Ms Pina is the teacher in 4 Bach and Mrs Bellfield is the teaching assistant.
Autumn Half Term 2
This has been an exciting half term for 4 Bach!
In English, we have now finished our class novel, Street Child. We learnt not only that Jim Jarvis was a real boy, but also how Dr. Barnados founded a Ragged School where all children could get a free basic education.
As for our Real Life maths lessons, the fun never stops! We have been applying our knowledge of place value and everything we have learnt so far about the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) to solve Christmas mysteries.
We continued with our history topic on the Victorians where we compared schooling then and now. We were shocked to learn of the punishments children received for mistakes in their work or making the wrong choices. We also discovered that lessons back then were nowhere near as exciting as they are today! We are sad to be bringing this topic to a close but look forward to finding out what next term has in store for us.
There are many talented artists in 4 Bach and, once again, we have added some wonderful work to our sketch books. Our watercolour flowers and landscapes, inspired by Georgia O’ Keefe, were particularly impressive!
In science, we were amazed to find out that we could hear each other through our paper cup telephones! We made these by connecting two plastic cups with a long piece of string. One person spoke into the cup while the other listened carefully. The sound vibrations travelled along the tightly pulled string, allowing us to hear the message. We soon realised that this didn’t work quite as well if the string was loose or knotted.
Autumn Half Term 1
This half term, 4 Bach have had lot fun learning!
This half term in Maths, we have covered our Place Value topic and represented numbers in a variety of ways. In our Real Life Maths lessons, we have deepened our knowledge of place value in context by recreating a Victorian factory. We also used our Roman numerals by travelling back in times to help the children with their class work, in a fortified camp in Londinium (Roman London).
Our history lessons have taught us just how grateful we should be for not being Victorians! We have researched some of the nasty jobs poor Victorian children were forced to do, including rat-catching and chimney sweeping. We will learn all about Victorian schools, toys and families the next half term.
Science lessons have been very hands-on and we have had so much fun building circuits with light bulbs, buzzers, motors and switches. In addition to this, we chose a range of materials and tested to see if they were electrical conductors or insulators.
In art, we have explored collage looking at a range of artists and using their work as starting points for our own. We loved creating a mosaic based in The Dance by Matisse and particularly enjoyed looking at distorted portraits by Francis Bacon. Later, we created our own collage by cutting out our facial features and rearranging them in unusual ways.
And last but not least, in Computing, we have been coding to create our own educational game, to practise our timetables, using Scratch. We are so good at it!