4SP spent a day investigating bacteria as part of the SAW project. We collected soil samples and used petri-dishes with agar to grow the bacteria.
After break we used images of different species of bacteria to inspire us to write poems. This was an excellent opportunity for the children to be creative with their writing. After lunch we created some wonderful art using a variety of artistic techniques and media.
4SP have been selected to perform at the Open venue. We haven’t decided on our routine yet but the class have already practised some moves with Lisa from the Sports Partnership.
“Learning to dance is a great way for children to become physically active whilst developing their creativity and self-confidence. ” Sports Partnership website.
Here is an example of a performance a couple of years ago..
4SP have made a great start to the 2017-2018 academic year. During the busy first half-term, we visited West Stow Anglo-Saxon village and developed our understanding of experimental archaeology; as we prepare to re-create our own replica Anglo-Saxon village. Here are some photos:
Year 4 had a trip to Amazona to learn about Central and South American animals. This added more information to our inquiry and expedition to Mexico. We now know what animals we may encounter. It was a glorious day!
During the most recent day of trekking through the Mexican Rainforest, each team had to find an artefact: research its origin and sketch it. Teams were concerned about whether they should take the artefacts or leave them in the forest. Many questions were raised and teams debated whether the answers. Do we have a right to take these artefacts? Who do they belong to? Are they cursed by the Mayans? Should we listen to the moth?
To prepare for our expedition to Mexico, each expedition team had to research nutrition. We learnt the types of food that contain high levels of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. Each team then learnt how these nutrients can benefit our health and how much we need to maintain a balanced healthy diet. We then made our own survival power balls that were packed with all of the essential nutrients to survive.
Ingredients included: coconut oil, dried dates, dried mango, dried cranberries, dried apples and cashew nuts. We ate the power balls after running 1600 metres and noticed how they replenished our energy.
The Mexican expedition teams were commissioned by Cambridge University to find some rare invertebrates in the Mexican swamp. The teams worked well together to catch, identify and classify different species. Each team entered their data into an Excel spreadsheet and created their own bar graphs.
Some of the species caught included: great diving beetle larvae, frogs and tadpoles, water boatman, pond skaters, damselfly larvae and mosquito larvae. Children used keys to identify species and then we used the USB microscope to take a closer look at some specimens.