spring Term newsletter
Home Learning for Spring Term
Communication launch afternoon
Year 3 and 4 took part in an exciting activities afternoon to launch our new topic of communication. The children talked about the word communication and thought about different ways of communicating including verbal, non-verbal, sound, written etc.
During the afternoon, Unit 2 received a video call from some Year 7 students (ex Willowbank) at Cullompton Community College. Year 3 and 4 talked to the students via webcam about life in CCC and how they felt about their new school. We also received a coded message!! The children were fascinated to learn about morse code - we looked at the morse code alphabet and worked together to decipher the message. We then recorded our own message to send back. Can you work out our answer?
Morse code message
Our next curriculum unit
This week in Curriculum, we have been studying RE. We have specifically focused on the Christian rite of baptism, and why it might be important to Christians to be baptised. We also looked at the Bible story of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Finally, we looked at how some of the values that we find important, such as friendship and respect, are also important to the Christian faith.
Latest curriculum planning overview
In Science this week we carried out an experiment exploring the digestive system.
We are coming to the end of this unit in Curriculum, and the children have been practising Art skills in preparation for creating their final piece of artwork. They have been revising the basic colour wheel of primary and secondary colours from Key Stage 1, and adding the tertiary colours to this knowledge. They have also been exploring different mediums of paint: powder paint, watercolour paint and poster paint, and they have been using all three of these to mix the different primary, secondary and tertiary colours.
The children will now go on to painting the same picture three times using the different paint mediums for each one, before expressing a preference for their final piece of work.
The children will be displaying their artwork in an Art Gallery exhibition in school on November 15th at 3pm.
What are we learning in English and Maths?
English and Maths Planning documents
Our Trip To Killerton House
Unit Two had a fantastic visit to Killerton House this week. They visited the house, and enjoyed exploring the different rooms downstairs. The old pianos caught many children's interest, and we were even able to listen to some music being played. They also saw a painting with a 'selfie', and they were fascinated by the number of books in the library.
Upstairs, the children enjoyed seeing a range of clothing, both old and modern, based on trees and forests. The children were surprised to learn that material can be made from different trees. They enjoyed looking at the patterns and decorations and imagining what life must have been like for the people wearing them.
Outside, the children walked around the gardens looking at the trees and plants that grow there. They visited the bear hut and the chapel, and looked at the sundial in the garden.
The children really impressed us with their interest and enthusiasm, and we were very proud of how they represented our school in such a positive way. We have even had an email from a volunteer at the National Trust, who said "What a pleasure they were to talk to, answering some very interesting questions. I have had such a fun day because of them. They were all a real credit to your school, and their parents." Well done Unit 2!
All About Skeletons
This week in Science, the children have been looking at skeletons. They learnt that animals and humans have skeletons, some internal and some external, and they sorted animals into vertebrates and invertebrates.
Later they drew around each other, and attempted to label the main bones in the human body.
Each week, the children in Unit 2 get to enjoy a forest school session, learning outdoors whatever the weather! These sessions link loosely to our theme, but are also an excellent chance for them to develop core skills such as team work and perseverance.
Last week in forest school they began to think about homes from around the world and how diverse they are. They worked in teams to build their own shelters demonstrating skills such as knot tying, communication, team work, problem solving and imagination. Their shelters had to be big enough for more than one person to fit in, have a door and include a special feature! Some special features included a washing line and dining area!
The children showed great determination and were not put off by the rain at all!
This week the children will continue to look at homes from around the globe, but they will be making smaller versions this time. They will be looking at how the design of a house or home is affected by the landscape it is situated in.
At the start of term, Unit 2 were introduced to their new pets, two beautiful guinea pigs. We are really pleased that our pets have settled into their new home and the children are really enjoying learning how to look after them. Over the year, children in Unit 2 will take turns to feed them and change their bedding. We will keep you updated on their progress.
In Science, the children have been learning about healthy eating. They learnt about all the different food groups and how they help us to stay healthy and grow. They also learnt that we need different amounts of the different food groups, such as more vegetables than fats.
Using what they have learnt, the children created their own dinner plates. They enjoyed thinking about some of the different food combinations!
Launch of our First Theme
On Friday 6th September, we launched our first theme of the year: 'What Makes Me, Me?' The children came dressed in clothes that they feel reflect them, including football kits, Super Mario t-shirts, theatre school tops, and we even had a Storm Trooper!
We spent the day exploring what makes each of us special. We used our imaginations when writing poetry, and created graffiti silhouettes showing what is important to us. By the end of the day, every child could say what made them unique.
We will now look at the British artists L S Lowry and Banksy, and explore how the culture and life at the time has affected their art work. Later in the term, the children will be creating their own art work that they feel reflects their own cultural influences.
Autumn Term 2019
(click on the links below to download copies)
Welcome to our new additions to Unit 2
Years 3 and 4 were very excited to meet our new additions to Unit 2. Charlotte and Sofia, our guinea pigs, moved into their new home over the holiday and were ready to greet the children when they returned to school on Wednesday. The children will be learning how to care for the guinea pigs and will take turns to look after them.
We will post regular updates on our webpage.
What makes me,me topic launch day.
Friday 6th September.
Come to school dressed in an outfit that reflects you (e.g. football kit, favourite book character).