Kents Hill Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 5PS


Mr Michael Thomas

Kents Hill Junior School


Year 5 Blog 2020-2021

Week Beginning: 16.11.2020

This week Year 5 have been learning about Banksy, an anonymous British graffiti artist. They explored and evaluated some of his most famous pieces including 'Flower thrower' and 'There is always hope'. The children thought about what message the art was trying to tell the world and whether they liked the piece or not. We then discussed what people thought about Banksy as a criminal. As graffiti on public places is seen as vandalism and vandalism is a crime. Some people believe that he is a criminal and should be punished others think that he is a political activist and should not be punished for showing what he thinks. The children then created a double page spread about everything that they had learnt and had a go at creating some graffiti themselves using the Chromebooks. 

Also this week we have thought about the way Banksy created his graffiti. The children learnt the technique that is often used to create graffiti and used this to inspire their own pieces of artwork. They created stencils and thought about the message they wanted to tell everyone based on this week's theme of Anti Bullying. After deciding on what their stencil would show they drew it onto card and carefully cut it out. They then used the silk screening technique (shown below) to create their artwork. The children worked really hard on these and were so impressed with their outcomes! 




Week Beginning: 09.11.2020

Remember remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder treason and plot. It is the name which is always associated with Bonfire night in the UK where we burn 'Guys' on our bonfires. 

This week Year 5 have been learning about Guy Fawkes. We began the week by completing a reading comprehension all about Guy Fawkes and the children answered some questions about him. They then began to Write to Persuade to encourage Guy Fawkes not to commit treason and kill King James I. Below are some examples of what the children have created. 



In Science this week, the children have been investigating different properties of materials. They began by thinking about what a material is and how to can be defined. They found that any substance that is used to make something is a material. They then spent some time observing different materials and discussing their properties. The children were then able to complete an investigation which involved them testing different materials to find their properties. They tested whether a material was permeable by pouring water over the material. If the material was permeable it allowed water to pass through it. If it wasn't permeable, it did not allow water to pass through it. 

Week Beginning: 02.11.2020

Welcome back to the first week of the second half term. In computing this week, we began our first Scratch project of Year 5. By the end of this project, we will create an app that uses selection using condition - starts - action. Selection mean that the choices I make have an outcome. Sometimes it might be one choice but it could be more than one.

Conditions and actions can be described using the diagram below:


We used all of this information to Add questions to a maths quiz on Scratch. Questions we thought about in order to successfully complete this were:

How would I do this?

What do I already know?

How can I use the code I have already written to help me?

In PSHE across the school, we have been taking part in ‘Healthy Relationships’ week. We have thought about the healthy and unhealthy relationships we might have with others, ourselves and technology. We have thought of ways we can boost our self-esteem, ways to reduce our screen time to keep our relationships with technology healthy and thought of how a healthy relationship with others makes us feel.

After the half term holidays, we had some excellent pieces of topic homework coming into school. Have a look at this ducking stool model and working guillotine below:


A reminder that your termly topic homework is due in on Monday 14th December so you have 5 weeks left to complete this.

Our class ChromeBooks have arrived this week and we have enjoyed using them for other areas of our learning.

Have a lovely weekend!

The Year 5 Team

Week Beginning: 19.10.2020

The final of our first half term in Year 5 is complete and what a jam-packed half term it has been! Our DT project of making a fully working guillotine to behead a playdough person was completed this week. We used our design criteria and exploded diagrams to help guide our projects and thought of innovative ways to improve our designs throughout the creating process. Here are some of us in action and some of our completed designs! What do you think?


In Science, as part of the topic ‘Animals including Humans’, we have been learning about the food chains. The key words that we learned were producer, consumer, predator, prey and decomposer. Ask us what they mean at home to check our learning!

To showcase our excellent learning on Motown music, we have created a double page spread in our Learning Journals. These show our learning about the key style indicators of the musical genre and some technical vocabulary we have been using when listening and appraising musical pieced. 

All that is left to say is have a lovely, restful half term break and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 2nd November!

The Year 5 Team

Week Beginning: 12.10.2020

It was an exciting week in Year 5, as we have begun our DT project for this half term – making a working guillotine to behead a playdough person! Before we begin the creating process for our projects, we needed to learn about moving parts and how simple machines work. We now know how levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges and wheel & axles are used in everyday life to make certain tasks easier. Our blinds in class use a pulley system, cars use wheels and axles, see-saws use a lever mechanism, an axe is a wedge and an inclined plane can be seen on ramps. We are now at the complex designing stage of our DT projects and are thinking about which mechanism we will use to create our guillotine. The most popular choice is a pulley!

