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Key Information:

4HN have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Thursday.

4HN's entrance and exit point is the top gate at the top of the playground. 

Times Table of the week: 8


Term 6

We are continuing our enquiry, 'What effect does palm oil have on the world?' for our last term. This term, we will be planning, designing and making our orangutan puppets to sell to raise awareness for the effect palm oil has on orangutans. We will also be writing letters to Bristol Zoo explaining what have done and why we have raised the money. Keep an eye on our class page to stay updated with the amazing things we are going to be doing.

Term 6 Shining Star

Being engineer- (Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities)


For this last few weeks, we have been busy learning different sewing techniques in order to create our own orangutan puppets. We have designed our puppets on paper, then we created a prototype to test out what worked well and what didn't! Once we evaluated our prototype we made our final puppets using orange and white felt. Some of us challenged ourselves and sewed the orangutan faces ourselves, whilst some of us drew them on. We are so proud of our hard work and we think that they look great! We will be selling them to our parents and family members for a small donation to try and raise as much money as possible for Bristol Zoo's research into sustainable palm oil charity.

Year 4 Sports Day! 

Today we had our Sports Day and it was so much fun! We competed in lots of races such as; the obstacle course, the vortex, the long jump, speed bounce, distance running and the sprint. We even had a delicious ice pop once all the fun and hard work was over!  It really helped to cool us down!

Being a Reader - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities)


In Week 3, we practiced our fluency in reading. We tried out lots of different techniques to help us read the extract from 'The Explorer' By Katherine Rundell , including echo, choral and individual reading. To start with Miss Nicholas read the extract out loud and timed herself. Then we had to challenge ourselves to see if we could get the same time as she did, it proved trickier than we thought!

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Being an Engineer - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities...) 


In week 2, we started to work towards our challenge for our enquiry 'What effect does palm oil have on the world?' We are going to be creating our own orangutan hand puppets to raise money for a Bristol Zoo charity raising awareness about the effect palm oil have on orangutans.


To start, we looked at some basic thread patterns such as running and cross stitch. We practiced the different techniques into paper to begin with. This gave us ideas as to how we could move the material to help with our sewing. After this, we sewed into a range of different materials. This proved much harder than paper but we persevered.

Being an Athlete - (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents...)


This term in PE, we have been learning how to play cricket. We have been extremely lucky to have someone come in to teach us. To warm up, we played a game where we used our foot work skills. This helped us get ready for when we played the games especially when fielding. We then played a game in two teams. We thoroughly enjoyed playing cricket and are super excited to find out more. 

Term 5 


Being a computer technician - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities...)

This week, we have become computer technicians. We used a programme called Scratch. Using a character called a Sprite, we were able to insert codes for the Sprite to follows. We then changed our Sprite's costume, added sounds and backgrounds. From this, we were able to create games and stories using all of the skills we had been taught in the morning. We had so much fun and what is even better - we can also do it at home!

Being Geographers-Article 29: the aims of education

We have been learning about our world and where rainforests are located. We started off by using google earth, which we loved! First, we explored our city and then we looked at different biomes in different countries. After learning about continents and the equator, we learnt that all rainforests are located along the equator- in the tropics. We used atlases to label different countries on our own maps.

Oracy - (Article 12 - You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.)

In week 1, we had a whole day to really get to understand oracy and what it means. We spent the day discussing different strands and identifying the strands we were using in different activities set for us. One of our favourite activities was the role play. We were put into groups of 3/4 and were assigned role plays such as a head teacher telling someone off, a couple getting married, someone calling 999 and someone ordering a take away. From this, we were able to identify how we use our voice, the word choices we make and how it is important to speak clearly and at an appropriate pace. We really enjoyed watching our friends perform these to us and we were able to tell them which strands we noticed they were using. We recognised that we use so many strands without even thinking about it. In the afternoon, we had a whole class debate taking on the characters from the great Kapok tree book we are reading.

Engage Day

Our new enquiry focuses on the rainforest. When we came into the classroom, we listened to the sounds of the rainforest and discussed what we could hear. We were then showed the word 'biomes'. We were all quite familiar with this word because of a game so many of us play. Biomes are a large community with a variety of plants/trees and animals. Each plant/tree or animal is specifically adapted to that environment. A rainforest is a type of biome.


After this, we took a trip to our school pond! We had so much fun and couldn't believe how much wildlife lived in and around the pond. We listed all of the things we could see and then discussed what may be typical to a pond and why we may not see those creatures or plants in a rainforest.



