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Pine - Yr 3 / 4 - Mrs Davies & Mrs Ratcliffe

Welcome to Pine!

Teaching Team

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Mrs Davies

Thursday, Friday - Mrs Ratcliffe

The class will also be supported by Mrs Tizard and Mrs Bridges.



Welcome to Spring 

Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter


WOW, Ryan is writing an amazing story based on Arthur and the Golden Rope. Read the first three paragraphs here...



Arthur and the Bone Crusher!

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Please enjoy Marty's story so far. We are all writing adventure stories and would love to share them with you.

For the first 2 weeks back in January, we will be focusing on 'The Keeper of the Keys' picture as our stimulus for English. 



In the third week of term we will begin a new book, based on the Vikings, called "Arthur and the Golden Rope". This book is full of Viking adventures, myth and mystery. 

We will then move onto reading Erik the Viking as our English text. Please see the Curriculum Newsletter for more information. 


Terry Jones reads Wolf Mountain from 'Erik the Viking'

Terry Jones reads aloud Wolf Mountain, an excerpt from his fantastic book 'Erik the Viking'.


Division on a number line using chunking

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We are moving onto division - we will being using a number line with chunking as our method. Please watch the video below to see Chace's explanation.

Subtraction with exchanging - an explanation

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This video is in 3 parts due to software complications

2nd part

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Final Part

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Frog Club


Each week we practice our timetables within Frog Club, each time we achieve a certain amount of calculations in 5 minutes we move to the next lily pad. These are the children who have achieved the next lily pad this week. 

Well Done! 




We have been learning to subtract. Look at our amazing work. 


        We have been using logic boards and we have been matching the question to the answer. 



Negative Numbers 


Week Beginning 27th February: We are learning about negative numbers in Maths. Please explore negative numbers with your child, maybe track the temperature overnight, or in other countries. You could even talk about the temperature of your freezer. 

Four Times Table Song (Blurred Lines Cover)

Lets get 'down' when learning our x4 tables!!!

Three Times Table Song (Cover of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars)

Learn your x3 tables to this fun song!

6 Times Table Song (Cover of Shake It Off by Taylor Swift!)

2 Times Table Song (Cover of Can't Stop The Feeling! By Justin Timberlake)

Week beginning 6.1.2020 we are focusing on the x2 tables. PLEASE practice with your child at home. Thanks

Learning to measure length


Week beginning 6th January 


We have been learning to measure accurately. We have learnt to use rulers, tape measures and meter sticks to measure in M's, CM's and MM's. 

We applied this when we made our Viking Longboats. 


This term we are going to SMASH our times tables ready for our Year 4 times tables test!

Here are some websites that make learning our times tables fun!

(Your child will need their username and password to log in to purple mash)

Learning Journey 

FANTASTIC work in Learning Journey Lacey! Your description of a Viking God is amazing! 





We are so proud of you!  



The History Man 

Viking battle re-enactment

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The History Man came on Monday 10th February. We had a Viking battle using shields, swords and spears.

  Marty is wearing ringed armor to protect himself from the Viking sword! 

"It felt quite uncomfortable because it was very heavy" - Marty. 


 We learnt about the Viking Gods. When Odin wanted to know everything he went to the pond of knowledge and said the the owner "I want to know everything". The owner said "If you want to know everything in the universe then give me one of your eyes". Odin did! So he has one eye but knows everything! 



We have made our Viking Longboats!


Sequence of learning

  • We learnt about where the Vikings came from and how they arrived.
  • We researched Longboats and read about them with a partner.
  • We used this research to plan our own Longboat.
  • We drew detailed plans
  • We used out Maths lessons on length to help up measure our cardboard.
  • We used scissors to accurately cut our parts.


Come in and have a look!!! 


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We have been sketching Viking Gods and focusing in on drawing facial expressions. We are working on our final pencil drawing at the moment. 


PE enrichment day


As part of encouraging a fit and healthy lifestyle Pine class took part in a series of PE activities, including Karate and Street Dance. We had a really good time! 


