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!
The week started off with Year 4 having a great idea (or so they thought), which was to put together a hot air balloon out of tissue paper and sticks. The challenge was to set off a hot air balloon in the ball court. This was a lot harder than Y4 initially anticipated.
They had to use many of the values of Osmani -to persevere, use a growth mind set and work collaboratively to achieve their goal.
First the instructions didn’t help- they weren’t clear. 1st rule of writing instructions should be that they are clear to the reader- these weren’t.
After lots of deliberation and persevering, they sought the help and advice of others to achieve their objective.
After many hours of sweat, hard graft and many repairs to the balloon, the day had finally come -the balloon was ready for its flight.
Y4 went to the playground and placed the balloon onto the ground, unfortunately this wasn’t the greatest idea because the ground was wet, and so they encountered a further challenge-which tested their growth mind-set and determination. They did not give up and kept preserving; they finally achieved their objective – Yippee!
On Wednesday 28th June, Year 4 went to the Olympic Park in Stratford. They went there to celebrate all their hard work and success of Year 4.
The children had the opportunity to experience rock pools, sand pits, tall tree houses, and wobbly bridges, as well as slides, swings and plenty of space to run about. They also explored climbing frames, over-sized swings and a giant sand pit. They all had a fantastic time.
We ended the day enjoying the fabulous water fountains.
On Tuesday 27th June, some children from Year 4 were selected to be involved in a sports trip at Reed’s School in Cobham. The trip involved the children taking part in coaching sessions and getting to play a specific sport – golf, football or cricket with other schools from different areas. The children really enjoyed the wonderful day. Take a look at their fantastic day!
On Tuesday 21st March, the children in Y4 visited The British Museum.
We went there to learn more about the Romans, after learning in class that they played an important role in history for Britain.
We visited Room 49, which contains material from Roman Britain. Many of the objects are the result of excavations in the British Isles on known Roman sites. We saw objects from Roman life such as religion, pottery, the army, hoards and buildings.
We had an wonderful day, and when we came back to school we had the opportunity to share some of the information we found out.