Year 4 – Chinese New Year

As the children have been learning all about China and this Saturday being Chinese New Year we have enjoyed a small festivity this afternoon and had an artistic style Chinese New Year celebration.

The children have been reading about the origins of the Chinese New Year where the 12 animals of the zodiac had a race to see who would lead which years. We then looked at the celebration for the end of the Year of the Rabbit and welcomed in the Year of the Dragon.

To celebrate the children then created their own Chinese dragons as well as creating a zodiac wheel (we found out some of us are the Year of the Horse and some are the Year of the Ram.

We then created our own good luck charms using our calligraphy skills to create the word ‘luck’ in Chinese.

To finish off we had our usual Friday Celebration and finished with a fortune cookie.

Year 4 Art -Terracotta Army

Year 4 continued into their journey into the past of ancient China by exploring the tomb of the first Emperor of China and his Terracotta Army. After exploring the 8000 soldiers and near 1000 horses and chariots the children then spent some time making their own terracotta soldiers.

We began by practicing the art of manipulating clay to make smaller designs and intricate makings on a smaller piece before creating our soldier.

Once we had practice using different tools and techniques to model and manipulate the clay the children were then given a larger piece of clay which they would use to begin moulding into their terracotta soldier.

Once the children had created and added details to their soldiers they were then ready to be left to dry and become the Year 4 Terracotta Army.

Year 4 – World Religions – Passover Meal

The children have been learning about the festival of Passover which the Jewish community celebrate each year. They sit down and eat from the Seder plate which represents the story of Exodus and the 10 plagues of Egypt.

Each of the food represents different parts of the story of Exodus:
Egg – New birth and new start for the Hebrews future.
Charoset – The bricks and mortar which the Hebrews had to build for Pharaoh.
Bitter Herbs – Represent the tears of the slaves.
Lamb Shank Bone – The blood put above the doors to save the first born.
Horseradish – The suffering and the pain of the Hebrews.
Unleavened bread – The bread cooked under the heat of the sun as the Jews escaped Egypt.

The children were given their own Seder plate to try the different foods in our own Passover festival.

Year 4 Art – Neolithic Dragons

Last week Year 4 studied and examined the 7 different styles of art of the Shang Dynasty.

This week the children examined the techniques of Neolithic art. During the time of the Shang the artisans would have used clay and other stone based materials to construct their pieces. However, our class made their designs using salt dough which they were able to mood and manipulate into their chosen shapes. The children were asked which animals held a special place to the Shang and still to this day in modern China and they were able to discuss and examine the noble and mystical dragon. Combining the two the children then began to create their Neolithic Salt dough dragons.

KS2 go to the panto

The children in Key Stage 2 went to the Buxton Opera House to see their production of Cinderella.

They all had a laugh they all joined in and had an amazing time… Oh yes they did.

Thank you to the staff who took the children and to Mrs Isherwood for arranging such an amazing Christmas treat.

Marlfields Dodge the Ball

This evening some members of year 5 and year 6 went to compete in a dodgeball competition at CHS. All I can say wow what a team. The children played as such a wonderful team ducking, diving and dodging. After playing five games and only loosing one, we won third place. Miss Trussler and Mr Price were incredibly impressed with their teamwork and sportsmanship, well done team Marlfields.

Year 4 Design Technology – Bread

On Monday the children in Year 4 had a Design and Technology day where after looking at what bread is, where it comes, what kinds there are and tasting different samples of bread it was time to make our own bread.

The children were given bread flour and a small amount of water which they had to form into a dough. From here they had to let it prove, add any extra ingredients and then shape our dough.

It was then off to the kitchen for cooking by our amazing school chef, to whom we say a huge thank you.

After a short while our bread was cooked and ready to taste and evaluate. All of the children enjoyed their bread and many of the children have asked where they can get their own bread mix to experiment at home further.

Year 4 World Religions – Communities

Over the past few weeks the children in Year 4 have been looking at the understanding of community and how we are all part of separate communities. We then looked at religious communities and what it means to be part of these particular communities.

