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Welcome to Mrs Millican's Class

Welcome to year 3/4! This year we have 24 fabulous boys and girls who are positive, friendly and ready to learn!

Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 11th December - Christmas Extravaganza 10.00am - 11.00am and 1.45pm - 2.45pm (Tickets available from the school office £1.00 - adult and 50p - children)
Monday 16th December - KS2 Christmas party
Wednesday 18th December - Christmas dinner day
Friday 20th December - Christmas Carol Concert at St Aidan's Church 

Days to Remember:

Monday - Home/School diaries to change reading books
Tuesday - Football with Arj every Tuesday lunchtime for Year 4
Thursday - Swimming - Please remember swimming kit, towel, warm coat and plastic bag
Friday - Football with Arj every Friday lunchtime for Year 3
Friday - Learning at Home to be handed in to teacher and given back out at the end of the day. Children will be expected to read, practise their spellings and learn their times tables at least three times a week. Children do have the use of Bug Club, Spelling Shed, TTRockstars, Prodigy and Sumdog to support their learning.
Friday - P.E. day - please remember your kit!

Toast is available at playtime on a Tuesday and a Thursday (10p per slice)
Fruity Fantasy - our healthy tuck shop - is open for business on a Friday playtime

Christmas Extravaganza - 11th December

We were all so proud of our Key Stage 2 children today when they performed their Christmas Extravaganza for parents and carers this morning and this afternoon. The children sang beautifully to help explain the Christmas story. The year 3/4 class played their ukuleles wonderfully to Away in a Manger. Fantastic!

Parent Workshop - 5th December

Today, the year 3/4 class invited parents to our Autumn workshop where we made our 2020 calendars.  This term we have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. For our calendars, we looked at different Viking runes, to find their meanings. The children chose four different runes that represented - for example, peace, love, health and glued string on cards in the correct shapes. They then covered the cards with tin foil, so that they looked like metal. The calendars look wonderful and we would like to thank parents and carers who were able to attend for their fabulous support.


Skipping Training - 25th November

In preparation for a Year 4 skipping festival competition early next year, the children took part in an afternoon of skipping training to learn the correct techniques and skills that will be needed. There will be 30 children in the competition and we will be practicing the skills in our PE lessons. Some of the skills included double bouncing, speed bouncing, side swing, cross over, pretzel, face to face and butterfly. The children worked very well throughout a very tiring afternoon. 

Viking Workshop - 18th November

The three classes in year 3 and year 4 had the wonderful opportunity this half term to take part in a Viking workshop. First, they chose their Viking names and then looked at many different artefacts. They all chose one object each to find out about and decide what they would have been used for. They listened intently to a Viking myth where they learn all about different Viking Gods. The children then took part in a ‘circus’ of activities including weaving with willow branches, grinding wheat using the huge whetstones and writing sentences using words with Viking origins. The children had a fantastic time!


Beamish - 12th November 

In November, in partnership with the Sir Tom Cowie Trust, all of the year 4 children visited Beamish Open Air Museum (their first visit of three). During their visit the children took part in a murder mystery workshop where they took on the role of investigators and questioned a number of ‘witnesses’ to find out what had happened to poor Mr Charles Turnbull. Due their fantastic detective work, we were able to piece together all of the events and point the police in the right direction to make an arrest. During our visit we also spent time in the Town and riding on the tram. We all had an amazing time and can’t wait for our next visit.


Raiders and Invaders - Autumn 2

For the second half of the Autumn term, the year 3/4s have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasion. We looked at where they originated from and how they settled in England. The children found out lots of interesting information about Iceland and created some lovely posters to try and persuade people to visit there. We have read the wonderful book Arthur and the Golden Rope – following a young Icelandic boy on his quest to save his village. Children will use this as inspiration to write their own stories. During a Viking workshop morning, the children had wonderful opportunities to see, handle and learn all about Viking artefacts.


Halloween Disco - 24th October

All of the children had a wonderful time tonight at the Halloween disco! Some scary faces in our class!

Broom House Farm - 22nd October

Today, the Year 3 and Year 3/4 visited Broom House Farm in Durham - the first of three visits. As this was our first visit, the children spent some time getting to know what happens on a working farm. We were able to help farmer Mark give the sheep their vitamins and talked to him about why these are important to keep the sheep healthy. The children were excited to collect some conkers which had fallen from a tree and were able to learn the names of different trees around the farm. In the afternoon, the children completed a trail around the forest trying to find different trees. The children had an amazing time and can’t wait for their next visit in the Spring term!


Visit to Hendon Beach - September

To launch the Y3 and 4 topic of Awesome Adventurers, all of the children in Lower Key Stage 2 visited Hendon Beach. There, they had a wonderful time collecting items to create their own ‘seawigs’. The children scoured the beach in search of sand, pebbles, seaweed and shells in their preparations – linked to their class novel Oliver and the Seawigs.





Awesome Adventurers - Autumn 1

For our first half term, year 3/4 are basing their topic Awesome Adventurers around the wonderful book 'Oliver and the Seawigs'. The book is about a young adventurer named Oliver who meets some fantastic characters while on a dangerous journey to save his parents. The children will have the opportunity to create some wonderful 'seawigs' and will be writing diaries, speeches and reports in character.  In history and geography, we are learning all about Ernest Shackleton and his adventures to the Antarctic and in music the children are creating and performing an arctic adventure themed songs.