Term 4 

For the remainder of Term 4, the whole school are focusing all of their learning around the book: Here we are: Notes for living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. This wonderful picture book will take us on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes introducing planet Earth. From land and sky, to people and time, the notes explore what makes the world and how we live it. We will be using the book to re-establish our class and whole school community, focusing on important messages such as kindness and to inspire our writing, reading and to create some beautiful artwork too.


Being a mathematician- Article 29: the aims of education

This week, we put our knowledge of column addition and subtraction and used it to think about what we would buy from a range of Easter treats. We had £45 to spend and we worked out what we would like to buy and how much change we would get.

Term 4 Shining star

Being an artist- (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.)

As part of our art this term, we have been looking at the art of Keith Haring. We learnt that he was a famous artist in New York in the 1980's. He loved drawing and had a very unique style, where he had bright, colourful figures in different poses. Keith used to graffiti his designs in the subways of America and when he became famous he showed his work all across the world. We have loved learning about him and had a go at drawing in his distinctive style. We played a game called 'Roll a Haring', which we loved and filled our sketchbooks with designs. We then used his doodle graffiti style to work in teams to create a Haring style doodle mural on our tables! 

Red Nose Day - It's time to be funny for money!

 To celebrate Red Nose Day, we did something funny for money. We came into school wearing something funny like our clothes on backwards or wearing underwear over our trousers. In the afternoon, we told jokes to our class mates. We really enjoyed this and heard lots of funny jokes, here are a few of ours for you to enjoy!

Lilia's winning joke.MOV

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Freddie's joke.MOV

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Yasin's joke.MOV

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Sophie's Joke.MOV

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Being an athlete- (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.)

In week 4, we were very lucky to have someone come in on Thursday to teach us how to play cricket. We started with a warm up which tested our listening skills and involved lots of running!  After this, we got into teams and took it in turns to hit and field. We started with quite a large ball to help with our hitting and catching skills and then as time progressed and we got better, we were using a tennis ball. We had so much fun and Miss Nicholas was so impressed with our batting skills. 


Being an artist- (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.)

In week 4, we have been focusing on drawing in our art lessons. We started by listening to some music and drawing how the music made us feel. It was so interesting to see the different drawings our classmates had done. After this, we focused on drawing with different materials such as sketching pencils, pens and crayons. We started with line then we moved onto squares and rectangles, swirls and loops and to finish with circles.


This then helped up the focus on the main activity. We are going to be drawing people so we started by looking at the body and what shapes we think it is made up of. One person stood at the front of the class and we drew them using squares and rectangles (strange, we know!) but it actually worked! We were then able to round off the squares and rectangles using a range of sketching techniques. We were all pretty impressed with our outcomes and looking forward to working towards our final piece. 


We carried on looking at the body and went outside for some art. We laid on the floor in different positions and drew around our bodies in chalk. It was really fun and a great way to think about real life body proportions.

Being a Purple Learner (Article 29: the aims of education) 

In Week 3, we revisited what it meant to be a Purple Learner, which we know can also be described as a successful learner. It was really useful to recap our suggestions of 'helpful talk' and 'movers' and demonstrate these skills in discussions with our talk partners and in talk trios. We revised what 'the struggle' looked like and discussed how magnificent mistakes truly are since we cannot move our learning forward without them. We have also learnt how to use mindful moments to help us. We practiced yoga and did some mindful drawing which we found very relaxing. Finally, we wrote ourselves a positive self-encouragement note and put them into our jotters to help us when we are doing our work.


The first two weeks of Term 4 were our final two weeks of online learning. During the first week, we developed a fantastic understanding of fronted adverbial phrases when 'Being a Writer'. Whilst 'Being a Mathematician', we learned about measurements. We started by learning about length using mm, cm, m and km then we learned about mass using g and kg.


In addition to the fantastic learning we have been doing, we became historians and continued learning about Anglo-Saxons. Throughout our second week, we celebrated World Book Day and explored alternative versions of Twisted Fairytales. We have created superb comic strips,drop the egg challenge and enhanced our skills by creating a news report based on the fall of Humpty Dumpty ! We are so proud of the work that 4HN have produced and cannot wait to see them back in the classroom. Take a look below at our wonderful work. 

Term 3

How can we change farming so there is food for everyone?

