This term Class 4 have been learning about the ocean. To help us learn about the sea we set off to the Hastings to explore the area. We had a terrific day which started with us learning about the important the work that the RNLI do at their lifeboat centre. It was a beautiful, sunny day and we were lucky enough to be able to enjoy the weather and sit on the beach to have lunch before going to the highlight of the day, the Blue Reef Aquarium. At the aquarium we saw a vast array of different fish and sea creatures but everyone enjoyed seeing the sharks the most.
After discovering many interesting facts at the aquarium about the sea and the creatures that live in it, we focussed on creating some fantastic pieces of art. We created a range of artwork from paintings to clay models to fantastic wire and ModRoc sculptures.
After creating so many pieces of fabulous art we decided that the only way to show off our 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 we 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 £150 for future class projects and we would like to thank all the adults that supported the event.
It's been a fantastic start to the year; we can't wait to see what we will be learning about next!
This term Class 4 have had a terrific time learning about the human body; focusing on the digestive system. We started our topic by thinking about where the digestive process begins-food!! We had a great time baking some healthy snacks and made blueberry muffins and cheese biscuits. We then had an even better time eating our bakes safe in the knowledge that what we were eating didn't have too much sugar or fat in them.
After our exciting start to the term we carried on with the theme of food and learnt about the different food groups and the importance of eating a balanced body to maintain a healthy body. We then began to look at the process of digestion and conducted a number of fun experiments to see how our body breaks down and uses the food we eat.
We looked closely at our teeth and learnt about the different types we have and what functions they have. We also conducted an experiment to see which liquids are bad for our teeth by leaving egg shells soaking in a variety of soft drinks. If you ever want to be put off drinking energy drinks just put an egg shell to soak in some for a week and see what it does to it - it is disgusting!!
We then learnt about the different organs involved in the digestive system and to finish our findings, we replicated it using food bags as stomachs, tights as intestines and paper cups as bottoms!! It was a really fun way to show what happens to our food after we've eaten and we all really enjoyed getting mucky and messy whilst learning at the same time.
As there aren't too many mountains to climb in the local area so the children started the term by using the computers to take part in a virtual climb of the tallest mountain in Great Britain; Ben Nevis. From there, the children located different mountains around the world using an atlas and then learnt about the different ways that mountains are formed. Our Power of Reading text for the term was 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Phillip Pullman and as there was a volcano involved in the story the children were also keen to learn about volcanoes. There were then set the challenge of using the computers to make multi-media presentations about volcanoes. The children worked very hard to conduct research to find out information and then presented their findings to the rest of the class. It was so great to see the children working well together in groups and speaking so confidently in front of an audience.