Today we made and decorated our own festive peppermint creams. We mixed egg white, food colouring and flavouring with icing sugar to make the sweets. We then melted chocolate and used lots of sprinkles to decorate them. We can’t wait to take them home in specially created festive boxes as gifts for our families.
Our Design Technology topic this term has been based on mechanical systems. We have learnt about linkages and levers and created our own greeting cards using a range of mechanical systems. Each movement requires an input and the movement created is called an output. The 3 classrooms became elf workshops this morning as we all set to work to create our cards. We hope the recipients of the cards enjoy making them move as much as we enjoyed actually making them.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Over the last few weeks we have been learning about TV news reports. We have written scripts for presenters and reporters, including interviews of witnesses. Today we worked in mixed classes to show our scripts in action. There were reports about stolen biscuits, missing children and mysterious star in the sky above Bethlehem. We have really enjoyed this English unit, especially the acting part!
Today we took part in a Multi-cultural workshop to learn about Taoism, Hinduism and Islam. We were taught about how the different religions impact on everyday life, here in England. We learnt that all of the religions encourage people to be kind to themselves and to one another. Our visitors brought artefacts for us to look at, as well as traditional clothing. We took part in drama, dance and tai chi activities.
Science - Fossilisation
We explored how fossils form by making our own using chocolate and brute strength! We also learnt about the 3 types of rock: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous.
Nativity freeze frames and orienteering.
While some children in Year 3/4 went down to the church for choir and music rehearsals, the rest of 3/4 took part in an action packed morning. We created freeze frames to show different parts of the Nativity story and then used the iPads to add speech and thought bubbles for the different characters. We enjoyed sharing these with the other groups. We then took part in an orienteering challenge PE lesson where we had to use a map to find parts of the Nativity story around the school grounds and then put them in the correct order.
Rewind to Christmas for Year 4
We were treated to quizzes, games and fantastic craft activities at the W.I. in Marple. Everyone had a great time exploring the values and messages behind Christmas.
Nativity Puppet Shows
Year 3 worked in small groups to create their own puppets and scenery to re-tell the story of the Nativity.
Collaborative team work and creative skills produced some fabulous puppets.
Using a ruler accurately
We have been learning how to measure lengths with a ruler with increasing accuracy. We then had to convert the measurements from cm to mm. some of the measurements were decimal numbers. We used our measurements to compare the different lengths.
Presenting the Fr-News
This week we have been learning about T.V. news reports. We worked in groups of three to create a news report about the discovery of a mysterious giant egg in the North Pole. We took on the roles of a presenter, reporter and witness.
We will remember them!
This term we have been developing our painting skills in our weekly art lessons. We have explored mixing colours, tones and shades with watercolours and how to use different brushes to achieve different results. We designed our own poppy field composition and then painted them on our own choice of paper. All of the paintings are stunning - these photos show just some of the art work created.
Getting ready for an Iron Age Battle
Today we gathered as the villagers of Farmley. Our mighty chief has died and his young son is going to be our new chief. At first, we were unsure if he would be a good chief and held a village meeting to discuss our views earlier in the week. Radnor’s mum convinced him to come and speak to us and show us he would be just as good as his father. Our village is about to be attacked and he needs to ensure we are all ready to go to battle and fully support him. Radnor got us to chant and bang our weapons in time to scare off our attackers.
*you may notice that Radnor looks very similar to Miss Thomas - this lesson is part of the whole school approach to learning called DEAL (dramatic engagement and active learning).
Multiplying and Dividing by 10 and 100
This week we have been learning about what happens to the value of digits when you multiply or divide them by 10 or 100. We then used this knowledge to solve problems.
Leadership Lighthouse Circle Time
During our circle time last week we thought about different ways we can earn our lighthouse badge. As a table we discussed one area of the leadership lighthouse and wrote down different things we could do as evidence towards our certificates. We thought of lots of great ideas!
Strictly Come Dancing
Japan class really enjoyed when we took part in the Strictly Come Dancing workshop before half term. We learnt lots of different styles of dance which some of us had never heard of before. We had to make sure we had the correct posture, moves and facial expressions!
What makes a good friend?
This week, in Circle Time, we discussed what made a good friend and what doesn’t make a good friend. We wrote each thing on a piece of paper and then ranked them in order of importance. We are all trying to be ‘good’ friends to everyone in our class.
Peer to Peer Teaching
Miss Thomas’s group have been teaching each other to use column addition this week. They had to exchange some of the digits after they added them together because they were too big to stay in the column. They used huge place value charts and counters to help them undertand what happens to the digits when they are exchanged. They set each other different challenges to complete. Later in the week, the children set their own difficulty rating by selecting a chilli challenge worksheet to complete. Miss Thomas was very impressed with all the teachers in the room. Everyone in the group can now exchange and carry over using column addition - WOW!
Stone Age Day
After discovering CCTV footage of some Stone Age people in school, we found a secret scroll from them which gave us some clues about the activities for our Stone Age themed day.
Today we have hunted wild animals, foraged for food in the woods, learnt about how Stone Age people cooked, created cave paintings and made Stone Age animals from clay. We also whittled our own spears to go hunting with and made wooden picture frames for some art made from natural resources. Phew! What a day of learning!
We will be using these experiences to write detailed diary entries about a day in the life of a Stone Age boy/girl.
When Art lessons happen in Science Week...
Today we conducted experiments with milk, food dye and washing up liquid. We poured the milk into a tray, let it settle, then added some food dye. We then introduced washing up liquid to the mix and that is when the magic happened. The washing up liquid seemed to push the coloured milk around the tray. It looked like milky fireworks! We found out that the washing up liquid is designed to attract fatty molecules, and because we used whole fat milk, there were plenty of fatty molecules for it to collect. As these teeny tiny molecules moves towards the washing up liquid, the milk’s surface area was disturbed and this is how the dye moved around!
We then used the food dye to make colour wheels on filter paper - we used pipettes to carefully drop the dye onto the paper and then allowed the primary colours to bleed into each other to create the secondary colours.
Last week we had a whole day learning more about our country Japan. We were very excited to make sushi using carrots and cucumber! We all made a roll of sushi and we also tried wasabi peas and miso soup. It was fun being able to try different food and learn about what tastes we liked or didn’t!!!
Weekly Art Lessons
This week we have been learning how to make secondary colours using primary colours. We also explored how to make different shades and tints of a colour by changing the amount of each primary colour used.