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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 4

Welcome to the Dali and Monet Class page!

 

Your teachers will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.

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Topic Workshop

On Wednesday 27th March, parents/carers and pupils from Year 4 participated in a creative Geography workshop, based on our Geography themed term. They worked in small groups and had to create a grid map of the Olympic Park. Carousel activities included:

  • Using secondary sources to write a description of one of the landmarks of the Olympic Park.

  • Using 3D modeling to create one of the landmarks found in the park.

  • Creating a quiz about the impact of the Olympics on Stratford.

  • Mapping out their recent visit to the park

 

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Making Alarms

This week in Monet we have been learning about alarms. During the week we have worked as a team to design our own alarms. We discussed the electrical materials needed in our installation and how we can safely place them inside our device. Where some of us decided to start creating our alarm's packaging, others chose to focus on the making of an effective alarm before finding ways to secure the device inside a packaging. We had to think carefully about the type of switch to use so our alarm would work effectively and without using too much energy. 

 

During the making of our project, we had to use practical skills such as: cutting plastic, shaping foil and paper or drawing clear camouflage illustrations. Once again, we made sure to work collaboratively and to use the resources safely. Some of our project evolved from our original planning, but we could explain clearly why we changed our mind about certain aspects. Please take a look at some of our alarms. ​

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Digestive System

Dali class have been learning about the digestive system this term. We conducted an experiment about the digestive system using orange juice (acid), water (saliva), cr​eam crackers, bananas (food) and half a pair of tights (intestines) to explain and demonstrate the process of digestion. Children were able to conduct and explain the process confidently.

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Art in Monet

During our art block, we have been learning about Georges Seurat and the artistic movement he created: Pointillism. We started by researching facts about his life, education, family and artwork. Next, we explored how to create secondary and tertiary colours using only primary colours. Finally, we were able to use our knowledge and artistic skills to create a Pointillist piece of art. We used the pictures from our learning walk to Wanstead Flats to inspire our artwork, using precise colours, shapes and concentrated dots to translate movement in our art work. We also reflected on our painting as well as gave constructive feed-back to others on their artwork. This enabled us to improve our own skills.

Pointillist Work

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Spring term- History: Making an Egyptian Mummy

This term pupils in year 4 have been learning about Ancient Egypt. One of the sessions was dedicated to exploring the process of mummification. Once pupils had learnt about how Ancient Egyptians used to preserve the body of their pharaoh, they had the opportunity to create their own mummy using specific resources. During this activity, the children used the bandages, straws and tape to form the structure of the mummy, before adding the necessary amulets using playdough. All children used their communication and motor skills to achieve the task at hand. Throughout the afternoon, the children used their creativity as well as their knowledge of the life and beliefs of Ancient Egyptians to create their mummy. At the end of the lesson, they had the opportunity to reflect on their learning and final product, discussing their achievements and suggesting solutions to overcome issues they might have encountered.

 

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Spring Term

This week Dali class have been reading the text ‘The Iron Man.’ Children in Dali class were given the opportunity to re-enact a scene from the story ‘The Iron Man’ using freeze frames.  Children worked in their table groups and chose their individual characters to explore and present each character profile. They discussed how each character must have felt and inferred using clues and their observation skills to present their act.

Drama

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September 2018

 

The pupils in Monet and Dali classes have been really busy over the last couple of weeks, learning about poetry, the history of our number system and how sound works. Read the following chapters to discover the challenges they faced and their achievements.

 

In literacy as part of our school’s focus term on poetry, the children have explored different types of poetry and written their own using many poetic devices and choosing meaningful structures. Inspired by the visit of the poet, Paul Lyalls, the pupils have practiced some performance poetry and presented it to the class.

In mathematics, the pupils have explored the history of our number system, comparing it to those of ancient civilisations. To understand our base ten system, the pupils have practiced reading, representing and writing three and four-digit numbers as well as partitioning them. They have also started calculating with Roman numerals and created human number lines using both positive and negative numbers.

In science, the children have conducted different experiments to understand what is sound, how sound waves travel through different materials and how we hear sounds.

Finally, the pupils have discovered some fascinating facts about the way of living and the writing of ancient civilisations, such as Ancient Sumer, the Minoan dynasty and the Egyptians. They learnt how and why these societies used trading and designed their own writing system using their knowledge of the Cuneiform writing as well as the Phoenician alphabet.
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