Today in science we were learning to recognise positive and negative changes to our local environment. Our environment is always changing around us as we grow, so knowing what good or bad changes are is really important to us in 4DH!
We put our investigator hats on and went investigating around the school grounds for changes to the environment. Specifically we were judging how much of an effect these changes had on animals and their habitats. We discovered that a habitat is a place where animals and plants live, and where they can find everything they need to stay alive.
On our investigation around the school, we looked at newly built houses and roads surrounding the school. We also discovered litter and spoke in depth about how these changes negatively impact animals and their habitats and what we, as humans, can do to help. We made a pledge to never throw our rubbish on the floor and to help by picking any up which we see.
4DH love working practically in science, so this investigation and exploration of the environment was exciting for them. It even inspired some of the children to write short pieces of persuasive writing to get humans to stop negatively impacting animals and their habitats.
Noah was one of the most passionate scientists in this lesson, who wrote:
'STOP FIRES NOW! It's clear as crystal, don't start fires because their killing wildlife and the next generation of humans...
Fun happens when fires happen, right? Wrong! Pollution happens! And do you know what pollution creates? Global warming. You're probably too naive to know but it'll kill everyone you know and love. Now, don't get me started on animals...
Animals are our superiors. They were here before us and do more things than us. What do you do about that? Kill their habitats! Pathetic! How would you like it if someone came along and knocked down your house? Think about the poor lonely hedgehogs that get killed because you want to start a fire! Why? Why? Why?'
I think we've got a future scientist on our hands 4DH!
This week 4DH were lucky enough to be given the chance to try on some Anglo Saxon artifacts. They were kindly donated by a parent from 4S who has connections with Sutton Hoo. This term we have been learning all about the Anglo Saxons, so to be able to feel like they were striking in our class was very exciting!
One thing we were really shocked about was how heavy the armour the Saxon's had to wear was. Some of us couldn't pick it up by ourselves and needed our classmates to help us! We tried to imagine wearing this, a helmet and carrying a shield and sword. Ionela said that she would fall straight over! Perhaps the Saxon's won't strike again...
This week we were fortunate enough to visit Foxburrow Farm as part of our Geography topic on Rainforests.
Throughout the day we took part in many fun and engaging activities that the farm volunteers put on for us. These included:
Here are some photos from the day...
This week 4BD worked with a Mad Scientist to complete their final junior electrician mission. Our sparky scientist question was: have you ever received an electric shock and wondered how it happened? To explore the concept of static electricity, the children carried out some exciting, hair-raising experiments and learnt all about atoms, protons and electrons.
The children charged up a balloon by rubbing it on their hair, jumper or the carpet. When we then placed the feathers close to the balloon, they attached as positive and negative charges attract. 4BD also explored how they were conductors using the Van De Graaf machine and ball buzzers. Some brave members of 4BD even gave Miss Bozier an electric shock!
Sparky Scientist Questions of the Week
Have a go at answering the below think like a scientist questions.
Last week year 4 started planning a discursive piece of writing based on our book ‘The Lion and the Unicorn.’ We thought about what it means to be courageous. The children explored different types of courage and researched everyday acts of bravery. We discovered how famous people (past and present) were fearless and bold. 4BD were surprised to learn that even animals can be courageous.
To support your child with their literacy work, please discuss how they or someone they know has demonstrated courage. If possible, spend some time talking to your child about when they have conquered a fear or overcome a challenge. Despite feeling scared, how have they still shown bravery. Your child brought home a copy of the talk homework on Friday. There is a grid on the homework sheet that can be be used for your child to make notes which they can refer to when writing.
Today 4BD were lucky enough to go on a school trip to the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society. The Aviation Society aim to preserve history whilst educating all. Following topic this term, we are now all WW2 experts so today put our knowledge to the test. Once we arrived 4BD sat and listened intently to a informative presentation and were really keen on sharing their knowledge of children in WW2! The children were particularly surprised by how much devastation the bombs used in WW2 created for people just like them.
After this, we explored the Aviation Society's own museum. We were amazed by how many genuine WW2 artefacts there was for us all to see and touch. The volunteers at the museum were so helpful and answered all of our questions. Vincent and Tyrese from 4BD got a guided tour around the american war museum! Very lucky members of the class.
Next was the bunker experience. The children were led underground into a real life WW2 bunker! We were only lit up by a small lantern and huddled close together on two benches. We listened to the sound of a genuine air raid whilst we kept close and safe in the bunker, whilst imagining what it would have truly felt like to hear those sirens go off. We were left with the thought of how lucky we are to have our friends and family around us, as for children in WW2 this may not have been the case.
4BD owe a massive thank you to the Aviation Society for allowing us this WW2 experience. Not only are we WW2 experts, but we can now all say we have been in a real life WW2 bunker!
Here is the Aviation Society's website if you wish to find out anymore information and become even more of an expert!!
First of all, thank you ever so much to all the parents who gave up their time to join 4BD for the Christmas craft morning. It was lovely to be able to welcome so many of you into our classroom. We all got into the festive spirit and the children thoroughly enjoyed creating products to sell at the Christmas Fayre. Our 3D snowflakes proved how resilient we could be and these decorations really have the WOW factor. Make sure to purchase our reindeer hot chocolate cones, snowman photo frames and festive bracelets as well. Remember to come and buy them at the Christmas Fayre on Friday 8th December from 3.40pm until 5pm.
Last term we were incredibly fortunate to welcome two paramedics from the East of England Ambulance service. They taught the children resuscitation and CPR. We practiced how to put each other in the recovery position, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. During the session we were also given the opportunity to look around a real ambulance and witness how a patients heart rate is monitored. Luckily, Riley and Bo's 'heart traces' were fit and healthy! Phew!
In science 4BD had to plan and carry out an experiment this week. First of all, the children had to make sure they carried out a fair test by changing just one variable (amount of water). Using just three glass bottles, a funnel and a jug of blackcurrant, the children had to think like scientists to explore pitch and make watery tunes. 4BD were set the challenge of filling up each bottle so when you blow/tap it a high note, middle and low note is created. Year 4 experimented with adding more or less water to each bottle to see how the amount of water altered the pitch. Some groups even managed to play a well-known tune like ‘Three Blind Mice.’
4BD discovered that the higher pitched sound was achieved with the least water so less material will produce a high pitch and more a lower pitch. Congratulations to Harry for becoming our science expert. Harry realised that the result was different when you blew on the bottles instead of tapping them. He used scientific language like particles, air and vibrations to explain why. What a superstar!
On Thursday, 4BD prepared to be evacuated and stepped into the shoes of their 1939 persona. We thought about what children would take with them. Year 4 then used the GOV recommended list of items to pack their own evacuee suitcases. Some of us even dressed up as a WW2 evacuee!
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