In science we have been using electricity to make components work. We have used wires, crocodile clips, a cell and a bulb to construct a simple circuit and then we added a switch so that we could control the electricity flow. We also predicted which objects would conduct electricity before testing them; checking whether the bulb was lit. We concluded that objects made from metal conduct electricity but non-metals do not. These materials are insulators. Our clowns were very impressed when we constructed circuits and made their eyes light up!
We are learning how to write an explanation so we listened to Tony Ross explaining how he draws Horrid Henry. Tony Ross is the illustrator. He has also illustrated Kevin’s book Ratburger by David Walliams.
In English, Year 4 have been very busy examining the features of persuasive writing. The work centred around the issues in the rainforest and the children used i-pads to conduct their research. They then wrote persuasive articles, outlining their concerns and making suggestions about how readers could help to prevent widespread deforestation. Finally, the children wrote poems to highlight the destruction of the rainforests. Below are some examples of what their work.
We are colour mixing in art as part of our painting unit of work. Having found out that primary colours are red, blue and yellow, we then made secondary colours; orange, green and purple. Investigating colour shades, we chose a colour and kept adding white paint to it to make a lighter shade. We mixed our colours on a palette and compared the shades before making a colour chart.
In history we have been learning about the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings. We went to Liverpool World museum where we attended a workshop and looked at artefacts from the past. We dressed up in Viking style clothes and armour and practised weaving on a loom. Some of the tools that we looked at, we hadn’t seen before and we had to work out what they were used for.
While we were at the museum, we also went to visit the aquarium where we found out all about sea creatures and their habitats. We were able to touch starfish, crabs and sea anemone. Our photographs show us carefully touching the animals.