Robins are cheerful and friendly birds, well known for their distinctive colouring and beautiful song. These colourful characters are lively and outgoing, and will brighten anyone's day. Although small in stature, they are daring and adventurous, and use their inquisitive nature to innovate and problem solve.
As younger members of the year 3/4 team, Robins use these skills to work together harmoniously and set their sights high on soaring in the sky.
The class teacher in Robins is Miss Sarah Durnford.
PE days: PE kits are required to be left in school from Monday to Friday. The kit consists of a white t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers / plimsolls. During winter months, it is suggested that children are provided with a tracksuit. All items of PE kit should be labelled with the child's name and class.
Home Learning: Will be given out on a Friday to be collected the following Wednesday.
Year 3 and 4 Teaching and Learning Lead: Mrs Leanne Foster
Key Stage 2 Lead: Mrs Sarah Jarrett
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the class teacher (Miss Durnford) or contact
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Robins have started learning French. So far we have learned the phrases below. Why not ask us what they mean?
Comment tu t'appelles?
Quel âge as-tu
We also had fun learning 'Deux petits oiseaux'!
This week we have been working on the school allotment. We have been trying to prepare the land in order to plant fruit and vegetables ready to sell at our farmers' market on 4th July. The children got their hands dirty, digging up weeds and planting strawberry plants!
This week we have started our learning about local produce. We have written letters to Mrs Tomkinson to ask her permission to hold a farmers market. We used formal language (because she is very important!). We then wrote to Mr Wingrove to ask him for equipment to improve the allotment, ready for us to grow our vegetables. We used a Greater Depth piece of writing to help us think about the structure and layout of our letters. Have a look at what we did below...
In Science we have been learning about friction. We pushed a toy car ramp down a ramp to find out which material created the most friction plastic, sand, tin foil or a towel.
Survival in the woods
This week Robins had our final Bushcraft experience at Primley woods. We were 'stranded' in the woods and had to set up shelter, build a fire and cook food by the time the huge storm arrived...check out our photos to see if we made it!
Red Nose Day
We helped to raise money for Red Nose Day by having wacky hair and participating in different activities. Have a look at the photos to see what we got up to.
Robins had their first experience of bushcraft at Primley woods today. First of all we found out about the most important things for survival - food, shelter and and warmth. We were then split up into 3 different groups. One group went on a foraging walk looking for different items to help survive in the forest, one group learned how to build an effective shelter using branches and the final group learned how to build a fire. We had an amazing time and can't wait until we go again next Thursday!
Robins started our learning about Romans with a spectacular Roman Day! We all dressed up in our finest Roman outfits whilst experiencing many different activities. We started the day by making Roman shields. Did you know that the Roman army used animals names for their formations? After that, we made traditional cheese and honey tarts as well as choreographing dance routines for our afternoon banquet. We even lounged whilst eating - just like the Romans! Have a look at the pictures below to see how we got on.
Robins visit a Stone Age village
This week Robins went to Camp Wild at Escot to visit a real life Stone Age village (there is a link to their website below). We also went into the woodland area and built our very own life sized houses from sticks and leaves, just like people in the Stone Age! After that we visited a blacksmith and carpenter who showed us how to use tools from different periods in time. Finally we went on a foraging hunt around the grounds where we met 2 Lynx brothers and fed some wild boars! Have a look at the photographs below...
Stone Age Reports
Robins have been writing non-chronological reports about the Stone Age. To do this we designed our own settlement and found out what people needed to survive the Stone Age, we constructed our own Stone Age houses from sticks and made 3D models using straws and plasticine. Finally we made artefacts out of clay to see how they would have been made in the Stone Age.
Multiplication and division
This week Robins have started a new Maths learning journey. We started by using repeated addition and subtraction and exploring how this links to multiplication and division. We also used arrays to represent our calculations. Have a look at our learning below.
We had a great time filming our music video. We used our voices and instruments as an ensemble. Have a look below at us in action.
Pirate Sea Shanties
This week Robin's are becoming pirates! We will be writing a prequel to the Spanish Armada, focusing on what happened the first time Sir Francis Drake met the Spanish ships. We will also be shooting our own pirate themed music video and using musical instruments in an ensemble. Have a look at our rehearsal below...
This half term Robins have been learning about the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. He created amazing mosaic designs on buildings and sculptures. We were inspired by Gaudi's love for nature and have designed our own mosaic animals. This week we used clay to create our sculptures and are very excited to paint them next week.
Bull Making and Stuffed Tomatoes
It has been another busy yet exciting week in Robins class. We have made our own papier mache bulls which we will be using in our Maths learning next week. We started by designing our 'perfect' bull, thinking carefully about the size and which materials would be best. We then created our designs using balloons (which were really hard to blow up!), straws and pipe cleaners. Next we covered our balloons with papier mache and finally painted them so that they look like bulls.
We also made our own Spanish tapas dish this week - Stuffed Spanish Tomatoes. We all tried them but had mixed opinions on the taste! Some of us were not too keen but Harley had finished his before we could take a photo! Have a look at the photo's below.
