Diwali is the Hindi Festival of Lights and is celebrated by millions of people around the world. This year it falls on October 19th 2017, so in assembly today, Sushma shared with us the reasons why it is celebrated and ways in which it can be celebrated.
She presented her PowerPoint with confidence and enthusiasm.
A fantastic assembly.
Well done Sushma.
For further information see the BBC website www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15451833
This week, Year 4 have been investigating the state of Oobleck. They were asked to discover whether it was a solid or a liquid. These are some of their comments:
“We were surprised as it started off as a solid and ended up as liquid.” – Daniel and Jesse
“It felt like slime, but solid slime!” Ruth and Maja.
“I thought it would have been just like a liquid and not a solid.” – Frankie and Ahab.
“Playing with it was hard, fiddly and fun, plus it was hard to work with and if people punched it, it would turn hard but if we gently rest your finger on it, it would be a liquid.” Esmae and Ahi.
“We used Ooblick to squish about with the states of matter. Squishy, slimy and fun!” Noah and James.
“It was like a solid at first, but a bit afterwards, it was like slime. Ours dried up very quickly.” Kane
“It felt hard but really gooey, you could roll it up in a ball, but when you let it go it would turn into slime.” Ella and Lilly-Rose
“It was strange because it was squishy, gooey and fun!” William
“It was all gooey and slimy but when I touched it with my fingers, it was hard to get off again.” Harley.
Someone even cried out with excitement – “IT’S MAGIC!”
What they discovered was that it is a substance that acts like a liquid which can be poured, but that acts like a solid when you apply force to it by pushing it or squeezing it. It’s made by mixing cornflour with water. Oobleck is a non-newtonian fluid.
On Thursday 28th September, Year 4 spent the day at Norwich Castle learning about the Romans and the Iceni tribe. The day was set some twenty years after Boudica’s revolt, and the children got to meet Roman and Iceni characters as they explained and reflected back on their two very different cultures.
The children made an Iceni torcs with a character called Ketha whilst Marcus let us handle some real and imitation Roman objects. The children also met Marak, an Iceni tribe member who taught us about life when the Romans were invading and settling in Norfolk, bringing their own way of life. The children particularly enjoyed meeting Brutus, the Roman solider who presented his arguments for the invasion of the Iceni and taught us about how disciplined the Roman army are.
We hope you enjoy looking at the following pictures of our time there.
On Tuesday 19th September, Mrs Carpenter, a parent and member of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation Synagogue came into school to share the ways Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish Day of Atonement mark the Jewish New Year. Mrs Carpenter explained why this is a time to be sorry, and make a fresh start. Instead of January the Jewish New Year begins in autumn. It is important at New Year to repent, turn from bad behaviour and set your course to good in the coming year. Mrs Carpenter also demonstrated and explained why celebrations include food: apples and honey, time spent in the synagogue and the blowing of the Shofar (it is a ram’s horn. One of the world’s oldest known wind instruments)
Below are some great photos and a link to the BBC webpage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zgqnv4j
Year 4 were tasked with creating the highest tower possible to support a marshmallow. They worked in teams and only had some tape, string and 20 pieces of spaghetti to create their structure. This challenge tested many skills including cooperation, resilience and resourcefulness. Skills that will serve them well throughout the Year ahead.
On Tuesday 11th July Year 4 were fortunate to be able to visit the Norwich Synagogue. It was an excellent opportunity to learn more about Judaism and experience aspects of the religion first hand, from handling artefacts to participating in a mock Shabbat.
A group of children from across the school walked into the city centre to watch Fantastic Mr Fox at Norwich Theatre Royal. It was a fantastic experience and the children loved the story of cunning, greed and the power of friendship.
On Monday 10th July we were visited by David Solomons, author of ‘My Brother is a Superhero.’ We loved hearing about the inspiration for his popular series of books and suggesting our own idea for a superhero. Children were inspired by the visit and are already busy reading the adventures of Luke and his superhero brother. Don’t forget to look for the signed copies of the series in our school library.
On Friday 16th June 17 children went to a Change 4 Life Festival at the UEA sports park. As you can see, the children thoroughly enjoyed the activities. All the children were fantastic and demonstrated an excellent attitude towards team work and perseverence.