Mr Bullock Year 4 - Curlews
Welcome to Curlews!
Class Teacher: Mr Bullock
Teaching assistants: Miss Burton and Mrs Burrett
Hey there, thank you for stopping by! We hope you enjoy finding out about all the exciting things we learn and do together in our class. Make sure to come back every week for regular updates.
Term 5 and Term 6- Tomb Raider
Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies. This term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files.
We will look in depth at the physical geography of Egypt, concentrating on the River Nile and comparing its importance to both ancient and modern society. To do this, we will look in reference books, websites and use aerial images.
We’ll learn about the artist Giorgio Morandi and use his techniques to develop our still life drawings of ancient artefacts focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the music and technology of this fascinating civilisation and have a go at making our very own Egyptian shadufs.
We will begin the term by looking at decimals in a variety of ways. Later on in the term, we will then move on to learning all about money.
Instructions with Lego
Kicking off our instructional writing this week, the children were given the challenge of following three sets of instructions in order to build a Lego structure. The catch: they had no pictures to follow! Oh, and some of the instructions weren't quite as clear as they should have been.
Creating canopic jars
Next week, the children will be writing a set of instructions on how to create a canopic jar. First though, they need to make their own! The children have had so much fun this week making salt dough, using paper mache and then painting. They aren't quite finished yet; the finished jars will be up next week.
Practising agility in PE
Our fitness focus this week: Agility. Building this, the children worked to try and 'escape' the box whilst trying to avoid the children who were blocking the way. After this, the children took part in a shuttle run relay race.
Improving our coordination in PE
We have been exploring coordination in our fitness lesson this week. Using a tennis ball, the children took part in a variety coordination building exercises.
Ancient Egyptian Role-play
We have been learning all about social hierarchies in Ancient Egypt this week. As part of this, the children went outside and were given different roles they would act out depending on their 'status'. The children enjoyed pretending to be priests, soldiers and pharoahs - definitely the pharoahs!
Learning decimals through board games
This term in maths, we have been exploring decimals. To help them practise how to compare larger and smaller decimals, the children got to enjoy a decimal-based board game. They had great fun!
Learning with A-Life
The children had the pleasure of a visit from A-Life this week, where they got the fantastic opportunity to explore what it means to have a healthy lifestyle - both physically and mentally.
Personification, similes and metaphors
This week, we have been learning all about writing narratives (stories). To help improve our writing, we explored skills such as personification, similes and metaphors. The children then practised including these as they wrote sentences about different pictures. We had some lovely sentences!
Exploring maps in Geography
This week, we kicked off geography this term by exploring the longest rivers in the UK and finding them on a map. We were quite surprised to find out that the River Severn was 220 miles long!
For maths this week, we took advantage of the lovely weather and headed outside to practise our decimals on a number line.
To kick off our new topic (Ancient Egyptians), we learned about mummification and then got to mummify our own tomatoes! Using salt and bicarbonate of soda, we created our own 'natron' which we used to stuff our tomatoes with before burying them in the remaining mixture. They are now hidden away and won't be looked at until the end of term 6. I wonder what they will look like?
States of matter
Looking at science this week, we learned all about the difference between a gas, liquid and solid. We then worked in pairs to sort objects into the appropriate categories - some of them were quite tricky!
Cross hatching still life in art
This term, our focus on art is all around drawing skills, and we sure had great fun with it this week! Starting off, we explored the works of Gorgio Morandi and learned all about what a still life piece of art is. After this, we moved on to learning a particular shading technique known as crosshatching. Practising our newly-learned crosshatching skills to add shade and tone, we then created our own still life of a cup. There were some fantastic pieces of art in the end - well done everyone!