digestive system

We have spent the last few weeks learning about the organs involved in the digestive system and how it works. We have drawn and labelled the organs, practically made the digestive system and digested and sandwich and finally wrote some instructions to explain how it works.

In our experiment, we mashed up a sandwich like the teeth would do in the mouth. A small amount of liquid to represent saliva was added.

Then the mashed up sandwich was passed through a tube (the oesophagus) in to the stomach where more liquids were added to represent the acidic juices. We squeezed the bag (stomach) like our muscles would do.

The substance was then passed through the intestines (an old sock) where the goodness and water is taken out before finally cutting a hole in the sock to release the waste matter.

Canonic jars

We learnt about the mummification process and the importance of preserving the essential organs for the body in the afterlife. The stomach, lungs, liver and the intestines were preserved and placed in stone jars protected by on of the four sons of Horus: Hapy (lungs), Duamutef (stomach), Imsety (liver) and Qebehsenuef (intestines). We made our own canonic jars and placed the correct organ inside.

Our week…

This week, we’ve been exploring writing techniques to create suspense and entertain readers by painting a picture with wonderful language. We’ve been inspired by a video of an explorer venturing into an Ancient Egyptian tomb. We will share some writing here in the the coming weeks!

In Science, we have continued to explore the digestive system – the different organs and how they work.

In Art, we have begun studying Ancient Egyptian symbols, next week we will look at patterns. Check back here to see some pictures of our art work early next week!

Don’t forget homework is handed out on Fridays and due back on Wednesdays. Bug club logins have been stuck in the reading diaries too, let’s see how many books Year 4 can read!

Thank you also for all the old socks!

Reading Raffle

Every week we hold a reading raffle in school.  To enter this the children will need to read at least three times a week and have this recorded in their reading diaries in order for their names to be added to the raffle jar.  The children can read their reading books from school, books from home and Bug club to count towards the weekly reading.  If your child’s name is pulled out they will receive a golden coin that can be used in our new Reading Raffle vending machine.  

Keep reading and good luck!

Max Cards

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please see the information below about a discount card for venues which is open for children with special educational needs. It is free to apply for and might be worth looking into.

The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission.

The scheme is designed to help families save money on great days out at castles, zoos, bowling alleys, trampoline parks and many more.  We aim to provide a sense of community through stimulating learning experiences and enjoyable days out for everyone. We work with Local Authorities and selected charities, who administer the cards to eligible families in their areas.

Ancient Egyptian Day

A couple of weeks ago, Year 4 enjoyed a whole day learning about the Ancient Egyptians.

We started by decorating some amazing death masks, which you may be able to see brightening up our class windows in the distance.

Next, we learnt all about the process of mummification and applied that by mummifying tomatoes. After hooking out the tomatoes’ ‘brain’ and ‘guts’, we filled them with ‘natron’ to dehydrate them to preserve them. We will examine them soon and compare to our test tomato to see how effective our mummification has been.

Then, we examined Ancient Egyptian poo – as historians – to discover what food they ate and grew. It had quite a stench and got quite the reaction from the Year 4s.

We also tried writing our names in hieroglyphics!

A peek inside…

Year 4 have made a fantastic start to the year and we have lots of exciting work to show you! We will will use the blog to share important information and what we have been up to in the classroom.

In the first couple of days, we talked about how to be a successful Year 4 learner. We covered the walls in graffiti (neatly, of course!) with how to be successful to keep us inspired all year long.