Hedgehog class - Y4 - Mrs Dixon
Welcome to Hedgehog Class!
On Monday 20th May, Hedgehog Class went on a fabulous trip to Great Yarmouth visiting the Time and Tide Museum in the morning and Burgh Castle in the afternoon.
At the museum, we met Titus, a Centurion in the army and Lady Olivia. Titus put us through our paces, training us for the Roman Army. We learned to march, stand to attention and to use a shield and a wooden gladius. He showed us how to get into a 'Tortoise' formation with our shields so that the enemy spears would not hit us. To test the strength of our formation, he threw wet sponges at us to see if there were any gaps. He told us that we were probably the worst recruits that he had ever seen but we suspect that he said the same to all of his trainees!
Lady Olivia needed some slaves so she told us all about our duties and showed us some of the things that we would use. Wiping bottoms with a sponge on a stick did not appeal!
After lunch, we went by coach to Burgh Castle which is the site of a Roman coastal fort near Gorleston. Three of the four walls are still standing. We were shown around by volunteers from English Heritage who maintain the site. It was very informative and we learned lots. We had a great time as you can see from the pictures.
We are loving our new topic on the Romans. We have learned about life in Britain before the Romans and about Julius Caesar's attempted invasions in 55 and 54 BC. We are writing news reports about these for the Celtic Times.
The photos show our drama where we acted out the first invasion attempt.
Next we are going to learn what it was like to be a Roman Soldier.
The Spring Term is well underway and Hedgehog Class is enjoying the new topic, 'Around the World in Eighty Days.' We have just finished reading a version of Jules Verne's classic novel and found out that Philieas Fogg completed his journey successfully, despite all of his difficulties.
The children have designed their own Fogg Mobile - a vehicle which will take Phileas on his journey without having to rely on trains and boats and they are very innovative. In English lessons, we are writing an explanation text about how they work.
In science, the children are finding about States of Matter. We have been learning about melting and freezing and today, they designed an experiment to find the melting point of chocolate.
In maths, we have been multyplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We are making 1/10 scale models of ourselves by measuring different parts and dividing the measurements by 10.
Trip to Ancient House Museum, Thetford, 27th November, 2018
Today, 47 children from Fox and Hedgehog Classes visited Ancient House Museum in Thetford to learn more about World War One. We dressed as Children and adults from the period and met costumed characters. The children participated in workshops ranging from how to drive a tank to making Apple Brown Betty with rationed foods. We learned a lot and a great time was had by all.
Week commencing 24.9.18
In English this week, we have been collecting information about the character of Tommo Peaceful from the story, 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo. They are enjoying hearing about Tommo's early life. We have organised the information into themes and written paragraphs for a character portrait.
In Maths, we have moved on from rounding numbers to reading four digit numbers and recognising the value of each digit using part-whole diagrams. We are very excited about using our new 'Tackling Tables' cards which the FOHPS have bought for us. Hopefully we will be whizzy with our tables before long!
In Science, we have been finding out about how we hear. Last week we made sounds using different things and decided what was vibrating to make the sound. This week, we have found out how the sound travels to our ears so that we can hear it.
In our topic work, we have looked at some propaganda posters from World War and decided whether the poster was intended to use guilt, patriotism, sense of duty or adventure to recruit soldiers. We will be soon designing our own.
As part of our Roman project we made replica Roman Shields.
In Science we have been looking at making circuits and which materials are conductors and insulators of electricity.