Our Spring topic - Mechanical Marvels!
Year 4 will spend this term looking at ways in which automated inventions over the years perform many of the functions of society and, in turn, reflect on some of the issues that we humans face and with which we have to deal.
On Friday, Year 4 investigated the famous Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic car that is designed to reach 1000 miles an hour. After deciding whether it was a boat, plane or car, we looked at what made the car travel so fast. We discovered that Bloodhound does not follow the conventional car design as instead of an engine turning the axles, a large jet and rocket propel the car forward. Recreating this design, we built out own jet propelled balloon cars, investigating both their speed and distance travelled.
Iron Man measuring
This week in maths we have been calculating the size of the Iron Man and comparing him to our own measurements. Working in partners, tape measures were held up against six parts of the body to build our measurement table. Have a look at the photos below!
For the past two weeks, we have been using Pie Corbett's 'The Bicycle' to inspire us to write poems which capture a personality in a vehicle. Last week we imitated 'The Bicycle' as a class, adapting the language to suit a bike that is new, fresh and ready to ride. This was different to the original which gave the impression of an old, tired bike, ready for retirement. (See pdf below)
Today we started looking at cars, comparing three in the car park and giving them their own personalities. See if you can spot which description matches the car.
Lights shaped like a falcon’s eyes
Candles lighting the way in the darkness
Spokes shaped like a wagon’s wheels
Grey as wolf fur splattered with mud.
A silent cruiser, smoothly whizzing along the road.
Like a puma.
Eyes full of life.
Constantly staring at its long journey ahead.
The car prowls like a jaguar hunting.
Mirrors glazed by dirt.
Spokes as strong as gorillas.
Roof as curved as a dolphin leaping out the water.
Windscreen as smooth as a stallion’s glossy hair.
Number plate covered plate with dirt like hippo’s skin.
Radio 2's 500 Word Stories
For an ongoing project over this half term, Year 4 are going to participate in the Radio 2 500 word story contest. The stories can be about anything or anyone, written in any tense, perspective or time! The only limitations are that they need to be 500 words or fewer AND (linked to our topic) have some sort of mechanical link. This could be through a character (robot), setting (stuck inside a computer) or story line (using a time machine to go back or forward in time).
First drafts need to be written and brought into school by the 29th January. This will allow the children to share their ideas with their peers and receive some constructive feedback before starting the editing process. Final deadline on the Radio 2 website is the 22nd February, so I would advise submitting before this date!
Links to the website and advice pages are below. Enjoy!
Thank you to those children who brought in extra socks for today! We have restarted the very popular initiative from last summer, the daily mile, which involves children running for 10 minutes during the day (and building their laps towards completing a mile). As the weather is a bit wet and breezy at the moment, it is imperative the children have spare socks so that they are not stuck in wet clothes for the afternoon. If the field is too wet (like it was today) we can still use the plaground for an 80m running track, enough to get their hearts pumping!
“The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff.
How far he had walked? Nobody knows.
Where he had come from? Nobody knows.
How he was made? Nobody knows.”
Our Autumn Topic - The Vikings!
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.
On Tuesday 28th, Year 3 and 4 took over the hall and turned it into a Viking workshop. Learning how to weave wool, sew sails, write with runes and build shields, the children worked through a carousel of activities linked to the Viking industries. As well as all the individual activities, they all joined in building a scale model of a Viking longship. By the end of a hard day's work, the children had built a 6m boat that could fit 10 sailors in! After all taking a turn, parents were invited to join the children in the hall, where they were taken round to the different activities and bowled over by the amount of information the children could recite from their days learning!
Please look at the photos below to see all the activities completed during the day.
On Friday, Year 4 completed their annual Autumn bird survey. This involves every member of the class taking it in turns to sit in 15 minute slot, counting the amount of birds that visit the bird table outside the classroom. We have created a bar chart that shows 2016 results compared to 2017.
If you would like a copy of the class assembly, please provide Mr Lamming with a usb stick that has at least 2.5gb on. Thank you!
Over the next few weeks in English we are going to be looking at the epic poem, Beowulf, the story of a Scandinavian hero who confronts a monster terrorising the Danes. To start learning the poem, we retold the story outside, sitting around a campfire, just like it would have been told hundreds of years ago. After hearing it a couple of times, children started created freeze frames of moments in the poem. Can you work out which moments in the story the children are showing?
Year 4 Non-Negotiables
Whenever we write in school we use a specific focus to improve one part of the writing process. However, there are certain parts of the writing that we have discussed that are a must. These we have called our non-negotiables. Please see attached underneath as they are expected for work in and out of school.
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.
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.