Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Year 4 Learning Challenge (Spring 2) Who helps us more: engineers or scientists?

Why do we have a Learning Challenge?

  • Foster love of learning - We believe that it is a vital way to foster a sense of inquiry in our children, to develop a curiosity about the world and to take pleasure in learning something new.
  • Cultural entitlement We believe that the our Broadford pupils are entitled to a wide range of cultural opportunities.
  • Parental support We believe that it is important for us to provide guidance for parents on how the children's learning can be extended at home.
  • Celebration We believe that we should be celebrating the work and projects that children choose to do in their own time.
  • Challenge - We believe that we should offer enrichment that provides challenge for all learners (basic, advanced and deep understanding)
How does it work?
  • Half termly - there is a new challenge each half term focusing on either an aspect of the curriculum being taught or an enquiry question e.g. 'Who is the greatest woman of all time?'
  • Slow learning - because we always have high expectations for their work, it is anticipated that the children will take six weeks to complete the activities.
  • Pupil choice - children can choose how they present their learning challenge outcomes to their teacher or class.

What do they have to do? 

Learn it off by heart
Find out 10 facts about the painting/artist
Draw a portrait of the person
Listen to a piece of music
Find another poem by the poet
Produce a collage of other paintings by the artist
Produce a timeline of their life
Identify the instruments.
Create a performance as part of a pair/group
Draw a picture in similar style
Produce a poster to advertise their achievements
Research the life of the composer.
Write a short biography about the poet
Transform the medium of the painting: use collage instead of painting
Write a letter asking them about their life
Attempt to recreate the piece of music
Write your own poem inspired by the topic
Use the image as a stimulus for 100WC
Explain how the world would be without this person
A mind map of different emotions you feel at various points in the piece
Compare and contrast two poems by the poet
Describe what the painting: what it represents, how it makes you feel, what it is based on
Give five reasons for and against why they should be in ‘The Hall of Fame’
Produce a piece of art/collage based on how the music makes you feel.

Significant Scientist 
Marie Curie 

Vesuvius by Andy Warhol

Earth - Micheal Jackson 


Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion by Celia Berrell
Newton was a clever man.
An avid scientific fan.
He questioned many things he saw.
Like ones we had no answers for.

He thought them through right to their cores.
Then gave us many handy laws.

Newton’s First Law Of Motion:
Without a force of push or pull
an object will remain quite still.
With just one push at just one time
that object moves in one straight line.

Newton’s Second Law Of Motion:
A bigger Force accelerates
an object that is heavy-weight.
While objects of a smaller mass
don’t need much Force to move them fast.

So Newton noticed they obey
that Force will equal m times a.

Newton’s Third Law Of Motion:
Now bend a stick. Before it cracks
you’ll feel its force of pushing back.
For every action there will be
an equal one – opposingly.

Without his formulas in place
we’d soon get lost in outer space.
So Isaac’s Laws help us traverse
the reaches of our universe.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

From Stuff to Stunning! Year 3 and 4 Enrichment Day

Today children from Years 3 and 4 have had the opportunity to take part in a day of drama. Using a variety of items as stimuli they have been creating wonderful pieces of drama.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Year 4 are on route!

The children of Birch and Willow have successfully made their way to the train station and we are currently on route to the Tate Modern. They are all very excited! 

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Birch Scientists

Last week the children of year 4 met a real life Scientist. The Scientist helped the children of Birch and Willow further their understanding of sound. The children throughly enjoyed the experience and were even given a special certificate for all of their efforts during the session. Excellent work year 4!

Actors for the day!

The children of year 4 are currently experiencing what is like to be an actor for the day with Jill and Bill. So far the children have taken part in a variety of activities to build upon their acting skills and are now in the process of creating a new idea for a play!