In Science, as part of the topic ‘Animals including Humans’, we have been learning about the Digestive System. The food we eat has to be broken down into other substances that our bodies can use. This is called digestion. Without digestion, we could not absorb food into our bodies and use it. Digestion happens in the digestive system. This is a series of organs that break the food down so it can be absorbed into our bloodstream.

To showcase our excellent learning on the Tudors, we have created a double page spread in our Learning. These show our learning about Tudor crimes and punishments and famous monarchs including Henry VIII. Here are some of our finished pieces:






We have begun publishing our own version of Holes Chapter 13 in our English lessons. Always beware of the yellow-spotted lizard! Here are some of our published chapters:




Week Beginning: 05.10.2020

In English this week, we used our knowledge of the class text; ‘Holes’ to re-write Chapter 13 of the book. Our chapter involved one of the boys at Camp Green Lake somehow becoming trapped and almost being bitten by a yellow-spotted lizard. Yellow-spotted lizards are the most dangerous creature you could ever have the misfortune of meeting at Camp Green Lake. They are even worse than coming face to face with the Warden. We used a story mountain to plan our events in the chapter and our task was to include hyperbole, personification and speech punctuation.

Here are a few of our draft chapters. Next we are going to re-draft, refine and publish our chapters so keep an eye out next week to see those.


In our topic lessons this week, we continued our learning about the Tudors. We learned a funny song to retell the history of Henry VIII and his 6 wives and we continued learning about the gruesome and vicious punishments that the Tudors inflicted on each other. Did you know that after much sadness due to the death of Jane; his third wife, Henry sent an artist to Germany to paint a portrait of Anne of Cleves so that he could see what she looked like, in hopes of marrying her. He approved of the portrait so Anne came over to England to wed Henry. Henry was very upset as he didn’t think Anne looked like her portrait so divorced her a few months later. How rude!

In French this half term, we have been learning about les vêtements. We can now say the names of many items of clothing in French and can suggest what we might wear if it is hot, cold or what we may wear to school. Très bien!

In PE, we have been learning the skills and rules to successfully play cricket. Our bowling and batting skills have greatly improved and we are training to be the next successful England squad as we speak! It is important to remember two grips in cricket: bunny ears for when you are bowling a ball and double v’s when you are batting. These two grips have helped us to be accurate when bowling and batting.

Week Beginning: 28.09.2020

Saxon settlements

In science, it was investigation time again. We have been learning all about the water cycle. To demonstrate what happens at the evaporation stage of the water cycle, we placed our wet handprint on a paper towel, placed the towel in the sun and observed what happened. We noticed that after a few minutes, our water handprints had evaporated and our towels were dry.

We have moved on to learning about the Anglo-Saxons in history this week. Anglo-Saxon Britain wasn’t ruled by one person and the Anglo-Saxons were not united. They invade many different tribes and each took over different parts of Britain. Each group of Anglo-Saxon settlers had a leader or war-chief. A strong and successful leader became a ‘cyning’; the Anglo-Saxon word for ‘king’. Each king ruled a kingdom and led a small army. From time to time, the strongest king would claim to be ‘bretwalda’; which meant ruler of all Britain.

In geography, we discovered how Anglo-Saxon settlements were built. Usually, the settlements could be found by water as they used to travel by boat and used the water in their daily lives; and by woodland as they used the wood to build and for fires.

To round off the week, in PE we had a Rounders mini-tournament where we played reduced pitch sized games of the sport and the winners of each game stayed on until defeated. It was great fun!

Week Beginning: 21.09.2020

Onto Week 3 of the autumn term in Year 5! Let’s see what we’ve been up to this week.

In English this week, we have been publishing our final copies of our slave diary entries. After the drafting and re-drafting process (you saw some of our first drafts of these last week on the blog), here are some of our final and fabulous published versions. We concentrated on our presentation, making sure our handwriting was cursive and our letters were correctly formed; as well as making sure the content of our diary entries was engaging and informative. What do you think of our finished pieces?

