Today we had the pleasure of having parents come in to our maths lesson. We were learning about lines of symmetry and how to direct each other in making a symmetrical shape by giving instructions. This was a lot of fun and we learned what made a shape symmetrical.
Year 3 and Year 4 visited the Time and Tide museum today to act out one of the Swashbuckle Lil stories and meet the author, Elli Woollard. We got really involved in acting out the story going around the museum hiding from Stinkbeard! We also met the author who talked to us about writing in rhyme, highlighting the importance of writing and telling us how fantastic it is being a writer.
It was a great opportunity for the children to learn new literary devices and interact with the characters.
Our focus Science day was to experiment and explore what happens to ice. We did an experiment to see if we could insulate and create an ice shelter made out various materials. We used tinfoil, cotton, tissue paper, polystyrene and paper.
We found that the tinfoil stopped the ice melting the longest.
In the afternoon we tried out hand at making our own ice cream!
The same reason salt is used on icy roads and why salt is mixed with ice to make ice cream. Salt causes the ice to melt. When salt and ice mix, the freezing point of the ice is lowered and the freezing point reached depends on the amount of salt used. The more salt is added, the lower the temperature can get before the saltwater solution freezes. For example, water will normally freeze at 32℉ (0℃). A 10% salt solution freezes at 20℉ (-7℃) and a 20% solution freezes at 2℉ (-17℃). When salt is added to ice (or snow), some of the ice melts because the freezing point is lowered. Keep in mind, however, that heat must come from somewhere to melt the ice. The heat that causes melting comes from the surroundings and, in this case, it’s from the warmer cream mixture. By lowering the temperature at which ice freezes, you were able to create an environment in which the cream mixture could freeze at a temperature below 32℉ (0℃) and become ice cream. The shaking (or stirring in an ice cream maker) moves the warmer cream mixture from the inside to the outside of the bag so it can freeze evenly. That way you make a smoother product. It also adds air to the final product so it’s fluffed up a little bit.
If you’d like to make your own ice cream. check the link.
Today we had the pleasure of having a dentist workshop. We had Amanda, a local Orthodontist, came and showed the children how to take care of their teeth. The workshop focussed on how our teeth are affected by plaque and how not brushing and looking after our teeth will impact our oral health.
In light of this, we did a follow up experiment in class and investigated what happens to our teeth if we have too much sugar or acids. The experiment was a over a week and the damage we observed on an egg was incredible!
The bubbles we saw during the experiment were carbon dioxide, a gas that is released during the chemical reaction between the acetic acid (vinegar) and calcium carbonate of the eggshell. The acid broke down the calcium (this is in our teeth) and essentially eats away at the eggshell, basically replicating what would happen to our own teeth.
As part of Remembrance Day, Stingrays took part in a WW1 Project. We researched some of the soldiers that enlisted during the war who were also alumni.
We researched Francis Balem (1892 – 1916) an ex pupil of St Georges who bravely served in the Canadian regiment. His name can be observed in the memorial plaque in St Georges outside the hall.
In light of this moving project, in Year 4 we explored what life was like in the trenches and wrote journals from the point of view of the young soldier but also the loved one who would have to wait agonizingly for the war to end.
We also wrote poetry in the style of a Cinquain. This kind of poetry follows a 5-line verse with the each line having a specific syllable count, following a 2, 4, 6, 8 and finally 2 count. Our poetry was based around the war.
This half term we will continue our WW1 project for two weeks and then explore and learn about countries in Europe and the UK.
We will be focussing on multiplication, division and fractions. We will also carry on working hard on our times table.
This term we will look at newspaper writing, the children will write from the perspective of journalists.
Stingray class have PE on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure your child brings PE kit on these days. Thank you!
Please send your child in with a named water bottle to keep in the classroom. It is important for them to keep hydrated and it can get hot in our classroom in this weather! Remind them to bring the bottles home and wash them out at home regularly please. Thank you.
Your child will be given spellings to learn each week and a short piece of writing to do. They will also get some maths to practise at home. We will give out homework on a Friday and collect it back in on a Wednesday. If you would like any support with this please come and have a chat. Please make sure you read with your child at least 3 times each week as this is part of homework too.
(Reminder – Year 4 no longer receive fruit during break time, if your child would like fruit during this time, please pack some for break time.)
Reminder – if your child is eating their own packed lunch they have filling and nutritious lunch. Please be aware that during break time your child is only allowed fruit and no sugary items; there is an expectation that your child will have a balanced lunch.
As a school we all took part in a whole school performance for the parents for Harvest Festival. We had the pleasure of performing the song Autumn Leaves to the whole school. If you missed the performance, please have a look at the video by clicking on the link.
Message from beyond the grave!
We have been writing journals in English and today we received a letter from King George. It read…
Dear brave citizen,
At this grave moment in the struggle between my people and a highly organised enemy, who has transgressed the laws of nations and changed the ordinance that binds civilized Europe together, I appeal to you.
I rejoice in my Empire’s effort, and I feel pride in the voluntary response from my subjects all over the world who have sacrificed home, fortune, and life itself, in order that another may not inherit the free Empire winch their ancestors and mine have built.
I ask you to make good these sacrifices.
The end is not in sight. More men and yet more are wanted to keep my armies in the field, and through them to secure victory and enduring peace.
In ancient days the darkest moment has ever produced in men of our race the sternest resolve.
I ask you, men of all classes, to come forward voluntarily, and take your share in the fight. In freely responding to my appeal you will be giving your support to our brothers who, for long months, have nobly upheld Britain’s past traditions and the glory of her arms.
His Royal Majesty,
King George V
We have written in our journals about how we feel about going to war.
We had lots of science fun on our science days.
We visited the Sealife centre to learn about living things. We also did lots of experiments and learnt lots!