As part of our social studies, Year 4 learnt about Malala Yousafzai and her fight for girl’s education during the Taliban regime.
As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her work inspired us to become active citizens and appreciate the rights we have access to. We wrote blogs pretending to be Gul Mukai (Malala) writing for the BBC.
Year 4 Saffron have been learning about the dangers plastic poses on our environment and marine life. We presented an assembly to the whole school about ways we can reduce our use of plastic and to ban single use plastic, such as straws, completely.
Help us support Global Goal 14: Life Below Water by:
– Reducing the amount of plastic you use
– Re-using any plastic items if possible such as drinks bottles
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.