Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Brilliant Brain Session

The Brilliant Brain Session

Spencer said "I thought it was well organised and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the human Brain and how different parts work."

David said "I thought that the brilliant brain activity was an energizing way to learn about the human brain and how sleep can affect brain development, performance and intelligence." 

The More Able Students suggested that if this session was to be repeated then things that could be included are: history, learning strategies, and other various subjects. Daniel said that "I very much enjoyed the crosswords and optical illusions."

During the session we learnt whether we were: self smart, people smart, nature smart, music smart, number smart and word smart.

Every body greatly enjoyed it and thought that they learnt a great deal of information from it.

Written by David and Spencer


Outdoor Maths - who needs fancy resources??

In Maths this week, year 3 and 4 have been learning how to decompose subtraction questions using the column method.

We started by using Dene blocks to help us understand how to exchange one ten block for ten one blocks and then applied our learning to objects in nature outside.

Some of us used pebbles as having a value of ten and gravel as having a value of one, while others used twigs or even flowers to count as a value of ten!

We had lots of fun creating and answering subtraction questions using resources from nature.

Take a look at some of our ideas:

Time Travelling in the Tardis!

Last week, Rowan were astonished when suddenly Doctor Who's tardis appeared in their classroom!

At first, we were not sure what is was - then when Kye bravely entered it and got transported to the Tudor times, we knew it was a time machine!!

In our history this term, we have trying to work on our ability to place historical events in chronological order.  We have built time lines and researched when important things happened, but we needed to try and understand how they related to each other. 

This became great fun when we were to do this by time travelling!

'I went back to the Roman times. I was in Italy and it was very hot. The Romans were busy building roads.' - Thelma.

'I went back to the Tudor times and brought back a tablet that the school children used to write on instead of paper.  I met King Henry and had to do some jobs for him.' - Kye (luckily Kye did return from the Tudors intact, complete with original head!)

'I went back to the Victorians and had to go to school there. They were really strict and I got told off twoce for talking! I do not want to go back there!' - Molly

Tennis Tournament!

On Monday, four members of years 3 and 4 took part in a Tennis Tournament at Cranston Park tennis Club. 

They had a great afternoon and really took the opportunity to show off their skills.  They managed to come joint 5th against some very talented competitors, so we are all really proud of their efforts!

Well done to Jack, Holly, Michael and Kieran!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Rowan at the London Transport Museum

On Tuesday, Year 3/4 had an exciting trip to the London  Transport Museum.  We decided what better way to travel there than by public transport so that we can experience first hand what it is like to travel on different forms of transport!

We were really lucky in that we were able to travel back in time to the Victorian times, where we dressed up as different Victorian people and try out the vehicles they would have travelled in.  Then we got to play on all the vehicles in the museum, including buses, trams and trains. there was even a train simulator where we got to see what it is like to be an underground driver!

We all had a fantastic time and it really made our topic of transport this term come to life!

Here are some pictures from the day:

'It was tiring on the way there but when we got there it was really fun. My favourite part was when we had free time to play in the vehicles' - Maria

'It was magnificent! My favourite part was going in the workshop and dressing up!' - Sian

'I thought it was brilliant because we got to see lots of types of transport and got to go inside them' - Matthew

'I think I would give it a 5 star rating because it was fun and you can drive a bus! It feels like you are actually driving the bus! -Jaseem

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Luis' Amazing Project!

Luis has spent this half term researching the human body for his project!

He has been busy researching and collecting lots of brilliant facts, creating diagrams and putting together a beautiful booklet to keep all his work together.

"I think my most interesting fact is that humans blink about 20,000 times a day!!" - Luis.