2019-20 YEAR 4

Welcome to the Year 4 Class of 2019-20
 
In the Spring Term our topic will take us to the Stone Age. We are looking forward to art, geography and history activities based in the woods!
Stone Age Cooking
 
This week the children cooked bread over a fire. They wrapped a thin layer of dough over a whittled stick. When not cooking, dens continued to be built and activities such an fungi identification and woodland scavenger hunts were available. 
 
This was our last session in the woods this half term. We will be using our experiences to inspire a big story writing project, taking place next week.
Stone Age Shelter
 
Our third visit to the woodland focused on building shelters. Teamwork was vital. Great communication led to improved results!
Stone Age Art
 
This week we made paints out of natural materials. Children were successful in making reds and purples, green, yellow and black. We used traditional 'binding' materials such as egg yolk and honey. Some children made paintbrushes using sticks and feathers!
Stone Age Tools
 
Children made fishing rods, sling shots, bows and a few arrows during our Woodland Walk. It was amazing to see the children work so well together and build new skills, such as whittling, and work on old ones, such as tree climbing. We could have happily whittled away a few more hours in the woods! We will be back next week to think about art during the Stone Age era. Come back to see more photos.
Ancient Greek Day
 
On Monday Class 4 took part in an Ancient Greek inspired day. Our first task was to turn a pillowcase in to something similar to the clothing word in Ancient Greek period. We also made laurel wreath headbands. Later in the day we studied the Ancient Greek alphabet, noticing those letters that are similar and different to our own alphabet. In the afternoon we played games such as Rota, Morra and a game similar to baseball, but played with a football.
Our visit to the Museum of Classical Archaeology is documented in pictures below.
 
The workshop began with the opportunity to find out more about the sculptures contained in the museum from the Education Officer. The children were able to ask lots of questions and find out more about the history of the museum, and Ancient Greek history and culture. After the talk the children went to discover for themselves more about the Ancient Greeks by further exploring the museum. The majority of children reported they enjoyed looking around the most, but learnt more from listening to the workshop leader!
 
A big thank you goes you to those parents who were able to join us on the day.
Ancient Greek Scratch Art
 
We created a pot shape and filled the design with wax crayon. Afterwards, we painted two layers of black paint, mixed with a little soap, over the wax crayon. Once dried, we scratched away our Ancient Greek designs!
Linking with our topic of Ancient Greece, we explored the idea of democracy with the aid of a special box of objects all the way from Parliament. Included in the box was an example of a mace, dispatch box, division bell, a Bill and backdrops of the House of Commons and House of Lords. We used 'Aye' and 'No' cards to vote on a variety of questions. 
E-safety
 
Here is some information on how to help keep your child safer online. The following videos and resources (Play, Like, Share) can be found on the ThinkUKnow website.
 

Safer Internet Day: On Wednesday 12th February Mr Walker will mark Safer Internet Day with an assembly for the children of Key Stage 2.   In 2020, Safer Internet Day in the UK will encourage young people to explore how they manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.

Free to be me: exploring identity online

We want Safer Internet Day 2020 to celebrate difference and help us work towards creating a truly inclusive internet. The campaign will focus on what makes up your online identity – such as the facts or characteristics about you, how others perceive and interact with you, as well as how online services identify you. It will also look at how offline stereotypes and discrimination are challenged or reinforced online.

Feel free to look through the resources below.