Cranham C of E Primary School

Cranham C of E Primary School
Sowing the seeds of learning...


Welcome to Hazel Class Years 3 & 4

Taking root and growing...

Year 3 and Year 4 children learn together in a small mixed class which allows staff to provide stretch for children within the lower KS2 curriculum alongside the opportunity for us to support those who need more time to consolidate their understanding. Maths is taught discretely to each year group. They are taught by Miss Boxall and supported by Miss Major and Mrs Payton.

"We treat friends like family"


Autumn Term 2023-24

hazel class topic web autumn b.pdf

Spring Term 2023-24

hazel class topic web spring b.pdf



Summer Term 2023-24

Autumn Term 2022-23

How will we sow the seeds of learning this term?

This autumn term will focus on the topic of Victorians and transport which links closely with the value of compassion.

We will look at what life was like to live during the reign of Queen Victoria between 1837 and 1901. We will follow the discovery of new inventions in science with a close look at Thomas Edison and the development of electricity. Hazel class will learn to develop skills in inventing, gathering and recording results and presenting new ideas in a variety of ways.

Alongside this in the second term we will be looking at the significant turning point in British history for transport, studying the great architect and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. All children will help take part in adding to our class timeline, developing chronology skills and an understanding significant dates in the past e.g. the industrial revolution.

Hazel class will have immersed themselves fully in the Victorian life style by experiencing life outside of technology in the classroom and gaining an understanding of how different life was for Victorian children. At the end of the topic, all children will be able to identify how inventors and engineers from the past have impacted on modern day life.  

 Our trip to the Black Country Museum: Hazel Class had an amazing time visiting the Black Country Living Museum. We spoke to some shopkeepers, saw how Victorian homes would have looked and even had a Victorian school lesson!

Black Country Living Museum

Hazel class visited the Black Country Living Museum to learn more about Victorian life


Hazel Class experimented with making circuits to see what observations they could make about electricity. We all managed to create a working circuit! 

Spring 2022-23

How will we sow the seeds of learning this term?

Throughout this topic we will be learning about plant and human life in our local community. Hazel class will be working scientifically by recording and gathering data through observations. With the data they have collated we will be working as scientists to analyse and evaluate using bar and line graphs. Key words we will be using throughout this term include fair test, dependent, independent and constant variable. Alongside the science of plants, we will also be learning about the benefits on health through a cooking unit. Hazel class will be able to track where their food comes from by starting at the beginning by growing and then cooking a food. Learning in computing will focus on algorithms and variables as there is a natural link with the cooking process. At the end of the topic, the children will be able to talk in detail about where their food has come from. They will understand the importance of plants and what their requirements are to grow successfully e.g. water, nutrients from the soil, sunlight etc. Additionally, final outcomes include; Focused work on non-fiction alongside the STEM focus- this will be seen through the format of a non-chronological report in both English and topic learning. 

Digestive System

Hazel class had a very messy Science lesson learning about how we digest our food. Click on the photos to see our steps!

The Boy Who Grew Dragons

This term we have been reading The Boy Who Grew Dragons. We were very excited to find out that Flicker the dragon from our story had sent us a letter giving us clues to go and find a present! We worked out that the answers to the clues spelled 'common', so we went up and managed to find that we had been gifted a magical egg! This egg (which we called Hatch) had the power to turn into whatever creature we wanted, so we took him back, built him a nest and then drew a picture of what creature we would like to hatch. As a result of Hatch, Hazel class have been inspired to write some amazing viewpoint narratives!

Hazel class hook


Summer 2022-23

How will we sow the seeds of learning this term? 

The topic for this term is From Source to Sea. We will be learning about the water cycle through practical experiments in science. This learning will link closely to our geography learning where we be looking at topographical features and the formation of rivers into seas. Alongside this we will be using maps and computer mapping to identify different features in our local area e.g. contour lines and blue lines for rivers. There will also be an opportunity to recreate the water cycle through scratch. In the second term Hazel class will focus on the human impact on the natural environment and what we can do as an individual and within communities to make a difference. Additionally, this closely links to our value of courage- having the courage to speak up and protect and look after our environment and preserve our world for future generations. At the end of the topic, Hazel class will be able to explain the water cycle and the process involved using key terminology. Additionally, final outcomes include; a setting description having read the book Song of the Dolphin and a persuasive letter encouraging others to help preserve the environment.


Hazel class investigated how temperature affects how fast socks dry. We made sure our socks were wet, and then placed them in different places - one in sunlight and one in the shade - to see which would dry more quickly.

Waterways Museum trip - July 2023

Autumn 2023-2024

How will we sow the seeds of learning this term?

This topic will cover the Romans and the extreme earth. Within these topics there will be a big humanities focus mainly history- starting to develop an understanding of chronology for different events and identifying what it would be like to live in the past. This will include internet research and work in computing on bias and reliability of sources. 

This links in with our value of compassion, sympathising for individuals and understanding the impact on people’s lives- e.g. having to be there for one another and to support families during times of tragedy.  

At the end of the topic, the children will be able to talk in detail about the impact Mount Vesuvius had and the impact it had on the villagers in 79AD and surrounding villages. They will understand the importance of using a timeline for chronology and be able to order events. Additionally, final outcomes include; in English a diary entry, mosaic making in art, and to be able to use specialist vocabulary in all topic work.  

Roman diary entries

Hazel Class were amazed this week to find some ancient Roman letters fall out of the Roman books we were looking at for our class topic. The children deciphered the Roman numerals which showed a date of 321AD! These seem to be ancient diary extracts written by a real gladiator! We’re hoping to use them, along with our class text, to inspire some diary extracts of our own.

Roman letters! Hazel Class