Welcome to Year 4
Outdoor Learning in Year 4
This week Year 4 had a super outdoor learning session with Miss Lawler. We spent all morning outdoors carrying out experiments, exploring and asking lots of scientific questions. This weeks outdoor learning topic was The Water Cycle and Rivers, which is part of our current Geography topic. We covered many working scientifically objectives, including asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways, using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions, identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes and observing closely, using simple equipment's.
We started our day by finding out what the class already knew about The Water Cycle and identified it as a closed cycle. We then went on a scavenger hunt, around the school grounds, to find items that needs water, changes colour in water and finally something that changes consistency in water. Year 4 came up with some brilliant suggestions, which we explored and discussed as a class. After that, we all gathered in the school's pirate ship, where we shared a beautiful story all about The Water Cycle. Once the story had finished, pupils then went to find somewhere quiet, on their own, where they could reflect on the story and think about the different sounds that water makes. After a few minutes, we came back together and discussed these words. The class came up with words such as: splash, drip, splosh, pitter and patter. We identified these words as examples of onomatopia. Next, we went on another scavenger hunt, where pupils were tasked with finding key vocabulary cards that were linked to The Water Cycle. These key terms and words identified as onomatopia, were then used to create the basis for the next task, which was a drama activity. In groups of 4, pupils had to create a rap accompanied with actions or a dance all about The Water Cycle. The class loved it!!
We had a super fun time outdoors and the weather was amazing! Year 4 can't wait for their next outdoor learning session next week, thank you Miss Lawler!
In PE this half term, Year 4 have been working with a cricket coach to perfect their bowling, fielding and batting skills!
British Science Week in Year 4
Year 4 was tasked with solving a very sticky problem. Using their knowledge of States of Matter, they had to make and test 3 different types of glue, using household items. Their task was to find the strongest, most waterpoof and stain resistant glue. They designed and conducted a range of tests on the different glues to compare their different properties. After carrying out their experiments and recording their results, the class had to decide which glue was best for the job! Then finally, they evaluated their experiments and decide whether or not they had conducted fair tests that could be repeated again.
Check out Year Four’s dance. It was choreographed by themselves with help from Mrs Hampson!
As part of Design and Technology, the Year Fours designed night lights suitable for toddlers. We have been learning all about electricity in Science and have enjoyed experimenting with circuits. Everyone was disappointed that we wouldn't be able to make them in school. Some children, who knew they had resources at home, took home some electrical equipment so that they could still make one as best they could. I'm really proud that school shutting hasn't deterred them. Super effort!
As part of our Burps, Bottoms and Bile topic (teeth and digestion), Year 4 made their own set of model teeth. This activity helped us to really analyse the shapes of different human teeth and then we were able to link the shape to the function. Children spent some time investigating the functions of different teeth by eating different foods and recording which teeth they used for which job. Everyone got different answers because lots of Year Fours have more gums than teeth!