We have had a very busy second half of our Autumn Term. Time flies when you are having fun and it has certainly flown by for all of us in Year 4!
We have continued with our ‘Don’t Lose Your Head’ theme with our focus being on the Stuart period. Our Year 4 super-sleuths used a range of evidence to investigate personalities and events in Stuart times. There was never a dull moment! Researching the lives of Stuart monarchs and leaders, revealed many of their curious qualities. The children were amused to discover that Charles II was the ‘King of Bling’ and shocked to find out that Oliver Cromwell banned theatres and Christmas! The children had a fantastic time on a trip to Llancaiach Fawr. They ‘stepped back in time’ to 1645 and found out about the lives of servants and children during the Stuart period. They enjoyed learning about medicine and health in Stuart Britain. They were particularly amused by the fact that even children drank ale because the water was so dirty at this time.
The Great Fire of London
Samuel Pepys (a Morfo) challenged our resourceful history detectives to investigate The Great Fire of London. They later wrote detailed newspaper reports, which included eyewitness accounts and successfully answered the who, what, when, where, why and how questions posed about the events of the Great Fire. The children tapped into their creative sides to make Tudor/Stuart style houses. After learning about the Great Fire of London we recreated Pudding Lane using the houses we had built. Mr Jones set fire to the houses! Whilst our houses were not real houses, we were able to see how quickly the fire spread and empathise with the people of that time who lost their actual homes.
For STEM we have continued learning about how our bodies work, and took part in a hands-on investigation about what happens to food as it travels through the digestive system. The children found this extremely entertaining. Following on from this, we investigated the sugar content of popular drinks and the effect they have on our teeth. During our ‘Discover & Do’ afternoon, we investigated, explored and drew on our knowledge about organs, the skeleton and teeth in a range of activities.
Collaboration was key for Forest School activities this term! We used natural resources to make a Christmas tree using leaves by threading them on a string or a stick. It was so much fun!
We have spent the latter part of the term making Christmas cards, enjoying Christmas challenges and learning lines and songs for our Christmas Concert ‘Tinsel and Tea towels’. The performances were fantastic. Such brilliant acting, dancing and singing! We hope you enjoyed watching it and are as proud of your children as we are.
We wish you all a Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! Enjoy your break and stay safe and well.