Welcome to Class 4HP with Mrs Hathaway and Mrs Pye
Happy New Year!
We have been back just a few days and the children are all working hard. We have begun a new topic in history and been sharing what we already know about the Ancient Egyptians.
In groups, we chose different aspects of life in ancient Egyptian times and after researching in a variety of books, we created posters about food and drink, clothes and make up, pyrmaids, hieroglyphs, transport and weapons.
The end of term was very exciting. We enjoyed our part in the school production, made Christmas decorations in DT (linked to our science topic) and had a good time at our Christmas lunch.
This month, we have continued learning about life in Anglo-Saxon times. We have researched famous kings such as Alfred and Athelstan, looking at what they achieved during their reigns and discussing who most deserved the name 'the Great'. We have considered how beliefs changed from paganism to Christianity and tried to replicate the intricate designs of illuminated letters. We have also discussed laws, crime and punishment, working in groups to decide which Anglo-Saxon punishment most suited certain crimes. Examples included, a woman accused of chanting spells to curse a neighbour and a man accused of stealing a sheep from a farmer.
On Monday 13th November, Year 4 had a fantastic trip to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. We learnt so much about how the Saxons made their houses and what daily life could have been like.
We explored the variety of buildings and discovered how the archaeologists have used the evidence they found at the site to recreate the houses in the exact positions of the original buildings so that the doors we went through were just where the Anglo-Saxons had walked.
In the museum, we looked at the wide variety of artefacts that have been found at West Stow. These ranged from intricately carved combs to the remains of shields and brooches.
This house was part of the archaeological experiment.
They have now decided that this would not have been comfortable to live in and it is unlikely that Anglo-Saxon houses were like this.
Wolf skins were used to keep warm. Some houses have been built with just one window. The Beowulf carving.
The museum included replica costumes and a replica Sutton Hoo helmet as well as actual artefacts.
Probably the most popular investigation was on Thursday when we explored whether some changes of state are reversible. We melted butter and chocolate to make chocolate cornflake cakes. However, I am really not sure any of the cakes lasted long enough for the children to discover that the chocolate will solidify again if left to cool!
Since half term, we have been learning about States of Matter. We have considered the properties of solids, liquids and gases and learnt how some materials can change state.
We have carried out investigations to explore the processes of melting, evaporating and condensing.
We found that water will evaporate faster from a plate than from a cup and that warmth and air movement are important factors.
This week, we are making clay pots in the style of Anglo-Saxon pots. We used a ball of clay to make 'pinch' pots which we have decorated with simple patterns using a range of tools such as cocktail sticks and straws. We had a good afternoon and achieved well (thank you to Finley's mum ).
Last week, we were coding. We used Scratch and made simple educational games. Each game had at least one 'sprite' or character that asked questions. The player had to type the answers onto the laptop to receive a message. Some games included a message or animation in response to a wrong answer too.
Using our knowledge of conductors and insulators, we made simple switches with paperclips, paper fasteners and thick cardboard. We then wrote a set of instructions for others to follow, applying our knowledge of this text type from English lessons.
To end our electricity topic, we worked in teams to make 'torches'. We had the equipment to make simple circuits and the paperclip switches. We also had resources such as plastic bottles, cardboard and tinfoil. Not all our torches worked but we enjoyed the challenge.
We have been exploring how to make simple circuits in science over the last couple of weeks. After making working circuits using a cell/battery, wires and a bulb (in a holder), we then investigated which materials can conduct electricity. After making predictions, we tested a number of materials such a s plastic (straws), wood (lollysticks) and metal (paperclips).
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We have had a busy start to the new school year and have dived right into the year 4 curriculum.
Using atlases and maps we have found out about the capital cities of countries in Europe including Moscow: describing some similarities and differences between Moscow and Billericay.
In maths, we have been developing our reasoning skills- working on explaining our thinking and how we have answered a question. We have enjoyed working in teams to solve problems and playing games to further develop our knowledge of place value.