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Year 4

2021-2022

Year 4 Team 2021-2022:

O'Keeffe Class Teacher: Miss McLintock

Picasso Class Teacher: Miss Bone

Lodge Class Teacher: Mrs Herbert

 

 

Welcome to Year 4!

Autumn 1

 

Welcome to our Year 4 class page! We hope you have had a wonderful summer break and are looking forward to beginning the school year in Year 4.

 

This term, our PE day will be a MONDAY. Please make sure appropriate PE kit is in school every day. 

 

We are using 'Go Read' to log the children's reading books. The children have been shown where to go to change their reading books independently and we will encourage them to change their books as soon as they have finished reading them. The children will also receive a library book to read alongside their shelf book. Library books are changed once a week. 

 

We are so excited for all of the learning opportunities we will get to share with the children this year. Below is some information on the learning we will be carrying out this half term. 

 

In English, we will be exploring traditional tales with Peter Pan in Scarlet (the official sequel). We will be focusing on writing character and setting descriptions before writing our own version of a traditional tale. We will then look at descriptive language and riddles with The Night of the Gargoyles.

 

In Maths, we will be exploring number and place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division in a range of fluency, problem solving and reasoning contexts.

 

In Science, we begin the year by looking at sound. We learn how sound works, about pitch and how distance affects sound before making our own instruments!

 

In History, we begin learning about Early Britain and the Stone Age by looking at a range of primary and secondary resources.

 

In Geography, we look at the region of Eastern England, learn about geographical features and how they may be different across counties.

 

Please refer back to our class pages each week to see what the children have been getting up to in school!

10.09.2021

In Art this half term we will be painting our own landscapes. To begin this topic, we spent this week's Art lesson exploring a range of brushes. We chose appropriate brushes to create different strokes and varied textures!

03.09.2021

This week, the Year 4 teachers welcomed all the children back to school. The children learned about their class artists (Georgia O'Keeffe and Pablo Picasso) as well as writing about their summer holidays, practising spelling and playing times tables games to engage everyone in this year's learning.

We are looking forward to sharing more Year 4 learning with you soon!

2020-2021

Teaching Team 

Mrs Herbert (Picasso class)

Miss Blundell (O'Keeffe class) with Miss McLintock (student teacher)

Mrs Herbert ( Target group teacher)

Mrs Mason ( Teaching Assistant)

 

 

Class information

Year four PE lessons will be on Thursday afternoons.

 

 

Home learning

Home learning tasks (spellings, my maths and maths fluency) will be set on a Friday. We encourage children to read daily and this can be recorded in their reading records. 

 

 

Year 3/4 Statutory Spellings: 

In the link below, you will find the National Curriculum Year 3/4 Statutory Spelling List  document. On page 16 of the document, you will find the Year 3/4 spelling list. The previous pages of the documents also explain the spellings rules that we teach in our weekly spelling practise. Each week, alongside a spelling rule, we send home two statutory spellings from the list to keep children practising them regularly.

Children are assessed on all the words from the list each term, throughout the years. The document also contains the Year 5/6 Statutory Spelling List and rules which children will move onto next year.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf 

05.07.21

In our maths learning this week, we have been building our confidence with time. In Miss Blundell's class we did one of her favourite time activities, MUSICAL CLOCKS! We danced around the room to the music and then when it stopped we had to read the time off an analogue clock. Year 4 also explored 12- and 24-hour conversion later on in the week and they should be really proud of themselves, as this is challenging learning.

28.01.21

We hope everyone has recovered after the excitement of the school sleepover. We wanted to say a little message to thank the children for some of the lovely manners we saw when we were handing out food and drinks, and the general appreciation from some children for the experience. 

 

It was definitely an early night for the teachers on Saturday!

21.07.21

In this lesson, we made pulleys. We use string, a little plastic pot, a magnet and a paperclip. We attached the pulley to the chair and attempted to pull the paperclip up with the magnet attached to the bottom of the pot. This skill will be useful to help us when we go start our DT project of making a ski lift.

14.06.21

Cross Curricular Days for PE!

We have had some fun days this week linking our lessons to PE. On Monday, we practised some first aid and we learnt and tried bandaging each other. We then went onto explore the history of the Ancient Olympics. In the afternoon, we did our learning outside. There was various different food and drink packaging around the playground and we went on a scavengers hunt to find food with certain contents. Some of the things we had to find included:

  • A product that contains no fats
  • A food high in sugar
  • A food containing around 10g of protein per 100g
  • A food that has an amber salt label

 

07.06.21

We started our new D&T unit this week where we are developing skills to move towards creating a ski lift. This week we looked at various pulleys and how they work. We learnt some important vocabulary including axle, wheel, force and motor. We then explained the process ourselves so that we are reading to make our own pulleys in our next D&T lesson.

24.06.21

This week we enjoyed a lovely art morning. Firstly, we did a contrasting sketch of the Stonehenge. On one part of the page we used charcoal and the other half we used sketching pencils and colouring pencils. Our focus was to create the appropriate textures on the stone structure and also to use tones to show where the light hits the stone from the sun.

 

We then evaluated our previously made Stonehenge structures. We considered the strength of our design and the areas that needed improvement. We thought about the skills we could use next time to achieve better results.

17.05.21

In maths, we have been spending some time building our confidence with our times tables. Miss Brooks group practised with games such as pairs, around the world and finding patterns on a 100 square. We started to feel more confident with our 3 and 4 times tables.

During out art learning journey, we have explored the different textures of materials you would find at the Stonehenge.  We used sketches (we had drawn in a previous lesson) to collaboratively create a model of this structure. We used various tools to mould our clay and show the different textures. We had to consider how we could ensure our structure would remain stable.

During our art learning, we created scaled up versions of our Stonehenge sketches. We used our learning from maths to make the measures of a sketches ten times bigger. We then used chalk to sketch them out on the playground.

26.04.21 - We had two fantastic cross curricular days!

19.04.21

This week in science we began our new unit on states of matter. We sorted different materials into either solids, liquids or gasses. We then considered what properties they would have if they were in these groups. We discussed the particle formation of these materials and demonstrated how the particles would look in groups.

13.04.21 I'm a Believer

Here is the song we are currently enjoying singing in music! We have been really enjoying preparing for our cross curricular day performance. If you have anytime, you may want to have a practise at home.

22.03.21

15.03.21

This week we started our playscripts unit. We practised reading Alice in Wonderland as if we were characters performing. We had to consider our tone and intonation when reading to ensure we were expressing the correct emotions.

08.03.21

For our maths learning we created human grids and plotted shapes. We discussed the various polygons that we created on the grids and their properties. We also completed shapes by identifying what the missing coordinates were. 

 

01.03.21 

This week we read various blurbs of different genres of texts, including playscripts. We then used our VIPERS skill of prediction to make sensible predictions of these blurbs and justified our views. We recorded our ideas on post it notes and placed them on the covers. This allowed us to share a good discussion at the end of the lesson and compare our thoughts.

 

22.02.21

This week we started our new unit in D&T all about food technology. It will lead onto the children using skills such as chopping, slicing, grating and peeling and then planning their own soup.

 

For this lesson we explored how food is sourced and we conducted research and presented our finding in a leaflet.

08.02.21

Year 4 had a fantastic English lesson illustrating a verse of a poem. They created detailed drawings and then annotated them with quotes from the poem.

01.02.21 - Mental Health Awareness Week
 

We are all going through a challenging time in lockdown, so it is more important than ever to ensure we are staying happy and healthy.


Do you remember our "Take Notice" assemblies last term? Taking notice of the world around you and what you are grateful for is one way that you can improve your happiness every day.


There are so many benefits to practicing mindfulness, you can feel happier, less stressed or anxious, calmer, more focused, be kinder and even sleep better!

 

Explore this link - hopefully it will keep you healthy, happy and have a little fun along the way!

Please check with an adult that they are happy for you to access this.

 

25.01.21 - A holiday to the French Alps would be nice right now, wouldn't it?

This week the children used their English learning of persuasive writing and their Geography learning all about the French Alps to create a holiday brochure.

18.01.21 - Setting description online!

This week year 4 created some powerful descriptions of a rainforest.

14.12.20
We enjoyed our last week before Christmas. Here's little Christmas message from us in Year 4 at Round Diamond.

Merry Christmas from Picasso

Merry Christmas from Mrs Herbert's English group

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Merry Christmas from O'Keeffe

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7.12.20

In our assembly this week we practised using Makaton to sing a Christmas song.

Makaton.wmv

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30.11.20 - Sewing in Year 4

23.11.20 - Maths - Coordinates battleships game

Some children wanted the sheet to play more battleships at home.

Year 4 had great fun this week in science! Miss McLintock and Miss Blundell demonstrated the human digestive system with some biscuits, a banana, orange juice, a sandwich bag and a pair of tights. 

 

After that, the children went outside and we had a cross-curricular link to PE. Mr Beeson had set up a fantastic circuit of exercise for the children to carry out which represented different parts of the digestive system.

Year 4 started their new unit in English: Non-chronological reports. We spent this morning exploring this text type and identifying the structural and grammar features.
We had a very musical science lesson this week! The children used junk modelling to create some fantastic instruments. We considered how the instruments would make different pitches and amplitudes. We went on to use the instruments in our music lesson.
During our RE learning this week, we made top trump cards to share our knowledge about the various Hindu Deities.

05.10.20

This week in science we explored sound absorption. We tried using various materials for sound proofing a music speaker such as towel, foil, plastic and cotton. We used an app that measured the decibels.

28.09.20

21.09.20

In Miss Blundell's English group we looked at relative clauses as our grammar focus. Some children went on to use these in their English writing about Peter Pan.
In science we explored how sound travels from the source to the brain. The children created presentations to explain the process.
During our art learning this week, we explored how various brush techniques would create different desired effects.

Picasso welcome video.wmv

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Welcome to O'Keeffe

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Goodbye to our lovely year four cohort!

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Goodbye to our lovely year four cohort.
You have made us very proud this year with all your achievements and the maturity you have shown with how this year has turned out.
Have a well deserved summer break and we wish you all the best for your year 5 experience.
Miss Blundell, Miss Mitchell, Mrs Herbert and Mr Haig

2019 - 2020

Week beginning Monday 20th July 

Home learning week commencing 20.07.20

Week beginning Monday 13th July 2020

Home learning week commencing 13.07.20

French Listening assessment .mov

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Week beginning Monday 6th July 2020

Home learning week commencing 06.07.20

Week beginning Monday 29th June 2020

Home learning week commencing 29.06.20

Week beginning Monday 22nd June 2020

Home learning week commencing 22.06.20

History task 2 demo.mov

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French

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Pets in French | Beginner French Lessons for Children

Week beginning Monday 15th June 2020

Home learning week commencing 15.06.20

English 1

For learning your spellings this week you could...
- Write them in melted chocolate or shavingfoam
- Write them on a family members back using your finger
- Create a rap using as many of them as you can

- Write silly sentences with them in 

Steps and what it looks like (rounding to estimate and using the inverse to check)

Rounding, estimating and inverse

Pandora's Box | The Greek Myth of Pandora and Her Box | Greek Mythology Story

Pets in French

Week Beginning Monday 8th June 2020

English 1

For your spellings you could do the following activities...
- Write them in sentences

- Rainbow writing

- Pyramid writing

English 2

How To Make A Cardboard Sword

Week beginning Monday 1st June 2020

Diversity posters

Message to Year 4

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Recommended Texts

Hi Year 4,

We had a few requests for book recommendations during our phone calls so we have compiled a list of ones we love! There is a range of levels here as we know you are all on different book bands. 

 

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

 

 

The Lorax by Dr Seuss

The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt

Slime by David Walliams

The Peski Kids by R.A Spratt

Percy Jackson By Rick Riordan 

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi

 

Week beginning Monday 18th May 2020

Music

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Science

States of Matter | Educational Videos for Kids

Did you know that matter, can be in three forms? Solid 🔲liquid 💧and gas 💨! We can also change from one to another, here's how! 👉SUBSCRIBE TO HAPPY LEARNING! ...

How to Draw Stonehenge Step by Step

Week Beginning Monday 11th May 2020

Music

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Forts and tribes in Iron Age Britain

Week beginning Monday 4th May 2020

Rainbow fractions

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Primary vs Secondary Sources

Week 1.MP4

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Art - A Street Through Time

Week beginning Monday 27th April

Parallel ascenders

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Reminder about rounding rules

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Art

Miss Mitchell chose to do a dragon for her St. George inspired piece!

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Dans ma trousse il y a

Week Beginning Monday 20th April

Home Learning overview Year 4 WB 20.04.20

The grid method demo.mov

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Bus stop method demo.mov

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Maths 3

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Commutative law explained

Example of rainbow factor pairs.mov

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Art

13.04.20

 

Hi Year 4,

 

This is just an idea for your second week of Easter holidays if you are looking for something to do. In The Spiderwick Chronicles, a family encounter a world of creatures around their new home and find a field guide, detailing all the ones Arthur Spiderwick has found. This links to what we were doing in Science before Easter (Living things, classification and keys). If you want to, you could create your own field guide of imaginary creatures that may be living in your house, garden or even the darker creatures in a shed! This is not a compulsory task, just a fun activity that links a lot of learning. Remember, when creating your creatures you have to think about what kind of habitat, diet and characteristics they have. Below are some examples of a field guide and the audio book for the first novel in the series.

 

Have fun explorers!

 

What children have done in Easter

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide Audiobook

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide Audiobook

 

03.04.2020

Hi Year 4,

 

We hope you are all keeping well and have enjoyed the last two weeks of learning. We will not be setting any new learning over the Easter holidays but have found a wide range of activities you can do while you are at home over the next few weeks - 65 fun things to be precise! We wish you a happy, fun Easter break and hope to see you all soon!

 

The Year 4 Team

 

 

19.03.20
Hello Year 4 parents,

 

Due to the upcoming school closure on Friday 20th March, we will now be providing learning through the website. This will be learning for the children to complete over the next two weeks at home. We recommend children continue in a daily routine to ensure a sense of stability and to allow them to continue to progress in their learning. 

 

Below we have structured a two week time table which will allow children time to practise their maths fluency, spelling, reading, creative writing and topical learning.

 

If you have any questions regarding this learning please email rpaice@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

 

Keep safe and healthy & we will see you all soon. 

 

The Year 4 team

As well as our learning below, Twinkl have offered free resources for the next two weeks.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

The code is: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS

Year 4 Timetable Week beginning 23.03.20

When writing your setting descriptions, you may find the following website useful for inspiration or for settings to describe.

https://www.literacyshed.com/

 

 

 

Friday Resources

Please see Monday's timestables activity.

Year 4 Week 2 Week beginning 30.03.20

Wednesday resources
Please refer to Wednesday from week 1 for spelling practise

10.03.20

We braved the cold in maths this week and went out to create human grids to plot different coordinates. 
We then created a range of different polygons on these grids.

09.03.20

Year 4 spent their science lesson hunting the playground for invertebrates! 
We carefully searched in different microhabitats to see what we could find. The children did observational sketches and described the microhabitat the living things were found in. When we got back into the classroom, we tried to classify some of the invertebrates and we identified that we had found annelids, insects and arachnids. 

