Oak Class - Year 3/4
Welcome to OAK class. We hope you have had a wonderful summer break and are ready for a busy year ahead!
Your class teachers are Mrs Norgate, Deputy Headteacher and Assessment, and Reading Leader and Mrs Larsen, the RE leader. This year, we are supported in class by a brilliant team of Teaching Assistants. They are: Mrs Dulling, Mrs King, Mrs Walker and Ms Hanna, who will be assisting all three year 3/4 classes at some stage throughout the year.
Keep an eye on the news section and this page for updates on what we are doing in school and for other useful information.
To view a copy of our 2018/19 overview click here. Scroll down to see Parent Leaflets and Spelling Lists for each term.
To view a copy of the Parent Leaflet for the Spring Term click here.
For a copy of the spellings for Spring 1 click here.
For a copy of Autumn 2 spelling lists please click here.
Our adopted author this term is Anne Fine. We have started our first class reader of the year and we have already realised that this author likes to write about animal welfare. We have plenty of books by Fine for the children to borrow. Why not take a look at his webpage to find out more?
Scripture Union Visit Oak Class
This Scripture Union visited our school this week. We dressed up as some of the people from the Nativity story and reenacted parts of it. We were encouraged to think about what it might have been like to be there at the time. We did some hot seating and lots of discussion work. Later in the week, we wrote the Christmas story from the perspective of one of the shepherds.
Making Hindu Shrines.
As part of our RE, we have been learning about Hinduism, about the signs and symbols used with Hinduism and about the way in which they worship their gods. We learnt about Puja and about Hindu shrines. We made our own shrines, decorated them with tissue paper and Hindu symbols and then made a puja tray to go in our shrines. It was great fun!
The Dreamgiver - Click here to watch the animation
This week, we watched a short animation from The Literacy Shed called the Dreamgiver. We had lots of discussions about the story and learnt lots of new vocabulary. The children then wrote a narrative for the animation using adverbs, expanded noun phrases and powerful verbs.
Here is an example of the writing they produced.
Year 3/4's Ancient Greek Afternoon.
Last Friday, we invited our parents into school for an afternoon of Ancient Greek fun! We had a meze, tasting all the delicious Greek food that we had made at LCA, we designed Greek pots and deciphered words written in Greek as well as playing Ancient Greek style top trumps! To finish off, we had a go at Greek dancing - which was much trickier than it looks. Lots of us dressed up to make the afternoon more authentic but we're glad we don't have to dress like that every day!
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who joined us for the afternoon.
Click here for a copy of the Ancient Greek top trumps game. There are spare cards to make your own!
Cooking at Lipson Co-operative Academy.
This week we were extremely lucky to do some Greek cooking at LCA. Each year 3/4 class worked with Jo Landsborough and used the amazing facilities to make some Greek food for our Ancient Greek afternoon later in the week.
The children made a variety of Greek dishes including: Greek honey cake, Easter biscuits, hummus, Greek flatbread, tzatziki, mini feta and olive muffins, tabouli and Greek salad. It was a fantastic experience and the children worked really hard to create everything from scratch. They also had to do all the dishes and put their equipment away at the end.
Here are the recipes for all the dishes that we made. Perhaps you could make them together at home!
On Friday, KS2 visited St Mary's Church for our Remembrance Service. Father Samuel spoke to us about the importance of unity and working together to make our school and the world a better place. We watched some very moving clips and then made our own memorial with each of us adding a poppy to an outline of a soldier. This gave us time to reflect on the effects of war and the importance of remembering those who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice themselves so that we can be free.
Erin and Niomi also went up to Efford Cemetry with the School Council.
St Mary's Garden Poster Competition
We are working as part of a team to improve the gardens at St Mary's Church. We have got the reparations team involved from PCC and they are starting to clear an area and will then make seats and a 'Forest school' type area where the children can sit and read, have marshmallows around a fire etc.
The long term plan is to have planters for the children to tend, other areas for reading and a sculpture made in conjunction with LCA.
However, at the moment the major problem is dog faeces!
We talked about our community and how we need to be responsible for our surroundings - new playground equipment and our community, and how we need to look after them. We also discussed the dangers of dog faeces and the importance of disposing of it safely.
The children then produced their own posters. Here are some examples of our work.
OAK Class Autumn 1
Catapults in Oak class.
