Year 4 Summer 2 2018 – Easton Farm Visit

Year 4 Trip to Easton College

As part of our Geography learning, the children had an exciting trip to Easton College. First up, was a guided walk around the college farm, taking in information about how the land is used. The children were surprised to discover that they grow lots of different crops- some used to feed people and some for animals. They could even spot the difference between spring and winter barley. Using their geographical skills, the children completed a map of the site using their own symbols. In the afternoon, they examined and investigated different types of seeds and discussed different ways to sort them. They also looked at a range of farm machinery and used their observational skills to identify the purpose of each piece of equipment.

The college staff remarked on how well the children behaved and how interested they were in everything they saw. The Year 4 team wanted to say a big thankyou to our parent volunteers and members of staff who accompanied us on the trip as without their help the trip wouldn’t have happened.

“I enjoyed our trip since I learnt about the parts of a combine harvester and about the crops that are on the farm like barley and sugar beet.” – Adam

“I learnt that barley could be different sizes depending on when it is planted.” – Ella

“Overall, the day was amazing and I learnt about the structure of a combine harvester and how it works.” – Ffion

“The information and facts they told us were super accurate!” – Ryan

Year 4 Trip to Norwich Cathedral

As part of the RE curriculum, Year 4 visited Norwich Cathedral to learn more about the building itself and the Christian festival of Pentecost. The children had a guided historical tour around the cathedral, taking in the stained glass windows and spent time exploring and identifying different types of bird hidden all around the monument. Also, they learnt about the significance and the changing colours of the Christian calendar. As well as this, the children really enjoyed finding out about the Peregrine Falcons currently roosting on the spire of the cathedral. They had the opportunity to observe their nest through a telescope and compare their arm span to that of a range of birds of prey. Everyone had a fantastic day and the children were a credit to themselves and their school.

“I was impressed that the cathedral was built over 900 years ago and it’s still there.”

“I liked the stained glass windows, as they shone brightly in the darkness.”

“I learnt that celebrations for Christians have different colours.”

“I learnt that a bishop’s hat is a symbol of the flames of Pentecost.”

Year 4’s Great Bake-Off!

Autumn 2 2017

Our Design and Technology work for this half term ended up being absolutely delicious! The task was to design and build an attractive and effective cake stand to display the winter themed cupcakes that they were going to bake – the children thought it was “quite tricky to do but really fun”.

Throughout the project, the children needed to use lots and lots of different skills. They began by thinking about the features a cake stand needed and decided that it had to be stable, flat and strong enough to hold their cakes. After that, the building process required very accurate measuring and cutting as well as some re-thinking when things didn’t go quite right.

During the building stage, the children found out why lamination is useful and decided how different parts of a structure can be held together e.g. by using flaps and slots.

To complete their projects, the children worked together in groups to create their batches of delicious spiced apple cupcakes. One big part of the task was to effectively work in their group, they needed to carefully follow the instructions and decide who would do the different parts of the task so they were able to get everything finished in the time they had.

At the end of their project, the children were really proud of what they had achieved, completing their strong and stable stands ready to show off their scrumptious cakes.

We hope you enjoyed their efforts too.

A Visit from Vulpus!

On 16th October, Year 4 at Toftwood Junior School were thrilled to have a visit from a “real life gladiator”!

This “living history” experience was part of the children’s learning about the Roman Invasion of Britain and the children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up to become ‘real’ Romans for the day.

This thrilling day included topics such as: a close up look at the equipment used by Roman soldiers; the blood-thirsty story of the revolt of our local Iceni tribe lead by Queen Boudicca; what Romans did in the bathroom and even involved a ‘trip’ to the amphitheatre to see gladiators fight to the death (the children even learned how to appeal to the Emperor to either kill or spare the life of the defeated fighter).

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned so much from the day; here are just a few of their thoughts:

“I enjoyed today because we got to learn in a more fun way by acting out everything.” Phoebe

“It was interesting because I got to learn more about the Romans and we played games and held pieces of brick and things Romans had in their hands 2000 years ago!” Max

“The day was great because I enjoyed holding the Roman things like a brooch and a real mosaic and I got to learn more about the Britons and how they fought against the Romans.” Adam

“Today was so fun because we got to hold real Roman equipment and art. Also, we got to be entertained by seeing Roman fighting.” Martina

“It was an educational day because we learnt lots of things we didn’t know before!” Dani

“I liked today because I got to handle real Roman things. I liked the story because it told us about how the Romans fought.” Kobe

“It was awesome, I got to act as the Roman queen! Also, we could touch all the artefacts like a broach and bits of a mortariolum (a mortar used in a Roman kitchen).” Natalie

“I had a really, really good day because we got to dress up as a Roman and we learned A LOT!” Josie

Year 4 Autumn 1 2017

Year 4 children have been having lots of fun and working extremely hard in science this half term finding out all they can about states of matter (solids, liquids and gasses).

They have spent some of their time thinking about sorting and grouping materials and explaining their reasoning, they have also researched and collected information and have been really enjoyed working scientifically to answer questions like this one:

Which drink is the fizziest?

The children had to think carefully to predict which of five different drinks was the fizziest and then carry out an investigation to find out if their idea was correct. They did this by finding out how much the gas in the drink weighed. As one child noted, “Gas is something so it must have weight!”

During their investigation, the children needed to work together to measure the volume and mass of liquids accurately and record their results. Then they had great fun shaking all the gas out of the samples to see which one held the most carbon dioxide.

And the answer to the question…..Cola is the fizziest!

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