Welcome to the final term of the academic year. Our focus for this term is Chocolate! We got off to a sweet start with our taste test. We were being chocolate scientists and investigating whether we could smell and taste the difference between milk, dark and white chocolate. Some of us were more accurate than others! We also had a mystery chocolate where we had to decide what flavouring had been added to it. Only a few people worked this one out.
When our research about volcanoes was complete, we moved on to earthquakes. We had already looked at what plate tectonics are and saw how their movement caused earthquakes.
We created our own seismographs to measure the strength of an earthquake. We also made simple buildings to see how easily they would fall during an earthquake. We then used paper to create a stronger structure that would not topple over quite so easily.
These are our seismographs and below are the structures we made.
Will our buildings stand up to an 'earthquake'?
Active Planet: Volcanoes and Earthquakes
This first half term has been a busy one. We have been investigating how our dangerous our planet can be with the volcanoes and earthquakes that we experience.
We have been researching, presenting and creating art on the theme.
Below are some of the photos of the different things that we have been doing.
Here, we were piecing together the plates of the Earth, like a big jigsaw puzzle. We know that this is called plate tectonics.
Then we made volcanoes (which we will use again when we do some science work). We also created our own volcano image and wrote about the materials we chose.
As part of our unit on Explorers, we headed out to the local park to see what plants we could find to draw. Many of the old explorers made sketches of the new plants they came across on their travels, and so we planned to do the same.
We observed different plants from around the world and drew what we could see.
Here are some photos of us at work and some photos of our drawings.
Back in the classroom, we turned our sketches into more colourful, detailed drawings. Have a look at some of our finished pieces:
We used Morfobooth app to tell a story about the life of our chosen explorers. Have a look to see what you think:
By Callie and Namfar
By Laurent and Taylor
By Nadia and Chompoo
By Jao Sua
By Hero and Dragon
By Aashi and Kayley
Last week, it was our class assembly. Our theme was Explorers as that is what our new topic is all about this half term.
Everyone did an amazing job at learning lines and they spoke so clearly. They should be very proud of themselves - I know I'm proud of them!
If you missed the assembly, you can watch it here:
The end of the half term saw us busy with our World Literature Week activities. Year 4 focused on the author Roald Dahl and we looked at how he created and developed characters within his stories.
At the end of the week, parents were invited in to see the work that we had been doing.
Below are the sound recordings of an extra trick that Mr or Mrs Twit might play on one another.
In history, we are looking at particular events and changes that have affected the lives of children and old people. Our focus for this first lesson was on how we remember things from our childhoods. After brainstorming how we think we remember and why it might be important to remember, we invited Mr. Lane to talk about his childhood memories and how he remembers them.
Another theme in our Art lessons was looking at human motion. We studied the work of artists to see how they created sculptures on this theme. Then we took a photo of us in a pose and used the modelling clay to sculpt our pieces.
Our Generation Game topic gave us a busy couple of weeks in Art. First of all, we looked at how artists have depicted childhood and then created our own scenes from around school to show childhood.
Then we looked at how artists use line and shade to create drawings of elderly people. We then used a photo of ourselves to draw our portraits, but used shading to create a drawing of what we think we might look like when we are older.
Take a look at our work: