ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21
After finding out how sugary drinks can damage our teeth, we made our own toothpaste. We mixed bicarbonate of soda, glycerine, salt and peppermint together to form a toothpaste. We learnt how toothpaste helps to protect the enamel by using sodium fluoride and bicarbonate soda to neutralize acids from our foods and drinks. Following making the toothpaste, we were given time to work as a group and produce an advert to promote our product. These proved very amusing and we enjoyed the role play.
During our Geography topic, we have been learning how volcanoes are formed and what happens when they erupt. Over the last few lessons, we have our DT skills to construct our own volcanoes out of plastic bottles and papier mâché. Today we used vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to cause a chemical reaction inside the bottles. This enabled us to replicate what happens when a volcano starts to erupt. For the finale, we used Coca Cola and Mentos to cause a giant eruption.
During our geography topic, we have been learning about all of the things that make the earth rumble. We have learnt about how mountains and volcanoes are formed when tectonic plates move beneath the earth’s crust. We researched how volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis can all have a devastating impact on the areas in which they happen. In this session, we used papier mache around plastic bottles to create our own volcanoes that we hope to erupt later on in the term. It was a messy task but we enjoyed the challenge!
We couldn’t finish the Egyptian unit without having a closer look at the magnificent pyramids. Having learnt about mummification, we knew the pyramids were built as tombs for the great Pharaohs but their actual construction remains a mystery. For their task, the children had to design their own pyramid and construct it. Have a look at these awesome designs!
On Friday, Year 4 enjoyed sharing their Egyptian themed homework. They all had the opportunity to speak to their peers about what they had created and look at each other’s work. After that, they had the chance to celebrate their work further by showing it to the children in the other Year 4 class.
Science - Sound
This week, we had our very first science lesson on sound. We learnt that all sounds are made by vibrations. During the lesson, we completed a variety of activities that allowed us to see the vibrations in action when sounds are being made. These included placing rice on top of a drum, placing a tuning fork into water, blowing across the top of bottles and twanging rulers on the edge of the table. This helped us to see which part of each object was vibrating to make the sound. For example, the skin on the drum vibrated when it was hit and this created the sound.
Science - Circuits
Last week, Class 10 enjoyed completing their very first science experiment of the year! They made predictions about a range of different circuits to say if they thought the bulb would light up. In small groups, they made each of circuits in turn using the electrical components. They found that only the circuits that were complete would make the bulb light up.
Welcome to Class 10
Class 10 have settled in really well after returning to school. They have produced lots of fantastic pick ‘n’ mix homework which they are looking forward to sharing with the rest of Year 4 in the weeks to come. The children have been enjoying their first history lessons on the topic of Ancient Egyptians. They enjoyed creating visual timelines and working together to see where the Ancient Egyptians fit in history.
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Well done George on your poster about Ukraine
Hattie has enjoyed doing the character descriptions for English and this weeks science experiment. She has been doing well with her timetables and spellings. Well done Hattie keep up the good work!
For our Roman hook day we all came into school dressed in Roman outfits. During the day, we took part in lots of activities to begin to learn about what life as a Roman soldier might be like. In the morning, we designed our own Roman shields based on traditional designs, considering the meaning of each of the elements of the crest. We later painted them ready for our battle in the afternoon.
After lunch, we went out onto the playground and learnt how to march and move in a variety of different formations. Our favourites were The Tortoise, The Wedge and The Orb. Once we were confident with our formations, we had tag battles between the classes taking it in turns to act as the Romans and the unsuspecting Celts. We all thoroughly enjoyed our day and are looking forward to learning more about the Romans.
Having studied Pompeii and several other volcanic eruptions, for the final lesson of the half-term Year 4 erupted their very own volcanoes using a concoction of ingredients! Although the Coke and Mentos experiment wasn't as volatile as we hoped, the children all loved to see their projects ooze foamy, red lava!
As part of our Science unit on sound, Year 4 have been learning about amplitude and pitch. The children learnt that the amplitude of a sound is related to the size of the vibrations and that pitch is a variable that can changed on an instrument so that it can make both high and low sounds. For their activity, the children cut a series of straws to different lengths to create their very own set of panpipes. Following some extensive practise, we were able to achieve a tune!
