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Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

Key information:


4RJ will have outdoor PE on Monday and indoor PE on Wednesday. Please ensure your child comes into school in the correct kit.

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Term 3

"What happens if humans only ate one type of food?"

Article 24: 

You have a right to the best health possible, food, clean water and medicine to keep you healthy. You have a right to information that will help you to stay well.

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Enquiry Overview: "What happens if humans only ate one type of food?"

This term, we will  continue to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on Goal 2- Zero Hunger. As a planet, it is our aim to achieve zero hunger by 2030. We couldn't believe how many people don't have enough food to help them survive, even in this country! To help with our learning and understanding, we are going to learn about balanced diets, what we need as humans to make sure we are healthy, food choices people make such as being a vegan or vegetarian, why people don't have equal access to food and how much food is wasted around the world. At the end of our enquiry, we hope to have a better understanding of our diets and to make sure we don't waste food.

Playpod - (Article 31 - You have the right to play and rest.)

At our school, we are extremely lucky as we have a Playpod. It's a containers full of unwanted things like wheely chairs, push-chairs, suitcases, skateboards, scooters and bikes. We had so much fun playing with our friends and creating new games with the amazing equipment. We can't wait to start using it more regularly! 

PE - (Article 24 - the right to the best health care possible...and information to help you stay well)
 This term in PE, we are fortunate enough to have Bristol Sport teach us football. To get us started, we played a game of stuck in the mud but with a football. We had to help our friends who were stuck by kicking the ball between us 3 times. We then played a game of fish, fishermen and sharks which was really fun and again got to use our control and passing skills. We can't wait to put what we have learned into a game!


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 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. 

Alyssa and Freya's Awareness Video

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Liz and Alice's Awareness Video

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Term 2

"How can one person make a difference?"


Article 12: 

You have the right to your opinion and for adults to listen and take you seriously.

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Enquiry Overview: "How can one person make a difference?"

This term, we will learning about the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on Goal 13- Climate Action. We will be focusing on people who carry out peaceful protests, how individuals make a difference and how we as individuals can make a difference. We are also going to explore a different range of artists, mainly Banksy, who create messages in their artwork. As our challenge, we are going to create our own artwork creating a message behind what we make. 


Challenge 'How can one person make a difference?' - (Article 12 - You have the right to give your opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously). 


For our challenge, we had to create a piece of artwork with a message behind it. Using the people we have studied; Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai and Paul Stephenson, we created our very own pieces of artwork. These were either based around climate change, equality between different races or equality between girls and boys. Banksy was our focus artist this term so we used the style of graffiti and even got to use spray paint. We had such an amazing time and are so impressed with what we have achieved. Take a look at what we have created:

Ukulele Concert - (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities...)

After all of the hardwork we have put in for almost two terms, we finally got to show our schools to our parents and Year 3 our fantastic ukulele skills. We played a variety of songs including The Beatles - Yellow Submarine and even Spongebob Squarepants (which was a popular one with Year 3). We played with confidence and worked so well as a group. Thank you to everyone who watched! You were a fantastic audience!

Ukulele Concert

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Library - (Article 28 - You have the right to a good quality education...)

Can you believe how lucky we are? We have our very own library! We went to look at all of our brand new books. We feel so fortunate to have these facilities in our school and cannot wait to use it again. 

PE - (Article 24 - the right to the best health care possible...and information to help you stay well)

This term, we are learning how to play netball. We started our first lesson off discussing what netball is and if anybody had ever watched it or played it before. We then learned our first pass which was chest past. We had to stand a certain distance from our partner and pass the ball in a specific way. The following lesson we practised our chest passes and then learned how to do a bounce pass. This mean simple passing the ball to our partner with a bounce in the middle. 

Gym morning - (Article 24 - the right to the best health care possible...and information to help you stay well)

On our first day back, we were so fortunate to go to our local gym. We spent the morning there learning about keeping ourselves fit, different ways to exercise, keeping our mouths and teeth healthy, ways to meditate and breathe to help us relax and about our muscles and how to look after them. We really enjoyed ourselves and worked so hard. We were exhausted by the end of it all! The staff were amazing and at the end of the session, they kindly gave us a huge bag of fruit! 

WOW! - (Article 12 - the right to an opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously)

We have had so much fun today! This term we are looking at the Global Goal: Climate Action. This is all about educating people about saving our planet from global warming, making sure we are breathing clean air and helping our wildlife. To start our wow, we looked at protests and discussed why people protest. Then we read about people such as Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Karim Wasfi and Paul Stephenson. We spoke about the protests they held and why they felt the need to protest. We then looked at the word 'peaceful' and what we felt this word meant. We put peaceful and protest together and decided the people we looked at carry out peaceful protests.


To enhance our understanding about protests, we were then given time to design our own protest posters. In the afternoon, we painted them. We have all done such different and amazing designs. What a way to start our new enquiry!! 

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Enquiry Overview: 


Computing this term was wonderful! We did a presentation based on Greta Thunberg. Some of us chose to write about her life and what she has done, some decided to talk about her journey across the Atlantic in her solar-powered boat and others focused on her protests. We are so amazed by what Greta has achieved and done for our environment. It has made us want to contribute and make sure our planet is looked after for our futures. 

Harvest Festival

Thank you to everyone who came to watch our Harvest performance. We had such a wonderful time showing you all what we had learned and we hope you all enjoyed yourselves as well. Looking at our food donations as well, we would also like to say a huge thank you as well! 

Ukulele lessons

This term, year 4 are going to be taught how to play the ukulele. We had our very first lesson this week and Miss CJ was very impressed with us. We actually sounded quite good. We learned a note to play and also put that note to a song. I'm sure many of our parents and guardians will know this song "Lime in the Coconut" by Harry Nilsson. We really enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait for our next lesson. 

Lime in the Coconut

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This is our first time so bear with us but we all thought we did a pretty good job! We are all super proud of ourselves - just need to sing slightly louder but we know we will get there!


This term, we are learning how to play hockey. We started by learning how to hold the hockey stick properly (this was quite tricky). We then practiced dribbling, without a ball, around cones to start with. This helped us to get a feel when we were moving the stick. We couldn't turn the hockey stick around so had to move our bodies. Then we were put to the test and we were given a ball. We all tried our absolute bests and Miss CJ was so impressed with what we had done. 


This week, we have been learning about States of Matter. We learned that there are three types of matter: solids, liquids and gases. To start off our new learning, we were shown lots of different pictures of 'things'. Using this we had to group the pictures in anyway we wanted. After, we spoke about what makes a solid, a liquid and a gas. We found out that they have different structures in their particles. As an activity to make sure we understood what the particles were like, we worked in groups to represent the different matters. 

Collaborative Learning

We have been learning about what a 'Purple Learner' is, with a focus on how to work in a group successfully. We considered what it looks like, feels like and sounds like when we work collaboratively. We understand we need to take turns, be polite, motivate and support one another. 


We kick started our enquiry by making snow! It was great fun! We couldn't believe how it expanded to make so much when we added a few drop of water. After touching it, we created a bank of adjectives and verbs to describe snow to support our writing later.

We went outside and played with it while the sun shone which was a strange feeling! Who would have thought it could snow in summer?