On Tuesday 9th January, the children in Y4 visited The British Museum.
We went there to learn more about the Mayans and Aztecs. The Mayans and Aztecs played an important role in the history of chocolate. Chocolate is our topic for this half term.
Did you know that the Mayans are believed to be the first to discover cocoa as early as 900 AD? Mayans learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a liquid that would become a treasured Mayan treat.
In fact, the word ‘chocolate’ is said to come from the Mayan word ‘xocolatl’ which means ‘bitter water.’
The Aztecs also had their own word for chocolate: chocolatl (cho co LA til).
At the museum, we had an introduction to the world of the Aztecs through objects and materials, exploring topics including daily life, religion, trade and warfare.
In Y4 we are learning about the digestive system. We looked at the journey of food.
We placed a cream cracker, banana and orange juice (which represented stomach acid) into the plastic sandwich bag. The bag represented the stomach. Then we squeezed all the air out and sealed the bag. We then added water, which represented saliva. Squeezing the bag for 2 or 3 minutes smashed up the mixture inside. This mimicked the action of our stomach walls breaking down food. Then we placed the plastic sandwich bag and stocking over a tray. Cutting a small hole in the corner of the bag, we transferred the contents into the stocking. The stocking represented the small intestine.
After we squeezed the food through the stocking. The liquid that ended up in the tray represented the nutrients that are absorbed by the body and used for growth and energy. The food that remained inside the stocking represented the waste that couldn’t be absorbed by the body.
Then we cut the toe off the stocking and squeezed the remaining food out of the end and into the plastic cup. The cup represented the large intestine. Finally, pushing the food (waste) through the bottom of the cup. This represented going to the toilet.
It was so much fun and it helped us understand how the digestive system works.
Today both Y4 classes had two amazing basketball matches with each other. They were really gripping games and the spectators were on the edge of their seats throughout.
Both groups of supporters were deafening as they shouted support for their teams.
At the start it seemed as if Saffron had the game in their hands, but this all changed when the sides swapped and what seemed like an unbeatable Amber came onto the court. Luckily time was up, and after lots of cheers and near misses the game ended as a draw. Well done Amber and Saffron.
“It was spectacular! One of the best games that I have ever seen!”
The Year 4 children have been really fortunate to take part in a special Spitalfields Music Project. Both classes participated in school sessions and rehearsed with experienced musicians from Spitalfields, composing and performing their very own songs. The final performance took place at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, where the children performed in front of a live audience. We are so proud of the music and talent produced by the Year 4 students.
This half term, Year 4 visited Whitechapel Art Gallery and took part in an art workshop. The children looked closely at the work of Thomas Ruff before creating their own lumen prints using leaves, twigs, toothpaste and sun tan lotion. It was creative, messy and extremely fun!
On Monday, Year 4 went on a wonderful trip to the Soane Centre. At the Soane Centre, the children learnt about temperature and how it is a measure of how hot or cold things are. They also identified some of the materials that make good thermal insulators. Children learnt that insulators do not allow heat to pass through and conductors allow heat to travel through.
The children had the opportunity to use these insulators when building a model house to keep it warm. Take a look at their work!