Year 3/4

Curriculum Letters

Year 3

Mr Patchett

Three Interesting Facts:

  • Mr Patchett is in a rock band called, ‘The Hand Me Downs’.
  • Mr Patchett is a non-meat eater; his favourite dish is a jacket potato with beans and cheese!
  • Mr Patchett has three wonderful children called: Arabella, Emmy and Bodhi.

Miss Daly

Three Interesting Facts:

  • Miss Daly loves cats and has two at home, they are called Coco and Oliver (Oliver is 22)!
  • Miss Daly is an avid Harry Potter fan and has been to Harry Potter World twice!
  • Miss Daly is engaged and is due to be married in 2018.

Year 4

Miss Simmons

Three Interesting Facts:

  • Has 2 Bengal cats and 1 Tabby cat (she’s 20, not quite as old as Miss Daly’s).
  • Miss Simmons loves to sing!
  • She listens to Christmas music all year long.

Miss Kerrison

Three Interesting Facts:

  • Miss Kerrison sang on a West End stage-wooooo!
  • She loves New York.
  • She has a degree in History.

Year 3 and 4 Teaching Assistants

Miss Lawson and Miss Beeton, Mr Huskinson, Mrs Spirrett, Mrs Satterley

What we are doing this term

The topic this term is going to be out of this world! Years 3 and 4 will explore the solar system, Earth, Sun and Moon and investigate if there is life on any of the planets.

What we will be learning

The Sun is a star at the centre of our solar system. (Don’t forget to remind your child that it is dangerous to look at the Sun directly, even when wearing dark glasses.)

 

Our solar system is currently believed to include eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and a ‘dwarf planet’, Pluto. The Earth, Sun and Moon are spherical (approximately).

 

A moon is a celestial object that orbits a planet. Earth has one moon whereas the planet Jupiter has four and many small ones. Earth’s moon is one of the biggest moons compared to the planet it orbits within our solar system. There is no life on the Moon because it has atmosphere (no air or weather). The Moon’s gravity is one sixth of the Earth’s gravity, which means that objects weigh less on the Moon than they do on Earth.

 

The Moon orbits the Earth. One orbit takes approximately a month (almost 28 days). We only see the part of the Moon that is lit by the sun which is why it appears to be different shapes at different times of the month.

 

The Earth spins on its axis. One spin takes 24 hours and this is the reason for night and day. As the Earth spins to face away from the Sun it is night and when it is facing the Sun it is daylight.

 

Because the Earth rotates on its axis the sun appears to move across the sky; in fact it is the Earth moving.

 

The Earth also orbits the Sun. One orbit takes 365 days (a year)

 

Websites to visit

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html#.VtCVo4_XJi5

A website for children with lots of fun activities and things to learn about.

 

https://www.nasa.gov/

This is a huge resource with plenty for children and adults alike.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/

Another interesting website, crammed with lots of interesting facts. One to look at with a grown-up.

 

http://www.isstracker.com/

This website shows (in real time) the position of the International Space Station in orbit.

 

 

 

We Are the Planets

An amusing and informative video about the Solar System.

https://www.storybots.com/player/video/planets_su

 

A Beautiful, Beautiful World (Earth)

A catchy song from the StoryBots about planet Earth.

https://www.storybots.com/player/video/earth_su

 

I’m So Hot (Sun)

A catchy song all about the sun

https://www.storybots.com/player/video/sun_su

 

Time to Shine (Moon)

A fun song about the Moon.

https://www.storybots.com/player/video/moon_su

 

I’m a Star

A fun song about stars

https://www.storybots.com/player/video/stars_su

 

 

At-home learning activities about space and the solar system

Expand your child’s understanding of our little corner of the universe:

  • Go star gazing on a clear evening
  • Make a 3D model of our solar system
  • Look at a globe together and discuss how the Earth spins on its axis
  • Research the different planets
  • Listen to ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst
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