Danica

This author Danica Lesser has created 21 entries.

07 Jan

Chocolate Tasting

Today in Year 4 we had our Entry Point for our IPC Chocolate unit – we tasted six different types of chocolate and had to describe each one using all our senses. Then we had to identify which one was our favourite and study the wrapper for our chosen chocolate. This is a very exciting unit as we will be learning about the history of chocolate, cash crops, fair trade and lots more. We will also learn how to make chocolate...

12 Dec

Earthquake-proof buildings

4 Sipi children researched features of earthquake-proof buildings for their IPC ‘Active Planet’ unit. They then made models of earthquake-proof buildings, including the features they had researched – such as shock absorbers and steel bars. They presented their D & T projects to each other and asked questions about the various models they saw. ...

05 Dec

Active Planet Quiz

Yesterday, Year 4 children took part in a quiz in teams as part of their Active Planet Exit Point. They cooperated with their team members to answer questions all about their learning in this unit and did a great job sharing their knowledge! Due to yesterday’s traffic chaos, we decided to delay the other half of their Exit Point and they will now present their volcano research findings on Monday morning. Hope you can join us to hear all about their...

12 Nov

Making a seismograph

In our IPC unit ‘Active Planet’, we’ve been learning all about earthquakes. Today in our lesson we did a D&T project and made our own seismographs. A seismograph is an instrument used to detect and record earthquakes. It is made of a mass attached to a fixed base. During an earthquake, the base moves and the mass does not. Here are some photos of our designs so far.   ...

29 Oct

Year 4 trip to Jinja

We visited BaseCamp in Jinja for our Year 4 residential trip last week. We did lots of experiments related to our IPC unit ‘Active Planet’ and wrote our diaries each day. We also visited an organic farm and learnt about how to farm without using chemicals or pesticides. Here are a few photos from our trip and we will tell you more when we finish our letter-writing unit in English.  ...

24 Sep

Guest Speakers for Active Planet

We were very lucky, in Year 4, to have two guest speakers share their experiences with us of working in humanitarian response to natural disasters. We learnt about what their jobs involve, what some of the challenges are and how their work links to our Personal Learning Goals here at Ambrosoli. The children then used the ideas they had heard from our guest speakers to form their own international organisation and write...

12 Sep

Maths Place Value Presentations

                                                              The children presented their chosen numbers in various forms and answered questions from the audience, demonstrating their knowledge of place value. They represented their numbers in words, digits, expanded form and base ten form. They were also able to add and subtract 1000/100/10/1 to their chosen numbers. Year 4 children...

28 Aug

4 Sipi’s thoughts from our ‘Active Planet’ Entry Point

Year 4 children took part in an earthquake simulation this afternoon as the Entry Point for their IPC unit ‘Active Planet’. In this unit they will be learning about natural disasters through science and geography topics. After a fake earthquake in the school, they worked in emergency response teams to ensure everyone was safe and accounted for! Here are their thoughts about the experience: Today we pretended to react to an earthquake. My job was to be a counselor and my...

22 May

My Island life

This week in 4 Sipi, we were lucky enough to have three kind parents come in to talk to us about their experiences living on different islands. Linking to our IPC unit ‘Island Life’, we asked a lot of questions about geographical features of the islands and also about the culture in Samoa, Hawaii and Reunion Island. Here are a few of the interesting things we found out… Samoa: – In Samoa, women wear a flower in their hair on the right side...