This term, our class book is The Good Garden by Katie Milway. The book is set in Hondouras in South America, where the lives are the people are very different to the lives we lead in England. Through this book, we will be focusing on a variety of genres helping us to incorporate our targets and skills we learn. Our class book links to the concept of farming helping us to answer our enquiry questions - 'How can we change farming so there is food for everyone?' We will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and how they used farming. We will also be learning about the digestive system and its functions and why we have teeth and why they're important. This all fits hand in hand with our Global Goal - Zero Hunger where we will delve deep into the world of fairness and sustainability when it comes to food and the earth's natural resources.

Lock-Down 2021

This term, we have become incredible technologists by completing our school work online - something nobody else has ever had to do before! Because we were told to stay at home and stay safe, 4HN have continued to explore and apply new learning and challenge themselves in everything that they do. Whilst ‘Being Wrtiers’, we have developed a wonderful understanding of inverted commas, progressive tenses and apostrophes to show singular possession. When ‘Being Mathematicians’, we have learned how to multiply 3 digits by 1 digit, divide by 10 and 100 and learned all about factor pairs. We have also persevered with sequencing skills whilst ‘Being a Reader’. We have enjoyed activities based on Safer Internet Day and Mental Health Week as well as weekly virtual meets where we can see our friends and play fun games including scavenger hunts. Here is a just a small sample of what 4HN have been getting up to over Term 3. Keep up the wonderful work Year 4, you are amazing!

Term 2

This term we are going to continue with our enquiry 'How can one person make a difference?' We learned a lot so far but over the new few weeks, we'll start to use our skills to complete our challenge 'Create a Banksy Style Mural' .

Nativity - Article 29- The right to use and develop our talents and abilities

We have spent the last week busily preparing and practicing our Christmas assembly, as we only had a week of rehearsals after two weeks of self-isolation! We went to the church to film our performance and did an incredible job of explaining the true meaning of Christmas by speaking clearly and confidently.

Being Mathematicians- Article 28 Access to education

We had a great morning taking part in a Christmas morning with lots of other schools in South Gloucestershire. We had lots of fun puzzles and mathematical challenges to solve, some being really tricky! We particularly enjoyed the Christmas tree consecutive number puzzle and the 12 days of Christmas scrabble maths.


Term 2 Shining Star

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Being authors  - Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities

Even though we have been isolating, it has not stopped us from doing some absolutely fabulous learning. This week, we wrote Prove its using the targets we have been focusing on during our home learning. We have worked incredibly hard and our computer skills are really improving! See if you can spot some similes and some compound sentences.

Making recycled sea creatures- Article 29 -Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

During our time home learning we have been focusing on the Global Goal 14 - Life Underwater. We have learnt all about the problems facing the oceans and the creatures that live within them, particularly with plastic waste. We expressed our passion towards the problems our sea creatures are facing due to pollution and littering by making own sea creature using recyclable materials. 

WOW! - Article 24: You have the right to clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that you can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

To start our new enquiry, we began by discussing what it meant by 'Zero Hunger'. We thought about places all over the world where hunger is a huge problem and the more we thought about it, the more we began to realise it's a problem in all countries. We were shocked to find out that there are children in our country who don't have enough to buy food and this was something for us that hit us quite hard. We discussed the idea of food banks and why these are so important to those who don't have enough money.


In the afternoon, we then created our own adverts using green screens to raise awareness for people who don't have enough money and to try and persuade people to donate money or food to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Take a look at some of the adverts we created.

Aditya and

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Charlie and

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Charlie-Mae and

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Courtney and

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Dhani and

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George and

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Lilia and

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Mika and

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Morgan and

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No Pens Day! - Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

In week 3, we started the week off with 'No Pens Monday'. This was something totally new to us but we enjoyed every single minute. It is as simple as it says - no pens all day! We couldn't wait to find out what there was in store for us! The aim of the day was to help improve our oracy skills. Oracy skills include listening, talking, presenting, discussing and debating. During our writing, we worked with our partners. We were given a picture which one of us wasn't allowed to see and the other had to describe as best as possible so we could draw it. It was so fun! During our maths time, we discussed lots of reasoning questions which help when it comes to writing our Prove Its. Then in the afternoon, we planned a protest about climate change and racial equality. We really enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait for the next one!

Being Artists - Article 12 You have the right to give your opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously

During week 3, we completed our challenge and spray painted our Bansky Style Murals. Spray painting was much trickier than we expected it to be but we did not give up and we have some really effective designs. We had to carefully consider where the spray paint might go but our finished pieces are something we are truly proud of. Take a look and see if you can guess what our hidden messages are.

