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"An outstanding school where children make excellent progress" Ofsted

Year 4 Mrs Giles

Monday 28th January 2019

Science workshop with Green Shift Education


Today, class 8 were privileged to have Green Shift Education deliver a Science workshop all about sound. They learned about how sound is produced and how it travels through various different materials. They conducted their own experiment to investigate how sound travels though air, cotton wool, kitchen roll and bubble wrap using a small buzzer which they had to connect to a battery operated circuit. 


Before they began their experiment, they needed to make a prediction about which material would allow sound to travel through it the easiest. They then set up their experiement and conducted the investigation. Following the experiment they discussed their findings and decided as a group the material through which sound travels best. 


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Monday 14th January 2019

Visit to The Open Zone @ The Word


Today class 8 visited the Open Zone @The Word. The focus of the day was to spend time developing our knowledge and learning new skills in Computing. The day began with an introduction to the various tasks we would be doing along with expectations of the day. We were all given our own laptop on which we created a design for a coaster using the software, Paint. The coasters are a gift to our family and friends for Valentine’s Day (we'll be hiding them in school until then). We used different elements of Paint to create our design which we saved to be engraved onto our wooden coasters during the afternoon.


The next session was really exciting. We worked with Mr Roberts to grow our knowledge of programming and used a piece of software called ‘WeDo’ to make Lego models move via computer programming. Some of us were able to build and make birds dance. Some of us programmed a number of different models including a clapping monkey, a goal keeper and a boat.


We worked super efficient and super smart. We were a credit to our school today. We left with a big smile on our faces and would like to thank Mr Roberts and Mrs Hayward for all of their help and support today. We look forward to our next visit to The Open Zone @The Word.

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Happy New Year 2019!


Dates for your diary - Spring term 1

  • 07/01/19 - return from Christmas Break
  • 14/01/19 - visit to The Word
  • 04/02/19 - Parents Evening 
  • 07/02/19 - attendance assemblies 
  • 15/02/19 - In-service day and break up for half term 


Our topics for Spring Term.


  • History: The Railways including Local Study
  • Science: Sound
  • RE: Pilgrimages 
  • Geography: A Village in India
  • Art: Sonia Delaunay
  • D&T: Electronics
  • Music: Charanga
  • PSHE:  To be me 
  • French:  Hobbies 
  • PE - Swimming
  • ICT - Using Microsoft Word 

Welcome to Class 8!

I’d like to extend a huge welcome to my class as we begin our learning journey together in Year 4. This we will be, as usual, working extremely hard broadening our knowledge and skills. Our children will be continuing to work hard on all areas of Maths using embedding problem solving and reasoning throughout their learning. We expect all our Year 4 children to work hard but to have fun in their learning!


I will be regularly outside school at the start and end of the day. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s progress or wellbeing please get in touch.


Dates for your diary

4/9/18- Back to school

13/9/18- Thurston meeting 3.30pm

28/9/19- Macmillan Coffee morning

1/10/18- Thurston week

8/10/18- Parents Evening

12/10/18- Poetry Slam

18/10/18- Movie Night

19/10-Break up for half term



Our PE day is Wednesday. PE for Autumn will be Dance. Children must ensure they have their PE kit with them to partake. Footwear for Dance is optional (bare feet or trainers) and I am happy for children to wear grip (slipper socks) socks too.



Homework is given out on Thursdays and usually consists of a mymaths task or times tables rockstars and weekly spellings. It must be returned no later than the following Tuesday. On occasion, children may also bring any unfinished work home to complete.


Children are asked to bring reading books into school every day. Children who bring in reading books everyday will have more opportunities to read in school and change their books. We also ask that as parents, you encourage daily reading at home with your children. Lunchtime clubs and weekly helpers will also be organised to provide extra reading opportunities and to encourage a positive attitude towards reading.


Daily Reading

The Pearson Website explains,

'Daily reading is essential to your child's development in all curriculum areas. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. Reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

What difference can YOU make as a parent?

You can make a huge difference! Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers – and it’s never too early or too late to start reading together.'


This link takes you to a guide to helping your child read.


This video shows how you can support your child with reading at home. 


How To Read With Your Child