Newlands Park Day 3
We had a very active day yesterday and as a result all slept very soundly! This morning we have been getting to grips with archery and bouncing around field zorbing. Our last things to finish off our time here are lunch and getting everything loaded back onto the coach ready to head back to school. We will see you at 2pm!
Newlands Park Day 2
After a good nights rest and a big breakfast we are out in the sunshine climbing and hover boarding or fencing. We have been really brave and perfecting our climbing technique. We’ve got really good at balancing on the hoover boards with a little help from our friends. We had fun duelling together fencing.
After lunch we will be taking part in street dancing and then going fencing (or hoover boarding, whichever we haven’t done yet!)
Newland Park Day One
We had a lovely time at Rickmansworth Aquadrome walking around the lakes. We stopped to play football and rounders. Some of us used the time to perfect our gymnastics!
We have made it to Newlands Park and have spent the afternoon playing games, getting to know our instructors and taking part in a quiz. We are all well fed and looking forward to our night hike!
Lots of fun hiking. (The sticks offered protection against drop bears!)
We have started off our topic on ‘The Arts’ by looking at the paintings of Turner. We started by looking at his famous painting, The Fighting Temeraire. We learned about the ship and how it was important in The Battle of Trafalgar and from this learning we wrote reports about it. We have then looked at more of his paintings and used watercolours to create our own Turner inspired seascapes.
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!