Your child’s journey through Year 4
Trip to the Dentist
Year 4 children had a wonderful trip to the dentist recently, as part of our science learning. The Dentists and the Practice Manager were very welcoming and taught us all about how to look after our teeth and gums. They gave us information about healthy foods and showed us how to brush our teeth effectively. They were impressed with our knowledge about the types of teeth we have and their functions!
As part of our Iron Age learning, Year 4 visited Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire. The farm is an exact replica of an Iron Age settlement and we spent the day undertaking Stone and Iron Age activities which included making jewellery, wattling fences etc.
We have been developing our map skills and using atlases to help us identify some of the countries that exported food supplies to Britain before WW2 started. We looked at which continents and countries the food came from and the distances travelled. We were able to then consider and discuss the journey of the food convoys, the possible locations of underwater attacks by the Germans and what it would have been like once WW2 had started.
Year 4 have been learning about how the people of Britain were encouraged to ‘Make Do and Mend’ throughout WW2 as clothes supplies were low and eventually rationed.
It was a good idea to reuse old clothes or make new ones, and this exactly what year 4 have been doing for DT week! We have designed and made amazing bags, using different types of stitches, old clothes, buttons and zips.
World War II
Year 4 have been learning all about WWII, and we were all extremely excited about going to the Imperial War Museum! We saw lots of amazing things like the hanging war planes; WWII tanks and weapons; the uniforms soldiers wore and a life size Anderson Shelter!
Year 4 had a great time exploring the museum and spending time inside an Anderson Shelter.
In Science Year 4 have been learning about electricity. The children have been figuring out how to make a bulb light up in a circuit and exploring how to make switches. They have also figured out how to add one into a circuit successfully!
As part of our Blitz topic, children have been working together to support each other in drafting and improving their work. This has resulted in the children creating beautifully emotive poems about The Blitz.
As an introduction to our new topic, The Blitz, Year 4 have been enjoying learning all about the Allies and Axis, building Anderson Shelters, creating WW2 planes and gas masks and practising Air Raid drills. It has certainly been a messy, busy and exciting week back to school.
Trip to Deptford Creek
We were able to explore Deptford Creek with a river walk at low tide, find out about some of the creatures that live in rivers through river dipping and learnt some interesting historical facts about the uses of river and its local area. The children had a great time and even got to see the river at high tide.
As part of a Science experiment, we learnt how a solid changes into a liquid when heated. We used data loggers to try and measure the melting point of ice.
As part of our Water, Water Everywhere topic, we started off the spring term by focusing on the tragedy of the Titanic! We used collaging and water colours to make a fantastic class ship.