As part of our topic work on Ancient Greece we have been looking at catapults. We thought about what makes a good catapult and then had a go at making a simple catapult. We then looked at a number of different catapults and evaluated them. Here is some of the new vocabulary we learnt: fulcrum, trajectory, projectile, sturdy, fragile.
Here are some photos of us making and using some simple catapults. Tyler used the catapult he had made at home with his dad.
For Walk to School month, PCC are aiming, collectively, to walk for 79,000 hours. This is the time it would take for one person to walk to the moon. The Classroom to Moon Challenge runs from Monday 1st October – Friday 2nd November and is a competition as well as a unifying whole-city challenge.
We are in the small school category. If we clock up the most minutes in our category, we will win a visit from the mobile planetarium Space Odyssey. Second prize is bike or scooter storage from Scooterpods. SO PLEASE - WALK TO SCHOOL IF YOU CAN!
The Classroom to Moon Challenge starts with an inter-school walking relay. ‘Astro Mo’ the mascot will walk with some of the children from our school to Lipson Vale.
As a fun and creative addition, we were asked to make a ‘Friendship Flag’ to present to the next school during the walk.
Here are some examples of our flags.
Dot and Dash
This morning, we discovered the world of Algorithms and control using Dot and Dash. We used a tablet to control Dash through various obstacles and even tried some programming using the program 'blocky' to control dash. We had great fun learning these new skills. Check out the gallery below.
A visit from the Storytelling Fella - Clive Pig
Today, we were privileged to have a visit form Clive Pig, a world-renowned story teller. WE had a fabulous morning with him, learning several Greek myths including: The Tortoise and the Lyre, Theseus and the Minotaur and Pandora's box. Clive was very funny as well as knowledgeable, and we were all brilliantly entertained. Six children were also chosen to take part in a short play - which they did with great success.
We will now be writing these legends and using them to write legends of our own!
Following our exciting morning with Clive, we wrote some thank you letters to him, stating our favourite parts of the performance and asking him some questions about his experiences as a storyteller.
Click on the links below to read some of our letters.
Click HERE to read Clive's reply!
Ancient Greek fun
This week we had lots of fun learning about Ancient Greek buildings such as the Parthenon and The Temple of Zeus. We looked at examples of Greek, Architecture and the use of columns to make the buildings look very grand. We then made our own pictures of these buildings using paper straws.
Welcome to Oak Class 2017/18.
Hello and welcome to the new website page for Oak class - we look forward to sharing our learning with you.
Your class teachers are Mrs Gallacher, who is also the School Council Leader and Mrs Larsen, who is the RE leader. We are supported in class by our two teaching assistants, Ms Frost and Mrs Walker.
Keep an eye on the news section and this page for updates on what we are doing in school and extra activities that you and your children can do together at home. Scroll down to see some of the exciting work we have been doing.
|Click here for a daily overview and every day expectations.|
Click here to see the curriculum overview for the year and termly leaflets.
RE Day in OAK
This year's RE Day was called, 'Who is God to Christians?' We had a busy day learning about the practices and beliefs of Christians taking place within the church and in the community. Rev Andy Bowden from All Saints Academy came into school and talked about these things and shared examples with us. He also said that Christians do these things because they believe that the teachings in the Bible encourage them to do so:
LUKE Ch 6 v 31 'Do to others as you would have them do unto you.'
Here are some photos of us researching the practices and listening to Andy.
More photographs to come!
BUILDING BRIDGES - DT
In DT, we have been learning about bridges. There are 4 main types of bridge: beam, arched, cantilever and hanging/suspension bridges. We have also found out about force, load, compression and tension and how these things affect how engineers design and build bridges.
We then had a go at being Isambard Kingdom Brunel, playing an interactive game to construct the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It took a while for some of us to be completely successful.
The children then worked in teams to make simple bridges out of a single piece of paper and 5 paper clips. The object of the task was to make a structure that could hold as many counters as possible so the children needed to think about folding and twisting the paper to make their structures more sturdy.
We also made beam and suspension bridges using tape, newspaper, straws, paperclips and card. This was much harder than we thought as it had to be able to take the weight of several toy cars. It was lots of fun and we all learnt a lot about persevering (TOUGH TORTOISE) and working together (TEAM ANT)
The children have had a wonderful time at Forest School with Mr Blake. It was my first time too so it was a great experience for me to see the children in a different environment and to see all the skills the have acquired.
