What a wonderful start to Year 4 we have had. The Owls have come back to school full of energy and enthusiasm. We have already travelled across the world to far flung destinations on our WOW day and have started new and exciting topics.
In english we have read James and the giant peach and Owls are currently writing an adventure story based on this alongside their own ideas. In maths we are discovering how the column method can help us solve calculations. In Science we have been studying forces and conducted parachute investigations. History sees us preparing information posters about the evolution of flight and in art we are creating our own versions of the 'giant peach' using paper mache.
We are looking forward to our trip to Duxford at the end of term and using all of the knowledge gained throughout the term to fully understand the exhibits.
This term in Science we have been learning about the digestive system and the children enjoyed a fantastic hands on experiment to show how it works.
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!!!!