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Wow! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? We are now into our final term, and we have lots of exciting learning in store. Our topic this term is ‘Uganda’ with a wider focus on Africa. On top of the physical geography of the place itself, we will also be learning about the people who live there, and what lessons we might learn from their culture. Uganda also ties in nicely with our science topic of ‘Living things and their habitat’ and the water cycle. Our R.E topic this term is Hinduism, with a focus on the celebration festival ‘Holi’.


As the weather gets warmer (we hope!), we will be having some P.E lessons outside. Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school all week so that they are prepared for any timetable changes, and that this includes suitable clothing for both indoor and outdoor activities (including trainers).


Year Four are now taking home their new reading books, which cover a great range of exciting topics. Our ‘Reader of the Week’ competition will continue, for those who have read at home and recorded it in their diaries, with an adult’s signature. We will continue to look at your child’s reading diary every Monday, to see evidence of their reading at home, and if this is not clear, the children will time in the school day catching up with some of this reading. Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to read at home, as well as talking with them about what they are reading in order to help their understanding of the text.


Children can bring in their completed homework folders every Wednesday, but it must be completed by Thursday. This means their work can be marked, ready for the new homework to be given out on Friday. Spellings will continue to be taught and tested, as well as times tables.


Please get in touch if you wish to discuss any concerns about your child’s progress or wellbeing.


Thank you,


Rosie Dyer

April 2017

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Cadbury World

We had a fantastic day at Cadbury World experiencing the 4D cinema, learning more about the history of Cadbury and not forgetting a super tasting session! You can find more photos in the Gallery.

Our Art Gallery

The children have been creating some super art and are working hard to develop their skills. We have a fabulous gallery in the classroom, you can see some examples below.

New Reading Books

We were excited to find boxes of new reading books in the classroom on the last day of the spring term. They will be ready to take home after the Easter holiday but we had a sneaky look! Hollie-Maye said, "The books are amazing and I'm looking forward to taking them home and reading them." Tyler declared, "It's the best day ever!"

World Book Day

There were some fabulous outfits on World Book Day! After a very busy morning, the children were excited when Miss MacLeod came and read them a story during the afternoon. They then had the chance to read with other children from all different classes and they really enjoyed spending time sharing books. The atmosphere in the classroom was wonderful and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Aztec Home Studies

I have been so impressed by the quality of the work produced by the children for their Home Study this term. Many thanks to everyone at home for all your support with this. You can find more super examples in the Gallery.

Chocolate Shop

The children worked incredibly hard to produce the chocolates for their shop and were able to raise over £80 for our class trip later in the year. As you can see in the photos below everyone loved the chocolates!


We have using a technique from Talk for Writing to write a non-chronological report through story telling. We created a story map, using pictures and actions, to depict actions and events from the text - you see how it all came together in the video below. The children will go on to explore the key ingredients and language that make the text work and build a tool kit of important features to use when writing their own versions of the text.


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Hot And Cold

Our science learning this term is around changing states and materials and their properties and in English we have been developing the use of similes and emotive language. The children have been using this learning to inspire them to write some fabulous poems on the theme of hot and cold. You can read some super examples below.

Diwali Day

For our Diwali Day we had Sunita come and visit us from ‘The Indian Experience’. In the morning, we learnt lots about the Hindu religion as well as the country of India. We also created some beautiful artwork based on ‘Rangoli’ patterns, traditionally made to welcome people. In the afternoon, we were fortunate enough to all dress in traditional Indian dress and took part in some Bollywood style dancing- it was great fun!


More photos can be found in the Gallery.

World War Two Day

We had lots of fun on our World War Two Day! A big thank you to you all for putting so much effort into dressing the children as evacuees- they all looked the part. In the morning, we pretended to be evacuated and wrote some brilliant diaries as if we were really there! We then went into our ‘Make, Do and Mend’ session ran by Mrs Green, where the children got to practise knitting, darning and weaving and then baked carrot cookies (a traditional rationing recipe!). After our WW2 lunch, we had a visitor in to talk about his Dad’s experience of being a solider in Burma. The fun didn’t stop there- everyone took part in a blindfolded taste test of foods eaten during WW2! We had a great day, and it will hopefully be remembered by the children for a long time!


More photos can be found in the Gallery.

Edina Bulb Project

We are very excited to be involved in the Edina Trust Bulb Project, which is a long running climate change investigation involving hundreds of schools around the country. It is a real, live experiment where we will contribute to the final result; there are no known outcomes and no ‘right’ answers. We planted Daffodil and Crocus bulbs in pots, with each child taking responsibility for their own pot. We also planted bulbs in the ground near the Wildlife Area so comparisons with the potted bulbs can be made.


The children will be responsible for recording weather conditions and measuring the growth of the bulbs over the next few months. This information will then be uploaded to the Trust website.


As you can see from the photos below, we thoroughly enjoyed decorating the pots and preparing the ground for the planting. More photos can be found in the Gallery.


The Evacuee - Performance Poetry

As part of our work on World War II we have been learning about evacuees. The children have worked hard together on some fabulous performance poetry. You can see a super example below which was performed at a recent Star Achiever assembly.

The Evacuee

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Celebrating Harvest

I was so proud of the class when they, along with the children in Year 3, led our Harvest celebration. We all had great fun learning the songs and the children worked wonderfully together to perform in front of their friends and family. Well done everyone!


More photos can be found in the Gallery.