Watch a PE enrichment video here

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We do dance well...don't we!

Reading with our family


As part of World Book Week we invited our family into school to read with us. It was a lovely way to spend 20 minutes. 


Peter Bunzl 



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Look at Annabelle learning to dribble in Basketball - her skills improved so much during the lesson.


WOW we did such an amazing job of our class assembly! 

Thank you to all those parents who showed their support.

Do you Hear the Vikings Sing?

Please practice



We are learning a Viking dance to show our parents at the end of half term. 

Rights for Kids 


Each week we are lucky enough to be finding out about human rights and the rights that children have. 

This week we were learning all about our identity and made identity bracelets to take home! 

Here is Chace's identity bracelet.


The Ultimate LENT Challenge


We are going to embrace Lent and give up something that is really important to us, or that we like a lot! 


Mrs Davies - Crisps 

Mrs Tizard - Chocolate 

Mrs Bridges - Crisps 

Aniela - Chocolate 

Katlyn - Doughnuts 

Alyshia - Chocolate 

Lacey - Pizza

Holly - Pizza

Kelsey - Playing Roblox

Chace - Playing The Legend of Zelda Links awakening 

Adel - Crisps 

Riley - Minecraft  

Alyssa - All my PS3

Niall - My IPad 

Lucas - Fizzy drinks

Sophia - Sweets

Annabelle - Chocolate

Gino - Crisps 

Rhys - Having a messy bedroom 

Joey - My I phone 11 for 2 nights a week

Marty - Sprite 

Tulisha - Taking my seat belt off too quick 

Arien - Playing with my favourite toy for two nights a week 

Harry - Messing about in Dads car 

Ben - IPad for one night a week

Max - Wrestling with my Dad every night

Ryan - My IPad for one night a week 


Max decided to create his very own comic book based on Roblox and Captain Underpants! We enjoyed hearing it! 



"I think he tried really hard and it is a really funny story" - Ryan 

Alyssa's story

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Alyssa has written a wonderful story at home! We loved hearing it!


Annabelle has achieved her level 5 Ice Skating certificate! She is so proud of herself and we are so proud of her! Well done Annabelle! 



"I'm proud of Annabelle because she practiced for 8 weeks and she didn't give up and we hope she achieves her next level!" - Alyssa

Chace studies Tae-kwon-do and had achieved his 4th belt. We are so proud of him. 



"I'm really proud that Chace has achieved his double yellow and I really hope he gets his next belt soon." - Riley 

 Marty bought in Thor's hammer he made at home! Also he created a Viking quiz, which we all took part in! It was really good fun! 


"I am really happy with Marty because he had a lot of patience to make what he did" - Lucas

Alyssa decided to write a story in her own time! We shared this story together!



"I'm really proud of Alyssa's work I think it is beautiful, I enjoyed hearing it." - Alyshia 

 Look at Niall's amazing drawings of the Viking Gods!



"They are fantastic and I like the way you drew them with someone so you can have some help!" - Adel. 

WOW look at your story Tulisha! We are all so proud of you for writing all this at home! 


"I am so impressed how she wrote it, I would love to write one!" - Kelsey 

Well Done Alyshia, she has been practicing archery and is getting better all the time! 




"Well done Alyshia for practicing and winning the competition. That practice made you really good!". - Ethan 

Well done Kelsey for making a super Viking shield at home. 

"She's tried really hard on her shield and she's done a good job" - Tulisha. 

Harry bought in his folder from home. He practices his times tables and writes stories in here. Wow Harry you get so busy at home. 



"I am really happy about Harry achieving his learning at home" - Lucas

Ben made a Viking shield at home. He thought about the colours and the patterns carefully to be authentic. 



"It is very realistic and Ben must be proud of it" - Max

Max bought in Chop Sticks to celebrate Chinese New Year. He was so proud of himself for learning to use the Chop Sticks efficiently. 



