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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.

Our Rights Respecting Class Charter 


Year 4 Newsletter


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Key information:


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

Term 2

"How can one person make a difference?"


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: "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. 

Debate - is graffiti right or wrong?


After learning more about graffiti, we made a list of for and against graffiti to help us form an opinion of whether it is right or wrong. We then used our oracy skills to debate our points and put our ideas forward.

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Jigsaw - understanding bullying


Today we thought about the affect bullying has on the people involved. We saw a short clip about a girl being bullied, discussed what bullying is and what it looks like. We put ourselves in the position of the victim and thought about the way it would make us feel. Then we thought about what it would feel like to be a witness of bullying and what we would do.

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Yamahah Music Assembly

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We had a fab time listening to some live music, learning more about beats and rhythm as well as joining in to support the band.


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!! 

Term 1


Enquiry Overview: 

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 snow?

Why does it snow?

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We researched online and used our knowledge of the water cycle to the answer to 'Why does it snow?'. We wrote our presentations and used our oracy skills to present our findings.

Synagogue visit


Today we were lucky enough to visit our local synagogue in Easton. We learnt so much from Iris about the Jewish faith and the key features of a synagogue. It was amazing to see a 200 year old Torah (Jewish holy book) in real life and we were so impressed that it was written by hand and took a year to write! 

Ukulele lessons

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What fun! Year 4 are very lucky this term to be having weekly ukulele lessons. We had such fun in our first lesson and listen to how great we sound!

Conscience Alley


We helped Ivan make up his mind as to whether he should leave his family and village to go and look for his lost brother or stay. We thought carefully about the reasons 'For' and 'Against' and then created a conscience alley to try and persuade Ivan whether to go or not.

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In Term 1, our outdoor P.E. focus is hockey! During our first lesson, we made ourselves familiar with the hockey stick and how to hold them. We then began to develop our control of the ball by dribbling it in and out of cones which we found rather challenging! By the end of the term, we will be playing fantastic matches to show off our new skills!

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This term, we are focussing on the development of our oracy skills. We role played different scenarios in which we speak differently to people depending on the situation. Here is an example of our more formal speech during an interview.

Sorting Solids, Liquids and Gases


This week we were given images to sort however we thought best. Some of us sorted them into whether they were healthy or not, but then we were introduced to solids, liquids and gases. We then re-organised the images into these groups and asked questions about a few of them - is jelly a solid or liquid? What is spray when it is squirted out of the bottle?

We made fantastic notes about how solids, liquids and gases differ and what makes them unique. Then, we learnt about how all three states of matter have particles, and that these particles have various forces of attraction which give solids, liquids and gases their properties. After learning this, we went out to pretend we were the particles in these states of matter. We huddled together to represent particles in solids with strong forces of attraction, holding hands to show looser forces of attraction in liquids and finally, we spread apart for particles in gas which have weak forces of attraction.

Collaborative Learning


We have been learning about what a 'Purple Learner' is, with a focus on how 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. 

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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?

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