This only applies to children who are involved in the BPSM performance on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Year 4 have had a very exciting start to the second half of our summer term. Our new topic ‘Unearthing Angle-Land’ was launched with a classroom museum where the children had the chance to explore artefacts and replicas from Anglo-Saxon times.
After learning what each artefact was and what it was used for, the children had a go at writing their name in Runes – the Anglo Saxon alphabet. They then carved them into clay and painted them beautifully.
We have so much to look forward to with our Anglo- Saxon led half term. The children are getting very excited about the residential, as are the adults! It’s going to be a great trip and the children will be experts on this important part of British history by the time they return home.
Our English started with a monster hunt this week. After discovering that a monster had been spotted roaming around the school field, the children were given the task of trying to spot clues of where he might be hiding. The children bravely entered the woods and were shocked to find slime, tuna cans, feathers, bones and broken twigs. Upon this discovery, the children headed back to the classroom to think about what the monster might look like. This exciting start to our new English unit: Beowulf has really sparked the children’s imagination and got them excited for writing. We can’t wait to read their final stories!
During the first lesson, the children were given cocktail sticks and plasticine and found different ways to make structures. They used photographs of famous and existing structures and pavilions to inspire their ideas. In this lesson, the children started to think about the importance of base shapes. They had lots of fun being creative and coming up with original designs.
In the second lesson, the children worked with cardboard strips, double sided tape and card to make a cube-like structure. The purpose of this lesson was to explore how to join materials and also how to reinforce these joins so that the structure would be more robust. The children used joinery ideas from existing structures to help them, such as triangular corner pieces and hinge-like joins.
Within our most recent lesson, the children learned about cladding by looking at photographs from real life structures. They learned about the different purposes of cladding before beginning to think about how they could use materials to clad their structure. The children were given the brief to create a Roman aesthetic design and used photos of Roman pavilions to support their thinking. They cut, rolled, folded and made marks on card before attaching this material to their structure. The results are rather convincing and certainly give a Roman appearance!
Now that the children have the skills and knowledge needed from their exploration lessons, they will begin to design their own Roman Pavilions using shapes, materials, joins and cladding of their choosing. We hope to display these once they have been created!
Hopefully you received some information last week regarding a 'Roman Soldier Day' which Year 4 are having on Thursday 3rd February. The information is attached here also as a PDF.
From the Year 4 Team