Year 4 continued with their 'sound' topic in science this week combining science and music. We explored the term pitch and volume by using different musical instruments. We played them loudly then softly and had to work out what we did with each instruments to get the different pitch. We enjoyed playing them loudly the most!
Year 4 had a great time being introduced to their new topic for this half term; The Elizabethans. We listened to Elizabethan music and wrote about how we were feeling and different emotions the music evoked in us. We were then taught how to make 'ruffs' and to draw in the style of Elizabethan portrait artist Nicolas Hilliard.
We took a large squad to the athletics festival. All the children participated really well and did their best which was amazing!
Amazingly, 5 of our children came in the top 16 in Milton Keynes and they came to the MK Athletics finals last Saturday. The children showed determination, resilience, competitive spirit and great sportsman ship and we were very proud of them no matter how they did.
Our results in these finals were brilliant! Well done to:
- Jaime for coming 2nd in the whole of Milton Keynes in the Senior Boys Triple Jump.
- Joshua for qualifying for the finals of the Junior Boys 75m and coming 7th
- Geraldine for qualifying for the finals of the Junior Girls 150m sprint and coming joint 3rd!
- Tahera for competing in the Junior Girls Vortex throwing event and coming in the top 10.
- Sofia for competing in the Junior Girls Long Jump event and coming in the top 10.
Amazing! Thank you to all the staff and parents who came to support and gave up their Saturday!
As part of the Young Coders competition some of year four and five were involved in this year, they were given the opportunity to spend a morning at Bletchley Park (The National Museum of Computing). Amongst other activities, we had a tour of the museum and used BBC microcomputers to program a rocket trajectory game. We also saw the world's oldest working computer and each got a turn to operate it. We finished the morning playing on a range of computer games from different decades. Mrs Lovegood was horrified to learn the children thought a game she played during her childhood was " positively ancient". A great morning had by all!
Last night, Year 3 and 4 tennis team took part at the Year 3/4 Tennis Festival at Stony Stratford Tennis Centre.
The children played really well in their first festival and came 4th in their group. We are so proud of them! It was so lovely to see our young sports participants with such determination, resilience and amazing sportsmanship. Well done!
Today Year 4 were lucky enough to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour. We were absolutely amazed by the different scenes and props, and enjoyed learning about how they could have been made. We visited the potions classroom, the Gryffindor common room and even the Forbidden Forest! We saw the Dursleys' house and the knight bus, and then were fortunate enough to visit Gringotts bank, which had a rather terrifying dragon inside! We then took a stroll through Diagon Alley to an enormous scale model of Hogwarts castle! We all agreed that it was truly a magical place to be!
Year 4 were very excited on Tuesday afternoon to receive their letters from Hogwarts inviting them to the school of witchcraft and wizardry! Our first task was to be sorted into our houses according to which characteristics and strengths we believe we have. Some of us chose Gryffindor for their bravery and loyalty, while others chose Ravenclaw for their wisdom and creativity. We then created our wands! We all chose sticks to start with, which we sanded to make them smooth. We used hot glue and string to create handles or unique patterns, before painting them. We can't wait to take them on our school trip in a couple of weeks time to the Warner Brothers' Studio Tour!
This week in our babywatching session, Year 4 were excited to see that Baby Amy is almost sitting up by herself and is starting to roll over to reach toys! She is also starting to look more at our faces and smile at us - we can't help but smile back! We talked about how it made us feel when Amy looked and smiled at us. We love watching Amy grow with each weekly visit.
As part of British Science Week, we were learning about plants and the importance of bees for pollination. First, we dissected daffodils so that we could see all of the different parts. Then, we learnt about bees and the important role they play in pollinating these plants. We wore antennas and role-played the job that bees carry out, carrying pollen pom-poms from one flower to another. We did all of this, of course, while listening to 'The Flight of the Bumblebees' by the composer Rimsky-Korsakov.
Year 4 have been investigating solids, liquids and gases as part of our new science unit. We spent an exciting afternoon discovering for ourselves what happens when different things are heated, cooled or introduced to different materials and surfaces. We weren't at all expecting the reaction we got when we put ice cubes on a metal baking tray and on a wooden block! Nor were we expecting the violent reaction of adding mints to a bottle of cola! We also calculated the amount of air held in a sponge as well as the viscosity of different liquids. It was a messy but fun afternoon!