Year 4: The Elephants: Blog items

Final call for LPS+ badges, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 11th Jul 2021 @ 11:56am

I’ve been through a few submissions for either the gardening badge or world conservation badge.  Please send your info over via google classroom if you have completed either badge so we can celebrate your success. 

Skeleton models, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 11th Jul 2021 @ 11:41am

Party day, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 11th Jul 2021 @ 11:15am

We had great fun for our summer term birthday party. Dancing and games in the hall followed by a jelly moving competition - it was harder than they thought. We finished off with some excellent birthday cupcakes. 

Growing, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 5th Jul 2021 @ 11:50am

This term we have been planting seeds, caring for the growing seedlings and then the plants.  

They have certainly grown.  The elephants have green fingers!

The peas and radishes have grown and we have been able to try the peas - they were very sweet. 

The bug man visit, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 5th Jul 2021 @ 11:39am

This morning we had a visit from the John Vale.  He talked to us about vertebrate and invertebrate as we got to see some animals of different types. 

Well done Elephants you were outstanding at listening during the whole session and were very quiet so as not to scare the creatures. 

Pippa asked an amazing question and we found out that some animals shrink as they get older. 

The slime from an African land scale kills germs. (Elizabeth)

Snakes are venomous not poisionous.  (Olive)

I didn’t know that some animals can see hot and cold, that was interesting, it was why we couldn’t look directly at them. (Elizabeth)

Spider’s webs are the strongest material in the world.  If it was as thick as a pencil it would stop a jumbo jet.  (Noah)

Eco- Council Reminder, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 27th Jun 2021 @ 2:38pm

Remember to have your presentations ready if you would like to be considered for this role. 

LPS+ badges, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 27th Jun 2021 @ 2:37pm

Just a little reminder for those of you who have been working towards your LPS+ badge for this half term (Gardening or World Consevation) to be collecting together your evidence and submitting it to the assignment in Google Classroom. 

I'm looking forward to seeing it and us sharing it with the class. 

Skeletons - what do they look like?, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Jun 2021 @ 6:42am

We worked individually then in groups to create a drawing of what we thought our skeletons looked like. Then we sorted some given bones into a body outline before playing a race against time game to check our skeletons against a correct one and move the pieces as needed.  We finished by naming some of the bones with their common names and their scientific names. 

Our final half term in year 3, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Jun 2021 @ 10:28pm

The sun has been shining and I hope you have all had a lovely break.   I'm looking forward to finding out all about your half term fun. There are lots of great things planned for our topics this half term and I can't wait to get started.

Please remember to bring to school:

Pencil cases

Water Bottles

PE Kits

Sun hat


Arts Week Friday, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 31st May 2021 @ 7:53am

The final day.  We have loved arts Week and learnt lots of new skills.  Here are our final toucan prints.

We also made fantastic mask wearing self portraits, when you take off the mask it reveals all our awesome characteristics and our wonderful smiles.  They are all amazing the children did a fantastic job.

Arts Week Thursday, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 27th May 2021 @ 6:05pm

Today we were printing. Earlier in the week we focused on the work of Henri Rousseau- the tiger in the jungle. 

We have thought a lot about our outdoor environment and nature during lockdowns with many of us enjoying our country walks. In class we have been learning about the importance of the rainforest so we linked these 2 ideas together to create our own, multi coloured prints.  

I only have a 1 photos I’m afraid as my hands have been covered in printing ink most of the day!  Final pieces will be photographed tomorrow when they are dry. 

This afternoon we took a bit of time out to enjoy some reading in the sunshine, tennis and finished off with a ice pop. 

On Monday we make our own art shirts, take a look, can you find inspirational messages or try and spot a rainbow or 2! 

Arts Week Wednesday, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 27th May 2021 @ 5:55pm

Here are our final canvases. They look amazing, the children selected the design they wanted and used rainbow colours. 

We also made a group fluid art painting.


Arts Week Tuesday, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 25th May 2021 @ 6:26pm

Today we have been preparing for our printing day on Thursday and using acrylic paint to create a rainbow themed canvas.  Here are a few photos.  We will post our final creations later in the week.  

Royal Mail Hero stamp design competition, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 24th May 2021 @ 9:41pm

All competition entries ready to post off.

