Year 3/4

Otter class & Koala class

Otter class & Koala class Take Home Task

This half term in Otters and Koalas we will be getting our teeth into… TEETH!  As part of our topic we will find out about the teeth of different animals, look at our own teeth and think about how to keep our teeth healthy!

So for your task this term we invite you to take part in an EGGsperiment!  We would like you to test the effect of five different liquids on teeth, except that rather than using real teeth we are going to use eggshell (otherwise we might have a lot of gappy smiles in the classroom!).

Here are some websites where you can see a similar experiment in action (or see the picture over the page).

We would like you to carry out the investigation and record what you notice and what you think this tells us about how we can keep our teeth healthy.  You can choose how you present your findings:  you might draw it, take photos, write about it (or all of these!), make a poster, design an EGGsperiment recording sheet, or maybe record what you see using a computer programme.

We would love it if your parents and carers can join us to share your findings on Monday 25th March at 2.45pm.

You will need:

  • 5 eggs (or 5 large pieces of shell)
  • 5 liquids (your choice)
  • 5 glasses (or other pots)

During your EGGsperiment, you will need to consider:

What are your variables?  (What things will change?)

What are your constants/controls? (What things will stay the same?)

How long will you leave the eggs in the liquid? (We recommend a minimum of 3 days)

How will you record the change?  (Will you draw/describe the eggs at the start/finish? How will you know the effect?)

How will you present what you did and what you found out?

Will you have a prediction (what you think will happen) or a conclusion (what you have found out)?

At the end of the EGGsperiment, what have you learnt? Has it changed how you think about or look after your teeth?

Spring second half term Curriculum 2018-19






This term we are delving into a big question as a lead for our learning journey:

Are we fit for life?


In English and SPAG lessons this term (and applied throughout the curriculum), the children will:

-build vocabulary and use ambitious words

-identify what makes a good newspaper report, and report on the mysterious happenings in the Demon Dentist (class book)

-increase their range of sentence structures used (ask the children about Alan Peat and ISPACED!)

-create an alternative ending to Demon Dentist

-turn ‘Demon Dentist’ into a play script!


-Geometry and angles and shape (properties, 2D & 3D, angles, position and direction, coordinates)

-Addition and Subtraction (with a variety of contexts)

-Multiplication and division (with area and shape context, including times tables)

-Problem solving/reasoning

-Statistics (Line graphs, Temperature/Negative numbers)

Science: teeth; digestion; food chains

-Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.

-Describe the function of the different parts of the digestive system.

-Answer questions about the impact of changes to a food chain.

Computing: Programming (LOGO)

-Recap and control BeeBots (on a computer version, building on Year 2 skills)

-Explore programming language of LOGO

-Use the repeat command

-Incorporate PenUp and PenDown commands to create shapes and patterns

Art: Painting:

-Use white paint to lighten colours

-Question and make thoughtful observations about the starting points for your work

-Use wax crayons to create ‘light’ with painting

-Develop control of tools and techniques

-Make a flesh colour and create shadow with blue

-Plan and research for a portrait

-Paint a portrait using all skills learnt


Outdoor: Build and develop team games and kicking skills (football)

Indoor: Skeleton dance (how does a skeleton move- link with ‘Funny Bones’ book from last half term)

PSHE & Citizenship:

This half term’s we are basing our sessions on global events and citizenship, and encouraging the children to take an interest in what is going on in the wider world and the effects of these events. We will also continue to develop mindfulness practices and be reactive to what the individual classes may need from week to week.

Religious Education: Symbolism of Easter

Retell some of the story of Easter

-Know and understand the main importance of Easter to Christians

-Understand the significance of memorial gardens

-Understand the use of symbolism in the Easter story

Useful information and dates

Take home task showing- Tuesday 26th March from 2.45pm

Please make sure children have named PE kits in all week. Take an opportunity to check the items fit now that we are half way through the year.

Please ensure children have a suitable reusable plastic drinking bottle, named, that they can keep in school.

Tuesday 5th World Book Day – dress up as a book character

Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th Usborne Books book fair all day

Tuesday 19th Year R to 6 Parent –Teacher meetings 3.30pm – 7.00pm

Thursday 21st Year R to 6 Parent –Teacher meetings 3.30pm – 5pm

Friday 22nd Sports Relief fundraising day and Inter-house challenge morning

Friday 22nd FOS Discos 5.15pm – 6.15pm Infants & 6.30pm – 7.30pm Juniors

Monday 25th – Thurs 28th FOS Mothers’ Day gift making for the children

Wednesday 27th March 9.00am – 11.00am: Harestock Resilience Project Parent Workshop

Tuesday 2nd 10.00am – 11.00am: Junior Maths Parent Workshop (repeat from the Autumn term)

Wednesday 3rd Otter class 1.30pm Listen to me concert & Koala class 2.30pm Listen to Me singing concerts

Thursday 4th 3.15pm FOS Easter Egg hunt on the field and Café

Friday 5th 3.15pm Break up for the Easter holidays


Tuesday 23rd 8.45am start back to school



Otter & Koala trip to Laverstoke Farm 16th October

For more details please click here

Otter class & Koala class

Autumn Term Curriculum 2018-19

This term we are delving into a big question as a lead for our learning journey:

How does being ‘inquisitive’ shape who we are?