In our PE lessons this week, we have been playing tennis in a range of tricky weather conditions! Sunshine, rain and wind! It didn’t stop us having fun and we have made great progress with our tennis skills. We complete two PE sessions each day and focus on a new sport each week. To develop our accuracy and racquet control, we played a game called ‘Coffee Pot’. The aim of the game is to make sure to keep the ball moving all of the time. If the ball stops, the opposing team wins the point. I wonder when we might be showcasing our skills at Wimbledon!

In PSHE this week we have been learning about how to work well as a team. At the beginning of our lesson, we tried to build the tallest structure made from newspaper and sticky tape in a pair. Some of us weren’t as successful as we would have like to have been! We learnt that having lots of individuals with their own ideas in a team can be a great asset, but it can also lead to conflict and stop progress. We discussed the importance of sharing the workload and assigning each person a job role, if we need to. Additionally, we looked at how turning to one of our british values - democracy - can help when there are lots of different people’s ideas to choose from. The only fair way to decide on a single person’s idea is to take a vote.

Week Beginning: 14.09.2020

Week Two of our Year 5 autumn term is complete! Here’s what we’ve been up to!

In science, it was investigation time again. We were given two different types of chocolate buttons to look at. We considered how they were the same and different. Then, we made a prediction based on which button we think will melt the quickest and why. When the chocolate gets warm it turns from a solid into a liquid. This is the same as when an ice cube melts.


We also completed our first longer piece of writing for the academic year. We wrote a diary entry about Roman slavery, imagining that we were a slave that had been punished and forced to become a gladiator.

Dear diary,                                                        

Today started off as a normal day, I woke up at 4:00am to make my cruel, selfish master his breakfast. I made pancakes with banana and maple syrup. Oh, how I wished I could eat that!

He woke up at 6:30am because he had a meeting. I gave him his warm, delicious breakfast.

He glared at me and told me to clean his bedroom. Working is hard, and I am only 16.

I walked inside his royal, messy bedroom. I went to his cupboard to wipe off the dust. 

My hand accidently slipped and I knocked over one of his major expensive, ancient vase! I was scared of what he was going to do to me so I cleaned up the mess and prayed he was not going to find out. He came back at 11:00am.He then went up to his bedroom, I was so scared.

A few seconds later, I heard him scream of anger, he ran and picked me up with my shirt 

collar. ”You don't want to know what I am going to do to you” he said grinning excitedly.


Dear diary,

Today was the worst day ever! My Master whipped me in front of the people that were in the Colosseum because I was talking to another poor, hard-working slave (it actually really hurt).It just isn’t fair, it’s like I can’t talk or anything. Living the life of a slave isn’t that nice. You live in a dirty rat and spider infested shed and you only eat rotten, mouldy bread.

Finally, to round off our learning about the Romans, we created a double page spread in our Learning Journals to showcase our new knowledge. We really enjoyed making these as we could let loose our creative brains!

Week Beginning: 07.09.2020

Wow! What a jam-packed week of learning we’ve had during our first full week in Year 5!

In Science, we conducted our first experiment of the autumn term. We explored different materials and grouped them based on whether they were solids, liquids or gases. To do this, we observed what happened when currants were added to lemonade. We found out that the bubbles, which are made of gas, stick to the surface of the solid currants. They float up through the liquid lemonade to the surface. The gas bubbles burst and the solid currants sink to the bottom of the liquid again.


















We have also started our first topic of Year 5; Crime and Punishment. To begin our learning, we thought about our ‘I wonder’ topic question that we are aiming to answer by the end of the topic; Are punishments beneficial to mankind? What do you think? We thought of key vocabulary about our topic, what we want to know about crime and punishment and what we would like to learn by the end of the autumn term. Here is a photo of one of our completed mind maps:

This week, in our topic lessons we have been learning about the revolting Romans. We have explored the Roman Empire & emperors, gruesome Roman punishments, Roman slavery & in maths; the Roman numeral system. It doesn’t sound like much fun being a Roman slave! Mining was very dangerous and the slaves were often treated terribly and had no rights. We then completed a drama performance demonstrating our understanding of slavery in the Roman times:

Welcome to the Year 5 team 2020-2021.

We look forward to welcoming you all back on to school site!

If you have any questions at all, please email or call the school office.

Week Beginning: 31.08.2020

This week the Year 5 teachers were so excited to welcome back the new Year 5's into school. 

We have spent time getting to know the new timetable and getting used to being back in school again. We have been practising our teamwork skills by playing some games which involved the children taking different roles in order to be successful. 

