We extended our learning of mains electricity and challenged ourselves to re-wire a plug. We learnt about the functions of the earth wire, the natural wire and the live wire and made sure each wire was in the correct position within the plug to allow electricity to flow through it.
All year we have been developing our reasoning skills to justify our answers and thinking in maths. We enjoyed a lesson where we were offered different fractions of an amount of money and using our reasoning skills we had to justify why we chose the value we did! We like to show our reasoning in thought bubbles.
In geography, we have been studying our country, the UK! We have learnt about the difference between cities, counties and regions. Together as a team, we researched physical and human features of different cities in the UK. We discovered lots of interesting facts - Did you know that London is the most populated area in Britain and is the ninth largest city in the world?!
In PSHE, we have been learning about keeping safe and what to do in an emergency. We learnt what to do if someone was unconscious and practised putting someone in the recovery position.
Miss Bailey, Mrs Jackson, Mrs McNally and I (Miss Brame), would like to say a big thank you for all of the thoughtful and very generous gifts we have received. We hope you all had a restful and fun filled Christmas break!
In our Electricity topic, we used our knowledge of circuits to have a go at making switches out of various materials, we were very creative with our designs! Everyone then made a switch using split pins, paper clips and card and demonstrated how the switch can complete and break a circuit to make the bulb flash.
As we start our new topic of Rivers, 4Rooks began by looking at our country, The United Kingdom, and identifying counties within the using maps. We found some very small and interestingly named counties in our country!
We all had a fabulous Greek Day where the children worked diligently on their independent TASC projects and enjoyed a delicious Grecian banquet. From music composition to Top Trump cards, the children shared their knowledge in a myriad of wonderful ways. What a brilliant way to finish our topic on Ancient Greece.
4Rooks had a blast at our Year 4 Christmas Party!
4Rooks had a special afternoon working as a team to code and programme a banana to be an input device with Mr Yarwood from Manchester Metropolitan University. The children had great fun tinkering and challenging themselves to work scientifically to create various working circuits using cells, motors, bulbs and buzzers, after forming their own hypotheses.
The children had plenty of fun during our TASC day, making pita bread in keeping with our Ancient Greek topic. We were fortunate to have a visit from a miller which enabled the children learn about the process of making bread, how the wheat is separated from the chaff and ground into flour. We then looked at a recipe, measured out the ingredients which included flour and followed instructions to make our own pita bread. The best part was sampling the bread with some Greek accompaniments of hummus and tzatziki. Yummy!
Here is the link in case you want to have a go making pitta bread at home.
We loved to see each other's home learning around the topic "A Day in the Life of an Ancient Greek". 4Rooks clearly demonstrated the Springfield Value "We are motivated to achieve our best!"
We set up and conducted a fair test investigating the affects that drinks have on our teeth. The egg shell represented the enamel of our teeth and we were shocked to see the results!
We had a special assembly to learn about road safety and the challenges HGV drivers have when driving. Later in the day, we had the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat of an HGV. We now understand how long it takes large vehicles to stop.
Using mirrors, we looked at our teeth and learnt all about the different types of teeth children and adult humans have. Using this knowledge, we made models to show the different types of teeth a child has! We also learnt about animals' teeth too. Did you know that sharks can have 20,000 teeth in their lifetime?!
We have been learning all about Ancient Greece and how it has influenced our lives today, one of the legacies left by the Ancient Greeks is The Olympic Games. The children enjoyed acting out Ancient Greek Olympic sports for their table to guess.
We had great fun learning about and carrying out some hands on investigations about the digestive system. You can see in the photos how much the children enjoyed replicating the intestines using tights and turning weetabix into poo!
The Human Digestive System