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Term 6

Who were more powerful: 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.

Our Challenge: To produce an e-book, answering the question 'Who were more powerful: Spartans or Athenians?'


After weeks of learning, we were finally able to answer our enquiry question. But if you want to know, you'll have to read our e-books to find out!

Well done to Blackwell who won our Sunflower growing competition!

Our End Write - A non-chronological report about the Athenians and Spartans

Angles and Algorithms: How can we program a Probot to turn in any direction?

Can we program a Probot to navigate around a track?

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Can we program a Probot to write letters?

Collaborative artwork. Our final piece of printing

Our amazing teamwork created this stunning art work!

What would life be like for a Spartan woman living in Athens?

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.

Pond update: Our tadpoles are almost froglets!

Check out our amazing writing, inspired by the book 'Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf'.

Term 5

Our Enquiry: 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.

What are Conductors? We found out by designing and making our own steady-hand games. Here we are, sharing our designs with 3CJ.

I liked this enquiry because  the games were really fun. I enjoyed making them because you had to use team work and concentration.



It was amazing. I liked cutting thw wood the most. Now I''ll know how to make things at home.

Cole P


It was a great chance to see how conductors and insulators can work to make a game work! Now we know how operation works.


Power of reading: Varjak Paw


This term, we are reading Varjak Paw by SF Said. The main character, Varjak Paw, is a pure-bred Mesopotamian Blue, who lives with his family in the Contessa's grand house. He is not often allowed outside, and has never been further than the garden wall. Strange things start to happen at the house, making the Elder Paw worried that something is going to happen to the family. He tells Varjak to find help, in the form of a dog. But to do this, he must venture into the outside world.

Will he succeed in his mission to find a dog and save his family?

The book is exciting and we want to hear more about it. I like doing our writing about the stories we hear.



I love listening to the book and then writing about it. It's full of adverbials and speech so when it comes to writing I can think of ideas from the book.



"I think Varjak is crazy to go over the wall! He might die!"


Using our learning wall to retell the ending of Varjak Paw

How do Tadpoles become Frogs?


In week 5, we took our learning outside and investigated wildlife in the school pond. We are lucky to have a large pond which is the perfect habitat for frogs and tadpoles. We couldn't believe how many tadpoles there were! Back in the classroom, we researched the life cycle of a frog, and then used our new knowledge to write an Explanation Text: How do Tadpoles become Frogs? An explanation is a style of writing that we focus on in Year 4, and this gave us a chance to practise using Causal Conjunctions. Take a look at our pictures and some examples of our writing.

Decision Alley

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A strange man, accompanied by two mysterious black cats, have entered Varjak's home. Elder Paw suspects they are all in grave danger, and tells Varjak he must escape to the Outside, and find a dog who can rescue them. What should Varjak do? Will he accept Elder Paw's mission?

Investigating Electrical Circuits


As part of our current enquiry, "What are Conductors?", we have been exploring electrical circuits. So far, we have looked at the components which make up a circuit, and whether there are other materials that allow electricity to flow through them.



This term, we are using our Maths lessons to learn about fractions. We are using lots of physical 'concrete' resources to understand how fractions are "a part of a whole".

How many ways can you show one half?

Varjak Paw - Role Play

Something is wrong in the Contessa's house. A strange man with two black cats has entered the house. But who in Varjak's family will believe him?

We took our Maths learning outside. Division using the Pictorial and Bus Stop methods.

WOW lesson - Operation


To kick start our enquiry, this week we had a look at the popular game 'Operation'. Whilst we enjoyed playing, we discussed how we thought the game worked. Miss Perrett then revealed our enquiry challenge; to make our own game, based on Operation! We talked about the kinds of skills and knowledge we will need to gain, in order to create our own games. We are looking forward to developing our Science and DT skills, and then putting them into practice over the course of this term. Watch this space!

WOW - Operation

Anti-Bullying Day

We began Term 5 with Anti-bullying day. We talked about the important differences between 'unkind behaviour' and 'bullying'. As a class, we decided that bullying was unkind behaviour that was consistent and repeated over time. Have a look below at some of our anti-bullying posters. We wanted to give advice about what to do if you are being bullied, but also remind people how important it is not be be bystander!


Anti-bullying day

Term 4

Our enquiry: How are sounds made?

This term, our enquiry 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.

The Challenge: Use recycled objects to make music.


