Marble Design Project:
In January we visited the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey. We went to carry out some research for our Marble Design project. We have been researching different kinds of marble runs and using their best features in our own designs. We have been making prototypes of our final design ideas to test them. We are now improving our designs before making our final products. When these have been finished, we will test them to see how long it takes for a marble to complete the run. Using this information we will be finding our average results and putting our information into graphs.
Class Trip to Exeter:
We had an exciting trip to Exeter to visit the Cathedral and the Guildhall. We found out about the history of the Guildhall. We found it interesting to learn that a long time a go the Sheriff of Exeter had to arrest criminals and they had to stand in front of a jury at the Guildhall. We learnt that one man got let off for poisoning his child, whilst another got hung for stealing a sheep. Check out the Learning Gateway to see our pictures!
The Kingfisher award was designed to inspire children to be interested in the links between food, farming and wildlife. This is an opportunity for children in year 4 to work collaboratively and create displays on a given topical issue. This year the given topic is ‘Orchards’. We are very fortunate to have our own school orchard, which the children are exploring through Forest School activities. Later on in the year the children will take part in a themed workshop, which will give them some ideas of what to include in their display.
In P.E. we have been following the theme of the circus. We have been developing our circus skills, including hula hooping, juggling, plate spinning and balances. We are using music from the musical Barnum and forming a circus routine. Come back soon to see our finished performance!!!
We have recently met our French penfriends. They came to Exeter for a visit and we met them in town for lunch. We tried to use some of the French we know to find out information. It was a scary but exciting opportunity and we are looking forward to keeping in touch with them. Check out the Learning Gateway to see pictures of us all having lunch together.
As part of our links with France we have been learning some French phrases. Below are some of the phrases we have learnt:
- Enchanté – pleased to meet you
- Comment t’appelles-tu? – what is your name
- Je m’appelle… - my name is…
- Ça va – are you okay?
- Ça va bien merci - I am good thank you
- Comme si comme ça - I’m okay
- Et toi ? – and you ?
- Au revoir - good bye
The aim of a Forest School experience is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. Forest Schools provide children with the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
Each Thursday Miss Cavallo and Mrs Bateman are working with groups of children from year 4 in the school orchard. They will be developing a range of skills through structured outdoor activities over a period of 6 weeks. Year 4 are also building links with the two local farms in Broadclyst to develop an understanding of the differences between them and some of the issues they may face (e.g. sustainability).
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