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This week in Science we looked at a range of appliances, we grouped them into ones that used electricity and ones that didn't. We then grouped the electrical appliances into 2 groups, mains operated and battery operated. After this we identified potential dangers in the home when using electricity and why these were dangerous. In RE we looked at the Jewish Passover festival and discussed the items of food on the Seder plate and what they symbolised. We tasted Matzah, a cracker type bread, served with the Seder meal.

In our class text, part of the plot involves a magical spell, with the towns folk falling asleep and being covered in thick webs. So this week with the cold weather we photographed some spider webs around the school and then picked our favourite to draw onto card. Then used white wool to stitch around our outlines. Threading needles proved to be somewhat tricky, but we all enjoyed having a go. We will be continuing with these next week, so hopefully finished webs will be ready for photographing then.


This week we started learning about electricity. We discussed what we already knew, then we looked at renewable and non-renewable sources of electricity. We ended by finding out what a circuit is and what happens if we break the circuit. We also had a fantastic workshop called 'Fantastic Fred' where the children learnt about how to keep their minds and bodies healthy. In Topic we looked at the major events in the Tudor period and constructed a timeline. More multiplication in Math's. The children had their first cricket session this week which they really enjoyed. This will continue through till half term. 


Welcome back to a new year. This week we have settled back into learning so well. We have started our new topic 'Breaking Boundaries' and have been learning about the Tudor family tree. We have also started our new text, looking at different fairy tales. In RE we talked about our favourite food and what would happen if we were told we couldn't eat it anymore! We drew our favourite foods onto plates.

Finally a special mention to a member of our class who has achieved his 1 hour graded exam in marital arts. Well done and thank you for sharing this special achievement with us.


This week we have finished our Roman mosaics and they looked fantastic. We also tried some Italian food, bread sticks, mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, salami, parma ham, green and black olives. Don't worry the children who couldn't try things due to dietary or religious reasons didn't. The children didn't have to taste anything they didn't want to, but for those who were brave and did, experienced new tastes. 

We finished our pine cone tree decorations and material trees too. We also researched weird and fun facts about the Romans during Topic.

What a lot of learning we have packed into these first two terms. The children have worked so very hard.

Finally a special mention to one member of our class who recently passed his piano exam with distinction. Well done.

We wish you a relaxing and safe holiday.


This week in Y4 we have been looking at the difficult journey Mary, Joseph and Jesus made to Egypt to escape King Herod and how they might have felt during this journey. In Topic we started designing and making our own roman mosaic pictures, we will finish these next week. In Science we learnt all about the water cycle and in English we have been focusing on plural and singular nouns and the rules for changing the endings to these words.

We finished off the week with Snowflake day, we visited the snowflake fair and decorated pine cones and made fabric trees. We didn't finish them all so we will carry on next week.


In RE we have been learning about symbols in the Christian religion and what they mean, we then looked at Christingles and what they represent. The children designed their own on paper to symbolize what is important to them in their life. Also this week the class learnt about aqueducts in Roman times, why they were built and how they worked. Then in groups they made one themselves out of paper. The children did really well. We have also been learning our Christmas songs for carols around the tree at the end of term. 

In English we have been learning a poem 'I am a Roman solider' and performing actions to go with the words, alongside analysing the poem itself.


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Following on from last week, we looked at our eggs and discovered that orange juice was the liquid that was most damaging to the shell of the egg, so it would cause the most damage to our tooth enamel. 


This week the children have continued with their understanding of teeth. We have been looking at tooth decay. We used boiled eggs in their shells and submerged them in different liquids. The liquids we used was water, coke, apple juice, orange juice and milk. We will be observing them everyday over the course of a week to see what happens to the shell of the egg and whether we can see which liquids might cause decay.

In Topic this week we learned about Roman bath houses. All children took part in some role play, experiencing each room as a Roman and as a servant. We had great fun.

The first room was the Palaestra, an outside room where the men would run and wrestle and the women would play ball games to work up a sweat ready for the next room. Servants would play music and sing.

The second room was the Tepidarium, a warm room where Romans would have massages by the servants who would pour oil over the skin and scrap the dirt and oil off using a tool called a strigil.

The third room was the Caldarium, a steam room, the hottest room where Romans had to wear sandals so they did not burn their feet. The servants would pour cold water on them to refresh them. The steam room was used to open their pores.

The last room was the Frigidarium, a freezing cold bath where Romans could plunge themselves into the water to feel refreshed and be served food and drink by the servants.

In RE today we looked at some poems about the Christmas story and the children then worked in groups to make up a melody to sing the words of the poem to. A challenge was set for groups if they chose to, to include 2 part harmonies. The groups did really well.


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A busy week this week. The children have finished the unit on length and measurement and have now started on multiplication and division. In English we have been looking at the structure and features of newspaper reports. The children had fun drafting one for the important event of Hadrian's Wall being completed in the Roman times. In Topic we learnt all about why and how the wall was built and lots of facts about it including modern day pictures. We also discussed the recent news about a Roman find in Buckinghamshire of 3 busts, one woman, one man and a child alongside a hexagonal glass container. In Science we've moved onto teeth, identifying the different types of teeth and what they are used for and teeth in other animals, comparing similarities and differences. In music this week I introduced them to an Italian composer Rossini, who wrote a 'cat duet', two people literally singing to each other using the sounds cats make 'meows'. We then looked at another unusual symphony that had an extra instrument being used....a typewriter! The children had great fun trying to create their own music using animal sounds of their choice which had to be sung, to either a piece of music they knew or their own made up music. They also had to try and tell a story through actions and facial expressions while singing. A couple of videos are shown below. 

