Wagtails 20/21

Wagtails (Y3 and 4) are taught by Miss Kay (Teacher), Mrs Harrington (TA), Miss Roberts (1:1 support) and Mrs Fern (1:1 support). 
 
Our topic this term is 'Stone Age to the Iron Age'
 
PE is on Wednesdays and children will need their outdoor kit.
We do a times tables test every Tuesday and Thursday. As well as a Maths Frame test twice a week.
Our spelling test is on Friday.
 
Natural Disasters - Volcanoes and Earthquakes Topic
Science: Moving on in this topic, we have been identifying the three types of rocks; describing how they are formed and identifying which type different rocks are. We have use physical resources to help us represent the processes to create them. We then used our knowledge to classify rocks. 
Tectonic plates: In class this week, we have moved onto looking at Earthquakes and how they are caused. We had lots of fun learning and modelling the three ways that Tectonic plates move. We used rice cakes and to represent them. The rain took us inside but we still demonstrated lots of knowledge. 
Music: For the last two weeks, we have put away the instruments and instead we have been composing online. We have used an app on Purple Mash to compose a piece of music to represent things like tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. It was trickier at first, but we developed our computing skills to get the most out of the software and create some great sounds. 
PE: Wagtails have been having lots of fun this term learning some badminton skills. They have learnt about how to grip the racket, hit the shuttlecock and how to move to respond. Here are some photographs of them learning to serve. The wind has created a real challenge for us, but we never give up. 
Positive and negative: As part of our topic, we have been learning about the effects and consequences of a volcanic eruption. We have identified that there are both positive and negative effects. These include: attracting tourists, the ash fertilising soil to grow crop, causing mudslides, killing plants and habitats as well as the ash causing health problems for people. Here are some of our freeze frames and creations showing these.
Lava: We have continued looking at different types of volcanoes this week. As well as looking different, they also have different types of lava so we looked at this in outdoor learning this week, using the volcanoes we made. We used fairy liquid, honey, marmalade and jolly tots to represent the different forms of lava and how they flow. We then mixed our own lava in the mud kitchen. 
Geography: We learnt about the Ring of Fire and that it contains most of the world's volcanoes. Using Google Maps on our Chromebooks, we located some volcanoes in the Ring of Fire. 
Music: In groups, Wagtails class composed pieces of music using a range of instruments to create performances. Their performance needed to sound like a natural disaster like a tsunami or volcanic eruption. The children were very proud of their work.
Types of volcanoes: Wagtails have enjoyed identifying different types of volcanoes by their shape, height, crater and the vents. To help us remember these, we have built them out of playdough and mud. Do you know which ones are a shield volcano? or can you spot the lava domes? 
Eruptions: Wagtails have enjoyed learning about the parts of a volcano through actions, we then looked at the role they each play in a volcanic eruption. As a class, we have acted out a volcanic eruption as magma gas bubbles; observed how pressure builds so the bubbles must escape and we have written an explanation about the process of an eruption. 
Science - Categorisng rocks part 1: There are lots of rock types to investigate in this topic and categorising is a key skill in Science. Before we learnt about the different types of rock, we developed our categorising skills and reflected on the fact that there is often no one right answer. We categorised rocks by their appearance, texture and shape. The children used lost of good vocabulary to explain their choices.
Stone Age to the Iron Age Topic
Stone Structures: These are something that raise many questions for historians and they certainly did in our class too. The children loved looking at structures and remains to discuss theories of what they were used as or what their purpose was. After doing some further research, we designed and created our own stone Structures. During this project, we understood how working with stones was surely very difficult and how remarkable their structures really were.
Tools: The children loved researching tools and weapons that were used during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. As part of our DT, we designed our own tools and then created them during outdoor learning, with natural materials.
Pre-historic lives: Wagtails looked at how lifestyles and communities changed between the periods of the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We used materials, natural objects and freeze frames to represent different ways of life and advances during these times. We focused on materials they had and used; communities and tribes they lived in; hunting and developing farms; use of animals; new advancements and creations; where they lived and finally the structures that they created and left behind.
