Read them below, they are fantastic!
As part of our research on explorers from the past we created a giant timeline of events across the world. We discussed the reasons for each explorers journeys and all the important events in their lives that we could find out about. Using this research we then created our own non-chronological reports in English.
Read them below, they are fantastic!
The children explored the following question through drama:
Does everyone agree that exploration is a good thing?
They looked at exploration through the viewpoint of the Sponsors, the Sailors, the Explorers and the Native Populations in they lands they visited.
Asking for funding
Trading with the Native Populations
The children had a lot of fun but also discussed some really difficult concepts. They showed great social responsibility by talking about the feelings and motives of different groups of people and learnt to consider others points of view.
Do you think exploration was always a good thing?
Margaret Mee was an English botanist and explorer who recorded her travels through painting the flora and fauna that she saw along the way. Taking Mee as inspiration, we explored our own environment and sketched what we could find around the school.
The children then reflected on their initial ideas and chose which sketch they would like to focus on in more detail.
When the children were happy with their sketches, they learnt how to to paint with water colours.
A large proportion of our Explorers and Adventurers topic is studied through Geography. In the past few weeks, we have looked at maps and globes at a range of scales. We looked at the Mercator Map and discussed how it was used for navigation. We have also explored the globe like cartographers, tracking the coastlines and land masses using tracing paper and created our own maps of the world from our explorations. We found this challenging but were rewarded with some fantastic group pieces at the end!
We have also looked at the world from an international viewpoint, discussing the countries we have explored ourselves and making links with places we have been or know about.
Where would you like to explore?
Last week we started our new topic; 'Adventurers and Explorers'. Our Entry Point was to go on an adventure ourselves in the form of a treasure hunt. To succeed, we needed to be able to follow directional clues AND read a map carefully. We all had a lot of fun finding the buried treasure!
Before starting to learn about any topic, we always do a knowledge harvest to see what we already know. For this topic we used Padlet to combine our ideas as a class.
Now we are ready to start learning! What explorers would you like to learn about?
Each table group created a project based on The Grand Palace in Bangkok through the medium of a different subject area. One group looked at it through an Art lens. The others through Geography, History and Society. They were given the following image as a starting point.
Image taken from http://www.bangkok.com/attraction-palace/grand-palace.htm
The children worked incredibly hard and showed great Academic Success in their final projects.
Here they are presenting to the class.
Viewing and reading each others work.
This week we have continued our short topic 'Brainwave' with various activities set around how we learn.
In English, we started the week performing our poetry homework and giving each other constructive feedback. Also, we have learnt how to develop our vocabulary, from reading more and sharing stories to using thesauri and creating word spider diagrams.
In Maths, we've recapped our knowledge of Place Value, practiced our skills of ordering numbers and demonstrated our understanding through a variety of games and challenges.
In Topic, we looked at the different subjects we learn at school and how they can all fit together under one topic. As an example, we took the Grand Palace in Bangkok and each group found out about it through the view point of a different subject. The independent work created by each group is fantastic (see below).
Finally, we spent our computing lesson this week learning how to use our emails, how to access our homework and further setting ourselves up to succeed in the future.
It is going to be a great year!
This week we have learnt all learning. We decided on what good learning looks like then observed our classmates during a lesson to see if we could spot good examples. We then shared this with the rest of the class.
Afterwards, we created a poster in pairs to remind us during the year.
The winning poster demonstrated both academic success and effective communication!
What does good learning look like?
Year Four have kicked off their Brainwave topic in both English and Maths this morning. First in Maths the students worked together to explore everything they know about a particular number. The were asked to use all four operations, write the number in words and draw pictures. One group even got a star for their critical thinking skills.
In English we looked at the poem 'Try, Try Again,' by T.H. Palmer.
The poem is full of challenging words and the children used dictionaries to help them understand what the words mean.
Question: What does persevere mean? Can you use it in a sentence?