Dolphin Class, 2022-23

Welcome to Dolphin Class

Year 3 & Year 4

Mrs Bowles (teacher)

Miss Sims (TA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2023 – Happy New Year

We’ve had a fabulous start back to school following the Christmas holiday. In English we have completed our Polar Express Experience stories and have started our new text ‘How to live forever’ that we are going to be using to help us write a persuasive letter and instructions over the coming weeks. In maths we have moved onto mulitplication and division and have started by finding equal groups.  We have also started new learning in computing looking at databases, in history exploring ancient civilisations and in science learning about states of matter – lots of fun learning ahead.

Christmas in Dolphin Class

December 2022 – Winter Wonderland, Design & Technology

For our design and technology learning this half term, we have been evaulating, designing and making Christmas decorations to sell at our Winter Wonderland Christmas Market.  We started by evaluating existing Christmas decorations and thinking about our customers to set our own design criteria. We completed research into ideas and designed our own decorations, which we then had great fun making. On the day of our Winter Wonderland Market we decorated our stand to look appealing and Christmassy and set out our products for sale.  We all had great fun selling our products to our families and friends, who were all impressed with our products.

24th November 2022 – PE, gymnastics

Throughout this half term our PE focus is gymnastics, we have started by working on our different types of rolls and jumps. It has been fantastic to see all the Dolphins growing in their confidence and developing their skills.

15th November 2022 – Mr Fish

We had a very exciting visit today from Mr Fish, who is a local fisherman. He bought along lots of different types of fish and shellfish for us to look at and hold. We were amazed to see how many different types of fish were caught in our seas off the coast of Brixham, we had lots of questions for Mr Fish and it was great to learn so much about our local fishing industry.

 

3rd November 2022 – Science

We had great fun this week exploring different objects to try and identify what forces were being used to make them move/work. We discovered that all required either a push or a pull force and some needed both, we sorted them into these groups. We then moved on to consider what forces are occuring when an object moves across a surface; we noticed that when we were rolling objects they moved a different distance depending on whether they were on the carpet or the table.  We used our working scientific skills to plan our own investigation which we then conducted, recording our results in a table.  We discovered that different surfaces did affect the distance an object would travel and this was because of a force called friction. Excellent concluding skills Dolphins!

 

 

Welcome back after half term – we hope you all had a restful break.

 

17th October 2022 – RE, Judaism

Following the completion of our RE learning about Jesus’ family tree and ancestors we have started learning about Judaism.  We have explored how they pray, their special book the Torah and the similarities and differences between their place of worship and the Catholic church.  We also learnt about the special Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony that takes place for young people and how they prepare for this.

14th October 2022 – Maths

Dolphin class have become fluent in their place value knowledge and have been taking on increasingly challenging reasoning and problem solving activities, where they have to apply their mathematical skills and learning.  They have all shown great resilience and recall of their key facts – well done Dolphins. We are now moving onto addition and subtraction, which will continue after half term. Keep up that great attitude to your learning Dolphins!

13th October 2022 – RE

After exploring our own family tree, we moved on to learn all about Jesus’ family tree and ancestors. Today we learnt all about King Solomon and his proverbs, thinking about how we can apply these to our everyday lives. We started with ‘trust the Lord your God with all your heart’ thinking about what does it truly mean to trust someone else. To help we completed a trust exercise, guiding a blindfolded friend through the classroom around all the chairs and tables to get to the other side, thinking about how it felt to trust the other person to help and support you.

10th October 2022 – History, Romans

During the past few weeks we have been learning all about the Roman Empire and how they invaded and conquered Britain.  We were amazed to find our that it took 4 attempts for the Romans to successfully invade Britain and that many of their ways and influences shaped how our country developed, with some still evident today!  Most of all we loved learning about Boudicca and the outstanding warrior queen that she became and that Caligula once he arrived at the French coast ready to invade, changed his mind and got his warriors to collect sea shells  instead to show how they had conquered the sea … very strange indeed!  We will complete this learning over the next week by answering our enquiry question – what impact did the Roman Empire have on Britain?

7th October 2022 – Art, sketching skills

In our art lessons this half term we have been exploring the work of Paul Cezanne and other still-life artists. In our sketch books we have been trialing different sketching pencils and their uses, learning how to use line and tone with these pencils to create form and the different pencil holds we can use to sketch, add detail or add tone. The children have loved these sessions and using the pencils to create different textures and form, we definitely have a class of budding artists!

 

29th September 2022 – PE, tag rugby

In our PE lessons with Mr W we have started with tag rugby, learning the skills required alongside the rules and have started playing mini games. We have been having great fun and enjoyed working to together as a team to attack and defend and have developed outstanding dodging skills.

23 September 2022 – Science

In science we have been exploring the topic of animals including humans and in particular the human digestive system.  To help in our understanding of all the different parts of our digestive system, their function and how they work together we created our very own digestive systems!  So after our donning our lab coats and safety glasses, we used scissors for our teeth to chop the food up, added water as our saliva to start breaking down the food and then placed it all in a food bag, just like our stomach.  We then added orange juice which is acidic to represent our stomach acid and finally added the squishy mixture to the leg of a long tight to represent our intestines, where the children squished and squashed it through just like perastalsis that happens inside us. Very messy, great fun and lots of learning!

 

September 2022 – Welcome back Dolphin Class!

We’ve had a fabulous first few weeks back in Dolphin Class, full of learning and fun.  It has been wonderful to welcome the children back to school after their summer break, all keen to learn and excited to see their friends again.  I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of my Dolphins, who have all impressed with their outstanding learning attitude and settled straight back in so well; we have completed so much already:

  • Science – we have startred learning about the human digestive system
  • History – we are studying the Romans and Roman Britain
  • Maths – started on our place value learning with some graffitti maths with all our maths resources
  • English – after sharing our story Escape from Pompeii we have been working on our newspaper writing skills
  • Art – we are starting by studying still-life artists, from the traditional Paul Cezanne to the contempary Roy Lichtenstein, working on our sketching skills.

We’ve also started learning about tag rugby in PE, esafety and emailing in computing and our family trees and Jesus ancestors in RE.

Well done Dolphins Class – what a fabulous start!

Welcome to Dolphin Class letter Sep22