We have loved starting our topic ‘Angry Earth’ this term and can’t wait to find out more about volcanoes. We explored what we knew already about what the Earth is made of. We discussed what we knew and thought and were surprised to see the different layers that it is made from when we cut into our play doh Earth.
Did Did you know that the different layers are called the Crust, Mantle, Outer Core and Inner Core? Amazingly, the Inner Core is made up of solid metal, which is mostly iron!
Pupils in Year 4 enjoyed a visit from Mandy Briggs from the New Room in central Bristol this week. She came to talk to us all about John Wesley, who founded Methodism and set up the first Methodist church in Bristol. The children are learning about John Wesley as part of their current R.E. topic, ‘How Can We Live and Who Inspires Us?’ The children learned about how John Wesley helped to promote education for all, supported the abolition of slavery and travelled the country, preaching and encouraging people to do good where they can. During the visit, the children joined in with some drama to retell the story of John Wesley’s life, which they all seemed to enjoy.
This term, we have been enjoying music lessons and learning two new songs: The Other Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd and Let Your Spirit Sing. We have practised tapping out the beat, and then copying different rhythms. The children were really confident identifying the different instruments they could hear in the songs and sharing their thoughts and opinions about them. Great work!
This term we have been learning about fractions in Maths. We have looked at equivalent fractions. Today we used cuisinaire rods and other concrete resources to find equivalent fractions. This was a really practical lesson and we found it really useful!
As part of our Maths work this term we have been learning how to divide. We used some cubes to help us. This really helped our understanding of the topic.
As part of our RE lessons we found about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We learned how Hindus celebrate this important festival and what traditions they follow. We learned that Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil. We then made our own Diwali inspired light catchers; they will look amazing hanging in the window for the light to shine through!
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. Our favourite book so far is ‘Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx’ by Joe Stanton.
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.