Today, we have been learning about photography and in particular composition. We took iPads and explored the school grounds looking for some unique photo opportunities. We then came back and used the filters to adjust the composition and moods of our photos. Here are some of Brandon's photographs which are very creative and powerful;-
This afternoon, Falcon Class were fortunate enough to be waited on hand and foot by Kingfisher Class who have been learning all about food and drink in their Spanish lessons this term. The children all had a chance to order and converse in Spanish while enjoying some of Spain's tastiest breakfast treats.
Falcon class would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Frampton and Kingfisher Class for your amazing hospitality. The weather was so beautiful that we actually thought we were in Spain fora while!
It's the last week of Spring term and it's book week here in Ashton Vale. The theme for book week is children's classics and Falcon class will be using Around the World in 80 Days (by Jules Verne) as our book for the week.
The book tracks the journey of Phileas Fogg on his quest to prove that he can travel around the world in 80 days back in 1872.
We discovered today that Phileas was a member of the prestigious Reform club in London and spent much of his spare time there playing a card game called Whist. We spent part of our morning learning how to play and having a mini tournament.
Here is a link to the rules...
For our reasoning activity this week we played a fun rounding game. We played against a partner and each had to roll 2 0-9 die. We could then choose which way we used the 2 digits we had rolled to make a number (e.g. if we rolled a 2 and a 9 we could either use 29 or 92).
We then rounded this number to the nearest 10. So, 29 would round to 30 and 92 would round to 90. Following this, we wrote our name in either the top or bottom half of the circles on our sheets. The person who wrote their name in the circle second won that point. It got quite competitive :)
This past 2 weeks we have been learning about fractions. Fractions are one of the most complicated topics we cover in year 4 as they can contain different numbers but still represent the same amount of something (i.e. 1/2 represents the same quantity as 16/32).
To help us understand we have been doing lots of practical activities such as using Dean's Apparatus, using blocks, looking at pizza and yesterday we created our own fraction walls. The main outcome of this activity was that we realised that fractions represent different amounts of a total amount (i.e. that 3/3 is the same as 10/10).
Here are some pictures to show what we did:
This week, in our history lesson, we have been learning about the Union Flag. We looked at why it was created, why it looks the way it does and who was responsible for it.
We now know that the union flag represents the St George's Cross of England, the St Andrew's Cross of Scotland and the St Patrick's Cross of Ireland. However, we were very disappointed (especially Mr Truelove) that there was nothing to represent Wales in the flag. So we had a go at redesigning the flag to include Wales.
Here are some of our designs:
We've had an amazing science week at Ashton Vale this week which has focused on dinosaurs and fossils. On Monday, we were visited by the team from @Bristol who showed us some really cool and interesting fossils and also helped us to design out own dinosaurs and make sure that they were fit for their environment.
On Wednesday, our resident Mary Anning expert (Mrs Tonkins) taught us all about the awe-inspiring life of Mary Anning and how she became one of the most famous fossil-collectors of our time. Later that day, we also got to have a go at being palaeontologists and finding own own fossils in the hall. We had to use paintbrushes and be very careful whilst doing this though to ensure we didn't damage these amazing fossils.
We are very lucky to have coaches from Bristol City coming in for this term to help us improve our football skills. Our first session was on Friday and although it was pretty cold we managed to practice our dribbling and evasion skills.
We will be having these sessions every Friday so please make sure that you bring warm PE kit and some trainers.