Rowsley C of E Primary School
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The Simone Biles Class

email Mrs Hodgson:

(Monday - Thursday)


email Miss Sutton:



Welcome to the Year 3/4 Class page. This year, each teacher has chosen an influential figurehead as our class name. As a Church of England school, we feel that is important to give the children inspirational people to aspire to; people who have challenged the ideals of others and people who have made an impact on the lives of many. Starting this year, each topic will focus on a courageous advocate. Each class will be a courageous advocate. The Y3/4 courageous advocate is Rosa Parks. We will be known as the Rosas.

Summer 2

For the final half term of the year, we'll be learning all about Ancient Greece.  Our science unit will focus on sound.  We're looking forward to our summer performance with Y5/6 - The Greatest Show.

Summer 1


This half term, children in Rosa Parks Class will be learning all about life in Britain in  the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. In science, we'll be learning about plants and our  art lessons will also tie into this.


You can see how our week is structured by clicking on our timetable below.


Our current topic - Spring 2

Spring 2 Timetable

Our current topic - Spring 1

Cornet Practice

Please click on the link below to help your child practise 'Hot Cross Buns'. 


There is also a copy of 'Caribbean Crush' below

Play Times

I am really proud of all the Year 6 children, who, at the start of the academic year,  created a playground rota for all the juniors so that play-times are fun and physical. They are in charge of getting out all the equipment and setting the games up.

The timetable is shown below: 

Monday: Football

Tuesday: Dodgeball

Wednesday: Basketball/Netball

Thursday: Hockey

Friday: Fun Friday & Craft Club


Everyday, they get out lots of equipment for all the infants to play with, this equipment promotes physical and co-operative play. The Year 6's rotate throughout the week to come and play with the infants too. On Fridays, the Year 6 girls have set up a fabulous Craft Club. They plan activities which they organise and set up themselves. 


There also opportunities for those who do not want to do the activities. The little play house is often used as an ice cream shop or restaurant, the tyres are used as dog sleds or just a place to chill and chat, and with all the wonderful grassy areas the mini-beasts are kept very happy with the number of bug houses created. 


The atmosphere at playtime is wonderful and it is so lovely to see ALL the children interacting so well. 

What the children have been up to...



The children used their knowledge of the USA and its landmarks to create some wonderful poems. I'm really proud of how hard they have worked on these and how beautifully they have turned out. 

This week, the children have been having a go at creating some Native American dreamcatchers. The Native Americans believed that the nightmares would get caught between the web of the dreamcatcher, while the good dreams would slip through the holes, down the feathers and into the mind of the sleeping person. The children experimented with tying different knots (many of whom had never tied a knot before!) and were very proud of their finished pieces. Well done, Rosas. 

This week, the children have been having a go at recipe following in order to make some American style chocolate chip cookies!. Not only did the children have great fun making the cookies, they thoroughly enjoyed eating them too!

Our new topic this half term is the USA and the children have been thoroughly enjoying the topic so far!

We started by locating the US on a map and talking about how it is made up of the 50 states, before looking at Christopher Columbus' journey across the Atlantic Ocean. We found out about the pioneers who crossed the Western Frontier and also about the Native Americans who already lived there. The children found their dependence on the buffalo herd for survival totally fascinating - who knew that buffalo stomachs double as a medicine bag!

Next week we will be having a go at cooking some famous American dishes... dustpan and brush at the ready!

The children had a go at drawing skeletons in preparation for a special visit from Mr Sutton, an orthopaedic surgeon who is coming to give a presentation all about bones. The children have been learning about the function of skeletons and that some animals have internal skeletons (endoskeletons) and that some have external skeletons (exoskeletons). There was a lot of laugher during the outline drawing phase! 

This week we have been looking at newspaper articles. The children have been identifying features of a newspaper in preparation for writing their own newspaper articles on the story of Fantastic Mr Fox. We had some really great discussion on the articles we looked at! 



Carrying on from our work on parasites, the children have been researching parasitic plants and have created a lovely class poster for our display. 

This week, the children have been learning about Roman Numerals and have enjoyed making a visual number line using natural resources from the playground. 

This week we have been looking at the digestive system and getting our hands dirty by having a go at recreating the progress with a pair of tights and some items from the kitchen cupboard! We have learnt all about parasites and how they differ from predators which the children found both fascinating and horrifying in equal measure! Pictures to follow...


Important Information...

The School Day

As we see the end of the 'bubbles', school will be returning to some normality. 

The gates and classroom doors will open at 8:50 and close at 9:00, after 9:00 the children will be expected to go to the office to be registered. 

All the children will be having break and lunch together. 

School will finish at 3:30 and children will be let out at this time.

We will continue with the children coming to school in P.E kits and Woodland kits on their respective days. 

Woodland days for all Juniors will be on a Thursday and P.E will be on a Friday. 

The Juniors will also be swimming most weeks on a Friday, more details will follow in the new academic year.

Please send your child in with a named water bottle and a healthy snack every day.  


PE Kit

Navy blue/black shorts or joggers/leggings

White t-shirt 


The children can wear their school jumper or alternatively a navy blue jumper or hoodie


Woodland Kit

Children must wear long trousers (jeans/joggers/leggings), a t shirt and a long sleeved pullover. They must come in trainers and bring either wellies or walking boots. They will need a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers and, for when the weather turns colder, a hat and gloves. 

Please note that the children will go to the woods in all weathers except for high wind so must have the correct clothing in school. The woods are very shaded so even on a seemingly warm day, they can get chilly. 

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