Welcome to Mexico class. Mrs Taylor is our teacher. Mrs Forsdick and Mrs Laker-Jones are our teaching assistants.
Today we had a visit from Skip2Bfit. This skipping workshop challenged us to complete as many jumps of the skipping rope in 2 minutes! Everyone tried really hard and lots of us improved our score on the second attempt! The ropes even kept count for us. Everyone was tired afterwards!
This week, the Year 4 children were lucky enough to take part in an Arts in the Environment workshop with Bel Greenwood who runs our Creative Writing club at Browick. The class visited the wildlife garden and completed activities including:
If you could be a bird which kind of bird would you be?
Treasure hunt of native birds in the wildlife garden. Identifying birds and plants.
Listening to THE STORY OF THE MIRACLE EGG.
Discussing and writing ideas about how a bird might feel.
Mapping the garden with bird words – imagining seeing the garden from a bird’s eye view. You are crossing it, either hopping about or swooping through the trees. What do you feel and think? Writing in the voice of a bird.
Using stones to make spirals of words -poems for the sky to read.
Everyone had a sunflower seed to take home and look after.
The children had lots of fun.
Thank you, Bel!
This week, Mexico Class visited the START art studio in Wymondham. Sarah taught the children how to create a picture created by ‘the dot’ (we also read a book about The Dot, too). Once they had created a black background, children drew images using white pencil and then infilled it very carefully with lots of brightly coloured dots of different sizes. This made the image ‘pop’ and stand out against the contrasting black background. Everyone worked really carefully and produced brilliant pictures. Well done, Year 4, and thanks to Sarah for releasing so much creativity!
Mexico class had such a lovely time enjoying lots of Forest Schools activities this week. Children were den making, watching the frogs in the pond (see if you can spot it), climbing trees, looking at bug hotels and role playing. Thanks to Mr Rackham and the weather for being so fab!
In Science we have been learning about the different types of teeth in humans. The children have looked carefully at their own teeth using mirrors, and have found out that we have incisors at the front of our mouths for taking a bite out of food. They are thin, flat and sharp. We also have canines which are pointy and sharp for tearing off food, and these are also near to the front. Our molars and premolars are positioned at the back of the mouth to grind up food ready for swallowing. We all looked really closely before thinking about how to create the teeth of our lower jaws using clay. Everyone did an excellent job! Well done, Mexico Class.
Y4 had a dance workshop from West End Productions this week. We explored our current text The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and retold it through collaborative dance, group work and working as a whole class. The children managed to learn a complicated routine, and condense an entire story into a 2 and a half minute routine! Everyone was brilliant and we hope that you are as impressed as we are with the end result!
We had an exciting start to the week with a visit from Professor Bubbleworks! Our scientist Chris talked to the children about transport and the science behind it, from horsepower to electric cars.
He showed us how the internal combustion engine works and tested different fuels. We looked at forces to show how jet engines work, and the scientific effort behind developing electric cars.
Speaking of electricity…….the children had LOTS of fun, and some brave volunteers even had their hair stand on end with the Van de Graaff generator!
Hopefully this has inspired our children to be imaginative and innovative – who knows who might create the next great scientific breakthrough?!
In maths we have begun learning about decimals, following LOTS of work on fractions!
The children enjoyed measuring objects around the school and putting their readings into decimal form. So rather than writing 9cm and 4mm, we can now write 9.4cm.
I hope that you have all had a relaxing and safe Easter break.
We are raring to go in Year 4 with lots of exciting new topics for our Summer Term. Please find enclosed a topic map for this half term which provides an overview of your child’s learning.
In addition to this, I have added two knowledge organisers – one on Rivers, and one on Humans and other animals. These contain lots of information and key vocabulary useful to the new topics to boost your child’s understanding. You are welcome to use these at home!
Blended learning. I am so proud of everyone in Mexico Class with their brilliant attitude and enthusiasm for their learning both at home and at school. A very big WELL DONE to you all!
Medieval bosses and corbels.
After our virtual tours of Norwich Cathedral and Wymondham Abbey this week, we carried out some observational sketches of bosses and corbels.
Once we had done this, the children used their imaginations and produced some FANTASTIC work both at home and at school!
Have a look.