Geography (UK vs Italy, volcanoes)

-Compare similarities and differences of human geography between the United Kingdom and Italy

-Understand how Italy and the UK farm and produce food

-Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography

-Identify the layers of the Earth and how volcanoes are formed

-Study the features of tectonic plates and the features of extinct, dormant and active volcanoes

-Find out about the geography behind volcanoes

History: (Roman Britain)

-Use and identify ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ information sources relating to the Roman Empire/Roman Britain

-Investigate why some attempts at invasion of Britain failed, and why others were successful

-Explain how Boudicca was important to Britain’s resistance

-Explore the ‘Romanisation’ of Britain and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity

Science: (Rocks, fossils, soils)

-Observe rocks closely and discover that they have different qualities and features and group them accordingly

-Understand that rocks are formed in 3 different ways

-Devise comparative tests for rocks, record and evaluate observations and results

-Collect evidence of the local bedrock and other rocks in the local area by doing a rock survey

-Use knowledge of the properties of rocks to determine why particular rocks were selected for different tasks

-Understand the process of fossil formation and be able to describe it in simple terms

-Investigate, discover and classify the different components of soil


In English and SPAG lessons this term (and applied throughout the curriculum), the children will:

-Build vocabulary and use ambitious words

-Develop understanding of scene setting and story starters (based on the beautiful Stephen Cosgrove books)

-Increase their range of sentence structures (ask the children about Alan Peat and ISPACED!)

-Explore information /explanation texts (based around the Ricky Gervais Flanimal books)

-Explore poems from around the world

-Write reports about an exciting event (the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius)

-Write in context as both a geographer and a historian and develop writing techniques for non-fiction


The children will be developing their confidence with:

-Typing and word processing (using a variety of word processing programmes)


And creating databases by:

-Using search tools to answer questions relevant to an investigation

-Producing graphs from data

-Creating a data file and enter data


-Number and Place Value(including number lines and decimals)

-Addition and Subtraction (with perimeter and money context)

-Multiplication and division (with area and shape context)(including times tables)



-Geometry and Shape (properties, 2D & 3D, angles, position and direction, coordinates)

-Problem solving/reasoning


Cooking/food technology:

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. They will:

-Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet

-Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques

-Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed (linked with the Romans and Italy)

CAD (computer aided design):

-Explore a collection of different shell structures including packaging.

-Analyse: Purpose of the shell structure (protecting, containing, presenting); Material; Construction; How it has been stiffened i.e. folded, corrugated, ribbed, laminate; Size/shape/colour; What information it shows and why

-Come up with a purpose, audience and a design for their own shell structure (for example a food storage box or an equipment container.)

-Develop techniques of scoring, cutting out and assembling using pre-drawn nets and practise constructing

-Use different ways of stiffening and strengthening their shell structures e.g. folding and shaping, corrugating, ribbing, laminating.

-Discuss and explore the graphics techniques and media that could be used to achieve the desired appearance of their products.

-Practise using computer-aided design (CAD) software to design the net, text and graphics for their products according to purposes.


Outdoor basketball: the children will develop these skills:

Ball familiarity; Catching; variety of passes; Dribbling; Shooting; Co-operation

Indoor: The children will be making up a gymnastic sequence using small apparatus including the below:

-Clear beginning, middle and end; Link different actions and balances smoothly; Mirror movements with a partner.

PSHE & Citizenship –The children will have opportunities to:

-Know the rules, and understand expectations for Key Stage 2

-Know where to get help in school

-Develop an emotional 1st aid kit

-Appreciate home and school values

-Express positive things about themselves and others

-Recognise and be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others

-Form reasoned opinions

-Develop resilience, assertiveness and mindfulness strategies

-Know about bullying, why it happens and the effects it has on people

-Think about how to deal with bullying and how to stop it happening (including e-safety)

Religious Education

The children will:

-Explain how ritual is expressed by some Christians and Jews

-Evaluate the significance of ritual, its importance to Christians and Jews and by identifying some issues raised

-Explain own responses to ritual

-Explain examples of how their responses can be applied to their own and others’ lives

-Discuss their own and other peoples’ ideas of what constitutes faith

-Describe why faith is important to themselves and to others

-Describe ways that faith makes an impact on people

Useful information and dates

Please make sure children have named PE kits in all week.

Please ensure children have a suitable reusable plastic drinking bottle, named, that they can keep in school.

We will keep you posted about an exciting trip we are planning for this term!

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