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Term 6


LoE: What have Romans done for me?

In Term 6, Year 4 will be exploring all the amazing things the Romans introduced to the United Kingdom . We will be learning about exciting new ideas that the Romans used to make everyday life easier. We will be experimenting with aqueducts, use maps to explore roads, create mosaic art pieces and create an invitation using only the Latin language.   


We will finish our enquiry by writing a non- chronological report on what we believe the most important entities the Romans have brought to the United Kingdom are. These reports will then be made digital using the google chromebooks.


Aqueducts were designed to keep Romans healthy. Channels were built over and under ground to bring in fresh water for drinking and bathing. They were also used to take out waste so the Romans were only left with clean, safe water. Using some guttering, we had a go at creating an aqueduct to transport water. We got pretty wet! 


Roman mosaics can still be seen in England today. More often than not, they are found on ceilings or floors. After learning that they were often commissioned by the wealthy to either tell a story or to praise a hero, we had a go at creating our own mosaic designs. 


To kick start our enquiry 'What have the Romans done for me?', Year 4 were visited by a Roman workshop. During this, we became Roman soldiers and learned battle formations that the Romans would have used to successfully invade Britain. We also became archaeologists and dug up authentic artefacts all the way from Norfolk.  Finally, we looked at the Romanisation of Britain and what the Romans have left behind for us today. We were amazed to find out that the Romans brought us things such as art, straight roads, new language, aqueducts, police and even stinging nettles! 

Barbara Hepworth

Our art focus in Term 6 was sculpting. We were given the artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth to study. We analysed her work and created our own sculptures mimicking her style. 

Sports Day!

We enjoyed a great sports day this morning in the beautiful sunshine. First thing, we all did basketball shooting, skipping, speed bounce, tug of war, target throwing and distance running. We then finished off the morning with distance running, sprint and team sprint. Well done to everyone who took part and a special well done to More who came first!

Challenge - What does it mean to belong?

Having come to the end of our Power of Reading text Jemmy Button, we created a piece of artwork that showed the two locations that Jemmy had spent time in. We then put a picture of Jemmy behind one of the locations to show where we thought he belonged. 


This term, Year 4 have to pleasure of Bristol Rugby leading our indoor PE lessons. The focus is to improve our knowledge and ability in gymnastics.  Look at what we've been up to!

Charcoal Silhouettes

The strangers in our Power of Reading text Jemmy Button are always shown as silhouettes. We created our own silhouettes of Georgian men and women and some of us then went on to design our own silhouettes linked to the story. Can you tell what they are silhouettes of?

Term 5

LoE: What does it mean to belong?

In Term 5, Year 4 will be exploring the fascinating continent of South America and comparing it to the UK. We will be locating and plotting the major countries, cities, rivers and mountains before zooming into Tierra Del Fuego as we discover the life of Jemmy Button through our Power of Reading text.


After following Jemmy’s extraordinary encounters as an outsider in an unfamiliar land and his emotional return home, we will finish our enquiry What does it mean to belong? with a piece of artwork.


This term's inter-house competition was dodgeball. Each house played each other once for a total of 5 minutes. The team with the most amount players remaining were declared the winners. 10 points were given for a win and 5 points for a draw. Here were the results: Cosham: 20 points 

                                                      Grace: 20 points

                                                      More: 20 points

                                                      Blackwell: 0 points

Makey Makeys!

This term, our computing unit was Makey Makeys. We discussed the role of the keyboard and then used the Makey Makeys as a replacement. After recapping conductors and insulators, we replaced certain keys with celery, foil, paperclips and forks! We then used these to play an online piano. Can you guess the tune?

Guess the tune!

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Finger printing

Our art focus this term is printing. Having printed using potatoes, we tried our hand at finger printing. We took inspiration from a beautiful illustration in our Power of Reading book Jemmy Button. He's on his way to the UK and we're going to use this trip to inspire our writing where we will be focusing on describing different settings. 


We're about to start our new Power of Reading text Jemmy Button so we created some button artwork as our wow.

Measure time!

To kick start our measure unit in maths, we had a go at measuring length, mass and capacity. 

Potato printing!

Our art focus in Term 5 was printing. We used potatoes! We started off trying out different repeated patterns before using our new found knowledge to create flowers and plants. Finally, we brought everything together to create a jungle scene.

Help us save the gorillas!

We've been learning how to write persuasively this week so we put our new skills to the test and created a campaign video to persuade people to help save gorillas. Did you know that there are only 880 mountain gorillas left in the wild? Unbelievable right?

Campaign video 1

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Campaign video 2

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Athletics challenge

4CG has been working on our fitness levels this year. We see the importance of being healthy and taking care of our bodies and so regularly push ourselves in PE. This week, we took part in various events usually found in athletics competitions. This practice was vital as we will be trying to secure places in the Year 5 athletics team next year. 

Isle of Tune

Today we looked at a piece of music production software called Isle of Tune (click on the link below if you want to have a go!) After exploring the software, we then learnt the names of the different music notes and had a go at  creating a road that played the tune Yankee Doodle! 


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Term 4

LoE: Am I the same as a gorilla?

In Term 4, Year 4 will be using their investigative skills to answer the question: Am I the same as a gorilla? We will be grouping and classifying different animals before focusing on gorillas, their habitats and the dangers they face. Using what we learnt last term, we will then move onto looking at the digestive system and teeth of gorillas before finishing our enquiry with a small video presentation based around a Venn diagram.

Fractions and decimals

We're half way through (no pun intended!) our fractions and decimal unit. Here are examples of some of the work we have been doing so far.  

A day to remember...

Our RE unit this term looks at celebrations. As part of this, we thought about the special church services and celebrations that are happening over the Easter holidays. We designed posters to remind people of the significance of these days. 

4CG Chocolottery winners!

The perfect animal?

Having learnt about the features of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians, we used the Ipads to  mix up different parts of animals to create our own unique animals! Here are some of our creations!

Grouping, classifying and sorting!

Throughout our science unit this term, we've learnt different ways to group, classify and sort animals. We've used Venn diagrams, Carroll diagrams and here we're having a go at branching diagrams. 


This term, we looked at positive and negative images. We focused on looking at the difference between full colour images and black and white images. We were tasked with creating an e-book to display our contrasting images. Finally, we thought about how a colour photo and how a black and white photo make us feel. 


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World Book Day!

What a surreal day! Despite the weather and only having half a day at school because of it, we still managed to enjoy ourselves on World Book Day.


We came dressed as some of our favourite characters and shared some passages from the books that had inspired our fantastic costumes.


As we have been reading the book Gorilla by Anthony Browne, we decided to do something related to this as our World Book Day activity. We were given an outline of a gorilla and we had to come up with a new adventure that him and Hannah could have gone on. We then 'dressed' our gorilla ready for that adventure! Check out some of our designs and stories below! 


To kick start our new enquiry, we went to the zoo to see the magnificent gorillas and take part in a workshop about food chains, fangs and molars. Here are some of the photos from today!

Term 3

LoE: “His eyes, like headlamps, glowed white, then red, then infra-red, searching the sea” How is this possible?

This term, we will be learning about electricity, particularly focusing on: how electricity powers a lamp; which materials are conductors and what happens when you break a circuit. We shall be carrying out different investigations to solve these. Alongside the science, we shall be reading our Power of Reading text: The Iron Man and using what we learn about him to create a 3D model of the Iron Man with eyes that glow!

Challenge - A journey through the digestive system

Having learnt about the functions of the different teeth and about the digestive system, we were challenged to write a story about a piece of pizza making its way through the digestive system. Here are some extracts from our stories!


We started off by looking at various algorithms for different shapes. Miss Gayton challenged us to find the bug and then to de-bug them so that the ProBots would make the correct shape. Next, we programmed the touch sensor at the front of the car so that the ProBot would react in a certain way when it hit an obstacle. We got them to reverse, turn and then continue forward. We finished off by creating our own mazes for the ProBots to navigate through! Below are videos where you can see them in action!

ProBot square!

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Hitting an obstacle!

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Hitting an obstacle!

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Digestive system!

Today, we embarked on learning about the digestive system. We brought it to life through an experiment! It was messy but it really helped us to think about the different parts of the digestive system. Here's us doing the experiment that can be found on the link below:

Into the small intestines

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The final part of the digestive system!

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Wow - Pizza time!

We've managed to squeeze in another science enquiry this term! To finish off the term, we'll be answering the question: Where does my lunch go? To get us thinking, we all made pizzas and then thought about the pizza's journey through our bodies after we ate them. We're going to be looking at the role of teeth and how our digestive system works next.

Pizza making!

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Challenge - Robot heads!

