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Welcome to Teak 5!
2023 - 2024
Mrs Hammersley/Mrs Hill - Class Teachers
Ms Winsloe-Warder/Mrs Shaw/Mrs Fisher - Teaching Assistants
Autumn 1
Marvellous Mechanisms
Welcome to Pine 4!
2022 - 2023
Mrs Atkins/Mr Bright - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless/Mrs Komuszynska - Teaching Assistants
Summer 2
Living Things and their Habitats
in Design and Technology we used our knife, grating and egg-shelling skills to put together a delicious fish pie. We didn't know if we would like it, but most of us were pleasantly surprised!
Learning to make a brooch out of clay and decorate it with intricate patterns and texture.
We used a range of tools to help us carve intricate patterns into the clay. We also used our hands to smooth the clay to attach pieces onto the top of the clay.
We had to make sure that we firmly secured the additional pieces of clay that we added to our designs, as we remembered that during our Roman coil pot making, unless we secured it properly pieces fell off when it dried.
In Science, we have been learning about sea pollution. After doing some research, we made some informative posters about it. We used our Design and Technology knowledge of mechanisms to make some of the parts on our posters move. 
Summer 1
Year 4 had a great day on Friday 5th May 2023 celebrating the Kings Coronation. We coronated our very own King of Pine and Queen of Redwood. The children loved learning about the Kings coronation and what would happen over the weekend. Our King and Queen for the day also loved their crowns.
What an amazing day Year 4 had at The Tower of London! We were dazzled by the breath-taking collection of jewels in the Jewel House and loved seeing the guards and Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) outside. We visited Britain’s world famous castle, the White Tower, where there were many unique and extraordinary arms and armours on display. We even found a typical medieval toilet!

We saw the ravens and know about the legend that says the Kingdom and the Tower of London will fall if the ravens ever leave the fortress.  Whilst there, we met a ‘pirate’ and he told us stories about two prisoners that were kept in the Tower of London and they learnt what it really meant to be a pirate.

On the journey into London, we also saw many famous landmarks - Wembley Stadium, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Sherlock Holmes’ birthplace and The Shard.

Well done Year 4, you were brilliant!


Spring 2
The Human Digestive System
Take One Author - Michael Morpurgo
Spring 1
Misty Mountains, Winding Rivers
On Wednesday 15th February, Year 4 visited Carsington Water. We completed a river study to see if this part of the river would be a suitable habitat for a water vole. To do this, we observed the area around the river, measured the depth and width, and estimated the speed of the river by measuring how fast a floating object travelled two metres. We also had a go at some pond dipping to see which creatures could be found in this habitat and designed our own pond creatures using our knowledge of adaptations that the creatures would need to survive in the pond environment. 
Autumn 2
To start off our Anglo-Saxon learning, Year 4 were visited by the History Squad. We got the chance to learn about everyday life for the Anglo Saxons and look at some artefacts from the time. We got to hold weapons, helmets, shields and everyday items that were replicas of items believed to be used by the Anglo Saxons.
Autumn 1
Roman Britain
After looking at some examples of Roman coil pots and comparing them to coil pots made by Elizabeth Fritsch, we had a go at using the coil method to make our own pots. 
On Monday 17th October, Year 4 went to Roman Mancetter and Boudicca Heritage Centre. Whilst we were there, the children made their own mosaics and learnt how to be a Roman soldier, including performed some battle tactics. As well as that, they learnt how the Romans made their roads, like Watling Street, so straight and about different types of Roman pottery that have been found around Mancetter.  We had a brilliant time and the staff there were very impressed with all of the children's knowledge about the Romans, well done!
In our outdoor PE lessons this half term we will be learning how to play hockey.  The first thing we had to learn was how to hold a hockey stick properly.  After that, we practised some dribbling and passing.
This half term, our Science topic is sound. In this lesson, we were playing different instruments to see which part was vibrating to make the sound. We also explored how each instrument could make a higher or lower sound and how we could change the volume of the sound. 
Why was the Roman army so successful? How did the Romans shape Britain? Who was Boudica? We will explore the invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar and Emperor Claudius, the power and success of the Roman army and how the Romans changed Britain. Although they were well-trained and disciplined on the battlefield, they were not always fighting. We will learn that the Romans brought many things into the lives of Britons of the time including founding cities, building new roads and the idea of money and coins.   
Welcome to Maple 3!
2021 - 2022
Mrs Lewin/Mrs Davis - Class Teachers
Miss Dow - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Take one Author - Roald Dahl
What a tasty topic this one is! All of Year Three have a golden ticket to take a journey with Mr Willy Wonka as he endeavours to turn his chocolate factory into an equally delicious yet healthier option. We must try, test and sell our healthy product ideas to ensure they are worthy enough to be sold and created by his trusty Oompa Loompas.
Summer 1
Ancient Greece
Visit this fascinating European country with us and find out about the weather, landscape, landmarks and culture. Travel back to Ancient Greece to discover how our lives today have been influenced by this exciting and important time in history. While you're there, take part in some exhilarating Olympic events and discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets. Meet Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships. Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the Sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus. Then decide your own fate when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind.
Spring 2
 Rocks, Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Come and join us on a magnificent adventure where we discover what is beneath our feet. We follow the adventures of the famous fossil hunter - Mary Anning. Also venturing inside the workings of the world’s most explosive and dangerous volcanos and even having a go at making our own volcanic explosions. Engage in limitless fun and explosive excitement! 
Spring 1
Forces, Magnets and Metals
Hogarth and The Iron Man from our key text ‘The Iron Man’ are our guides through our Forces, Magnets and Metals theme. We learn all about different metals and what they are used for, explore magnetism and how this works, along with focusing our scientific investigations on forces.
Autumn 2
Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age
Throughout this half term, we go 2.6 million years back in time by reading ‘The Great Storm’ by Terry Deary. We learn about the exciting discoveries, particularly during the Neolithic period. We learn about changes in diet, tools, art and housing as we venture through to the Bronze Age and Iron Age, making comparisons to how we live nowadays.
Autumn 1
Road Trip USA!
Maple class had a fantastic day at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Luckily the weather was kind to us and we had a rain free day. We had fun searching the woodland and pond habitats doing a bit of minibeast hunting and pond dipping, we even found some newts in the pond.  Afterwards we had a session all about plants. We learnt about what plants need to grow well and about the life cycle of a plant, which involved one of us getting dressed up as a bee! 
Year 3 have had a letter from Larry the dog and his owner Pete to invite them to go on a road trip around the USA. So we packed our suitcases, got on a plane and looked forward to the adventure. The problem was Larry kept getting lost so Pete needed our help to find him in the different states. We have already explored San Francisco in California, Washington DC and New York, we will soon be moving to Texas and then finally Los Angeles to take a walk along the iconic Hollywood walk of fame, it will be quite a journey! Along the way, we will research iconic American people, make traditional American dishes and identifying physical and human features of North America. We even had a go at designing and building our own bridges after finding out about the world famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Welcome to Larch 2!
2020 - 2021
Mrs Clarke/Mrs Bayliss - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2

