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We are using it to ensure that you and your child are provided with the support required to face this unprecedented challenge, and that you can embrace this new normal with us by your side. 
Year 3/4 team
Welcome to Kestrels' class page
Welcome to the Kestrels class page!
We would like to welcome you to our class page, where you will find all of the information you need, as well as exciting pictures of what we have been doing throughout the year!
If there is anything you can't find on here then please see Mrs Dawson, Mrs Bradley or Mrs Dickinson and we will endeavour to help.
We check reading journals on a Tuesday - please try to listen to your child read 5 times a week, as it makes a huge difference to their literacy skills.
Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times, so that they can take part in the various clubs and activities on offer if they would like to do so. Swimming is on Wednesdays, so please remember your kit!
We do our spelling test on a Friday, and this is when we give out the new spellings, so please make sure your child has their orange spelling book in school.
Otherwise, please see us if you need anything at all. 
Mrs Dawson, Mrs Bradley and Mrs Dickinson
Friday 6th September - Toga Day
Today we have had a great day!  We kick started our topic on Greece with a day full of Ancient Greek activities. Look at our photographs to see what we got up to! 
Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th September
We have had a great time this week digging up the vegetables we planted last year. We were amazed by how much had grown! The kitchen staff very kindly cooked them for us to try - they were yummy!   
Wednesday 18th September
We have learned the story of Medusa and have created her snakey hair using adjectives which describe her.
Our Talk for Writing story is The Enchantress and the Pigs, which we have learned by heart.
Friday 27th September 
Greek textiles
As our Art and DT this term, we have been looking at Greek textiles and learning about what Greek people in ancient times would have worn. We learned that they would have embroidered their clothes to make them more attractive and so we have a go at sewing Greek patterns on Binca. Have a look at some of work below. 
Why not ask your child what colours and materials were available in ancient Greece?
Wednesday 2nd October
Harvest Festival preparation
For Harvest Festival, Kestrels class have been looking at Ireland, and specifically the potato. In order to understand the relationship between Ireland and the potato, we looked at the famine, and what was called the Blight.
Ask your child what they remember about the famine in Ireland. 
We used potatoes to print the Irish flag in Shamrock shapes because the Shamrock is a national sign of Ireland.
Friday 4th October 2019
Spelling workshop
We had a lovely session showing parents what we have been doing in our spelling lessons. We showed them some of our favourite games, and shared some of our favourite resources with them.
Don't worry if you couldn't make it though, as there is a spelling booklet at the top of this page. 
Thank you to those who could make it - we really enjoyed showing off our different skills!
Monday 7th October
Science: How strong is my magnet?
Today we carried out an experiment to see which magnet was the strongest.
Have a look at the pictures and ask your child to describe what they did and how they decided which magnet was strongest.
Monday 14th October
In Science, we have been learning about how compasses work, and exploring how we can use the magnetism of the Earth's poles to identify North using magnets. We attempted to make magnets using Lodestone, as they were historically made by mariners. This was rather underwhelming, and so we used a magnet to magnetise a Binca needle, then laid it gently on the meniscus of the cup of water. Once or twice we managed to identify where North was, but it was tricky! 
Ask your child which metals could be used to make this type of magnet!
Thursday 17th October 2019
Today some children bought in some artefacts from history. We had a range of items bought in, some very old, and some which made Mrs Bradley feel very old, the cassette tapes! We thought about what the items told us about periods in history. 
Monday 21st October
In maths, we have been practising representing numbers in different ways using place value cards, part part whole diagrams and various other place value representations.
We have often found that the most challenging 3- and 4- digit numbers use 0 as a place holder in a number, and it can confuse us when we write a number down, e.g. 1087 can sometimes accidentally be written as 187 but that is a different number altogether!
We must remember to put all of the digits in their corresponding columns, so that they represent the correct value, e.g. 1087 means there is 1 thousand,  no hundreds, 8 tens and 7 ones - very different to the number 187!
Why not say a number and see whether your child can put the digits in the correct place on a place value chart?
Monday 2nd November 
Today we made bread, just like the Ancient Greeks would have eaten, but they would have dipped theirs in wine. We did not replicate this for obvious reasons!
The ingredients and recipe are as follows, if you'd like to try at home:
500g strong white bread flour
7g fast action yeast
pinch of salt (keep this away from the yeast - ask your child why!)
teaspoon sugar
300ml tepid water
1. Measure the flour
2. Add your salt
3. Add the sugar
4. Add the yeast
5. Mix in the water
6. Knead the dough until smooth
7. Shape the dough
8. Leave to rise until doubled in size
9. Bake for 20 minutes (until hollow when tapped from the bottom)
10. Eat it!
Our favourite part was step 10! What's yours?
Wednesday 13th November 2019
Today we have written some poems about nocturnal animals. We have tried to put in them similes, adjectives, alliteration and onomatopoeia. Can you spot examples of them?
Monday 18th November 
We have been learning about telling the time. We have looked at various aspects of time, including how to translate from digital into analogue time.
