Apple Year 3/4
Hello and a warm welcome to the Apple class page. Your class teachers are Mrs Ford and Mrs Hughes and your teaching assistants are Mrs Dulling and Mrs Walker. We are proud to be working with the wonderful children in our class and we are working together to ensure they reach their potential, and to celebrate all their successes! Here you will find details of topics for the year, class news, special events and celebrations. We look forward to sharing the children's learning journeys with you.
Curriculum Overview - Please click here for our long term Curriculum Overview.
We have lots of fun learning opportunities planned for the Spring Term. Take a look at what you can do at home to celebrate France!
Spring Term - Click here for our parent leaflet.
Celebrating our Writing - May 2018
The children have enjoyed writing their own stories inspired by a short animated clip entitled 'The Lighthouse' from the Literacy shed.
Click here to watch the clip before reading a few of our fantastic stories.
by Cameron (Year 4)
It was a dark, gloomy night and the lighthouse lit up the sky. There was electrifying thunder and heavy rain hammering on the ground and huge waves crashing onto the rocks. The storm was raging with lightning accompanying it.
The lighthouse was silent except from the creaking of the floorboards. The old, grumpy lighthouse keeper was writing while he heard the people from the pub shouting. Then, he slammed the window shut.
Suddenly the lighthouse’s light went out! The window opened and there was the sound of metal clanking and an unusual bang. The lighthouse keeper was still grumpy and a bit scared. (Actually petrified by the look on his face).
He stood up and started walking towards the door and then...he fell over. It was silent except from water droplets dripping from the concrete roof. He was startled. Then, he started walking up the stairs. About an hour later, he finally made it to the top. Whilst he was walking up he could sense something was wrong.
He looked inside the glass sphere where the light was supposed to be. He picked up the glass sphere and walked backwards tripping over the old, rusty toolbox. The glass sphere had smashed…
The lighthouse keeper was shocked. What had he done? He heard a boat coming on the rocks. He sat down thinking what he should do. His main concern was the boat crashing on the sharp rocks. His face was very worried. Five minutes later, he got up and ran downstairs. He opened the dark oak door and when he looked up…
The whole village was outside holding lamps. The lined up all around the lighthouse and at the last second the boat turned away. Disaster averted, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
The lighthouse keeper was so grateful that he hosted a massive party at the lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper had to pay someone £100 to repair the light. Luckily he had just enough to do it.
by Darci-Rose (Year 3)
It was a dark, stormy night and the night sky was lit by a yellow dim light. It came from the tall, towering lighthouse in the distance.
The storm was getting louder and the waves were getting bigger, you could hear them crashing noisily against the jagged rocks on the cliffs. The thunder and lightning lit up the sky along with a loud noise as loud as a tigers’ roar.
Inside the lighthouse the old floorboards and creaky stairs were squeaking and creaking along with howling gushes of wind coming in from the slamming windows. It was dimly lit giving it a scary atmosphere.
The grumpy lighthouse keeper was sleepily groaning and moaning to himself and he could hear the distant cheer of a party at a local pub floating in from the window as he was finishing his work. He was sitting at his desk writing his papers by candlelight. He could hear the laughing and cheering from the nearby pub again and slammed the window shut.
Suddenly he heard a big bang and the window blew open. The noise was ear deafening, it sounded like metal pieces clashing against each other. The candle light went out. The keeper got up from his chair and rain up the creaky stairs.
When he entered the room he took his lantern and looked around. He couldn’t find anything so he ran up to a different room. In the next room was the light for the lighthouse. The grumpy keeper looked inside the light. He suddenly heard a loud horn going off. He took the light off the stand but then tripped over the toolkit box. The light fell and shattered into tiny pieces.
The lighthouse keeper was speechless. He did not know what to do. He sulked on the floor and began thinking what to do. Suddenly bright yellow lights shone through the window.
