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Mondays are very busy for us- as well as swimming, we have Clarinet lessons with Mrs Currie from Gloucestershire Music. In just two lessons, we've learned the parts of the clarinet, how to make a noise, and the first two notes! We've also found out how many beats the different notes are worth. We've even had a go at playing as an ensemble!
It's going to be amazing to see how much progress we make over the next 16 weeks!
This term, Beech Class are lucky enough to have swimming lessons every week at St Edwards school. We're using lots of perseverance and resilience to improve our skills each week!
As part of our 'Magic of Science' theme, we've been learning about electricity. We've started by making electrical circuits using components such as bulbs, motors, buzzers and switches. We've also learned how to draw technical diagrams of these! Can your child tell you what is needed in a circuit to light a bulb?
Artsweek- Kev from The Beano
We started off Artsweek with Kev F from The Beano, who taught us all about how comic book characters are created and how comics are made. We each made our own comic strips, and produced our own comic as a class!
Artsweek- Oliver Jeffers
We started off our Spring Term with a superb Artsweek! This year, we were studying the illustrations of author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. We read lots of his books and looked at his particular style of illustration. We were especially inspired by this picture from the book 'The Heart and the Bottle':
There were lots of stages to create our own versions of these! The first stage was drawing self-portraits in his style. We began with studying his style of drawing characters, and also worked hard on our watercolour skills with a particular focus on mixing colours accurately.
We then had a lot of fun exploring collaging skills, including overlapping, cutting into shapes, cutting out letters, doodling and adding paint. We created thought bubble collages to represent our own imaginations!
Check out our final pieces and our section of the school Art Gallery!
Some highlight's from last term's learning
See the Year 3/4 Residential page for photographs of our camping trip!
DT- Roman Chariots
Over the past few weeks, we have loved learning all about Roman chariots and how axles work, and have now created our own based on our 3D designs! We're very proud of how well they are constructed and how brilliantly they work. Look at our super work!
This week, we’ve been learning all about the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD which destroyed the city of Pompeii. We watched this video and wrote some fantastic free poetry to tell the story of this famous event in Roman history. Some of us would like to share them with you! (There will be more to come next week).
This first poem was a fantastic effort by Izzy with some very well chosen vocabulary!
This week, we have learned all about how fossils are made, and even had the chance to create our own!
We used clay to represent the soil/mud that surrounds the hard parts of the plant or animal, and made impressions of shells as would happen in sedimentary rock. The plaster of paris worked as the minerals which replace the bone or shell over time and turn into a fossil.
You might like to remind yourself how fossils are formed by watching this video: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9bbkqt/articles/z2ym2p3
Layers of the Earth
Beech Class learned all about the different layers of the Earth this week, as well as how the three different types of rocks are formed- look at our fantastic double page spreads!
For some of us, this was our first attempt at double page spreads and we were really proud of the work that we created. What a superb start to the year!