Year 3 and Year 4
Welcome to Badger Class!
The teaching staff team comprises Mrs Dawn Booth and Mrs Sarah Dalwood, assisted by Mrs Colleen Telling and Mrs Vicki Amos, our teaching assistants. We work very closely as a team.
Our classroom is in the original, upstairs part of the Victorian school building and has an unusual, curved ceiling which allows us a feeling of space with lots of natural light. We enhance this space with colourful displays of aids for learning and, most importantly, displays of the children’s work.
We have a happy and supportive class environment and we reward positive learning and attitudes by sharing successes on the online ‘Class Dojo’, which allows parents to also share their children’s rewards and learning experiences instantly. The children aspire to be ‘Brilliant Badgers’, our in-class reward system, resulting in giving them the opportunity to be a ‘King or Queen Badger’ for the day. Each week, children who are consistently striving to do their best in all areas get to attend our ‘Friday Fun Club’ in class at lunchtime.
In English we base our learning on a range of good books which inspire and capture the children’s imagination. Some examples this year include George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Twits, The Iron Man and How to Train Your Dragon. A child recently commented, “I know when I started to really like writing; it was when we did some work on The Iron Man”.
We aim to make maths as meaningful as possible by making it clear why we are learning these skills and linking it wherever possible to real-life scenarios and our topic work. We encourage the children to independently access concrete apparatus and show their working pictorially or by using jottings.
Each term we deliver our science and humanities subjects through a different ‘topic’ that we focus on. Our aim when studying each topic is to make them as engaging as possible for the children. We achieve this by involving the Badgers in what they are going to be learning, arranging interesting and varied class visits and trips, doing learning outdoors in our fantastic school grounds (which we call ‘Green Time’), linking ICT and art skills to our learning and making them as ‘hands-on ‘ and experiential as possible. This year’s topics include ’Raft making’ (for the ELLI learning animals), ‘Would you rather have lived in the Stone Age or Iron Age?’, ‘It’s Electric’, ‘Why do you live there?’ and ‘How hard is that rock?’
We believe that children should be constantly aware of their successes and what they need to do to ‘get even better’ (Assessment for Learning) so we have built a strong rapport where children use purple pens to respond to colour-coded written comments in their books and give them regular opportunities to reflect upon and improve their work. We encourage children to ask lots of questions, as well as answering them!
We welcome visits to our class and helpers are always greeted with open arms. Come on in to our curvy classroom and see our learning!