"I'm proud of Max for learning to use Chop Sticks to pick up food" - Alyssa. +

Max bought a model of the Titanic into show us. His Grandad made it for him and Max has spent lots of times reading his book to learn about what happened. We also learnt a lot today about a subject we didn't know anything about before! So thank you Max! 



"So I am really proud that you have bought this in as I have never seen anything so amazing, I have learn that the Titanic was one of the heaviest ship in the world and it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean". - Riley. 

Lucas went for a walk at the weekend and found a SHEEP SKULL! He was so interested in it he bought it in to share with us. We researched skulls to find out what animal it belonged to. 



"When I saw that Lucas had bought a skull into school, I was very interested, I wanted to find out more about it". - Annabelle


MMMM! Marty showed off his amazing baking ability and shared his latest cakes with us! 




"Its delicious and tastes like a brownie." - Tulisha and Alyssa. 

Max has made a Viking Longboat at home after researching them himself. Wow Max you told us so much about how you made it! 


"I am really proud of him and happy that he didn't give up!" - Lucas

Welcome to Autumn 2 


Christmas Carols at The Springs

We have been learning to show kindness towards others and to work together to achieve a goal.

Pine Class went to sing Christmas carols at The Springs Care Home on the 10th December 2019. Mrs Davies, Mrs Tizzard and Mrs Bridges were so proud of them for how much effort they put in and how respectful they were. 

Another amazing achievement Pine! Well Done!



Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2

Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1

Useful Information

PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon and the children are expected to have their PE kits in school.

Forest School is on a Wednesday afternoon and the children will need a change of clothes, waterproof coat and wellies.

Computing - the children will be using active learn and purple mash in some of their lessons.  Both of these can be accessed out of school (at home or in the library etc).  Practising Maths games and exploring some of the activities in Purple Mash will help their learning. The children will soon bring home their login details although these are the same as last year.

Autumn Term 


This term we will start by reading Stone Age Boy. 


Stone Age Boy read aloud

Please watch this and talk about the book with your child. It will help with the Learning Log task week beginning 25/11/19.

Parliament Week

 In English we celebrated Parliament Week. We wrote manifestos and speeches resulting in a democratic vote for our class Prime Ministers and Deputies. 


Let me introduce our new class Prime Ministers and Deputy Prime Ministers. Well done to everyone who shared their speech!  




Grid Method Multiplication

We are using the Grid Method in Maths to solve 1 digit X by 2 digit calculations. Watch this video to see how (stop at 1.05 minutes)

Multiplication Without Regrouping

Some of us have been learning to multiply 1 digit by 2 digit numbers using short multiplication without regrouping (which means without carrying). Watch this clip to see how we teach it.

Place Value 


In Maths this week we are learning about Place Value. This is where we explore the value of each digit in a number. We have been using Base 10 equipment to help us. If you would like to know more ask Mrs Davies or Mrs Ratcliffe! 


Chocolate has even made it into our Maths lesson!  The children have voted for their favourite chocolate bar (lots of chocolate nibbling!) We created a results table and also used descriptive vocabulary to describe each chocolate.


Using our results we then created a bar chart.

Learning Journey

Which material would you build a Stone Age house out of, dry stone wall or sticks, mud and clay?

We predicted, then we built a wall using each material and tested how strong it was by throwing a ball at each wall. After this we wrote an evaluation of our investigation and drew our conclusion. 

And most importantly WE HAD FUN! 


We made Mod Roc caves and painted them realistically. We are going to paint Stone Age cave paintings inside as a finishing touch. Please come in and see you child's cave when it is finished. They are very proud of them! 

We took part in some historical enquiry today. We asked questions about our topic after half term, The Stone Age. Our challenge is to answer all these questions by the end of our topic. 

Making our own chocolate bar. 

The children have been busy designing and making their own chocolate bar. They had to taste test ingredients, create a design, write a recipe and then follow this recipe to make their chocolate bar. We then talked about what went well and what they would do differently next time. 


