KS2 had great fun sharing the information we have learned about the Ancient Egyptians with the parents. Oak really enjoyed performing the play we had prepared!
We have been making up our new Egyptian stories.
We were creating freeze frames to go with the story we are learning!
We were set a challenge in Oak class today! We had to build a pyramid out of sugar cubes. Have a look what we achieved - we even included a burial chamber in some of them!
To tie in with our theme on the Ancient Egyptians, we are making 3D models of a sarcophagus. We began today by making the mummy to go inside.
We are learning how to use inverted commas (speech marks) this week. Here we are writing our own success criteria!
We learned how to improve our skipping skills and how it can help us keep healthy!
Ollie is coming in to teach Year 4 cricket skills during Term 5. Here we are practising catching and playing a game of diamond cricket.
After we had made our own canopic jars, it was time to paint them!
w/c 24th March
Oak class have been very sporty this week, on Thursday the year 4's attended a tag rugby festival at Devizes Sports club. Despite the cold weather and being some of the youngest competitors everyone played brilliantly and our A team won their group.
On Friday we attended a circus skills workshop at Devizes school. We learnt some balancing skills and had the opportunity to have a go at lots of circus activities including juggling, plate spinning, riding a unicycle and walking on a (low!) tightrope. We had a really enjoyable time as you can see from the photos.
We had 15 minutes to make a persuasive advert to sell our product!
We are learning about the Ancient Egyptians for our topic, so in Numeracy we are using lots of problem solving skills, like area, perimeter and working out costings, to plan our Egyptian holiday hotel. We are going to write a persuasive travel brochure entry in Literacy and make a class Egyptian travel brochure!
We visited Bristol Museum and had a great time looking around the Egyptian Gallery. We also became History detectives in a workshop by matching up artefacts to their owner!
In Science we are looking at the effects of different liquids on eggs. We are linking this to their effects on teeth, and how we look after our teeth.
In music, we have created our own song based around a dragon. Click on the file below to watch us perform it!
KS2 had a visit from the Wiltshire Astronomers Society on Monday. He came back in the evening with lots of telescopes and lots of chi8ldren returned to school for a fun-filled evening. We even got to see Jupiter and it's 4 moons!
In Literacy, we have started looking at the features of instruction texts. In pairs, we made up a Numeracy game, and then wrote instructions on how to play the game.
In Dance, we have been using space inspired music to create sequences of moves to. Here is one group's finishing pose!
Have a look at some of the children in Oak performing poems during Guided Reading!
Today we had great fun using coding in I.C.T. We used all the features we have learned so far to make our own apps!
We are learning a story called The Egg in literacy (see above), so we are exploring different textures in art to create our own characters to use when we innovate the story.
We are exploring shapes in our Friday Numeracy sessions - we even used hoops to make a venn diagram!
We are learning all about equivalent fractions at the moment. Miss Nottingham showed us how repeatedly folding a piece of paper in half can help show fractions which are equivalent.
We are learning all about songs which use a pentatonic scale (5 notes). This week, we had to work in groups to work out the notes in 'Old Macdonald had a Farm'.
In Science this week, we explored how to make a circuit so that a light bulb would light up. We also started to learn how to use symbols to represent components in a circuit.
In Numeracy this week, we have been learning about fractions. We were finding fractions of shapes and then progressed to begin to learn about equivalence between different fractions.
This week Oak Class extended their learning in gymnastics to include knowing about an increasing number of types of balances. They looked at symmetrical, asymmetrical, counter-tension and counter-balance balances. See the pictures and films below!
The children practised using a pushing force to try to stand up. Here's some film of a few who managed it!
We learned all about matching and mirroring in gymnastics today.
In Literacy we have started to learn a new story - The Magical Inventors Adventure! We started today by creating our own story map of the story to help us learn it. See the story file above!
In Music, we were learning what different musical vocabulary meant. We learned the terms drone (all on one note), steady beat, ostinato (a repeating musical pattern), accompanied and unaccompanied.
KS 2 had a great day out at the Science museum in Bristol. We learned lots of new information. See the pictures below which shows some of the things we learned in the workshop we took part in. We built circuits and used lamps, motors and switches. This had been an exciting start to our learning this term in Science about electricity.
Below are some pictures of what we did at @ Bristol on Monday. We made our own animations, explored how parachutes work, saw how we jump in slow motion and even went on a human hamster wheel!
In P.E. this week, we learned the difference between point and patch balances.
We made a poster this week to show what we already know about electricity!
The whole of KS2 had an amazing day today with our Viking visitors from Oxenwood. We learned how Vikings prepared for battle, handled lots of Viking artefacts, made a Thor's hammer pendant and re-enacted the battle of Ethandune! A really great day!
Most have us have finished our Viking long ships. We explored using flexible and stiff materials to make them - it was great fun!
Have a look in the gallery at our pictures from when a Saxon paid us a visit:
We are learning about journalistic writing in Literacy. This week we wrote a shared piece of writing where we created a newspaper report about the story of the 3 Little Pigs. Click on the file below to read it!
We learned about dynamics in Music. Then we worked in groups, we had to listen to each other so that we got the dynamics right for our part of the music.
We had great fun this week, working as a team to write and find clues around the school.
This week, we have started to make our Viking longships. We measured the wood carefully and used the saws to cut the strips to the correct length.
In P.E. this week, we used our map of the school to plan a route from one part of the school to the other, using all 8 compass points.
Go to the gallery and have a look at the pictures of our celebration.
Mrs Lee, from the Wiltshire Music service, comes into our school ecah Wednesday. We are learning an Indian song all about the rain and use the instruments to create music to go with the words.
In RE we have been thinking about the different journeys people go on through life. In this session we used ICT to find out more about wedding ceremonies.
During PE we have made maps of the school because this term we are going to have a great time with a unit on Outdoor and Orienteering activities. We will be learning how to read maps, plan routes and use a compass to help navigate.
In PE we have been playing Dutch Longball, which is a lot like rounders. We have worked hard on our throwing and catching skills and on working effectively as part of a team!
This is Oak class and we are lucky enough to be Yr 4, 5 and 6. Our teacher is Mrs Boyce, with Mrs Jones teaching us on a Friday. Our teaching assistant is Mrs Brown.