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Who were more powerful: Athenians or Spartans?
Our Challenge: To produce an e-book, answering the question 'Who were more powerful: Spartans or Athenians?'
After weeks of learning, we were finally able to answer our enquiry question. But if you want to know, you'll have to read our e-books to find out!
Our WOW: The Ancient Greeks
To kick start our enquiry, we spent a whole day learning about the Ancient Greeks. We started by learning about well known leaders and warriors, whilst dressed in our finest Grecian clothing. Next, we learned more about their lives by playing ancient games and puzzles. At the end of the day, we learned about Athenian and Spartan wars. We were commanded into battle and then took part in some ancient Olympic games. We have already learned so much, and can't wait to learn more about who was the most powerful.
Our Enquiry: What are Conductors?
This term we will be learning about electricity, particularly focusing on how electronic games, such as ‘Operation’, are created. We will learn about how circuits are constructed, using a variety of components, as well as the effect of adding more components into these. Additionally, we will be investigating the properties of conductors and insulators and their role within a circuit. Using this knowledge, we will then research, design, construct and review our own ‘Operation’ style game, testing these with other children in the school.
I liked this enquiry because the games were really fun. I enjoyed making them because you had to use team work and concentration.
It was amazing. I liked cutting thw wood the most. Now I''ll know how to make things at home.
It was a great chance to see how conductors and insulators can work to make a game work! Now we know how operation works.
Power of reading: Varjak Paw
This term, we are reading Varjak Paw by SF Said. The main character, Varjak Paw, is a pure-bred Mesopotamian Blue, who lives with his family in the Contessa's grand house. He is not often allowed outside, and has never been further than the garden wall. Strange things start to happen at the house, making the Elder Paw worried that something is going to happen to the family. He tells Varjak to find help, in the form of a dog. But to do this, he must venture into the outside world.
Will he succeed in his mission to find a dog and save his family?
The book is exciting and we want to hear more about it. I like doing our writing about the stories we hear.
I love listening to the book and then writing about it. It's full of adverbials and speech so when it comes to writing I can think of ideas from the book.
"I think Varjak is crazy to go over the wall! He might die!"
How do Tadpoles become Frogs?
In week 5, we took our learning outside and investigated wildlife in the school pond. We are lucky to have a large pond which is the perfect habitat for frogs and tadpoles. We couldn't believe how many tadpoles there were! Back in the classroom, we researched the life cycle of a frog, and then used our new knowledge to write an Explanation Text: How do Tadpoles become Frogs? An explanation is a style of writing that we focus on in Year 4, and this gave us a chance to practise using Causal Conjunctions. Take a look at our pictures and some examples of our writing.
Investigating Electrical Circuits
As part of our current enquiry, "What are Conductors?", we have been exploring electrical circuits. So far, we have looked at the components which make up a circuit, and whether there are other materials that allow electricity to flow through them.
This term, we are using our Maths lessons to learn about fractions. We are using lots of physical 'concrete' resources to understand how fractions are "a part of a whole".
Varjak Paw - Role Play
WOW lesson - Operation
To kick start our enquiry, this week we had a look at the popular game 'Operation'. Whilst we enjoyed playing, we discussed how we thought the game worked. Miss Perrett then revealed our enquiry challenge; to make our own game, based on Operation! We talked about the kinds of skills and knowledge we will need to gain, in order to create our own games. We are looking forward to developing our Science and DT skills, and then putting them into practice over the course of this term. Watch this space!
We began Term 5 with Anti-bullying day. We talked about the important differences between 'unkind behaviour' and 'bullying'. As a class, we decided that bullying was unkind behaviour that was consistent and repeated over time. Have a look below at some of our anti-bullying posters. We wanted to give advice about what to do if you are being bullied, but also remind people how important it is not be be bystander!
Our enquiry: How are sounds made?
The Challenge: Use recycled objects to make music.
