Yesterday, Year 4 had the fantastic opportunity of going to the Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC. Moving through the halls, they experienced a variety of hands on activities based upon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We also saw a range of careers on display such as the Army, RAF, engineers, scientists and computer gaming developers. The children came away with an incredible memory and many, many freebies!
4E used the Beebots to discover the bugs in the algorithms. They programmed the Beebots, using the given instructions. When errors occurred, they fixed them. A great job done!
4E had an exciting visit to the New Walk Museum on Thursday 28th February. Exploring the museum in the morning, we saw dinosaur exhibits and art work. After lunch, Andy, our guide, took us back in time to Ancient Egypt. We had discussions, held artefacts and saw REAL LIFE mummies! However, the best bit had to be when we held the animal poo!
4E began their research on the River Nile. We used Isabella Wallace’s differentiator and the IPads to answer the questions and find the facts.
4E used their work from last week to rebuild a simple circuit. After that, we learnt about switches and how they break the circuit to stop lights being on all the time and the doorbell from constantly ringing. Then, we had a go at making our own switches for the circuits that we had made. It took a lot of resilience but we got there in the end!
In French, on Tuesday, 4E practised their vocabulary of food and drinks by having their very own French cafe. They ordered what they wanted, paid their bill and remembered the tip!
4E used the cuisennaire rods to support work on fractions. We secured our understanding that fractions must have equal parts and found a wide range of equivalence.
4E had a great afternoon investigating a range of circuits. During our electricity topic, we have learnt about how the mains work with Mr Bartle, identified a range of household items that use electricity, and discovered the different parts in a circuit. Yesterday, we tested a range of given circuits and embedded our understanding of what makes a circuit work. We scientifically recorded our investigation, including writing an equipment list, method, fair test procedure and conclusion. Making predictions first, we enjoyed testing each circuit and challenging our thinking.
A lovely mass this morning for Year 4 on the feast day of the conversion of St Paul. Outstanding singing and an extremely important message, ‘In a word, never let go of these three things: faith, hope and love. And know that the greatest of these will always be love
Today, Year 4 ventured back in Ancient Egypt to make papyrus paper. It was very messy and very fun! They soaked strips of paper into a mixture of flour and tea, then wiped off the excess before laying it in a criss-cross pattern.