Class 4 Learning
Welcome to class 4!
We hope you enjoy sharing in what we have been doing.
Over the last couple of days we have been visiting Aldborough, the Roman town, which is only 3% excavated. We had a fabulous time being historian detectives looking for evidence and clues around the site. We impressed the workshop leaders with our Roman knowledge as well as learning some new facts and exploring Roman measuring with our new ‘Arthur and Campbell rulers’. We were very impressed by the incredble mosaics on display too.
We attended a WOOFYT workshop at Easingwold Parish Church, where we experienced a great combination of exploring the science of sound along with music making.
Thank you to families for supporting our research looking into Roman life and helping to create a whole host of presentations including cooking, models, experiences working as a blacksmith and much more. Thank you to all who were able to join us to share in our presentations too through our open afternoon. Well done to all in class 4.
Dressed for the part we enjoyed our Roman Banquet. We had spent many sessions cooking, to make many Roman dishes including; Oregano flatbreads, Roman Summer Salad, Athenian Cabbage, Roman hamburgers, Sweet and Sour Carrots, Marinated Chicken drumsticks and Ancient Roman Cheesecake.
Building model volcanoes was a lot of fun, but not quite as exciting as making them erupt. We used this experience to help us to recreate the scene of Pompeii and then wrote eye witness accounts of the events.
We had great fun building and racing lego dragsters together.
Our visit to the Yorkshire museum was so much fun and a great way of learning about the Roman army. Have a look at the photo gallery below to see some of the group activities we were involved with as well as our class army drill session.
We have been researching the seven wonders of Ancient Roman and worked in groups to create models to show the features as well as presenting researched facts on posters and powerpoint presentations.
We enjoyed a doughnut investigation as we explored how we could create 8 equal pieces with only 3 cuts. The groups discussion and trial and error was great, but finding the solution was even better. We also explored finding different ways of folding paper to create eighths.
Making mosaics has been fun but challenging too. We began by rolling clay and using a ruler and knife to cut our clay into tessarae tiles, after leaving them to dry we took the challenge to create our own mosaic base, with 64 tessarae tiles.
We have enjoyed the launch of our Romans topic in class this week. Looking at the points when Julius Caesar attempted to invade Britain, we came up with great questions and ideas for the reasons for his decision. Here are some of our ideas:
We also explored a site from a long, long time ago to introduce the ideas of archaeologists and looking at artefacts and evidence that allows us to share what we now know. We explored some fabulous maths skills too:
Electricity and Dioramas
We have been thinking about the amount of electricity used within homes and schools and we sorted items into mains powered and battery powered. We then learnt how to make simple electrical circuits, using challenge cards to predict and test. It was decided that a switch was an important part of the circuit, as this could help us to save energy, but there were no switches in our electricity boxes. Therefore, we made our own versions of a light and doorbell switch.
The children were then challenged to design a make a Christmas diorama with a light up element. The classroom was an assortment of glue, paint, glitter, cotton wool, as well as wires, bulbs and batteries. The finished products were amazing!
Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy
We used the WWF Space Chimp video to provoke an interesting discussion about the future of our environment. We were so captivated by the video, we decided to use a device called DADWAVERS to produce some wonderful ideas for creative writing. This mnemonic stands for Description, Action, Dialogue, Where, Adverbial, Verb, Estimation of Time, Rhetorical Question and Similes, and it really helps the children to think about different ways to start and structure their sentences.
Leading on from this we then investigated the different types of energy and discovered electricity can be generated in different ways. These can sorted into two groups, renewable and non-renewable. To help us understand this further, we decided to create our own versions of renewable energy. We began by creating biomas energy using yeast, sugar and warm water mixed together in a bottle and a balloon placed on top. There was much excitement as the balloons began to inflate. The children were then challenged to make their own wind and water turbines.
Following on from our investigation, we learnt of an organisation called Practical Action. One of their aims is to use renewable energy to provide some solutions to poverty. The children researched different case studies from around the world and then created their own charity adverts to highlight the problems, solutions and benefits.
Learning about micro-organisms has been a lot of fun this week, recognising that microbes are helpful in so many different scenarios of life. We used our imagination to create microbes who would be helpful in our drain systems. Using our SOLE skills we all explored big questions. Then we focused on micro-organisms that help to make some of our food, linked with our DT skills we designed and made our own bread. We even had a go at creating our own jingles to promote our bread too. We hope you enjoy listening to some of the shorter recordings below.
Learning about the digestive system has been a lot of fun, we really enjoyed the porridge model demonstration! Whilst messy, it was a great way of seeing what happens to our food as we eat.
Roald Dahl Day! What a lot of fun we all had celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday. Making lickable wallpaper, baking Nishnobblers and Pishlets from the revolting recipes, solving the jelly bean maths challenge and designing and creating bugs.
In our art lesson we explored smiles through famous artworks. Using the surrealist artist, Man Ray, we created our own smile focused art pieces, with some really pleasing results.
We have been exploring our taste and how our saliva helps to break down the food we eat, by creating a cracker investigation. We loved tasting the samples of, sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami too.
We have all been having fun learning about rounding numbers through our active maths games, tagtiv8.
Wow! What a great start to the new term – sharing brilliant models and creations inspired over the summer holiday from reading your chosen Roald Dahl books, including James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny the Champion of the World, Boy and The Magic Finger. Thank you to mums, dads and aunties who have all been supporting this project. We were lucky to share in the fabulous creations included baked and decorated cakes, models with mechanisms, lego models, pies and much more.
Here are a few examples of what was shared: