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Trial of Charles I

Published on 14th December

Year 4 looked at the evidence and sorted it into the evidence against Charles, and the evidence for him. We then decided which were the strongest pieces of evidence. Each of us wrote a statement about a given piece of evidence, which we then delivered as lawyers for the prosecution and the defence. Charles I, gave a speech begging for his life, and the judge summarised all the evidence. We then voted for what we thought the verdict would be. We decided that Charles was guilty of treason, but we would have sentenced him to life imprisonment rather than execution.

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Maasai Tribe

Maasai Tribe

Published on 21st October

After finding out about the Maasai tribe, from Kenya, Year 4 discussed the impact of tourism on the Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. The children worked in groups as Maasai elders, young Maasai, hotel workers, shop keepers, park rangers and ecolodge owners to discuss the reasons for and against allowing tourism to continue. We ended with our village meeting where we could put our viewpoints across. It was a more complicated issue than we first thought! In the end, we decided tourism should continue but with some changes: electric vehicles; more ecolodges; better pay for hotel workers; solar powered hotels and only buying things grown or made within the reserve.

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Shackletons Journey

Shackleton's Journey

Published on 20th October

Year 4 have been studying the fabulous 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill as part of their Exciting Expeditions topic this half term. They have all been enthralled by the story with all its twists and turns! Each child was assigned the role of one of the crew members; they applied for their post on the Endurance and did lots of diary writing as their character. We explored the dilemma of whether the crew should stay put at Patience Camp or move to safer ice: Stanley, James and Lenni wrote & delivered a terrific speech to motivate their crew.

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Published on 2nd October

In Science, Perseus have been learning to ask questions about local habitats and to carefully observe and record the living things in that area. We took photographs of the invertebrates we found and we then used these to make observations and to create branching databases (also known as a dichotomous key).

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