Here is Mr Blake's Blog from the session:
"Due to the possibility of incoming rain, the large tarpaulin was raised fairly quickly and, with a little support, the children had it tied off tightly. Unfortunately one of the strong, lower tree boughs had been snapped in the last week by some vandals but we managed to find an alternative solution and got it tied up, and higher too. The children then made their own dens, using some of the skills they had acquired last week and from raising the larger tarp.
Fires followed next and, after the main fire was lit, the children were able to make their own small blazes in their dens. The class are fairly comfortable with fire now and have been lighting them and handling it safely for a few years. They are confident with the fire steels and also at collecting appropriate wood to keep their fires burning for a few minutes. When we were done, they also managed to clear their sites effectively. A cornerstone of our, 'Leave No Trace', policy. Well done Oak Class!
We also had quite an exciting first (for a bit of a foodie!) at Forest School this week. Mrs Cawse let me know that there was some leftover fruit and veg from the Key Stage 1 snack selection and so I took it along to the woods for a little treat. The children had the opportunity to toast mini red and orange peppers and vine tomatoes over the fire on pointed sticks! Some of the children really enjoyed it as an extra little accompaniment to their hot chocolate and biscuits. "
Have a look at some of the pictures in the gallery below.
Five children in our class were lucky enough to be included in the Year 5 residential to Nethercott Farm. They all had a fabulous time and came back with some amazing stories about how they had mucked out, collected eggs for their breakfast, helped to feed the animals and cooked their own meals! Apparently, they were very good at keeping their rooms tidy too! Each day, the children talked about some of the new vocabulary they had learnt.
Here are some examples:
Ewe = A female sheep
Foal = A baby horse.
Heffer = A female cow before it has two calves.
Tuberculosis a deadly disease.
Bull = A male cow.
Colostrum = First milk from all mammals.
Whey = Liquid from cheese making process. In protein shakes.
Frog = V in the foot of a horse.
Pasteurise = Heat the milk to kill bacteria.
Here are some pictures from the week.
We had lots of fun at the Easter Fayre, the first event run by our new PTFA and organised by Mrs Barker. In our class, we also made Easter cards and Easter Baskets from paper plates. We decorated them and filled them with eggs to take home.
Here are some of the Easter Bonnets from the fayre
SWIMMING AT THE LIFE CENTRE
The Year 4s have had three weeks of intensive swimming lessons. Everyone had a fantastic time and the progress that the children made has been unbelievable. Each child received a voucher for five free family swims - so please use these over the Easter period, encouraging the children to continue to keep fit and healthy.
BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK
Oak class and Fireflies class worked in groups on the EGG DROP CHALLENGE. Using their science knowledge, the children had to build a holder for an egg to stop it from breaking when dropped from a height.
These were the rules:
- The egg must be visible and be able to be removed with some ease to check for damage!
- All team members must have contributed to the design
- The ‘eggs’pert judges decisions are final
- Egg crafts/ insulators must not be bigger than 1m in any direction.
- Eggs will be judged on their design, their success at saving the egg, and their originality.
Here are some photos showing the children hard at work!
There were a number of other exciting events that took place as part of British Science Week and these included a session with a Plymouth Argyle coach to look at how diet and exercise can affect your ability to perform well in sports, a visit to the eggs/chicks in Foundation, an outdoor habitat activity with the RSPB and an experiment to see which type of material would make the best 'paper' aeroplane. Here are just some of the photos from what proved to be a really exciting week!
COOKING AT LIPSON COMMUNITY ACADEMY
We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit LCA and do some cooking. As we have been studying France, we chose to make some French food - Clafoutis, which is a bit like an apple pie and coconut macaroons. We had to measure out ingredients, whisk them together and then prepare them for cooking. Shaping the macaroons was the stickiest and messiest part of the session! We were also responsible for tidying our stations (the area that we were working in) and washing all the bowls and utensils we had used. It was a fantastic experience and we hope to cook there again in the summer.
Back in Spring 1, we learnt about traditional fairytales from Brittany in our English lessons. The first of these was called Lady Yolanda’s Thimble, a tale of a brave young woman who did not succumb to the evil plans of Old Nick who wanted to put a stop to the women dying to spread joy and hope during the war. We did lots of different writing around the story and even recorded our own class version. It has taken me a little while to work out how to upload it so that’s why it’s a little late but it’s too good not to watch! Follow the link to watch our 6 part play.
'Snow' much fun!
Alice and Casper clearly enjoyed themselves in the snow recently and have shared these lovely snaps with us. We hope you all stayed safe and managed to find time to enjoy yourselves and make some precious memories. Casper also found some time in his busy snow schedule to write his own news report on the event (see below), which he presented to the class. Well done!
