Years 3/4 (Lower KS2)

Welcome to Years 3 and 4!
Red Kite Fox  Dormouse
Class Teacher
Miss Caroline Parry
Ms Kay Clarke
Mr George Bell  Miss Emily Lloyd
Learning Support Assistant Mrs Tina Rowland Mrs Kat Tang Mrs Laila Fenton

In Years 3 and 4, the children are supported appropriately to enable them to grow in maturity and are encouraged to take on the role of kind, integral members of our school community.   Children are given the opportunity to show more responsibility for their learning and organisation and are provided with a range of opportunities to challenge themselves.

Through continuing to explore our broad and balanced curriculum, the children progress their skills in reading, writing and maths as well as enriching their learning through our creative cross-curricular topics and a range of stimulating and exciting non-class-based experiences.  This allows our children to deepen their knowledge and understanding across all areas in preparation for the next steps in the journey to Year 5 and beyond.


Plastic Pirates Play
LKS2 will be performing their play Plastic Pirates at the end of this term.
Please find below the script and songs which we will be using and take time to practice them with your child.
Details of how to purchase tickets will be shared nearer the performance.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
A huge well done to Robin Loran for winning the LKS2 Easter Bonnet competition, he looked fantastic!  

In LKS2, in the absence of the swimmers on Friday, Mr Bell has been teaching the children to play hockey. We started 6 weeks ago with controlling the ball and passing, moved on to dribbling and shooting and this week played some 5-a-side hockey games. The children have developed some great skills and are playing competitively and cooperatively during our practices. It has been wonderful to see some amazing skills develop in such a short amount of time.

Here are some photos from the assembly delivered by Miss Marquis (Olivia’s mum) on Wednesday for Science Week. She encaptivated the LKS2 children, talking about her incredible job in STEM working with robots! The children absolutely loved listening what her day-to-day role consists of and they had lots of exciting questions for her. It was a thoroughly engaging session, thank you to Miss Marquis - you have inspired some future scientists!

On Friday the children enjoyed a visit from Nerys Pearce a Common Wealth Games Athlete. The children enjoyed her exercise class! 

In LKS2, we have been learning about animals and habitats. Our latest lesson was an invertebrate hunt! We went outside into different areas of the school, hunting for different invertebrates. We searched under plant pots, in long grass, in wood chip and around the roots of trees and found lots of different creatures including woodlice, spiders, caterpillars, ants and slugs!

LKS2 looked fabulous for World Book Day this year! 
Well done to Fox Class who showed so much confidence during their class assembly! Superb job!

LKS2 had a wonderful time at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The children were beaming with smiles whilst squelching around in the mud in their wellies! They thoroughly enjoyed taking part in pond dipping and learning about the different creatures that live around the water and woodland habitats, using clues to identify them, such as footprint and bones.  

Thank you to the parents who volunteered on the day to help us too.  A great start to the new half term!

Well done to Dormouse Class for their brilliant class assembly. They showed off some of the wonderful work they have completed sang Rise by Katy Perry beautifully!

The LKS2 classes had a wonderful time at Dinton Pastures Country Park this week. Each class walked to and from the park and explored the different river areas, ponds and lakes, focusing on the different depths of the water and how many features of rivers we could spot along the way. We thought about what we could see, hear, smell and touch whilst near the water, ready for our river poems that we are writing today.  What a great outdoor adventure!

This week, LKS2 have been hard at work writing persuasive texts on reducing the amount of plastic we use on the planet. We have also been planning and designing our own sculptures of sea creatures using recycled plastic inspired by artist Veronika Richterová. On Thursday, Bearwood welcomed a very special guest, Dr Beer and his wife Mrs Beer. Dr Beer used to attend Bearwood and presented the school with a beautiful painting of the school building his headmaster’s wife painted for his parents. It was interesting to see what had changed and what has stayed the same from the painting. Well done to all of our class ambassadors for introducing our guests to their classrooms and engaging in enthusiastic conversations and asking lots of questions!

Zac in Fox Class has been really invested in our new geography topic of Rivers. He built a diorama of a river and a waterfall out of Lego.  Well done Zac!

This term we have been learning about Ancient Egypt and to conclude this fantastic topic, we visited the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford . We had great fun being ‘Egyptian Detectives’ and we enjoyed searching for clues to find out more about life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt in the interactive hands-on workshop.

Our Year 3 and 4 classes had a wonderful trip to the Ashmolean Museum learning about ancient Egypt.
LKS2 have been thoroughly enjoying the Christmas festivities and those that performed in the Christmas concert on Tuesday were fantastic!
We have had a very busy week this week in LKS2, in Red Kite’s history lesson where we were pretending we were in Ancient Egypt and preparing a body for mummification! We also had fun dressing up in our Christmas Jumpers for our Christmas Lunch!  Aarohi also brought in her swimming badges to show us.

Rashed is our 'scientist of the week'. He has been really eagerly engaged in our science learning and has been supporting his peers. He has developed a great understanding of skeletons and muscles and healthy eating this half term. 

This week in LKS2, we have been learning about play scripts. We acted out scenes before planning and writing our own. We will perform our scenes in hen we have finished them next week. 

Frankie is our scientist of the week. She was really engaged with our learning about muscles and explained the link between contracted biceps and relaxed triceps.