Being Artists - Article 29 -Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

Our challenge was to create a Banksy Style Mural to represent a message behind this. We focused on Greta Thunberg and Paul Stephenson. We thought carefully about what we wanted our murals to represent and how we wanted them to look. 


Because Banksy uses stencils, we decided to use this approach as well. This was much harder than we thought but we persevered and managed to do it. We were so impressed with what we achieved and so was Miss Nicholas. Take a look at some of our designs

Being Farmers - Article 24: Nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.

Every Tuesday this term, we are going to the allotment with Mr Evans. We are going to start to harvest the winter vegetables such a beetroot, carrots, cabbages and onions. We had so much fun learning all about the allotment and helping Mr Evans make sure the soil was nutritious for our delicious vegetables. 

Term 1

Enquiry Overview: How Can One Person Make A Difference? - Sustainable Development Goal 13 - Climate Action

How Can One Person Make A Difference?
This term, Year 4 are going to delving into Sustainable Development Goal 13- Climate Action with a focus on how one person can make a difference. Alongside this, we will be doing work based on the book 'Floodlands' by Marcus Sedgwick which is based on a young girl called Zoe who is trapped in Norwich as most of England is under water. Please check our page for updates on our fabulous learning!

PE- Article 24 - You have the right to the best health possible.

Throughout this term, we have been working hard to develop our street dancing skills. We watched a video and decided as a class a few moves that's would work together to create the perfect street dance for 4HN based on the warm up of a street dance video.


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E-Safety - Article 16- Right to Protection and Privacy 

In online safety, we learned what it means to be a responsible digital citizen means and how we can be responsible in the digital world. We discussed what it meant by being a digital citizen to start with and what responsibility means. We then created 'Rings of Responsibility' on our whiteboards to show what we were responsible for, what we were responsible for in our community and in our world.

Take a look at some of our ideas:

Shining star 4HN

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Times Table Year 4 Championship!

Article 29: You have the right to education which tries to develop your personality and abilities as much as possible. 


We held the Year 4 times table championship in Week 7, with both Aditya and Henry representing 4HN. We are really happy and proud of Aditya who won! We will be having a class party in celebration in the last week. Well done to everyone trying so hard with their times table practice.

Times Table Class Champs!

Article 29: You have the right to education which tries to develop your personality and abilities as much as possible. 


Well done to our times table champions for week 6! Congratulations Henry for winning against 4CJ and 4BD! We are very proud of you!

Being Musicians- Article 31- The right to participate in cultural and artistic activities

In week 6, we have been musicians. We have used our scientific knowledge of sound and developed our understanding of pitch, pulse and rhythm. We practiced creating a simple four pulse/beat composition as a class then we worked in small groups to perform our own 16 beat body percussion composition in a round.


RE - What is a place of worship? - Article 28 You have the right to education

This week, we went to St Stephens church. Peter told us all about the church. A fact that we found out was that churches face the east because it symbolise Jesus rising from the dead. We learnt about the pews and that they came from London after the war, before that they used chairs. Also, we learnt about the organ, the stained glass windows which light up and the altar.

Peter told us that the church is not in the shape of a cross like usual because they ran out of money when they were building it 110 years ago, so that it never was finished!

Being historians- Article 28- The right to an education

In week 4, we have been historians during our enquiry lessons. We have been learning all about the Bristol Bus Boycott and Paul Stephenson. On Tuesday we created fact files all about Paul Stephenson, his life and his achievements in civil rights. Then, on Friday we made timelines of his life.

Times Table Class Champs!

Article 29: You have the right to education which tries to develop your personality and abilities as much as possible. 


Well done to our times table champions for week 3! Congratulations Aditya for winning against 4CJ and 4BD! We are very proud of you!

WOW Day! Article 24 - We have the right to...a clean and safe environment. 

To begin our enquiry we started with a WOW day. When we first came into the classroom, we noticed the door. It looked amazing! We had so many questions and couldn't wait to find out more. After discussing the door, we then started to look at protests and spoke about the reasons people protest. It was really interesting to see the different ways people protest such as peaceful protests in order to get their message across. We honed in on the word peaceful and discussed what this meant to us. 


When we had finished break, we came in and looked at a range of protest photos and discussed what we liked about them. We then used some of the ideas we had seen and started to design our own protest posters to help save our planet. In the afternoon, we drew onto the cardboard and started to paint. We had so much fun and didn't want the day to end! 

Sporting Chance- Article 31 the right to play and relax

Today we had a great first day with Sporting Chance! We learnt how to run quickly at and we can't wait to continue working on our techniques.