A very warm welcome to you all. This year, Class 4 will be taught be Mrs Davies and Miss Wood. Our Classroom assistant is Mrs Stratton. We hope your children are settling in well and are enjoying our exciting topics.
On Tuesday Class 4 travelled to Malvern to take part in the ‘Lifepath 2016’ celebrations held at the Priory. We joined children from other local schools and tried various activities such as brass rubbing, making stained windows and learning about the life of the Monks who used to live in the Priory. We had a great day!
Barn Owls Class put their Egyptian learning to the test just before half term. Having learned all about the mummification process we had a go at making our own canopic jars - to store the organs of the dead! The jars and lids, with model heads of the four sons of Horus on top, look fantastic. Having considered Egyptian transport, we set about making Egyptian boats. Though traditionally made from reeds, we went and collected long grasses to make the base of our boats, following the Egyptian boat making method. Special thanks to Jackie Taylor (Martha’s mum) for researching and organising the boat building activity on the day. Following a traditional Egyptian bread recipe, we all had a go at making rolls, adding in a couple of ingredients of our own choice to give them a personal twist! The afternoon began with a display of individual or group Egyptian dances, choreographed by the children, based on the arm positions adopted in a variety of Egyptian wall art. All the children were fantastic. Finally, we got our bread out of the oven and enjoyed an Egyptian feast. According to several children in the class, “It was the best day ever!” Certainly a lot of fun was had by all! Thanks again to all the adult helpers for making it such a successful event and to the children for their never ending enthusiasm.
On Tuesday 23rd February we travelled to Techniquest, the Science Discovery Centre in Cardiff with its 160 Science experiments to look at and try. The day was a very exciting and ‘hands on’ learning experience for the children.
We also took the opportunity to go into the Theatre and watch ‘The Electricity Show’. We learnt about how electricity is produced and used. Lots of our children were chosen to take part in the show. George demonstrated how to light up a bulb using wave power, Emily and Alice become human wires in a circuit, Jack produced static electricity and Cairo raced Mrs Luce to roll cans using only the power of static electricity.
The weather outside may have been cold but the atmosphere in Barn Owl class on our Fabulous Fiesta Topic day was positively Mediterranean! Dressed in Spanish costumes we immersed ourselves in Spanish culture. Firstly, we made our own Spanish tiles. Then we practised our bandaging skills, using mod roc plaster bandages to make a 6 foot replica of ‘El Drac’ (the dragon), also referred to as the Gaudi lizard situated in the Parc Güell, Barcelona.
In the afternoon, we put on our dancing shoes and learnt the Pasa Doble. Strictly Come Dancing watch out, we have some serious Latin movers in year 4! Later we got out our vegetable peelers and prepared ingredients for a Spanish Tortilla and Patata Bravas (potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce).Whilst the food cooked, the Class 4 Senors and Senoritas enjoyed traditional Spanish party games. The day was rounded off with a fabulous Fiesta feast, where the children tasted a range of Spanish foods, including those we had prepared ourselves.
“I loved pretending to be a Matador during the Pasa Doble dancing!” (Ben)
“My favourite part was designing and painting my Spanish tile.” (Lucy I)
“It was all great, but the food was best of all. It was fantastic!” (Alice)
Class 4 Visit the largest Hindu Temple in Europe!
Yes, it’s true, Class 4 could have been in India instead of Dudley on Tuesday as they visited the Balaji Temple, the largest Hindu Temple complex in Europe. Visitors flock in their thousands to see this truly authentic South Indian style temple which is built from hand carved stone imported from Tamil Nadu. Our guide, helped us to understand the Hindu faith and allowed us to walk around several different shrines which were decorated with brightly coloured orange and white flowers, imported from India. The sights, sounds and smells left a lasting memory with the children. We then enjoyed a simple meal of Poppadums and special rice which was delicious, before returning to school.