Why not ask your child if they can tell you what the time is?
Monday 25th November
In science we are learning about animals, including humans. We are currently looking at solving a problem for a fictional hockey team who are not doing very well at winning matches. We are analysing the diets of the team members and are learning about what makes a healthy, well balanced diet, in order to advise the hockey team about how to improve their performance. 
Why not ask your child whether they think they have a balanced diet? Count how many fruit and vegetables they have eaten today. Is it the amount we are recommended to eat?
Perhaps you could even keep a food diary and see how much sugar you are eating. Remember, sometimes you don't even realise you are eating sugar, when you think you're eating something healthy!
Monday 2nd December 2019
We have been learning about the skeleton, and identifying its purpose. We have learned the names of some of the main parts of our skeleton, and we will be learning this song soon, so here are the lyrics and the video from YouTube if you'd like a sneak preview!
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The toe bone's connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone's connected to the ankle bone,
The ankle bone's connected to the leg bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The leg bone's connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The hip bone's connected to the back bone
The back bone's connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone's connected to the head bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The finger bone's connected to the hand bone,
The hand bone's connected to the arm bone,
The arm bone's connected to the shoulder bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around
Now shake dem skeleton bones!
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Autumn term 2019
We have finished our class book! It was an emotional ending. Why not ask your child to summarise the story, but don't let them give away the ending. 
Keep on reading over Christmas and let us know what you've read when you return in January!
A Christmas Carol at Derby Theatre
The children had an amazing time at the theatre on Tuesday, and behaved impeccably. They were a credit to us, and truly enjoyed the show!
Friday 13th December 2019
Today, years three and four got together to plan their end of year party, which will take place on Friday 20th December (last day of term!)
Your child should have been allocated an item by their group, which they must bring next Friday (20th), and they can bring in a change of clothes to put on for the afternoon.
They will have agreed with their group what to bring with regards to food, and additionally, some table decorations, such as table cloths and napkins. 
Your child has a duty to their group to fulfil what they have promised, but must let us know if they are struggling to provide what they said they would - we want everyone to enjoy themselves!
Many thanks,
the year 3 /4 team
Tuesday 18th December
As part of our topic on the Ancient Greeks, we have been learning about the Olympics. Today we made our own Olympic Torches, to represent the period of peace before the Olympic Games. 
Tuesday 7th January
Today we have started our topic on the Stone Age. We looked at what we can learn from evidence left in caves, and then created our own Stone Age paintings. 
Friday 9th January 
Maths investigation
Today we explored the different numbers we could make using a digital telephone keypad. The numbers have to be touching, e.g. 789 but not 126. Year 3 created three digit numbers, whilst year 4 created numbers with one decimal place. 
We created lots of numbers and put them in order.
Fabulous work everybody!
Monday 13th January
Stone Age art
We have spent today looking at materials and paintings used in Cave art. 
We went outside to see the textures we could make by rubbing our pencils against the ground through the paper. 
We though about how cave men made their art.
Friday 17th January
We created some cave art using chalk and charcoal, thinking particularly about what we would like people to know about us in 1000 years time!
Monday 20th January
Today, Miss Morgan took the class outside and we learned about what makes our habitat appropriate for us. 
We thought about how trees give us shelter, and some plants can offer us nutrition. We also looked at who we share our habitats with, and learned to show these creatures the respect they deserve!
Wednesday 22nd January
Today the year 4's explored looking at subtraction using the base 10 equipment.  Mrs Bradley was very impressed with the way they manipulated equipment. We found it useful for explaining why we exchange. 
Tuesday 28th January 2020
Today we carried on our work of converting between cm and m, and took part in a measuring scavenger hunt outside. We had a great time!
6th February 2020
Today we took part in the RSPB schools birdwatch. It was very cold and foggy but we saw more birds than we were expecting to!
6th February
Today was also our class assembly. It was all about the Stone Age. Thank you to those that were able to come and share all of our hard work. For those that were unable, we hope you enjoy the pictures. 
25th February
Today we recorded a CD! We have been practising singing ’New Beginnings’, and today recorded it ready to go onto the school CD. We can’t wait to be famous!
Thursday 27th February
Today, we had some very special animals in to show us about adaptations for different habitats. We got to hold and learn about so many different animals and how they survive in the wild. Take a look at some of our pictures to see some of the animals we got to meet!
3rd March
Today we had Special visitor in school to share some stories with us. Rocking chair tales was a wonderful experience for all of us and everyone was very engrossed in the tales we were told. 
Today has been World Book Day! 
Kestrels have had a fabulous time writing some mind blowing descriptions of their imaginary islands and creating their miniature books.
Well done to everybody for taking part, showing off your incredible costumes and sharing your favourite books!

