Wagtails 21/22

Wagtails (Y3 and Y4) are taught by Miss Kay (Teacher), Mrs Harrington (TA), Miss Roberts (1:1 support) and Mrs Fern (1:1 support). 
Our topic this term is 'Ancient Egypt - Raiders of the Lost Tomb'
PE is Gymnastics this term on a Monday. Mrs Marshall takes the class on this afternoon. Please ensure PE kits are in school and that they include some indoor and outdoor wear.
As well as a Maths Frame test, we do a times tables test every Tuesday and Thursdays.
Our spelling test day is Friday.
The children had great fun figuring out how to mould a brick and form it smoothly. They also worked hard to figure out how Ancient Egyptians could have moved huge bricks, weighing far heavier than themselves.
The children had a great day on our Trip to the Ashmolean Museum. We had to be detectives by finding and recognising different artefacts in their displays. The children were able to actually handle real artefacts and decide what they are, were made of and what their purpose was. Finally we looked closely at the hieroglyphics, images and decorations on objects found within the tombs and what they tell us. 
Our Summer 1 Topic's first outdoor learning session has been learning the different ways that the River Nile was used. We found out that many crops grow there, including Flax which is used to make Linen. We've recognised how the water was important for transport, fishing and trading so boats were essential. We've also learnt how the flooding of the Nile leaves a black silt to fertilize the crops and the mud of used to make bricks.
To end our Hinduism RE topic, we enjoyed seeing worship first hand at the Mandir in Cheltenham. 
Wagtails have now started their new Topic based around Ancient Egypt. Our first area of learning has been the discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb. We have been amazed to learn that so many tombs were robbed and left empty but his was not found. It astonished us that 5000+ items were found inside including his body. Here are photos of us recreating the stages of the discovery.  
As part of our Light Science Topic, we have carried out an investigation into what happens to shadows as the distance from and position of the light source changes. We carried out the investigation focusing on our observations.
We have enjoyed learning about the festival of light and we have finished off with making some Rangoli of our own. Some of us tried some modern cracks in the floor Rangoli while others stuck to traditional Hindu Rangoli. We used a range of rice, sugar, chalk or charcoal. 
Wagtails absolutely loved putting what we had learn about Bollywood dance into practice with some freestyle improvised Street Bollywood dances. Here are our videos.
Here are Wagtails' costumes for World Book Day. We had a great day!
Wagtails have been planning and creating a vegetable curry. They started by choosing the paste and vegetable they were going to use. Lots of the children chose to try new vegetables that they had not tried before. The children were very careful when peeling and chopping a variety of different vegetables. In groups, they then tasted and reflected upon the curry they had made. 
Wagtails have been looking at types of joints in the human body, we started with 'hinge joints'. Each child made a model of a hand to demonstrate how these joints work in our fingers. After, we thought about where else they are in our body. 
Wagtails loved their first session of First Aid, they focused on how to get help if they needed it including calling for Emergency Services. 
We looked at the varying landscapes of India and how these varied from our own in the UK. In outdoor learning we tried to recreate areas like those in India including the Thar Desert, the Himalayas and Tropical lands. Here is some of our work. 
Last week Wagtails had a workshop for PE. It was a workshop based around Bollywood Dance. It was great fun and the children learnt some tradition Bollywood moves. 
Wagtails have been learning and acting out the story of Rama and Sita. We are using this story to write a scene of a play in English. Later, we will look at how Hindus celebrate this story during the festival of Diwali. We have enjoyed learning about a story that is so important in another culture. 
With the help of BBC and outdoor learning, we have been comparing three areas in India. We looked at the urban area of Rajasthan, the farming area of Kerala and the city of Mumbai. Across these areas, we looked at the jobs, resources, landscapes and location. 
In outdoor learning we have created our own maps of India showing the elevation levels. The children recognised where the highest points are and why this may be.
Wagtails have loved looking at different types of maps during our India topic. We have been able to use Digimaps online. We have looked at physical maps, road maps, climate maps and political maps. We have been observing and recording what each type of map shows us. 
At the start of our Spring Term Topic 'A Passage to India', we located India on World maps and compared it's size to other countries. 
In outdoor learning, we looked throughout the village at what we could find that demonstrated or showed how mankind can negatively impact on or even destroy animals' habitats. We compared the village to old maps and noticed that new housing estates had been built and even the school was quite new. One group even found some litter and we all saw evidence of ongoing developments.
Before creating our own classification keys, we had to learn how to follow one and use it to identify animals. 
Wagtails had fun sorting animals into groups of their own choices and then comparing animals in Venn Diagrams.
Following on from our trip, we decided to carry out our own observations and field work on the school grounds. We went to different areas, recording and observing what areas we found the most animals in. We compared the hedge, the outdoor learning area, a section of the field and the willow dome. We identified everything that we found.
Wagtails had a wonderful (even if it was wet) day trip to the Dean Heritage Centre. Take a look at each group's photos.
Group 1 looked at invertebrates and plants at surface level within the wood environment. Take a look at the creatures that they found.
Group 2 carried out some studies at water level in the local environment. Take a look at them at work. 
Group 3 looked at the plants within a quadrat at land level and then they completed a worm survey. Take a look at their day. There is even a video of them trying to encourage the worms out. 
Take a look at all the things that each group found, plus our food web activity.