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Term 6

Term 6 Newsletter

LoE: Who were more powerful: Athenians or Spartans?

In Term 6, Year 4 will be exploring the exciting (and sometimes terrifying) Ancient Greeks. We will be looking into their lives, beliefs and how they differ from us today. We shall focus on Athenians and Spartans; how they were similar and how they were different and which one we think was the most powerful. Through our research, we shall be writing a non-chronological report. As well as this, we shall be looking at Greek Myths and having a go at writing our very own.

Fun Foodie Day! 

Wow! What a day 4NL had today! We came in dressed up as traditional Spanish people and in the colours of the Spanish flag - one of us was the actual flag! We tried different Spanish foods: roasted peppers; Manchego cheese; Spanish omelette and some bread. We thought the omelette was the best thing ever! During the whole day we created an e-book to document what we had learned and to explain the importance of Food Banks. In the afternoon, we played a Spanish game called 'Chapas' 

Road Saftey

4NL were incredibly lucky to have a visitor in to teach us how to keep safe on the roads. We had different mats which we had to create healthy bodies and safe roads. We learnt about the many different ways we are kept safe as pedestrians, for example: lollipop people, speed bumps and zebra crossings. As well as this, we looked at healthy ways we could get to school that are good for us and the environment. For taking part, we were allowed to take home a reflector and a ruler!

Call my Bluff!

As part of our Greek enquiry, we looked at many different artefacts and came up with many different ideas on what they might be. We were then, secretly, given the answers and had to come up with 3 other plausible answers to present to the class. We stood up, with our artefacts, and read out different reasons (including the correct one!) We had to try to trick our classmates into not chosing the rule reason. We had so much fun trying to trick people and we did a fantastic job. Have a look and see if you can guess!

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Today was the first day of our new enquiry: Who were more powerful: Athenians or Spartans? To get us in the mood to learn about Ancient Greece, we looked at the Greek alphabet and carved our names into clay, tried a variety of modern Greek foods and watched the film Hercules in the afternoon. We're looking forward to finding out more about the Athenians and Spartans! 

The Water Cycle in a bag! 

As part of our science enquiry, we learnt all about how it rains! Once we had found out what it was, sang the song and had a go at drawing our very water cycle we showed off our new learning by creating our own water cycle in a bag. We used Sharpies to draw on a zip lock bag and then poured a small amount of water in. We are wondering, if we leave them long enough, will the water evaporate? What do you think?! 

Science experiment: Which one will melt the quickest? 

Once we knew what states of matter were, we looked into how we can change them. For example: to change a solid into a liquid you need to melt it; to change a liquid into a solid you need to freeze it. We conducted an experiment using butter, chocolate and ice to see which one would melt the quickest. We were all convinced it would be the ice - what do you think? It is more surprising than you think! 

States of Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases 

This term, we have been embarking on a Science Week and have been learning about what States of Matter are and how we can change them. We began by looking at each matter and finding out about their particles. After this, we went outside and pretended to be the particles on the court! Take a look - can you guess which each one is!? 


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Term 5

Term 5 Newsletter

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? by writing a letter ‘home’ from the perspective of Jemmy.

Challenge: To write a letter home

To finish our topic "What does it mean to belong?" we pretended to be Jemmy, from the story, and wrote a postcard to his parents. We described the places we had visited, explained how much we missed home and realised that home is where you feel you belong the most; where you feel the most safe. To finish off our postcards, we created a front cover of either famous landmarks in London or places described in the book. 


In collective worship this week, we learnt about what mindfulness meant and how we would be mindful. We took ourselves outside and laid out on the grass silently. We listened to the sounds we could hear around us - it was amazing to find out how far you can hear when you are silent! After that, we sat quietly and tried to "switch off our mind" which we found incredibly tricky! 

Sillhouette Art

As part of our enquiry into Jemmy Button, we realised that Jemmy was taken by men in the Georgian Era. To add to our knowledge and to help with out character descriptions we practised many different art skills to create silhouettes. We used: chalk, collage, paint and charcoal. We loved how they came out! 

3D shapes! 

