Edible Garden

Last week Year 4 began their new DT topic – Edible Gardens. We began by looking at a variety of herbs that can be easily grown at home, either indoors in pots or outside in the summer months. We played ‘Guess the Herb’ and tried to identify which herb was which from their smell and appearance. Some of us recognised them easily as we associated the smell with different foods we had eaten such as pizza or soup.

We then talked about all the different kinds of herbs; where they came from, what they can be used in and how they can be grown. We were astonished to hear that chives were used as medicine hundreds of years ago and that they have been grown in China since 300BC! Many of the children found the smell of rosemary quite powerful, imagine how bad it must have smelt back in plague times when it was used to freshen the air!

We then drew the different herbs from our observations and recorded some of these facts in our books.

 

Fraction Frenzy!

Last week in Year 4 we talked about different representations of fractions and how we can group them together. We discussed how this can be done in different ways; by how they are represented i.e. in words or diagrams or by their meaning i.e. are they equivalent. Children noticed that 3/5 and three fifths can…Continue Reading

Watercolour Calendars

This week we have been using watercolours to make a calendar. We’ve tried to show the change in seasons throughout the year from the perspective of one tree. I am incredibly proud of the children, who have shown great skill and a keen eye for design during this task. I’m sure you will agree that…Continue Reading

Take A Seat

On Tuesday Year 4 made the chairs they had designed earlier this term. Some children worked in pairs and showed some excellent team working skills. It was encouraging to see how they problem solved and negotiated throughout the task and their perseverance was brilliant. At the end we had some great chairs in various shapes,sizes…Continue Reading

Three Wise Men

This week in Year 4 we have been learning about the journey of the Three Wise Men. We learned how Herod tried to trick the men into telling him where the baby Jesus was but that the Three Wise Men did not reveal the information and returned home by another route. We reflected on this…Continue Reading

Year 4 Lifesavers

Year 4 has had an exciting week already so far, focussing on life saving skills. Some of the children were asked by their swimming teachers to wear pyjamas for this week’s lesson. This was in order for them to learn the practicalities of water safety if ever they found themselves in a dangerous situation. Later…Continue Reading

It’s a Chocopocalypse!

Yesterday we met the author, Chris Callaghan, and heard all about his book – ‘The Great Chocoplot’ as part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival. Chris was very engaging and there were lots of opportunities for the children to ask him questions and take part in activities. We were lucky enough to hear him read…Continue Reading

Reconciliation Liturgy

On Friday, Year 4 reflected on their Reconciliation topic by holding a liturgy in the hall. They planned the liturgy in small groups and then, as a class, decided on which one they felt best represented their response to the topic. The liturgy was held on No Pens Day, so the response and the mission…Continue Reading

Children in Need 2019

This morning, as part of our Children in Need activities, Year 4 participated in a fitness session. It was led online by Joe Wicks, a celebrity fitness trainer. After some technical difficulties, we managed to get going and completed a HIIT session which included squats, star jumps, running (on the spot), marching slow burpees and…Continue Reading