Miss Green, Mrs Chalk and Mrs Billing welcome you to Swallow Class!
Keep an eye out for regular uploads to your child's Seesaw account.
The home learning for each week can be found by clicking on the links below. All you need to do is click on the correct date for the week and the work will be there. I would love to see any work you have completed and this can be uploaded to our blog or sent directly to me via SeeSaw. If there are other activities you are doing, I would also love to see them - it doesn't need to be just the school work set!
I will provide worksheets for you in the resources section, however there is no expectation for you to print anything. The answers can be written on a piece of paper or in your home learning books.
If you have any questions I please feel free to message me via the SeeSaw app where I am more than happy to assist.
Remember to do the work at your own pace and complete your work in a way that works best for you.
No Screen Activities
I have attached some activities to try that do not require using a computer / tablet screen.
This week we have a special VE day challenge. Read the invitation below for more information
Welcome back to Summer Term. I hope you are all well, had a great Easter and enjoyed the lovely sunshine. I am really missing seeing you all and teaching you! I have prepared some work for you to do this week. Please have a go at these activities but remember to go at your own pace. I would love to see all of your fantastic work so please keep me updated via the blog and SeeSaw.
Keep on eye out on our blog on Friday because there will be a learner of the week (just like we would at school).
Happy Easter Swallow Class
Happy Easter to everyone in Swallow Class. We hope you have lots of fun and stay safe! Remember to post any of your posters for Mrs Scott's Challenge on our blog. You could also post any other activities you get up to. We can't wait to see!
*Mrs Scott's NHS Easter Challenge. *
You are invited to make an Easter picture to say thank you to all of our doctors and nurses and our National Health Service. We will send these on to our local NHS.
The picture can be drawn or painted. It should be bright and colourful and include:
An Easter egg
A drawing of you
A message saying something along the lines of -
Thank you to all of our nurses and doctors
Thank for looking after everyone
Thank you to everyone in the NHS
Please take a photo of the picture and put it on your class blog.
Ask one of your parents to email the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and class.
Put your picture in one of your windows.
From Mrs Scott
Accessing learning from home
All children have an exercise book at home. This book contains our school handwriting policy, year 3 & 4 spellings and log in credentials for their Times Tables Rockstars account and their Bug Club accounts.
We wish everyone good health at this difficult time and hope that the content we put on here can help in some way.
Twinkl is an educational website offering resources for all subjects and all year groups. Twinkl are kindly offering a free membership for parents. This means you will have access to worksheets and presentations, should you wish to use them. Details of how to create an account are below.
Swallow Class have their own Times Tables Rockstars login. This is stuck in the front of their home learning books. Please could children practice this daily.
There is also a site called Hit The Button which could be used alongside daily Times Tables Rockstars.
HIT THE BUTTON: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
The work that we are currently looking at in maths is Fractions. I have added some links so you can continue to work on fractions.
There is also some useful maths sites listed below.
MENTAL ARITHMETIC: http://www.mental-arithmetic.co.uk
White Rose Maths
In maths, we follow a scheme of work called White rose maths. They have produced video maths lessons with worksheets to accompany them. I have attached the link for the Year 3 and the Year 4 section. Year 3's feel free to have a go at the year 4 section!
Here is a good maths booklet for the children to have a go at. It has a bit of everything that the children have been learning in maths this year.
Times Tables Songs
The children listen to these songs daily in class and enjoy singing along to them. These are also useful to release their energy!
Our topic in English this term was fantasy stories. Our end of unit writing was going to be a story that contains an element of fantasy. I have attached a planning sheet to use for the children if they wish to have a go at writing their own story.
Live reading with authors
In class, we were reading 'The World's Worst Children' by David Walliams. He is doing live readings from this book at 11am everyday. I know a lot of the Swallows have enjoyed the stories so far!
Pobble 365 is a free educational website that displays a range of different pictures to inspire children to write. The pictures range from alternative views of fairytales to mythical creatures causing madness or mayhem! There are 365 - one for each day of the year. It is suggested that children use these pictures to help inspire them to create a story.
