Over the course of this term, the Year 4 classes have been exploring an innovative unit of work in German titled “Gummibaerchen” (Gummy Bears). This unit connects authentically with Maths and Science as well as exploring a range of new German vocabulary and grammar structures in a fun and meaningful way. Students have learnt the origins and history of the gummy bear as well as how to count to higher numbers (above 20) in German more accurately, accurately measure objects and use question words effectively to formulate a German question correctly. In addition, students have learnt to make predictions and observations in German through completing a Science experiment.
The culmination of our unit has been conducting an experiment where students have each grown their own gummy bear from one humble Haribo gummy bear. Given the variables of water, salt and white vinegar, students had to predict and observe the changes in their individual gummy bears and overwhelmingly students were excited to see their gummy bears grow and change over the period of three days.
It has been great to see students’ enthusiasm and excitement throughout this unit of work.