Class 4 Learning
Welcome to class 4!
We hope you enjoy sharing in what we have been doing.
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: