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Welcome to class 4AD!


On this page you will find information, pictures and recordings of the children completing the interesting activities we cover in Year 4. Additionally, you will be able to see some of the excellent writing the children have completed during the term.

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Term 6

Who Were More Powerful: the Athenians or Spartans?

For our final enquiry, we will be travelling back in time to the Ancient Greek civilisation, thinking about were more powerful - the democratic Athenians or the battle-ready Spartans. We will focus on a range of areas, including social life, army and the role of women, whilst deciding which state was ultimately the most powerful. Additionally, we will consider the impact of both on the modern world as well as taking an in-depth look at the Peloponnesian War. This should be a great enquiry and we can't wait to get started.

We've been learning how to program by using Pro-bots. We were given the challenge of writing different letters.
During arts week, we were learning how to print using lino. We found the cutting tricky to start with, but by the end of the week we'd all really improved and created a fantastic nature scene which is on display in the year 4 corridor. 

Our WOW: The Ancient Greeks


To kick start our enquiry, we spent a whole day learning about the Ancient Greeks. We started by learning about well known leaders and warriors, whilst dressed in our finest Grecian clothing. Next, we learned more about their lives by playing ancient games and puzzles. At the end of the day, we learned about Athenian and Spartan wars. We were commanded into battle and then took part in some ancient Olympic games. We have already learned so much, and can't wait to learn more about who was the most powerful.

Term 5

Challenge Completed!

4AD were challenged with making an operation style game using their survey results from visiting 5ST. 5ST returned Friday the 5th June to play the creations. The overall impression from 5ST was that a good job had been that the brief had been completed. All had fun either explaining how the game is played or playing the game.

What are conductors?

This term we will be learning about electricity, particularly focusing on how electronic games, such as ‘Operation’, are created. We will learn about how circuits are constructed, using a variety of components, as well as the effect of adding more components into these. Additionally, we will be investigating the properties of conductors and insulators and their role within a circuit. Using this knowledge, we will then research, design, construct and review our own ‘Operation’ style game, testing these with other children in the school.

Interviewing a tree!


As part of our outdoor learning session we decided to interview a tree in pairs. We watched a quick video on trees and developed questions from that. We then took turns to answer as the tree and ask as ourselves. There were some great questions and answers.

Role play Intervew a tree

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Problem solving with fractions

The children were given a problem where they had to piece together the different length card to make three equal lengths. Furthermore, they were given the task of finding the part fraction of the whole for each one.

As part of finding our place in nature we completed some poetry outside in the grounds of the school. We sat for a while just to get an idea about what we could see, hear, smell and then we wrote our poetry. A few lines gathered from our poetry are written below.


"The wind is blowing whilst the leaves are flowing.

Natures wonders all free as I sit in this tree."

Lucy Walker


"All the leaves are swaying in my face,

Now I know what a bird would face."

Maddison Haynes


"I hear the leaves crumbling,

I hear the Year 6's mumbling."

Cerys Nock


"By the long trees,

In the green grass,

I can feel the air in me.

With the sun in the sky,

With the voices going by,

There's always somewhere with peace."

Ruben Fry

We had our WOW on Friday afternoon. We played operation in groups and also thought about how the game worked.

"The light and buzzer work because the tweezers touch the metal." 

Ruben Fry              


"It's a switch."

Ruby Robertson            

The first day back at school was Anti Bullying Day. In 4AD we took part in different activities throughout the day in class. The pictures below show us making our inner helper (the voice that makes sure we make the right choices) out of mud. Additionally, we took part in role play and designing posters with a focus on 'who can we tell?' Take a look.

Term 4

How are sounds made?

The enquiry for the first part of this term is all about how sound is is made. We will investigate how sound travels and how we hear sounds. We finish with our own orchestra of sounds made using recyclable materials.
As the finale of our term's enquiry we played our junk instruments in groups. The following video is a compilation of each group. Enjoy watching!

Junk band percussion

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As part of our enquiry into how sound is made. We came up with a fair test into finding out how far a whisper travels. In our groups, and with the help of year 5, we tested three different places and came to the class conclusion the hall made a whisper travel the farthest.

We thought about what we had already found out about sound and suggested it may be because of the sound waves bouncing off the walls, floor and ceiling. 

How far does a whisper travel?

Our next writing focus is narrative. As part of this topic we revisited fronted adverbials. We did this by going outside and doing things in different ways. One example is "Tiptoeing along the path,.... The children came in and wrote fantastic fronted adverbial sentences.

Using the outside area to write fronted adverbials

On World Book Day in 4AD the children were invited to dress up as their favourite book character. We had some excellent costumes and we were delighted to have the Year 4 overall winner in our class. Neave Powell or should I say Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz (Not Forgetting her her Toto) 

World Book Day - Reading with Year 6

As our WOW event for this term's Enquiry we had a workshop from a man who uses junk to perform music. 

Our Enquiry WOW - STOMP

Chopstick Challenge

Morning Tai Chi

Chinese Culture Day Caligraphy

Term 3

Our Enquiry

What is Snow?

Our enquiry this term will allow us to become scientists in order to understand what snow is and how it is formed. We will carry out a range of experiments to help us identify the differences between the three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas.

4AD Class assembly

To get a real understanding about drawing and labelling graphs we made human bar charts. Take a look at the photographs below.

Human bar chart

Week 3

We have been using our observation and recording skills in science this week. We have designed experiments to answer questions such as; Do all solids melt? and What happens when you heat ice?

Our science recording

Week 2

We started this week by making our own snow! More than that, as scientists we tested three liquids to see which one would make the best snow. We decided the characteristics of good snow making was the rate at which the liquid made snow, its colour and its temperature. Finally, we agreed by majority, that water made the best snow. Pictures below.

What liquid makes the best snow?

We have been classifying materials into solids, liquids or gases this week. We've role played being a molecule in each state. After this we came up with a class definition of each state. 

Solids, liquids and gases

Week 1

We have started reading our latest power of reading text. Ice Trap! Tells the story of Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica in 1915.

Maths with Numicon

In maths this week we have been using maths resources to help us solve word problems. The following pictures show us expertly using these resources and finding the answer.


Using Numicon to solve word problems

Term 2

"I liked the Ice Palace because Ivan must be very brave to set off on his own. It shows that he cares for his brother."

Maddison Haynes


" I like the part where Ivan threw the icy tears at Starjik. This shows how brave he is to face the mighty Starjik"


Taylor Scott

Weeks 5 - 7

Our Enquiry

Why do we give gifts at Christmas?

Our Enquiry

What does it mean to belong to Judaism?

Week 7

In class we started a short enquiry called what does it mean to belong to Judaism. We looked at and role played major celebrations like Shabbat, Passover and Hanukkah. We also published our quest stories and discovered the reason we give presents Christmas. Below is a selection of photos of the week.

Week 7

Our enquiry asked the question, 'What does it mean to belong to Judaism?' The following slideshow features some of the children's responses to the original question.

What does it mean to belong to Judaism?

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What does it mean to belong to Judaism?

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What does it mean to belong to Judaism?

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Week 6

Amongst writing our quest stories we reflected on our value of the term which is Friendship. We discussed what makes a good friend and what we have learnt from our collective worships this term. The pictures below show us using one skill of a friend 'trust'. We had to trust our learning partner to catch us when we fell and also guide us when we could not see ourselves.

Reflecting on our value this term - Friendship

Week 5

This week we have started a maths unit on measurement. We looked at various measuring instruments and started converting between millimetres,centimetres and metres. We are busy writing our quest stories too. Look again next week to see some examples.

Measurement and converting

Weeks 1 - 4

Week 4

We have been developing our hero and villian characters for our versions of the Ice Palace story this week. We have also written poetry using Ice Palace and letters home as Ivan, the hero of the story. Take a look at some of our work.

Poetry and writing

Week 3

This week we have been reading and retelling the story of Ice Palace. A quest story about a young boy and his brother. We have been busy writing different types of text as Ivan. One such text was instructions to help Ivan survive the cold. We role played making a fire in class. 

Role play 'Making a fire'

Our Enquiry:

What is a Quest?


Week 2

We arrived on Tuesday morning to find all the Year 4 rooms had been ransacked. What's more the teachers computers were missing. It was our quest to complete all the challenges set before us to find the missing computer. We discovered in time it was a hoax set up by the teachers to give us the experience of a quest.

Quest Pictures

Week 1
We started this term by marking the 100 anniversary of the start of World War 1. Luckily, we had some Year 6 experts on hand to help us with various activities throughout the three days. These gave us an idea of what it might have been like to serve your country in 1914. Some of the most memorable activities included trench digging and marching with Private Evans.

In Flanders Field poem sharing in Collective Worship

In Collective Worship, we shared our performance of Lt Col John Mc Crae's poem 'In Flanders Field'. 

Year 6 World War 1 activities

Trench digging

War time games


Our Enquiry:

How are wolves and humans similar?

Welcome to term 1 in 4AD our first enquiry is 'How are wolves and humans similar?' We have a trip planned on the 16th September to the Wild place project to observe wolves in their habitat. Our Power of Reading text is called 'Wolves' and is written by Emily Gravett.

Our Enquiry:

How can pizzas be healthy?


Weeks 5-8

Week 8

We finished the term by completing our enquiry challenge of making a healthier pizza. We controlled the calories and referred to the 'Healthy plate' knowledge we had to choose more vegetables and less fat and meat to top our pizzas with.

Week 7
This week we started our new enquiry about; How can pizza be healthy? For our wow we made a pizza each with different toppings and enjoyed eating them yum. We also started our new writing focus 'Tabula Rasa'. We are busy storytelling it this week, learning the story in preparation for writing it next week.

Week 6

We finished our enquiry about the similarities between wolves and humans this week. We completed the challenge which was making a short film using our non chronological writing. Check them out below, but before you do check out our class trailer!


Wolf Trailer

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Week 5

This week in 4AD we have been practising presenting like David Attenborough. It's helping us to understand how we have to perform when we film our enquiry reports next week.

Weeks 1-4

Week 4

This week we have been busy looking into the similarities between a wolf's and a human's digestive system. Some of us took part in a practical demonstration to simulate how the four main elements of the digestive system work. It did get a little messy at times but we did find out that both wolves and humans share the same main parts. 

Den building

As part of our enquiry about the similarities between wolves and humans we took our learning outside and built shelters. We also thought about the features of human shelters and discussed whether some of these apply to wolves. We also had fun testing each teams shelter's with water!

The Wild Place Project

On Tuesday 16th year 4 opened visited the Wild Place Project. We visited Madagascan lemurs, goats and guinea fowl. The Barefoot challenge made us experienced what different terrain would feel like to animals? Most importantly we saw a pack of European wolves.


Science week

Week 2 of Term 1 was Science week, where the timetable was given over to investigating, observing and doing science. We had two exciting assemblies taken by Mr.G and then an individual class session where we learned to make our own science gadgets from objects easily found around the home. The activities included CD hovercrafts, singing cups, musical straws and making a motor.


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We carried out experiments as a class. One of these experiments was making a rocket film canister. Our challenge was to find the correct combination of Alka-Selzer tablet to water to delay the launch for 60 seconds. The closest group managed 40 seconds! We found that the water and Alka-Selzer, when mixed together, give off a gas that is powerful enough to launch the film canister.

Salty Science

Mini beast hunt