Year 3/4 GQ Brunel Class

Welcome to Brunel Class

Year 3 and 4

Summer 1 2017

FROM SOURCE TO SEA

The Journey of a River

This half term we are learning about rivers. We will find out how they are formed and what happens on their journey to the sea. Our Literacy work will be linked to rivers and we will be writing a myth based on a Cornish story called, 'The Story of Three Rivers.' We will then write some poetry about the journey of a river.

In Science we will be looking a life cycles and we will start with the Water Cycle. Part of this will involve experiments to do with filteration and making water clean. We will then look at the life cycle of river plants and animals.

In RE we are starting the, 'Understanding Christianity ' project and our theme is reflecting on what the Kingdom of God might be. In PE we are looking forward to sports outside such as athletics, tennis and batting and fielding games.

Spring 2 2017

FOOD, FARMING AND THE WEATHER

In Science we will be learning about Moving and Growing. We will look at bones, our skeleton and how to keep our bodies healthy. We will also think about our food and what we need to eat to have a balanced diet.

We will link this to farming and the weather and also investigate sustainability. We will look at wind farms and solar panels too. At the end of our topic we have an exciting trip planned to a Food and Farming day held at the Cornwall Showground.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a famous Victorian engineer.

He built bridges, ships and even railway stations – you can still see some of those today! A famous local bridge he built is the railway bridge over the River Tamar between Saltash and Plymouth.

Brunel changed transportation in Britain. He designed the railway line between Bristol and London, and built a ship that only took 15 days to get from Liverpool to New York City. Brunel died when he was just 53 years old, but his contributions to the world of engineering and transportation live on.

Spring 1 2017

WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION?

In Science we will be learning about magnets and springs. We will start by finding out what magnets do and go on to make our own compass.

We will link this to treasure maps and pirates. This will be followed up in Literacy where we will learn a poem, ‘The Inchcape Rock’, and write a pirate adventure story.

In Geography we will learn about maps and how to read them. We will go on to give directions and use coordinates. Later on we will look at compass directions and set a treasure hunt for others to follow.

We finished off our topic with a Pirate Day. During the topic we followed treasure maps and made pirate flags. We also researched famous pirates and made our own compass. Everyone enjoyed writing exciting stories about pirates finding treasure.

Spring 2 2017

FOOD, FARMING AND THE WEATHER

In Science we will be learning about Moving and Growing. We will look at bones, our skeleton and how to keep our bodies healthy. We will also think about our food and what we need to eat to have a balanced diet.

We will link this to farming and the weather and also investigate sustainability. We will look at wind farms and solar panels too. At the end of our topic we have an exciting trip planned to a Food and Farming day held at the Cornwall Showground.

FOOD and FARMING DAY

We had an amazing day at the Food and Farming day held at The Royal Cornwall Showground. We were taken to lots of different activities and tried lots of new things.

The photos show us handling lambs, learning how to milk cows and learning to be a vet. We also tasted fresh vegetables, learnt how to make ice cream and made our own apple juice. Some of us really liked seeing the large pieces of equipment that farmers use. Other activities we liked were finding out about the grain that cows eat, looking at different kinds of soil and watching baby lobsters.

A big, 'THANK YOU 'to the local farmers who organised it for us.

Autumn 1 2016

SHAKE, ROCK and ROLL

We are looking forward to an exciting term of learning. There are lots of interesting things ahead of us to find out about.

We will start by looking at our class’s special Bible story,

‘Joseph the Dreamer’ and the school Christian value, ‘Hope’.The story will be used in our Literacy and RE work.

We will then carry on with a Science topic, ‘Shake, Rock and Roll.’. We will find out about different families of rocks and their uses. We will also find out about volcanoes and soil.

Autumn 2 2016

VIKING ADVENTURE

Our topic is, ‘The Vikings’. We will be learning about how they lived, where they came from and the impact they had in this country. We will be having a Viking Day in class at the end of November.

Our science focus is Temperature and we will be looking at thermal insulators and conductors.

As we approach Christmas we will be looking at Advent, The Christmas Story and particularly the role of the Kings.

Class Trip to Carnglaze Caverns

We visited Carnglaze Caverns to find out about rocks. Caroline met us and showed us around. We started by finding out about families of rocks. We did an experiment to find out which rocks were waterproof. After this we put on helmets and went into the cavern. We found out how slate was mined in the past and we looked at the display of rocks that Caroline had collected. They were amazing.

After this we went down into the damp dark cavern. We saw piles of slate, large pools of water and places where bats lived. In the afternoon we explored the woodland. We found out about the animals which lived there and the different types of soil. On our walk we found statues of dragons and fairies too. Carnglaze was an exciting place. Why don't you visit again?

General Information Year 3/4 Brunel Class

  • The children have weekly spellings and a times table to learn, these are given out on Monday.
  • A piece of Literacy and Numeracy written homework is given out to all the class on Friday, to be returned by the following Wednesday.
  • The children are expected to read each day at home to an adult, if they do there is a treat on Friday!

Black History Month

We celebrated this by learning some African drumming. We all enjoyed it and showed off some of our skills to parents.

Our Classroom

Our classroom has displays to show what we are learning about, our 6 R's of learning, our British Values, Reading and our PSHE work.

We celebrated British Hero Day by dressing up as a British hero or heroine. Look out for Queen Elizabeth 1, Brunel, a suffragette, a nurse and a teaching assistant.