Our 'Educating the Heart' programme continues weekly and we are really enjoying learning about the world around us. Last week, we looked at products made in other countries around the world and learned about importing, exporting and Fairtrade. We found these countries on a Peter's World Map and learned a lot about what life is like for people making the products and selling them to Majority countries around the globe.
We decided to look at the properties of natural substances and carry out a little experiment with ice. We discovered, if you sprinkle salt into a glass of water with floating ice cubes and string, the ice will melt, re-freeze and the string will stick to the cubes! This is because salt water freezes at a lower temperature than pure water. When some of the ice melts, it absorbs heat in the process. The area around it thereby cools and freezes water molecules to the ice cube, also freezing the string on.
As part of our 'Materials' topic we have been looking at different fabrics; in paricular, linen. We have explored the history of linen in Northern Ireland and learned about how popular it was during the Industrial Revolution. Check out these great resources we were lucky enough to look through, kindly on loan from the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum. Can you guess what they are?
As part of our 'Educating the Heart' programme, we have been thinking about our own mindfulness.We created 'Mind Jars' and the glitter and sequins represent our thoughts, feelings and emotions and remind us how to stay calm and focused if they ever get muddled.
We have been learning to be more mindful and each week we practise yoga and breathing exercises as part of our 'Nurture in 5' programme. Check us out stretching and giving each other a gentle massage!
P4 have been practising their spellings! Look at what we have used to help us....
P4H have been enjoying reading their class novel on 'The Twits'! Check out the activities we did in Activity Based learning.
The last day of Maths Week has been great! P4H used non-standard measures to measure heights of class members and different objects. They used a range of materials as their measuring devices.
P4H are continuing to enjoy Maths Week by practising their Place Value skills and writing numbers as words! We also played a game of 'Clumps' where we arranged ourselves in groups of different amounts based on the answers to some addition and subtraction sums.
Another fun day of Maths Week! P4H were engaing in some outdoor learning by finding 2D shapes in the playground, making 2D shapes with natural materials and creating their own Carroll Diagrams!
Day 2 of Maths Week and we have been working hard to solve lots of problems!
The boys and girls in P4H have kicked off Maths Week by doing some Data handling. They surveyed the class based on their eye colour and presented their findings in block graphs!
We have been reading Roald Dahl's 'The Twits' and we imagined what it would be like to eat some of their meals. We thought that given the amount of pranks they pulled on eachother, their meals would be rather disgusting - check out some of our revolting recipes!
We have been writing Spooky stories using our senses to build up the tension - what do you think of our creepy display?
Last week, P4 were exploring some grounding principles for a new topic in PDMU. We have looked at respect, responsibility and having a real good time! We created playdoh representations of each principle. Some creations depict people shaking hands as a sign of respect, groups of children playing together having a 'real good time' and loving our world enough to be responsible for the environment.
P4 have been very busy trying new ways of practising for their weekly spellings test! We have been using magnetic letters and scrabble tiles to make our words!