Welcome to Year 4! This term we are looking at all things space related. Our classroom is looking really bright and colourful, with children racing around the ceiling in there own little rockets! We have made model planets and ordered them correctly in a display. We are corresponding with Bob, the man on the moon, and he has inspired us to create our own aliens in class – soon we hope to create alien masks! Further into the term, we will look at our place in the universe and think about how big we really are. We will answer questions such as:7
What makes day and night?
Why does the moon appear to change shape?
If the sun were 1m in diameter and in the centre of Bussage school hall, how big and how far away would the Earth be?
We are looking forward to answering these and other questions as we continue to earn about the Earth and beyond!
Year 3 and 4 had a fantastic time on residential this week at The Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset. We lived like Vikings in a traditional Long house and dressed up in Viking clothing. The children learnt how to make vegetable stew, grind flour to make bread, make butter from double cream and make cheese. They ate a long hanging tables around the fire. Out side the children had to collect , chop and saw the firewood ready for the fire. We learnt how to pay Viking games and were able to explore the roundhouse and work the waterwheel. At bedtime the children rolled out sheepskin rugs to sleep on (some had more sleep than others!) In the morning we had breakfast and packed ready to go home. What an amazing experience, one I’m sure they will not forget.
Class 4 visited Copsegrove Farm on the 2nd May. We made Viking long-houses, baked Viking bread, looked at the countries Vikings came from and travelled to, looked at what they traded and deciphered Viking Runes. We had a great day and were very lucky with the weather, which was beautiful!
In the summer term we will be learning about the invasion of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings after the Romans had left Britain. We are going visit Copsegrove Farm to make long houses, solve rune puzzles and cook bread over a fire. We will use artefacts as evidence to learn about the past and create pieces of Anglo-Saxon jewellery out of clay. Most of the children will hopefully enjoy a fantastic overnight stay at The Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset, living like Vikings for 24 hours. Those who are going to stay in school will enjoy completing their own mini projects. We are also going to visit Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Museum where the children will learn about the Anglo-Saxons.
This term the shared area by year 3 and 4 has been turned into a cave for our theme – what lies beneath? The term started with a stone age day on the 13th January. The children were able to experience searching for food in an outdoor game that required lots of running around to keep warm in the snow. We also cooked mammoth steaks (they tasted very much like marshmallows) on an open fire, made model mammoths and cooked some delicious stone age jam using ingredients that would have been available at the time – blueberries, blackberries, nuts and honey. The day was very enjoyable and a great experience at the start of our theme.
Class 4 have started this year with the Geography based theme ‘Around the world in 80 days.’ During this theme the children will learn about various parts of the world. Starting with Bussage and the local area, we will look at the changes that have happened throughout the course of the life of the school so far. How have the grounds changed? What new parts of the school have been added? How has the use of the buildings changed? We will then move on to look at locating and describing some of the countries of Europe, focusing on their physical and human features. Our theme will then move us around the Arctic and Antarctic regions, where we will look at how both people and animals have adapted to life in extreme conditions. Australia, where we look forward to learning about the traditional ‘dreamtime’ stories of creation, linking art work to the theme.
We hope that as part of the theme to enjoy a visit from a Polar exploration group, who will bring expertise and first hand experience of the world’s most extreme conditions to Bussage to share with the children.
This promises to be an exciting theme and the children – and teacher’s – are looking forward to it.
Yes, this term the theme for year 3 and 4 is the space based ‘out of this world!’ This theme has coincided wonderfully with the visit to the International Space Station of British astronaut Tim Peake, the children watched him blast off into space before Christmas, a nice opener for the new theme.
On the first day back after Christmas, we were lucky enough to have ‘Explorer Dome’ come and visit us. This company specialises in creating memorable activities for children in their own inflatable dome. They recreated the night sky for us inside the dome and allowed the children to see all the constellations of the night sky. The children listened to the stories created by our ancestors to explain the patterns in the sky and used this as a basis for creating their own constellations and stories in English before half term, the results of which are now proudly on display in the class 4.
We have followed Tim Peake’s mission with interest, with both classes watching a live question and answer session with the astronaut, seeing first hand how life is incredibly different in space to here on the ground. We have looked at the history of space exploration and written about some of the early pioneers of space travel, thinking about the dangers they would have faced and how they compare to explorers from other times; were they more brave then? Who discovered more?
We have made moon buggies from Knex and used them to learn about friction and forces, creating an investigation looking at friction and how it affects distance travelled.
The sheer size of the universe has astounded both children and adults alike throughout the term, and we used the school’s outdoor space (on a rare beautiful day in January!) to measure the relative distances of the planets.
After half term we are going to look at where the planets would be if the sun were 1m in diameter and in the centre of the school hall. How far away and how big would our planet be? How far from school would Neptune be? How small would the dwarf planet Pluto be?
The Autumn term saw Classes 3 and 4 enjoy the theme ‘water, water everywhere!’ This Science and Geography based theme was enjoyed by the children and staff alike. The children learned all about the water cycle and how much water we use in our everyday lives.
The class really enjoyed using their animation skills to produce a short animation explaining the different parts of the water cycle (they particularly enjoyed the novel work position for the project, as shown in the pictures!)
Linked with the theme of water, we also looked into some ancient civilisations including the Indus Valley civilisation, and how water played a significant role in the position of the civilisation.
The “What lies beneath?” theme took in the wonder of the Natural History Museum at the start of February. A long day beckoned as Class 3 and 4, along with staff and parent helpers, departed school at 8am to make the most of the day.
The museum itself was obviously a fantastic experience for the children. Although our time at the museum was limited, we managed to fit in visiting the restless surface gallery (good for the rocks part of our theme) as well as the ever impressive dinosaur gallery.
We ended the day with a talk from Mary Anning, a famous fossil-finder who lived in the 19th Century. She told us all about the fossils she and her brother found along the Dorset coast, and why they caused so much excitement then, and now.
The children were, as always, a credit to themselves and the school. They looked at everything they could and took in as much as possible in the time we had, and even had time for a fright from the robotic T-Rex!
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The pictures above show some of the previous work classes three and four have completed since September. We started the year with our “80 days around the world,” theme. This was enjoyed by all the children as they enjoyed working together with class three to gain a varied range of experiences throughout the term. One of the more popular activities was the European food tasting day, where the children got to sample food from a number of different countries. These included: Sauerkraut and sausage from Germany; paella and chorizo from Spain; croissants and brie from France; and olives and breads from Greece. The day was enjoyed by all and was mentioned as a highlight of the theme by many children
The children of Class 3 and 4 are currently enjoying our latest theme: “What lies beneath?” We have looked at our Stone age ancestors and how they lived and survived, and we ended the term looking at volcanoes, trying to get our heads around some of natures most spectacular and powerful events. There are pictures here of children making spears and axes, cooking marshmallows (there were no handy Mammoths) over an open fire; and creating their own examples the hand prints found in cave paintings. These activities formed part of our Stone age day at the start of term, another experience that the children thoroughly enjoyed and helped to provide the inspiration for a lot of follow up work.
After half term we will be moving onto looking at the rocks and soils that make our country what it is today, before moving onto the final area of the theme, Dinosaurs! After visiting the natural history museum at the start of February, we are confident that we are going to end what has been a popular theme, on a high note.