In Term 4, we have been learning a lot about recycling and sound. In Literacy, we wrote non-chronological reports about the three Rs (reuse, reduce and recycle). We also used our narrative skills to write stories about where discarded items might end up. You can read examples of our writing below. In the final week of term, we combined everything we'd learned from our enquiry - How are sounds made? - with what we'd learned about recycling. The result? Musical performances using recycled objects! See our pictures and videos below.



Junk music.

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Junk music.

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Junk music.

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Junk music.

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What might happen to the things we throw away? Narrative writing.

Our non-chronological reports about Recycling

Esafety week: What is cyber bullying?

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During esafety week, we have thought lots about how we can stay safe online. We have talked about what makes a secure password, and also what we should do if we see or hear something that we don't like. Finally, we talked about cyber bullying, and what we think that means.

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

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This term, our value is respect. We thought more about what it means to value our friends, family and peers, and came up with a list of things we could do to show someone else that we value and respect them. We considered how it would feel to be treated unkindly, and role played different scenarios where this might happen.

Mini investigation: How far does a whisper travel?

When thinking about our enquiry question, we wondered how far a whisper could travel. We thought about all the variables that could effect our outcome (such as location and background noise), and all the things we wanted to keep the same. To make it a fair test, we got into groups of three and chose one person to be the 'whisperer', one person whose job was to listen, and one person who would measure the distance in between. We tested various locations around the school grounds and were surprised to learn that the longest distance was on the school field; over 200 footsteps!

Mini investigation: How far does a whisper travel?

What is pitch?

We want to know more about how sounds are made, so we have been looking at pitch and volume. We held rulers off the edge of tables, and then strummed them, to observe the sound that was made. We experimented with different lengths to see whether this changed the pitch. We learned that the more vibrations there were, the higher the pitch. This helped us to understand more about frequency and sound waves.

World Book Day: Dennis was a Menace and drew maths calculations all over the tables!

World Book Day: Reading Buddies with 6NH

Our WOW: Junk music!

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Table maths: Multiplication

Chinese Culture Day

Tai Chi

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Tai Chi

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Chopsticks and calligraphy

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.

Weeks 4 - 6

Our enquiry challenge was to produce an information board which answered the question, 'What is Snow?' We included scientific diagrams, snowfall graphs, explanations and detailed sketches. We enjoyed the chance to share our learning with parents and carers during the school open day.

What is snow?

How does the water cycle work?

Sentence structure - We make our writing better by using causal conjunctions and subordinate clauses!

What happens when you put warm water in a bowl, topped with clingfilm?

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Weeks 1 - 3

Our enquiry has lead to so many more questions...

Investigating different states of matter

Which liquid makes the best snow?

Look what we can achieve when we persevere!

Ice Trap!

Shackleton's Incredible Expedition


Our new Maths learning wall

We can also use Place Value Counters to help us with our calculations.

4JP show us how to use Numicon to solve addition sums.

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4JP show us how to use Diennes to solve addition sums.

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Term 2

Our Enquiry:

What does it mean to belong to Judaism?

What does it mean to belong to Judaism?

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Why are these objects important to Jewish people?

Our Enquiry:

What is a Quest?

Weeks 5 - 7

Winter scenery using pastels

Weeks 1 - 4

The Ice Palace

This term, we are reading Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. Ice Palace is a quest story and we will be using it as inspiration to write our own quest stories.


Starjik! Whisper his name and it was winter in your heart.

No one sees Starjik and his hungry wolves when they come in the dead of night, but always a child is missing in the morning. Who can rid the land of this curse and melt the fear in its people’s hearts? Only Ivan, who loves his little brother enough to follow him through many dangers to Starjik’s cavern.

Survival in cold climates - Building a fire.


In the story 'Ice Palace', the main character, Ivan, embarks on a perilous quest to rescue his brother from the evil Starjik. He enters the bitterly cold forest with just a fur parka and a small bag of supplies. In week 4, we learnt about outdoor survival. We wrote a survival guide for outdoor survival, as well as instructions for building a fire. We then shared our instructions with Mr Walters who built a fire for us, in the school grounds.


"It was amazing because we got to eat marshmallows! We were so lucky to do it with Mr. Walters. The funniest part was when my marshmallow caught on fire." - Harley.


"We got our own sticks and built mini fires. We knew how to do it because we wrote instructions". - Anton


"My favourite part was when we made marshmallow biscuit sandwiches!" - Kristian.



Decision alley.


