Boughton Monchelsea Primary School
Church Hill | Boughton Monchelsea | Maidstone | ME17 4HP

Class 4

This term Class 4 have been learning about the ocean.  After discovering many interesting facts about the sea and the creatures that live there, the children focused on creating some fantastic pieces of art.  They created a range of artwork from paintings to clay models to fantastic wire and ModRoc sculptures. 

After creating so many pieces of fabulous art the class decided that the only way to show off their fantastic work was to create an art gallery.  After lots of hard work the art gallery was ready for parents to come and visit.  It was lovely to see so many parents enjoying the art the children had created and to add a bit of fun to the event we decided to have a sealed bids process to sell the amazing sculptures.  The sale of the artwork raised around £100 for future class projects and the Class would like to thank all the adults that supported the event.

This term Class 4 are learning the Romans and to kick start our project we decided to pretend to be Roman soldiers!  We started off by making some brilliant shields and then learnt how the Roman army would march for up to 20 miles a day.  We practised marching in lines and then learnt how the Romans formed a tortoise formation to protect themselves from vicious Celts who would throw rocks at them when they tried to invade their villages.

The children really enjoyed defending themselves by using the tortoise formation whilst they were attacked by flying beanbags!

Throughout the term we have been learning about the human digestive system.  We started by learning about food and how we can make healthy decisions about what we eat.  We had a go at baking our own healthy snacks and made some delicious blueberry muffins and some quick and easy cheese biscuits.  We then thoroughly enjoyed eating them!

To end our topic we created our own working human digestive system using a range of different objects.  We used a resealable food bag as a stomach, a pair of tights for the small intestines and some paper cups for our bottoms!  We had great fun mashing up some food and juice in the food bag before squeezing it through the tights to mimic how are bodies extracts nutrients from the food we eat.  We then put the left over bits into a paper cup with a hole in it and used a second cup to push the waste through the hole to represent going to the toilet!

We had such a busy term this term that we ran out of time to get everything done!  The children enjoyed learning about mountains throughout the term and started off by going on a virtual hike up Ben Nevis.  It was interesting to look at the way the climate and the plant life changed on our journey up to the summit and it raised some intriguing questions for us to investigate later on in the term.  We located some of the biggest mountains in the world using an atlas and learned about the different ways that they can be formed. 

To finish our topics we took inspiration from our Power of Reading text 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' and decided to create our very own volcanoes.  We used a combination of plastic bottles. newspaper and masking tape to create the shapes before covering them in Modroc bandages to make them harden.  We then painted and decorated them before making them erupt using a combination of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.  It was very messy!

This term we are going on a Road Trip around the USA paying particular attention to the Native American tribes that lived there.  To begin our topic we went on a trip round the school in search of the names of Native American tribes and American states.  After collecting all the information we had to match the names of the states to the tribe that lived there and then try and locate where the states were in America.  It was a lot of fun and a great start to our topic!