As Year 4 returned to school this week, we discovered a dragon and a nest of eggs in our classroom. As a class, we have been learning to share our own opinions and make predictions about why the dragon might have chosen our classroom to lay their eggs. As we begin our new topic, we hope to find out more about this mysterious creature.
This afternoon, we have started our new Computing topic – websites. In our first lesson, we have learnt that HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language, which is the languages used to create websites. We learnt that HTML uses tags to create pages. We then used Mozilla X-Ray goggles to explore different websites and remix them. Mr Stephens wasn’t too sure about some of the new school mission statements!
As part of our new topic based on ‘The Americas’, Year 3 and 4 were visited by a group of people called ‘The American West’ who came to teach us about the way of life of the Native Americans. We learnt about the significance of different types of clothing; why the Native Americans did not cut their hair; how they treated injuries and made medicines; sign language they used; games they played and songs and dances they performed. It was a very interesting lesson which taught us lots of new information about the Native Americans.
Take a look at some of the photographs from the session.
On Tuesday 26th March, Year 3 and 4 took part in a special Viking day to conclude our topic. In the morning, we were visited by Hobgoblin Theatre Company who performed the play ‘A Viking Tale’. Through watching this play, the children learnt about a Viking girl called Freya who set off on a journey to discover Sigurd’s treasure in order to save her village. Through watching the play, the children learnt lots of information about the following Viking topics: Viking village life, runes, life on a longship, traders, invasions, gods, slaves and religion.
After the performance, the children took part in a drama workshop. This involved children learning to work in partners to mould each other into characters from the play. They also created group tableaux of Viking village life and warriors on board longships. Finally, the children were asked to predict and create an ending of their choice based on the play they had watched.
In the afternoon, both classes visited the school woodland area to search for suitable stones to later paint with the symbols from the Viking alphabet to turn into rune stones.
This morning, we had a visit from Bloxwich Fire Station’s Redwatch.
They spoke to use about how quickly a fire spreads and that if we find a fire, we need to get out call for help. They also spoke about the best place to install Smoke alarms and the best fire escape routes to keep us safe.
They also told us how to make an emergency call and the impact of hoax calls.
Finally, they spoke to us about identify hazards and making sure we keep things tidy to help us get out of the house safely. They also spoke about road safety and to make sure we use our booster seats if we need them.
We had a really Informative morning.
We have been learning how to program in Scratch this half term. We have learnt how to create a quiz using selection and variables. We then created our quizzes collaboratively using paired programming. We then had to debug our programs to check they were working correctly. We all persevered to complete our quizzes, as Mr Stephens would only give us hints or tell us to ask others.
Take a look at our quizzes – https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/5972963/
On Thursday 31st January, Year 4 were invited to Walsall Football Club’s home ground, Bescot Stadium, to take part in a number of activities. The class were given a guided tour of the stadium, a healthy lifestyles lesson about sugar content in drinks, and a football session on the Astroturf pitches. Despite the freezing cold weather, the class had a great time and learnt lots about how to make healthy lifestyle choices!
On Wednesday 16th January, Hobgoblin Theatre Compamy came to Rushall to perform The Snow Queen. As part of our Ice Worlds topic, Year 4 have been reading some extracts from The Snow Queen so we were excited to find out what happened in the rest of the story.
When watching the play, we were interested to discover that the film ‘Frozen’ was inspired by The Snow Queen.
After watching the performance, Year 4 agreed that they had thoroughly enjoyed the show so the next day in class we wrote thank you letters to the theatre group. We included our favourite parts of the play in our letters. Most of the class chose Barry as their favourite character as he made us all laugh.
Take a look at our pictures to see some of the most memorable moments from the show.
When Year 4 returned to school on Tuesday, they discovered that the classroom was decorated to reflect our whole school ‘Ice Worlds’ theme. The children also found some clues from our new class story ‘Ice Palace’. Year 4 have made predictions about what Ivan’s land is and where it might be. We have also predicted who the mysterious Starjik is and why, if you whisper his name, it becomes winter in your heart.
We are excited to find out whether our predictions are correct!
On Friday 23rd November, Years 3 and 4 had a special Stone Age activity afternoon in the woods to experience a little of what life would have been like in prehistoric Britain. We sampled some foods that Stone Age people would have gathered, collected wood for the fire, made shelters, created cave paintings and other art from natural materials and made wooden arrows / spears.