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Friday Challenges in Year 4

29 January 2015

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the children in Year 4 have been completing some very engaging and exciting units of work as part of their Active Planet topic. Nick Jones, Head of Year 4, explains more about what they’ve been doing, especially on Fridays!

  • Year 4 students at the British School Shanghai share their educational experiences with the Prinicpal, Mr Foyle
  • Year 4 students at the British School Shanghai take part in their weekly Friday Challenge
  • Year 4 students at the British School Shanghai take part in their weekly Friday Challenge
  • Year 4 students at the British School Shanghai take part in their weekly Friday Challenge

Mr Foyle being shown how to make an explosive volcano, and some of the Friday challenges that Year 4 have taken part in this year.  

This week Mr Foyle invited some representatives from Year 4 to come and talk to him about their experiences so far. The children showed him how to make an explosive volcano, build an earthquake proof building using only spaghetti and marshmallows and how to create a two layer Japanese print.

They also told him all about their weekly Friday challenges. The children told him that each week the whole of Year 4 join together to complete a challenge that is linked to their learning that week. The type of activity differs each week; one week they might be solving puzzles, the next creating a collaborative play or piece of music, while another they may have to design and construct a model to perform a task.

The Year 4 teachers began creating these challenges for the children following the success of the first challenge at the start of Term One, which was to build a flying machine from only paper. Since then the children have taken part in a different activity each week ranging from; evaluating historical evidence by putting paintings in chronological order, a race to move paper with only a balloon and static electricity, making adverts to sell their teacher, building the world’s biggest series circuit and many more exciting and educational experiences.

The children look forward to this activity each week and always take part in each activity with great team spirit and eagerness. The children are looking forward to this week’s Japanese printing based challenge!

- Nick Jones, Head of Year 4 

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