4NL have been looking at what 3D shapes are and what ones we know and need to learn. We looked at many different shapes and tried to match them to their names and properties. As well as this, we looked for 3D shapes in the classroom and played "Who Am I?" 

Fashion designing: The Glorious Georgians 

As part of our Power of Reading text: Jemmy Button, we began to look at the Georgian Era: what they wore, how they behaved and what society was like. We used this information to create our own paper dolls of them and designed and made clothes out of different fabrics. The Geogians were incredibly posh; even then men wore make up! We shall be using these to help us with our character descriptions in our writing. 

Angles in the real world! 

Today we embarked on learning about angles! After learning their names and looking at a variety of angles on paper we went on an angle hunt in the real world. We began in the classroom and then went outside to see what we could find in nature. Can you believe that there are so many right angles everywhere?! As well as this, we used our arms and ourselves to create angles!

Setting Descriptions: The City 

In our Writing lessons, we have been learning about how to write a setting description. We have been practising using metaphors and personification as well as recapping similes and how to make our writing 'flow'. In order to help us with ideas, we built our very own city using nets of 3D shapes and creating buildings - we even had a Dominos! Take a look at our amazing DT skills as well as our superb writing! 


What an exciting computing lesson we had! Using the Probots, we had to spot bugs in algorithms, debug the issue and then recreate our own algorithms to make sure we created the correct shapes. We learned out about:

  • algorithms 
  • programming 
  • debugging
  • sequencing 
  • loops and repeating 

What shape have we programmed?

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Jemmy Button Art

As part of our enquiry into Jemmy Button, we read part of the book and looked at one of the pictures. Using poster paint and our fingers we recreated an underwater scene ready to use for our setting description writing. Have a look at our masterpieces! 

2D shapes: concrete lesson 

To begin our shape unit, in Maths, we began looking at different 2D shapes and how to define them. We started to match names of shapes to definitions, then we found out what a polygon and a regular/irregular shape is, we organised shapes into regular or irregular categories and finally we went outdoors to practise our drawing of shapes. 

Geography: Map skills

As part of our enquiry, we began looking at where South America is in the world, what cities, rivers, mountains and seas/oceans it is surrounded by. We used atlases and Google Maps to help us plot these onto our maps of South America. After this, we did the same for the UK and compared the two countries. We were incr dimly shocked to find out how small our island is! We had so much fun playing around with Google Earth and George said "it is like having a plane ticket to everywhere in the world for free!" 

4NL's Allotment 

We are having so much fun tidying, preparing and building our allotment that we go out there every day! We have tidied so much that we had to plant even more seeds! We are obviously doing a great job because we pulled so many huge leeks! Reggie even said "these are the biggest leeks I have ever seen in my whole life!"


4NL started their brand new topic with research into Jemmy Button’s home country – South America. In our pairs, we were given a flag of a South American country which we needed to research to create an information poster about. We couldn’t believe how big it was! Did you know that it is a continent? We created some superb posters and presented our findings to the class. In the afternoon, we got to watch Rio 2 and we loved every minute of it – it is so funny!

Term 4

Term 4 Newsletter

LoE: How are wolves and humans similar?

In Term 4, Year 4 will be using their investigative skills to answer the question: How are Wolves and Humans similar? We will grouping and classifying different animals before focusing on wolves, their habitats and the dangers they face. We will then move onto looking at the digestive system and teeth of both wolves and humans before finishing our enquiry with a small presentation based around a Venn diagram.

Challenge - How are humans and wolves similar? 

To finish off our enquiry we presented our findings in a Venn diagram and then explained them in a short presentation. 

Computing - Scratch 

This term was all about programming! We used a program called Scratch to create our own animation. We learnt to do the following: 

  • Move forwards and backwards
  • Jump
  • Change size and colour
  • Glide to specific point
  • Make a sound
  • Play a drum
  • Speak using a speech bubble. 

Windows of forgiveness

Having come to the end of our enquiry, Is forgiveness always possible?,  we wrote a prayer about forgiveness in our writing lesson. As our challenge, we picked a symbol of forgiveness and coloured it in the style of a stained glass window. We then oiled the paper to make it translucent and displayed all of our pictures together to form two beautiful stained glass windows of forgiveness in our classroom. 

