Wagtails

Wagtails (Y3 and 4) are taught by Miss Kay (Teacher) and Mrs Southwell (TA) at 10  o'clock each day).
Things to remember:
Monday  - Swimming lessons
Tuesday - Mrs Barnes teaches the class in the afternoon
Wednesday - Outdoor clothing to be in school until Friday
Thursday  -  Outdoor PE, times table test and homework is due in.
Friday - Spelling test
 
We recommend that your PE kits are left in school all week. In Key stage 2 the children do not always have free fruit and vegetables provided for them, so it is suggested that all of the children bring in a healthy snack from home.
 
Everyday - water bottles, reading diaries, homework book, jumper and coat.
 
Building Habitats
After learning about where different animals live in our locality, Wagtails had a go at building some of their own habitats. The children chose to try a mixture of habitats including: an otter's holt, a mole hill with a tunnel through, a sparrow's nest and a hedgehog's nest. 
Dean Heritage Trip
Wagtails visited The Dean Heritage Centre on 18th September. We learnt all about the different parts of a food chain and what that looks like in our locality. The children had lots of fun finding and identifying mini-beasts, using magnifying tubs and classification keys. In the afternoon, we also got to see some sculls and bones of some local animals and touch their real hair on animals that were stuffed. 
 
We bought lost of leaves, seeds and nuts back to school with us and we loved looking for clues about what had eaten them. It was amazing for us to also get the opportunity to compare some different nests and the way the different birds have built them.
Celebrating Easter
Wagtails went to the Church to learn about how they celebrate Easter in their services. 
Homework Projects
Wagtails had a great time sharing the Maths games that they had made for homework. Each game was unique and cleverly created. The children made a huge range of different games including: quizzes, matching games and board games. Well done Wagtails! :) 
The children made some great projects for their Roman Invaders homework. They were given lots of choice about what they could make as long as it was something used or worn during the Ancient Roman times. 
 
Lots of the children chose to make weapons or protection but it was lovely to see pots and mosaics coming in as well. 
Stone Age to the Iron Age
Wagtails were challenged to gather natural materials to make their own Stone Age tools or weapons. As you can see, quite a few of us were successful with what we gathered. 
Wagtails had lots of fun creating their own Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age houses after returning from our trip. We found creating a wattle and daub effect was tricky but good fun. Fortunately, we loved gathering materials and digging them in to create and stabilise the structures.
Wagtails enjoyed exploring what daily life was like from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. 
Roman Invaders
Wagtails loved acting out the story of Boudicca's rebellion against the Roman Invaders. In English we write some newspaper reports about the Roman attacks on Britain.
Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Outside, we acted out what happens inside a volcano to cause an eruption. We played the part of the Magma bubbles, which entered from the Earth's mantle increased in size, moved around and increased pressure inside the volcano. As we escaped through the vents, we played the part of lava running down the volcano and cooling to form new rock. 
As well as all of this, we built mud volcanoes and used vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to observe bubbles growing and erupting. 
During this topic, we used oranges to help us recognise how tectonic plates are around the world. We used towels to help us understand the layers of the Earth, and what each layer is made up of. Finally, we used rice crackers and marmalade to understand how the tectonic plates move and collide with each other as well as how Magma can be pushed be forced out of the Earth's Mantle.
To help us understand how Earthquakes are caused, where they start and how/where they are felt on the Earth's surface, we used jelly and two tables.
As a class we learnt about the drop, cover, hold technique to keep you safe in an earthquake. We found out that you should find a clear open space if you are outside, away from buildings. If you were at home, we learnt that you should stay away from unbolted furniture or glass and you should always cover your eyes.