Some of the children in Year 4 were lucky to receive a visit from the Ministry of Stories. They came into our class to help us write stories in a creative way. We were shown a magical suitcase with lots of unusual objects inside such as a can of ‘night terrors’ and a tin of ‘the heebie jeebies’. We used the two objects as inspiration for our stories. We were able to choose our own character, setting and plot but it had to include the objects she showed us. We wrote the opening of our spooky stories but be warned- they are sure to give you the ‘heebie jeebies’.
Year 4 Amber took part in a fun pizza making activity at Pizza Express as part of World of Work week. We learnt about the ingredients needed to make the doughy base of the pizza before having a go at making our own. We added tomato puree and mozzarella cheese before they were put in to the oven to cook. We learnt about the role of a chef and it even inspired some of us to become one when we are older. The pizzas were delicious and we enjoyed every mouthful!
A group of Year 4 children have been working with some older adults from the local community on an inter-generational project organised by ‘Magic Me’. Working with artists Liane Harris and Verity Standen, over the equivalent of five days, the group has used sound and image to create collage portraits including photography, collage, drawing and sound recordings.
The project culminated in a performance and exhibition at the Idea Store in Whitechapel. It showed that some shared understanding and empathy had been created during the course of an exciting creative experience.
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!”