This half term, children in Year 4 explored ancient Egypt with visitors. They learned about mummification, hieroglyphics and the clothes that Egyptians wore back then.
For our Science this half term, we investigated how different objects and paper fall and thought about explanations for what we observed.
As part of our topic on Ancient Egyptians and for our English work, Sian and Simon came into Year 4 to explore how to present the Egyptian Cinderella story in different ways. It was a terrific day, with lots of drama and creativity.
Children in Year 4 rehearsing for Performance Poetry. They learned and recited the poem Winter by Judith Nicholls or Tiger by Mary Ann Hoberman.
I’m a tiger Striped with fur
Don’t come near
Or I might “Grrr”
Don’t come near
Or I might “Growl”
Don’t come near
Or I might
Mary Ann Hoberman
Winter raced down the frozen stream, catching at his breath; on his lips were icicles, at his back was death. (Judith Nicholls)
Winter crept through the whispering wood, hushing fir and oak; crushed each leaf and froze each web – but never a word he spoke.
Winter prowled by the shivering sea, lifting sand and stone; nipped each limpet silently – and then moved on.
In Science, Year 4 have been learning about States of Matter. They learned about reversible and irreversible changes. One of the investigations was to see what happened to wax and chocolate when they were heated and left to cool.
Year 4 have travelled 5000 years back in time to learn about the Ancient Egyptians. So far, we have looked at how important the River Nile was to the Egyptians. The children have researched how linen was made during this time and they also had the opportunity to research something of interest to them. They discovered lots of interesting facts! We’re now learning about the pyramids: who they were built for, why they were built and how they were built. The children are amazed at the intelligence of this ancient civilisation and are keen to discover more.
During half term 4, Year 4’s science and geography topics were very closely linked. We started by looking at reversible and irreversible changes, in science. This involved us melting chocolate, cooking eggs, freezing and boiling water and discussing the results. We then learnt about the water cycle and how the changing states of water relate to this cycle.
Last half term, in science, Year 4 explored the digestive system. We conducted our very own digestive system experiment by making a stomach!
To do this, we needed the following pieces of equipment:
One freezer bag (the stomach)
One cream cracker (the food)
Water (the saliva)
One glass of orange juice (the stomach acid)
Tights (the intestines)
To start with, we used our hands to break the cracker into smaller pieces, inside the bag. Our hands, along with water, acted as the very first stage of the digestive process – our mouths! To show the process in the stomach, we poured in a small glass of orange juice. After that, we used our hands to break down the cracker, just as you would imagine in your actual stomach. The orange juice acted as the stomach acid and we were stunned with the results! We then transferred the contents of the bag into a leg of the tights which represented the intestines. Take a look below…
Our main topic this half term has been learning about The Romans. We have looked at time lines, why the romans invaded Britain and completed a more detailed study of roman education. Hover with the Aurasma app over the image so see some of the work completed in class.