In Term 4, we have been learning a lot about recycling and sound. In Literacy, we wrote non-chronological reports about the three Rs (reuse, reduce and recycle). We also used our narrative skills to write stories about where discarded items might end up. You can read examples of our writing below. In the final week of term, we combined everything we'd learned from our enquiry - How are sounds made? - with what we'd learned about recycling. The result? Musical performances using recycled objects! See our pictures and videos below.
Mini investigation: How far does a whisper travel?
When thinking about our enquiry question, we wondered how far a whisper could travel. We thought about all the variables that could effect our outcome (such as location and background noise), and all the things we wanted to keep the same. To make it a fair test, we got into groups of three and chose one person to be the 'whisperer', one person whose job was to listen, and one person who would measure the distance in between. We tested various locations around the school grounds and were surprised to learn that the longest distance was on the school field; over 200 footsteps!
What is pitch?
We want to know more about how sounds are made, so we have been looking at pitch and volume. We held rulers off the edge of tables, and then strummed them, to observe the sound that was made. We experimented with different lengths to see whether this changed the pitch. We learned that the more vibrations there were, the higher the pitch. This helped us to understand more about frequency and sound waves.
Chinese Culture Day
What is Snow?
Our enquiry this term will allow us to become scientists in order to understand what snow is and how it is formed. We will carry out a range of experiments to help us identify the differences between the three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas.
Weeks 4 - 6
Weeks 1 - 3
Shackleton's Incredible Expedition
What does it mean to belong to Judaism?
What is a Quest?
Weeks 5 - 7
Weeks 1 - 4
The Ice Palace
This term, we are reading Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. Ice Palace is a quest story and we will be using it as inspiration to write our own quest stories.
Starjik! Whisper his name and it was winter in your heart.
No one sees Starjik and his hungry wolves when they come in the dead of night, but always a child is missing in the morning. Who can rid the land of this curse and melt the fear in its people’s hearts? Only Ivan, who loves his little brother enough to follow him through many dangers to Starjik’s cavern.
Survival in cold climates - Building a fire.
In the story 'Ice Palace', the main character, Ivan, embarks on a perilous quest to rescue his brother from the evil Starjik. He enters the bitterly cold forest with just a fur parka and a small bag of supplies. In week 4, we learnt about outdoor survival. We wrote a survival guide for outdoor survival, as well as instructions for building a fire. We then shared our instructions with Mr Walters who built a fire for us, in the school grounds.
"It was amazing because we got to eat marshmallows! We were so lucky to do it with Mr. Walters. The funniest part was when my marshmallow caught on fire." - Harley.
"We got our own sticks and built mini fires. We knew how to do it because we wrote instructions". - Anton
"My favourite part was when we made marshmallow biscuit sandwiches!" - Kristian.
When Ivan realises that his brother has been taken by Starjik, he faces a difficult decision. Stay home and hope he returns, or brave the icy forest and search Starjik's Ice Palace.
We use decision alley to help us understand Ivan's dilemma. 'Ivan' walks down the middle, whilst everyone else whispers their thoughts to him. At the end, 'Ivan' must decide!
World War One Week
Can pizzas be healthy?
How are wolves and humans similar?
How are wolves and humans similar?
Watch our video documentaries to find out.
4JP led this year's Harvest celebrations. We explained that, in this country, most foods are harvested in Autumn. But did you know that we actually get a lot of our food from other parts of the world? For example, the ingredients used to make a take-away pizza may have travelled a staggering 22,900 miles! This reminds us to be thankful for locally grown foods, and to be grateful that we have enough to eat.
Can you build a tower using only marshmallows and spaghetti?
We worked in groups to build towers using only marshmallows, raw spaghetti and scissors! Our tallest tower measured 51cm high! Although we all got very sticky, we loved the challenge and enjoyed experimenting with different structures. At the end, we all pulled together to clean up our (sticky) classroom. Thank you to all parents and carers who came in to help, we hope you had fun too.