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This term Year 4 have enjoyed learning about the Vikings. Below is a recount written by Olivia about our special Vikings Day. It gives you a flavour of some of the learning that took place.
On Tuesday, in Year 4, it was Vikings Day! We had a visitor called Ros. She taught us a lot about the Vikings.
We came to school dressed as Vikings. I had a black long sleeved shirt and a furry coat. I had a shield too. First of all, we went outside and Miss Parker filmed us running across the field like we were raiding a village.
Next, Ros showed us the food that the Viking would’ve eaten. There were fish and they would be cut open and dried in a smoke house. It smelt horrible!
After, we learned about Viking clothes. Ros showed us how they rubbed animal fat on cloth to make it waterproof. The girls wore tunics and head scarves. The boy wore shirts and trousers.
Later, we performed a saga, which was a story about a Viking invasion of Dorset. There was a gigantic storm that made the boats sink so lots of them were stuck here. Our parents came in to see the saga.
I had a great day and I wish we could do it again!
Year 4 have been inspired by the work of three great French artists named Renoir, Matisse and Seurat. All of these painters were interested in colour but in different ways.
Renoir was one of the impressionist painters and he tried to capture the colours created in different light, whether it was a sunny or a rainy day. We looked at the painting Les Parapluies (The Umbrellas) and created our own umbrella scenes/ compositions. We also practised our drawing and colour mixing skills.
Matisse produced bright colourful work. Towards the end of his life he was unable to paint due to a serious illness. Instead of painting, he made paper cut outs and we looked at his pictures of Icarus. These show a part of the Greek myth when Icarus falls into the sea because the wax on his wings has melted. This inspired our English learning too.
Seurat mixed his colours by using dots of paint. When we looked at the work our eyes mix the colours together to make new colours. He called this technique pointillism. We have created our own seaside scenes using pointillism.
Here are some ideas for things to do when you have finished enjoying time in the snow today.
Learn the story 'Adventure at Sandy Cove' using the story map and story that you took home yesterday.
In maths this week we are learning about graphs. Can you think of a theme to collect data on and then present as a block graph, pictogram or bar chart? Perhaps you could find out your family's/neighbour's favourite ice-cream flavour or song.
This is a link for an activity too-
In science we have been investigating solids, liquids and gases. Perhaps you could use the snow to discover how water can change state from liquid to solid and gas. Can you draw diagrams and label them to show the differences between solids, liquids and gases?
What things can you find that are a solid, liquid or a gas? Can you create a chart to order them and show different objects/items that are solid, liquid or a gas?
You have log-ins for reading eggs and can look up readtheory, or just get a good book to curl up with in a warm spot to enjoy. You can always write a book review!
As it is World Book Day, why not take some Wild Weather Extreme Reading photos? Send them into the school office email address or to our Twitter account: @bsmprimaryhead
Have a good day, keep warm and see you soon.
To start this week off we're going to be learning about fairtrade. Have a look at this video that tells you about the production of chocolate and how choosing fairtrade helps the farmers who grow cocoa beans.
Aslan Class Rights and Responsibilities
We have had a very busy start to the term and have thought about the rights and responsibilities we want to have. These will help ensure that we make the most of our time at school to be the best that we can be.
Welcome to Year 4 - Morpurgo Base!
Welcome to Morpurgo Base class page. On this page you will be able to see what we have been learning about in Year 4.
There will be links and ideas for things to do to help you continue learning at school and at home.
We were very proud this week in year 4 as Amaelia and Grace were both recognised for their work, designing a new logo for the parish of Blandford St Mary. Three members of the Parish Council attended our Celebration Assembly and awarded the prizes. Amaelia's first place design will become the logo for future publicity of our area.
Learning from the experts!
Today we enjoyed an exciting day of science investigation led by Mr Forbes, an engineer from Wessex Water.
First, we impressed him with our knowledge of the water cycle. Then he explained how humans intervene in this process to collect, clean, treat and send water to our houses.
Our first investigation was to identify which of three samples of water was rain water, tap water or water from a swimming pool. We conducted tests to find the acidity, the hardness and the chlorine content in each sample. With this information we were able to conclude where each sample came from.
Book Day in Morpurgo Base!
There was a definite feeling of "It's Good to be Me" in Morpurgo Base today!
Firstly, we all dressed up as our favourite characters, then we watched a film clip of Michael Morpurgo reading his own story, 'Coming Home'. Miss Dixon read us another Michael Morpurgo book called Rainbow Bear, where a polar bear comes to realise how important and special he is in his icy wonderland. Mrs. W. then shared her story about a giraffe who felt sad because he couldn't dance like everyone else, but learned to dance in his own special way.
We wrote book reviews, went on a book scavenger hunt and created our own bookmarks. We really enjoyed our day of reading!
We have read the story of Beowulf and Grendal. We used the story to inspire our own mythical creatures that have featured in our own viking style legends.
Here are some photos to show what Morpurgo Base have been doing at the start of Autumn term.
Using story maps to retell fables.
Making pizzas to start our topic - 'How I work'. The question was to do with what happens after we've eaten the pizza?!
We found out all about the digestive system and how our bodies take nutrients from our food to make them work effeiciently.
We have been beginning to learn the guitar.
We've had a lesson each week and are starting to make some good sounds!
Learning about 'Secrets to success'. We have thought about what makes a good learner and are always aiming to employ the eight secrets to success in our learning.
This week we have made string telephones.
We had great fun testing them out!
We found that sound travels along the string and the cans amplify the sound. If someone holds the string the vibration is blocked and the sound can't get through. If the string is slack it can't vibrate and again the phone won't work.
We also found the bigger the cans the better the sound!
We found that the cardboard and the fabric muffled the sound best.
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