We had so much fun visiting our local library! First, we found out about all the services the Idea Store has on offer. Then, we did a scavenger hunt, searching for great children’s books on the ground floor of the library. After that, we climbed four flights of stairs to get to the top of the Idea Store to enjoy the amazing views. We identified the landmarks of East London and discussed the history of our area. What a fantastic experience! Many of us were not members of the library and we were certainly inspired to join.
Year 4 visited the National Gallery to look at paintings depicting weather, which is our topic this term. We particularly focused on Joseph Turner and his stormy painting ‘Calais Pier: An English Packet Arriving’. However, we were also discussing paintings by other famous painters Renoir and Rubens. We also sketched a stormy piece by Turner ‘Dutch Boats in a Gale’. Everyone was very inspired by the art and we are looking forward to using watercolours in our lessons as we will be creating similar paintings of storms.
To immerse the children in the topic of Explorers and Keeping Warm, we visited the Soanes Centre in Mile End and learnt all about how to keep our homes well insulated. We used different materials and thought about the way we could ensure the heat did not escape. Our homes were tested with a heat source (a light bulb) and thermometer. The results were shown as a line graph on the computer so we could see the temperature rise (and even fall).
Year 4 went on a trip to the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford to watch the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. We were in awe of all the swimmers who have shown us what it means to never give up. We cheered, we clapped, we waved the flags… But most importantly, we were inspired by their growth mindset and determination to achieve their goals despite the obstacles they face in life.