Features of a Myth Hunt
Today, the sun came out, so we were out in the garden hunting for different features you would find in a myth. Using these, we looked for examples in the story of King Midas and the Golden Touch.
Across the last few weeks, we have been exploring States of Matter, especially water that can be all three states; a solid, a liquid and a gas. Today, we have been learning how water moves through the water cycle and can take the form of all the states at different stages. We used natural resources to show and explain how the water cycle works.
In maths we have been looking at symmetry. Therefore, based on the symmetrical art installations by Andy Goldsworthy, we created our own artwork using natural resources...we have a combination of stick creatures and patterns. Here are a few photos, we hope you like them!
Rama and Sita
As part of our Science topic on Light and Dark, we looked at the Hindu festival of Diwali. Here are some photos of our class performances retelling the story of Rama and Sita and why the Hindus celebrate Diwali and light Diva Lamps.
Tuesday by David Weisner
This morning we all became detectives. There had been some strange goings-on last night and we were called to the scene of the crime to help collect evidence of the chaos from the night before and talk to eye witnesses in order to try and find out what happened and solve the mysterious crime...
At the scene, some of the evidence was feathers, green slime, washing, pegs, lily pads, water lilies and more!
Several eye witnesses told us of some strange floating dots they saw either went past them or the windows late last night...
I wonder what really happened? Ask us for more details!
Firework Maker's Daughter Puppet Show
For the past two weeks, we have been using our science and DT skills to design, make and show our own Shadow Puppet Shows for our English story, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. Here are a few photos of our main scenes!
Using the outdoor space today, we explored the playground and the garden of inspiration on the hunt for acute, obtuse and right angles. We had our handy right angle monsters to help! It was a lot of fun and we became really quick at recognising and identifying different angles!
Pudsey came to visit!
This Friday it is Children in Need and so in preparation for the important day Pudsey came to school to visit all the staff and children! Here is a few photos of him in Year 4!
Since the start of term, we have been looking at light, what causes light, how light is reflected, how it travels. Yesterday, we looked closely at opaque objects, which don't allow any light to pass through and therefore result in an absence of light on the opposite side and a shadow forms. We have also looked at translucent objects that allow some light to pass through and transparent ones that let light travel through them completely causing no shadow to form. Today, building on this we created an opaque foil person and then used a light source (a torch) to see how a shadow can change or appear to move depending on where that light source is coming from. This was really fascinating and we have used this enquiry to inform some non fiction writing in Science.
Today, we began our learning for our new topic of light! This afternoon we learnt all about the difference between sources of light, reflective objects and materials and non reflective objects. We then used this knowledge and insight to go o a hunt in the bush craft area and then around school to classify whether objects we could see were sources or reflectors of light! Here are some pictures from out hunt.
What a day! It has been a super busy day in Year 4! We have adorned ourselves in an Egyptian headdress and collar necklace. While, we were making these we took it in turns to mix and knead an Egyptian flatbread (a recipe taken from the walls of Pharoah Seti's temple) and enjoyed it like the Egyptians would have by eating it by the fire! It was delicious!
In the afternoon, we wrote our name in hieroglyphics on salt dough, again, like the Egyptians would have done! And, finally, we opened up the school as a museum to all the parents to see the beautiful things we have been working on all term. On display were our Shadufs, Canopic Jars, jwellery, our River Nile, our mummified oranges and our cartouches...
It was a great day, thank you for coming along if you did and if not here are some pictures of our day so you can have a look!
Digestive System T-Shirts
Across the term, part of our topic has been looking carefully at the organs and the role they play in the Digestive System. We even learnt about how they looked so that we could create our very own Digestive System t-shirts that we are beautifully modelling here!
As a way to recap and order the events in the Prince of Egypt story we went outside to use the natural resources to create an image of first the opening scene, then the build up, followed by the problem, then the resolution and finally the ending. It was a fantastic, immersive and memorable way to remind ourselves of the key events in the story!
Today, Mr Egypt came to visit! In the morning, we learnt all about their clothing, food, geography and their daily lives. Our classroom even became an Egyptian classroom where we learnt how to read and write like they did! Just ask us and we might write you a secret message!
Later on, in the afternoon we came back to learn all about religion, mummification, kings and their tombs! Completing this with a mummy wrapping contest!
As part of the day, we also got to handle artefacts that were over 3000 years old and were completely blown away!
The whole day and experience was incredible. Here are a few photos we have to share with you from our day!
Ancient Egyptian Shaduf
In Ancient Egypt, the people relied on the Nile for everything, including water, growing their crops, travelling around, trading their products, fishing, hunting and religion! Therefore, they needed a way to get water from the Nile. They used a product called a Shaduf. We were shown images from now and wall paintings from then that showed people using them, from this we first looked at resources that we could get hold of and then plan and discuss how we would construct it. Then, today, we used those annotated plans to give it a go! Have a look at what we managed!
Playing Card Sums
Using playing cards, we have generated our own calculations. Then using the short column method we have worked out the answers.
To practice our written method of addition today, we used sticks and stones in the outside the classroom and dominoes inside the classroom! Very fun, hands on and practical to help our learning!
After spending Tuesday afternoon in the Mud Factory, we used our designs from then to sculpt our Wonderful Work Canopic Jars out of clay using the coil and slip technique. Now they are just waiting to dry and we will get them painted next week !
As part of our learning about Ancient Egypt, we discovered how and what they used Canopic Jars for.
Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Egyptians used the jars as a way to store and protect the organs removed during the mummification process.
Each jar was protected by a different god with a different head!
This week we will be making a Canopic jar using clay but first we wanted to do a prototype out of mud! It was a lot of fun and we got very messy!
Outdoor Digestive System
Today, we have been learning all the different organs and processes of the Digestive System. There was a lot of complicated words to get our head round and a lot to remember, so we went outside and became it! Here are a few pictures of us becoming food and travelling through the different organs!
The Body Coach Fitness Week
This week we have been following the Body Coach Fitness Week! Every day we come in and do a speedy 20 minute workout to get us ready for our learning! It's been a lot of fun! Even though we are a little sore now!
Today, we combined our history learning with our maths learning and visited an Egyptian Shop. While we were there we had to order the prices of a range of different items using our place value knowledge into descending order. Here is a few pictures of our visit!
We love learning outdoors and this week we used the outdoor space to partition decimals into thousands, hundreds, tens, ones, tenth and hundredths and create decimal fireworks!
Egyptian Tomb Escape Room
Howard Carter discovered the long lost tomb of Tutankhamun in November of 1922....so today we journeyed back in time to 1922 and did just the same! This time though, the tomb locked and we had to use our problem solving skills to escape!!
In year 4 we had a fantastic Roald Dahl day! Since we are doing instruction writing in English we followed some this week to create Snozzcumbers and of course, we had to give them a go! We thought they were delicious!
This term our topic is Ancient Egypt, this week our topic in English is instruction writing so what better way to learn about both those things than through a practical lesson! So, we mummified oranges using some instructions! It was very messy, but very fun!
To start the year, we have created our own 'intention sticks'. We have painted them, used new knotting skills to decorate them and have written on our intention for the coming year.
Here we are using the outdoor space to consolidate our learning about the different types of teeth and their functions! While also reminding ourselves that we need to keep our own incisors, canines and molar squeaky clean!
We have been learning about place value, what makes up a number and how to break it down. We used our tables to make huge place value columns and used practical resources to demonstrate it!