Mrs Dowdall's class.

Year 4 Technology Titans

On Thursday 2nd May, four children from Year 4 attended the Technology Challenge at Oakmere School. Their challenge was to build a rollercoaster. They were given strips of card, and a frame with 4 supports. They had to make a complete circuit around the frame, before they could go on to make different turns and twists.

The children learned how to make corners and how to support their run. Working together as a team, Makaiyla, Scott, Julia and Shiraz put together a run which included a tunnel and sharp drop. Their design can be seen below.

Even more exciting, Ladbrooke were named joint winners of the event with St Giles. Our four representatives were fantastic ambassadors for Ladbrooke. Well done team!

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Year 4 Tennis Stars

As a finale to the children’s PE topic of tennis, Year 4 visited the Potter Bar Tennis Club on Friday 3rd May, to put their skills to the test on proper courts. Most children were able to pass to each other across the net, whilst others were able to sustain a fair rally. Our top scorers were Lukas and Harry, and Dominic and Daivik.

As you can see from the photos below, we managed to dodge the showers which were threatening all afternoon, and the children thoroughly enjoyed their time at the club.

A big thank you must go the committee at the tennis club, who once again have let us have the use of their courts.

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Year 4 Play in a Day Topic Finale

On Tuesday 2nd April, year four performed a play in a day to celebrate different inventors and their inventions in the last century. These included the aeroplane, steam engine, telephone, toothbrush, WWW and television. The performance also acknowledged the role of female inventors who were responsible for the paper bag, computer programming, windscreen wipers and the life raft.

At the end of the day parents and Year 3 came to the hall to watch the children perform. As you can see they had a lot of fun putting on the play and parents were very impressed with their acting skills.

 

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Year 4’s Balloon Car Grand Prix

As part of our topic Incredible Inventions and with links to our science topic of forces, Year 4 have been making balloon powered cars, using recycled bottles.

We started by adding shafts for axles, cutting axles and fitting wooden wheels, adding a blow tube and finally adding a balloon to power our vehicle.

The grand finale was to visit the hall where the children lined up in pole position to race their vehicle. We had a few minor glitches, with some vehicles deciding on a trajectory of their own, but three clear winners emerged. These were Makaiyla, Julia and Harry.

As you can see from the pictures below the children used their DT skills to good effect and had to think carefully about the forces acting on their vehicles and also ways in which they could improve their designs.

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LAUNCH OF INCREDIBLE INVENTIONS

On Monday 14th January, years 3 and 4 visited the Science Museum in London as the launch

of their new topic ‘Incredible Inventions’. The children were split into three groups and looked at different areas of the museum.

The Basement area houses an exhibition called ‘The Secret Life of the Home’ where different household equipment is on display from the 1800s to the present day. It shows how keeping the home clean, heating and cooking have developed over time. It even has the first flush toilet on display, which caused much amusement for the children. Other things that have changed significantly are televisions-, computer games and radios. They are much smaller today, yet can do so much more. The ‘What is it?’ game was interesting, as children had to guess the use of some very strange looking objects, but by the end they were getting quite good at choosing the right answer.

On the first floor the children saw a sculpture made from hundreds of different materials. They then learned about the uses of those materials. Some designed a t-shirt and learned about the environmental impact of their choices. For example, the fabric and whether it needed ironing, what temperature it needed to be washed at and whether it could be recycled. Some children were quite puzzled by the old dial telephones and couldn’t believe how long they had to wait for the number to register!

In the final area on the ground floor the children saw how transport has developed over time and how mass production changed the world.

The children had an enquiring, but busy day and are looking forward to using what they have learned from their trip in their topic.

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