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Science at The Ryde School 2021 – 2022
Class 4 have been learning about electrical circuits, they had to make a circuit which worked and worked out the rules involved in making a complete circuit.
The children have worked on locating microhabitats around the school and what conditions are created in these micro-habitats.
Class 4 had a science workshop using the material Plaztazote. They learnt about how the material changes from a solid to a more malleable material. They used this new material to create a mask.
Learning to play a brass instruments
This year we started to learn a brass instrument. When we first started playing we found it a bit tricky getting all of the notes correct and making sure that the notes sounded good. After a few lessons, we started learning high notes which were also tricky to play at first but then we started to get the hang of it. Our notes started to sound better and we were better at playing in time with each other. Later on we started playing the notes really well and started to learn a few musical pieces like Copycat and the Blues and we enjoyed it.
It was really fun playing our instruments this year because every Monday afternoon in 3 groups [2 cornets and 1 baritone] we would go over to the nursery and play our instruments for 40 minutes with Mr Cranham. Quite a lot of the time our valves would get stuck and Mr Cranham would help unstick them with cornet oil, which smells funny!
We can’t wait to continue playing until December 2022 when we will hand the instruments over to the new year 4 children who will then learn to play the brass instruments.
Outdoor and Adventure Week
Outdoor and Adventure Week
Recently we had outdoor and adventure week. So this is when we do lots of our work and lessons outside. We have a fun time doing different activities, new ones and ones we have done before. In this picture we did a new activity, called whittling when you have a tool just like a potato peeler which you use to peel off the skin of the willow to make your own wands or swords. There were some rules that we had to do so you don’t hurt or injure yourself. For example, always peel away from your body. You can either stand up your stick and go downwards or hold over your legs. Your legs must be protected all the time.
After we had all made our willow wands and swords we got to design them with some special felt tips. Some people decided to make them a nice rainbow pattern but some made them into Harry Potter wands and even police batons. In this picture you can see people designing their willow.
Every year in outdoor and adventure week you get a go at having a roasted marshmallow and Year 4 made a bannock each which had chocolate chips in it. Most children found it very filling and yummy but some found them disgusting. There were also some rules for this as well. Number 1 if you are walking always walk on the outside and when you come up to the fire that is the only time you walk inside the circle.
We made dens in outdoor and adventure week but there was a twist we did have to pay for the materials we needed. If we ever ran out of money all we had to do is a job like litter picking. After all are hard work making the dens we got an ice pop each to cool us down. We can’t wait till the next one!!!
Parent Activity – Historical artefacts
A couple of weeks ago we had our parent activity. The activity was all about working out if the artefacts were Roman, Ancient Egyptian or Anglo Saxon time. We then had to work out who would off have worn it or used it in that time. In this picture you can see an example of a table of artefacts that you used.
In the picture below, you had to look at the ancient Egyptian head dress and think who would off have worn it. Most people answered this question as the Tutankhamun who we learnt about in our history lesson. He was one of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and if you didn’t know, a pharaoh is a basically an Egyptian king.
On the table below it shows some rich Anglo Saxons items like the golden plate which would have been used by a rich person just like a king! The other picture on the table showed a helmet that they found at a ship called the Sutton Hoo.
For our last activity we had to find 3 facts in some books 1 about Romans, 1 fact about Anglo Saxons and then 1 fact about ancient Egyptian so here are some examples:
Saxons: The first Saxon villages were built on hill tops.
Romans: The Romans fought to defend themselves against their neighbours and to extend their territory .
Egyptians: Roof timbers are covered with thatch or matting and topped with a thick layer of mud plaster.
These are some examples of the facts we found out in our year 4 parent activity!!
Trip to Verulamium
Recently we went to Verulamium Museum which is all about the Roman life in St Albans. It showed us all the artefacts and mosaics they had found by archaeologists that excavated the Verulamium land. In the pictures below it shows us looking at a huge mosaic that had been preserved for 2000 years.
We then had a workshop all about Roman life and what they sold on there stalls. We also got to try some fake Roman clothing which were all made for how rich you were or how poor. We had to look for the right artefacts that were on are shopping list. Some things they bought that they thought were healthy for them but now they are not. For example, they thought putting stuff in their ear to get ear wax out was heathy for them but of course now we know it isn’t.
We were given some questions about the artefacts that were behind the glass which we had to answer. These were all pots, tubs and beakers that they used to hold food water and wine to keep stored. In the booklet we had to answer questions, write in roman numerals and draw our own mosaic.
Although it was raining and wet for this short walk to the St Albans Abbey which was named after a Christians who lived in St Albans. We had to take a photo to show how much fun we had on this school trip this school year in year 4!!
Climate change workshop
Here are Year 4 enjoying the lively climate change workshop.
Year 4 enjoyed designing and making an Egyptian mask.
Design and Technology – Cooking
In design and technology, we have been recreating Anglo-Saxon food. We have learnt about what ingredients the Anglo-Saxons would have had and where each of these ingredients come from. We discussed that they wouldn’t have had sugar and learnt that they used honey to sweeten their food instead. We have practised reading recipes, accurately measuring and weighing. Once cooked, the children tasted their products and evaluated them discussing what they thought went well and how they could improve next time. The children enjoyed participating in a parent activity where they we able to make Anglo-Saxon bread.
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.