This week Year 4 were asked to create a brand new sweet treat that could be sold in Waitrose stores across the Country. In small groups, they worked together to design a company name and logo to represent their products. Their next task was to design their brand new product and the packaging to sell it in.
Once they had their product they needed to work out how much it would cost to make, how much they could sell it for and the profit they would generate. To promote their products, they created their own advertising campaign and again worked out how much it would cost to make their TV adverts, billboards, posters and leaflets.
Finally, they pitched their product ideas to the managers of Waitrose to find out which product they wanted to use in their stores.
'As part of our Ancient Egyptian topic, we have been investigating the different types of foods that the Ancient Egyptians grew and ate. On Friday, we attempted to replicate an Egyptian flatbread recipe that is over 3500 years old! The flatbread is known as Aish Baladi and was commonly eaten throughout Egypt. Before baking, the children worked together to crack the code and calculate the correct quantities of ingredients. Following this, in groups the children made the dough and allowed it to prove. In the afternoon, they baked their dough and were able to try the show stopper!'
Ancient Egyptian Hook day
Year 4’s hook day began with some Egyptian maths. Using the Ancient Egyptian symbols they were given, the children worked hard to solve a range of increasingly complicated problems.
Later on, Year 4 studied a range of Ancient Egyptian death masks. They used these ideas to design their very own death masks, which they made by painting paper plates. Whilst looking at death masks, the children explored the Ancient Egyptian mummification process and even had a go at mummifying one of their classmates!
In the afternoon, the children learnt who built the Egyptian Pyramids and what they would have been used for in Ancient Egyptian times. They then created their own 3-D pyramids by decorating the net of a square based pyramid with hieroglyphics before folding and sticking them to create the 3-D shape.
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New Barn Trip
Class 10 had a wonderful visit to the New Barn Field Centre near Dorchester. The children took part in a range of activities which included: grinding wheat using quern stones, making a poultice for a cut or wound by grinding leaves in a pestle and mortar, churning cream to make butter and trying to start a fire using a bow drill! The children had to be patient and persevere as most of these activities took some time. After lunch, we visited two roundhouses and found out what life would have been like for Stone Age men and women. We would like to thank the adults who accompanied us on our trip. They were very impressed with the children's behaviour and their attitude to learning.
Class 10 have been learning about earthquakes and volcanic eruptions this term. As part of our topic, we made our own volcanoes using empty plastic bottles and newspaper. We then did our own eruptions on the school playground using the following ingredients: bicarbonate of soda, food colouring, washing up liquid, vinegar and water. Unfortunately, our experiment with Mentos and Coke didn't work as we hoped it would and so we plan to repeat this later in the term!
Mr Egypt visits Huish!
Year 4 were very lucky to have a visit from an Egyptologist this week! First, we all gathered in the hall to learn more about the Geography of Egypt. Thebes was the ancient capital of Egypt but now Cairo is the capital city. We learnt about how important children were in Egyptian society, what they wore, the jobs they did and the toys they played with. After break, we wrote our names in hieroglyphics and solved some addition calculations and word problems using Egyptian numbers. In the afternoon, we found out about the weighing of the heart ceremony and how Egyptians mummified bodies in preparation for the afterlife. The highlight was our mummy-wrapping competition. In groups of 6, the children had 5 minutes to mummify a group member using a roll of toilet paper! This was great fun and you can see how successful they were from the photos above. Everyone enjoyed the day – thank you to all of the parents for supporting this!
Class 10 are archaeologists
Welcome to Class 10’s blog! I hope that you all had a great Summer break (it seems a long time ago now!) The children are settling in well to Year 4 and are enjoying their learning. In our first history lesson, we were archaeologists! We used paintbrushes and magnifying glasses to investigate some treasures that were buried in the sand! Everyone was really sensible and methodical and all the Egyptian treasures were successfully unearthed! We are looking forward to a visit from Mr Egypt at the beginning of October.