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Welcome to Topaz Class - Yr 3/4

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Term 2

Letter-join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

Computing - Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page.

Our Virtual Classroom

Home Learning

This year Maths Home Learning will be due in on a Friday. Spellings will be due in on Wednesday, as spelling tests will be on this day. Times Table tests will be on Thursdays, therefore Times Table homework will be due in on Thursdays as well. The children will also have an Arithmetic Test and a Grammar Test to help prepare them for similar tests at the end of Key Stage Two, but will be tested solely on knowledge and skills learnt within the classroom.

Those children who forget to bring in their homework, or fail to complete it to the deadline, will have to complete a portion of the homework during their lunch time.

Term 2 DICE Topic - Burps, Bottoms and Bile!

This term, our DICE topic is entitled 'Burps, Bottoms and Bile' and focuses on healthy eating and the human digestive system, allowing chlidren to explore the stomach, teeth, tongue, the food we eat and the choices we make around food.

Open wide - let's take a look inside! We're on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body! 

Do you have a toothy grin or a winning smile? Take dental impressions and test the effects of sugary substances on your pearly whites! Follow a tasty morsel as it makes its way through your digestive system, helped by some mouth-watering saliva! Mmmmm! And don't forget the importance of good hygeine - at both ends!

And whilst we're talking business... could you recognise an animal just by its poo? Are you brave enough to take the challenge? Do beans really have wind power? Let's work scientifically and bottom this one out, once and for all!

Make a working model of the digestive system and use it to persuade others to eat healthily. Learn how to look after this marvellous, belching squelching mixture-making machine we call our body.

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Useful Websites

Here are some useful websites for Home Learning or extra research! As always, the websites have been checked and are all age-appropriate. However, do feel free to check yourselves or choose your own websites.

Teeth and eating – KS2 BBC Bitesize - This site has great information on types of teeth and how to look after them. 

Tooth anatomy – Enchanted Learning - Information about the structure of a tooth and other useful resources.

Different kinds of teeth – Healthy Teeth - Information for kids and teachers about different types of teeth, parts of a tooth and teeth development.

Billy Blue Hair – Why do I have to go to the dentist? – YouTube - In this eight-minute video, Billy Blue Hair explains why it is important to look after your teeth and visit the dentist.

Kids baking recipes – BBC goodfood - Baking recipes suitable for adopting.

How the digestive system works – YouTube - A five-minute, animated video where Chloe and Nurb take a journey through the digestive system.

The digestive system – Children's University of Manchester - A great interactive resource that explains the function of different parts of the digestive system.

Parts of the digestive system – Fact Monster - Information about the digestive system with a labelled diagram.

The human digestive system – Ducksters - Information explaining the processes involved in digestion with a labelled diagram.

Fun Facts

Did You Know?

The word faeces derives from a Latin word meaning 'dregs'.

As red blood cells are recycled in the liver, a by-product called bilirubin (a yellow pigment) is secreted into the bile. This pigment is what makes poo brown!

Girls produce just as much gas as boys. However, boys are normally prouder of their gassy emissions!

Cows have four stomachs. Each stomach has a slightly different role in digestion.

Cows spend eight hours a day 'chewing the cud'. This cud is the food they swallowed earlier in the day which is then regurgitated for another good chew before it is swallowed again.

Here's why you can't keep your eyes open when you sneeze - each sneeze rockets out of your body at nearly 100mph!

During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools!

The longest belch was recorded at the annual World Burping Championships in New York in 2012. It lasted for 18.1 seconds!

The largest roll of toilet paper was 2.97m in diameter and 2.59m high. Its cardboard roll measured 0.43m in diameter. It was made in 2011 by Charmin and unveiled on National Toilet Day at the Proctor and Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati.

The loudest burp by a male was recorded at 109.9 decibels. It was produced by Paul Hunn (UK) at Butlins, Bognor Regis in 2009.

Right-handed people tend to chew their food on their right side, while left-handed people tend to chew on their left side.

The first toothbrush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498! Bristles from hogs, horses and badgers were used. The first commercial toothbrush was made in 1938, after the invention of nylon.

Long ago, people used to grind chalk or charcoal, lemon juice, ashes, or even a mixture of tobacco and honey to clean their teeth. It was only about 100 years ago that someone finally created the minty cream that came to be known as toothpaste.

The proper term for picking your nose is 'rhinotillexomania'. 'Rhino' means 'nose'; 'tillexis' means 'habit of picking'; and 'mania' means 'excessive enthusiasm'.