This term has been action packed for class 4. We kick-started our topic, The Big Freeze, with an igloo challenge where children made their own igloo over the Christmas holidays which we then discussed and evaluated.
This then led us to look at how we could best insulate a class outdoor igloo. Children conducted science experiments to see which materials would keep water in a beaker the warmest.
We then learnt about global warming and the effect it has on arctic animals. Focussing on the polar bear children got into role and wrote a letter from a polar bear’s point of view, begging the people of the world to put an end to global warming.
Continuing on the theme of arctic animals we researched our favourite arctic dwellers, Penguins! The children created fact files and completed art work based on emperor penguins.
Our love of penguins also inspired us for the annual dance competition where the children got into the character of and dressed as penguins to The Rhythm of Life. We were chosen to be on Radio Humberside and went on to win the Goole Schools competition! We look forward to taking part in the county final at Cottingham High School.
Take a look at our amazing performance below...............
We have also created our own class art work, looking at the textures and colours of the winter.
Our school visit to the Snowzone at Xscape was a big hit! The children had the opportuniny to go sledging and down an ice slide. We timed the children and used the data in maths lessons.
In addition to all of this the children also had swimming lessons three afternoons a week in the first half term!
Year 4 are taking a step back into the lives of Victorians! Our topic heading 'What was it like?' invites the children to explore a range of elements from the era.
We began our topic looking back at the interesting life of Queen Victoria. Children were asked to imagine that they were Queen Victoria on the 20th June, 1937, the day that her uncle died and she found out that she was to become the Queen of England at the young age of 18.
The children loved dressing up as Queen Victoria and role playing her character. They then produced some wonderful diary entries.
We are now moving on to look at the Victorian period in our local area, examining the architecture which still remains. We have also been on the Reuben Chappel art trail around Goole, looking at the work of this famous local artist.
The children also visited Goole museum, getting in to the 'nitty gritty' lines of the old 'bobbies on the beat' and looking at the crimes in the 1800's!
Later in the term we will be looking at the Victorian Era across Britain and comparing the lines of both the rich and poor.
Class 4's love of role play is evident when they're working in our 'Victorian school' role play area!
In maths we have been learning about reflective symmetry and have linked this to the work of the Victorian painter William Morris who used repeated patterns and symmetry in his art work. We are working on mini-canvases and are enjoying developing our own symmetrical designs inspired by nature found in our outdoor area, using acrylics on the canvas.