Welcome to Year 4
Year 4 visit from The Bowes Museum
On Monday 22nd November, Year 4 were visited by Sarah Dellar from The Bowes Museum to deliver a workshop to compliment their topic of Romans.
After a brief recap about how the Roman Empire grew, the children were introduced to some authentic artefacts from this time. They were able to handle the items, guess what they were and how they were made.
The children examined pots and vases as well as looking at board games and wax writing tablets. They examined replica coins in gold, silver and bronze noting the value was determined by the weight of the coin.
After break, the children made Roman head pots from air-hardening clay. Using the replica pot brought in from the museum along with postcards from Pierce bridge, the children made a pinch pot. They added detail using tools to scratch on a face and hair. Then, they used a ‘scratch and slip’ technique to attach a nose. The children had so much fun! The results were great! It was a great morning learning about the Romans!
Alison spent an afternoon working with Y4 on the Creation story. The class discussed the biggest gifts they had ever been given, from X-boxes to brothers and sisters! Alison spoke about gifts so big that they are hard to see because we don’t really know they are there, like the gift of Creation.
Alison re-told the Creation story, using pictures to illustrate each day. The class discussed the parts of the story that they liked the best and what they thought were the most important parts. They then looked at what would happen if they took one part of the story out; would the story continue in the same way?
After this, the class looked at two Bibles that Alison had brought along. One was a Bible with text only and the other was a Bible for a very young child, with little text and brightly coloured pictures. Aiden and Ava read the Creation story out from each Bible and the class discussed what was the same and what was different. They then thought about who wrote the Creation story? Who was it written for? Who knew what happened before there were any people? The lesson of deep thinking and discussion was ended by celebrating the part the children liked best, or thought was the most important, with a colourful drawing.
On Monday 1st November, Year 4 took part in the first of 6 sessions designed to train them to become ‘mini police officers.’ The scheme, run by DAAC and the Durham Constabulary, aims to introduce a positive experience of policing to young people and develop involvement with their local community. By raising awareness of the supportive and proactive role of the police in our local area, children gain a better understanding of how they can act as positive role models within their school community.
Apprentice Youth Workers Joe and Katie came along to introduce themselves and tell the children more about the scheme. They will deliver a weekly programme of community activities such as road, water and fire safety. The children are looking forward to finding out more about police response levels, crime scene investigation and learning the phonetic alphabet!
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