Jellyfish (Year 3/4) 2019 - 2020
Design and Technology Project
On Wednesday 27th November we received the design brief for our D&T Christmas Project. We are going to design and make recyclable Christmas crackers. Every part of our cracker needs to be easily recyclable as we don't want to add to landfill or plastic pollution.
We began by discussing:
What materials cannot be used to construct our cracker?
What materials/items cannot be put inside our cracker?
Once we had discussed this with our groups, we discussed what we could use to make a 100% recyclable Christmas cracker. We had lots of great ideas and we are looking foward to investigating Christmas crackers to see what they are made from and how they are constructed.
Friday 29th November - CRACKER DAY!
Today we have investigated crackers as it is important that we have a good knowledge of existing products in order to design our own functional Christmas cracker.
Have a look in the gallery at the photos of our cracker investigations.
Next step: Making suitable choices from a range of familiar and unfamiliar materials and begin to plan out the main stages of using them with the appropriate tools. Year 4 will also be helping Year 3 to think about the functional and asethetic qualities of materials.
Check in with our class page next week to see how we get on.
Term 2 is always a busy one! Please see our class newsletter for details of what we have in store this term.
Welcome to Jellyfish Class 2019/2020!
A warm 'WELCOME' to our new Year 3 Jellyfish and a warm 'WELCOME BACK' to our Year 4 Jellyfish. I hope that you all had a lovely summer. It's been lovely to meet some parents already and those of you that I haven't met yet, I look forward to meeting you at one of our parents' evenings on Tuesday 17th September or Wednesday 18th September. During these meetings we will be able to chat about how your son and daughter has settled in and it will give you the opportunity to pass on any information that you would like me to know about your child and to ask any questions you may have.
This term we will be learning about our class namesake, the jellyfish. This will be a cross curricular topic and full details about the children's learning journey can be found on our class newsletter and on our learning journey documents on this class page.
For your information....
Homework will be given to the children on a Friday and they will need to bring it back to school by the following Friday morning. Their homework will always include spellings to learn for a spelling test on a Friday morning. These spellings will be based on the phonic sound that we will be working on that following week. Please help your child to learn their spellings each week. There is a useful advice sheet for parents on our class page which you can download. You will also find the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Word list and the Year 3 and 4 Common Exception word list in our class documents. By the end of Year 3, children should be able to spell most of the Year 1 and 2 words and some of the Year 3 and 4 words. By the end of Year 4, children should be able to spell all of the Year 1 and 2 words and most of the year 3 and 4 words. We will be working on our spellings every week throughout the year, but your support at home to learn the spellings will be a fantastic help to your child's development as a confident reader and writer.
PE will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day as, occasionally, PE slots have to be swapped to alternate days. As the weather begins to get chillier, it would be a good idea to make sure that your child has a pair of jogging bottoms and a warm hoody/sweatshirt to wear as we continue to do PE outside at all times of the year.
Questions? If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them during our parent/teacher chat next week and after that, if you have any questions please ask the adult at the door in the mornings to pass a message to me; catch me at the end of school once I have dismissed all the children or make an appointment to see me via the office.
Keep an eye on this page for weekly updates and photos of your Jellyfish and their learning journey.
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Affinity Water Day!, by Mrs Hixon
Christmas Crackers - Investigating existing products, by Mrs Kemp