Great week Year 4.


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This week we have continued our work on Instructions. The children had to follow steps to build their own Roman road in Topic, using custard, biscuits and sweets. Then they evaluated the instructions to decide if they were clear enough and easy to follow. Then later on in the week they watched a silent video where they learnt how to make a catapult. The children made their own and then wrote instructions on how to do it. In Science we learnt more about the functions of the different parts of the digestive system and the children had fun writing instructions as a piece of food travelling through the digestive system. In RE we started learning about the long journey Mary and Joseph travelled from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and why they did that journey. In Math's we have started learning how to convert measurements, such as m into cm, cm into mm and km into m. We also talked about the importance of Remembrance Day.


What a great week back after half term. We have just finished our Maths unit on addition and subtraction and will be moving onto length and perimeter next week. In English we looked at how we write instructions and how to use imperative verbs 'bossy verbs'. The children wrote instructions on how to become a gladiator and then tried acting this out. In Science we have been learning how the human digestive system works, what the main parts are called in our digestive system and what they all do. In topic we discussed who in the Roman army and when they invaded different parts of the world.


What an amazing but busy day today. Year 4 had their sharing assembly this morning and they were amazing. Well done Year 4 we hope you enjoyed watching us as much as we enjoyed performing.

After that we exploded our volcanoes in the afternoon, it was great fun and they all enjoyed the experience. Some amazing volcanoes Year 4, again well done you should all be proud of yourselves.


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Finishing the day off with the Halloween disco, some very creative costumes were seen and it was a fabulous turn out.


This week we have been assessing what the children have learnt and they have completed these really well. We have also been spending time on making sure our class assembly is ready for you next Tuesday. We are all very excited to share our learning with you. In Topic this week we looked at volcanoes again and found out more information about how they are made, what happens when they explode, what it is like living near a volcano, what we would put in a survival kit and we made our own 3D volcanoes with labelled parts.

Another budding scientist this week, who not only bought in special ingredients for exploding but made the volcano too. Well done.


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Another packed week. We have finished our topic on place value in Maths and have started on subtraction and addition. In English we finished our fact files on Italy which are now displayed in class on our Big Write wall. We started reading our class text 'Romans on the Rampage' by Jeremy Strong. The children are finding it very comical and are excited to learn more about whether Perilus (the main character) manages to become a chariot racer or not. In Topic we watched some videos on volcanoes erupting and we learnt how a volcano is formed. As part of Black History month Year 4 have been looking at Rosa Parks who decided one day not to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. Because of her actions 44,000 people took part in a bus boycott which lasted for over a year. This then led to a law being changed that meant that white and black people no longer had to be segregated on buses. The children found it very eye opening to learn how different things were in the past and it raised many interesting questions. We drew buses and wrote in them how Rosa Parks felt throughout her life and during these key events.

Also this week we had 2 budding scientists in our class who bought in their own volcanoes and the necessary ingredients to make them erupt. Well done to those children, they were very professional in their demonstrations. yes

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It has been an amazing week of learning this week. The children are really working hard and thinking more about what they are working on. We also had a cricket tournament Thursday afternoon where a group of Year 4 children took part in activities against other schools. They all came back having enjoyed the experience, despite the cold and as a school we were very impressed with how they conducted themselves. Well done those children. Today your child will have come home with an invite to our class assembly which we have been busy working on. Please make sure you send the replies in next week to secure your seat. 

Have a wonderful weekend.


In Science this week we looked at what happens when we change a solid into a liquid. We timed how long this took and explored ideas as to how we might speed up the process. We also carried out an experiment that showed a liquid, turning into a gas and back into a liquid.

The children finished off their 3D maps of Italy and the UK this week. They added labels showing where the mountain ranges are and volcanoes.


What another fantastic week, we have been making 3D models of Italy and the UK showing the mountain ranges and volcanoes as part of our Topic work. In Science we have been learning about the melting point for chocolate and what happens to a solid, when it changes into a liquid. English we have been learning about the features of non fiction texts in preparation for writing our own fact files next week on Italy. Maths we have continued with number lines to 10,000, adding 1, 10 and 100. In PE the children had fun warming up before learning about Rugby.


What a week we have had, so busy with our learning. In Maths we have been rounding numbers to 10 and 100. English we have been learning about the different types of nouns, writing time travelling adventures and practicing using full stops and capital letters. In Topic we learnt about what human and physical features are and how they are different. We located both features on a map of the UK. In Science, following on from last week, we looked at how fizzy drinks are made using carbon dioxide. We weighed cups of lemonade with fizz and then without fizz to find out that gas has a weight. We also watched raisins dance and discussed why this happens. In music the children were introduced to an Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, we listened to his music and discussed how he became blind, how he can read music and what it might be like to live without sight. We then compared him to an American singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder and discussed his blindness and how he learnt how to play instruments such as the piano. So much learning and so many interesting questions raised by the children. Well done Year 4.


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We have started our Science topic on 'States of Matter' this week. We have been learning about liquids, solids and gases, their properties and particle arrangements. We identified a number of items and put them into the 3 categories and then went outside to experiment with liquid and gas. It was great fun.


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This week we have started our first Math topic on place value, revising our numbers up to 1000 and learning how to partition numbers.