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Science

This week, in science, we have started learning about our new topic 'Animals including humans'. We began our learning by discussing the different types of food that we eat and how they are grouped based on the nutrients they contain. We then worked in small groups to look at food labels on various items to identify which contained the most carbohydrates, protein, fibre, saturated fat and minerals.

Den building

This morning, as part of Wildlife week, Year 4 worked with Year 2 to create a den. They were told about the equipment available to them and were then left to their own devices! The children worked fantastically and showed that they truly are Primrose Lane learners. They demonstrated enthusiasm and creativity from the start, worked together throughout and frequently reflected on their work to continually improve. Below are thoughts from some of the children, which really demonstrate the perseverance and resilience needed.

Grace - I got really frustrated at the start because it kept on falling over and we had to try again and again. I really enjoyed it when we were nearly read and when we put the sheets on and got under the den. I got upset when we had to break it down because it was fun inside.

Freya - I enjoyed den building so much that I wanted to do it for a whole day. I worked well together as a team even though our first try didn't work out as we would have like. My favourite part of den building was when we finished it and we got to play inside of it.

Blake - When we got started, I found it tough to work together since our den broke seven times but eventually we worked together to make a small den that all seven of us could come in. My rating would be 8/10 - I really enjoyed it.

Lucie - Den building at first was pretty hard to figure out what to do with the sticks and arches. Then I stood still for a minute and thought of a plan. I shared it with my team and we finally got a real plan and got to work.

Indian Cooking

This morning, Year 4 were lucky enough to do some Indian cooking with Mrs Jude to consolidate our topic for the half term. In small groups, the children made a sweet potato and pea curry and a naan bread each. They used many different skills to do so including chopping potato using a 'bridge' shape the make sure their hands were secure and listening carefully to instructions to make sure pieces were the correct size. A particular favourite was making the dough for the naan bread, as 'It was fun to get my hands very sticky!' Every member of the class behaved sensibly and all contributed to the making of the food which was then tried and tested by the children this afternoon.

Freya - 'I thought I was going to like the naan bread the most but actually I really liked the curry!'

Benji - 'My favourite part was adding the ginger.'

Immogen - 'I enjoyed making the dough the most and I really hope to do more of this in the future!'

Science

This half term, we have been learning about electricity. On Friday, we were shown a selection of circuits and we had to make predictions as to whether they were complete or incomplete. We then investigated using batteries, wires, crocodile clips and bulbs and compared our findings with our predictions. In our next lesson, we will be taking our learning a step further by exploring conductors and insulators.

Computing

Currently, in computing, we are working in small groups to prepare a presentation. We have each chosen a point of interest from our topic 'India' to gather information on using laptops and non-fiction texts. We are transferring our research onto a PowerPoint presentation, which we will perform to the class at the end of this half term. Throughout the process we are considering our audience, and on presentation we will focus on developing our speaking and active listening skills.

RE in Year 4

In RE, we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. We have discussed the story of Hanukkah, how and why it is celebrated each year and the significance of light for the festival. This week, we ordered the sequence of events that happened in Jerusalem and also produced some role-play to consolidate our understanding.

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