02.03.20
Year 4 have had a fantastic week full of Alice in Wonderland learning. Today, Miss Blundell's English group wrote their own birthday poems inspired by 'A Very Merry Unbirthday" from the animated film's tea party scene. We went on to have our own little tea party with some yummy biscuits!

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25.02.20 
Computing has been really enjoyable over this term as the year 4 children have had great fun creating their comic strips!

 

The children have shown a great progression of skills over the year so far. They started off in Autumn developing their understanding of editing fonts and formatting images. This has now allowed them to insert images onto publisher and edit the sizes of these images to suit their comic strips. They have then used their knowledge of editing fonts sizes when writing a range of speech bubbles and thought bubbles.

 

Have a look at some brilliant examples:

10.02.20
In Science, we have been learning all about the different endangered species in the world and how humans contribute to the declining amount of certain species. 

We researched in the poison dart frog and then wrote a non-chronological report on this particular animal. This week, we created a charity advertisement to share our knowledge from across this unit.

Micah and Kevwe's charity advertisement

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07.02.20
Geography 
Cross-curricular link to computing

In Geography this week, we compared the French Alps with our local area. We then went on to create documentaries based on this topic. We used the ipads to record different scenes.

Computing FUN!
This week we planned storyboards for our comic strips we are planning to create in computing. 

We went on to take pictures which we will go on to insert into publisher.

24.01.20 - History

During this week's history learning we wrote letters to show the societal changes between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
20.1.20
During our science learning this week we researched into a range of habitats and the species that live there. We found out about certain adaptations of species which allow them to survive in certain circumstances.

13.01.20
In PSHE, Year 4 have been thinking about the different ways of being healthy. 
We had fantastic discussion about certain things we should always be doing to keep healthy, certain things we should have here and there as a treat and the things we should avoid!

 

We went on the talk about the different food groups and why they are important in their own way.

08.01.19 Happy new year! Year four had a fantastic RE lesson today and learnt all about the founder of our new focus religion, Sikhism.

They retold the story through drama performances.

20.12.20 Eggciting experiments!

This week we have carried out an observation over time experiment. We submerged eggs into a range of liquids including coke, milk, orange juice and blackcurrant squash and observed the impact on the shell of the egg during the time it spent in the liquid. We then related this back to the damage certain liquids can have on our teeth. Blackcurrant caused quite a lot of damage!

13.12.19 Can you solve the winter riddle?

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6.12.19

We have been comparing religions that we have learnt about and finding similarities and differences.

29.11.19 - Common Exception Words to Practise

22.11.19

O'Keeffe wowed Miss Blundell with their excellent behaviour and improvement with their steel pans playing.

Tuesday Steel Pans

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15.11.19

This week in English the children read aloud to build on their fluency and intonation.

11.11.19
LOOK AWAY IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH! This half term year 4 are learning all about the digestive system. In this week's science lesson the children watched the teachers demonstrate what it would look like for food to travel through the different digestive organs. After the demonstration, the children then went outside and we had a cross-curricular link with PE as the children carried out a circuit that represented different parts of digestion.
8.11.19
Year 4 had a fantastic day on Wednesday when Tim and Bridget came in to carry out our Egyptian Drumming and Dancing Workshop. A huge thank you to all the adults who joined us for our Year 4 open afternoon. It was lovely to see you interacting with your children and having a dance yourselves!

24.10.19
Here are a range of games that can be played at home to help children with their times tables.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.mathschase.com/

https://www.timestables.co.uk/speed-test/

 

There are also good songs on Youtube where popular chart music has been adapted by an Australian teacher into times table songs. This is the link to his page:

https://www.youtube.com/user/MrDeMaio7

24.10.19

Year 4 have been exploring shape over the past few weeks. They carried out lots of activities such as classifying 2d shapes and making their own 3d shapes with play dough!

11.10.19  -  18.10.19

Over the past couple of weeks we have been making canopic jars. We moulded the jar lids with modroc and then painted them using typical Egyptian colours.