Brixham College Sports Festival
Robin's had a great time at Brixham College this week. We tried some new sports such as the 4 minute continuous relay as well as some old favourites like the obstacle course and sprint races. We feel really proud of how quickly we can run and jump. You can see how fast we were through the blurs in the photographs below!
Our Learning Journey for this term is 'Soupcon d' Europe' or 'A Taste of Europe. Year 3 will be learning about Spain. This week we have immersed ourselves into Spanish culture. We tasted paella and chorizo, made traditional Spanish fans and found lots of interesting facts such as flamenco is a traditional Spanish dance.
In Maths we have been representing numbers in different ways and using mathematical images to explain the value of 3 digit numbers. Have a look at the photo's below to see exactly what we have been upto.
Tuesday 5th July
This afternoon, Robins tested which substance was the most permeable out of sand, soil and compost. Each group found soil was the most permeable as it let the most water through the filter paper.
Tuesday 28th June - Goodrington Beach Trip
Today, we visited Goodrington Beach to investigate different rocks and our local coastline. We collected a variety of objects and then grouped them based on their properties. We then created Sand Art.
Parent Lunches- Wednesday 11th May
Year 3 had a fantastic time dining with some of their parents on Wednesday for our Parent Lunch Day! Pupils were able to share this dining experience with siblings throughout the school, along with their friends. The feedback from the children has been incredibly positive, some children even claimed to have tried new food just because their parents were present! Have a look below to see the moments we captured.
Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - Waste Workshop
As part of our Pondlife theme, we had a workshop today where we learned about composting and planting seeds. We learned about what we can do recycle food waste and how the compost cycle works. We searched through compost to find the insects and animals that help in the process, along with other fun activities.
Week Beginning 18th April - 'A day in the life of a White Rock bird'
Year 3 have been imagining what it would be like to be a bird in the grounds of White Rock Primary School. We went outside to observe what we could see, hear, smell and feel. We also tried to imagine what might be tasted. We are now using this to a write a story of 'A day in the life of a White Rock bird'.
On Monday 29th February Robins had an exciting visit to the Life Education Van, where we learnt all about our organs, what our body needs and how to keep our bodies healthy. In our lesson, we focused on the brain and how alcohol or nicotine can slow down our reactions and change our behaviour. We also talked about how to keep our bodies healthy through exercise.
Thursday 11th February- House Charity Day
On Thursday 11th February, the whole school was involved in a number of house activities set up and organised by the House Captains.
After buying our fruit from Aldi, we planned our fruit salad and method. We peeled and chopped our apples, oranges, bananas and grapes and added our blueberries. After that, we mixed our ingredients together and topped them with fruit juice, either apple and orange. We really enjoyed our fruit salad!
Year 3/4 Dance
Over the past few weeks, we have looked at Matthew Bourne's all male Swan Lake and have used this to create small group pieces. To begin with, the children looked at stills of the dance and identified that they were strong and masculine portrayals of swans. In their groups, they created positions, then they used travelling movements displayed in the ballet to link them. Over the next few weeks, we will start to look at other dance styles that are now a part of our British culture.
Monday 23rd November- ROBOT ARMY!
In Art and Design, we have been looking at the work of Eric Joyner and Clayton Bailey. We have used their work as inspiration, alongside the Iron Man text, to design and make our own clay robots.
School Visit to @Bristol - 17th November 2015
Wow! What an incredible day. The whole of Key Stage 2 have had a fantastic experience visiting @Bristol Science Centre. They have been able to experience practical science linked to all of the science curriculum across Key Stage 2, as well as having fun learning and practising real science that is part of the world around them.
Drumbots! 3rd November 2015.
Year 3 and 4 had a very special visitor today: Mr. Wright from Wonderstruck Productions who presented his incredible Science show in the morning. The Children saw first hand the incredible scientific principles such as Forces, Centre of gravity/mass, Movements & torque and Simple circuits. It was an explosive time in the hall!
Also, as part of their ongoing Robots theme, the children built their own Drumbots - Rolling robots that can tumble over obstacles and tackle slopes. They move by constantly rotating a counterweight, shifting the centre of gravity forward and causing them to roll. Teams built prototypes and modified their Drumbots by making it bigger, changing the speed of the motor and adjusting the size and position of the counterweight. This workshop also covered aspects of experimental data collection and processing (taking multiple readings, averaging, fair tests etc) and more holistic skills such as team work, communication, practical building and investigation.
Year 3/4 Trip to Aldi Supermarket
On Tuesday 13th October, children from Years 3 and 4 visited Aldi to use money in a real life context. There was lots of Maths learning during this trip, including calculating how many of each item we needed for our recipe and estimating the total cost before going to the checkout. The children also had to ensure they gave the lady on the checkout the correct amount of money and check they were given the correct change as well.
Stover Trip - 10th September 2015
On Thursday 10th September, Years 3 and 4 went to Stover Park. We used the experience to immerse ourselves in the environment and take inspiration from our surroundings. We produced environmental art, inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, and used materials found on site to build animal shelters and evaluated their effectiveness. The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail provided lots of inspiration for our writing work and we used our senses to plan fantastic writing ideas to use when we are back in school next week.