St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Year 4

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Term 3

Chocolate – The origins

This term in year 4 class family we have been learning about the history of chocolate and how the cocoa bean came to Europe to be developed into the chocolate bar.

Did you know that the Aztecs and Maya used cocoa beans as money to trade for other items?

Did you know that cocoa beans were so valuable only the rich and royal were allowed to drink the chocolatey drink that the Maya made?

The children have been creating their own cacao trees with Mrs Hickman. They began by looking at Aztec patterns and created their own patterns and prints in the same style. The prints and patterns were then used in a collage on the tree trunks and branches and finally the children used chocolate wrappers to create the beautiful flowers and cocoa pods that grow on the cacao tree.

We have been focusing on gymnastics this term in our PE lessons. The children have had to work independently and in small groups to experiment with different balances, rolls, and ways to travel. They have performed some very impressive and creative balances.

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Term 4

 

 

Chocolate – Production in the UK  

This term in year 4 class family we have been learning about the history of chocolate in the UK and how famous chocolate companies create new products.

We received a very important message from Lord Alan Sugar who asked us to create a brand new chocolate bar that could rival the likes of Cadbury and Nestle. We looked carefully at lots of products already available and their packaging and advertising. We then used this inspiration to design chocolate bars in small groups. We created logos, company names, packaging and advertisements.

We went to Mojo Active with Mrs Thayer and learned about solids, liquids and gases whilst orienteering, building fires and playing teams games.

We have also been on a trip to the M shed to learn about the history of chocolate in Bristol. It was a really interesting trip and we learned a lot about the chocolate industry in Bristol, as well as looking at some artefacts like original chocolate egg moulds.

We have created a dance this term in our PE lessons based around cacao trees growing in Mexico. The children have had to work independently and in small groups to experiment with different ways to create shapes, travel and show cacao trees growing.

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Term 5

Who do you think we are?

This term in year 4 class family we have been learning about humans and animals.  

This term we have been learning about humans and animals. We have looked at the human body and its major organs, the digestive system and the role of teeth in the body. We have also looked at the digestive systems and teeth of animals and compared them to humans. We have learned about food chains, how to construct a food chain and environmental factors that can effect food chains.

 

We have also been on a trip to @Bristol to take part in a workshop about the brain and body. It was a really interesting trip and we learned a lot about the body, carried out lots of science experiments and explored the exhibitions in @Bristol.

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Term 6