Grab your bucket and spade and let’s head to the coast! On the beach we will learn about the physical and human features that can be found and explore how life in a coastal town compares to life here in the Midlands. As an island we are surrounded by the sea so we will take a closer look at which seas specifically surround the United Kingdom and the wildlife that inhabits them. We will also explore how to stay safe when we are near water.


Summer 1
Land Ahoy!
On Wednesday Year 2 spent a swashbuckling day in the life of a pirate. We were joined by Richard from 'The History Squad' who taught us lots of information about pirates.
To start with he taught us special pirate vocabulary such as 'stern', 'bow', 'port' and 'starboard'. When given orders by the Captain, we had to run to the correct place on the ship. Richard then showed us some artefacts. We were able to hold pieces of eight, canon balls, a cutlass and even had a go a firing real pistol (don't worry it wasn't loaded!) Can you believe we played games that pirates would have played on their ships? It was a very fun day and we learnt lots.
Year 2 would like to say a big thank you to 'The History Squad'.
Spring 2
Bright Lights, Big City
We celebrated the end of our theme by going to a Royal Tea   Party with Paddington Bear. Paddington was able to travel in style on a red bus made during our DT moving vehicles project. We wore our finest outfits and enjoyed cake along with Paddington’s marmalade on toast. We were also honoured to welcome a special visitor, Sergeant Harrison, who explained what life was life as a soldier guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace and the crown jewels at the Tower of London!
Silly old Paddington Bear…he packed his bags for his tea party invitation and spilt marmalade all over his invite…we had to help him using our inference skills by working out where he was going and who he was visiting.
In Year 2 we have been busy ‘visiting’ landmarks in London. We used a green screen app and chose our favourite landmarks to add our photographs.
Autumn 2
Movers and Shakers
Take One Author : Oliver Jeffers
Take One Author : Oliver Jeffers
'Stuck has been my favourite book because it is so funny,'Theo.
'My brain gets filled with words and I get to write them down,' Poppy.
'You can be whoever you want to be when writing,' Vinny.
'Oliver Jeffers makes your imagination grow,' Thea.

Movers and Shakers

'Rosa Parks was so brave! She is amazing!' Jensen.

'Votes for Women! Women should be treated equally!' Karinna.

'I have been to Robert Peel Hospital. Now I know it is named after the man who invented the police,' Rosie.

'I can’t believe women weren’t allowed in the police!' Ava.

'I have loved using the Ipads to do our work on Emmeline Pankhurs,' Jacob.

Autumn 1
Wiggle and Crawl 
Year 2 arrived back at school to find a surprising letter from Paddington Bear asking them to help his rainforest friends.
Year 2 are now on a learning journey with Paddington to find out all about the rainforest, what is going on and how we can help.
'It's really sad the rainforests are being destroyed,'  Billy.
'I love learning about nature,' Stanley.
'I've found lots of things around my house that contain palm oil,' Izabella.
'There's even palm oil in the food I eat at home!' Thea.
Welcome to Hazel 1!
2019 - 2020
Miss Purdy - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker - Teaching Assistant
Spring 1
Turrets and Tiaras

After reading ‘The Princess and the Pea, we decided to use the leftover peas and cook pea and mint soup.

‘I love cooking! I will try and make this for my grown ups when I get home,’ Thomas.

‘It was delicious!’ Isaac.


Exploring tints and tones of colour to recreate a fire or ice version of Paul Klee’s ‘Castle and Sun’ painting.


‘I feel like a real artist,’ Thea.


Autumn 2
The Magic Toybox
Autumn 1
Here Come the Aliens!

As part of our ‘Democracy Day’ we first reminded ourselves about British values and our rights and responsibilities.

We then learned about what happens inside the Houses of Parliament and the roles that different members have.

To reflect on what we had learned about democracy and fairness, we decided to hold a vote by secret ballot on which story to have read to us.

We enjoyed cooking pear crumble using pears freshly picked from our very own Birchwood orchard.
We practised our weighing, cutting and mixing skills and the results were delicious.
'I can't wait to do some more cooking. I'm going to help cook at home to get better,' Isaac.
We were very excited to attend our first tea party of the year for achieving our reading target as a whole class.
Mrs Day read us 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney and 'Snow Bears' by Martin Waddell and the delicious cakes were supplied by Mrs Tucker.