Milecastle Class 4

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June Marble Bridges

After learning about strong and stable structures in Design Technology the children were asked to complete a challenge. Make a marble bridge using different joining methods from card and tape. The structure had to stand up independently – this was tricky!


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April Making Bridges

Year 5 have been learning about Bridges. We talked about how there are many different kinds of bridges which are built using different methods and investigated how they have different structures. The first challenge the children had was to make a paper bridge strong enough for a marble to travel over it.


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It has been a very busy month in Year 4. Although World Book Day was delayed because of the snow, we still had a brilliant time dressing up as our favourite storybook characters a few days later. Many of us came as characters from Roald Dahl books.

We also enjoyed our Roald Dahl themed lunch of Mr Twit’s worm spaghetti and James and the Giant Peaches and ice cream – delicious!


In our PE lessons we learned how to play tag rugby.


We hope you liked the lovely Mother’s Day cards we made.


STEM Week was great fun. Our work in Year 4 was based on the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl and involved lots of investigations using sweets, chocolate and drinks. During the week, we investigated dissolving, melting and density. We also thought about how Mr Wonka may have made the fizziness for his ‘Fizzy Lifting Drinks’ and created our own ‘Fantastic Fizz Machines’. We even made ‘dancing’ raisins and a delicious density drink. In addition, we made chocolate crispy cakes and designed boxes to put them in after investigating nets of a cube.

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A mobile dentist visited school for the day and helped us understand why it is so important to look after our teeth. Some of us used disclosing tablets to reveal how well we had brushed our teeth.

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The school nurses visited our class to help us think about the different relationships we have. We worked together to think about what it means to be a good friend.

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Netball was the focus of our PE lessons in the first half of the spring term. First, we learned different ways to pass the ball.

After that, we played matches.


In Literacy, we acted out a scene from the book, The Iron Man, to help us write a newspaper report about it. The scene was from the part of the story where the Iron Man suddenly bursts through the hill while a family are enjoying a picnic there.


Mrs Harland taught us how to play the glockenspiel in our music lessons.


We had lots of fun in the snow!


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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Durham Oriental Museum where we learned more about life and death in Ancient Egypt. During the day, we had the opportunity to handle real Ancient Egyptian artefacts. It was amazing to think that Ancient Egyptian people from thousands of years ago had used the objects we were holding! We also explored the Wolfson Gallery and completed tasks linked to the artefacts on display. After lunch, we were taken to see a real Ancient Egyptian mummy in a sarcophagus then we ended the day by acting out the mummification process and the Weighing of the Heart ceremony.

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It was fun dressing up in our spotty outfits to raise money for Children in Need.


In our maths lessons, we worked in pairs to collect data. We then presented it as a bar chart and interpreted the data by making up our own questions to answer.


In PE, we practised balancing on different ‘points’ and ‘patches’. We also did some paired balances and worked on creating routines.