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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.