It's a Colourful World!
We have been reading the story 'The Red Tree' by Shaun Tan and thinking about how the story relates to what we have had to deal with over the last few months. The children mentioned that sometimes we feel like people don't listen to us, so we thought of ways of how to deal with that.
As part of our 'Recovery Curriculum', we have been spending some time thinking about our emotions and how we can use positive coping strategies to help calm us down. These become useful when we are faced with unfamiliar situations.
Perfect Days VS Imperfect Days
After reading all of our topic book, we decided to think about what makes a perfect day VS what makes an imperfect day. We then had a mini debate and discussed the uses of for and against arguments.
The children have been thinking about describing their life journey so far. We thought about what we have achieved and what we would like to achieve, in the future. There were lots of us that wanted to meet celebrities, whilst working hard at school to get a good job/career. We then practised our 'Origami' skills and made paper boats. This was tricky, but we had fun!
This week, Year 4 will be taking part in a science week and finding out all about sound! So far we have explored how sound is made and the vibrations that are created. We had a go at plucking the strings of a Ukulele to notice the string vibrating, we put sprinkles onto a drum and noticed how they vibrate when the drum is hit and we smacked a tuning fork onto the table and watched it vibrate.
We can't wait to find out more about sound!
Does sound get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases?
Year 4 had great fun investigating this and found out that sound gets quieter, when you move further away from the sound source (what makes the noise)! Using a Data-logger, helped us to measure the sound at each distance. We wrote up our experiments and found that there were anomalies in our results, which we put down to cars driving passed or the clock ticking. We also now know the difference between Independent, Dependent and Control variables, when conducting a fair test.
Making Our Own Instruments
After learning so much about sound, we had a go at making our own instruments to create different sounds. We made drums using a plastic cup, an elastic band and tissue paper. We also created wind pipes using straws and tape. We enjoyed doing this so much! Afterwards, we even decorated them in our own colourful designs.
James and the Giant Peach
For the last part of half term, we have been exploring Roald Dahl's famous, James and the Giant Peach. We have had lots of fun learning about James's life, with his horrible, unfair Aunts and his desired journey to New York.
Flying Peach Art
We recreated a part of the story, where the peach flies into the sky, with a little help from Miss Spider's web and lots of speedy seagulls. We used a 3D effect to give a more realistic view of the peach flying in the sky. It was challenging, but we had great fun!
How could we read a story all about juicy peaches and not actually try any?
We made delicious peach cakes, which we all enjoyed!