Year 4 has been incredibly chocolatey of late! We have been designing our very own chocolate bars, from the ingredients to the packaging, each bar has been perfectly, personalised by the children to their own dream specifications. We didn't stop there, what's the point in designing our dream bar if we never get to enjoy it? Well fear not, the bars have been created and the packaging is currently underway, their mouths are watering at the thought of indulging in their creations.
All this chocolate has got us debating ... Is chocolate good for you or not?
This week we've had loads of fun with science! We have put all of our predicting and investigating skills to use, finding out more about sound and how it travels.
Wow what a day! It's safe to say we had an out-of-this-world, amazing time on the 1st of March! Brilliant, original costumes, skillful, imaginative acting and superb investigative skills. All while being taught by a right pair of Oompa Loompas and a Wally!
We are very proud of our finished peppers.
During our PE lessons in the first part of Spring term, we have been exploring different ways we can use our bodies and basic equipment to create a variety of balances. As our unit of work drew to an end, we were tasked with bringing our balances together in to a routine. We had to work as a team, choose 4 interesting balances and think how to move between each balance to make the routine pleasant to watch.
On the 8th February, Year 4 had a truly magical experience when they visited Cadbury World. The day began over 2000 years ago, in a Mayan rainforest, with them discovering exactly how many cocao beans were traded for items such as rabbits.
Next, their journey took them through the ages (and across a few oceans) to 19th century Britain, a time when chocolate was only drunk by the rich and not eaten by anyone. They found out all about the history of Cadbury, from their humble beginnings in a small tea shop in Bull Street, to the huge factory that still stands in Bourneville today.
With an understanding of how Cadbury had evolved over the years, it was time to find out the process that transforms a tiny bean, growing in a pod, on a tree close to the equator to rthe delicous, mouthwatering chocolate that we enjoy eating so much.
Brains brimming with newly aquired knowledge, it was an ideal time for a tour of the infamous factory (wow it smells amazing) and a ride around Cadabra to see what the chuckle beans are up to. Of course we had to make sure not to miss the opportunity to design and sample our very own chocolate pot creations. Whilst enjoying our masterpieces, we were able to watch a very interesting demonstration explaining how moulded chocolates were made by hand before the machines took over.
All our activites had left us hungry for lunch, a quick recharge and a spot of dinner and we were ready to continue our journey. On to the 4D cinema to for an exciting 4D adventure through Cadbury Land, following Mr Parrot on his mischevious escapades. Finally, our day was topped off by an interesting insight in to the advertising techniques used by Cadbury, and other confectionary companies, to entice us to buy their products.
Spring term sees the start of our much anticipated Chocolate Topic, it's safe to say that the air is thick with excitement as we make the final preparations for our infamous Year 4 day out to Cadbury World.
The children (and teachers) are really enjoying reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, embedding the story with fun, engaging tasks - a firm favourite being role playing scenes from the story.
We all know that almost everyone LOVES chocolate, part of our topic sees us finding out all about the history of chocolate, where did it come from? Has it always been the sweet lovely treat that it is today?
We'd love you to ask your children about their work, they'll be finding out many yummy, interesting facts about chocolate in the coming weeks.
Lead by Mrs Bentley, Year 4 put their all in to their dance-a-thon morning slot. Dabbing and jiving their way through a variety of tunes.
Their afternoon slot was completed as part of a fun packed PE lesson.
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In our art lessons, we have been studying Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
We learnt how to sketch and looked at ways shade and texture could add depth and detail when sketching with pencil. Using our newly aquired skills, we sketched peppers in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
Once happy with our sketches, the next task was to use clay to recreate our sketches. We are looking forward to adding colour to them next.
Spring term has seen us learning lots of new and exciting things in Maths. We particularly had fun creating our fraction walls to help us with finding equivalent fractions and putting our finely honed mathematical skills to use in order to solve 'The Winter Olympics Mystery'.
