Year four are almost half way through their national experiment on the effects of micro gravity on seeds. The classes have planted their rocket seeds and are starting to see some interesting results. Australia’s seeds are in blue trays and are slightly smaller than Italy’s red seeds, We look forward to finishing the experiment and finding out, from Tim Peake, which seeds have been on the International Space Station.
Looking at how living organisms evolved and how we have become humans by illustrating the layers of earth in jelly. The children had to ‘excavate’ the jelly to see what was in each layer. They could then make their own evolution timeline from sweets.
On the week before February half term the whole school went for a ‘Journey round the world’. On Tuesday some parents even came with us!
During the week children had visits from a range of people during which they, learned some African drumming and dance. Tried out some Capoeira (A Brazilian mix of martial arts and dance). Worked with an artist to produce a welcome mural in different languages to reflect the diversity of our school.
As well as participating in activities with our visitors the children also did activities based on the cultures of a range of countries, including, Japan, New Zealand, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, China, Ghana and Jamaica.
You can see many of the activities from the week in the photos.
Year 4 children found themselves transported back 140 years to re-enact a day in the life of a Victorian child at school. The children found themselves copying Bible scripts, repeating their times tables and learning ”the 3 R’s” (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic). Desks were positioned in rows and there was certainly not the opportunities for the group work that 21st century children are used to. As well as having to get used to learning in a different style, the children enjoyed playing Victorian games, and eating just a simple piece of bread and cheese for lunch.
All the adults in Year 4 were impressed with how well the students took on the role of a child in Victorian times, and how much they learnt throughout the day. The children enjoyed the day but were shocked at how strict the teachers were and the types of punishment that were issued in Victorian days.
As a school we have been working on using lots of different ways to represent things in maths. Here we can see Mexico class demonstrating this in their work on fractions. They are also showing how much fun maths can be!