Year 4 – Dragon Dance
In Year 4 (Fir and Redwood), we have been starting to work on our Dragon Dance inspired by our China topic.
Last week we had developed our movements by imitating the different animals in the Chinese Zodiac.
This week we focused mainly on the Dragon. In fours we thought of different ways to move around our space, whilst looking as dragon-like as possible.
This Wednesday saw the return of the first collection of homelearning since changes were made to the way that it is sent home. It has been fantastic to see the children’s beaming smiles as they’ve walked past me on the school gate with their homelearning under their arms. Thank you so much to all of the adults that have supported the children to achieve such stunning results! We appreciate the hard work that has gone in to the bridges, Great Fire of London models and also the work on China. Please have a browse at some of the fantastic work below:
Keep up the great work! 🙂
Cherry Class have combined their French and Chinese learning today! They practiced counting to ten in French, while using chopsticks to pick up pasta!
Can you manage to pick up dix (ten) bits of pasta with chopsticks?
Year 3 and 4 experienced life in a Chinese School today – they started the day by singing the National Anthem and marching on the playground, spent ‘morning exercise’ doing aerobics (no playtime today!), had Chinese-style literacy and maths lessons, practiced some calligraphy, and rehearsed their dragon dances. The extra long lunch break included listening to a story and sampling some delicious Chinese food – huge thank yous to everyone who helped prepare it!
We had great fun, but agreed that life in an English school compares quite favourably! In particular, the novelty of standing and bowing to show respect to any adult entering the room soon wore off!
Here are some photos of Cherry Class enjoying the day – see the other blogs for lots more!
Bingo with Chinese numbers!
Fortunes from our homemade fortune cookies!
Today we got to experience a Chinese School Day. We stared the morning on the playground singing the national anthem. We then got to experience some Chinese maths, Chinese writing and Chinese calligraphy before lunch. Then it was time for the feast in which we had a lot of Chinese food to experience. Finally, we rounded off the day by being able to watch Year 4’s Dragon dances so far.
For their home learning, Year 3 and 4 researched the Great Wall of China. They had to come up with four true facts and one ‘fake fact’ to share with their class. We had great fun trying to work out which were the fake facts and which were the true ones!
Here are some of our facts – can you spot the fake ones? The answers are at the bottom.
1. It would take 18 months to walk the length of the wall.
2. The cement used join the bricks together was made from sticky rice.
3. The highest point is 14m tall.
4. The Great Wall of China is longer than the distance between the North Pole and the South Pole.
5. Elephants were used to built the wall.
6. The official length is 21,196.18 km.
7. Over 1 million people died building the wall.
(Answers: 1 = F, 2 = T, 3 = T, 4 = T, 5 = F, 6 = T, 7 = T)
After looking closely as Chinese dragons, Cherry Class have made their own dragon out of old cardboard boxes which were destined for the bin. We made sure it had a big mouth, sharp teeth, spiralling eyes, scales, spikes and a beard, as well as a pointy, flame-like tail, as we’d noticed that Chinese dragons always have these things.
The Green Team members from Year 3 and 4 will be using the dragon to perform their dragon dance at our celebration event later in the term!
The main school corridor has been taken over by an army of terracotta warriors! After learning about the ancient Chinese terracotta warriors in Xi’an, Year 3 and 4 have used clay to create their own army, containing nearly 120 warriors! Luckily, our warriors are slightly more intact than many of the originals!
This week the class, along with year 3 and Redwood, have been getting ready for the Chinese New Year. The children have been learning how to make handheld Chinese dragons, lanterns and hung bao (red envelopes).
Also the children have started to create a life size Chinese dragon to accompany the dragon dance being learnt in PE.
Year 3 and 4 have created freeze frames based on ‘The Great Race.’ Then we added thought bubbles and speech bubbles to show what the characters were thinking and feeling.
Cherry Class have been working really hard to create SOLE learning that we are truly proud of. We’ve tried hard to improve the quality of our reflections and to present our learning well – how do you think we’re getting on?
When we return to school in January, Years 3 and 4 will be setting off on ‘Our Journey to China.’
If you would like to get a headstart on this learning journey over the holiday, why not explore some of these websites?
You may like to have a go at playing mahjong, a traditional Chinese game where you have to match up identical tiles. Try playing online at:
Enjoy the rest of the holiday and have a great Christmas!