Our topic in science this term is sustainability, so this week we were given the task of creating a solar cooker. A solar cooker collects the suns rays and converts them into heat energy which is then used to heat up and cook food. We used pizza boxes, foil, black paper and cling film to create our cookers. Next week we will be testing them out...let’s hope it’s sunny.
On Wednesday 8th May Year 4 went to Wat Tyler Park. Our guide was called Alistair and he was a nature pro! We started our day with a fascinating talk about mini beasts that could be found around the park. We then took some nets and went searching for some in the meadow and the scrubland. In the afternoon we had another short talk, this time on the creatures that could be found in the water. We then had a go at the pond dipping and our class found a variety of beasts including 3 newts! Overall we had a brilliant day despite the rain.
In English this term we are reading the book ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. On Monday morning we created arguments for and against cutting down the kapok tree in the story. Half of the class were acting as a family who needed wood to sell and use, and the other half were the animals living in the tree. Cookie was chosen to make the great decision and after a lot of deliberation, sided with the animals.
On Friday our class had a chance with the Bikability crew. We learnt how to check our bikes were safe to ride and lots of different other cycling skills. It was great fun!
On Wednesday 24th April, the girls from Year 4 were invited to Westcliff High School for Girls for an Open Morning and activities.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience, particularly the opportunity to walk around a secondary school and the chance to take part in a variety of taster lessons including: Maths, English, Drama, Art and Science.
On Wednesday, one half of Year 4 visited Westcliff High. The remaining children took part in a number of fun team building activities outside. The first activity was Maths Orienteering where the children had to find numbered cones where a Maths question was hidden. There were ten cones in total with questions on a range of topics. The children worked well in pairs from across all three classes and then came together to discuss their answers.
Our second activity was called ‘The Right Route Challenge.’ This involved the children finding the ‘right route’ through a course; fourteen spots were set up for each group as you can see in the photos. The challenge was for each group to correctly navigate their route so it matched the answer sheet - a selected individual was in charge of letting each group know when they were out and when they were successful. This challenge proved interesting, because it involved patience, determination and teamwork. As one child commented, they quickly realised it was wasn’t just about them, it was about the team.
Our final challenge on Wednesday was a game of trust. The blindfold challenge meant each child took turns to be blindfolded and had to listen carefully to the instructions given by others to find a route through the cones that had been set up. The challenge was made different by moving the cones and taking turns with different partners. Overall, a fun morning with some great lessons learned!
In science this week we have been looking at the digestive system and teeth. As an experiment, we placed 5 egg shells (in replacement of teeth) in 5 different liquids: milk, orange juice, cola, water and vinegar. We left the egg shells in the liquids for a week to see which one would cause the worst ‘tooth decay’. We found that the water left the egg completely unchanged but the vinegar had almost dissolved the entire shell! There were some very disgusting smells and textures; here are some of the brave
Over the last few weeks we have been looking at a version of the story Beowulf. In the story there is a terrifying dragon. This week we have been drawing the designs for our dragon, eye, clay creations and they are starting to look quite scary!
Today we’ve been raising money for comic relief. We took part in a whole school dance on the playground, created some ‘red’ art and took some time out to think of the people we were helping. Altogether we had a great day of laughter and learning!
As a class over the next few weeks we are trying the 40 acts of kindness. Each day there is a different challenge for us to have a go at and they are all to do with doing the right thing and being kind. On Thursday our task was to write a list of 10 things we are grateful for. Here are just a few of the lists that were created.
World book day. Here we are in our fabulous costumes. Can you guess all the characters?
For our last gymnastics session of the term we enjoyed balancing, jumping and rolling. After half term we are starting our swimming lessons, so don’t forget your kits on Monday!! Enjoy the break :-)
In PSHE this week we had the challenge of piecing together an extremely difficult, hand cut jigsaw. We had to work as a team using all of the aspects of ASPIRE- acceptance, safety, perseverance,independence, respect and enjoyment.
