We hope you enjoying seeing all the things we get up to in Class 4. We will include photos from trips; examples of the work we do in class and any useful documents and letters. Happy reading!
In Computing this term, we are looking at different types of animation. We are hoping to complete out own stop motion animations after half term.
We began by looking at the history of animation and found that Thaumatropes were one of the earliest forms, first developed in 1860s. They consist of a double sided disc with two different pictures on either side. When this disc is spun at speed, the pictures combine to make one complete picture. Have a look at some of Class 4's creations below...
No Pens Wednesday - Oobleck!
Oobleck gets its name from the Dr Suess book 'Bartholomew and the Oobleck'; where a gooey green substance, Oobleck fell from the sky and wreaked havoc. Well that's what happened in Class 4 on 'No Pens Wednesday'! There was some serious science behind it though. We are studying 'Materials and their Properties' in science and Oobleck is a great example of a non-newtonian fluid. It acts like a liquid when being poured, but like a solid when a force acts upon it.
The children had great fun experimenting with it and Miss Collings spent about an hour after school cleaning up the mess .
Snow Day Poems
As it was snowing today (and the children couldn't help but gaze at it) we amended our English lesson on poetry. We have written some free verse poems about the snow. We hope you enjoy reading them.
Cold and Warm
“Can we have a day off ?"
I had to go to school.
At school I gaze out of the window
Mrs Roycroft rings the bell
It takes ages to get dressed
finally we get out
everyone’s playing snowball fights
it gets so deep that everyone gets cold
“pleasssse can we go in?”
The bell rings to go home.
When I get home
I ask mum can I out
“Can I go out”
I get my clothes on again
I knock for all my friends
We build a ramp out of snow
“can I go in?”
In and Out
It’s snowing ! it’s snowing!
“Can we quit class early and go outside?”
Every one sighs
“Oh fine you can. You win.”
Mrs.Wall sighs “everyone get your stuff and go outside.” “YAY!”
Everyone dashes to the cloak room it takes for ever to get ready
everyone gets wrapped up warm……
5 minuets later
“Can I g-g-g-go in I am so c-c-c-cold!” everyone goes in
only to start all over again.
School is shut (well nearly)!!
“Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, stop asking”.
Stuck here, work,work,work.
It came to lunch and
Mrs Roycroft announces that
We might get snowed in!
“We can go home” Mrs Roycroft says
so we opened the gates,
called our parents and off we went!
Everyone wants to go outside.
Sadly I’m here; writing this poem.
Hopefully we will go out soon and play.
Thinking of all the things to do:
sledging, snowballing and making snowmen!
We will go out soon I’m sure.
Half an hour later.
Can we go outside now? “Sure.”
Quickly get your shoes on and go!
Make a snowman, have a snow fight.
Another half hour later.
“Miss can we go inside now, I’m cold”
“No you wanted to go outside. Now you are!”
The long wait all over again.
“Yes it’s snowing!”
“ Can we miss school ? Please… I beg”
Sitting looking outside
snow is falling all around the place
PLEASE can we go out?”
I get my scarf , my welly boots and my coat on
when I get outside I throw some snowballs
Make a snow man and go sledging
“Can we go in?”
all I want to do is go outside
“can we? Can we?”
I’m stuck in here at school
everyone one is gazing out of the window
minutes pass feeling like hours
school’s finally over
let’s go and have a snow fight
or go sledging
5 minutes later
“can I go inside?”
“Mum do we have to go to school?”
Because you have to go to school
I don’t want to hear it
So there I was sitting at school
everyone gazing out the window
every time Mrs Wall turned her back
we take a quick peep
but then Owen had to look
when Mrs Wall was looking
Mrs Wall immediately shut the blinds
We have been looking at Growth Mindset in Class 4 and how it can help us in all that we do, both in and out of school.
Growth Mindset is a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a Growth Mindset isn't afraid to make mistakes, in fact they see them as the opportunity to learn! They will listen to feedback; enjoy new challenges and show resilience when things get tough.
We have looked at the structure of the brain and how new connections are formed through making mistakes, trying new things and practising them over and over. We've thought about influential people who have shown a Growth Mindset and not given up on their goal.
We have created some posters for the classroom to remind us of how to think with a Growth Mindset take a look below...
Our first trip to Forest School was so much fun. The children looked for flint, built dens, began to whittle sticks, worked individually and as a team. It was great to see them in the outdoors. Have a look at the photos to see what we got up to
On Wednesday 21st September, Class 4 had a fantastic trip to the planetarium in Greenwich. We met bright and early at Tring station and our adventure began. To get to Greenwich we took the train, the tube, the DLR and finished with a brisk walk up a massive hill! Once there, we enjoyed an interactive film about the solar system; touched a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite (that's as old as the sun!) and explored the hands-on galleries. The children's behaviour was so impressive all day - well done everyone!
Programming your teacher
In Computing, we are looking at 'Computational Thinking' and how to create efficient programs for a computer. To help the children to realise just how precise instructions for a computer need to be; I challenged them to program their 'robo-teacher' to make a jam sandwich. I would follow their algorithms (a precise set of instructions) word-for-word, so they had to spend a lot of time planning to make sure they came out with a tasty sandwich at the end. It was a very successful (and messy!) session.
Earth & Space
We kicked off our new science topic by investigating the relative sizes of the Sun, Earth and Moon.
The children chose an exercise ball as the sun and voted on which ball should be the Earth and the Moon. We started off with a football for Earth and a dodgeball for the Moon. The children voted to go smaller and smaller until we ended up with the right proportions...
If the sun was an exercise ball, the Earth would be a bead and the Moon would be a peppercorn!
Class 4's Letter from Sir David Attenborough!
We've had some amazing news in Class 4!
Before half term, during science, Class 4 researched the legendary Sir David Attenborough. Everyone thought of an interesting question to ask him and designed a birthday card to celebrate his 90th birthday. I then selected a range of questions and designs to send to him.
To our amazement, he kindly sent a reply within a week! Well done to all the children, each of whom came up with really creative designs and questions.
What an honour for us all to have received this letter. Please have a look at the slideshow below to see the correspondence in full...