World Book Day!
We had a great time on World Book Day - what super costumes! As well as doing book-themed activities during the day, we had a special assembly with Charlotte, the Library Lead from Grantham Library, who shared with us all of the exciting activities available at the library. She also explained how to borrow books for free - we hope to see many of our children join!
Rocks, Volcanoes and Earthquakes In Year 4!
We have loved learning about rocks and used chocolate to show how they are formed! We knew there were three types of rocks, and the chocolate showed us how these are created … the children also loved eating the chocolate at the end! We then went on to find out about volcanoes with some children even making working models at home. You can see a fabulous example below. We have also investigated why earthquakes happen and created our own earthquake-proof buildings using cocktail sticks and sweets. We really enjoyed testing them on a tray of jelly to see who's building would stay standing!
During the Spring term the children have been learning to play the violin and are having a great time!
We have done some terrific science learning in our topic about light and shadows. The children designed a shadow puppet to include different materials that were transparent, translucent and opaque, to create the effect that they wanted. They showed some excellent DT skills too and were very pleased with the results!
Trip To Flag Fen
Despite the torrential rain, we had an amazing ‘stone age survival’ day at Flag Fen! Along with Impala Class, we took part in many activities including learning how to make house walls with ‘wattle and daub’. This involved weaving sticks as a base for the walls then mixing clay, cow poo and straw as the plaster! We also experimented with natural materials to paint on rocks. Later, we made clay pots and decorated them using sticks and pine cones. It was good fun throwing spears to be stone age hunters! We also enjoyed investigating stone age and bronze age artefacts as well as exploring a real roundhouse complete with a cosy fire.
At the end of term 1, we joined with Impala Class to welcome our parents and carers in to school to join us for our harvest assembly. The children did a brilliant job and sang beautifully! They thought about why we celebrate harvest in the autumn and why we support people who are less fortunate than ourselves. We are very thankful for the generous donations of food which we have sent on to the Grantham Foodbank.
Maths With Numicon
Learning about number can be challenging so to aid understanding, at Belmont we use Numicon which is a multisensory way of learning, meaning children learn by seeing, feeling and doing. Numicon are a system of flat, plastic shapes with holes in them. Each shape represents a number from one to 10 and each number has its own colour. When they're arranged in order, children can easily see connections between numbers. In class, we have been using them to help plot co-ordinates.
Stone Age Stewed Fruit
We thoroughly enjoyed making our own stewed fruit as part of our history learning. A great opportunity to practice our cutting and chopping skills - and it tasted lovely!