Smart Zone - Year 3 and 4
Mr Matt Birchall
Mrs Maria Johnstone
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Karen Edwards
Mr Guy Wakeham
Whole Class Reading Text: Stig of the Dump
Author: Clive King
Year Group and Topic: Year 3 and 4 Stone Age
Whole Class Reading Text: The Iron Man
Author: Ted Hughes
Year Group and Topic: Year 3 and 4 Where Light meets Dark
Rationale: Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. This is a compelling and exciting classic story with many excellent opportunities for vocabulary development with Year 3 and 4 children. The writing texts provide links to the light and dark topic enabling both fiction and non-fiction writing opportunities to be explored whilst linking written text to film / animation.
Whole Class Reading Text: The Thieves of Ostia
Author: Caroline Lawrence
Year Group and Topic: Year 3 and 4 Romans
Rationale: This novel contains a range of stretching vocabulary and grammar that is relevant to these year groups. Flavia Gemina is a natural at solving mysteries. The daughter of a ship's captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD79, she and her three friends, Jonathan, a Jewish boy (and secretly a Christian); Nubia, an African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy, must work together to discover who is beheading the watchdogs that guard people's homes, and why. This book is the first in a series of Roman mystery adventures which vividly bring to life ancient Rome and is an excellent accompaniment to a history topic on the Romans.
Whole Class Reading Text: Secrets of a Sun King
Author: Emma Carroll
Year Group and Topic: Year 3 and 4 Egyptians
Rationale: This novel contains a range of stretching vocabulary and grammar that is challenging for this Year group. It is set in the 1920’s and covers wider social historical contexts that include: Racism, class, poverty, women’s rights (voting) and the aftermath of the First World War. The book is stretching, some advisory content regarding spontaneous human combustion in the first chapter and gory content in chapter 7 p77-79. Ideal links to Egyptian topic.
Welcome to Smart Zone!
We are a year 3 and 4 class who enjoy investigating and exploring our learning environment, growing our independence and developing our life-skills as we make the transition into KS2. We take a practical child-centred approach to our topics, with all children being involved in the planning of learning activities and homework, which support their movement and progression through the National Curriculum.
The main philosophy of our class is about taking control and ownership of our learning. We all have responsibilities and all children are involved in updating and managing our learning environment so that it actively supports the learning journey and incorporates examples of the childrens’ work.
We utilise the outdoor learning environment alongside classroom based focuses. Both of these environments are used to complete group and individual investigations, partner work as well as adult supported activities. We promote making sensible choices about what is right for our learning which includes: making individual choices about where we should sit and how to set up our learning space. To facilitate this, there are a number of ‘break out’ comfy areas for the children to use in addition to tables / chairs and an ICT suite.
Pop along and join us on our adventure – you’re more than welcome…
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