ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21
History - Romans
In our most recent history lesson class 9 went back in time to Rome and debated whether or not the Roman Empire should invade Britain. After intially casting a vote, the two sides were given 20 minutes to develop their persuasive arguments before the debate began. Both sides raised some excellent points, but eventually the majority voted in favour of invading Britain. A great lesson class 9 - Well done!
Maths - Problem Solving
For our last months lesson before half-term, the children were placed into groups and challenged to complete a problem solving exercise related to our fraction and decimal unit. Each group divided up the tasks and worked really well with each other to collate the clues and unlock the answer.
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 science week, Class 9 completed a range of investigations and experiments related to our current unit ‘States of Matter’. Having learnt about the properties of each of the states, we began to compare them and discuss whether we thought materials could change their state. Using chocolate and an egg, we investigated whether or not any changes of state would be reversible or irreversible after each were heated. We also discussed and experimented with water, learning about why is it so special and how it can freeze and condensate depending on its temperature. For our final experiment of the week, we tried to freeze a range a liquids including washing up liquid, milk, honey and hand sanitiser. We wanted to find out if all liquids freeze at the same temperature and after the same length of time. Our results showed that in fact not all liquids do freeze at the same temperature and it is dependant upon what is in the liquid that will determine this.
As part of our fractions unit, Year 4 have been learning about how fractions can be expressed and converted as improper and mixed number fractions. To support this, on Friday we used counters to show practically how each can be expressed and discuss how they are equivalent.
Since returning to school, Class 9 have been learning about the formation of volcanoes and why they erupt. Having spent the previous lesson learning about each of the parts of a volcano, we thought it only fair that the children work in groups to construct their own! Using recycled bottles and newspaper, they spent the afternoon beginning the first phase of construction and they are all very excited to erupt these after the Easter break.
The children in school really enjoyed International Day and learning all about Australia. We began the day by baking Anzac biscuits which the children loved and said were really tasty – despite them losing their shape whilst being baked! After break, we completed a research project all about Australian culture and the children shared their discoveries with their peers. In the afternoon, we studied a number of aboriginal pieces and art and the children used cotton buds to replicate this style and create a colourful lizard.
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!
This week in science, we continued our topic on sound by learning about amplitude and how sounds travel to our ears. As an experiment, we placed some grains of rice on some cling film over a bowl and placed it in front of a speaker. When the music was played loudly, it caused the bowl to vibrate, which in turn caused the rice to vibrate and appear as if it was dancing! As a class, we discussed that the louder the sound was the bigger the vibrations were and the quieter the sound the smaller the vibrations were.
For the first lesson of our new science unit on sound, the class explored how sounds are created through vibrations. Using rice and a drum, we were able to demonstrate that larger vibrations make louder sounds and smaller vibrations make quieter sounds. We used a tuning fork to investigate how these vibrations can travel through materials, such as water, and a series of instruments to discuss how the sound was created. Next, we will begin to look at how sound travels over distances!
Following on from our previous lesson, today we explored subtractions that included the need to exchange. We used concrete resources to practise this and the formal method to record our calculations in our books. At the beginning of the lesson, Mr Deane asked the class if a calculation could have more than one exchange. Half of the class thought you could and half disagreed. By the end of the lesson, we were all confident that you can indeed have multiple exchanges within a single calculation and were able to demonstrate this using our resources.
‘I am exchanging one ten for ten ones’
‘I can’t subtract 7 tens from 4 tens so I need to exchange’
After learning about the staples of the Ancient Egyptian diet, we had a go at making an Egyptian flatbread called Aish Baladi. First, we followed the simple recipe to mix flour, salt, yeast, honey and warm water to form a dough. Once the dough had proved, we split it up so that we each had our own piece and molded it into a traditional flatbread shape. The bread was then baked in an oven before we took it home to enjoy!
