The staff in our phase
Within Year 3 and 4 we have three teachers :
Mrs Scovell (Owls)
Miss Thorne (Kingfishers)
Miss Ayling (Doves)
We are also supported by three very hardworking teaching assistants:
Mrs Storey, Mrs Wilkes and Mrs Cooper
Mrs Strongman and Mrs Nash may also be found teaching within our phase.
How we learn
In year 3 and 4, we enjoy learning through a wide and varied curriculum. Within our lessons, we value the importance of both indoor and outdoor learning and ensure activities are designed to develop and challenge the children at their own levels. We realise the importance of trips, visitors and hands-on days within the school and always seek to provide the best experiences to enhance the children's understanding of the topics.
In order to further develop learning characteristics, we are hoping to run a three day residential at Hill End for the year 4 children in June.
Our school day
In the morning, children take part in guided reading, English and maths activities with the afternoon being used to focus on the foundation subjects. We also use Times Tables Rock Stars to help with our times table recall and class Dojo to share our learning.
What we are learning this term
We are Voyagers - The Anglo-Saxons.
Our third topic involves finding out why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain and what made them decide to stay. We will be using a book in English based around an Oxford Anglo-Saxon legend - "The princess who climbed a tree". In Science, we will be learning about forces and magnetism and using this knowledge to develop our investigation skills. Keep an eye out for our lantern making and our Anglo-Saxon houses.
We are Conservationists - Rivers.
Our second topic will involve learning all about rivers, how they start, the parts of a river, where they go and why they are important. We will also look at rivers around the world, their importance in Hinduism and the artist Monet. Our English be based around "A River" by Marc Martin and "River Stories" by Ashling Lindsay and Irene Montano.
We are also hoping to get a visit to the Henley River Museum - not possible this year sadly.
Our first topic this term is all about getting to know the children and building a strong sense of belonging within each class. We will be developing our understanding of being a learner and cooperating with others. We will look at the skills involved in teamwork, cooperation and communication through team challenges in O.A.A. In English, we will be looking at some books by Anthony Browne and finding out about the man behind the books and where he gets his ideas.