This week in LKS2 we learnt about the mummification process in Ancient Egypt. We demonstrated the process on one of our pharaohs and discussed the purpose of the mummification process and the Ancient Egyptians’ beliefs about the afterlife. We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who brought in decorations for our DT projects! It has demonstrated such a generosity and will help make our giftboxes look amazing!

Ghaytha is the scientist of the week. She worked with great focus during our science lesson and led her group in their investigation into the relationship between the length of our femur bones and the distance we are able to jump. Well done Ghaytha!

Well done to Izyan in Fox Class for introducing his Christmas donation box that he made at home with his sister Zunairah. He would like children to donate any items such as small toys, books, pens and pencils that they no longer use and pop them in the box which is in the office by the Bearwood bear. Once the donation box is full, Izyan and his family will be dropping this off at their local charity shop. 

The LKS2 children are very excited to decorate their Christmas and Winter gift boxes next week. We can't wait to see the finishing products. 

Well done to Izyan in Fox class for inspiring other children with his wonderful donation box to collect items that can be given to children who are in need at Christmas

Milan is Mr Bell's scientist of the week this week. He made some excellent contributions to our learning about food labels and nutrition. He was able to identify the different nutrients in a variety of foods, including suggesting which foods are high in fat, salt and protein.

Mr Bell selected pupils from LKS2 to represent Bearwood as part of a LKS2 Sportshall Athletics competition. The event was facilitated by School Games and was a fantastic experience, children were encouraged to demonstrate positive personal and social skills, good movement skills as well as developing their athletics skills. 

This week, we have been learning about food nutrition and we learnt that saturated fat is less healthy than unsaturated fat.  We worked in groups to order some food pictures from the highest to the lowest amounts of saturated fat.   We discovered that butter, mayonnaise, chocolate and cakes contained a lot of saturated fat.  We investigated food labels and found that foods that are high in fat are not always high in saturated fat. 

Perhaps you could look at some food labels at home to see how much fat, saturated fat and salt they contain. 

This week we started our exciting new history topic, the Ancient Egyptians. In Shared Reading we are reading The Story of Tutankhamen, learning all about one of the most famous pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Well done to Thomas in Red Kite for building a fantastic pyramid out of lego at home!

Zac is Mr Bell's scientist of the week - he has been working hard in science lessons; this week he was classifying different soil samples including sandy soil, clay and organic soil. 

LKS2 had a wonderful trip to Stonehenge this week! OnThursday we travelled by coach to Salisbury and had a great time seeing the stone circle up close and walking around the exhibition that had many exciting artefacts to look at - including a real life human skeleton that was found at the site! 

We were able to visit Neolithic houses and found out more fascinating facts about how the late Stone Age people lived.

In LKS2, we have been writing poetry. Our poems have been focussed on emotions which has been our topic in PSHE.

This week in Latin we have been creating our own invention using Latin root words. Animals was a popular theme! Eva invented a Supercani, a dog that flies in the air, from the Latin ‘super’ meaning above and ‘cani’ meaning dog.  JJ invented a magic pig from the Latin root  ‘magi’ meaning magic and ‘proci’ meaning pig.

Louisa invented a Magicani.  Can you use the Latin roots to guess what it is?

Izyan is Mr Bell's scientist of the week! He was able to persevere with a tricky task looking at the features of rocks. He concluded that clay was a very soft rock and that granite and basalt were much harder. If he was alive during the Stone Age, he would have chosen granite to build his stone axe head because it was the hardest rock we tested during our experiment.

Thomas is Mr Bell's scientist of the week. He really impressed Miss Parry with his knowledge of volcanic rocks and was able to explain to his classmates all about basalt.

This week in LKS2 we have been testing the toughness of different rocks by scratching them and seeing if they crumbled or stayed together. Following on from learning about the Stone Age Village of Skara Brae, Dormouse class decided to separate into Stone Age tribes and test the rocks to see which would be best to build the houses for their tribe!

Mr Bell's scientist of the week is Olivia - she was able to explain that we know rocks are rocks because they are inorganic - this means that they are not alive, nor have they ever been. this is different to something like tree bark which is organic because it once formed part of a living or organic organism.

This week in LKS2, we have enjoyed learning how to play the recorder in our music lessons and we are beginning to recognise the musical notes. In Art, we have been exploring different grades of sketch pencils and how this affects the colour, tone and texture. We learnt more about key artistic techniques such as shading and cross-hatching.  Shrayaan was Mr Bell's 'Scientist of the Week' as he showed fantastic knowledge of rocks and was able to teach the rest of his class about the 3 different kinds of rock, even before Mr Bell had started the lesson. Well done Shrayaan!

This week in LKS2, we started our Latin lessons. We learnt that the English language borrows words from lots of other cultures and civilisations such as Arabic, Roman, Greek and Hindi. It is already clear that the Latin teaching will support our children with vocabulary acquisition and understanding spelling rules. We have also started our History topic which focusses on the Stone Age - we have learnt that the Stone Age was a time before recorded history began - we know this period as 'pre-history' or 'prehistoric'. Our Shared Reading text 'Stone Age Tales' has also given us a base knowledge about the Stone Age from which we can extend our learning this half term.