When Ivan realises that his brother has been taken by Starjik, he faces a difficult decision. Stay home and hope he returns, or brave the icy forest and search Starjik's Ice Palace.


We use decision alley to help us understand Ivan's dilemma. 'Ivan' walks down the middle, whilst everyone else whispers their thoughts to him. At the end, 'Ivan' must decide!

Decision Alley

Human Sentence - Expanded Noun Phrases

The Quest
On Tuesday, we arrived at school to find that our teacher's laptop had been stolen and our classroom had been ransacked! Determined to solve the mystery, it was our job to solve the clues and retrieve the missing laptop. Throughout the day, we identified many of the skills required when on a quest; such as teamwork, collaboration, risk-taking and perseverance. Thankfully, the final clue, an Anagram, led us to The Garden Area, where we found the missing laptop! 

Our Quest - Use the clues to find the missing laptop!

Miss Perrett was very impressed with our Teamwork skills in Hockey. We also taught her some warm up games.

This term, our value is Friendship. We thought about 'what makes a good friend?' And found that communication and team work came high on our list. We then used those skills to practice untangling ourselves from a 'Human Knot'. Have a look at our pictures to see if we were successful.

World War One Week


This week, we have been lucky to have been taught by some First World War experts! Year 6 taught us how to play some war time games, and taught us all about life in the trenches and the home front. We also had the chance to sign up to the army, and Mr Evans taught us how to march like real soldiers!

Pledging our allegiance to the Army

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Term 1

Our Enquiry: 

Can pizzas be healthy?


The Healthy Food Plate

Re-telling a story

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In week 5, we created a narrative for the silent film, Tabula Rasa. We practised re-telling the story and created actions to go with it. Next week, we will be writing the story, using our own descriptive vocabulary. Please visit again to see our finished work. To see the original film, please follow the link below.

Our Enquiry:

How are wolves and humans similar?

This term, we have been reading the book 'Wolves' by Emily Gravett. It got us thinking, are wolves really as mean as we think? Are humans and wolves at all similar? We will be conducting our own research to find the answers to these questions.

Weeks 5-7

How are wolves and humans similar?


Watch our video documentaries to find out.

Group 1

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Group 2

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Group 3

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Group 4

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Group 5

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Group 6

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Group 7

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In week 5, we started to think about how we could share what we had learned with others. We looked at documentaries presented by David Attenborough, and even had a go at being a wildlife presenter!

Being David Attenborough

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4JP led this year's Harvest celebrations. We explained that, in this country, most foods are harvested in Autumn. But did you know that we actually get a lot of our food from other parts of the world? For example, the ingredients used to make a take-away pizza may have travelled a staggering 22,900 miles! This reminds us to be thankful for locally grown foods, and to be grateful that we have enough to eat. 



4JP's Harvest Celebration

Poem based on the song 'Cauliflowers fluffy'

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Poem based on the song 'Cauliflowers fluffy'

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Weeks 1-4

In week 4, we researched wolves and their social habits. We found out that they will howl to warn other wolves away from their territory, and that they only use dens to raise their pups. We went out into the school grounds to build our own dens, and imagined what life would be like living in a wolf's habitat.

Wolves - our questions

In week 3, year 4 visited the Wild Place Project. We were lucky to get up close to Goats and Lemurs, but the highlight was getting to see their amazing pack of Wolves! We took iPads to record our day, here are some of our favourite photos.

Science Week

Can you build a tower using only marshmallows and spaghetti?


We worked in groups to build towers using only marshmallows, raw spaghetti and scissors! Our tallest tower measured 51cm high! Although we all got very sticky, we loved the challenge and enjoyed experimenting with different structures. At the end, we all pulled together to clean up our (sticky) classroom. Thank you to all parents and carers who came in to help, we hope you had fun too.

What happens when you add Alka Seltzer to water, and shake it up inside a film canister?!

Watch what happens when you add water and alka seltzer to an old film canister.

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Jelly Chopsticks - Exploring Friction

Exploring the school grounds for mini beasts

Cleaning pennies - Which liquid cleans the fastest?

Week 2 is Science week and Mr G kicked things off with a BANG in our whole school assembly. We loved what he had to tell us and it got us really excited for the week ahead! 

More fun with Mr. G

In week 1, we performed a poem, The Boneyard Rap, to the whole school. We created movements to go with the words and some scary skeletons! Here is a video of us practising in class.

The Boneyard Rap

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