Summer Term 2 2017
Yr 3&4 Summer T2 (A)Topic – Childhood
Victorian WOW Day
Year4 had a fantastic WOW day on Tuesday. We dressed up as Victorians, experienced the scary Victorian ‘Miss Bunce’, tried the Dunce cap on and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Learning how to have afternoon tea and crumpets with good manners was another highlight!
A special visitor!
We had an exciting visitor in last week – George’s pet bearded dragon called Larry. What an amazing opportunity to see an interesting reptile up close. We even got to see Larry have his lunch (a fast moving grasshopper). Thank you George and George’s mum for the experience!
On Election Day, Year 4 voted for their favourite party along with the rest of the nation. We had some discussion about what each party stood for and then took part in a ballot. We enjoyed learning how to make our vote and put into a ballot box.
Visit to Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood
We had a fantastic time going to Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood to kick start our Childhood Topic. The workshop about Grandma’s toys was very informative. The children particularly enjoyed climbing the chimney like a Victorian child, and of course the playground! Thank you to our parent helpers who came along.
We used the Wind in the Willows characters this week as inspiration for our science learning by researching their food chains. What would Toad, Badger, Rat and Mole eat, and who eats them?! We used the iPads to find out, and learnt some key vocabulary too.
Year 4 enjoyed creating Stop Frame Animations over the last few weeks. We made the props we needed, learnt how to use I Can Animate on the iPad and created two draft versions. Each time, we improved our skills and progressed. The animations were based on a scene from Wind in the Willows (a topic we have been very much enjoying!).
What a Waste!
Year 4 have been learning about the digestive system this week! We have found it fascinating, particularly when Miss Bunce showed us the digestive system in action, using a pair of tights, orange juice and some cornflakes. There were some disgusted faces by the end of it!
Science Week was awesome!
We enjoyed working in groups all week to investigate, design, problem solve and think.
The week started with a helicopter enquiry, where we made paper helicopters and thought about what would make them fall slowly to the ground instead of fast. We invented our own enquiries in pairs and tested them.
At the end of the week, we did our very own version of the Jaguar Challenge. We had to work in groups of 4, come up with a group name and slogan, design a car using 2Design on the computers, and add axles and wheels. On Thursday afternoon, we tested them in the corridors using a ramp.
To end the week, we loved looking around the school to see what everyone had been up to this week. We left comments on post-it notes when we were particularly impressed! Some of the handwriting in Year 2 was incredible!
On Tuesday 25th April, Year 4 did the Squashed Tomato Challenge, as part of our Science Week. We were challenged to make a model to transport tomatoes from the desk to the ground without spilling them.
This would help the farmers in Nepal have an easier way of transporting tomatoes without dropping or squashing them on the mountainside. These farmers need to do this job, otherwise they’ll have no money to buy food, feed their families and put roofs over their heads.
We took all day to build them, working in groups of 3 or 4. It took a lot of hard work! In the end we came up with lots of different ideas, including zip wires, ramps and pulleys.
“It was really fun because we had to make transport to get tomatoes down to the floor” – Kyle
“We counted how many tomatoes we could collect in each group. The WWEJ group managed to get 94! Even though our group got fewer tomatoes, it was still really fun” – Madison
“It was fun because we got to work together and because it worked!” – Freddie
“I really enjoyed working in a group all day” – April
“It was a really good day because we got to learn everybody’s weak spots and good spots. Kyle’s good at design. I’m good at engineering, Archie is good at keeping us going by entertaining us and Riley is good at helping out with different things.” – Matt