"Good afternoon this weekend it has been snowing, it was called the "beast from the east" and also storm "Emma". Early every morning I was out in it All day, with my sister, mum ,dog and mates ,practising how to sledge. I think I must have reached 5 mile per hour sledging down a huge Hill in the efford Valley woods.. The wind was so strong it tipped my little sister over and it was very loud and keeped me up for a few hours in the night.
All of the shops ran out of food except for sweets and the buses couldn't get up our Hill.
It was great fun skating on all of the ice trying to stay up on both feet. I also helped my little sister build a snowman,she has never seen the snow before so I had to teach her what to do.
In the evenings we stayed up late wih hot chocolates and pop corn and watched dvds.
On the weekend every football game got cancelled because of the snow.i felt madly crazy that I couldn't play."
Click here to see Casper's incredible sled ride video!
This term we have had a lot of fun learning about the human body. In particular, we have studied how the digestive system works (what the different parts of it are and their functions), this then led on to looking at teeth (the different types of teeth we have and why and looking at how human teeth differ to animal teeth and why that might be), we will then lead on to looking at food chains. We have really enjoyed the hands on nature of these types of lessons. You can see in the photos that you're never too old to play with playdough as we used the dough to carefully sculpt a reconstruction of the human mouth complete with incisors, canines and molars.
We also recently did an experiment using eggs to replicate the damage that can be done to our teeth by drinking certain drinks. Hard boiled eggs were left in 6 different liquids and, after a week, we observed the effects the drinks had on the shells. I'm sure you can imagine the smell! It left a few of us feeling a little queasy! But the results were astonishing with vinegar, coke and orange juice causing significant damage to the shells whilst water and milk caused none at all.
I think Harry's face says it all!!
As part of our topic work on France, we have been learning about the Impressionist painters and more specifically about Claude Monet. We looked at several impressionist paintings, discussed their similarities and differences and explained to each other which painting was our favourite and least favourite and why. We then painted The Haystacks - Claude Monet painted a series of 25 paintings titled The Haystacks. He did this to show the light and shade at different times of the year and at different times of the day. Although the paintings look fairly simplistic, the skill of showing the light using paints is extremely difficult!
Claude Monet's Haystacks.
The children were asked to make a model of a French landmark or produce a fact book about France as part of their home learning. Look at these amazing creations!
On Friday 25th January, we travelled by bus to the Guildhall to meet the author and illustrator of Dave the Pigeon, Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey. We had a fantastic time. Swapna read an excerpt from her new book and then we all helped to design a new bad character. In addition to this, Swapna invited some children up to the front of the hall to create a new story whilst Sheena illustrated it. We all had a fabulous time and lots of children bought books to read at home.
Click here to see a letter we have received from Swapna!
|Click here to see more pictures from the event.|
This term we are learning about France and have enjoyed learning some French folktales. We also had a go at rewriting some of them. It has meant that we have learnt lots of new vocabulary such as:
abode, brocades, ramshackle, betrothed, nefarious, pilgrim, damsel and many more. If you aren't sure what these words mean ask the children - they know!
We have been working hard all term, and have enjoyed success in many areas: making our mosaics, performing in our class assembly as well as in our maths, writing and reading.
This term, Jane Stevens came into school to help the year 3/4 children make their own mosaics, as part of our history and art topics.
It was a fantastic experience and every child had to persevere and be a Tough Tortoise in order to complete their work. The finished mosaics are brilliant and the children are very proud of themselves. We were very fortunate to have this workshop funded 100% by the school.
Oak Practical Maths
In maths, we have been learning about the properties of 2D shapes eg lines of symmetry, whether they have perpendicular sides or pairs of parallel sides.
We then used Carroll diagrams to sort the shapes using 1 and then 2 criteria.
PE with Oak
We have been working hard to improve our overall fitness by taking part in BOOTCAMP. We learnt about the effects of exercise on our bodies and felt them too!
Every week we tried to persevere and improve on our scores for each activity. It was good fun but very tiring.
PE with Argyle
Click here to see pictures of us enjoying our PE with the Argyle coaches
On Friday 10th November, KS2 visited St Mary’s Church for a Remembrance service. We all made wreaths out of our hands and wrote messages to those who have suffered some way during the wars of the last century.
Father Sam talked to us about the TOCH lamp and the importance of not just remembering about the past but making it count - being grateful for our freedom and appreciating those around us.