It's nearly the end of term already! And what fun we have had!
We've had a lovely term learning about Vikings, Sea Life, Teeth and Habitats and are really looking forward to next terms installment...
In History, we have learnt about Vikings and where this historical period fits on a timeline. We have learnt all about invasions by the Vikings. This linked to our Geography of places.
For Science, we learnt about classifying sea creatures by where they live and their characteristics. We also learnt about food chains in the sea together with how the destruction of coral reefs is damaging these. After half term, we learnt all about the digestive system. We even made parts of the system at home for our My Choice!
For Art and Design and Technology, we have looked at underwater photography and used shading and tinting to reproduce this work in paint. We also produced a pop up page about Viking battles.
Autumn Term 2016
Year 4 have had an exciting start to the year. Last half term, we learnt all about oceans. We found out about different sea creatures and where they lived. We were really worried about what is happening to coral reefs in the world. We created an exciting piece of ocean art work. Everyone enjoyed the trip to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.
This next half term, Vicious Vikings is our topic. In Science, we will be learning all about teeth and digestion. We hope you are looking forward to it!
It has been another busy but successful term in Foxes and Badgers! From the fantastic performances of 'The Great Green Adventure' through fruit salad production (with super support from parents!) to the Brass Performance, we have all had a very productive term.
We have all enjoyed the challenges that have presented themselves to us this year and look forward to a well earned rest over the summer. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the children a successful new year in Eagles and Falcons and for our new Foxes and Badgers who will be joining us from Year 3.
Spring Term 2016
Cadbury World Visit
The sun was shining on us for our trip to Birmingham to visit the museum at Cadbury World. After an uneventful journey on the coach with some interesting titbits from the driver, we arrived at our destination raring to go! The first part of the trip was a tour through the history of cocoa beans and chocolate making, including some influential figures in the industry. We found out about the Cadbury family and their roots in chocolate. This included their drive to improve the lives of their workers as they expanded the business. The children learned about the development of the Bournville village and the people who lived there. We had a exciting time being shaken about like a cocoa bean as we explored the process of 'Bean to Bar'. And then it was on to the factory where we saw today's workers demonstrating their chocolate making skills! The best bit was tasting the lovely molten chocolate with toppings galore!!
Later in the day we were able to experience the advertising strategies that Cadbury have employed to sell their products to the masses via a 4D cinema experience, more shaking around in chairs to delight the children. Our favourites were the drumming gorilla and the children with the twitchy eyebrows.
A fun and informative day was had by all!
Science Week Workshops:16th March
The children were met with an exciting reconstruction of a crime scene upon entering the hall today! But not to fear, it was our special scientific workshop encouraging us to get really involved in science week. Our visitor Miss Lindsay gave an informative talk on the use of scientific evidence to solve crimes. This included collecting shoe prints, finger prints and DNA and collating the clues to find the real culprit from a selection of suspects. Following on from this, the children were sent off to investigate their very own crime scenes to discover who had stolen the bracelet. They had to decide which evidence was scientific and what were the red herrings. Luckily they all came to the right conclusion and the crime was solved.
Autumn Term 2015
Welcome to all the new pupils joining the Badgers and Foxes! We have a very busy year planned. Check out our long term plan (link above) to see all the exciting things we have organised for the year ahead.
Treak Cliff Cavern Visit
On Wednesday 14th October Year 4 took a trip to Treak Cliff Cavern in Derbyshire. It was a twisty journey through the Peak District but we arrived on time for the first group to take a tour of the caves. We were guided through the caves by a very knowledgeable tour guide who educated the children on the natural geography of the caves, how the Blue John (a semi precious mineral) was formed and about the development of the area for mining. He pointed out fossils in the cave roof and we saw stalactites and stalagmites. The children were also told the children that Blue John is only found in Castleton in Derbyshire. Meanwhile the second group took a walk to see some of the surrounding countryside and how mining has had an effect on the local landscape. After lunch the groups swapped over. The children all showed a keen interest in the cavern and the peaks and had an exciting and educational day which brought the topic to a fascinating close. We now know about the different types of rock; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic and can describe their properties.
Assembly and Mosque Visit
This term we had our annual visit to a special place of worship to support their religious education. Year four make a visit to the Mosque in Oadby. They also completed an assembly on Eid-ul-Adha which was well attended by parents. The children have learned a lot about the Muslim religion and when they were at the Mosque asked some thoughtful questions which showed their increased understanding and respect.
Food for a Polar Explorer!
During our learning about the Polar regions we considered the needs of explorers and the high calorific content of their snacks because of the energy they need to keep warm in the extreme cold. In maths we worked out total amounts of calories in a variety of foods and used this data to plan additions to flapjack ingredients to create our own recipes. In groups we then followed these recipes to make our flapjacks. There was a lot of golden syrup!
Summer Term 2015 - End of the Year
Another very busy year for Year 4 at Brookside. Everyone has worked really hard and has made fantastic progress but are ready for the challenges and independence of Year 5. Good Luck everyone, it has been a brilliant year!
Earlier this term, the Badgers and Foxes worked really hard to put on a fantastic production of 'Maui Catches the Sun.' All the parents, staff and children loved the performance and we were very proud of everyone.
Before half term, we studied Richard III. We looked at a range of sources of historical evidence to decide if he was a good or bad king. As Richard's skeleton was found locally, we were really interested in skeletons and learned the names of bones in the body. Looking at photos of King Richard's skeleton, we deduced how he died! We finished off the half term with some artwork and sculpted King Richard's head in clay.
After half term, we had a fantastic International Week learning about New Zealand. We wrote our own version of Maui legends and were able to perform the Haka again to the rest of the school.
Our topic this term has been Africa and we practised our map work by naming all the countries in this continent. For our science we have investigated magnets and forces. We also visited the nature area to compare the habitat changes between winter summer.
Another very busy term!
We have had a really enjoyable Spring term and after learning about light, we moved onto learning about the ancient Egyptians. During this topic we made our own 'mummies' and learnt to write our name using Egyptian hieroglyphics. To complete this exciting topic, we will be visiting New Walk museum at the beginning of the Summer term.
Year 4 have also begun to practise our play ' Maui catches the Sun' which is based on an Australian myth. Having auditioned for our parts, we are now learning our lines and songs. The teachers and the children are really looking forward to performing the play to parents in the Summer term.
Spring Term 2015
In Year 4 we have had a very busy start to 2015. The term started off with a whole school day looking at Britishness, focusing on values and history. In the morning, we researched about different British inventors and all the things they had invented. We were surprised how many were men! During the afternoon, Mrs Bodycote and Mrs Millard set us a challenge to design our own bridge in the style of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We had a budget for buying materials and had to work in a team to make our bridge span a 50cm gap. Look at the pictures below to see us designing and working together.
We have also been working really hard on our new topic. We have started to look at light and the way it travels. In addition, we have thought about the dangers of looking at very bright lights, including the sun. This week we have built circuits and predicted what would happen if we changed one of the parts of our circuit, then tested it. These are all the symbols we used:
We are looking forward to using this knowledge to design and build our own torches and investigate shadows.