Making our own Stone Age to Iron Age Shelters as part of our Remote Learning
This term, Wagtails have been learning about The Stone Age to the Iron Age, we started this topic at home, while learning remotely. The children have carried out some research on shelters and how they changed during this period, as well as looking in depth at Skara Brae. Here are their own shelter models and research information.
Making our own puppets for Remote Learning January 2020
Part of our Remote Learning this term has been researching different types of puppets and famous puppets and looking at puppetry around the World. We then designed and made our own puppets at home. Throughout the class, the children choose to create a range of different types of puppets and they all use different materials to do so. The children then evaluated their own products. 
Roman Invaders Topic
Roman Baths: An exciting part of this topic was learning how the Ancient Roman people relaxed and entertained themselves. Here we are looking at the Roman Baths. Wagtails Class learnt about the cold ice bath, the warm relaxing bath and the hot steam bath. They each had different purposes as part of a relaxing visit. We also discovered that the water was heated through a fire kept alight that heated them from under the floor.  
Roman Roads: We got messy learning and recreating the steps to building a 'Roman Road'. Some roads built by the Romans are still standing today and we found it incredible that these invaders built the very first Roads. They used them to travel around their empire countries, sending messages, deliver goods and weapons needed as well as allowing trade between different areas.
Our Colour Topic - September 2020
In Wagtails' class we enjoyed exploring colours in different areas of our own lives and the world around us as well as demonstrating some of our Maths skills. Looking at our own lives, we thought about what feelings each colour represented to us. One example was green representing a calm feeling because it reminded us of relaxing and playing in the grass. We identified memories and places that each colour reminded us of including parties or holidays. Looking at the world around us, Wagtails enjoyed identifying animals from zoomed in images; learning how animals can change colour as they age or to survive; looking at how colour is used to advertise in logos and we designed our very own logos. We started our Science by using colour to see how water is transported through a plant. Finally, we created some artwork to finish off our topic. We created monochrome, complimentary and triadic patterns in the style of Piet Mondrian. Wagtails' class also enjoyed having a go at making our own water colours to paint with.
Science
Plants Topic
Plants in our 'Colour Topic' - Here are photos of our experiment to find out what conditions helped a seed germinate best. We looked at light and water. 
Electricity Topic
DT Project: As part of our DT project in Autumn term we built Christmas decorative light up or sound boxes that could hold an electrical circuit. We made a wide range including: light up noses on snow men; glowing bows on presents; bright stars on trees; bright red noses on Rudolph and glimmering sleighs. However a few of use made noisy presents that would make us intrigued about what's inside.
Making circuits: The children thoroughly enjoyed learning how to set up working electrical circuits uwing wires, battery, lamps, buzzers and motors. We also learnt about and tested how a switch worked to break and connect a circuit in order to turn things on an off. Looking at common materials that would be around the house, we tested if they conducted electricity, allowing it to pass through and complete a circuit. 
Soils topic
Soil holding water: Wagtails enjoyed testing how much water different types of soil would hold and comparing how permeable they were. We the reflected on how useful they could be for different purposes.
Identifying types of soil: - The children had to label up soil types according to how they looked and felt. We then looked to see if we were right. 
Maths
Arrays - At the start of the year, we looked at using arrays as a way to understand and calculate multiplication facts and to show us that multiplications can be done in any order. We used equipment to show these arrays and drawings. 
Challenge 8 - When we returned in February, Wagtails started off with some problem solving using knowledge we facts from our Remote Learning so we could share in this back together. The children worked on a range of problems, each working with the number 8 in some way.
- Using 8 rectangles to make shapes with the biggest/smallest area
- Using 8 rectangles to make shapes with the biggest/smallest perimeter
- Using 8 lines (we used straws so we could move them) to make images with parallel and perpendicular lines as well as acute and obtuse angles. 
- Using 8 counters to make patterns
- Using string measuring 8cm to measure objects around the room.