We had a really wonderful trip to Cadbury World, on Monday, to launch our new topic: Chocolate.
The children were full of excitement as we travelled up the M5 to Birmingham. After arriving, and had been handed free chocolate, we toured the exhibition- learning where chocolate comes from and something about its history. We then watched a film about the Cadbury family and looked around where chocolate is made. Then we got a pot of tasting chocolate and could add things like marshmallows or popping candy to it!
Then we looked at advertising and packaging through the ages!
After lunch and a play in the amazing play area, we went to watch the 4D film: it was incredible!
The best thing about the day was the children’s behaviour. They made myself and Mrs Mclellan really proud. Members of the public commented on how well behaved and kind they were.
What a wonderful start to our topic!
We have been learning this poem by Kit Wright and this week we published our fantastic poems.
Here are some of the things we will put into our Magic Box:
I will put in the box….
a green sandwich (Aeryn)
a kitchen disco (Caitlin)
a rainbow chicken (William)
a cardigan with wings (Bella)
a talking mustache (Rhyleigh)
a blue sun (Evie-Mai)
some blue fire (Seb)
a dancing head (Isaac)
a talking chair (Ellie)
a sixth finger (Ray)
Hermione’s box is made of cloud, Ray’s box is made of sunlight and Lily’s box is made of teeth.
We have really enjoyed our STEM week. Today we had LEGO in the hall and we all built brilliant models and worked in teams. We also learnt how to code on the Ipads and laptops, with Y4 as our teachers.
Wow – we have come to the end of another fabulous Enrichment week; this time with a focus on STEM. STEM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and we have undertaken some great projects this week that have challenged us and really made us think.
On Monday we had a visit from Dr Harrison from Bristol University who talked to us about Chemistry and showed us some of the really cool reactions that take place when chemicals are mixed. We learnt about reversible and irreversible reactions, where new materials are created.
On Tuesday we worked with an ICT teacher from Marling. We coded and programmed controllable buggies, using the ‘Crumble’ software to create sequences of code for our buggy to follow. On Tuesday afternoon we had a teacher from ‘the problem solving company’ who brought loads of huge, hands-on puzzles and problems for us to solve.
On Wednesday we took part in a wind powered vehicle challenge which involved us working in teams to create a vehicle that could be driven by a fan. We had to buy materials with virtual money and then test and improve our design as we went.
And last but not least,…… on Friday we were visited by an Engineer from a local engineering company called Nov.com. He told us all about his job as an engineer and how he became and engineer after leaving school.
It has been a brilliant, hands-on week and we have really had a chance to think about some of our growth mindset skills such as teamwork and investigation.
We can’t wait for our trip to London next week where we will visit the Science museum and Natural history museum to continue our STEM adventure!!
In year 4 the children have really enjoyed their STEM week. We have seen amazing teamwork when working with year 3 when we built our wind power cars and bridges with spaghetti!
In class the science has continued with the children turning solid into liquid and then solid again. Some even found it tasty when it turned out to be jelly. As a class, we also tried to make a liquid that acts like a solid by making a slime using corn flour!
I think this week has certainly uncovered some scientists, engineers and mathematicians in year 4. It has been brilliant!
We have had a wonderful, exciting, knowledge and problem solving sort of week: it’s been our STEM week. On Monday, we were visited by Tim Harrison, a Chemistry professor from Bristol University. He wowed us with experiments about gases around us. We loved it and learnt so much!
On Tuesday, we were lucky to have Miss Lodge from Marling School who came to show us some electrical engineering and problem solving. We had to put a circuit together and use the Crumble board to control a buggy. We showed a lot of concentration, perseverance and resilience when things didn’t go completely to plan!
On Wednesday, Sarah from STEMworks came in to help us to make and design wind powered cars. After we had made them, we had races.
All in all, we had a great week of discovery!