The children in year 4 have enjoyed a variety of studies with an international aspect as well as joining year 3 in the Great Broadclyst Bake Off!
Axe Valley Education Park
The children have recently been studying Flight, both in nature and man-made machines. They visited Axe Valley Education Park to see a variety of birds in their habitats and learn more about migratory birds, including the Demoiselle Crane which flies over the Himalayas during its migration!
They had a brilliant day learning about different species of birds and following clues to find various species around the park. They have also been learning about different animal classifications and were able to take part in a handling session, holding animals and examining the distinctions between the classes, including reptiles, mammals, arachnids and insects.
This year Mr Beevor and Miss Williams visited our link school, Bekumsa Biya, in Ethiopia and the children in Year 4 have enjoyed learning about the different culture and lifestyle of children in the partner school. They have all written letters, which were taken for children in corresponding classes in Ethiopia, and are waiting eagerly for their replies.
Whilst there, Mr Beevor and Miss Williams worked with the Ethiopian children to record their time for running 400m and distance for a standing long jump as part of our Bekumsa Biya vs Broadclyst Olympics. In the New Year the children of Year 4, 5 and 6 will be pitting themselves against the Ethiopian record-holders to see which country has the best young athletes - a great chance to run off a big Christmas dinner!!
The annual harvest performance by years 3 and 4 was the first in the new school hall. Entitled The Great Broadclyst Bake Off, it followed the story of bread production from seed to loaf. As well as a range of songs and dances, the performance included video footage of life at a mill (produced in the studio) and the judging - by ‘Mary’ and ‘Paul’ - of bread baked by the children! Preparation for the performance involved trips to Clyston Mill to see how wheat is turned into flour, and to a Tesco bakery to watch the flour being made into bread.
Media Meets Art
Mrs Lees and Miss Farrant visited Austria to take part in the Media Meets Art inter-schools project, along with teachers from France, Finland and Denmark. During their visit they observed the use of technology in art lessons and the project is now continuing in years 3, 4 and 5.
The first part of the project focuses on the Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Friedrich Hundertwasser; the children in years 3 and 4 have been learning about these artists in a variety of ways, including through maths, learning apps and a range of art media. Year 4 pupils are currently creating street scenes in the style of Hundertwasser’s interesting and unusual architecture.
In the new year, the children will be sharing their work with the school in France through Skype.