Year 4 - Houses of Parliament Class

Summer Term

Sustainable City of the Future

Year 4 have been planning and building a sustainable city for the future.

 

 

Look at some of our sustainable features.

 

 

 

Educational App

We have been using a new educational app to help us with out learning. It’s a tablet task and we love it! We have been practicing our Maths and English skills on it.

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Living

We have been learning about different sources of renewable energy.

We got to test out solar panels and examine how exactly they work.

 

 

 

City Planning

Houses of Parliament are very excited to be planning a sustainable city of the future.

 

 

 

Exploring the Thames, Greenwich

As part of our Topic, we got the opportunity to go to Greenwich and explore the River Thames.


We were guided by our lovely guide, Neill. He told us everything we needed to know and challenged our thinking.

The first half of our day, we had a workshop indoors. We explored and compared maps of the local area. We discussed how the area had changed over time and the reasons why.

We sorted materials under different catagories and identified what period of time each material may have come from.

Then for a spot of Lunch!

The second half of our day was spent on the foreshore.



We tested the water for pollution and guess what, it’s pretty clean!

 

Measuring in Year 4

We have been learning all about measuring this half term. Look at what we’ve been up to.

We measured the length of KS2 coridoor with metre sticks and a measuring tape.

We worked in teams!

Miss Murphy timed us  and then the winning team was the team who got the closest measure to what Miss Murphy had measured with another group.

We then converted metres to cm.

We measured each other

We measured different lengths of things in our classroom using whatever equipment we thought would suit best.

We then we worked in pairs to apply our knowledge and solve some tricky problems.

 

 


Spring Term

Museum of London, Docklands

Houses of Parliament have visited the Museum of London,Docklands as part of our topic learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houses of Parliament

 

 

Merry Christmas from all the children and adults in Houses of Parliament class.

 

Autumn Term

Houses of Parliament Courtroom

To begin our Autumn 2 History learning , we researched the Early Law Makers who were ‘The Anglo Saxons’.

We learnt shocking facts about how laws back in those times were made and what punishments were given.

So we decided to have our very own Anglo Saxon Court Room.

First on the Stand: Miss Karen

She didn’t stand a chance , with no money she could not afford to pay for her crime, so unfortunately Miss Karen had to loose her nose!

Next: Lord Luis

What could he have done?

Murdered a slave!

No big deal , he had enough money and oath witnesses to bail him out.

You're Free to go Lord Luis

After our court hearing , we looked at the differences and similarities of Laws back in Anglo-Saxon times and Laws now.

Many laws are still the same today; however our punishments are VERY different!

 

The Houses of Parliament

To finish off our topic learning about “The Law”, we got to visit The Houses of Parliament.


Firstly, we were lead into the Great Hall where we were briefed about the emergence of Parliament and got to show off our knowledge about what we had already learnt in class.

After, we were brought on a guided tour of the building.


We got to see a real live debate in the House of Commons , where we sat in the galleries as spectators, listening to the government and opposition discuss political problems.

Then we had an amazing workshop where we first had a quiz.

Then we got to disucss and debate our own ideas that we believe would benefit the UK and should be made Law.

We even had our very own speaker ‘Ibrahim’ keeping order.

We discussed and debated.


We gave ideas and opinions.

And everybody vote now!

We had such a busy day , we needed a rest before getting the tube back to school.


 

Electricity

To begin our learning about Electricity we…….

We brainstormed why electricity is so important and what we might do if we had to survive without electricity.

 

Making Circuits

We have been exploring circuits and how they work.

We have made simple circuits…and some not so simple circuits.

We have changed the different electrical elements to see what affect they will have on the circuit.

We added batteries, bulbs and motors to see what would happen.

Can you create a game that does not require electricity?

Exploring our wet play games!



Identifying what makes a good game and what components are needed.



Brainstorming our ideas!

Making!

Playing and Evaluating. Does this actually work? How can we make this better?

 

African Drumming Parent Workshop

We were delighted to have some of our parents in to join in our African workshop. Miss Bex, our African drumming teacher lead the session where children got to show off their musical skills and help parents put a solo together to share with the rest of the class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Bullying Week in our class

We had lots of discussions about what bullying actually is. We sorted and classified the different types of bullying. We looked at case studies for people who have been bullied and identified the effect bullying had on them. And then, we set up our very own Anti-bullying helpline where we go to advise people who have been bullied and give them advise.

Sorting

Catagorising

Advising on our very own
Bully-free helpline.

 

Dance Mats

Nothing like a dance morning workout to wake us up!

 

 

 

Investigation time!

What is the affect of sugar and acid on our teeth?

 

 

 

Roman Weapons

To complete our learning in Topic , we designed and made our very own Roman shields.
We explored shields from roman times and noticed that there were symmetrical patterns on them all. So as part of our success criteria , we needed to ensure our own shields also had symmetrical patterns.

Making sure our patterns were symmetrical  was a tricky task!

 

 

But we got there in the end.

Meet Legionaire Angel!
You definitely wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of him.

Let’s put these to the test:
The famous Tortoise formation  that the romans used in battle!

We are a force to be rekoned with!

 

The Romans

Houses of Parliament Class have been busy learning all about ‘The Romans’ this half term. We started our topic off by being invaded by year 6, this gave us some understanding of how the ‘Celts’ may have felt when The Romans invaded Britain in 43AD , and how many people today ,whose homes and villages have been invaded or those who are forced to leave their country, may be feeling .

Roman Timeline:

Next , we had to identify what major roman events happened during history.

First,we needed to know how to sequence numbers! Easy for us lot, as we are experts doing that in maths at the moment.

Next, we got to put roman dates in order from the beginning to the most recent. This allowed us to find out about important historical roman events and when they happened. Then, we each had to take a part to present and explain our timeline to the class.

Best teamwork

Winners!

Close second!

We love a bit of healthy competition in Houses of Parliament!

As part of our Learning , we visited the Roman Galleries at ‘The Museum of London’.

We had so much fun finding clues to answer questions we had.

And of course we couldn’t leave without visiting the shop!

 

Science

In scienc this half term we are learning all about ‘The Digestive System’.

First, we had to eat some chocolate and predict what we thought might happen to it and where it might go.

 

 

We identifited the digestive organs and then followed the journey that we thought the chocolate might take. After this, we experimented to see exactly what happens to that tasty malteeser!

Investigation Time!

 

 

 

We learnt how food is broken into its tiny pieces in order to travel through our body and give us energy.We learnt about how different organs produce special juices to break down the food further and help it get absorbed into our blood.Then,the waste leaves the body at the end of its journey.

However…

Miss Murphy wasn’t sure we really knew our stuff on this, so we had to prove it! We were given the task of designing and making our own digestive model to help the younger ones understand what happens our food.

Planning and designing

Making

Making and Evaluating

Explaining

At the end, we evaluated our design and presented it to our class.

 

 

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