Clay Scarab Beetles

Why were Scarab Beetles so important in Ancient Egyptian Culture? This was the question that Year 4 were researching at the start of the year. We were tasked with presenting our findings on a digital display as well as creating scaled model. This week, Amber and Quartz classes designed and made beetles out of clay using a variety of techniques including moulding and joining using the score and slip technique. I’m sure you would agree the outcomes are fantastic!

Crazy professor causes havoc in Year 4!

Last week, Year 4 had a very intelligent if rather eccentric visitor to help with their science learning. With a toolkit consisting of crackers, bananas, orange juice and tights (yes tights) Professor Plop successfully demonstrated the journey that food takes through the digestive system.

 

The tights represented the small intestine and the professor showed how food passes through this, into the large intestine, allowing nutrients to be absorbed into the body. It was a little messy and disgusting. With that in mind, Professor Plop suggested the children have a go! The next day, all children got their hands dirty and were able to demonstrate how food enters the body and travels through each part of the digestive system.

 

The professor says he would like to come back soon although some of the children are a little unsure!

Year 4 – We are Engineers!

This week, year 4 have been making shadufs. Children planned, prepared materials and assembled all components to make these hand-operated water lifting devices used by the Ancient Egyptians. The children especially enjoyed using a hack saw to cut their own wood! Although faced with some challenges during the build, the children were able to persevere and create working models. After some careful reflection, children talked about what they thought went well and what they could change next time in order to enhance the quality of their builds.

Year 4 Team

Archeologist visit!

This week, year 4 had a visit from a real-life archaeologist. Children were fascinated as she talked about her experiences in this role. Armed with a wide range of prepared questions, children took notes and quizzed our visitor about all aspects of archaeology. Children found out about what happens on a ‘dig’, how sites are chosen, what tools are used and how artefacts are studied to find out more about the past. It was an incredibly interesting afternoon which left many children, quite literally, wanting to become archaeologists!

 

Year 4 Week of Inspirational Maths

Year 4 kicked off the start of the academic year with a week of inspirational maths! We discussed important aspects of having a ‘Growth Mindset’ such as the importance of struggle, how our brains can grow over time and how taking maths slowly can be beneficial. This was followed by fun activities that tested many of our problem solving skills!

Year 4 Residential- Tuesday 21st May

Another busy day for us at Pioneer today! We started day with a hearty breakfast and we had an adrenaline-filled day completing activities such as rafting, high ropes, abseiling, archery and caving. This evening, we had great fun at a camp fire playing fun games. Even the teachers joined in with dancing and chants!  

Year 4 travel back to Ancient Egypt!

Wow! What a fantastic day Year 4 have had! The day started with the children arriving dressed in Egyptian attire. They looked fantastic! We then looked at all the incredible crafty projects they had made during the Easter break- colossal pyramids, terrifying mummies and intricately decorated sarcophaguses, detailed fact files, artistic hieroglyphics and some delicious edible …

Dragon Art

Throughout the spring term, we have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxons. Mythology tells us the Anglo-Saxons believed a white dragon represented their army and a red dragon represented the English. The dragons went to war and the white dragon prevailed, representing the Anglo-Saxons defeating the English.

As part of our art sessions, we have used a range of mediums to create dragons’ eyes. We are amazed by the children’s artwork!