Welcome to Class 4!
During the Autumn Term, our topic is Ancient Egypt. We are exploring the rich history of this Ancient civilisation and answering important questions such as ‘Why the River Nile was important to the Ancient Egyptians?’ and ‘Why did the Ancient Egyptians build pyramids?’
If you wish to see our Autumn Newsletter, you can download it below.
Year 4 Dance
Year 4 have been given the fantastic opportunity of working with Jasmine and Molly from Joanne Banks School of Dance. Over the next 5 weeks we will be learning an Egyptian themed dance routine to the soundtrack 'Walk like an Egyptian'. We have already started to choreograph some of the dance and can't wait until it's ready to be performed to an audience.
A new take on the party game 'Corners'
Year 4 have been learning to use the correct homophones for 'their', 'there' and 'they're'. To help make this spelling activity more interesting, we played a game of 'Corners'.
Introduction to Brass instruments
All of our Year 4 pupils will have the opportunity to learn to play a brass instrument this year. The first group performed to a large audience in assembly this week and they were absolutely fabulous. Well done! The next group will now start tuition by Mrs Norris. Last year, nearly all of the children from Year 4 continued with lessons after the trial period. What a fantastic take-up!
In an English lesson, we looked at a poem called ‘At the End of the School Assembly’. After reading the poem together, the children were asked to learn and recite part of the poem, ready for a performance at the end of the lesson. Each performance was then evaluated by small groups. We were really impressed by the confidence and enthusiasm of our pupils.
For homework, Year 4 were asked to design and make their own musical instrument. We were so impressed with their inventions. Have a look and I'm sure you'll agree that they are fantastic!
In Science we are learning about 'Sound'. We have been experimenting with different instruments to see how sounds are made. We have also tried lots of different activities which help to show that sounds are made due to an object vibrating. Our favourite was hitting a tuning fork against a desk and then placing it in the water. This caused much amusement among the groups.
We all had lots of fun devising our own investigation into how to muffle sound. In it, we had to help solve our sound-proofing dilemma and put a smile on Professor Big-Hair and Professor Bee-Hive by stopping a noisy alarm clock from disturbing their work. After much thought, they all came up with sensible ways to solve the problem and give the Professors scientific advice. Well done Year 4.
After finding out about 'Sound' we will be going on a discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body. Do you have a toothy grin or a winning smile? Are you really what you eat? We'll find out later...