Welcome to earth Class

Our current topic is: Lights, Camera, Action!

Dance
This week in dance we have been focusing on movies. Rachel asked us to create a beach themed freeze frame which we then developed into slow movements and will incorporate into a whole class dance using a mixture of ballet and contemporary dance styles. 
Geography Day
We celebrated our world and cultures on geography day this week.  In our classes we focused on the book 'If the world were a village'.  This book imagines what the world would be like if 100 people represented the actual 6.7 billion population.  We wrote from the viewpoints of different people in the village and imagined what that would feel like and what our lives would be like.  We then looked at different ways to present the data shown in the book.  In the afternoon we visited different classes, collecting stamps on our passports on the way.  We participated in a range of activities from different countries such as: Painting New York skylines, playing french boules and African drumming. 
Superstar Sketches 
We created sketches of our favourite movie characters. We learnt all about different sketching techniques and resources. We looked at shading and toning, light and dark areas, adding textures and ways to use colour.  We then created our masterpieces, drafting our sketches first and then creating a final copy. 
Aspirations Day 
We celebrated aspirations day by looking at different jobs and goals that we have. We thought about what we might like to do when we are older and the skills we would need. We the wrote letters to people explaining why we would be good for the job. In the afternoon we visited the aspirations fair and spoke to a range of different people about the jobs they do. We learned lots of things from the people who visited such as a beautician, physiotherapist, personal trainer, optician and a paramedic.
spring term
Delicious Dancing
We have been working on inventions in dance this term and using our bodies and movements to represent different inventions.  We have learned all about how a warm up is structured and invented our own which includes cardio, gentle stretches and strong stretches. 
 
This week we had the challenge of being a chef!  We invented a dance to represent a spaghetti bolognaise!!  We thought about all the different elements of our meal and how we could show the audience what we were making.  We were very proud of the final result! Our next step is inventing our own foods and representing them through dance. 

Potato Wallpaper
We have also been designing artwork based on Wallace and Grommit's wallpaper! Our challenge was to create a design based on a machine. Lots of us used a cog style design. 
 We used a potato to create a relief print which we then printed in a repeated design, layering colours over each other. It was tricky to carve our potatoes and it took a few attempts and reworking of our designs to get the effect we wanted but it was worth all the resilience as our designs look fantastic! 
What is sound?
Our Science focus this term is sound and we have been investigating how sound is made and how to create different sounds. We worked on a carousel of activities including, using musical instruments, making a water xylophone and twanging rulers to investigate different ways sounds are made and how different things can impact sound. 
Snoozeatron
We have been learning about explanation texts in English based around Wallace and Grommit's Snoozetron invention! This invention is designed to help you get back to sleep on a restless night! We really enjoyed using the clip to stimulate some drama and role play and then used this to write some fantastic explanations of how the Snoozeatron works! Come and have a read of our writing on the classroom wall! 
Stunning Start!
We became inventors ourselves this week as part of our stunning start for our new Inventors and Inventions topic! We watched Wallace and Grommit and discussed his inventions (We will be using this as a stimulus for our writing over the term). We then thought about how we wanted our topic to look by thinking of our own questions about inventions and inventors. Our teachers will now use these questions to plan our learning! Finally we spent the afternoon learning about innovation. We were given the problem that a penguin was stuck down a long pipe and we had to design and build and invention to help rescue it! This required lots of thinking, teamwork and problem solving but most of us were successful! 
Autumn Term
Cracking the hieroglyphic code!

In history this week we have been learning about how the ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to write. Did you know there are over 700 different symbols for words and letters! We learnt all about how the Rosetta stone was discovered and how this helped crack the hieroglyphic code and enabled us to learn a lot more about ancient Egypt! We then had a go at using hieroglyphics to write our own words and messages.

All aboard the Music Bus!

We had a fantastic time with Music Works this week, learning how to manipulate sounds to create effects! We thought carefully about words linked to our Egypt topic and then listened in amazement as they were transformed into a spooky Egyptian soundtrack, using the computer.

We were able to make our voices louder, softer, scarier, higher or lower pitched and sound like we were stood in a tunnel! We thought our new composition would be perfect for using in a museum or documentary to create a creepy, intense atmosphere!

Calligrams

In English this week were have been studying Calligrams (shape poems). We had to look at a range of calligrams and analyse them. We looked for features such as adjectives, similes, rhythm and rhyme and then had a go at performing them. By the end of the week we had created our own calligrams about pyramids! We have used some fantastic language and thought about the image we wanted to create for our reader. 

Music fit for a Pharaoh

In music we had a blast composing our own music fit for a pharaoh. We discussed the importance of warming up our voices and enjoyed singing a silly song about socks! Then we discussed the types of instruments they had in ancient Egypt and what the modern version of this would be. In groups we then considered the sound we wanted to create and selected the best instruments for this. Some of us focused on rhythm and pace while others thought that using different instruments at different types was the most effective way to produce the sound we wanted. We finished up by evaluating our success so far by giving each other two stars and a wish. 

Geography

We loved geography this week! We drew a map (on the table!) of what we thought Egypt looks like and where we thought key cities and landmarks were located. We then compared our maps with a map of what Egypt actually looks like. Finally we presented our learning by creating a giant map of Egypt in groups and correctly positioning the landmarks and cities using the learnpads to help us research their locations.

Visit from Pharaoh 
Mars and Earth class were very lucky last week, as we had a visit from Pharaoh.  He came to tell us all about what it was like back in ancient Egypt and we had prepared questions to ask him to find out more information.  He even came with his own slaves! 
Stunning Start
Year 4 began their new topic with a flight to Egypt.  All children had their passports and boarding passes in hand, and after making it through security, were seated on the plane.  Following a safety demonstration from the cabin crew, we took off on route to Cairo.  Refreshments were served on board and in-flight entertainment was provided. 
Following our trip, we wrote postcards to our friends and families at home to tell them about our wonderful trip. 
Year 4 Curriculum meeting

Click here to see the slides from the Year 4 Curriculum Meeting.