In class today we started bringing together all the information we know about the Viking longboat. We split the information into four sections, boat, sail, sea and miscellaneous and wrote down at least four facts in each section. The children have been sent home with a drawing of a longboat that they need to write their information onto (boat facts go on the boat, sea facts go in the sea etc.). This is due back ready for Thursday.
One of the class decided to do some further research into the customs and traditions surrounding the Vikings. Please see below Grace's powerpoint about Viking traditions.
School Council Representatives - Year 4
On Friday Year 4 elected their school council representatives. Sophie, the class' old school councillor, gave a brief presentation on what it meant to be a representative which the class listened to intently. Then each child stood up and presented their argument on why they should be chosen. Each candidate was put through two rounds of voting before we had our two new councillors, Ava and Cayetano. Congratulations to all children that took part!
How to Train Your Dragon
In English this week, we have been learning a scene from the film version of How to Train Your Dragon. This has involved drawing out a text map (showing off Mr Lamming's amazing art skills), retelling the story in under a minute (no-one managed it!) and using freeze frames.
Apples, honey and blackberries. A Viking cooking experience took over Y4 on Wednesday. By the time all the groups had finished coring, stuffing and smothering, the smell of baked apples had spread down the corridors. All the apples were judged on their taste, appearance, smell and texture. A big thank you Mrs Hitchins who helped all the groups and to Mrs Townend who came to help the children taste their masterpieces!
Hrothgar the Viking
On the morning of the 29th, our classroom was attacked by a Viking. Joining him in the hall, Hrothgar firstly took us through the Viking warrior's pack, his range of weapons and all their various purposes.
After that, we met a range of Viking Gods and heard stories about their deeds. Before lunch, Hrothgar took us out to the playground and instructed us on how to make fire.
After lunch, we played a strategic game of Hnefafatl (King's table). This involved two teams: one defensive team trying to get their King to a corner; the other attempting to block each corner.
Finally, Hrothgar showed us the customs and rituals surrounding a Viking chief's death. This involved ensuring he was actually dead, before sacrificing a slave to help him in the afterlife.
An incredibly fun day all round!
Science - Digestion and Decay
This term, we are investigating the human body. We have so far looked at the digestive system, naming each of the important organs and explaining their functions. We created a model of the digestive system including a plastic bag, tights and paper cups which represented the different parts. It was very disgusting!
An important part of the digestive system is the teeth. Both teeth and eggshells have a large amount of calcium so we can test how different liquid decays teeth by using eggshells. We put eggs in water, milk, orange juice, vinegar and coke and will be finding out how their shells have changed after a week.
Computing - SMART Rules
Children have been asked to create their own presentation linked to the SMART online rules by Monday 9th. These are rules meant to ensure children stay safe when using any internet connected device. Within our computing work, we will be exploring these rules further, creating an in depth presentation on them.
To help with the poster, please use these links.
Year 4 are going swimming on these dates. Please ensure swimming kits are brought in.
Monday 11th September
Monday 18th September
Monday 25th September
Monday 2nd October
Monday 9th October
Monday 15th October
The Y4 class slot for Indoor PE is on a Monday.
The Y4 class slot for Outdoor PE is on a Wednesday.
Vikings - vicious, valiant, victorious?
The Viking age in European history was from about AD700 to 1100. During this period many Vikings left their homelands in Scandinavia and travelled by longboat to other countries, like Britain and Ireland.
When the people of Britain first saw the Viking longboats they came down to the shore to welcome them. However, the Vikings fought the local people, stealing from churches and burning buildings to the ground. Is this reputation fair though? Behind shaggy bears, smelly breath and fierce fighting skills, there exists one of the most dynamic and creative tribes ever to have invaded and conquered our land since Roman times.
In the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet...
Below is the overview of what Year 4 will be studying this term. As the term progresses and the children's interest broadens, the document will be subject to change.