Miss Sharp

Term 2

The Georgians and the Slave Trade

In term 2, our history topic was ‘The Georgians and Bristol’s Link to Slavery’. The children learned about Bristol’s key role as a port in the triangular trade route.  They also learned about some of the key figures in Georgian times, such as Edward Colston and John Pinney, who both made their fortunes from slavery. Finally, they learned about how Georgians lived through researching artefacts and carrying out a virtual tour of Pinney’s home on the internet. In art lessons, the children were encouraged to think about what freedom means to them. They incorporated their ideas in a piece of artwork based on ‘Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt’, a book based on the real-life story of the underground railway. Have a look at our work.

4RS Super Movers!

In 4RS we have been busy practising our times tables and dance skills at the same time– with a little help from BBC Super Movers! Multiplication has very much been the focus in maths lessons this term. The children have been calculating facts, exploring patterns and solving problems involving a range of time tables. This is in preparation for the Year 4 Multiplication Check which takes place in June 2022. For the check, which is a statutory assessment, the children must answer 25 random multiplication questions up to 12 x 12. They are expected to be able to recall facts within three seconds. Regular practise is important and the children are encouraged to practise their times tables daily on Times Tables Rock Stars.

Pop-Up Books

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ was the stimulus for our Design and Technology project in December. The children created their own pop-up book version of the traditional festive poem. They explored a range of pop-up books and investigated different mechanisms such as levers, linkages and rotating wheels before designing and making their own books. The results were excellent. Have a look at some of the pictures taken.

Term 1
These are just some of the books we have been reading this term as we try to foster a love of reading in the class. During literacy lessons, we have been using ‘The Story of Tutankhamun’ by Patricia Cleveland-Peck as the focus for our writing for most of this term. We have used it to help write instructions for mummification and descriptions of the pharaoh’s tomb. In guided reading lessons, we have read the ‘Winter’s Child and ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Angela McAllister. Finally, the children are really enjoying our class book, ‘The Legend of Sally Jones!’ by Jakob Wegelius. It follows of the twists and turns in the life of a gorilla, snatched as a baby from the Borneo jungle by hunters. She has been a jewel thief in Istanbul, broken into a zoo to rescue her friend and performed in a travelling circus. We are not sure what she’s going to do next!

The children also took part in an archaeological dig this term! They enjoyed discovering a range of Egyptian artefacts and suggesting what they would be used for. Among the artefacts were ankhs, canopic jars and scarab beetles! You can see some pictures here.

As part of our work on the Egyptians, we have been learning all about the process of mummification. Once we understood the process, we tested it out ourselves…… on tomatoes! As well as learning about this gruesome part of history, the activity also allowed us to practise our observation skills in science and we used our literacy skills to write some fantastic instructions afterwards. Here are a few photos of us carrying out the experiment.