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Year 4 are starting the year as scientists! We’ll be looking at the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases before focusing our attention on conducting scientific investigations. We will be setting up simple practical enquiries to look at the melting speed of different solids, and measuring temperature changes over time. We shall then use this data to draw simple conclusions and present our findings. Finally, we will look closely at the water cycle and consider our enquiry question: Why does it now?
Which will melt the quickest: Butter, chocolate or an Ice cube...
95% of the class were certain that the ice cube would melt the quickest and the chocolate would melt the slowest....so 95% of the class were shocked to see that it was actually the other way around! Here are photos of us conducting our experiment.
We found out early on in our Power of Reading text, Ice Palace, that summer is a happy time for the residents of Ivan's small village. However, winter brings Starjik, the child-taker. The book follows the journey of Ivan through a wintery pine-wood forest as he desperately tries to find his brother who has been taken by Starjik. Using pastels and cotton wool, we used this contrast in mood and the seasons to show Ivan's land during both the happier summer months and the dark wintery months.
What do you think Ivan should do?
In order to deepen our understanding about our Power of Reading Text Ice Palace, we put ourselves in the position of Ivan the main character. His dilemma was should he go and rescue his brother form Stajik or stay at home with his parents?
Suggestions to go were-
'Everyone will think you're a hero if you rescue your brother.'
'He's part of your family, you must rescue him!'
Suggestions to stay were:
'The wolves might eat you or you could get hurt. You're too young to go out on your own!'
'You might get captured by Starjik too if you go!'
After we had come up with many reason, we conducted a decision alley. Having heard all of the for and against arguments, Ivan decided he should go!
We created some mini movies to reinforce what we had learnt about the particles of a solid, liquid and gas. Here are two movies for you to enjoy!
We're starting the year by recapping how to write instructions in writing. We're going to be writing instructions on how to build a fire so today we went out and Mr Walters showed us how to safely build one. We then prepared our own mini fires using tinder and kindling (not forgetting to create a safe area first). After, we had some marshmallows around the fire and listened to the first part of our new Power of Reading text Ice Palace.
States of matter
We learnt about what matter is today and the three states of matter: Solids, liquids and gases. After learning about their properties, we went outside and pretended to be particles in each one.
We made fake snow in class today to kick start our new enquiry: Why does it snow? Then, we had a go at making paper snowflakes!