Your child’s journey through Year 4
As part of our Water Water Everywhere topic, we have been given a design brief to design a bridge to cross a river. Our bridge must be at least 20cm wide and allow a boat to pass underneath; it can either have a moving mechanism to lift up, or be at least 20cm tall.
We started by learning about the engineering principle of triangulation to strengthen structures and have practised creating strong structures using straws. We looked closely at pictures of real bridges and then created drawings of our own designs. Some of us used lego to create fabulous model bridges.
Next, we will use wood and lots of tools to create our bridges. Look out for photos to show how we got on!
Building bridges from art straws and cardboard.
Thinking about the design brief and what we have learned about bridges so far.
Problem and Brief
Practising triangulation with art straws
The children worked hard to construct a bridge that they made out of wood!!!
River Thames Trip
Year 4 had an exciting day at the River Thames in Greenwich. We carried out fieldwork on the foreshore: collecting artefacts, assessing the water quality through chemical testing and recording simple data about the river (temperature, velocity and state of tide). It was an interesting, investigative and fun day!
The morning was spent by the river and in the afternoon we took our learning to a classroom. It was great to test the water and find out that although the river is muddy, it has a neutral PH, so is NOT polluted!
A big thank-you to all the parents who came along and helped.
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.