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4LM had a new topic this week about animals including humans. We went on a minibeast hunt to see what lives in our forest school environment. We wrote about what we found and where we had found them. Minibeasts live in lots of different habitats and are adapted to them with their special characteristics.

We also used a worksheet to help us identify whether they were herbivores, carnivores, omnivores or even detritivores! Then, we developed possible food chains, including other animals that might live in the same environment.

As part of their Science topic on States of Matter, 4LM looked at reversible and irreversible changes outside. We discussed particles in solids, liquids and gases and looked at materials that could be heated and cooled again e.g. water and chocolate. They burn wood on the fire which we learnt was an irreversible change, and boiled the kettle to see steam being produced from the water. The children also made some slime using water and cornflour to make a mixture that was neither a solid or a liquid!

4LM were very excited about Christmas so we decided to make some Christmas decorations. We went outside to cut some wood to make reindeer. We cut the wood in to different size pieces to make a body, legs, a neck, head and antlers. The children were supervised to put the parts together using a glue gun. What do you think of our creations? 
On Friday the whole class went out and continued with their Sound session by learning how to make a Kazoo! Mrs Milbourne showed the children how to use tools such as a saw, billhook and knife. Then they worked in pairs to help each other make their own instrument. Mrs Morgan also showed the rest of the class how to use sign language to communicate whilst they were waiting for their turn. Ask the children in 4LM to tell you how they made their Kazoos - did they work?

This week, the children went on a Sound Safari to see what different sounds we could hear. We discussed all of our senses (touch, taste, sound, sight and smell) and what it would be like if one of them was taken away. The children closed their eyes at different points around school so they could really take in what they were hearing. Here are some of the things the children heard:


  • cars
  • wind
  • children playing
  • teachers talking
  • dog barking
  • aeroplane


Afterwards the children came up with their own game that involved taking away or using one or more of the senses. There were completely different ideas from each group and they worked really well as a team throughout the week.



This week, 4LM made some replica Roman pottery! They looked at some sheets and discussed the different shapes and styles of pottery and what they might have been used for. Mrs Milbourne showed them how to mould the clay in to similar shapes and then they had a go themselves. It was quite messy! Can you tell what the pottery they made was used for?


For the rest of the week, the groups went outside and played a Roman numerals game. They had to match the numbers and numerals to win!

This week 4LM became archaeologists and went digging in the Forest School site. Amazingly, they discovered lots of exciting Roman Artefacts! See if you can tell what they found...