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In geography, we have been learning about volcanoes. We have looked at what the features of a volcano are, what causes them to form and erupt, and the effects of volcanoes have on the surrounding areas. We have had lots of great discussion about the earthquakes related to the eruption of the volcano in Iceland. We were then able to see footage of the volcano erupting from a drone. The children really enjoyed looking at erupting volcanos and created their own. We mixed together bicarbonate of soda, water, washing up liquid, paint and vinegar to cause our own volcanoes to erupt. We discussed how the different parts of their volcano related to an actual volcano. The children were amazed when they saw their volcanoes erupt. We discussed how the mixture created a chemical reaction which built pressure and pushed the mixture out of the top of their volcano, just like a real one.
Electricity and circuits
In science, we have been looking at electricity and creating simple circuits. The children enjoyed the challenge of getting their light bulb to light up. They discovered that they needed a complete circuit with a battery cell, wires and a light bulb. They practised drawing this out with the correct symbols. The children then moved on to use motors, buzzers and switches in their circuits. They tested out what would happen if the switch was off and how this would look in their drawing. We then discussed conductors and insulators and what we use them for. The children created their own experiment to test each of their different materials to find out if they were conductors or insulators. They found that all of their metal objects were conductors.
World Book Day Potatoes
Here at the Ryde School, we celebrated World Book day on the 22nd March with children bringing in potato book characters from their favourite stories. The children created an array of characters from well-known stories, and these were displayed for everyone in school to see.
We are constantly encouraging a love of books in school. Did you know that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success? We hope that the children can use their book vouchers to buy a book online and we look forward to them sharing their choices with us.
In our art lessons this term, we have been learning about Roman pottery, linked with our History. Using clay we experimented with shapes and modelling techniques before putting our skills to use and making pottery.
We thought about what the pottery would have been used for and considered our design ideas. Taking inspiration from Roman pottery patterns, we carved similar patterns into our own.
Here are some photos of Year 4 experimenting with clay and their final pieces.
In Year 4 History, we have been focusing on the Ancient Egyptians. We were very lucky that there was an exhibit about King Tutankhamun and his journey through the afterlife at the Saatchi Gallery in London. On 9th January 2020, the class headed into London to see the exhibit. We saw the artefacts that had been discovered in King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The children enjoyed the trip thoroughly and were able to see Egyptian life and culture of 3000 years ago. The Ryde School was complimented on how polite and considerate the children were to others during this time. Here are some of the photos from our visit.
During science this half term the children have started learning about electricity. With their knowledge and understanding of what electricity is, it was time to experiment with circuits. The children used the circuit equipment to test their predictions from scientific drawings of circuits. They had to decide whether it was complete (the bulb would light up) or incomplete (the bulb would not be lit). They enjoyed this activity as they became detectives if the circuit would not work – they needed to find out what was wrong or if a piece of equipment was not working. Year 4 worked wonderfully in groups during this lesson.
Maths – multiplication
In their maths lessons, Year 4 have been working very hard on their multiplication. During these lessons they have been using manipulative materials to help with times tables. In the picture below you can see the children demonstrating their times tables knowledge in the form of arrays. Using the counters helped the children see the times tables visually. This gives the children a method to work out their times tables using dots or counters during their maths learning.
In design and technology this term Year 4 have been starting to design our own Egyptian sarcophagus. In order to make these, the children needed to test out their designing and building skills with paper and evaluate their joining techniques. They really enjoyed making these starter sarcophaguses and now have a good insight in how their cardboard one will be.
Year 4 Parent Activity
In year 4’s parent activity we investigated sound by making string telephones and straw pan flutes. Both the parents and the children thoroughly enjoyed this activity as they expanded their knowledge of sound whilst being hands on and creative in the process.
Year 4 Literacy
In year 4 we have been looking at persuasion. During this lesson the children chose whether the character from our book, Leon, should enter the magicians box. The class were then split in half and they completed a conscience alley trying to convince Miss Haywood to be adventurous and step inside or be cautious and stay away from the box.