Welcome to Year 4's Blog
We have had a wonderful first half term at school. Everyone is so excited to be back!
Here are some photos of an Re lesson.
We got into groups and created a drama about forgiveness and then performed it to each other!
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic schools week this year had the theme of 'The Light for our Journey'.
We did several activities during the week; we read our favourite scripture passages and shared them with each other, we watched the CAFOD assembly, we did a bible search following scripture references to work out what the passage was.
Our current Our World topic is the rainforest.
We have completed lots of learning already and are really enjoying it!
We held a class debate about the issue of deforestation in the rainforest. We were each given a different role (logger, pharmacist, conservationist, forest inhabitant, government official, environmental scientist, fast food restaurant owner or cattle farmer). We did some research and home and then got into two sides, for or against deforestation. Our debate was very successful and even though we all think deforestation is bad we were able to get into our role and debate the opposite view also!
Superhero Big write
We had a fabulous day in Year 4 celebrating our Superhero Big Writing achievements with superhero activities. As well as coming to school dressed as superheroes, we practiced our oracy skills by talking about and presenting the written work that we had enjoyed doing. We also made 3D models of superheroes using recycled materials. We are all writing superheroes.
Smashing Science Day
We had our first Smashing Science day of the year! What a fabulous day we had!
In the morning we had a visit from TESLA and got the opportunity to ask lots of questions and see inside the cars.
Smashing Science Day Afternoon
We went to Ouzel Valley Park just behind our school for a parks trust session. We took part in a Discovery Walk around the session location, identifying habitat types, the animals that might live there and the threats that face them in the wild.
We also ‘became’ a food chain and learned how living things depend on each other. We look at how living things are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and understanding that all living things are linked together and nothing exists in isolation.
Finally, we had the chance to design our own microhabitat with natural materials for one of the endangered species that has found a home in Milton Keynes.
Rainforest Homework Projects
Over the last few weeks of term our homework was to create a project showing all your learning about the layers of the rainforest. All of the children who returned work did amazing! I was so impressed of their creations. Mrs Zamora and Mrs Smith had a walk round all of the projects and said they felt like they were in a museum! Fantastic work Year 4!!
We are very fortunate in Year 4 that we have a music teacher from Milton Keynes music service every Monday. We have been working on the African drums (the djembe) since September. Here are some videos from Lion class of our groups performing.
For our rainforest Topic, we have recently completed a design and technology project of building our own tribal huts.
We spent just over a week creating them each afternoon.
First, we had to practise our cutting skills by cutting out shapes and ensuring we could cut precisely on the line. This was to prepare us for cutting out the nets of the shape accurately. We cut out nets of a cuboid and triangular prism for the base and roof of our huts.
Next, we put straw onto the roof of our hut. We glued it onto pieces of card first and then stuck that onto our triangular prism.
After that, we cut out corrugated cardboard and measured it to our sides. We stuck it onto each side and then painted it brown.
After we had constructed our huts all together, we worked with our row to create a Shabono (tribal village). We used natural materials from outside to piece it all together.
It was great teamwork!