Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This week Year 4 explored the world of sculpture by looking at Yorkshire artists and their sculpture work as an artist at the park explained them and got us to use our imaginations to guess what they represented and where they came from (just like we have been investigating where the Iron Man came from):

We then had a go at drawing a sculpture of a metal man – just like the Iron Man, but a little smaller.

And on our way back to the indoor classroom we gathered natural materials to make our own sculptures before wrapping them in tin foil to be an iron man:

After a spot of dinner, with hot chocolate and pancakes (for pancake day), we were back outside to use the sites resources to make a sculpture of our own monsters based on the Space bat angel dragon from the Iron Man:

Junior Wardens – Fireman visit.

Today the Community Wardens were back and they brought us a Fireman as a visitor!

He had us act out the scene of a car accident after the parents had been distracted by bickering children.

It was very informative and taught us how to respond in an emergency – including the recovery position!

Then we got to ask as many questions as we liked about himself and his job.

The Iron Man invades Year 4!

Today we enhanced our learning on the Iron Man by building our very own models of him out of recyclable materials – no metal was used so that he didn’t take a bite out of himself!

News reporters

In Year 4 we are reading the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. In Literacy we are working towards writing our own newspaper report about the invasion of the Space bat angel dragon and what we should do with him/

To practice our reporting skills we wrote a script and rehearsed a television interview which we rather enjoyed!


Bug Hotels

This week we are getting ready for a Spring STEM task – building a hotel for bugs out of natural materials!

We are using our habitat learning from science to enable us to design, and later build, a suitable environment for bugs/insects to live in.

Here are just a few of our designs:

An Egyptian Adventure

Today we met Howard Carter and Cleopatra VII!

Mr Carter called his friend, Doctor Who, and we journeyed back in time to try and discover where Queen Cleopatra was buried (she never told us!).

After learning all about Cleopatra and her life we brought her back to the present with us so that she could teach us more.

First, we learnt all about traditional dress and a dance that honored the gods! After this, we watched a mummification ceremony – we even assisted in some areas – and had a go at wrapping bandages around our classmates before we took part in a quiz on the activities of the day.

It was bundles of fun and we learnt so much!

Egyptian Death Masks

This week we terrified the parents of our class when we left school wearing the ceremonial death masks that Pharaoh’s would traditionally wear over their mummy wrappings.

We first designed the mask, painted it gold and then took our time to cut out and shape foam for the headdresses before putting it all together.

Then we stood in a circle with our masks on in order to admire our unique creativity. Below are the results!

Mummified Bananas

We made mummified bananas by first making a small cut using a knife and taking out some banana ‘innards’. Then we began wrapping the body in bandages using PVA glue as an adhesive for them.

Here are some pictures:

Pyramid Maths

In class we used unifix cubes to build pyramids and then count how many bricks it took based on the size of the base.

After a few experiments we then used this to predict the amount of bricks needed for larger pyramids.

Here are a few pictures:

Police Visit

As a part of our Junior Warden voluntary project in the community, Year 4 had a rather exciting visit from the local police!

We were able to learn more about the policing role, the law and even try on some of their specialist equipment!

Particularly we enjoyed the handcuffs, police hats, police helmets and the body cameras that the police use!

The police were also very accommodating and gave a talk to year 1 and Reception also.

At the end of the talk, there was a surprise for the children in the form of a tour around a police van – or more accurately the back of one.

Here are some photos of the Year 4’s locked away!

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