Can  you see who the hero is?

P.E., by Mrs Catterall

Date: 24th May 2021 @ 9:10pm

Although it’s Arts week the children still wanted their P.E. Lesson. Who can blame them -starting the day with physical exercise -perfect.

hop, skip and jump

balancing a bean bag on your head

throwing a bean bag into buckets.

skipping ropes.

Class compliment, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 24th May 2021 @ 9:04pm

We had a lovely afternoon despite the rain.  We played games inside, built Lego models and some children opted for making fairy cakes and chocolate cornflake cakes which they shared with everyone at the end of the day.   Well done Elephants, fingers crossed we can earn some more stars and have an outdoor afternoon before the end of the year. Keep shining brightly and I know we will. 

Plants, plants, plants, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 10th May 2021 @ 7:41pm

Today we continued our learning about plants.  We found out about different seeds and how they are dispersed.  We finished the lesson by going into the hall to work in teams to complete a few matching challenges.  

Can you match the tree shape to the photo of the tree and the leaf?

Can you complete the loop game matching parts of a flower to their function?

Can you sort the seeds into the forms of dispersal?

Can you match the leaf photos to the names of the trees they are from?

We were all focused on our learning and spotted by Mrs Woolley who gave us a class compliment.  

Well done Elephants.  :) 



How are the rainforests being destroyed?, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd May 2021 @ 6:02pm

We finished the non-fiction part of our rainforest English topic this week by working as a team to research, make notes and then produce a poster to inform others about the destruction of the rainforest. 

Anglo Saxon villages, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd May 2021 @ 5:58pm

Where did Anglo Saxons live? What were their homes like? The children worked in teams to read through the facts and then use these to try and create an Anglo Saxon village. 

Chromebooks, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd May 2021 @ 5:56pm

We have been learning how to use the new chrome books in class. Here we are reading  opening up our homework - 4 reasons why the rainforests are important and them creating a slide show of them with more information we have gathered together. For homework the children then had to edit their slideshows changing the font size, colour and adding pictures. 

Geography - Physical Features, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 26th Apr 2021 @ 9:00pm

Today we found out all about the Physical geographical features of South America.

For those of you who like quizzes we thought this information would be useful to remember.

The world's largest River = Amazon (not longest that it the Nile)

The world's longest mountain range = The Andes

The highest mountain in the Andes = Mt. Aconcagua

The world's highest uninterrupted waterfall = Angel Falls

The world's driest place = Atacama Desert.

The World's largest rainforest = The Amazon Rainforest.

Did you notice anything?     ……….  They all started with the letter A!

We were also surprised to find out that South America has a glacier = Perito Moreno.

Maths - Fractions, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 26th Apr 2021 @ 8:50pm

A few photos from the other week  - Mathletics in the computer suite and fraction loop games with our friends - great team work everyone.  You all shone brightly.   Please make sure you complete the activities on Mathletics and keep up the times table practise.  

Rainforest animal factfiles, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 22nd Apr 2021 @ 6:37pm

We have begun our topic on the rainforest. The children are loving it.  After introducing a story called, ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ we have been focusing on collecting information from different sources and making notes. Then turning notes into a non- fiction information text.  

Here are a few texts about rainforest animals That the children have created. 

Flowering Plants - Science, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 22nd Apr 2021 @ 6:27pm

Today we asked ourselves what are the functions/jobs of different parts of a plant?We thought about the roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers. 

The flower’s job is the make a seed from which new plants can grow.  In order to find out how this happens (next week) we needed to know what the different parts of a flower were.  We each had a flower to take apart. We then used a labelled diagram to see if we could identify these parts in our flowers. 

Outdoor day, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 19th Apr 2021 @ 6:43pm

The sun was shining and so was year 3 today during our outdoor day.

We split into 2 groups and swapped over after lunch.

Oli came from the Outdoor centre and the children experienced a range of team building activities.  They had to plan, do and review each one, listen to people’s ideas, explore the different roles people took on and consider what made an effective team.

The rest of the class spent their time outside creating a rainforest under the canopy.  We drew and cut out leaves, created vines and a range of rainforest animals.  We planted some vegetable seeds and created a terrarium. 

Our rainforest canopy needs lots more animals so if you want to make some at home for us to add you are very welcome to. 

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