Monday 23rd March 

Good morning Kestrels! We hope you have a great first day at home school, unless you're in school as normal of course, in which case we hope you have a great day too!

Remember, learning isn't just about sitting and working in books. It's about exploring and being curious too! Let us know what you get up to, but remember to follow the advice that parents and carers have been given to keep you safe.

We miss you already!

Parents: If you are not yet connected via class Dojo, please contact school to give them your email address, or follow the instructions on the letter your child brought home. Class Dojo is a great way to stay in touch and receive support in what seems like a daunting time.

Please remember that we are still here to support your child and help you where we can.

Your year 3 and 4 teachers.

Hello Kestrels,

While you're using the internet at home, don't forget about all of the online safety work we've done throughout the year! If you would like a reminder, go to this website:
and perhaps play a game or read about how to keep safe online!

Your Year 3/4 teachers
Friday 27th March
Hello Kestrels,
What a lovely lot of activities you have all been up to with your families. Well done for all of the motivation you have shown in what has been quite a higgledy piggledy time!

This week, I have been working with my two daughters on their school work, and listening to them talk about how they feel about this new way of life. How do you feel? Is it exciting? Is it a bit frustrating? How can we deal with these feelings in a positive way?

When I got fed up, I groomed my dogs, and now they look very smart, although my garden is now very hairy! The birds will enjoy picking up the hair for their nests I hope!
Mrs Dawson :)

PS: Do you have a pet? Have you been playing with them more in the last week?

Week beginning 20th April
What lovely weather we've had over the past few weeks! We have been inspired to grow lots of things and to tidy up the garden. We have planted potatoes, peas, radishes and some other vegetables, as well as flowers, and wildflowers for the bees to enjoy!
What have you been doing in your garden?
Friday 1st May 
Hi Kestrels, 
I hope you are all doing well, and trying hard to keep on learning! Also, I hope you are all using Dojo and learning to upload your own work. This is important, as we will be using Dojo in the classroom, and you will need to be able to upload your own work when we're back at school!
Keep on practising your spellings - year 3 and 4 words as well as our weekly ones (Spelling Shed has these on it) as we will be doing a lovely spelling check when we get back, to see how you've been doing!
Don't forget to keep practising your times tables and use the maths shed app to help you with this. Have a go at the year 4 maths check too please, and let us know how you're getting along. 
I wonder what science activities you have been upto... Keep us updated! 
Mrs D
Monday May 4th
Happy Star Wars Day to those fans of the films! I hope you are celebrating it with costumes and space related activities! Send us pictures through Dojo if you'd like, or create a scrap book to save the memories, and share it with us on your return to school, perhaps. 
Of course, on Friday we have another celebration - Victory in Europe Day - 75 years since the end of the Second World War! 
How will you celebrate? 
Perhaps you will make some bunting to decorate your garden, or create your own 'guests' and have a lockdown tea party in the garden with sandwiches and cake! Yummy! Do send us pictures through your Dojo portfolio, as we'd love to see what you might be up to, or again, a scrap book of your activities would be a welcome show and tell when we get back to school.
See below for some resources which might be a pleasant way to celebrate the week. 
Mrs D
Monday 11th May
Well done on another super day of hard work and excellent effort.

It is wonderful to see the improvements in handwriting, times tables tester scores and spellings that you are making.

The attitude to learning that we have seen is really positive, and we can see that you are discovering when to take a break if things get too much, and to try again later. This is resilience at its best, and it is an incredibly important skill for us all to learn. You are practising it beautifully - keep it up!

For now, take good care and stay safe.

Your Year 3/4 Teachers
Friday 15th May 2020
Good morning!

What a lovely sunny morning it is, and I can see lots of people out walking their dogs today, all being very careful to follow the safety advice.

I wonder what you might be up to today! Are you planning on having a change of scene from your local area?

Whatever you get up to, just remember to keep your distance and stay safe, but mostly - enjoy yourself! Let us know what you discover...

New spellings are available at the top of the page, but it would be super to see how you are getting along with last week's. Perhaps a sibling could test you, and you could test them!

Have a super day!

Mrs Dawson
Monday 18th May 
Good morning, Kestrels!

I hope you are all feeling energised for the last week of distance learning before half term!

This week is supposed to be very sunny and warm, so don't forget to follow the Sun safety advice that we have taught you at school. Perhaps you could make a poster or a leaflet about how to stay safe in the Sun!