On Friday, we had our hook day to introduce the children into their new topic of Crime and Punishment. The school gardener had been murdered and it was up to the children of Year 5 to help the police find out who the murder was. The children spent time reading the police statement, observing the crime scene, taking fingerprints and reading witness statements from the teachers to figure out who was telling the truth. They then put together a timeline of events across the day to investigate and come up with a prediction of what happened. At the end of the day the CCTV was sent through and the murder was revealed!

The children in Year 5 really impressed us teachers by using their inference and team working skills throughout the day. Well done! A great start to Year 5! 


Year 4 Blog 2019-2020

Week beginning 13.07.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have summarised their learning throughout the India topic by creating a presentation on Google Slides. They used Google Sheets to record and present statistical data of their choice and create visually effective graphs to use in their presentations. The children then created their presentations, adding lots of information from some of the different aspects of our topic. They thought about different formatting techniques and animations they could use to ensure that their presentations were vibrant, colourful and engaging for their readers.

The children also completed their Bollywood Performing Arts Projects this week, concluding with a showcase of what they had learnt and the performances they had prepared. It was particularly lovely to see some of the children share their learning in one of our Google Meet live sessions! 

We have also been learning about a different religion this week - Sikhism! The children created some excellent posters about the key principles of Sikhism and created patangs as part of their study of the Sikh festival Vaisakhi. 

As we have come to the end of the summer term, the children had the opportunity to share some of their termly homework projects with the class. There were some brilliant, creative projects and it is evident that an awful lot of effort has gone into them! 


In PSHE this week, the children were thinking about transitions and big changes. They reflected on the changes they have already experienced and the imminent changes in their lives. The children then produced some superb posters advising children on their own experiences and looking ahead to their futures! 


As a Year 4 team, we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you and well done to all of the children for their hard work and fantastic attitude this year. Although it is a shame that our year was interrupted by these unique circumstances, it has been an absolute pleasure seeing the children thrive and develop their independence during home learning. We would like to thank the parents and carers at home who have supported the home learning process - we have been truly blown away by the quality of work the children have consistently produced and the engagement we have had. We wish you all the best in Year 5 and look forward to catching up with the children in September! 


We hope that you all have a lovely, safe, relaxed summer break!

Week beginning 06.07.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been engaged in the design process for Indian crafts, such as jewellery and decorations. The children researched and evaluated some of the existing designs and the significance of these objects in Indian culture. Then, the children designed their own Indian crafts according to their own design specification. The children then created their own Indian crafts and evaluated them to think about the positive aspects of their design and any areas to improve on. It has been lovely to see such a wide range of ideas and creative uses of materials! 

In our cross-curricular Maths learning this week, the children have been developing their knowledge of statistics and interpreting data relating to India. They have practiced their skills of reading charts and graphs accurately in order to take information from statistical data. 

This week the children have also combined their knowledge of the vocabulary for this half term's French topic 'What is the weather?' to produce a video news report in French! A huge thank you to all of you who sent in videos - once again, the creativity was lovely to see! 

Finally, in PSHE this week, the children have been reflecting on their learning throughout our Relationships topic. They have recapped all of the topics and discussion points we have covered throughout this half term and demonstrated their understanding. The children also reflected on online games and the importance of finding a balance when online gaming.


Thank you all once again for your hard work and your participation in the class assemblies and live lessons!

Week beginning 22.06.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been developing their knowledge of the mythical culture of India by exploring another Indian folk tale 'Keep Your Word'. The children used the story to practise a range of different comprehension skills, including summarising, predicting, exploring word meanings and considering the impact on the reader. 

We have also started our new French topic this week, learning the vocabulary for the different weather conditions. The children have been introduced to the vocabulary they will use over the next few weeks and been revising this vocabulary so that it is memorable to them. It has been lovely to see some of the creative ways children are trying to remember this language - including PowerPoints and detailed sketches!

In Science this week, the children were learning about the changing states of water. They have been reminded of the key scientific vocabulary for the states of water and had the opportunity to observe the changes in action by carrying out some practical investigations. 


Finally, in PSHE this week, we discussed boyfriends, girlfriends and the special relationships adults get into as they grow older. The children thought about some of the perceptions people have of these relationships and how people can often feel pressured to get into relationships.


Week beginning 15.06.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been stepping into the shoes of a tradesman or tradeswoman from the Indus Valley civilisation. The children learnt about trade in the ancient civilisation and how it is different from modern trade, then wrote persuasive pieces to convince someone to trade with them. They used a variety of persuasive techniques to effectively convince their reader. 








