Spring Two Update
English and History
This term, Year 4 combined our History learning with our English to write a non-chronological report. We researched how crime and punishment has changed in Britain over the years from Romans right through to modern day. Part of our research involved trying out some of the Victorian punishments such as the treadmill, the shot drill and picking oakum. Punishments from the past are brutal and we are so glad to be alive in today’s world!
Science Week 2020
Science week 2020 was all about the different ways in which we can answer a scientific question. We had a brilliant time finding out which material was the best to keep our hot chocolate warm, comparing children’s heights with their age and classifying and grouping many delicious biscuits. We also learned about the life of Mary Anning and created our own fossils using salt dough. We ended the week with an explosive experiment, pouring mentos into diet cola to see how high we could make the spray!
Spring One Update
This half term, Year 4 have been focusing on food. We have included food not just in our DT and Art lessons but across our Geography, RE, French, English and Science learning too… that’s a lot of food!
To help Year 4 learn about the digestive system, we carried out a range of investigations. First, we experimented with eggs to see which liquids would produce the most tooth decay. We used eggs as the shell behaves in similar way to tooth enamel. We submerged the eggs in different liquids and observed the changes over five days. We found that the apple juice produced the most tooth decay as the egg had peeled, become brown and cracked, plus the shell became very soft. Yuck!
We also recreated the digestive system by using crackers, orange juice, a sandwich bag and a pair of tights. The sandwich bag acted as the stomach and the crackers dissolved with the orange juice ‘bile’ (yuck!). We then put the stomach mixture in the tights, to represent the intestines and we were left with the waste at the end…
In Art, Year 4 have been focusing on the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldi. Arcimboldi used different fruit and vegetables to recreate portraits of people’s faces. We used a range of media to recreate Arcimboldi’s work. We used iPads to create digital animations, collage using photographs of food, sketching and shading, plus printing with actual fruit and vegetables.
DT and Geography
In our DT lesson, we discussed the seasonality of food and were able to prepare food using ripe fruits and vegetables. This complimented our learning in Geography, in which we learned about food from all over the world whilst learning how to use a Globe.
In Spring 2, Year 4 look forward to learning about crime and punishment through the ages. We will be combining our History and English lessons to write non-chronological reports about Crime and Punishment from the Roman times right through to modern day.