Year 4 Blog 2018 - 19

Welcome to our Year 4 2018 - 2019 Blog!
Don't forget to have a look at the Hilltop 2019 tab!
Summer 2019
We have had a super summer term. One of the highlights has been our visit from the Raptor Foundation. We were visited by four Owls and one Harris Hawk.
Did you know that you can tell what time of day an owl hunts at by its eye colour?
Yellow eyes - day time
Orange eyes - dawn and dusk
Brown eyes - night time
Barn owls can hear the heartbeat of a mouse from 25 metres away!
A Hawk can read the headline of a newspaper from across three football fields!
Tawny owls are the only type of owl that makes the classic "Twit Twoo" sound and it is actually made by two owls. Females call "Twit" and males reply "Twoo".
A big thank you from all the children and staff to the Friends of Ely St John's for supporting us with this visit.
Greek dancing in PE!
As part of our new topic, Ancient Greece, we tried out some traditional Greek dancing.
We danced to Zorba the Greek and particularly enjoyed how the tempo increased as the music progressed!
Spring 2019
While some of the children from Year 4 have been to Hilltop (see the Hilltop 2019 tab for some photos), those who stayed behind have been having lots of fun too.
Wednesday was "Choose Your Own Teacher" Day! Children chose to spend time with Foundation, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6 classes. The children said it was "Great fun!" and we've already had requests from teachers and pupils for them to go back and help out again another day.
Thursday was a day of lots of adventures. We did started the day with some ICT, tried our hand at a bit of speed stacking, had penalty shoot outs and played Man Hunt. We then all warmed up by toasting marshmallows and bread over the fire pit. All the children whittled their own sticks for toasting marshmallows. We learnt about fire safety, changes of state and the importance of staying down-wind from the smoke! And if that wasn't enough we finished off our day with an in school cinema experience with popcorn!
Friday was a very tiring day! We designed our "Ultimate Park" - it had a zip line, wave slide, bucket swings and even a hot tub. We then spent the rest of the day on a park tour of Ely. We visited 4 parks. Without a doubt the Year 4 Park of the Year Award goes to..... Pocket Park! We gave it a top score of 10 out of 10 and some of the best bits include the pirate ship, the rotating sea-saw and the zip line. It is also the perfect location for hide and seek man hunt because it has so many good places to hide. So if you are looking for something fun to do over the Easter holidays then we highly recommend Pocket Park!
Spring 2019
In RE we have been learning about the Easter Story. Mrs Relton came in to talk to us about all the different parts of the Easter Story. We tried bread and wine (grape juice!) and talked about what Easter means to us and different traditions and celebrations in our families.
Autumn 2018
In Science we have been learning about states of matter - solids, liquids and gases.
We had fun making cornstarch mud and investigating how it has both the properties of a solid and a liquid.
If you want to make it at home we used:
1 cup of cornflour
1.5 cups of water
It was really fun and also really messy!