The children also continued to develop their knowledge of the Bollywood culture in India, as part of our performing arts project. They learnt about some of the high-profile Bollywood films and created their own advertising posters, trying to imitate the Bollywood style. 

In Science this week, the children continued their 'States of Matter' topic by learning about heating and cooling. The children had the opportunity to carry out some practical experiments at home to investigate the freezing points of different liquids or the melting points of chocolates! 

Finally, in PSHE this week, the children discussed friendships and how to manage in scenarios where friendships can break down. They thought about what makes a good friend, and discussed different scenarios and how they would advise people to interact. 


Thank you all for your engagement with the live sessions this week, we hope that they have proved to be useful for the children and we will be continuing to do more next week


Week beginning 07.06.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children finished their work based on the Indian folktale 'The Tiger Child'. The children reflected on the purpose and significance of the story and have used the folk tale to get an insight into the culture of India. 

This week, the children have been stepping into the shoes of archaeologists and historians, finding out about the artefacts discovered from the Indus Valley civilisation. The children carried out analyses of different evidence and thought about the significance of the evidence, before carrying out their own research to find out more about the artefacts. 

In this week's Science lesson, the children investigated different gasses and some carried out their own experiments at home. The children submitted some fantastic examples of the work they completed, and also did some additional research. 


Finally, in our PSHE lesson this week, the children reflected on ways to keep themselves safe online during the lockdown. The children thought about all of the apps they are using to stay connected and communicate with their friends and family, and focused especially on the SMART message.


Week beginning 01.06.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been finding out about different elements of India's culture and history. The children started a Music and Performing Arts project which is going to carry through the rest of the half term, focusing on the vibrant, colourful culture of Bollywood. The children have started preparing Bollywood dances, thinking about different aspects of choreography. 

In our History sessions this half-term, the children are going to be exploring the ancient Indus Valley civilisation. This week the children have been finding out where the Indus Valley civilisation was, when it existed and how advanced the cities and settlements were. The children created timelines of some different ancient civilisations they will have learnt about or heard of in the past, and thought about what technology might have existed during the Indus Valley period. 

The children have also been learning about a traditional Indian folktale in this week's sessions - 'The Tigerchild'. The children were really engaged with some of the most ancient stories which have been passed down through Indian culture. 


The children have also started a new Science topic this week, learning about States of Matter. In this week's session, the children found out about the properties of solids, liquids and gases. 

Finally, in our PSHE lessons this week, the children started their new topic 'Relationships'. In the first session, the children thought about the feeling of jealousy. As part of our online safety topic, the children also thought about in-app advertising and purchases, and found out about ways to keep themselves safe while using different apps.

Week beginning 18.05.2020

'This week in Year 4, we have been exploring the colourful culture of India by looking at the Indian poem 'The Blind Man and the Elephant' and practising some different Indian art techniques. The children started the week by completing a range of activities based on the Buddhist parable 'The Blind Man and the Elephant', including reflecting on the meaning of the poem and the different poetry techniques used. The children then learnt about various techniques that are used when performing poetry aloud, and considered these techniques as they practised their own performances of the poem. It was particularly lovely to see some videos of the children performing! 

Over the course of this week, the children have learnt about three different art styles: Rangoli patterns, Mehndi/henna patterns and block printing. The children have tried to imitate the vibrant, colourful techniques used in India to create visually effective pieces of art, and used a range of materials. There has been a fantastic variety of work submitted, including digital art and pastels! 



In our Science lessons this week, the children researched food chains as part of our 'Animals, Including Humans' topic. They also had the opportunity to finish their enquiry into tooth decay and the effects that different liquids can have on our dental hygiene.

Finally, in our PSHE this week the children came to the end of the 'Healthy Me' topic, discussing the concepts of healthy, positive relationships and the importance of being assertive. They also reflected on the entire 'Healthy Me' topic, thinking about their physical and emotional health.

Thank you all so much for your hard work at home over this half term. It has been really lovely seeing all of your photos and videos, hearing from you on the Classroom each day and seeing your faces in the class assemblies. Have a lovely half term break and we look forward to hearing from you all in June!'


Week beginning 11.05.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been finding out about some of the secrets of India - including the village of Chembakolli and some of the goods that are traded by India. The children have been finding out about the importance of international trade in the modern world, and how our lives as we know them are reliant on imports and exports. As part of this focus on trade, the children learnt about the FairTrade organisation and there were some really thoughtful ideas discussed about distributing wealth. 