4CG had a go at their challenge: To make a 3D model of Iron Man's head with eyes that glow. We took cardboard boxes and tin foil to create our masterpieces! Once we had the head ready to go, we used our knowledge of circuits to help bring our robots to life!

Super Movers!

Yesterday, we had the unique opportunity to get involved with the BBC's Super Movers campaign with some players from Bristol Rovers and Captain Gas! It was brilliant!

Comparing and classifying
In groups, we compared and classified geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes. 

Conductors and insulators

As part of our enquiry this term, we carried out an investigation to identify whether the materials we had been given were conductors or insulators. Before we started, we set up and tested our circuits. After conducting our investigation, we wrote up our findings and thought about what other things we would like to test in the future. We want to know whether hair, paper and rubber are conductors or insulators. 

Angles everywhere!

We're learning all about angles in maths at the moment so we headed outside for an angle hunt. We were so surprised by how many angles there are everywhere!



Our focus in Term 3 was collage, using nature as our stimuli. We started off trying out different mediums for collage and discussed which we preferred and why. We then used our top two preferences to collage two different leaves. Finally, we narrowed it down to our preferred medium and worked collaboratively to create a collage tree.


After slowing revealing the beginning of Iron Man, we made robots out of junk in groups. In the afternoon, we watched the film Robots

Term 2

In Term 2, Year 4 are looking at our Global Goal of equality. We will be exploring whether men and woman are equal in society. We shall be looking at equality in the present day in the UK and around the world. We’ll then be going back in time to the Ancient Greeks to research and compare the roles of men and women in Athenian and Spartan society. Our challenge will be to debate the statement ‘Men and women aren’t equal.’ in the style of The House of Commons.


It was 4CG's time to shine today as we retold the nativity at church.

Lovely singing!

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LoE:'Men and women aren't equal' What do you think? Convince me!


Today we learnt how to use Scratch. We animated a sprite, added sound, created a loop and we got our sprite to change colour and size! Most of us were able to add our own background and we even added some background music. It was great fun!



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Safer, Fitter, Greener

Today we were lucky enough to do a workshop on keeping safe on the roads. This also included the benefits of walking to school and our positive impact on the environment when we choose to do so. 

Life is like...

This term, our RE enquiry question is: Why do some people think life is a journey? What significant experiences mark this? To get us thinking, we created a wall of 'life is like'. Here are some of our bricks:

Bristol Rugby

We've been lucky enough to be coached by Bristol Rugby this term. We've been focusing on developing key tag rugby skills. Here, we're warming up with a game of noughts and crosses before doing some skills practise.

Noughts and crosses!

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Call my bluff!

We thought about what skills a historian would need and discussed primary and secondary sources of information. We finished the lesson with a game of call my bluff using Greek artifacts to show how easily people can be persuaded that something is true. 

Call my bluff!

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Having looked at gender equality issues today, we got ready to travel back in time to explore gender equality in Ancient Greece. To get us thinking about Greece now and in ancient times, we watched Hercules and tried some Greek food. 

Anti-bullying Week!

We joined in with Anti-bullying Week by designing our very own anti-bullying heros and a posters. We used STOP and THINK to help us remember some key information.

Roy Lichtenstein

This term, we were given the artist Roy Lichtenstein to study. We analysed his work and combined it with the knowledge we had about the effect of different brushes to produce self portraits mimicking his style.

The Green Ship

This term, Year 4 will be sailing away with The Green Ship as our Power of Reading text. To immerse ourselves in this wonderful story, we started off the term with our art unit. Our focus was to look at the effect of using different brushes. After trying out the many different brushes, we used what we had learnt to copy the illustration of the green ship, focusing on mimicking the style of Quentin Blake. This was a two step process. First, we selected the right brushes to create the background using a variety of greens that we mixed ourselves using just yellow and blue. Then, once the background had dried, we used fine liners to bring detail to our piece. We were most impressed with how closely they match the the Quentin Blake illustration! 

Term 1


Year 4 are starting the year as scientists! We’ll be looking at the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases before focusing our attention on conducting scientific investigations. We will be setting up simple practical enquiries to look at the melting speed of different solids, and measuring temperature changes over time. We shall then use this data to draw simple conclusions and present our findings. Finally, we will look closely at the water cycle and consider our enquiry question: Why does it now?

LoE:Why does it snow?

60s Day

Today we travelled back in time to the 60s! We learnt a little bit about the different music of the time and designed our own record cover for Yellow Submarine by The Beatles. We then watched a cartoon from the 60s and had a go at some tie-dye using wet wipes and felt tips! Finally, we ended the day watching The Sword in the Stone.

