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Welcome to the Yakama Class page. Here you can see some of our displays and find out what we have been doing recently. We are a Year 3 and 4 class and are taught by Miss Poulding.

Yakama returned back from the Easter holidays and started the summer term with our new, exciting topic called ‘Romans Rock’. We have learnt a lot about where the Romans invaded, how they built roads in Britain as well as some facts about Hadrian’s wall.

Whilst some children were enjoying camp, the class designed and created their very own Roman pots. We began with a lump of clay, warmed it and moulded it into a pot shape. We even added some decoration to make them more authentic.

Yakama have also been working on their artistic skills. We have had the opportunity to practise using water colours and oil pastels to create some brilliant competition entries for Newquay in Bloom. Some children produced some lovely pictures for their homework too! The theme for the competition this year is ‘It’s a bug’s life’.

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Looking back at the Spring Term: The Year 3 children in Yakama had an exciting visit to the Eden Project this term. They took part in the ‘Crazy Chef Challenge’ where they had to follow a map around the biomes to find the ingredients required to make a tasty cake for the chef. The children found the plants that the ingredients are grown from, they also found out where these plants could be found in the world.

The Year 4 children in Yakama went to St Austell to visit Wheal Martyn for their educational visit. They had the opportunity to explore the museum, observing many artefacts that were used in the china clay industry. The children also had a tour of the grounds and learnt all about the water wheels and the process of china clay production. They were lucky enough to have a clear day and they saw the clays pits that are still being used today when walking to the pit view.

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In religious education, Yakama have been learning about Hinduism. They found out about the one God that Hindus believe in and the many forms in which he can be represented. The children also learnt the story of Rama and Sita and how it links to the festival of Diwali.

In science this term, the children have been learning about forces and magnets. As a class they carried out an investigation to predict and test how many paper clips a variety of magnets could hold. They were surprised by the results, as many of our magnets were of similar strength. The children also enjoyed feeling magnet attract and repel when learning about the poles on a magnet.

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After a busy winter break, Yakama returned to school with great enthusiasm. We started our new topic ‘Pharaoh, Forces and Flow’. We have explored the jobs that Ancient Egyptians carried out, as well as the rituals they used including mummification. The children also wrote their names using hieroglyphics and drew a self-portrait, adding Egyptian jewellery and make up to make them look authentic.

We had an enjoyable celebration lunch this half term, celebrating the life and work of A.A Milne. The class looked at a variety of poems that he had written about Winnie the Pooh and his friends. They also found out facts about him and wrote a descriptive paragraph about the work he produced. Yakama enjoyed writing their own poems, using adjectives and rhyme to good effect.

In mathematics this half term, Yakama have been learning all about fractions. They began the term finding fractions of shapes and small quantities, practically using counters to represent the numbers in the questions provided. As well as this, the children have been using a fraction wall within lessons to help them find fractions equivalent to a half, a quarter and a third. Fractions were also compared and ordered using a number line. Yakama have ended this half term by developing their multiplication skills, using the grid method and base ten to support them when multiplying larger numbers.

In art this term, the children have learnt about the New Year and ‘New Year Resolutions’. They found out about the different activities that take place on the 31st January to celebrate the start of a new year. Yakama made their very own resolutions and shared these with the school during our class assembly. We used a range of colourful oil pastels to create our very own firework display pictures. Black card was used to make a silhouette of buildings and clock towers, and then we added a range of different fireworks above them in the night sky.

Yakama Fractions Yakama Fireworks

Looking back at the Autumn Term: Yakama have worked on many different genres of writing in their English lessons this term. They have researched many facts about the British astronaut Tim Peake, sorting these facts to help plan and write a biography.

We have been working really hard on our spellings this term, looking at a range of different spelling patterns. Yakama have worked hard to create a number of word banks to support them with their writing. Keep up the hard work.

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In Maths this term we have been looking at practical methods to help us when multiplying and dividing. We have also used a range of methods to add and subtract. The class have used these skills to help us count money and add different amounts using pounds and pence.

In science lessons, we have learnt all about the planets in our solar system. We have ordered the planets, from the closest to the sun to the furthest away. In addition to this, we have found many facts about each planet and have researched the International Space Station (ISS).

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Yakama Class have had a great start to the year with lots of exciting opportunities coming our way. We were visited by M and M Theatre Company who performed 'Charlotte's Web' for us. We were amazed at the creativity of the costumes and the skill of the cast.

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We have also had a very musical start to the year with two special visitors coming in to share their knowledge. Mr Hawkins came in to sing with us and Mr Friend came in for a special assembly where he demonstrated a selection of instruments. We were all inspired by their visits.

Yakama Singing Yakama Instruments