In our Science lessons this week, the children have been finding out about the teeth as part of our topic 'Animals, Including Humans'. The children learnt about the different types of teeth and their functions, and have set up a practical enquiry to find out about tooth decay. We are looking forward to seeing some pictures of their experiments as they continue next week! 

Finally, in our PSHE lesson this week, the children found out about the effects of alcohol on the human body and reflecting on some of the misconceptions around alcohol. The children thought about how their previous lessons on group dynamics and peer pressure might be relevant to a discussion on alcohol. 

It was lovely to see so many of you in the Class Assemblies earlier this week! Please remember that we will be doing a Class Assembly each week from 1.00 til 1.25pm on a Wednesday! 


Please also keep sending us pictures and videos of your work and the things you are getting up to!



Week beginning 04.05.2020

In Year 4 this week, we have been continuing to explore the culture of India, focusing on the religious diversity of India - looking specifically at Hinduism. The children have learnt about the origins of Hinduism and some of the key beliefs of the religion. 

The children then focused on a key figure relating to the Hindu religion - Mahatma Gandhi. The children discovered some key facts about Gandhi's life and wrote informative biographies about him. As well as including key events answering the 5 W's in their biographies, the children have been seeking to use a range of informative writing features, including time openers. 

In our PSHE lesson this week, as the children continued to work through the 'Healthy Me' topic, they learnt about the negative effects of smoking and thought about some of the reasons why people start smoking. They tied in their knowledge from last week's lesson on Group Dynamics and thought about the significance of peer pressure. 

Finally, thank you all so much for the pictures and videos you have been sending in. It has been particularly lovely to see you completing different physical exercises as part of the 2.6 Challenge. Hopefully this lovely weather continues over the Bank Holiday weekend, and we look forward to seeing more pictures next week!


Head on over to our 'Whole School Blog' to see how we have been celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE day:


Week beginning 27.04.2020

In Year 4 this week, we have been getting a better understanding of the geography of India. Throughout our Geography lessons, the children have been focusing on the physical geography of India, including the climate and key features such as rivers and cities. The children have also been developing their understanding of chloropleth maps, creating their own maps to provide information about the states and regions of India. 

The children also had an introduction to the diverse religious culture of India, completing informative and visually effective posters to reflect the many religions which are practised in India. Over the next few weeks, the children will be exploring some of the religions in greater depth. 

As part of our Science topic on 'Animals, Including Humans', the children had the opportunity this week to complete an experiment to help them understand the digestive system. The children also completed comic strips to show the journey food goes on as it travels through your digestive system. 

Finally, in PSHE this week, the children reflected on group dynamics and considered some scenarios which could arise in their school lives. The children thought about how they could solve the problems which arise in different scenarios.


Week beginning 20.04.2020

This week in Year 4 we have started our new topic - 'The Forgotten Jewel in the Crown (India)'. The children started the week with two days of hook activities to really get them engaged in the topic and give them a taste of some key aspects of Indian culture. The children chose from a range of tasks, including creating questions based on videos about India, drawing the Taj Mahal and creating a henna pattern. The children also created some excellent 3D models of Indian animals and Thar Desert Mud Brick Houses. 

For the rest of the week, the children have been developing their knowledge of the geography of India, focusing on its location, landmarks and some aspects of India's human geography. The children enjoyed using the Google Earth software to conduct some of their research about India's location and some of its most famous landmarks. They then developed their understanding of Indian culture by comparing it to England - looking at different landmarks from both countries and the standard of living in the capital cities of each country.


Week beginning 30.03.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been considering the importance of a balanced diet and imagining themselves in the shoes of a tiny insect exploring our world. Furthermore, the children have finished their Maths topic of Addition and Subtraction, completed a circuit of physical activities in P.E. and completed their end of unit assessments in French and Science. It's been lovely to see some of the fantastic examples of children's work which have been submitted to us through the Google Classroom: 

This term, the children have learnt how they can 'Make A Difference' to the environment in homes, at school, in their local area and beyond! They discovered the harsh realities of the damage that humans have done to the environment through plastic pollution and fossil fuels, and looked at practical solutions to these increasingly significant problems in our modern lives. The children designed and made projects which could help them to make the natural environment a better place for themselves and all other living creatures. Through their learning, the children have developed their understanding of their role as global citizens, and how they can impact the future of the planet. 

