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Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Stevenage,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198

admin@bedwell.
herts.sch.uk

Headteacher:
Mrs J Moore


© Bedwell Primary
School, 2017

Class 7 (Year 3/4)
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Latest News x

  • Egypt Day
    To support our work on Ancient Egypt, we organised a brilliant Egypt Day earlier this term. We worked our way around 8 stations where we had to make jewellery, dig for artefacts, carve scarab beetles and write our name in hieroglyphics. We had a brilliant day and learnt about the Egyptians way of life - and you can read more about what we did here.
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  • Cuffley Camp
    Back in June, Year Four visited Cuffley Camp for our first residential trip and for some it was the first time we had been away from home. We stayed two nights and had a brilliant time despite frequent showers and certain staff snoring late into the evening. Over the 3 days we completed a range of activities such as pond dipping, shelter building, bridge construction and completing a woodland scramble.
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    We climbed trees and explored the woods and some of us built bases and played in the stream whilst others enjoyed building the camp fire and fetching wood. One thing is certain, we learnt a lot about each other and about ourselves, becoming more confident and independent. Over the three days there were a number of memorable occasions such as Mrs Stanton getting stuck up a tree, Jamie having his bag eaten by squirrels and Lauren getting stuck in mud and having to be pulled out, to name but a few. A truly memorable trip!

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  • 3-a-side Football
    On the penultimate day of term, the entire Keystage 2 headed out onto the field for a 3-a-side football tournament. Playing in really small teams, with separate Boys and Girls competitions, meant that we all had to get involved in every game, and gave some of us who aren’t normally the sportiest in class (or just don’t especially like football) the chance to shine and to show how much potential we have to succeed in PE.
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  • Gwain and the Green Knight
    We have had such a busy half term in Year 3 and 4, with Art and English in abundance. We were visited by London based artist Michelle Reader, who uses recycled material to create large scale sculptures. Over the Christmas period we were all busy collecting rubbish and it’s safe to say Mr Moses will be getting rid of what was left for months to come! Each day began with a talk by the artist about her work and the projects she has been involved in. We had time to ask questions and learn about what life is like for a successful artist and what they would need to do to have a career in the arts, all while making the fantastic pieces you can see below...
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  • Dragons!
    Our last English unit began with great excitement as we came in one morning to find giant eggs under our tables! Rumours ofdifferent animals and creatures spread round the playground quickly during break - however after much speculation they were revealed to be dragon eggs, which introduced our text, How to Train Your Dragon. Over the next few weeks we learnt how to write an explanation text using the mystical world of dragons as a context. We also used the theme of dragons as inspiration for our Art work, designing and making dragon eggs. We based our work on the idea that dragon eggs have defences such as deadly spikes, poisonous spots, or the ability to burst into flames. First we designed a range of different eggs, each with a different defence, then we made eggs using an egg mould and plaster of Paris. Once they were dry we added a simple base colour and added our designs. A number of us then looked at texture, seeing how we could change the surface of our egg so that they weren’t all smooth. As you can see, they turned out well and are now displayed in class next to the explanations we wrote in English..
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  • English
    In English this term we have studied the story Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, looking at the different ways in which settings are introduced and described as the intrepid travelers make their way around the planet. For a final piece we were given the task of writing a new chapter in which Phileas Fogg visits a new country and gets into another tricky situation...

    Extract from Sania Mughal’s chapter:
    On the afternoon of the 3rd November, Phileas and his two companions arrived in Beijing by horse drawn cart. As they dismounted the cart they were mesmerized by the views of the Imperial Palace. Intoxicating fragrances of spice stung Fogg’s nose as they made their way towards the palace.

    Some distance away, hidden from sight, was the thickset figure of Inspector Fix who had his eyes trained on Fogg and his intrepid band of travellers. As they made their way up the Dragon staircase (which of course was a mistake) Passeportout lost his footing and landed on a stone pedestal. Immediately Passeportout was surrounded by police, among them was Fix with a very sneaky grin. The policemen hauled Passeportout to his feet and cuffed him.

    “What is the meaning of this?” questioned Fogg sternly. “The boy has done nothing but trip and fall!”

    “He has fallen on the statue of the Nine Dragons and damaged them. By law he has to be punished by death!” explained the officer.

    Thoughts raced through Fogg’s mind, how was he going to get them out of this mess?

    By Sania Mughal

  • Science
    Earlier in the year, we investigated ‘States of Matter’ in Science, learning about solids, liquids and gases and the way that materials can change between these different states. As a result, we spent a lot of time working on our practical skills, behaving like scientists to observe changes and design experiments to discover ways we can speed them up. We carried out an evaporation experiment to see how quickly we could get 500ml of water to evaporate by placing them in different places, and then expanded our understanding to include the entire water cycle. We used sandwich bags and dyed water to create our own mini-water cycles, which we hung in the windows to allow us to observe the way they changed over time. We saw the water that had evaporated start to condense and precipitate, falling back down into our water at the bottom when it became too heavy - all mirroring the way that water around us evaporates and then condenses to form clouds and then rain in the real world.
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  • Maths
    In Mr Wilson's maths group, we have been looking at addition, working with 2-and then 3-digit numbers. We have used lots of practical resources to help us to visualise what happens when we combine numbers, and then transferred this understanding to number lines, which have been our key method for addition. As a result of all this, we have made some fantastic progress this year, becoming much more confident in our work.

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Our School Councillors:
Abigail Entwistle & Alfie Smith

Our Summer Term Topic:
Egyptians!
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English:
Next half-term we will be focussing on persuasion. We will be writing to the Ancient Egyptian Scorpion King, who has taken over and cursed our pyramid, trying to persuade him to leave and continue his journey into the afterlife. We will begin by learning a model text, using symbols and actions to support us, and will then look closely at different persuasive techniques, including emotive and biased language. We will also investigate the intended audience of different persuasive texts, thinking about how this affects the style and structure of writing. Finally, we will have all the skills needed to independently write to the Pharaoh, encouraging him to free all the slaves.

Maths:
Next half-term we will be concentrating on time and using timetables. We will learn how to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes and use this knowledge to answer time related questions. After visiting time we will move on to focus on statistics, carrying out surveys and investigations, and then presenting our findings by drawing and interpreting bar and line graphs. Meanwhile, we will also continue to develop our quick recall of times table facts throughout the term, with Mr Humber’s set focussing on their 9x table, Miss Smith’s group working on their 8x table and Mr Wilson’s maths class learning their 4 and 5x tables.

Science:
Our focus will be on the way that we eat. We will begin by identifying the different types of teeth that human possess, and working out the role of each. We will think about how we can look after our teeth, and why this is important, and will also investigate the way we digest food. Finally, we will create food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Humanities:
Our final topic of the year will see us learning about the Ancient Egyptians. In this unit, we will look at many areas of life for these ancient people including their burial rituals and the afterlife. We will look at the role of the Pharaoh in their society, as well as the importance of the River Nile. We will also investigate what remains of their civilisation and think about the reasons why they are remembered today. During the final weeks of term, we will be holding an Egyptian Day, where will we eat Eqyptian food, make Ancient Egyptian crafts, and learn more about the lives of ordinary people in this extraordinary civilisation.

The Arts:
Linking in with our history topic, we will be making our own canopic jars, using old jam jars and modelling clay. We will learn about the reasons why these jars were so important to the Egyptian afterlife, before decorating them and modelling different animals heads using quick-drying clay. We will also be visited by an artist who will be teaching us felting.

 


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