Learning about gases

In this week’s Science lessons, some of the Year 4 children have been following in the footsteps of local Science superstar Joseph Priestley, carrying out experiments to find out more about gases:

  • What happens to air when it is heated?
  • Is carbon dioxide lighter than water?
  • Does air weigh anything?
  • Can we produce and capture carbon dioxide?

Its fair to say that the experiments we conducted were a lot of fun and gave some really useful results.

More Minecraft Maths

Year 4 have really enjoyed the current Maths learning on perimeter.

To finish the week the children produced their own Minecraft characters and scenery for individual collages, carefully measuring the perimeters of their complex rectilinear shapes each time.

Minecraft inspired Maths

In today’s Maths lessons, Year 4 children have been using bricks to explore the concept of the perimeter of compound rectilinear shapes.

They’ve discovered some of the pitfalls when calculating and have explored the relationships between the number of bricks and total perimeter.  

Tin Collection Competition

Thank you for supporting our tin collection competition on Friday 19th October 2018. We had a fantastic response and collected a huge amount of tins and there was some serious competition between classes!
The children had great fun carefully lining up their tins and the Year 6 children were experts, when it came to measuring each line accurately.
The winning class at Aire View site was Kingfishers and their line measured 10m 38cm!

The winning class at Hothfield site was Mars and their line measured 15m 57cm!

All the tins will be distributed to the Local Salvation Army Foodbank at Keighley to help people and families in need. Once again thank you very much for your support.

Smile if you brush with fluoride

In Year 4 Science, the children have been conducting our final experiments on teeth and dental health.

Once again, we have used eggs as substitutes for teeth when testing.  This time we wanted to test whether fluoride toothpaste protected our teeth as well as cleaning them.

We rubbed half of an egg with toothpaste containing fluoride and left it for four days before rinsing it off.  Then we put the egg in an energy drink for 24 hours.

We were amazed by the results!

In the top picture the side that had toothpaste on stayed clear of the growth that stuck to the untreated side.

In the second picture we can see the way the energy drink had burned through the unprotected shell (on the left this time).

Our conclusion was that when we brush our teeth we shouldn’t rinse away the toothpaste.

We also tested some of our tooth brushing techniques with disclosing tablets but the results were too disgusting to share!

Big sheet problem solving in Maths

Last week some of our children explored  addition and subtraction problems on ‘big sheets’.

The children needed to work together – often teaching each other as well as sharing ideas – in order to solve the problems.

The adults were hugely impressed by the way the children approached the challenge and the confidence they all showed.

Exploring non-fiction texts in English

In Year 4 English this week we are examining, and then writing, non-fiction texts.

To start things off we have deconstructed a text about the Anglo-Saxons, identifying all the different features the author had used.

Say cheese!

Sienna and Tayla shared a fantastic Victorian artefact with their fellow Year 5 classmates this week. Sienna’s family kindly let her bring in a precious camera made in the late Victorian period (when photography was first developed). We were extremely impressed by how they were able to set up the camera and explain how it would have worked.

It’s always great to see pupils extending their learning out of school. Well done girls!

Young storytellers

In History, Year 4 children have been learning about the wonderful adventure stories the Anglo-Saxons told.

In this week’s English lessons the children have started writing their own stories and have been imagining that they are professional Anglo-Saxon storytellers performing their work to their classes.  The best ones have been rewarded with ‘gold’ and hearty meals but if their stories didn’t thrill their audience they were sent away hungry!

 

Feel the Force(s) in Year 5

Year 5 have been exploring gravity and air resistance by designing and testing parachutes!