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Oliver has done Year 4 and Crook Primary School proud this weekend. On Saturday, Oliver competed in a 15 mile mountain bike race at the Muckletoon Adventure Festival in Scotland. He completed a gruelling course overcoming terrain and climbs in thick fog and torrential rain, setting off at 8am. Amazingly, he completed it in 3:58:36 while some competitors gave up and some took 6+ hours! Oliver showed just how determined and resilient he has become by getting up and carrying on after falling twice. Well done Oliver!
A special mention also has to be made to Matthew and Harry in reception who cheered Oliver on and gave other competitors encouragement and praise throughout the event as well as braving the weather to do so.
To kick off our new science focus about the digestive system we are first exploring teeth and eating. We learned about the different types of teeth and their functions. Using mirrors, we investigated our own teeth and counted how many we had and if any were missing. Then in groups, we made our very own teeth models out of play dough. This required teamwork by modelling the different types of teeth in terms of their shape and locating their position.
Children in year 4 thoroughly enjoyed this practical and below are some of the finished models.
Year 4 were challenged to make a moving vehicle. They were told their vehicle was to be made from wood and that it would be able to move by itself. Before children were let loose with materials, they had to design their vehicle as a group and draw a detailed and annotated drawing including relevant materials and measurements. They then were shown how to measure the wood and use the saws safely. Thankfully, all children listened well and were carefully supervised so each member of year 4 ended up with the same number of fingers as when they started!
The groups were advised to measure carefully and cut everything they needed all at once. This meant that each group ended up with their own plastic pocket containing all of the materials cut to the size they needed in order to build the frame for their vehicle.
Then, the groups proceeded to carefully and patiently piece and glue their wooden frames together, adding cardboard corners for extra support.
Year 4 have shown excellent teamwork skills so far. We are excited to fix on electrical circuits with a motor to our frames next. Keep an eye out for more updates!