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We love our new library!
Today, we were able to visit our brand new library and see all the changes that have been made. Our School Council members, took us on a tour and acted as our librarians, checking out the books we wished to borrow. A huge THANK YOU to Mrs Hughes and all the School Council members for spending so much time creating this extra special place for us. Here's what some of 4P thought of the new library:
"It looks a lot different to before! It was a lot more organised and there was a great choice of books."
"The library was nice and I liked all of the books. It was nice to have a place to sit and read."
"I thought the library was great. I enjoyed ticking the names off as each child in my class chose a book."
"The displays are really nice - I saw what 4P made! There was a great selection of books which you could see clearly on the shelves."
Sounds like Science!
For our current unit, sound, we have been looking and learning about what sound actually is, what a vibration is and how sounds travel. We will also be looking at what big and small sounds are as well as why sounds sound higher and lower. All of our learning will be celebrated in a trip to the Science Museum later on this half term. Take a look at some of the investigations we have completed so far....
After completing 2.6 miles of the playground earlier this year, Year 4 have now received their Mini Marathon badges to celebrate their achievements. Here are some of the children proudly showing the badges off!
Take One Picture
Take a look at some of the fantastic art work we completed for our Take One Picture project. We studied the picture of the storm and then created our own versions using different mediums. Paint for the background, oil pastel for the bigger ship and colouring pencils for the smaller ship. When painting, we tried to mix the colours so it all looked like one image with an accent of different tones. The oil pastels were very effective and they are bright and the colour really stood out.
Roman WOW day
To celebrate all of our learning on the Romans, we took part in an extraordinary WOW day. Everyone was allowed to dress up as a Roman (or wear odd socks as it was Children in Need day too!) and come off timetable for a day of creativity and fun. Each class took part in mosaic making - all of which look great, Roman food tasting (pitta, eggs, olives, grapes) and had a workshop led by a Roman centurion! We learning how to fight like a Roman, hold spears and shields and acted out the rise and demise of the key Roman Emperors. This was such a fun day and it was great to learn in a different way. A huge thank you to all of the Year 4 team for organising this and to the adults at home for, as always, supporting everything we do.
Black History Month
In the UK, Black History Month is celebrated in October and at Firs Farm, we have marked this by learning about different Caribbean Islands. In Year 4, we have been studying the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. We have learnt about its history, slavery, geography, sports, food and famous people; producing a leaflet to display our knowledge. We have made flags, located cities within the islands and compared their traditions to ones of the UK. As well as that, our PE was based around soca music and we worked in groups to create 32 beats of dance, before putting this altogether and finally, we celebrated by making smoothies using fruit that has been imported form Caribbean islands. We were also lucky enough to have a poet, Samantha Rodgers, visit our school and explain her background and how she came to be a published author and poet, along with sharing some of her favourite poems. It was an excellent week of celebration and learning. We wonder where in the world of black history we will be taken next….
Over the last few weeks, Miss Constantinou challenged us to run 2.6 miles for the London Mini-Marathon. This meant we had to do approximately 16 laps of our daily mile. We broke the run down into a few sessions to help us complete it successfully. After each session, we thought about the challenges we had faced and reflected on what we could do differently next time; maybe we’d walk some laps, maybe we would set off as fast. It was amazing to think the real London Marathon was 10 times the distance we had completed! As a reward, we all received a certificate for our efforts.
4H Performing Mamma Mia
As part of National Fitness Week, we took part in a whole school plank challenge. Each class had to hold the plank position for as long as they could. It was very tricky and we had to engage our core stomach muscles in order to maintain a good position for as long as possible. Well done to everybody for taking part and showing resilience!
States of Matter
This half term, in Science, we are learning all about states of matter. Every week we have been lucky enough to take part in an experiment, but this week has been the best of all! We used our learning of salt and ice to make ice cream. Did you know that salt has an effect on the melting point of ice? Using milk, sugar, vanilla and a lot of shaking, we created our very own ice cream! Some were a bit too salty, some a bit too sugary but it was a great experience and we were able to reflect on what we would do better next time.
For National Fitness Week, we challenged ourselves to complete the bingo board set by Miss Constantinou. We understand that staying fit is important as it keeps us healthy and will enable us to live a long and fulfilling life. We had lots of fun; running, jumping, lunging, squatting and playing different sports games. Take a look at what we got up to….