11.10.19 Exploring material for a Prototype Trebuchet
The children used their making links and collaboration muscle to explore making a prototype trebuchet. They explore the different materials they could use for the arm to discover the best option. They looked at different ways to attach the throwing arm to the base. The class assessed their trebuchet as they made it as they had to overcome many problems such as raising the base to ensure they throwing arm could move freely and making sure the upright frame did not come in the way of the bucket. What a fun afternoon filled with learning!
03.10.19 Taking Risks
The children used their making links and reasoning muscle to discuss the different level of risks in everyday life. The class were given 3 scenarios and had to discuss and judge the level of each one. They used PEE to explain their thinking and shared their thinking with the class.
Year 4 have had a great time enhancing their their D.T skills this week. They used their noticing and collaborating muscles to saw and drill square wooden dowel for their trebuchets (catapults). It was tricky but they persevered and can now use both equipment safely.
17.09.19 The Den
Year 4 had an amazing time at the Den today working with Mr Green. They re-enacted the Battle of Hastings to explore why a hill can be used as defence. They worked together to make a motte and bailey castle using what they could find in the Den. They practised making reinforced frames for the gates of the castle using elastic bands and square dowel which proved to be very tricky. Finally they worked in small groups to pratice their sawing skills to make arrows. Then they had a go at firing them. It was a fun filled day with lots of learning.
A trip to Skipton Castle
Year 4 enjoyed a day out at Skipton castle. They learnt all about the Norman way of life. They learnt how the Normans cooked and what food they ate, how they built their castles and how they defended them too. It was a very informative trip filled with lots of fun and learning.
The children in year 4 used there noticing and reasoning muscles to evaluate a range of catapults and pulley systems. They looked at the different mechanisms used in each catapult such as pulleys and levers. They evaluated which catapults were the effective and which ones were not
4.9.19 Junk Modelling
As a hook to the new literacy book ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’, the children used their making links to muscle to make robots from junk. They designed and collaborated as a table to select material and use different materials to join the pieces if junk together.