With no time to spare, the keeper skidded down the stairs in his slippers and opened the front door. What he saw shocked him. The villagers had come to help him. They all stood on the cliff and in the room until the ship turned away. They stayed the whole night until the engineer came in the morning.
by Connie (Year 3)
It was a dark, gloomy, thundery night. There was a light in the distance. The waves were crashing and the rocks were sharp and jagged. Then the thunder banged!
In the lighthouse it was dark and gloomy because it had dark, damp walls with bats living in it. It was like your worst nightmare. The lighthouse keeper was grumpy he was finishing his writing he heard a noise drifting in coming from a party. He said, “I wish those people would leave me in peace.”
Suddenly, there was a cracking screeching noise then the lighthouse’s light went out. He stood up and stumbled over. He lit a match to see and he was petrified. As he went upstairs he ran and saw that the cranks weren’t spinning but as he picked it up he stumbled over the toolbox and broke the light completely. Then he heard a boat coming.
He was panting really really hard. He was lost in despair, hopeless even. He ran down the stairs just to see people coming from every direction with lanterns coming to help.
Finally the boat was there. Everyone was holding a lantern to help. The boat turned away and everyone was joyful.
Apple, Oak and Maple have been enjoying recreating one of Monet’s famous paintings. The title of their painting is ‘Haystacks’. The children dabbed paint on to their picture, building it up in layers to create the feeling of movement.
Haystacks is a title of a series of impressionist paintings by Claude Monet. The primary subjects of all of the paintings in the series are stacks of hay in the field after the harvest season. The series is known for its thematic use of repetition to show differences in perception of light across various times of day, seasons and types of weather. The subjects were painted in fields near Monet’s home in Giverny, France.
Click here to see our paintings in progress.
Week Beginning 12th March 2018 - Forest School and French Cooking!
Oh my goodness, what an exciting and very busy week!
Wednesday morning - Forest School
Despite the wet and windy weather, Apple class were undeterred in making the most of the situation, and set about making shelters from the tarpaulins and ropes provided. It was tricky at times, keeping hold of the tarpaulins in the wind, but the children persevered and were able to make group shelters! Next, Mr. Blake threw a large rope over a suitably strong tree branch to create a swing. The children had great fun jumping on and swinging away! Finally, the kettle had boiled and some very keen helpers made some hot chocolate for the children to enjoy! Sekoni had a steady hand for pouring the milk, while Keane was in charge of stirring, using a carved out wooden stick as a spoon! The children had a great time, despite being covered in mud!
Thanks to Mr. Blake and Mrs. Dulling for supporting us! We can't wait to visit again next week!
Wednesday Afternoon - French Cooking at Lipson Community College
As if our morning wasn't exciting enough, during the afternoon we visited Lipson Community College to do some French cooking! This was a Design and Technology project linked with our French and Geography topic on France this term. The children made two dishes - Clafoutis a pudding with fruit in batter and an easy version of Macaroons. The children all made their dishes successfully and I am waiting to here what the children thought about them. They certainly looked delicious! A big thank you to Lipson Community College for hosting and teaching our children.
Mosaics in Apple class
Following our topic work on the Romans, the children enjoyed taking part in a mosaic art workshop with Jane Stevens. The children used small, square ceramic tiles to stick on to their chosen shaped tile. The children were amazed by their achievements and thoroughly enjoyed their morning workshop. It was great to see how creative the children could be and for them to have a sense of ownership over their artwork.
Click here to see the amazing mosaics!
Bootcamp in Apple Class
We have been learning new moves in PE and performing them with technique and balance. The last couple of PE sessions have been quite challenging, with the children learning spotty dogs, burpees, tricep dips, bench star jumps, skipping, running squats and the plank! We have been monitoring our heart rate before and after exercise and have been trying hard to improve our fitness levels. We have been scoring ourselves at each station and will aim to improve on these in the next few weeks. Well done everyone!
Click here to see our photos!