Year 4 Butser Farm 2019
On Friday, we went on a school trip to Butser Farm. We had a little talk about Anglo Saxon resources in the Longhouse (Which was the place where we had lunch), but that was just an introduction to our journey through the Anglo-Saxon times.
Firstly, we had a weaving session. We had to collaborate with each other to weave the Hazel branches in and out of the Oak logs. Although it was difficult, it didn’t stop us from finishing the task! After around 10 minutes, we had weaved every Hazel branch through the Oak. We learnt why the Anglo-Saxons had to weave fences to keep their cattle in.
The final activity was chalk carving. Our instructor gave us a small talk through what we were doing. It was like a systematic guide. We first had to smudge Doc leaves against the chalk, which made a green mossy texture to the chalk. Then, we had to grab an edge of flint from the centre of the circle that we were sitting in. We used the flint to carve our initials on to one side of the chalk, and on another side, an Anglo Saxon letter. The letters looked very different to the ones that every single one of us knew. Nobody had even heard of them. No one was familiar. Anyway, everyone had good fun, and that was all that mattered.
As everyone headed back to the coach, we waved goodbye Butser Farm. Most of us had great fun. For a lot of us, it was our favourite school trip.
by Kris and Emelie (ES)
When we got off the coach at Butser farm, the leader who worked there told us all the safety rules. Then, we walked over to an Anglo-Saxon hut where we sat around a steaming, red-hot fire. We talked about Anglo-Saxon life and how it is different to life today. We also felt artefacts that Anglo-Saxons used in their everyday life.
After that, we went outside to go and do some wattling. It was very hard because you had to weave the hazel branches and then push them down. It took a long time but we did it. The next activity was being archaeologists. We had to dig to find ancient artefacts from different times. We found bones, pottery and metal items.
After lunch, we used flint to carve ancient letters into chalk. First, we stained the chalk green using a leaf. This was so we could see our letters that we carved into the chalk. Next, we did some Anglo-Saxon spinning with sheep’s wool and a wooden spinner. This is what they would have done to make clothes.
By Jessica, Dylan, Immy W and Sam (BW)
To start off the Autumn term, Year 3 have become immersed in the world of the Stone Age. We have been learning about hunter-gatherers in the Mesolithic era, who moved around and followed their food, and we have also been learning about the people who settled during the Neolithic era to become the first farmers. The people of the Stone-Age have left us with a legacy of the some of the world’s first known art, especially cave paintings. We experimented by crushing chalk and blending it with water to create a paste. We then used our hands to create paintings similar to that of those in the Argentinian caves of Cueva de las Manos. After this we went onto consider what a modern day cave-artist might depict in art and drew outside on the pavement using chalk.
In Year 4, we have been learning about the Anglo Saxons. In our art lessons, we are exploring how the Anglo Saxons used clay to make objects like pots and plates. We used natural objects such as fir cones, sticks and leaves to create patterns on to our clay before painting and glazing them.
Charlotte said ‘We were interested in how the pots were made and the colours they used.’
‘It was fun to do but the shaping was a bit hard’ said Nicholas
Caitlin said, ‘Using clay was good because we could make plates out of small amounts of clay.’
Science: In science, we are exploring matters of state. Our question this week was ‘when is a liquid so thick that it is no longer a liquid’? We used flour and water to test our ideas. We found that the more flour we mixed in to the water, the more like a solid our mixture became. It was very sticky!
Jagoda said, ‘It was really thick when you added lots of flour.’
‘When you added water, it would go really sloppy.’ said Immy
Latham said ‘The more flour we added, the slower it would pour in to the other container.’
ICT: We used Probots to think about algorithms in ICT. Using whiteboard pen, we created mazes to challenge our sequential programming skills. We found it quite tricky to begin with but with practise and some debugging most of us made it through the mazes.
Freddy said, ‘You need to make sure that you put the right pattern in. We struggled a bit with our Probot.’
‘If you had tables of different heights it would be hard for it to go up and down’, said Leanne
Hannah said, ‘We enjoyed drawing on the tables with whiteboard pen and using the maze for our Probots.’
In Year 3 we explored traditional fairy tales and thought about how we could ‘twist’ them to make them more exciting and entertaining. We focussed on Little Red Riding Hood. We made changes to the main character and used different settings. Before half term, we shared our twisted tales with Year 1 and some children also showed them in our phase assembly. The children really enjoyed sharing their writing with the younger children.
Year 4 pizza making
On a beautiful sunny day last week, Year 4 made delicious pizza from scratch and enjoyed their hard work with a pizza picnic on the field. Our cooking experience has linked to learning opportunities across various subjects. In Geography this term, we have been learning about Naples and comparing the city with Winchester. In Science, we have been learning about healthy eating and in Maths we have been calculating using money to cost our ingredients. The children have also written wonderful recipes, in their English lessons, so that they can share their pizza creations with others. Well done Year 4.
