Welcome to Lower Key Stage 2
A huge welcome to the Year 3 and 4 homepage. The children have had a wonderful start to the school year and have returned to school life wonderfully well. This page will give you updates as to what learning has been taking place as well as key dates and updates that you might need.
As writers, the children in LKS2 are enjoying reading Adolphus Tips as both of the class’ novel. There has been a focus on grammatical features such as noun phrases, prepositions, use of inverted commas and different sentence openers. Children across LKS2 have been continuing to develop their understanding of compound and complex sentences.
This week, children in Year 3 and Year 4 wrote an explanation text focused on showing their understanding of the water cycle. Previously, the children had demonstrated their knowledge by creating a water cycle in a bag.
The spelling rules that the children have been concentrating on so far this week has been how to add the suffix -ly to root words. If you could complete further practice of some of the following words, that would be great.
As mathematicians, the children in Year 3/4 have been embedding and deepening their knowledge of calculation. Over the past couple of weeks, the children have been producing some great fluency and reasoning outcomes concentrating on addition and subtraction. In Year 3, the children have been developing their understanding of how to use column addition and subtraction. After securing their understanding of the method, they have been using this to answer a range of different reasoning questions using money and measure. In Year 4, the children have been estimating answers and using the inverse accurately. They have done fantastically in developing their understanding answering a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions.
Children in Lower Key Stage 2 are focusing on the ‘Our Own Bodies’ unit of work. The main focus is on children being scientists and the Year 3 and 4 children have slightly different objectives with the Year 4 children continuing to deepen and strengthen their knowledge from Year 3.
In Year 3, the children have been understanding about the role that the skeleton plays within our body. They did some brilliant research using books, ipads and laptops to find out new information at the start of the unit. They worked in teams to present their information to the class.
The Year 3 children had a fantastic time working in teams and creating skeletons using resources from the outside environment.
As well as identifying the role that muscles and joints play within the human body, the children have been showing a great understanding of vocabulary such as, endoskeleton, exoskeleton, hydrostatic skeleton, vertebrate and invertebrate.
The children really enjoyed their time creating pasta skeletons to help embed some of the names of particular bones within the human skeleton.
In Year 4, the children have been busy group work presentations, exploring models of the digestive system, human teeth and animal teeth, identified fucntions of teeth, made a model of a set of teeth, sketches of animal skulls.
The Year 4 children have carried out an experiment to learn about the digestive system using tights (small intestine), plastic bag (stomach), orange juice (stomach acid), water (saliva), and a cup (large intestine). They wrote up the experiment and completed a pop up model of a digestive system to explain how it works.
As artists, the children have been busy developing their learning around using charcoal. They have been concentrating on the work of the artist Henry Moore. They have been developing their skills of using different tones and an awareness of space. The children worked really hard at producing charcoal drawings of the cat from Adolphus Tips.