Welcome to our Class 10 Page!
Year 4 Sports Day was a fun day with the children competing in the egg and spoon race, walking backwards with a bean-bag on their head race, the ‘laying an egg’ race and the tennis ball slalom race. This was followed by the hotly contested flat races and relay. The overall winners for Year 4 was the Beech team! Congratulations to them and also Sycamore, Ash and Oak for participating.
Over the summer holidays, Mr Nicholls found a Roman coin in the school grounds. He sent it to the Time Team who suggested that perhaps the children in Year 4 could excavate the area to see if anything else may be buried there. Of course, we couldn’t say no to Tony Robinson! So with some archaeological equipment we set off to in the school grounds. Having been successful in finding a number or Roman coins as well as other artefacts we were interested to learn more about Roman life. This led to our historical and geographical learning around the Romans.
We incorporated our Romans theme into our Art (drawing) topic and created fantastic sketches of colosseums. We practised different techniques of shading and applied them to our final products that were used as part of our Year 4 Romans display in the school. We also learnt how to write our names in the Roman Alphabet:
In Autumn 1, Year 4 started our new topic that was all about Antarctica. We were introduced to Ernest Shackleton and his expedition to Antarctica. Our topic started when the children spotted some ‘wanted’ posters scattered around the school:
We looked at the posters in detail, unpicked all of the new vocabulary that we hadn’t heard of before and had a reciprocal reading session to help us understand the purpose of this poster. Then we took time to debate and decide whether or not we would like to go on to the journey and why. After we had decided, we wrote letters to Ernest Shackleton to inform him that we would or would not like to apply.
To further our exploration into Shackleton’s Journey, we dramatized a section of the text where Shackleton and his men came into trouble with pack ice. Here are some photos of us doing so.
As we are approaching the end of our Antarctica journey, we are finishing with a fantastic newspaper report that highlights the events of Shackleton and his crew members’ escape to Elephant Island. We set up a ‘warm’ and relaxing atmosphere with an interactive fire and some mindful music to warm ourselves up from the icy adventure.
In Maths we have looked at 3D shapes and the nets of 3D shapes. We carried out an investigation to predict and then find out what shapes certain nets would make.
We then carried out another investigation. Will a net that has 6 squares always make a cube? This is how we got on:
After our work with Shape, we then moved on to looking at coordinates. To practise using them, we had lots of fun playing ‘battleships’ with our partners!
Science has been a lot of fun this half term as we have looked at Solids, Liquids and Gases. We carried out an investigation where we had to figure out the quickest way to get a chocolate button out of an ice cube. We realised that if we added some heat to the ice, we would be able to melt the ice into liquid form enough to get the chocolate button free. The tricky part was trying not to add too much heat that the chocolate button melted too!
In computing this half term, we looked at how technology has changed over the years. We began the topic by looking at ‘old’ technology and discussed how they have advanced. We then took time to research key inventors and their inventions:
Class 10 have enjoyed working with clay in our Art topic. We began by studying the different techniques used when making clay sculptures and practised them by making clay mugs. Once we had had a practise, we designed a penguin to make (linking to our Antarctica topic). Here are a couple of our final products:
As we approach Christmas, the children were treated to a pantomime from Open Box. We had such a great time watching them perform.
During the last week of term, Year 4 incorporated our D&T unit of work with Christmas festivities and made some Christmas Biscuits. Once we had made them, we iced and decorated them.
2019-2020 Spring – Year 4’s trip to Salisbury Museum
What better way to start off the new year, new term and new topic than a trip to Salisbury Museum to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons.
We started off the day by looking at Saxon artefacts. We all became archaeologists, filling in a ‘Finds Record’ sheet about artefacts we were looking at which included weapons, jewellery and ceramics. Things we had to note down included:
- What it was made of
- If it had any decoration on it
- How big it was
- What it was used for
- What kind of person would have used it
- If it was the complete artefact or if it was broken
- What it felt like
We then had to sketch a picture of the item. Here we are filling out our ‘Finds Record Sheets’.
After this, we learnt that Saxon’s loved to make extravagant accessories like brooches. We were impressed with the intricate details the Saxon’s carved into them and had a go at making our own. We used a sheet of gold paper to imprint our designs onto and then stuck a safety pin on the back so we could wear them like real Saxon’s. They turned out brilliantly!
Once we were finished making our brooches, we pinned them to our clothes and got ready for a bit of role play. Our role play showcased a Saxon dying and the process that happened afterwards.
Important items were placed with the deceased to be buried with him. In this case, the items buried with him were things that Class 10 thought would be important and valuable. Some of the things included; a sleeping bag (to rest comfortably), a ring (sentimental value), a watch (to signify when he died), a teddy bear (for personal comfort) and a knife (to protect him). After the items were placed, we watched as the grave-diggers covered him with soil and then grass to finish the burial process.
After lunch, Class 10 had a chance to explore the museum fully. We looked at various artefacts in the museum which included things from the Stone-Age through to the Normans. We enjoyed being able to open draws and cupboards to find even more interesting items.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Salisbury Museum and cannot wait to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons this term!
The Firework Maker’s Daughter
The start of the new year saw year 4 starting a new text in Literacy. As you can guess from the heading, it was called The Firework Maker’s Daughter.
We thoroughly enjoyed the learning journey that we went on during this book and produced some amazing work; emotive letters, descriptive settings and even some amazing firework art!
We don’t want to give too much away as Class 10 will be doing a Class Assembly based on this learning!
Our Anglo-Saxon Homework Projects
During last half term, Miss Ward set us the exciting task of creating our own Anglo-Saxon presentation. We could present it any way we liked; a model, a story, a drawing, a newspaper report, a booklet… the possibilities were endless.
We then had time to show our incredible projects to each other. We treated our classroom like a museum and were very respectful of each others work.
Then we invited our parents and carers in to see them too:
They seemed to really enjoy all of our hard work. We need to say a big THANK YOU to our parents for helping us make such fantastic projects!