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16th December 2016


This has been the final week of our focus on ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children began the week by thinking about and discussing their favourite part of the story. They then planned a diorama based on their favourite part. In their plan, the children noted what materials they would use and how they would make the features stand out. They created a model polar bear or rainbow bear using clay. Following this, the children created different aspects such as a background, mountains, snow, a rainbow and animals. The children assembled their dioramas and I was very impressed at what they produced. A lovely way to end our Take One Book topic.


In Maths this week, the children have been learning about angles.  They have compared and ordered angles based on their size, whilst using the key vocabulary of acute, obtuse and reflex to describe these.  The children have practised using a protractor to measure angles to the nearest degree. In addition to this, they calculated missing angles on a straight line.  Pupils have also enjoyed a range of Christmas Maths activities, including using calculators, cracking codes and making a festive card using their knowledge of co-ordinates.

Project Work

In Project Work this week, the children confidently presented their learning from our topic, Bright Sparks. They exhibited a wide range of knowledge on all things electrical and showed their excellent presentation skills in front of an audience. The children thoroughly enjoyed displaying their well-constructed projects, a model of a room in a house with a working circuit. All the Year 4 teachers would like to thank you, the parents, for coming in to see all their hard work! I’m sure you are as proud of them as we are.


As Christmas month has well arrived, hands-on activity was carried out in class. Students were taught some keywords related to Christmas such as; Christmas Day, Merry Christmas, Santa Claus and Christmas tree. They were required to make a Christmas card with some keywords written in Chinese characters.


In Computing this week the children have been looking at Global Positioning System (GPS) relating to Google Maps and how we can use these advanced technologies to help us every day. They have also continued with their coding skills and worked collaboratively to solve further puzzles.

Physical Education

As it is the build up to Christmas, Year 4 have been enjoying playing fun games to test their physical ability and special awareness. The children in all classes have been enjoying putting all the skills they have learnt into practice in competitive and engaging games. During swimming, pupils have been playing water polo, a fun interactive game to end the term on.


This week in Year 4 music, students consolidated their learning about the 12-bar blues. Time was also allowed for some festive fun as students re-wrote the lyrics to ‘ The 12 Days of Christmas’. Merry Christmas to everyone!


Due to the Christmas holidays, there will be no homework to complete or spellings to learn.

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