Later on, we learnt how the Ancient Egyptians placed a special name plate called a Cartouche on the bodies of their Pharaohs. They believed it would help the souls find their way back to the correct bodies in the Afterlife. We then had the chance to create our own Cartouches out of clay and carved our names onto them in Hieroglyphics.
The children put their problem solving skills to the test last Friday, where they had to apply their place value knowledge and mental addition strategies in order to solve a challenging problem. Using trial and error and logic, pairs worked together to being to unpick the task and see if they could find a combination that would provide a total sum on 100. We also used this as an opportunity to discuss the need for resilience and perseverance when feeling challenged. The children worked well and as a class we were able to solve the puzzle at the end of the lesson.
Conductors and Insulators
Building on our new understanding of how circuits are built and how electricity flows, we began to investigate what conductors and insulators are and predict which category a variety of materials would fall into. Following this, the children were tasked to test a range of materials within a circuit and see whether they allowed electricity to flow through them. All of the children were quick to notice that it was the items made from metal that were conductors and that other materials such as plastic and paper were insulators. Well done Class 9!
This week in maths, Year 4 have been learning all about partitioning and how there are a number of ways in which we can construct and represent numbers. The children have used concrete resources, such as dienes and place value counters, to complete this and despite finding it initially challenging have made good progress. Our next step is to use models, such as the part-whole model, to further practise this and increase the complexity of the numbers used.
As part of our Hinduism unit, we have spent the last few weeks learning about the story of Rama and Sita and how Hindu’s believe in Dharma. This means that they have a moral obligation to do the right thing and live a good life. As a class, we worked through a variety of real life scenarios whereby we would need to make a decision about whether to do what was right or what we might be tempted to do. I was really impressed with the children’s maturity with this task and it was an excellent discussion.
For our next lesson on electricity, the children were tasked to create a series of simple circuits and apply their understanding of how electricity flows through components. This also proved to be a good growth mindset and problem solving task as the children needed to keep testing their equipment to ensure the cells and lightbulbs were correctly working. Next week, we will begin to explore conductors and insulators and think about how these are used in the real world.
Welcome to Class 9
The children have made a great start to Year 4 and have taken to returning to school in their stride. Everyone was excited to start learning about the Egyptians last week and we began by studying timelines and placing significant eras and events in chronological order.
The children were amazed to discover that Egyptian civilisation can date back as far at 6000 years ago and at similar times there were other key events occurring around the world. In science, we have began to look at our electricity unit and learn about the components of simple circuits and learn about the differences between mains and battery powered items. Year 4 Maths begins with a place value unit which builds on the work covered in Year 3 and supports the children in gaining a solid understanding of number and the different ways in which it can be represented. Our first English unit is all about non-chronological reports whereby the children are tasked to create their own mythical creature and write about its appearance, habitat, diet and threats. This is always a unit that the children enjoy and we are looking forward to reading about their exciting creatures soon.
More exciting posts to arrive shortly!
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020
Geography – The children have created some brilliant posters whilst completing some research on a European country of their choice.
English – We have been working on a persuasive unit in recent weeks and learning about ways to draw potential customers in!
Art – Year 4 have been trying to use their shadows to create a meaningful image / Using their first initial, the children were tasked to create a 3D model and decorate it.
Spanish – To help Erin learn her fruits and vegetables in Spanish, she knitted her own set! What an awesome idea!
Lego – In his spare time, Toby has created this amazing Tiger tank used in World War 2! Not satisfied with this, he then began to work on mechanising it by fitting a motorised engine!
Here is a brilliant persuasive poster created by Riley. The children were tasked to create a poster to advertise their new Roman biscuit product.
We challenged the children to sketch a landscape last week and use a variety of shading techniques to add colour and depth to their pictures.
To support the children in learning about decimals, they have been using items such as lego, pasta and rice to practise moving multiplying and dividing within place value columns.
Children in Year 4 have been investigating the water cycle in their gardens and observing changing states of matter.
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!