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Mummification investigation

As part of our work on Egypt, we have been learning about how the ancient Egyptians treated their dead. We tried to recreate the process of mummification, using tomatoes (and an aubergine!) to represent a deceased Pharaoh.  After washing the Pharaoh (using water from the River Nile), we carefully made a small slit to remove the internal organs (seeds). We then used palm oil (represented by hand sanitiser) to clean the body, add a nicer scent and kill any bacteria, before stuffing the cavity with Natron (Sodium bicarbonate). The tomato Pharaoh was then completely covered with Natron. We'll keep a close eye on our Pharaohs to see how they mummify! 
The crew of Fire Engine ET27 paid school a visit, showing all classes the equipment they use as well as discussing fire safety and causes. They also discussed some of the skills and abilities needed for a career in the fire service. A brilliant time was had by all - and many of use stayed (fairly) dry!

Teeth functions and tooth decay investigation

We have been learning about the types and functions of teeth, finding out that different teeth are useful for eating different sorts of food. We learned that archaeologists can tell what sort of diet a person ate in ancient Egypt by looking at their teeth and that some Egyptian mummies show signs of tooth decay.

 

In this investigation, we are looking at the reasons teeth decay. We are using eggs to represent teeth and have submerged them in different liquids to see what effect each has on them. We have made predictions and will be recording our results before making a conclusion.

Mrs Woodhouse from Warburton's came to work with us, teaching us about healthy eating and breadmaking! We will be learning about the food eaten by the Egyptians, and discovered that bread has been baked for thousands of years - including in ancient Egypt! This was a fabulous workshop and we learned a lot! 

Egyptian lime and mint drink

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Some fabulous homework: An Egyptian lime and mint drink which tasted delicious!

Shaduf building

We have been making model shadufs, to show how ancient and modern Egyptians move the Nile's water onto their fields to irrigate them in order  their crops. We showed great teamwork skills and worked together to use a variety of tools; some of which would have been used by the ancient Egyptians!

What was the "Gift of the Nile"?

We are undertaking an investigation to demonstrate and explain why the river Nile is so important. To do this, we have sowed some lettuce seeds (representing crops grown in Egypt!) in four different environments, to see how they grow.

 

These environments are: 

  • desert sand with no water
  • desert sand with water
  • Nile sediment with no water
  • Nile sediment with water

 

We also have a control group of seeds, which have no sand, sediment or water. We have made predictions and will record our results over time!

Summer term newsletter

MATHS

 

We will begin the Summer Term by continuing our work on decimals, looking at ordering decimals, making whole numbers and comparing and rounding decimals. We will follow this with some work on money, before delving into statistics. Finally, we will be expanding our knowledge of geometry, focussing on the properties of shape and position and direction.

 

By the end of the term, you will need to be able to:

 

  • Solve money problems including decimals to two decimal places
  • Interpret and present data, including on bar charts and time graphs
  • Solve problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs
  • Plot points and draw sides to create a given polygon
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes in different orientations
  • Describe positions on a 2D grid and movements between positions as translations 

 

It is also very important that you are fluent in all times tables; our Fast Learning sessions are designed to support this, but please do your best to keep practising at home: aim to become a Times Table Rockstar Rock Hero!

 

We have adopted a Mastery approach to our learning, seeking to explain and reason as well as problem-solving. Maths lessons take place every day, and each lesson begins with a 'Ten in ten' task: ten questions covering various areas of mathematics, to be answered in ten minutes. We also have Fast Learning sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

ENGLISH

 

This term we will be using a range of topic-related non fiction texts in our Reading Journals. We will also be doing a wide range of written work, with an emphasis on improving grammar and spelling. Our work will focus on writing explanations, diary entries, newspaper reports and poetry and in the second half term we will be using Ted Hughes' The Iron Man as inspiration for our writing.