Our last week to welcome the Change 4 Life team in to school, there was certainly no skimping on the fun we had!
To warm up this week, we had to find a space in the hall and follow instructions to hop, skip forwards or backwards and then if a food group is called you had a different action to perform:
Dairy – turn yourself into a cow
Fruit and Vegetable - make yourself into an apple
Protein - big strong muscles
Fats and Sugars - thumbs up
Carbohydrates - jog on the spot
Mars bar - thumbs up, jogging on the spot
For the main part of the session, we were split in to 5 groups to help us learn about creating a balanced diet.
To start we collected the special cones to represent each food group.
Blue - protein meats
Yellow - carbohydrates
Orange - fats and sugars
White - any activities you do
Green - vegetables
We used the cones to represent how we would make a special diet for people, for example The Hulk would need carbohydrates and protein to help build big muscles.
More health boosting games, this week to help us learn about the speed at which our heart beats during different activities.
Another week of having fun while learning how to stay fit and healthy.
We started by warming up our bodies with a bit of skipping, followed by giving ideas as to what eating fruit and vegetables is good for. Next, we got to gallop like horses and gained knowledge about vitamins and minerals helping us have a healthy immune system, muscles, skin and organs. The session was completed with a game of fruit and veg themed dodgeball
In Year 4 we love role play! This time we used our finely honed acting skills to bring to life the story of Robin Hood.
We had a great day celebrating Children in Need day, completing various fun activities throughout the day.
Maths was full of excitement as we scoured the school looking for hidden word problems for us to solve and in ICT we used our Lego skills to create our very own mascots for the day.
This week we were looking at using our muscles and what signs tell us that our body is burning more calories.
Thanks to the Into Film Festival, Year 3 and 4 went to see Moana at the Odeon. Wow, what a fantastic film! Thoroughly enjoyed by everyone on the trip.
We have had another fantastic morning learning how to stay fit and healthy. Today's session was focused on calories and what kind of activities burn calories.
This week was our first week of our Change 4 Life lessons, by playing a series of fun, energetic games, we found out all about the different food groups and what effect each group has on our bodies. For example, protein helps our muscles stay strong, carbohydrate gives us energy and dairy helps our bones and teeth stay healthy. Ask us to see if we can remember the other food groups, what they do for our bodies and why it is important to have a balanced diet.
Our problem solving skills and also our ability to work as a team were both put to the test this week. We had lots fun trying to work out how to get our whole team and a set of balls from one place to another using only limited resources.
What a magical few weeks! We have watched our tiny caterpillars grow in to rather large catterpillars, we observed them cocoon and waited eagerly for the transformation to complete so we could see the beautiful butterflies they would become.
Once all the butterflies had emerged, we were ready to let them out in to the big wide world.
Weddington School welcomed two representatives from the Dogs Trust to our assembly on Tuesday 31st October, in our assembly we learnt all about dogs behaviour, what to do if we are frightened by a dog and how to approach a strange dog.
Year 4 were then lucky enough to have the ladies come back to class and continue teaching us, back in class we found out all about the dogs senses.
This term, Year 4 have been learning all about Penguins and the Arctic.
In English, we have been reading '365 Penguins'. We really enjoyed the book and had great fun acting out scenes from the story.
We continued our penguin theme in Maths, completing various penguin related problems such as solving some rounding problems for 'Penguin Tours' ... No one likes a tricky number to remember!
In Topic, we have been learning all about the Arctic. We found out about the plants and animals that we can find there, the people who live there and the transport that might be used. Ask us why a polar bear wouldn't eat a penguin!
Of course October wouldn't be complete without a spot of Christmas Card making! The children have been hard at work, creating their masterpieces which you will soon have the chance to purchase as professionally printed cards (details to follow).
Science has helped us learn more about living things and their habitats, as part of this amazing learning ... We are very excited to welcome the caterpillars back! They have cocooned already, we can't wait to see the butterflies they become :-)
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