RE - Is forgiveness always possible?

We started off looking at this important question by answering the following questions based on our own opinions:


What is forgiveness?

How do you show forgiveness?

When have you shown forgiveness?


We then looked at a few known symbols of forgiveness and picked the one that we thought represented forgiveness the most.  We drew this onto the jumper of the person we had designed.

Variation: Applying our knowledge! 

4NL had such a fun lesson creating their own animals. We gathered all the information and knowledge that we had required about living organisms and applied them into making our very own species of animal! We combined different animal heads, bodies, feet and tails to make a brand new animal. We had many different animals such as: sharkaphant and hippoplatapus! We use the iPads and went on a website called "Switch Zoo" to create them and then we took our creations outside and drew them on the playground. Once we had created our new animals we labeled what features the animal had and decided, if we had to group them, which group they would belong to. Ollie said: "Ours is definitely a mammal because it has fur and only mammals have fur." 

4NL would like to congratulate Millie on her superb poem writing skills and winning the creative writing competition! What a famtastic achievement!

World Book Day

WOW! What an amazing day we had! We came in, in our fantastic costumes, ready for the fun day ahead. There were costumes competitions which Ellie won for Year 4; books quizzes; story writing and book token competitions. Even the teachers dressed up and performed in assembly! Take a look at our super costumes. 

Classifying Animals: Using Venns and Carroll Diagrams

We had so much fun looking at animals - did you know that there are many categories that they can be sorted in? Well we do! We looked at different animals and sorted them into the following groups: Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish and Birds. To begin with we sorted these animals into Venn's but quickly found out that this wasn't the most efficient way to group. After this, we tried Carroll diagrams and we soon realised that this was much more specific. Interestingly, a whale is a mammal! 

Reading Comprehension: Story-telling 

To immerse ourselves in our comprehension text, we began to re-tell the "How to be a Knight" text using story telling actions and LOUD voices. We loved acting out and couldn't wait to show what we had come up with! 

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Wow, what a start we've had to our new enquiry! We started off with a slow reveal of our new text before Miss Livermore revealed our enquiry question and we thought about what we already knew and what we wanted to find out. Next, we worked in groups of three to create a piece of art using different mediums of art. After that, we tried to match up animals with their footprints before making our very own wolf footprint out of clay! Finally, we used the Ipads to do some research on wolves and created a mini booklet with this information in.

Term 3

Term 3 Newsletter

LoE: 'His eyes, like headlamps, glowed white' 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 experiments to solve these queries as well as using ICT to create our very own game using conductors. 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 Iron Man with eyes that glow!

E-safety: Cyberbullying 

4NL have been looking at what Cyberbullying is, where and when it occurs and what we can do if we ever experience it. Have a look at the comic strips we created to educate others on what to do and how to deal with the situation.

Iron Man Challenge

4NL had a go at their challenge: To make a 3D model of Iron Man with eyes that glow. We took cardboard boxes and tin foil to create our masterpieces! Once we had the head ready to go we built a circuit to put inside to make the eyes come to life! Unfortunately, the wires and crocodile clips were very temperamental but we did our best!

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.

Conductors and Insulators Experiment 
As part of our enquiry topic, we planned and created our own experiment to test different materials to work out whether or not they would conduct electricity. We tested many things from cotton, pencils, metal and even salt! We were so shocked to find out that salt is a conductor of electricity! Did you know that we conduct electricity as well? 

Fractions, Fractions, Fractions! 

We have been stretching our brains and our knowledge of fractions and began finding fractions of amounts - have a look at us working super hard! 

Electrifying Circuits

We had so much fun experimenting with electrical components to make circuits. First we began making circuits so a lightbulb would work and then added in a buzzer - they were so loud! Once we had a practise, we drew our own ciruits in our science books - did you know that we draw circuits in symbols!?

Fantastic Fractions! 