In our Summer topic, the children will be transported to an entirely different culture...the Forgotten Jewel in the Crown!

Week beginning 23.03.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been focusing on some of the positive ways that mankind has tried to protect the planet and preserve the environment. The children conducted some research on renewable energy sources in Geography, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of solar power, wind turbines and hydroelectric power stations. They then used this information to write non-chronological reports about renewable energy, focusing on using informative language techniques such as subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials. Continuing with this theme, in Science, the children produced posters about some of the positive things that humans are doing to help maintain the environment for plants and animals. 

In French, the children created comic strips in French, using the different class instructions and objects that we have been learning about over this half term. 

Finally, in PSHE, the children have been recapping some of our learning on online safety, and considering their responses to cyber-bullying situations. 

It's been lovely to see so many children interacting with the Google Classroom this week! Thank you all for your hard work and patience in using this new system!

Week beginning 16.03.2020

Towards the end of last week, Year 4 devised their own Science experiments as part of Science Week. The children were presented with a problem to solve - identifying which kitchen roll was the most effective. We discussed what makes kitchen roll effective and how we would be able to test different brands. The children decided their own method of testing, carried out their experiments and then reflected on how they could make their experiments fairer. 


This week, in our PSHE lessons the children reflected on how to work as a team in order to complete a challenge. They had to create an entry into a comedic sketching competition, dividing the roles for the activity within small groups to ensure that everyone's contribution was considered and evident.

Finally, in Maths this week, the children played Place Value Yahtzee, bringing together all of their knowledge from our Number and Place Value topic, including Roman numerals and rounding. The children generated 4 digit numbers and fit them to the rules on their scorecards.


Week beginning 09.03.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been creating an advertising campaign for our eco-garden with three separate elements: a written advertisement (including a range of persuasive features), a webpage and a jingle. The children have thoroughly enjoyed using the online Scratch and Google Sites softwares to create their jingles and webpages respectively. 

In Maths this week, the children have taken part in various practical activities as we revise the Number and Place Value topic ahead of next week's assessments. The children completed jigsaws using their understanding of Roman numerals and went out onto the playground to discover how finding the midpoint of a number line would allow them to make increasingly accurate estimations of where to place other numbers. 

Finally, in PSHE this week, the children have been discussing strategies for overcoming disappointments as they strive to reach their goals. We talked about the different emotions a person can have when they experience failure and considered advice we would give to people to help them move past their disappointment and re-focus on their goals. The children acted out these different scenarios through roleplay, representing negative and positive reactions to setbacks.




Week beginning 02.03.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been developing a digital prototype of the school eco-garden, with proposed improvements. The children referred back to their design specification, taking into account the features they suggested their eco-gardens must have, features they should have and features which would be additional. The children used an online software to design detailed plans for the eco-garden from a birds eye view. 

In PSHE this week, as part of our 'Dreams and Goals' topic the children discussed the importance of being able to overcome disappointment as we strive to reach our goals and achieve our dreams. The children related this to one of our core values at the school - perseverance. They were presented with a range of scenarios where someone might experience disappointment, and suggested the advice they would give to help those children focus on the positives and overcome that disappointment. 

Finally, it was lovely to see the children showing real enthusiasm for the books they read during this week's World Book Day event. There were some excellent costumes and the children thoroughly enjoyed completing a range of activities related to sharing stories and some of their favourite texts.


Week beginning 24.02.2020

In Year 4 this week, the children have been writing persuasive letters to our school governors to encourage them to officially open our new-and-improved eco-garden at the end of the half term. We hope to revamp the school's eco-garden as part of our 'Make A Difference' topic, tying in all of our learning over the past term. The children discussed the different reasons why it would be beneficial for a school governor to come and open our eco-garden, including the fact that it would encourage other children in the school to care for the environment and wildlife in our local area. The children wrote persuasive letters including a range of persuasive techniques, including rhetorical questions and flattery. 

In PSHE this week, the children have started their new topic: 'Dreams and Goals'. Firstly, the children reflected on their own dreams and goals, and considered the different people who can contribute to them realising their dreams. We then used the story of basketball player Michael Jordan's success to highlight the importance of resilience, determination and hard work in achieving our goals. As a class, we discussed how it is unrealistic to expect our dreams to be achieved due to luck and easy solutions.