Learning about the digestive system in Science
As part of our topic about the human body, we went outside to conduct a very messy experiment where we recreated our digestive system! We explored through a very hands on investigation how a meal (biscuits, banana and water) travels through the different stages of our digestive system. We recreated the effects of chewing our food through lots of crunching; our stomach acid with acidic orange juice, and our large intestine using tights. Great fun and memorable learning.
Hughie said, “I liked the grossness and the fun of learning about the digestive system!”
To fit with our topic of Stone Age to Iron Age, we have been learning about Aboriginal Art. The focus of our art work has been the natural world, particularly animals which would be found in Australia. We have used the ends of pencils to make dots of paint which work together to make our pictures.
Layla said, “Painting Aboriginal art was great fun because we could use our imagination to paint in a different style”
Nicolas said, “It inspired us to make art projects about animals and other creatures.”
“When you are doing Aboriginal art it takes time and effort but it is worth it,” said Eleanor
“I like it because it is calm and relaxing,” Ava
Isla said, “It looks better if you see it from a distance because the picture is clearer. Up close you can see the dots and the gaps in between.”
As part of our English unit on Stig of the Dump, Year 4 were set a homework project to build Stig’s cave. When we had finished them, we shared what we had done with small groups in our classes.
Emma said, “I enjoyed the project because it was really fun being creative about how to make Stig’s cave!”
“I enjoyed it because I got to build it in Minecraft and use TnT to make the hole”, said Albert
Ava said, “I thought it was fun because we don’t usually get homework where we have to make something.”
“It was a really nice opportunity for everyone to free their imagination and build what they wanted in the cave. We could use the materials we wanted to”, said Natalia
Noah said, “I enjoyed using the clay to make Stig’s cave.”
Our topics in RE this year have been Creation, Prayers, Saints and Feasts, Advent, Christmastide, Revelation, Lent, Easter and Pentecost.
Our ongoing focus in RE this year has been to explain how Christians respond to the word of God and make links to our own experiences. Children are becoming more confident in discussing similarities and differences between some of Jesus’ miracles. For example, in our Lent unit we thought about the stories of the Widow of Nain and the Paralysed Man, and why these stories are relevant for us today.
We have discussed the importance of Easter and why it is so important for Christians. We made links between the resurrection stories and the risen Jesus at mass. We explored the symbols of Easter and then created Easter gardens, incorporating these symbols. The children reflected on why Easter is important to them.
In English this term we have created some persuasive writing based around the book Stone Age Boy. We have tried to persuade the main character to leave the Stone Age and come to live in our times. The children tried to persuade her by using examples of modern technology, food and lifestyle.
Leanne said “I liked how the author mixed up fact and fiction”.
Julia said, “I don’t really want to go to the Stone Age – everything would frighten me!.
Previous to this, we wrote Twisted Fairy Tales which we shared in Phase Assembly and with the Y1 children. Children thought carefully about their vocabulary and sentence structure when planning and writing their own Fairy Tale book.
Year 3 are enjoying learning about measurement and mass and relating this to everyday situations. We have succeeded in learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables and using the related division facts. This has helped in our understanding of fractions and how to calculate fractions of amounts. Our arithmetic skills have developed this year and we can now add and subtract three digit numbers using formal written methods.
Freddy said, “When I go to the supermarket I know how to weigh things now”
Y3 have been enthusiastic scientists this year. We explored the functions of our skeleton and how animal and human skeletons differ. We investigated the length of our forearms and feet and found that they are the same!
Our trip to Testwood Lakes fuelled their interest in rocks, soils and fossils, with many children bringing in examples from home.
Yana said, “I really liked finding fossils on our school trip to Testwood Lakes. You can learn a lot from fossils”.
We have recently studied how plants grow and have experimented with the conditions required to allow plants to grow. Children grew their own bean and recorded its growth over a number of weeks.
Our topic in History this term is the Stone Age. The children have been fascinated by making comparisons with life during the Stone Age and now. We have researched the ancient settlement of Skara Brae and discussed what we can learn from archaeological remains.
We explored the contrasting localities of Winchester and Naples. We compared the physical geography of both and thought about how visitors would enjoy aspects of both locations.
Ellen – “I liked finding out about how people live in Naples, and that it is world-famous for its pizza”
We learnt that Mt Vesuvius is near Naples and the children were excited to learn how volcanoes are formed. Our study of volcanoes linked to our English unit ‘Escape from Pompeii’, in which we wrote a descriptive narrative about the eruption of Mt Vesuvius.