This week we were lucky enough to have two volunteers explain to us all about the Islamic community and what it means to them to be Muslim, what they do within their community and how to show that they are part of their community. The children and myself learnt so much about the Islamic faith and were even introduced to some religious items.

Year 4 wish to say a big thank you to our two volunteers and their amazing knowledge of their religion, sharing with us and teaching us all about their community.

Remembrance at Marlfields

Today the children at Marlfields met for a very special reason, our Remembrance Assembly.
Year 6 led our assembly by introducing us to why we use the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year and why the poppy is a national symbol of Remembrance. After teaching us facts which we never knew, showed us amazing poems which they created as well as their stunning art work we then paid our respect with our two minutes of silence to remember and respect those who gave their lives for future generations.

Year 6 then led the children through the school to our memorial in the front entrance where everyone lay their poppies created in the class.

Remembrance is a special time for all and the respect that the children have shown has been incredible during this special time.
Thank you Marlfields.

Year 4 Science – Solids and Liquids

Today Year 4 have started their new topic of ‘States of Matter’.
We began by asking ourselves how can organise different items.

The children were given a tray with a variety of different objects including: flour, salt, oil, food colouring, playdough, etc. The children then had a number of discussions about how they could organise their objects. Some groups decided to sort them by colour, some by the thickness of the items, some by if the items were edible or not. After further discussions about the different objects the children then decided that they could be categorised by solids and liquids.

The children then debated which of the items they were given were in which state, solid or liquid. The end of our lesson the children then formed themselves into solid particles, showing how they can keep their shape and into liquid particles which have the ability to move and take the shape of their container.

Marlfields Celebrates Black History Month

The month of October brings in not only the earlier nights and the colder weather but the celebrations of Black History where we remember everyone who has fought for the rights of the people.

This years theme has been all about ‘Saluting our Sisters’ and each class have studied a famous woman from Black History, looking at their lives, what made them famous and the impact they have had upon the world.

Foundation Stage have been looking at the story of Jo Jo and Gran Gran.
Year 1 studied Dr Mae Jemison.
Year 2 read into the life of Claudia Jones.
Year 3 recorded the ambition of Eniola Aluko.
Year 4 were transported by the refusal of Rosa Parks.
Year 5 followed the work of Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Year 6 were moved Floella Benjamin.

Year 4 – Art

This week our work on the talents and paintings of J.M.W. Turner came to a close.
The children were given a copy of Campo Vaccino (1839) to extend and add detail to using the styles and techniques used by the painter himself. The children used the blending of tones, shades and water colours, the use of perspective and their knowledge of landscape to produce their extensions of the original image.

Year 4 History – Boudica’s Revolt

This week we have looked at who Boudica was and how influential she was to stopping the Romans from fully invading Britain. Where she came from, how she was involved with the Roman forces and how she was betrayed by the promises the Romans failed to keep.
The children have been writing about the different views that the people had of Boudica from the views of the Celts and from the Romans. After this the children chose a scene from Boudica’s life to re-enact, the children then had to guess the parts as well as the scene chosen by the group.

A week in Year 4

This week we have all been working incredibly hard and expanded our knowledge so much further.

English we have spent the week building our descriptive writing skills based on our class story of Romulus and Remus, many of our final pieces have gone up onto our WOW Wall.

History has now brought us to the woman who fought back against the Roman invaders, Boudica. We were able to learn who she was and why the Celts found her an inspiration and how the Romans found her one of the most challenging obstacles in their path to power.

Art has lead us to continue to improve our artistic skills by blending colours into developing our upcoming landscape project based on the work of J.M.W. Turner. In addition to this we have been exploring the life of the artist himself.

We were lucky enough to celebrate our charity event with our McMillian Coffee and Breakfast morning, inviting parents into school to enjoy their breakfast with the children. With this special day we were able to come into school wearing our pajamas.