If you scroll down from the picture there is also activities for the children to do. These include a story starter for them to finish, sentence challenges and questions about the picture. There is even some drawing challenges too!
Children have access to reading books on Bug Club. These books are set to their current reading level. To access Bug Club, please click on the link: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
The children have their username and password written into the front of their exercise books that were sent home (their username does NOT start with a capital but their password DOES). The school code is: hbah. This can be used daily.
There are year 3 & 4 spellings in the children's home books. These would be useful for them to learn so they are confident with both year group spellings. The daily routine of 'Look, Cover, Write, Check' can be used for these and the spellings could be broken up into groups to spread them out over the weeks. We usually learn 10 a week.
I have also attached a picture of the list.
This is a website we use for 'Wake and Shake' songs or if we want to have a move about. The 'Flow' channel offer great mindfulness videos which the children listen to in class. This is great for letting the children un wind and to relax. There are many other videos on here which can also get the children moving. You might need to make an account but it is free. You can also access some of the videos from Youtube.
World Book Day
We had some fantastic entries for our World Book Day potato challenge. We dressed up potatoes as book characters and our entries were absolutely fantastic! I was so impressed with our creative skills! Well done to everyone who took part.
Here are just some of the brilliant entries.
Carymoor Recycling Centre
A few weeks ago Swallow visited Carymoor Recycling Centre in Castle Cary. We visited because our topic was looking at plastic pollution and how we can recycle more. We had a fantastic day! Once we arrived, we became eco pirates; we even got to dress up and wear bandannas. We went on a tour of the site and got to see how they prepare their compost, walk to a working landfill site and make parrots plant pots out of recycled materials. During lunch, we had a challenge to see how much of our lunch we could recycle and if we could produce zero waste. We were excellent at this and took our jobs as eco pirates very seriously. Swallow Class had a brilliant day and learnt lots about recycling and how to look after our planet.
World of Work
This term our whole school topic is world of work. We were lucky enough to have visitors from 'Primary Futures'. We were introduced to 4 people with different jobs. First, we had to ask questions and guess what job they had. Then, once we found out, we were lucky enough to get to sit with the volunteers, learn more about them and their jobs and ask them some questions. We had great fun and learnt a lot about different jobs.
PTA Sponsored Silence
Swallow Class took part in the PTA's sponsored silence. We had to try and stay silent for 1 hour! We made sure we were busy and had lots of activities to help us resist the urge not to talk. We even used hand signals to notify each other when we wanted a drink or needed the toilet!
Although it was tricky, Swallow Class were excellent and managed to resist the urge to top for a long time!
We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us and your contributions towards our book corner is greatly appreciated.
On Tuesday we had some furry friends visit us a school. We met Molly who was a rescue dog. We learnt that she could travel to other countries to help look for people. She is also a member of the ambulance crew back home in England. We watched a video of her in the ambulance attending an emergency. She is used to help cheer up patients and offer hugs to anybody who might need it!
We also met our new school therapy dog Harvey. He loves to listen to people read and giving them hugs if they are upset! We are looking forward to seeing Harvey around the school!
We have had a fantastic morning making Christmas cards this morning. The children worked very hard and they have turned out great!
Christmas Carol Service
Well done to Swallow and Kingfisher class for their fantastic carol service. We told the Christmas story through an acrostic poem. The children performed and sang beautifully at the church and were a credit to Bishop Henderson. We are very proud of them!
Swallow Class had lots of fun eating our Christmas dinner together. We enjoyed pulling our crackers and telling the jokes to each other!
Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday 13th December, Bishop Henderson took part in Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children Charity. We loved seeing everyone looking festive and their different styles of jumpers!
As part of the day we coloured and designed our own Christmas jumpers which were very impressive!
Thank you to everyone who bought in their generous donations!