Wow! What a few days we have had! We began looking at what a fraction actually is and how we get them. We did so many different activities to help us with our knowledge! We folded paper, measured water, grouped objects and played snap! Now we can recognise many different fractions and show them in different forms. 


Reader's Theatre: Iron Man

To immerse ourselves into the story we learned part of the opening and used our voices and actions to retell what we read. We are loving this book and really enjoyed creating actions for it - we hope you enjoy it too! 

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Outdoor Learning 

We had a great time learning about division outside of the classroom! We were told to use the bus stop method to write down a division problem and we then had to use ourselves to get into the correct groups. We found it really useful and it helped us with our learning inside the classroom! 


We discussed what E-safety meant and what we already knew about keeping safe online. We watched an Hector's World video which taught us lots about what personal information we should and shouldn't put online. After this, we created our own sketches to show what we had learnt as well as educating others. 

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To kick start our enquiry, Miss Livermore slowly revealed the first part of our Power of Reading text Iron Man. Next, working collaboratively in groups, we planned and made our very own robots out of junk, identifying what we thought the key features of a robot were. Finally, in the afternoon, we took our robot pals into the hall and watched the film Robots.

Term 2

How can we make music from junk? 

In Term 2, we shall be learning about sound and the 3R's (recycle, reuse and refuse.) we shall be learning how we hear sound, how sound travels and how we can make sound from recycled and reused materials and items. We will be using “Junk” taken from our homes to create our own musical instruments to be used in our very own Stomp-inspired performance.

Stomp Challenge!

It was finally time to build our instruments out of 'junk' and perform a simple rhythm in a group. We were very creative when it came to making our instruments and we worked really hard to create a rhythm in our groups. We hope you enjoy our performances!

Our Stomp inspired performances

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Isle of Tune 

We had so much fun with the chromebooks that we didn't want to stop! When we found out that we were using the laptops we all whispered "yes!" We learned that we could make music using a program online and that many music today is made in a similar way! We practised with different pitch, tone, rhythms and instruments to create our very own music piece. 


4NL's Nativity Service 

We hosted the Christmas service on Thursday and Friday and what a fantastic job we did! We created and rein acted out very own version of the first Christmas and we read our lines loudly and clearly. Miss Livermore was incredibly proud of us all! 

Silent Night

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RE: What is the most significant part of the Nativity? 

This week we have been reading and watching the nativity. We discussed what we thought we already knew about it and it gave us a good excuse to practise ours, in preparation for next week! We were shocked to find out that Mary was only in her teens when she had Jesus AND did you know, it doesn't actually say that there were 3 wise men!? We started the week by making christingles and finding out what they represent. Finally we wrote poems to show the nativity and created a class advent calendar with pictures of what we thought the most significant part is! 

Anti-Bullying Week

As it was anti bullying week across the nation, 4NL thought they would get involved! We started the week learning about what bullying actually is, how to tell whether or not it is bullying and what to do if you think you are being bullied. We began by making anti bullying posters showing the acronyms that we had learnt. STOP and THINK. Several times on purpose and is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind? As part of the week, we pulled a name out of a hat and we were a secret friend to that person, doing nice things for them and leaving kind messages. Finally, we made kenning poems and created anti bullying superheroes. 

Singing our Times Tables to Pop Songs

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How are sounds made?

This week, we began the science aspect of our enquiry. We started by looking at how sounds are made - did you know they were made from vibrations? Well we found this out by looking at how rice moves on a drum when we hit it and how a ruler moves and sounds when we hit it on the table. We researched loads of interesting facts such as when there is no oxygen sound couldn't be heard and that we hear our own voices different to everyone else - weird! After all this, we went outside to complete a listening map, if you are really quiet you can hear for miles. 

Our Class Orchestra!

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Our Class Piece

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Experimenting with rhythm

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WOW Day! 

To excite and inspie us ready for this term's enquiry, How can we make music from junk?, we were lucky enough to take part in a music workshop where we used bins, bin lids, homemade shakers and pipes to perform a composition. We worked hard to keep our different section's rhythm going and it sounded great when we all came together!

Term 1

Term 1 Newsletter

LoE:How can you tell a story without written words?

