Year 4

 Autumn Term Enquiries

Why do we live here?

What is the difference between noise and sound?

Spring Term 2024 Knowledge Map

 

Childrens Activities and Work

Our End of Enquiry Challenge for our Enquiry ‘What happens to our food?’ was to make poo. We had to explain what happens to our food after it enters our mouth and explain the job of each organ in the digestive system. We had lots of fun too!

During our Outdoor Learning, we found out about an artist called Andy Goldsworthy. Andy makes sculptures with natural materials on sites in the UK and around the world. He has made them in forests, fields, cities, lakes and fields. They are known as land art. We discussed different natural materials we could use around the school to create some art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Once we had collected our items, we sorted them into groups. Then, we created our land art.

As part of our Enquiry ‘Why do we live here?’ we learn about what a settlement is and different types of settlements. We used our natural environment to create settlements ensuring we had shelter, water and warmth. We loved getting muddy!

Autumn is such an amazing time of year with lots of fabulous colours and shades of colour. We used paint charts to try and match colours around our Environmental Area.

After looking at a variety of instruments and discussing how the sounds were made, we noticed that lots of instruments have sound boxes to amplify the sound. We explored sound boxes using an empty plastic cup but wanted to know if the  sound would still be amplified if we filled the cup with different items. As part of our outdoor learning, we filled the cup with different items to test this. We found out that if the material was denser or heavier, the sound wasn’t amplified as much as lighter materials but an empty sound box was the best for amplifying sound.

Our end of Enquiry challenge was to make a musical instrument using recyclable materials. After learning how sounds are made, we had to design, make and evaluate a musical instrument that played different pitches. We worked in pairs to and made a variety of string and percussion instruments.

Our end of Enquiry challenge was to make a musical instrument using recyclable materials. After learning how sounds are made, we had to design, make and evaluate a musical instrument that played different pitches. We worked in pairs to and made a variety of string and percussion instruments.

We used illustrations from our English text, ‘Why?’ by Nikolai Popov and percussion instruments to tell the story. We had to consider the speed and volume at different points in the story.

 Year 4 Team

Teachers Teaching Assistants
Mrs B Bushell Mrs J Read
Mrs S Edmonds Mrs V Samler
Mrs C Walters