30.09.2019
In year 4, we created our own panpipes. We had to carefully follow instructions to ensure our panpipes worked. Whilst we were making them, we were considering how we would be able to make them create different pitches.

23.9.20

In PSHE, we discussed different emotions we feel. The children draw the expression you might show when feeling this emotion and added a the name of that emotion.

20.09.19 Mummification in Year 4!

09.09.19
A great start to our new science unit!
This week to introduce our science unit of 'Sound' we did a sound survey of the school. We stopped in a range of different places around the school and listened carefully to what we could hear. We considered what caused the vibration the made the sound travel to our ears.
06.06.19

E-Safety in Year 4!

Year 4 got straight into their E-safety learning this week and we looked at how our internet activity leaves us with a digital tattoo. We symbolised our online actions with the toothpaste being squeezed out of the container and then Miss Mitchell and Miss Blundell attempted to put the toothpaste back in the tube - with great difficulty! This has shown us that once we put something online it is very difficult to take it back.
2018-2019

16.07.19

Miss Millard's Maths group have enjoyed applying a range of skills learnt over the year to solve the mystery of the mixed-up football shirts! We are happy to confirm the case has been resolved and the culprit was...

02.07.19

Picasso class have had a fantastic time during our cross-curricular days enjoying visits from the Emergency services, learning about aid agencies and how they support people during natural disasters, writing a charity song, researching significant Scientists and filming their own documentary. 
Picasso class had great fun this afternoon creating a persuasive advert for a new wife for Henry VIII. The classroom was filled with laughter!

06.06.19

Year 4 enjoyed our visitor today, as part of their RE learning about sacred texts. The children had the opportunity to ask many questions about the bible and were keen to find out lots of information. 
Year 4 spent a lovely afternoon together today. Firstly, we made the most of the weather and headed outside for a science investigation to explore gasses in fizzy drinks. After that, we rehearsed our performance for the Summer Music Festival during our Music lesson. 
We had a fantastic time during Maths today, using the Geoboard app to create a range of 2D shapes. 
Year 4 had a fantastic time this morning playing games they had created using their Roman numeral knowledge.

26.04.19

In French this week, we have been learning about classroom stationary. We had to match the image with the french phrase and then we played a game and we had to mime the objects for people to guess. 
Picasso have been busy sharing their home learning projects in class this morning. Thank you all for the amazing effort you have put in to these projects. It has been great fun hearing about the different methods used to create a model rainforest, the fascinating fact finding and the poems. 

04.04.19

Year 4 had an egg-cellent time solving mathematical problems to crack the code of the missing Easter bunny costume!

13.03.19

A few children have asked for the website address of the site we are using in computing so here it is;

 

http://isleoftune.com/

 

 

11.03.19

The whole of Year 4 enjoyed getting out in the fresh air today to conduct a mini-beast hunt in the school grounds. We found lots of invertebrates and then used a classification key to classify our findings. 

07.03.19

Year 4 have enjoyed a wonderful 'World Book Day'. We shared the story of 'The Giving Tree',  and then we set to work on making our own tree, by creating branches and writing messages on leaves of what we could give to others. We also reflected on who in our life gives to us and wrote thank you notes to let them know how much we appreciate what they do for us.   

27.02.19

As part of our new RE topic, we have been learning about food and religion. Each table was given a different religion and was challenged to design a meal following their food rules. 

14.02.19

Picasso enjoyed a passionate debate this afternoon about the Amazon rainforest. They worked in groups and took on different roles to represent a range of views and opinions.

30.01.19

Year 4 had a fabulous time at Mini-Olympics and enjoyed a variety of different sports activities. A fun time was had by all and even the adults joined in a bit as well! 

24.01.19

Year 4 traveled back in time today and the only way they could get back to the future was to solve addition and subtraction word problems. Luckily, we all returned safely!

08.01.19

Happy New Year! Welcome back to a new term packed full of interesting and exciting learning opportunities. We are excited for our new topics, The Rainforest and Living things and their habitats, and hope the children ar