General Election 2019
With the general election occurring on the 12th December 2019, we decided to find out some information about what was happening. We discussed the different candidates and parties and learnt about manifestos. We also learnt what actually happened when you vote, the age you can vote and what times you can vote.
We decided we wanted the experience of voting so we held our very own election! We read the main parties manifestos and came to the conclusion of who we would vote for. We each got given a ballot paper and got to vote for our favourite.
Swallow Class were so inspired by this experience that we wanted to hold our own election. We had 4 parties and we helped the party leaders create their manifesto. We had some great ideas for example we wanted to end plastic pollution and use our Eco School Council members to help us, we offered more food banks, more safety for animals and free bus travel for poorer families.
We had lots of fun campaigning and eventually voting for our favourite party. Congratulations to the Galaxy Party and their leader Myleigh for winning the election!
We have been busy practising for our Christmas Carol service this week. The children have been saying their lines very clearly and loudly. We can't wait for you to watch on the 17th and 18th December!
Plastic is NOT Fantastic!
As part of our topic this term, we have been concentrating on plastic pollution. We have talked about single use plastic and discussed vocabulary such as biodegradable, debris, catastrophic and environment.
We looked at how things are recycled and what can be recycled. We learnt about the different types of plastic that could and couldn't be recycled. We then tried to think of alternatives we could use to reduce the amount of plastic.
We were so passionate about the issue that we decided to write letters to Boris Johnson to persuade him to use less plastic and help clean the oceans. We worked so hard on these letters and we are very proud. We are so excited to hear a response!
Water Focus Week
During the week beginning the 11th November, we held a whole school focus week. The theme this term was water. We we very excited as we had already been learning about the ocean in our topic. We read a story called 'Duffy's Lucky Escape' about a sea turtle who accidentally ate some plastic that he found in the ocean. We were concerned about Duffy but luckily he survived.
We wrote a diary pretending we were Duffy and it might have felt to be in an unclean ocean. The children worked very hard and produced some fantastic work!
After this, Swallow Class conducted a water filtration experiment. We had 5 materials and we tested how effective each one was at filtering the water through and how clean it was. We experimented with tissue paper, A4 paper, carpet, fabric and felt. We predicted which materials we thought would work best before the experiment.
We found that the fabric produced the cleanest water and the A4 paper produced the dirtiest water. We then wrote up a science report explaining our results.
Ted's Big Day Out
On the 18th October 2019, we were raising money for the Ted's Big Day Out Charity to help the RUH in Bath. We bought our teddies in to school and they helped us with our work. We had lots of different shape and sized teddies and we all enjoyed having them here. They even came with us to our house meetings and played with us during golden time.
To raise awareness for the Young Minds charity. We got to wear yellow hair accessories, socks and t-shirts. We also did some fantastic work all about our emotions. We talked about someone who had made us happy and how we can help someone who may be feeling sad.
We had a fantastic time during arts week! We started the week off with an assembly from our special visitor Anjali Sahi. We watched her perform some traditional Indian dances. Later in the week, we were lucky enough to have a workshop with her. During this, we did some Indian dancing for ourselves, dressed up and did some traditional Indian printing.
As part of arts week we have also been learning about Claude Monet and his work. Specifically, we have been looking at his pieces: Water Lilies (1916) and Water Lily Pond (1899).
We have been recreating his pieces through different mediums. We used watercolours, paints, pastels and pencils. We also creating our own lily pads using paper plates and tissue paper.
We hope you enjoy looking at our amazing art work!
This week, we were lucky enough to be visited by Mrs De Leeuw and Liz in Swallow Class. They came to talk to us all about our emotions. We talked about emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear and disgust. We talked about the effects these emotions may have on our bodies and what we can do to help ourselves when we feel one of these.
We then completed some work on these feelings and at the end of the session Liz read us a wonderful story.
First Week Back
Welcome back to Swallow Class! We have had a fantastic first few days together getting to know each other. We have also found out that our new topic is about plastic pollution in the ocean and we looked at what belongs in the ocean and what doesn't.