In science this term we are learning about states of matter. Here are the class using their bodies to resemble solid, liquid and gas structures.
Escape from Pompeii! In art this week we used oil pastels and chalk to recreate a picture of the erupting Mount Vesuvius. As inspiration we had a look first at some oil paintings by Andy Warhol.
In English this term we are looking at Roman myths and legends. Today we focused on the story of Romulus and Remus and used our knowledge of the story to rearrange story cards into the correct order. We read three different versions of the story and identified all the differences and similarities.
‘I wanna try even though I may fail’. On Thursday morning we started the day by showing the school our class growth mindset. Volunteers from cockle class told the rest of the school, in assembly, how they had overcome there failures by using perseverance and a positive mental attitude. What a lot of talent can come from a having a growth mindset. ‘Try everything!’
In History this term we are learning about the Romans so on Wednesday we had a Roman themed Day. Everyone in Year 4 dressed up in togas and soldier uniforms to get into the spirit. A Roman Barbarian called Vulpus lead the day and told us lots of facts and information about the Romans and how they lived. We took part in lots of exciting activities like Delta (A Roman Game), Gladiator fighting and a fascinating quiz! Our day was fantastic.
Year 4 enjoying their Christmas lunch!
Thank you to all the staff including our mid days and cooks who made this possible.
In science this week we made some original instruments out of recycled products. Our task was to make an instrument that not only made a noise, but could also change pitch! We took on the challenge... and succeeded!
Ring ring....? These are the ‘phones’ we made in science this week. We connected two cups with a long piece of string and found that when words were spoken in to one cup, the sound vibrated along the piece of string in to the second cup. We then experimented with multiple ‘phone lines’ and found that if all the pieces of string were tight one voice could reach multiple children.
This week the children have written poems containing metaphors. There were some brilliant examples and they were copied up for display. Well done to all!
This half term, in Geography, we have been learning about earthquakes. This has really helped with our disaster diaries we are writing in English. We are writing from the perspective of a member of the rescue response
Today in science we used rice and a variety of drums to test the amount of vibration created when sound was made. ‘Feel the vibration!’
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
‘Welcome to the Science of Sound’. In pairs we created a TV programme about how sound is created....’the larger the amplitude the louder the sound’.... and performed our explanations to the class. ‘See you next week, keep experimenting!’
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
In English we are studying the book The Iron Man. Today we were introduced to the ‘Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon’. We were given the task of inventing our own creature. The first word in the name had to state where the creature came from. You will be able to view our final designs during the learning conference.
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
In maths this week we have been learning about shapes and their properties. Today we were able to create some 3D shapes using Clixi pieces. Some were trickier than others!
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
Geese are strong animals that travel huge distances together, they support one another. They fly together to conserve energy. They will help the sick, injured members. Geese are powerful.
Today in science we made electrical circuits. We made complete and incomplete circuits then had to predict and test which ones would work and light up the bulb.
In computing, Mrs. Knight has been teaching us the importance of internet safety. This week we all took an online quiz to test our knowledge. We then used this information to create ‘Online Safety’ PowerPoints.
We had lots of fun at Hadleigh Country Park on our school trip this week. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the round house, performing an archaeological dig, making clay coil pots and attending Warrior School. We are now Iron Age experts so please feel free to ask us anything! Thank you to all the parents helpers for being such great sports on the day.
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
Using our adding skills, today we had to roll dice then arrange the numbers in to 3 and 2 digit sums to create the largest and smallest numbers possible.
Acting as Hogarth (a character from the iron man), Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Gibson took turns to walk through a conscious alley where our class took it in turns to persuade them to capture the Iron Man or leave him alone. There were some very convincing arguments.
Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018
Today in dance we had to create some electrical dance routines in groups. We used our limbs to show the different ways in which electricity can be made.
Thursday 6th September - Friday 7th September 2018
Today we enjoyed exploring the "now-press-play" programme. During this we listened and played along to a story where we had to help save someone using our electrical knowledge. Very exciting and lots of fun!!!