We have been working really had to make our frames for our cars. We have to measure our wood, then saw and glue to make them. We then attached our electrical circuits. We were very excited when we got them working!
We have been getting fully stuck into sports relief week and, as well as our basketball session, we have run, skipped, hula-hooped, played football and danced!
We were lucky enough to meet the tallest man in Britain this week! He has played basketball professionally for the famous Harlem Globetrotters and holds the world record for being the tallest basketball player. We had the opportunity to work with him to improve our basket ball skills and to find out about the hard work that goes into being a top athlete.
We have been enjoying our music lessons with Mr Mitchell- we had the opportunity to perform ‘Money’ by Jessie J in assembly on Friday. Some of us played the keyboards, the piano, drums and guitar while some of us sang. We had to work really hard to listen to each other and work as a team to stay in time with each other.
We have been working hard applying our maths this week. We used Hertfordshire’s online catalogue to find the quantities and costs of the resources we need for our cars. We have worked out how much money we need and put our order in to the office.
We found out about current in a circuit and how a light bulb works. We then made our own switches to put into our circuits.
We spent the morning trying to make different circuits, seeing which would work and which wouldn't and thinking about why. We then made a game adding wire into our circuits to make a 'don't light up the wire' game- we had to have a very steady hand to win!
We kicked off our new theme 'Artbot' by making our very own artbots. We made them by placing a motor in a electric circuit and using a plastic cup, lolly stick, cork and 3 felt tip pens. They danced across our paper and made some exciting 'modern art'. It was a very exciting build- we have more exciting builds to come this term!
We have been busy getting ready for Christmas- making cards to take home, making stockings that will hopefully get filled with goodies and going to see Dick Whittington at the panto in Harpenden! We have also finished or sculptures.
We started the month by having a visit from a contestant on Robot Wars. He brought his 2 robots 'Crackers and Smash' that have both taken part in the most recent series. We were excited to see the actual robots and to learn about what a past George Street pupil has been up to!
We had the most amazing trip to the sculpture park- there were over 800 sculptures along the paths in the woods.
We were all very excited by the range of sculptures- the styles, materials used and colours caught our imaginations and we are looking forward to getting sculpting back in class!
To continue our topic of Eurovision we learnt some Greek style dance in our dance workshop.
We have been continuing with our hand on maths, using the resources to help us show and understand mathematical concepts.
We were lucky enough to work with Para-Olympian Ian Rose. He talked to us about what qualities allowed him to succeed- it was interesting to see how this fits into our learning powers and growth mindset.
We have been getting to grips with life in year 4 and have done lot of work around working together as a team, helping each other and how we can work as effective learning partners.
This month we have kicked off our topic of ‘Eurovision’! We started out by trying lots of different foods that are popular across Europe. We have made links with this to RE, looking at how sharing food together can be important in different religions. We also made some food of our own and used this to write instructions.
We then found out a lot about the rules of The Eurovision Song Contest and wrote explanation texts about how to get an entry into the competition.
We have studied the flags of some of the different European countries and look at the names of some of the capital cities. We have learned about mountains and volcanoes and have researched some of the well-known ones in Europe.
We have learned about the saltwater Fjords of Norway and about the solar winds that form the Northern Lights. We created some of our own northern light inspired artwork using wax crayons, watercolour paint and chalks.
In maths we have been concentrating on place value and have been using the base 10, bead strings and place value grid lots to work with numbers in lots of different ways!