Yesterday we went on our long awaited trip to the SS Great Britain. The children had a fantastic time looking around the ship. The children had two workshops, they were able to help build the SS Great Britain by using Victorian tools, once we had helped build the ship we dressed up as engineers, ladies, gentleman, children and royalty to launch the SS Great Britain. In our second workshop the children had an insight to what it would have been like to travel and live on the SS Great Britain. We wrote with ink wells and pens, played Victorian games, played with light and looked closely at some artifacts. The children had a brilliant day and they have learnt a lot more about Brunel and the Victorian era. It was lovely to see the children using their own knowledge to answer questions and supporting their learning throughout the day. We would like to say a huge thank you to our parent helpers who came on our trip and another huge thank you to Mr Hollis for driving the minibus so we did not need to walk in the rain!
We have already identified two states of matter so it was time to identify the other, GASES! As a class we became particles and we looked at how particles move in solids, liquids and gases. As a solid we had to all squash together so we couldn't move, for a liquid we had to stay in the same space but we could move in between eachother and for a gases we could move all around the room! We have done many exciting activities today linked to gases. We have to try and squash a water bottle with a lid on it, we weighed a deflated and inflated balloon, we went on a hunt to find oils which our partners had hidden in the classroom, used magnifying glasses to watch closely as we poured water over stones and we squeezed sponges in some water. We learnt a lot about gases today and all these activities helped us to understand gases.
Our new unit for science is states of matter (solids, liquids and gases). We looked at a range of materials and thought about if they were a solid or liquid. We have learnt about the different properties which make a solid a solid and a liquid a liquid.
We found out that there are objects even scientists don't know if it is a solid or liquid, so we tried to experiment ourselves! These objects were jelly and shaving foam. The children had great fun!
The class decided that they were liquids! What do you think?
Last Monday, we had a Victorian day. The children came dressed as Victorians and were transported back to 1862. After paying me a penny for their education (as school was not free at this time) they children needed to sit girls on the left and boys on the right. The children started their day with a morning prayer, going through school rule these included; stand when an adult enters the classroom, only speak when spoken too and stand when answering a question and cleanliness check. The children were involved in a range of different activities, from handwriting using chalk, reciting timetables and poems, drills and playground games to girls learning needlework and boys learning technical drawing in the afternoon. The children had a lot of fun and wanted to keep the classroom how it was! We only managed to get a few picture as technology was not invented in 1862!
The children arrived to a golden mystery box in our classroom today. This box contained many objects which are used or within our class story for this term. We looked at all the objects in the box and thought about what they represent in the story or how they are used. In the box we had; a dog, a cane, a top hat, a wallet, a pocket watch, a handkerchief, a laydel, a bowl, a saucepan, a flat hat, a London sign and finger-less gloves.
The children made lots of predictions about the objects and guesses of the book title.
From the list of objects in our golden mystery box, do you think you know what our book for this term is?
We have had a very exciting day in Falcon class today! We had a viking come and visit us! We had quite the scare this morning when the viking blew his horn and burst into our classroom shouting! The viking then took us to his den which was in the school hall. Over the course of the day the children learnt alot about the vikings and had a look at their weapons! The children got to try on helmet which weigh 3kg!! All the children were able to get involved in acting out stories and how to fight in battles like a viking warrior! We also made a fire using flint and steel in our playground! The children have had lots of fun! A brilliant way to finish our first term as year 4!
Last week, we explored the digestive system and what it looks like in our bodies. We conducted an experiment, we looked at how food travels from our mouths and through our bodies. We needed to use crackers, banana, orange juice (to represent stomach acid), water (to represent saliva), tights (to represent the small intestine), a plastic bag (to represent the stomach) and lots of plastic cups!! The children had so much fun, although it was a little disgusting!!
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;-