For outdoor classroom day Klee class were given a range of tasks and activities to do throughout the day. These included making a picture of natural materials that we found, creating chalk patterns on stones and trying to build the tallest, free-standing 'Cairn' that we could out of stones.
World Bee Day
To celebrate World Bee Day this year, Year 4 took part in a range of activities which included an informative workshop lead by experts on looking after bees.
During science week we were challenged to make a module for the International Space Station.
We have been learning about play scripts. This is us acting out The Hatter's Tea Party scene from Alice in Wonderland.
This week in our music lesson, we have learnt how to play the 'Batman' theme tune on the ukulele!
Our current topic in IPC is 'Temples, Tombs and Treasures'. We have been learning all about Ancient Egypt. We know lots of facts all about mummification and we even used toilet roll to turn ourselves into mummies!
Take One Book Week
During International week, we combined this with 'Take one book week'. Year 4 looked at a book called Pongo, by Jesse Hodgson and we chose Costa Rica as our chosen country. We had so much fun rewriting the story into our own words, recreating the front cover, making our own snakes, creating our own rainforests and trying different fruits that come from Costa Rica!
As part of our IPC topic, 'chocolate' we created our own chocolate factories and wrote about what we have included and why we chose to include these.
Today Mark Prisk MP visited our school and talked to us about local and world issues. He visited our class in particular to talk about the letters we had written to him about gender equality. During the visit we showed him our inforgraphics, poems and writing about Malala Yousafzai. He then answered our concerns. We learned that the main reason there are more men in government and in charge of the top 100 companies was mainly historical, and the main reason men can earn more than women is because of things like women taking maternity leave and in the past, being the main person to bring up children at home. He said that our generation are the change in attitude that is happening, and in the future, we should be able to get any job we want if we are qualified for it.
We also gave Mark our Safer Schools posters to help persuade the UK sign up for the Safer Schools Declaration. The Send My Friend to School campaign has been very successful and Mark said that the UK has now signed the declaration to support helping children to be able to go to school safely by 2030!
What our children said:
Millie – His answers to the questions were very professional and he was very kind and friendly.
Charlotte – It was very nerve-racking when Mark walked into the room because he was a member of parliament! It was very interesting to hear about what he said and I enjoyed it a lot.
Jessica – Mark said you should be allowed to run a company not matter what your gender is. If you can do the job, then you can do it!
Eva – In history, women were not even allowed to vote in elections so it’s a big step to have a female prime minister.
In Science we have been learning about the digestive system.
In Maths we have been finding out how many lines of symmetry are in regular and irregular 2D shapes.
Ukulele Concert Encore (Fast!)
Today we performed 8 songs in our Ukulele concert in front of the school. It took many weeks of rehearsal and we thank our music teacher Carlos for his guidance and effort. It was quite a performance!
What the children said:
Olivia - "It was more nerve racking then the Royal Albert Hall!"
Emma - "My favourite songs were Peru and Ten Pesos!"
Jessica - "It was embarrassing performing in front of people we knew!"
We have been making parallelograms and rhombuses out of mechano to show their relationships with rectangles and squares.
In Maths we have been finding out what the most common length of word is in Roald Dahl Books. We made the graphs below using ICT.
First we planned the investigation and had to think about things like hyphenated words or acronyms. Then we had to decide on how much data to use. Once we had finished planning, we used a tally chart to collect the data. We then drew a bar graph of this discrete data. The most common length of word varied from 3-4 letters per word. There were some longer words than usual for a children's story since Roald Dahl uses inventive names for some of his characters and other made up words. We included these.
It surprised us there wasn't as many 2 and 3 letter words. We enjoyed using Excel to make the graphs.
We have been grouping appliances in Science using a Venn Diagram.
We had lots of fun taking part in multi-skills activities at Wodson Park.
We have been learning about the painting 'Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh.
We have been learning about the Rocinha favela in Rio and have created a pastel drawing of their landscape. We are sending them to Brazilian children as a gift!
Favela Life BBC linkFor those of you that missed the different jobs people do in the Rohinca Favela.
We have been finding out about how Christmas is celebrated in Brazil.
We have been sketching portraits of children from a Syrian refugee camp as part of a Global Learning project. We will be sending the finished pictures to them.
In Antibullying week, we wrote a class rap called 'Everybody's Different, Everybody's Equal'. We hope it captures the feelings of what it like to be bullied. We performed it in our celebration assembly to the whole school. We felt very brave and proud for doing this!
On Water Wednesday we had a science workshop about transporting water.
We made Rifiki beads to wear, ready for our Walk for Water.
Future Earth Project
We have been learning about different problems that could affect the Earth in the future. We thought of some possible solutions and designed them. We then showed them in our school assembly. In the springtime we hope to enter them into a competition for schools.
We learned about the different levels of hunger in countries around the world. Some countries have 1/4 of their population hungry. When we designed our posters we learned lots of facts about food waste and presented them as an infographic.