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;-
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: