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 Term 1

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?

LoE:Why does it snow?

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How long does it take a solid to melt?

As a class, we conducted an experiment to see how long it would take for different solids to melt. Using a candle as heat, we placed ice, butter and then chocolate over a flame. We then used stopwatches to record how quickly the different solids melted. Have a look at our experiment in action. 

Experiment

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Jigsaw

This week we started out new PSHE learning through Jigsaw. We started off by agreeing our Jigsaw charter- we all felt that only one person should talk at a time, listen to all views and feelings, take turns and respect everyone's privacy.

 

Although may of us know each other quite well we played 'Mingle Bingo' where we looked to find other people with similar interests. We then went on to calm ourselves through meditation. Finally, we talked about how it feels to be included and what it feels like to be excluded. Everyone agreed that we liked to be part of a group and included. As we shared our ideas we passed Jigsaw Jaz around. 

What do you think Ivan should do?

Part of deepening 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-

'You love your brother, go and find him',

'You are brave, it is the only thing to do'

 Suggestions to stay were:

'Starjik will get you as well if you follow'

'It's dangerous, stay safe at home with your mum and dad'

 

What would you do?

Fire building

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.

Gas

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Solid

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Liquid

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Wow!

We made fake snow in class today to kick start our new enquiry: Why does it snow? 

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