Stone Age Celebration 


To celebrate our learning this half term we made our parents some Stone Age Stew to share. The parents came in to sample our stew and share our pictures and learning from this half term. We had so many parents attend and it was such a lovely half an hour! Lets do it every half term! 



Learning Logs

We had some amazing models made to show the Water Cycle.  Well done.


Chocolate Mania

Chocolate Mania is our topic for Learning Journey and we have some exciting activities planned.

Macmillan Coffee morning - 27th September

A Chocolate museum full of information

Designing, making and eating our own chocolate bars!  Yummy!


Willy Wonka's Chocolate Room

These dioramas look absolutely scrumptious! So many lovely imaginative designs.




What a lot of fun we had on Roald Dahl Day! There were fabulous costumes and a lot of bubbles.  We based our art work on the fizzy lifting drink in Charlie and Chocolate Factory and made lots of bubbles.

Our amazing artworkArt

We carefully drew pictures of Cocoa Pods, we used art pencils and added shading for detail. 

MacMillan Coffee morning!


Wow, our MacMillan coffee morning was a resounding success! The children have been so proud of themselves for organising it and taking part. What an achievement!

MacMillan at The Springs Residential Home 


A group of children represented the school and sold cakes at The Springs Residential Home.

They were fantastic ambassadors for the school. We are so proud of them! 

Learning Logs


Wow! What incredible homework we have seen this week!  Check out the Chocolate factories that have been designed. 


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This week in Music we created and performed our own musical score. We used our body parts to create the music. It was a challenge to keep in time and make sure all the parts were played together. Watch out for next weeks performance, we are using percussion instruments!


Year 4 Dance Festival - We really enjoyed it!


This week in Gymnastics we learnt about leaping. We learnt the difference between a leap and a jump, practiced and then gave each other feedback. Next week we will be perfecting our leaping and learning about patch balancing. By the end of this half term we will be creating a sequence with all we have learnt. Keep checking this page for more updates! 


We have been thinking about how we can be kind to each other in Pine class. We read a book called "Have you filled a Bucket today?" This talks about being a bucket filler or a bucket dipper...we want to be bucket fillers in our class! Please watch the link below with your child and talk about how we can all be kinder people. 

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Have You Filled a Bucket Today Read Aloud. Written by Carol McCloud. Illustrated by David Messing.

We learnt to respect and help each other today whilst working together to make a hand and foot print reindeer. We had to help each other paint our feet and hands, and of course help each other wash the paint off again afterwards. The children LOVED helping each other and feeling a sense of achievement. Also lots of us were very ticklish and lots of laughter ensued! 



Forest School 



Today in forest school we explored the site. We learnt to use a hand saw safely. We got up close to a  grass snake! We made dens and much much more. Please ask you child what they enjoyed in the forest today. 

Forest School Update 

We are learning to use a saw to saw wood safely. 

We are working as a team to develop our den. 


 We are learning to tie appropriate knots. 


We made different types of rock using Jellybeans!

First we made sedimentary rock, then we changed this into metamorphic rock using pressure and finally igneous rock using heat. We had so much fun carrying out this experiment. 


Is it a solid or a liquid?  Investigating the changes that occur with Jelly (and having lots of fun!)



What happens when we melt a yellow and a blue icecube?

 Super Pine Achievements 

We get up to so much outside of school. We are so proud of each other!

Riley bought in his certificate from Santa. Good News! Riley is on the Good List. What an achievement Riley, Mrs Davies and Mrs Ratcliffe agree, your behaviour is always exemplary. 


"I am so proud of Riley for being on the Good List" - Ben 


Max bought in a Woolly Mammoth he stitched and stuffed at home. He talked us through how he made it and inspired us all. 


"Wow this is really fantastic, it has inspired me to make one myself" - Chace 


WOW, Annabelle has achieved her Level 5 Ice Skating! 

Well done Annabelle! 


"I feel so happy that Annabelle has gone from Level 4 to level 5 and is really good at Ice Skating" - Riley