Junk modelling!

After our exciting trip to the Synagogue, we challenged ourselves to recreate it in junk. This helped reinforce the key features of a Synagogue. Can you spot the Ark where the Torah is kept? Can you see the Bimah, the Ner Tamid, the Rabbi's podium and the stained-glass windows? Now we feel happy discussing the similarities and differences that we spotted between the Synagogue and St Stephen's Church. 

Bristol and West Progressive Synagogue 

Wow! What a great trip we had today to the Bristol and West Progressive Synagogue. We learnt lots about the Jewish faith and it was great to see the key features of a Synagogue. We're looking forward to junk modelling the Synagogue tomorrow and having further discussions about any similarities and differences we've spotted between the Synagogue and St Stephen's Church.

Junk modelling St Stephen's Church!

After our trip to the church, we worked collaboratively to recreate St Stephen's church using junk! We were so proud of how we worked as a team to make the structure and the key features of a church that we have been learning about. Can you spot them?

St Stephen's church visit

This week, we started a brand new enquiry: "All places of worship are the same." What do you think? Convince me! We kick started the enquiry by thinking about what we thought was inside a church and why these objects were important. We then had the opportunity to visit St Stephen's church to find out the importance of these objects, what they were used for and what they symbolise. We began to look at the shape of churches and sketched our very own floor plan in preparation for our junk model church!


As a part of our enquiry 'Why does it snow?', we were placed into groups and were given the task of creating a presentation to show to the rest of the class. The presentation would test our knowledge on what we have learnt so far. Working collaboratively, we produced very interesting and detailed presentations. Have a look at the results:

Why does it snow?

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Zumba taster!

This afternoon, Year 4 were treated to a Zumba taster session. Led by Fay, we were all put through our paces. There will be a Zumba club starting next term on a Thursday.....we have lots of budding candidates!


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Take your partners.....

Today, we continued to read more of our Power of Reading text- Ice Palace. The main character, Ivan, continued his quest to find his brother who had been taken by Starjik. It wasn't long before Ivan came upon a group of villagers who were dancing a jig and having fun. To help us immerse ourselves further in the text, we too got up, cleared the classroom floor and did a bit of line dancing. Not quite a jig but fun all the same!

Strictly 4CG

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Which will melt the quickest: Butter, chocolate or an Ice cube...

95% of the class were certain that the ice cube would melt the quickest and the chocolate would melt the 95% of the class were shocked to see that it was actually the other way around! Here are photos of us conducting our experiment. 

Ivan's land

We found out early on in our Power of Reading text, Ice Palace, that summer is a happy time for the residents of Ivan's small village. However, winter brings Starjik, the child-taker. The book follows the journey of Ivan through a wintery pine-wood forest as he desperately tries to find his brother who has been taken by Starjik.  Using pastels and cotton wool, we used this contrast in mood and the seasons to show Ivan's land during both the happier summer months and the dark wintery months.

What do you think Ivan should do?

In order to deepen our understanding about our Power of Reading Text Ice Palace, we put ourselves in the position of Ivan the main character. His dilemma was should he go and rescue his brother form Stajik or stay at home with his parents? 


Suggestions to go were-

'Everyone will think you're a hero if you rescue your brother.'

'He's part of your family, you must rescue him!'

 Suggestions to stay were:

'The wolves might eat you or you could get hurt. You're too young to go out on your own!'

'You might get captured by Starjik too if you go!'


After we had come up with many reason, we conducted a decision alley. Having heard all of the for and against arguments, Ivan decided he should go!

What should Ivan do?

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Particle performances

We created some mini movies to reinforce what we had learnt about the particles of a solid, liquid and gas. Here are two movies for you to enjoy!

Group 1

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Group 2

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Fire building

We're starting the year by recapping how to write instructions in writing. We're going to be writing instructions on how to build a fire so today we went out and Mr Walters showed us how to safely build one. We then prepared our own mini fires using tinder and kindling (not forgetting to create a safe area first). After, we had some marshmallows around the fire and listened to the first part of our new Power of Reading text Ice Palace.

States of matter

We learnt about what matter is today and the three states of matter: Solids, liquids and gases.  After learning about their properties, we went outside and pretended to be particles in each one.

Solids, liquids and gases!

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We made fake snow in class today to kick start our new enquiry: Why does it snow? Then, we had a go at making paper snowflakes!