Hello and welcome to Neptune's class page. We are a Year 3 and 4 class and our teachers are Mrs James and Mrs Simpson. Keep checking in to see the exciting things we get up to.

 



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Changing states science investigation

 

In science today, each group was given two ice cubes.  One was blue and the other was yellow.  We predicted what we thought would happen as the cubes were left for a length of time at room temperature in the classroom.  We then used our observational skills to watch carefully and record what happened. We predicted that the solid ice cubes would melt and turn to liquids.  From what we have already discovered about how solids and liquids behave we thought that as they melted, the liquids would mix and would turn from blue and yellow to green. Here are our photos to show what happened over the course of 30 minutes:

 

 

 

Welcome to Neptune Class

Welcome to Neptune Class!

SPRING TERM

This term we are learning about 'Rainforests'.  We are really enjoying this topic and have already learnt a great deal!  

We have completed a range of mapwork to find out where abouts in the world we can find tropical rainforests.  As you can see from the maps below, the rainforests are mostly located around the equator.  We learnt about specific geogrpahical words such as: equator, tropics, continent, island, climate, climactic zone, arid, polar and temperate.

 

We found out about the climate in tropical areas and created bar charts and line graphs to show the amount of rainfall and temperature - to practise our bar charts we drew on our tables with whiteboard pens (but, shhhh!  don't tell Mrs Shaw!).  We also compared the climate of the rainforests to other climactic zones of the world such as Death Valley in California, London and the Antarctic.  We all agreed that Death Valley and the Antarctic were not places that we'd choose to live!

In English and topic we have also been learning about the effect that humans are having on the rainforests.  We enjoyed completing a range of work on the story 'The Great Kaopk Tree'.  In this story many different rainforest animals (including the indigineous people) try to persuade some men to not chop down this great tree. 

Following on from the work on the Great Kapok Tree, we also watched the 1970's animation of 'The Lorax' by Dr Suess.  After this we wrote diary entries as though we were either the passionate, eco-friendly Lorax or the greedy, selfish Onceler. 

In art we have been using the creations of Eric Carle as our inspiration - he's the man who is famous for 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.  We practised a range of art techniques - using bubblewrap, glue spreaders, sponges, cardboard and crushes to create a range of effects.  We then used these different textures to make rainforest animals out of collage.

We have also been inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau, creating a piece of art which used not only different paint techniques but also collage.  We are really proud of our final results - can you spot our camouflaged tigers?

 

 

The children have also been really busy creating amazing pieces of topic homework!  Have a look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term

 

We've had such a busy term learning about Branston at War. 

In English we found out all about what life was like for children in 1914 at the start of the First World War.  We used our research skills, organised the facts that we found into paragraphs and presented this as a fact sheet. 

 

 

 

We then used this information to respond, as a child, to a fictional letter from a father who was away from home fighting in the war. We made sure we included lots of facts that we had discovered in our research stage. 

 

 

In our Topic Work we placed these historical events on a timeline in relation to other major events. We used our geography skills to locate key places on the map of the world. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk around Branston lead by the very knowledgeable Mr Simpson as well as our visit to Eden Camp. 

 We completed some art work inspired by the conflicts that we have learnt about. 

 

 

Many of our class were also proud to represent BJA at the Community Armistice event held at the secondary school. As part of our commemoration in school we wrote on poppy petals our hopes for the future. 

 

Over the last weeks of term we have been busy with the school production as well as our annual Christmas carol concert at All Saints' Church. 

 

On a different note, we have taken a new approach to the teaching of reading this academic year, supported by our collaborative Erasmus+ project, Dream a Little Dream. Inspired by methods in our partner schools in Poland and Spain, we have done a whole term book study, funding the purchase of whole class sets of books through the project money.  Our book, Bill's New Frock by Anne Fine has been really enjoyable. We have loved reading together, making predictions about what might happen next, exploring character and setting along with many other reading skills. We are looking forward to starting our new class book in January. 

 

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