We all had a great time at the South Cambs Year Mini Olympics on Tuesday 20th June. We attended the event at Wilberforce Road in Cambridge along with 43 other schools, with around 1500 children!
It was a fiercely hot and sunny day but we drank lots and put on our sun cream and hats ready to have lots of fun learning new games and skills. In the morning we rotated around 8 track games including; Boccia, Tug of War, relays, hurdles, throwing, long jump and learning an Olympic dance as well as rest break. We had a lovely lunch before starting all over again, this time on the astro turf. We started with Problem solving and then moved onto; football, multi skills, tennis, hockey, cricket, golf and another rest break.
Despite it being so hot, the children were amazing, enthusiastically joining in with all the sports and being ultra polite to the young sports leaders who were running each event. We are so proud of year 4, who didn't moan once about the heat - you are a SUPER year group!!!
We were all so proud of our year 4 children throughout the whole process of this production. Their enthusiasm and attitude was great to see in both the rehearsals and performances. A huge thanks to everyone who helped make the performance a success, the children should be very proud of themselves.
Today (Tuesday 21st March) we had lots of fun learning about teeth; how they are made up, how to keep them clean and most importantly how to turn them blue and red with disclosure tablets! We ran a controlled test with the majority of the class not washing their teeth, 4 volunteers washing their teeth themselves and 4 other volunteers having a teeth washing lesson, before we all chewed a disclosure tablet. These show up as red and blue dye in the mouth to show new and older plaque on the teeth. We had some very colourful mouths and unsurprising results with our teeth cleaners. All of Woodpeckers now know how important it is to keep their teeth clean and how to do it!
Geography walk around Cambourne
This afternoon (Friday 24th February) we set off on a walk around Cambourne, maps in hand, ready to find and mark on all the local sites as well as finding some ideal spots for the Reception classes to go sketching.
Practical Science learning about the Digestive System
Today we have been looking at the digestive system in science and what better way to understand and remember it than making our very own digestive system! We recreated the teeth, saliva glands and tongue in the mouth, chewing and breaking down the food before it passed through the oesophagus and into the stomach. We added white vinegar to the stomach (plastic bag) to represent the stomach acid before contracting and relaxing this muscle and passing the food through to the small intestine. By dunking the tights filled with the 'food' into red coloured water we could see that the job of the small intestines was to take the nutrients out of our food, which is carried by the bloodstream around the body.
The large intestines were squeezed to extract the water content still left in the food, before the waste product was eventually passed through the anus as faeces. (Ours was pink as it has been dipped in the red water, representing the bloodstream!)
We had great fun doing this and will remember forever how the digestive system works - yuk!!!!
It really feels like Year 4 have travelled back in time from the minute we came back from our half term break and all become Romans! We've been doing our maths in Roman numerals, applying the 'additive' and 'subtractive' principles as well as finding out that there was no symbol for zero (they just said 'nullus') and no idea of place value. We've looked at non-fiction texts in English all about the Romans and begun our own research as we are intending to create our very own museum and all become curators.
The excitement really ramped up on Tuesday afternoon when we discovered a time capsule buried outside our classrooms that we suspect is from the Roman era!! Eliza and Jasmine pulled it out of the earth and we all took it into the warmth of the Agora to investigate it's content. All the objects were wrapped in a very old looking sacking material and we found lots of treasures, ranging from a pot and wax tablet to a 'poo stick' (yes really ... the first type of toilet paper!)
After a big discussion about our thoughts we went back into our classes and in true archaeologist style drew and recorded our findings, saying whether we thought they were indeed Roman artefacts and what we based this on.
We're now really excited about this new topic and can't wait to see where our learning will take us next ...
We have have the most amazing time at Duxford Imperial War Museum today. After travelling on a double decker bus we met Mrs Allen at the museum and started our day of fun. There was so much to see, with war planes, the Lancaster Bomber and stealth planes like the Bluebird. We saw a plane that could land on water as well as going inside Concorde, which only had 28 seats (we counted them!)
We had the most amazing time in the Airspace hanger where we could perform hands on investigations about all the things we have been learning about this half term. We tested out different shaped wings in a wind tunnel to see how an aerofoil worked. We blew up a hot air balloon and watched in awe as it rose up to the ceiling, before cooling and coming back down again. We could rotate a simulation of the planes undercarriage with the wheels in different positions to see the effect of the drag on the speed of the rotation and so much more!
We walked from one end of the museum to the other to see everything that the museum had to offer, putting our learning to the test with this terrific topic finale.
The best part by far though was meeting a lady from the education center at the museum and giving her copies of our explanation posters to display at the museum. We had designed and created our very own flying machines over the course of the half term and written explanation texts pulling all of our scientific knowledge of flight together. The lady was extremely impressed with our work and said that she would be displaying them in the classroom spaces at the museum for other schools to admire! We are really proud of how amazing this is!!
What a great end to a fabulous half term of learning about an inspirational topic.
A massive thank you to Mrs Graves and Mrs Zhu for coming along and helping out!!