 

English lessons take place every day, with one session a week being an Extended Write - a chance to spend a full lesson creating a top quality piece of writing. We also complete Fast Learning sessions, practising handwriting and spellings, three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

TOPIC

 

Our topic this term is titled Walk like an Egyptian! and has the guiding question “How did the Egyptians impact the world?”. Egypt is a fascinating country, with a rich past and we will be looking at both modern and ancient Egypt, as well as considering its geography and culture. 

 

We will answer our guiding question by considering a focussed question in detail each week:

 

  • Where is Egypt?
  • Why is the Nile important?
  • Where do Egyptians live?
  • Why is it so hot here?
  • Who was King Tut?
  • How did Egyptians live?
  • What was a mummy?
  • How can we read ancient Egyptian?
  • What do Egyptians eat?
  • What is Egyptomania?
  • Can I make my own Egypt-inspired art?

 

Our showpiece outcome at the end of summer will be a presentation of Egyptian-inspired art in an art gallery, to which parents, grandparents and extended family will be invited!

SCIENCE

 

This term, we will be linking our scientific enquiry with our Egypt topic work, considering ancient Egyptian technology, diet and mummification as well as developing our understanding of the human body.

 

The themes we will cover are:

 

  • ancient irrigation, looking at the shaduf
  • investigating how seeds grow in a desert environment, compared to the fertile soil along the Nile
  • Egyptian water clocks and sundials
  • types and functions of teeth
  • a tooth decay enquiry
  • considering the effects of diet on teeth
  • understanding our digestive system
  • learning about what ancient poo can tell us
  • the process of mummification
  • investigating how different materials respond to mummification

PE

PE sessions will take place on Friday afternoons, initially taking place indoors, but as the weather improves we will be using the field as far as possible. This term, we will be working on athletic skills, including running, throwing and catching then applying those skills by learning to play cricket. Our annual Sports Day will be a great opportunity to show off what we have learned!

 

Please remember to bring school PE kit, consisting of a white t-shirt and black shorts, a tracksuit for outdoor sessions and suitable footwear. Earrings and watches should be left at home and please ensure that a water bottle is brought to school.

Pirates of the Curry Bean!

What a fantastic performance! The culmination of weeks of rehearsals and months of investigating the answer to our guiding question, "Which is better: Stage or screen?", the Year 3 and 4 Spring performance was an amazing success! From the dress rehearsal to the final show, every one of you did a fabulous job and truly impressed the pupils, staff and your parents and grandparents.

 

Congratulations to every single one of you - it's only a shame that we can't take the show on the road and become a touring production! 

Pirates of the Curry-Bean rehearsals

Trip to Lacemarket Theatre

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Year 3 and 4 had a fabulous trip to Nottingham's Lacemarket Theatre as part of our Showtime topic. The volunteers at the theatre taught us all about set design, lighting, Front of House work, marketing and direction. We had an amazing time going behind the scenes and treading the boards!
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YEAR 3 and 4 AZTEC MUSEUM

 

Our Topic work for the Autumn term was about the world of the Aztecs. We spent the term learning about all aspects of Aztec life and finally presented our learning to our parents (and the rest of the school!) in a fantastic museum, full of artefacts that we created. 

 

Please have a look at the galleries below, showing how we created the artefacts and the museum itself.

Timetable

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Autumn term curriculum overview

For our Autumn Good to be Green treat we spent the afternoon making giant bubbles!

Our mixture used the following recipe:

 

1 cup of washing up liquid

1 cup of cornflour

6 cups of water

1 tablespoon of glycerine

1 tablespoon of baking powder

 

Mix the cornflour into the water, then carefully add the other ingredients. Leave the mixture for an hour or so, giving it an occasional stir. Remember to make bubble hoops using wool and two drinking straws!

Alan from Pals Productions joined Year 4 for the day and helped us to produce and perform a play about saving energy in front of the whole school. In the play, the E-onators helped to defeat Lord Electrify and the Power Guzzlers as well as helping the Wasteful family change their ways. All the children displayed the DREAM values and memories were certainly made. It was a fantastic day and much fun was had by all!