William Morris inspires Year 4

As part of our topic on the Victorians we have looked at the artist William Morris. We took his inspiration, which was nature, and tried to create our own repeating patterns.

At first we tried to draw our own repeating patterns but we did find it was tricky to make them match exactly.

 

Then we tried to paint our our individual patterns:

 

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We really enjoyed making our patterns and they looked very effective!

We discussed how we really had to concentrate to ensure that each repeat was identical to the one before. We looked at how printing machines were developed through the Victorian era and wondered if this would make a more consistent pattern. In order to try this out for ourselves we went onto Purple Mash to create our own designs.

Click on each of our names below to open a pdf of our designs:

Shayaan Mefin Nivas Aisha Peyton Chris Thuraya Charlie Rayaan Oliver B

This was a really interesting way of creating repeating patterns, we found it hard to choose our favourites.

We then wanted to make our own painted repeating patterns and we decided to use a tile to do this. We carved a picture into a polystyrene tile, rolled paint onto the tile and pressed it onto a large piece of paper. We continued this until we had covered our paper in the repeating pattern. This was a really fun lesson and here are our finished pieces of work, including a close up of each pattern.

 

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Thank you William Morris for your inspiration!

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Year 4 – Anti-bullying week

This week in school we took some time to consider that it was anti-bullying week.

We wanted to show our friends all of the good things that we thought about them. We wrote our name on a piece of paper and sent it round the circle, giving everyone a minute on each person’s paper to write. We wrote as many kind things that we could think of about our friends.

When we had our paper back it put a big smile on our faces to see what kind words were written about us. We will be taking our sheets home next week so ask us to tell you what our friends said!

A Victorian lesson at St Fagans – Years 3 and 4


Years 3 and 4 went to St Fagans for a Victorian school lesson. We were taught by Mr Evans who made us do handwriting, history, reading and recite our times tables. We all had to write with our right hand, even the children who normally use their left hand! We were surprised how different our lessons are to the Victorian lessons and we really felt like Victorian children.

Take a look at our Victorian lesson in the slideshow below:

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As part of the history lesson we had to recite a poem about the kings and queens of Britain. We tried really hard to speak clearly and recite it correctly:

 

Here is Nivas’ recount of our trip to the Victorian school:

On Friday we went to a Victorian school at St Fagans. We learned what Victorian schools were like. On the trip we went inside the building and if you talk or behave badly you will be caned. In the playground boys play on one side and girls the other side. In Victorian schools you must write with your right hand and if you speak Welsh you will wear a necklace and your job is to catch another person who speak Welsh and if you do you tell the teacher and they have to wear it and at the end of the class whoever has the necklace will be caned.

When we entered the room we were dressed as a Victorian school child. Victorian school children learnt handwriting, maths and reading poems and history. When a grownups enters the room all the children must stand and if you don’t you will be caned. If you write with your left you will get something to stop you writing with your left hand.

For lunch you will go home and when the teacher rings the bell that means you have ten minutes to get ready to come back to school and if your late you will get caned.The boys learned drawing and girls learned sewing and cooking. In Victorian schools you have to be five to start and 13 to end school. The bigger children sat at bigger desks and tiny children sat in tiny desks. Victorian teachers were very strict. We had to learn handwriting and you must not fidget or talk. Sometimes if you were very naughty and you would have to write lines 100 times or more. I thought it was very bad and I would not like to be a Victorian.

 

 

Year 4 visit Big Pit

We had a great time visiting Big Pit recently. We completed a workshop called ‘Servants of the Empire’ to learn more about the jobs children might have done in a coal mine during the Victorian times. We then had an underground tour of the mines so we could really experience what it would be like working down there.

Aisha tells us more:

We went to the ‘Servants of the Empire’ workshop in the coal mine. We were practising pulling the dram and we also touched coal and our hands got black. We went to another room and we went through the pretend tunnel. Mrs Jones told us about what they ate and they ate some simple food like a cheese sandwich.

Then we went underground in a cage. Then I saw a real dram with real coal. It was really cold down there. When Mr Wayne told us to turn our lights off it was really dark, I couldn’t even see my own hand. We went to the horses stable and Mr Wayne showed us a picture of a horse dragging coal on his back. Then Mr Wayne showed us how the well works by touching two wires together. I ring means stop, 2 rings means come in and 3 rings means get out. After the bells Mr Wayne showed us a mandrel, an axe and a shovel. After that we went to see the davy lamp.

Finally we went to the King Coal exhibition. It was a movie about mining coal. It was telling us about how to get the coal with a chainsaw. They even showed us explosions like gas and fire.

Our lung capacity investigation in Year 4

As we are learning about the human body, we completed an investigation to see if we could measure our lung capacity. We also investigated if physical activity could change our lung capacity.

We began by blowing into a balloon with just one exhale of breath. We measured the balloon with a partner and repeated this. We used this information to work out the volume of air that our lungs can hold.

We then repeated this activity of exhaling a breath into a balloon and measuring but first we had to run on the spot for 30 seconds. We did this 3 times and then we were exhausted!

We found that our lungs could hold more air when we were relaxed compared to after we had completed physical activity. We decided this was because when we are relaxed we can breathe in longer, bigger breaths. When we have done physical activity our lungs take in smaller breaths so that they can quickly get enough air into our bodies to send oxygen to our muscles where it’s needed.

We used this investigation as an opportunity to develop how we predict and interpret our results – we all made predictions about when our lungs could hold more air and even though we weren’t all right, we learnt that it’s ok to not be right when we predict as long as we learn something from our results.

We have really enjoyed the opportunity to explore so many different areas of science thanks to our topic and Science Week!

Chromatography with Year 2 and 4

This afternoon Year 2 and Year 4 went to the Chemistry lab to see Mr Johnson. He was talking to us about colours in science.

We were adding different liquids together and the colours kept changing! Have a look at our slideshow for the pictures:

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We then got a chance to complete an experiment ourselves to see what colours our favourite felt pens are actually made up of. This is called chromatography. We got felt pens and put dots onto our paper. We then balanced them in a beaker that had a little bit of water in the bottom of it and waited for the water to move up the paper.

We found that the ink was made up of lots of different colours:

  • black – purple, blue, brown and yellow
  • green – yellow and blue,
  • purple – blue and pink,
  • blue – blue,
  • light green – yellow
  • brown – blue, pink and yellow

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Ask us questions about what we’ve done today, we had a great time!