Times Tables Rockstars
Year 4 have been practising and competing in Times Tables Rockstars since the start of this term and both class teachers have seen a big improvement in the children's scores. Well done 4AL and 4AV, keep it up!
Every week in assembly, certificates are awarded to 3rd, 2nd and 1st place on the school leader board. So far, one member of Year 4 has already received a certificate for 3rd place. Let's see how many certificates we can get in Year 4 this year!
Iron Man's Arrival
Something rather extraordinary happened this week in Mayflower Primary school...
Year 4 were just about to start practising their Christmas song when suddenly Ms Larue and Mr Lammas came rushing into the classroom, looking rather shocked. They needed us to go to the playground as something totally unexplainable had happened! A huge outline of a robot covered the playground with lots of metal objects surrounding it. We did some investigating and found the robot was missing an eye and a hand! Take a look at the evidence we found.
This evening Year 4 spent an hour reading, nibbling on biscuits and sipping hot chocolate- with cream and marshmallows of course! We read from five fantastic books and discussed which ones we enjoyed the most. It was so cosy with the (pretend) fire on and lots of teddies to cuddle; Miss V and Ms Larue began to feel ready for bedtime as well!
In 4AV we have created a beautiful selection of hanging Christmas decorations, which are now on display on the hall. Take a look at the photos of us in the process of making them!
On Thursday Year 4 went around the world! We visited Japan, China and India; the children had the chance to experience different traditions from each country. When the classes visited Year 4, we made Chinese rattle drums. The children loved making their designs personal by adding Chinese symbols and using the colour red to symbolize joy and good fortune. Did you know that it is a Chinese tradition for brides to wear a red dress on their wedding day? Ask your children for some more facts about China!
Science Experience Morning
Last Friday we were lucky enough to have a real scientist come to our school and involve our classes in an experiment! In the experiment we put an alka-seltzer tablet in water, which reacted to make carbon dioxide gas. The amount of gas in the rocket began to build up more and more pressure until the the rocket could not hold it any longer and blasted off into the air.
This term in Science we have been focusing on the topic 'Sound', investigating to find out how sound is made, how it travels and how the volume of sound makes a difference. In our latest lesson, we conducted an investigation into what materials are effective in preventing sound from reaching the ear. We used tin-foil, cling-film, paper towel, newspaper and cotton wool to cover a maraca. We tested each one to see which material was the most sound proof. Ask your children about the results!
More Science Experiments!
We created straw oboes to investigate how vibrations effect the pitch of a sound. We discovered that as the straw was shortened, the pitch got higher!
Year 4's Cracking Contraptions!
In English we have been looking at 'Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions'. A letter from Wallace himself was delivered to Year 4 requesting for help to replace his stolen contraptions, explanation texts and blueprints. We had so much fun designing our own inventions, writing up an explanation text to go along with them and even creating them from recycling!