St Dominic Catholic Primary

If we live by truth and in love, we shall grow in Christ

Spring 2

Year 4 have been busy writing funny poems, investigating changing states of matter and debating whether school uniform should be scrapped in our mock House of Commons classroom debate.

This week, we completed our own versions of ‘Please Mrs Butler’, which included new characters and problems that the children faced. We had so much fun reading them aloud and listening to all of the new rhyming words we had come up with.

For our new Science topic, Year 4 have been looking at States of Matter. We have learnt about solids, liquids and gases and their particles. Today, we had a go at investigating Oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid, which behaves as a solid and liquid. We discovered that cornflour contains irregularly shaped particles of starch. When water is added to cornflour, the liquid flows around each starch grain, which makes the particles slip over each other. However, when pressure is applied, the starch particles tangle and the mixture hardens.

For our Law and Order topic, we have been learning about how laws are passed in the UK and the role of the House of Commons. We thought that we would have a go at a mock debate in our classroom. To prepare for the debate, we thought about arguments for and against wearing school uniform. Once we had all of our ideas, we were separated into two groups: for and against. We listened carefully to one another, took it in turns to talk and thought of counter arguments for each point. Our conclusion was to stick to school uniform for now!