In Term 1, we’re immersing ourselves in the world of storytelling. We will be moving away from the traditional storybook to investigate the many wonderful ways that stories can be told without the written word. Using shadow puppetry, British Sign Language, mime, picture books and many other mediums, we will explore and retell different stories before deciding which medium we would like to use to retell the ending of our Power of Reading text Ice Palace by Robert Swindells.

LoE: What is a place of worship?

Junk Modelling: St Stephen's Church

RE Enquiry: What is a Place of Worship? 

This week, we started a brand new enquiry to find out what a place of worship is, in particular in the Christian religion. We kick started the enquiry by thinking about what we thought was inside a church and why these objects were important. In the afternoon, 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!


 Our Challenge: To retell the ending of Ice Palace without written words

After finding out the surprising ending of the book, we began to plan out what we wanted to use and include in our retelling. We were extremely excited to get started and show everyone what happens to Starjik and Ivan. Some of us chose to retell the ending in small picture books, some of us used puppets and the rest used artwork. It took us a few afternoons to get the work finished but we finally got there! Have a look at what we did. 

Comparing Numbers Outside!

Forest Settings: How can colours portray emotions?

Tag rugby 

This week we were really lucky to have someone teach us some rugby skills and we LOVED it! We learned how to hold the ball for maximum effect, how to pass the ball and how to defend. Have a look at us in action! 


As part of our enquiry we studied different types of sketching. We looked at what hatching, cross hatching, circulism and stippling is and how we do them. In preparation for our art pieces we practised using all four of them. After this, we decided as class whether there was a "best fit" for the different pictures and why this was. 


We kick started our e-safety learning by deciding what we thought was 'safe' or not. We had many different stations in the room, for example "yes" "no" "I don't know" and we had a set of statements that we had to decide on. It was really interesting to see what everyone's views and opinions were and some of our initial thoughts changed by the end! We used all that we had learned and put it into a poster to help others. 


To build skills in preparation for our challenge we learned how to create o it own puppets and perform a small sketch. We based our sketches on a well known children's story 'Little Red Riding Hood.' We listened to the story to remind ourselves of the key events and began making our puppets. Once we had done this, we started to practise our sketches. Some of us realised that a narrator would help when we had to tell things orally! 

WOW Day 

What a great start to our enquiry! We started the day with a traditional story around the fire and discussed what a story was. Miss Livermore told us the title of our new enquiry and what our challenge would be. We discussed how we thought we could tell stories without written words. After this, we explored mime and how to portray feelings and emotions without speaking! We loved this! In the afternoon we had a go at shadow art, using our bodies to make different shapes and finally read a book with no words! We loved Sector 7 and really recommend you reading it yourself - it's funny! 


Play pod 

As part of wild week, we also got to play with the brand new play pod equipment! 4NL love playing with the play pod and couldn't wait to try all the new things. There were desk chairs, scooters, prams, skateboards and bikes! Some of us pretended to go on holiday and packed all our things in bright pink suitcases. 

Wild Week 

This week has been our WILD WEEK and 4NL have throughly enjoyed it! We have completed many activities such as gardening, nature listening, forest schools, creating jewellery from nature and investigating the pond. Children have said that "it's the best week ever!" As well as being able to spend more time outside and learn about the world we live in, we also have learned that the world have goals to achieve. These goals have been set by the United Nations and we called them sustainable goals. This include tackling hunger, reserving resources and saving the seas and oceans! Have a look below at our fantastic week! 

Values Day: Responsibility 

We started the term reminding ourselves of our school values. 4NL focused on the value of responsibility and discussed what the word meant and how we can show the value. We decided that there were 4 main areas that we show responsibility. These areas were: at home, at school, in the environment and at a club. We created posters to explain and show how we are responsible in these places.


4NL's Responsibility Prayer 

Dear God,

Thank you for giving us the value of responsibility. It teaches us how to take care and ownership of the beautiful things around us.


I am sorry for all the times I wasn’t responsible and I didn’t look after all of your wonderful creations.


Please continue to help us become better people and to always show responsibility in everything that we do. In return, we promise to always be responsible in everything we say and do.