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Comic Relief

For Comic Relief, we brought in our favourite joke to tell each other. Here are some of the jokes shared:

What do you call a white bear at the North Pole? A Polar Brrr (Alife)

How does the penguin stick with his friends? Ice phone (Cam)

Why do we tell actors to break a leg? Because every play has a cast (Jonathan)

What is a pirate's favourite lesson? Arrrrt (Leah)

What music is a bubble afraid of? Pop music (Millie)

How do you make an octopus laugh? By giving it ten tickles (Faith)


We even had a rap written for Comic Relief:

Yo yo yo it's red nose day. Lets celebrate, lets donate. It doesn't matter how much you give, you're giving someone a chance to live. Helping the homeless find a way, come on everybody let's make their day. It's Red Nose day let's make some money. Let's jump and shout. Let's get funny! (Paris)


Back Together Again

It has been so lovely to all be back in school together again and what an amazing first week back! The children have worked really hard in all subjects and have made us all really proud. We are starting a new text in English - a poem called 'The River' by Valerie Bloom. We have started a new, short Science topic 'Biomes' and the children have been working to become an expert on their given biome ready to teach the rest of the class. In Art, we have had a go at sculpting and designed and created a sculpture using a bar of soap. It was challenging at first but the results were amazing!

Art Appreciation


In Art, we have been thinking about our observational skills. Children looked at 'My parents' by David Hockney and described it in detail to a partner thinking about shape, texture, tones and patterns. They then recreated the picture. Take a look at the brilliant recreations!


Don't Get in a State!


Our science topic has been based on States of matter. We began the topic in school and worked together in small groups to model the particles in solids, liquids and gases. We then sorted a range of objects into their states of matter. We then had a go at planning and carrying out our own investigation based around melting. In school, we thought about chocolate and if different types or amounts or places would affect the speed it takes to melt. Each group chose one thing that they were going to change (variable), came up with their own equipment list and made predictions before carrying this out. At home, this was tested with chocolate, ice cream, ice cubes and lots more. We were so impressed with what the children came up with!

School Council


A massive well done to Poppy (4HC) and Imogen (4JH) for being elected as our School Council representatives!

It's All Ancient Greek To me!


We have been working hard in year 4 again. In Enquiry, we have been looking at how women were treated in Ancient Greece and have been standing on the Pnyx to make speeches. There have been some very convincing arguments for why women should be able to vote. We will be working on writing a script to perform. This is an opportunity for us to show off all of our learning so watch this space!

Autumn Term 1


We have had a great start to year 4. The children have been working really hard and we have been proud of how well they have coped with being back in school after such a long time off. We have are learning about Place Value in maths and will soon be moving onto addition and subtraction.


In Enquiry, we are learning about the Ancient Greeks and the children have shown such enthusiasm. We have already learned about the Ancient Greek city-states, what life was like for the Ancient Greeks and are now starting to look at the Olympics. 


In English, we have been writing based on a short film called 'Feast'. Your child may have mentioned Mrs C as she has been teaching English through live lessons online. These lessons have been seen by children all around the world. They  began being quite difficult as they were really fast paced but the children are now producing amazing pieces of writing. Some of which have been seen my Mrs C herself and she has been very impressed!