ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020
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!
Internet Safety Write-Up
Year 4 have continued to learn about how to stay safe online and the importance of not giving out your personal information. To celebrate E-Safety week, the children are ready to perform a parody One-Direction song to the school. Look out for future tour dates!
As part of the upcoming Shakespeare week at school, Year 4 have been looking at the famous balcony scene in Romeo & Juliet. The children have used a variety of sketching techniques to replicate this and will soon attempt to emboss their image onto foil. We have also studied the colour wheel and looked at the differences between primary, secondary and tertiary colours.
The Year 4 children took part in a brilliant African dance workshop on Wednesday and it was excellent to see the whole year group learning and performing a fast-paced routine! In class, we completed an African Safari comprehension focusing on tourism and we also created some brilliant savannah silhouette pieces of artwork.
Volcanic Activity in Class 9!
As part of our Geography topic, the children began constructing their very own volcanoes this week. We have been learning about the different sections of a volcano and what causes them to erupt. Weather permitting, we are hoping to erupt our volcanoes in the next few weeks!
Following our previous science lesson on pitch, this week the children learnt about how sound travels over distance. We discussed how sounds travel in waves and not straight lines and how it is the vibrations of the air particles that allow us to hear over distance. We observed how the particles begin to lose energy over distance and therefore do not vibrate as much. This means that the sound gets quieter and can be further influenced by external variables such as weather and surroundings. Using string telephones, the children investigated what happened as the distance between the cups increased and that the string needed to be tight in order for the vibrations to successfully travel to their partner.
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!
Ancient Egypt Finally
In our final history lesson on Ancient Egypt, we explored the mysterious role of the pyramids and looked at how they were constructed. Whilst it was previous thought that slaves were used to build these magnificent structures, we know know that it would have been a great privilege to be asked to build the tomb of a Pharaoh. Only highly skilled workers would have been allowed to help with their construction. For an activity, we used spaghetti and marshmallows to try and construct our own individual pyramids. Following this, as a challenge we had a go at trying to construct a Class 9 pyramid. This proved to be more of a problem solving exercise and needed everyone to support its weight! Sadly, it couldn't support its own weight and collapsed as soon as we stepped back - I don't think we would have been employed by the Pharaoh!
For our first science lesson on our new topic on sound, we investigated how sounds are created using a variety of tools and instruments around the classroom. The children quickly realised that sounds are actually created through vibrations and that the larger the vibrations were, the louder the sound would be. In our next session, we discovered how sounds travel in waves and are measured in decibels. We also learnt about how sounds enter our ears and how the vibrations are converted to electrical pulses and sent to the brain. To demonstrate this, the children have worked in small groups to create a small science show which they will be presenting to their peers - just like Blue Peter!
'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.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Human Digestive System
As part of our unit looking at the human body, Year 4 recreated the human digestive system using a number of different resources including tights, cups and sandwich bags! The children loved squelching the banana, biscuits and orange juice in the stomach, but were less keen when things got messy replicating the role of the intestines!
Having learnt about the mighty Roman army and their tactics in warfare, the children were given the opportunity design their own Roman shields! Once completed, you may hear the children marching round the school campus in military formations!
Class 9 visit to hill fort!
Last Wednesday, Class 9 travelled back in time to visit the New Barn Field Centre near Dorchester and learn more about life in the Iron Age! In the morning, the children churned butter, used a variety of tools to create wheat flour, attempted to make fire using Iron Age tools and used a pestle and mortar to create a herbal poultice that could be applied to an injury. After lunch, the class were taken into a replica roundhouse and learnt more about day-to-day life in the Iron Age!
We had great fun in Year 4 erupting our volcanoes! By mixing baking soda, washing up liquid, water, food colouring and vinegar, we were able to replicate how lava flows out of the main vent and covers the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, the mentos and coke experiment failed so Mr Deane will attempt this again in the summer months!
As part of their Geography project, Year 4 enjoyed making their volcanoes, using a plastic water bottle and paper mache. The children are looking forward to see their creations erupt after the half term break!
Mosaic Poppies for Remembrance
As part of our the children learning about Armistice Day, they have created a mosaic poppy in the style of one of the artists we look at in Year 4, Antonio Gaudi. Each pupil has created a poppy and worked together to create a piece of scenery for our Flanders Field display that will be up in the main corridor in the coming weeks!
Class 9 becomes a wabet for the afternoon!
The children have been excited about this lesson for several weeks now as it gave them the opportunity to use the Ancient Egyptian mummification process on their very own teddies. Following a detailed step-by-step guide, the children prepared the body by washing it with oils, carefully removed the vital organs and brain before finally wrapping their teddies in linen bandages!
Here are some of the photos from the afternoon!
Mr Egypt visits Huish!
The Year 4 children had a fantastic day learning about life in Ancient Egypt from a professional Egyptologist. They began the day by learning about how Ancient Egypt was formed and what life was like as a child at that time. Following this, the children discussed the different foods the Egyptians grew and how they paid their taxes to the almighty Pharaoh. After break, the children were back in the classroom but learning all about Ancient Egyptian maths and hieroglyphics. They solved a variety of puzzles and problems and we will look to continue this in class over the coming weeks. In the afternoon, Mr Egypt talked to the children about his own discoveries in the Valley of the Kings and he even allowed the children to hold a variety of ancient items of jewellery and burial objects! The final task involved a lot of toilet paper and some resident mummies as the children had to work in teams to follow the Egyptian techniques used for mummification. As you can see from the photos, the children loved the day and they are all hoping to become Egyptologists in the future! Well done Year 4!
Class 9 discover lost Egyptian artifacts!
Hello and welcome to the Class 9 blog! I hope the children are settling well into Year 4 and are enjoying our current learning topics! In History this week, we travelled to Egypt and became expert archaeologists. After learning all about the job and the tools used, the class carefully excavated a variety of lost Egyptian treasures and we discussed what we had learnt from our find! Here are some photos of the site!