This week in Class 4 we have been looking back at our brilliant trip to the British Museum. We studied so many artefacts (such as different amphoras which told lots of stories, along with the different Greek Gods and Goddesses statues that were placed in the incredible Parthenon). We discussed what it must have been like to uncover these incredible artefacts over 2000 years later!
In English, we started to plan out out a newspaper article about the discovery of the roman mosaic found just around the corner from the school! This mosaic dated back to 225 AD! Class 4 considered the different information to include, along with some witness reports about the discovery. We will finish off the newspaper articles at the start of next week.
This week in Class 4, we have been continuing our PE Dance topic which is water. The children created some dances as if they were water in a river that is twisting and turning They considered how they could use their body parts to show the fluidity of water as it moves. I was especially impressed by how well Terrence worked in his group and how supportive he was with everyone’s ideas.
I have created a video of all of their dances below. Click here.
In History, Class 4 started to produce a presentation about their favourite Greek Gods and Goddesses. They considered why they were so powerful and influential, and how they became one of the main 12 figures. Next week they will perform the presentations to the rest of the class.
This week in English, Class 4 have started writing their Ancient Greek myths. They considered the most powerful way to open up a story and jump straight into setting the scene. Martha and Thomas came up with some great openers for their myths and we are looking forward to concluding them next week!
In History, Class 4 have been looking at Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses. We studied why they all lived on Mount Olympus, except for Hades who was the God of the Underworld. Next week we are going to be looking at why these figures were so important in Ancient Greek civilisation and how stories were created around them.
In Art this week, Class 4 have continued looking at Ancient Greek art – specifically mosaics. They carefully considered the design and texture of famous mosaics , how they are different to collages, and started to plan out one of their own. Class 4 also discussed the reason for mosaics to have contrasting colours for each shape. Shaye considered each of the techniques well and worked hard on creating a mosaic with contrasting coloured pieces of paper.
In History, we looked at the Battle of Marathon. Class 4 discovered who the battle was between (the powerful Persian Empire and Athens) and the victors from the battle. We discussed how the Athenian army were successful in beating the Persians and why Pheidippides ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to share the good news (which is why we have the 26.2 mile marathon race today!) Shia worked very hard to order the events from the Battle of Marathon and considered the many reasons why the Persian Empire wanted to invade.
Well done to all of Class 4 for settling back into the new term so well.
This week in Class 4 we have started our new History and English topic – Ancient Greece!
In English, we started making predictions about and reading our class text which is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and created some descriptions about some of the terrifying mythical creatures that found within Greek myths.
In History, we discussed the different sources of information that we can use to learn more about a civilisation which is over 2,500 years old! Class 4 looked at artefacts, pictures and paintings and used the internet to investigate Ancient Greek life, and reflected upon which source was most beneficial.
Well done to all of Class 4 for your incredible Easter Children performance at Southwark Cathedral. You all acted with such maturity and respect, and you have worked so hard for this day. Your singing was brilliant and you all put on a great show. The multiple rounds of applause at the end were exactly what you deserved.
I am so proud of all the hard work and effort you all put into learning your lines, the songs and the choreography. Well done!
This week in D.T., Class 4 have been designing and creating prototypes of their recycling posters and testing out their mechanisms. They all worked very hard to design different mechanisms and evaluate if they worked within their designs. They were able to make honest reflections and make any necessary changes. Class 4 understood that sometimes in D.T. ideas change and that’s all part of the process!
Next week we are going to be creating our final products, with all the functioning mechanisms and designs.
This week in Class 4, we had a very exciting trip to the Unicorn Theatre to watch Gulliver’s Travels. The children behaved incredibly well and enjoyed watching a alternative version of the story – about a young girl called Grace who wanted to explore the world! The children were able to make links to our work in History and they even spotted a short cameo from Queen Elizabeth I!
Class 4 have also been completing their Maths and English assessments this week. Well done to everyone for working so hard.
In Geography, we have been looking at earthquakes. The children what causes them, and how scientists accurately measure them. Well done to Charles who was so interested in learning more about earthquakes and made some great points about their locations in the world.
In D.T., we have been making our mechanisms for our recycling posters. Class 4 looked at existing examples and attempted to make some mechanisms of their own.
This week in Class 4, we have started our topic of fractions. The children recapped what a fraction means and how it can be represented in shapes. They explored the classroom, looking at different shapes and wrote down the numerators and denominators to create the fractions.
In Geography, we looked at the location of volcanoes and how they are formed by the movement of tectonic plates. The children mapped out various volcanoes on a map and labelled the tectonic plates.
This week in Class 4, we have been getting our dragon teeth and claws stuck into our class text – How to Train a Dragon. We discussed the different ways we could trap a dragon and started to write a setting description about the dark and damp cavern that all the dragons are asleep in.
On Thursday, Class 4 had a brilliant writing workshop with two fantastic authors – Jan Burchett & Sara Volger. The children enjoyed listening to the adventures of Sam Silver, and the different characters he meets along the way. The children loved drawing and describing their own sea monsters and are going to progress onto writing out some great narratives.
Thank you Jan and Sara for such a great, interesting and engaging writing workshop!