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On Friday 22nd June, Year 4 went on a trip to the Natural History Museum. The focus of the visit was for the students to extend their knowledge on volcanoes and plate tectonics, which they are currently studying in their Topic module. The students thoroughly enjoyed reading the different engaging displays at the museum, as well as using the interactive information boards and watching a short video on how volcanoes are formed.


Year 4 had their last visit from Apollo. The students were asked to come up with a story, and the musicians would improvise a piece of music to fit it. There were some great suggestions, including a story about a violin lesson that was going VERY badly!  See if you can spot the mistakes the “Violin Student” is making in the pictures.


Year 4 have been exploring the wonderful world of poetry. After reading and performing a range of poems by Allan Ahlberg, they spent some time discussing the features of the poems and the impact of the words used. The children then used one of their favourite poems, “Please, Mrs Butler”, as a structure for their own writing which they bravely performed in front their mothers and other female family members during the Bring a Mum or Significant Female to School session.


Year 4 visited the Leyton Great Hall today to watch the Apollo Orchestra perform. The students got the opportunity to get an up-close look at how an orchestra works and were able to ask the performers questions about their instruments and lives. They really loved Mozart’s Horn Concerto and, of course, the Simpsons!


Yesterday Hazel and Hawthorn received a special visit from Apollo where they learned all about the Bassoon. Pupils had a go and blowing through Bassoon reeds and listened to a diverse range of duets.


Year 4 were visited by Apollo and had the opportunity to learn about the Woodwind family of the Orchestra. The students really enjoyed the different types of Saxophones and loved listening to music from Harry Potter, The Simpsons and Fantasia.


As part of their work this term, where they have been looking at all living things and rainforests, Year 4 went to London Zoo to look at different animals and the habitats in which they live. The children made their way through the zoo, learning about giraffes, birds, tigers, gorillas, insects and many more. They thoroughly enjoyed walking through Butterfly Paradise and admiring beautiful butterflies and moths from around the globe delicately fluttering around them. The day was a great experience for the children and seeing the animals up close helped with their knowledge and understanding of the topics.


On Friday 23rd February, Year 4 engaged in an exciting art workshop, which centred around the theme of artist Henri Rousseau’s work, which the class are currently looking at as part of the Year 4 art curriculum. The class were given the opportunity to experiment with a range of sketching, shading and colouring, in addition to creating a collage of images in the style of a tropical rainforest. On Friday 9th March, the class will have the opportunity to finalise their pieces of art work and then present them to their peers.


On Tuesday 30th January Year 4 were visited by Apollo Classical Music Projects for a string quartet workshop. They listened to two pieces of music containing dance rhythms and then had a chance to try out the instruments for themselves!


As part of the school’s Work and Enterprise Week, Hazel Class visited the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Cambridge Heath. The staff members were very accommodating and enthusiastic about sharing how the post office works and how the letters are sorted and delivered. We had a great time and learnt a lot!


On Thursday 11th January, Hawthorn Class were learning about the Vikings and in particular, their motives behind travelling to Britain. The class engaged in an interesting debate on whether the Vikings were eager settlers keen to farm in new lands or power-hungry invaders. One activity which the students enjoyed completing was to sort out a series of images into two categories: Vikings as invaders and Vikings as settlers.


Year 4 were introduced  to Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion, Sikhism. The children then created a calendar for the new year with the theme of Sikhism. They used colourful scratch art paper. Here are some amazing designs.


On Thursday 9th November, Year 4 engaged in an informative teeth workshop, where they were given the opportunity to make their own teeth moulds using plaster of paris and water. The children really enjoyed carrying out this practical science project, as well as listening to a talk on the different types of teeth in animals and humans, supporting the learning which they are undertaking in their current Science module.


In Art, Year 4 are exploring the amazing work of the famous Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. So they decided to visit Canary Wharf to see some of the amazing structures the UK has to offer. The children had a wonderful experience exploring different structures and taking their own photographs.


Today Year 4 were visited by a Brass Quartet from the Apollo Classical Music Projects. They learned how performers vibrate their lips to make sounds on their instruments and listened to the theme from “The Simpsons” and “Life is an Open Door” from Frozen!


As part of our topic ‘Brazil’, Year 4 enjoyed a Samba Dance Workshop. The children really got into the carnival mood and were engaged throughout the session. The moves were simple enough so that everybody could take part in. The music was lively and the children also got a great work out.

   


On Thursday 9th November, Year 4 engaged in an informative teeth workshop, where they were given the opportunity to make their own teeth moulds using plaster of paris and water. The children really enjoyed carrying out this practical science project, as well as listening to a talk on the different types of teeth in animals and humans, supporting the learning which they are undertaking in their current Science module.

   


Using a range of reusable materials, Year 4 created famous places and landmarks in Brazil such as the Christ the Redeemer and the National Congress building, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer.


As part of World Week, Year 4 participated in a Chinese music workshop. The children were first introduced to ancient musical instruments, brought all the way from China. Later on, they were given the opportunity to play these instruments in a hands-on learning experience.


On the 17th of October, Year 4 had their first workshop with Apollo Classical Music Projects.  They learned about string quartets and listened to pieces by Beethoven. They also had the opportunity to as the performers a variety of questions about their instruments and lives.


On Tuesday 26th September Hawthorn Class visited the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. This trip allowed the students to develop their knowledge on astronomy, beyond what they have already learned in their current science module. The class enjoyed looking at the different exhibition rooms, as well as attending the planetarium show ‘Universe on Your Doorstep’. This exhilarating, interactive show explored both the features of our own solar system, as well as objects outside of it.


Year 4 were gardeners this week! The children discussed different plants, sorted seeds and learnt how to make linen clothes from our home-grown flax.