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As an introduction to our work on rivers, we challenged ourselves to build the strongest possible bridges out of spaghetti! The bridges had to span at least 35cm and we had sticky tape, wool and rubber bands available to join the pieces of spaghetti. The children worked together fantastically, with outstanding teamwork and showing all of our Dream values. Well done! 



We will continue our work on multiplication and division, focussing particularly on written methods for solving these problems. We will then move on to investigating area. The remainder of the term will be devoted to developing understanding of fractions and introducing decimals. In particular, we will be learning about fractions greater than 1, adding and subtracting fractions and fractions of an amount, while our decimal work will focus on finding tenths and hundredths, hundredths as decimals, dividing by ten and a hundred.


By the end of this term, you will need to be able to:


  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
  • Multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1 and multiplying together three numbers
  • Recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations
  • Multiply two digit and three digit numbers by a one digit number using formal written layout
  • Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
  • Recognise and show families of common equivalent fractions
  • Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths
  • Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten
  • Find the effect of dividing a one or two digit number by 10 or 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths
  • Convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre]


Remember to keep practising your times tables; Times Tables Rockstars is a fabulous resource to use at home!



This term we will be using Sabryna and the River Spirit both in our Reading Journals and as inspiration for written work. We will also use Once Upon a Raindrop, a lovely poem which tells the story of water, as a link between our enquiry question and our work on poetry. This term, we be doing a wide range of written work, with a particular emphasis on improving grammar and spelling. Our work will focus on writing narrative, poetry, explanations and folk tales.


English lessons take place every day, building up to an Extended Write - a chance to spend a full lesson creating a top quality piece of writing. One lesson a week is dedicated to our Reading Journal work and EGPS is threaded through all lessons. We also complete Fast Learning sessions, practising handwriting and spellings, three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.



Our enquiry driver for the Spring I half term is Will the next war be fought over water? We will answer this question by focussing on rivers, trying to understand not only how they work, but how they are used by humans, pollution and water treatment and the effects of flooding.


Each lesson has a specific, focussed question which will help answer our overarching enquiry:


  • How does water get into a river?
  • Where are the rivers?
  • What are the features of a river?
  • How do rivers work?
  • How do we use rivers?
  • Can a river power my Nintendo Switch?
  • What is polluting the rivers?
  • Can we hold back the flood?



This term, we will be considering the states of matter - trying to understand how the world (and universe!) around us is put together at an atomic level, using practical investigations, observations and desk-based learning to find out all we can about solids, liquids and gases.


The themes we will cover are:


  • solids, liquids and gases (thinking about what matter actually is and how things can be in different states - e.g. steam, liquid water or ice)
  • investigating gases (learning about Joseph Priestley, whether gases weigh anything and the gases in the air we breathe)
  • heating and cooling (learning about how a solid can change to a liquid or a gas and back)
  • wonderful water (finding out about evaporation and condensation)
  • the water cycle
We worked together in teams to make a model of the human digestive system, using plastic bags, tights, paper cups, vinegar, water, orange juice and crackers. Although this was a stomach-churning :) task, we learned a lot and had a lot of fun!
The culmination of our Autumn term enquiry, Are You Really What You Eat? was a showcase presentation to the parents of Year 3 and 4. We made healthy (and tasty!) snacks, performed a dance, based on the digestive system and presented our learning on some fantastic information posters. We were thrilled to see so many Mums, Dads and grandparents and hope you enjoyed sharing in our learning!
As part of our work on Egypt, we have been learning about how the ancient Egyptians treated their dead. We tried to recreate the process of mummification, using tomatoes (and an aubergine!) to represent a deceased Pharaoh.  After washing the Pharaoh (using water from the River Nile), we carefully made a small slit to remove the internal organs (seeds). We then used palm oil (represented by hand sanitiser) to clean the body, add a nicer scent and kill any bacteria, before stuffing the cavity with Natron (Sodium bicarbonate). The tomato Pharaoh was then completely covered with Natron. We'll keep a close eye on our Pharaohs to see how they mummify! 
The crew of Fire Engine ET27 paid school a visit, showing all classes the equipment they use as well as discussing fire safety and causes. They also discussed some of the skills and abilities needed for a career in the fire service. A brilliant time was had by all - and many of use stayed (fairly) dry!
Mrs Woodhouse from Warburton's came to work with us, teaching us about healthy eating and breadmaking! We will be learning about the food eaten by the Egyptians, and discovered that bread has been baked for thousands of years - including in ancient Egypt! This was a fabulous workshop and we learned a lot! 
Some fabulous homework: An Egyptian lime and mint drink which tasted delicious!
We have been making model shadufs, to show how ancient and modern Egyptians move the Nile's water onto their fields to irrigate them in order  their crops. We showed great teamwork skills and worked together to use a variety of tools; some of which would have been used by the ancient Egyptians!

Summer term newsletter



We will begin the Summer Term by continuing our work on decimals, looking at ordering decimals, making whole numbers and comparing and rounding decimals. We will follow this with some work on money, before delving into statistics. Finally, we will be expanding our knowledge of geometry, focussing on the properties of shape and position and direction.


By the end of the term, you will need to be able to:


  • Solve money problems including decimals to two decimal places
  • Interpret and present data, including on bar charts and time graphs
  • Solve problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs
  • Plot points and draw sides to create a given polygon
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes in different orientations
  • Describe positions on a 2D grid and movements between positions as translations 


It is also very important that you are fluent in all times tables; our Fast Learning sessions are designed to support this, but please do your best to keep practising at home: aim to become a Times Table Rockstar Rock Hero!


We have adopted a Mastery approach to our learning, seeking to explain and reason as well as problem-solving. Maths lessons take place every day, and each lesson begins with a 'Ten in ten' task: ten questions covering various areas of mathematics, to be answered in ten minutes. We also have Fast Learning sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.



This term we will be using a range of topic-related non fiction texts in our Reading Journals. We will also be doing a wide range of written work, with an emphasis on improving grammar and spelling. Our work will focus on writing explanations, diary entries, newspaper reports and poetry and in the second half term we will be using Ted Hughes' The Iron Man as inspiration for our writing.


English lessons take place every day, with one session a week being an Extended Write - a chance to spend a full lesson creating a top quality piece of writing. We also complete Fast Learning sessions, practising handwriting and spellings, three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.



Our topic this term is titled Walk like an Egyptian! and has the guiding question “How did the Egyptians impact the world?”. Egypt is a fascinating country, with a rich past and we will be looking at both modern and ancient Egypt, as well as considering its geography and culture. 


We will answer our guiding question by considering a focussed question in detail each week:


  • Where is Egypt?
  • Why is the Nile important?
  • Where do Egyptians live?
  • Why is it so hot here?
  • Who was King Tut?
  • How did Egyptians live?
  • What was a mummy?
  • How can we read ancient Egyptian?
  • What do Egyptians eat?
  • What is Egyptomania?
  • Can I make my own Egypt-inspired art?


Our showpiece outcome at the end of summer will be a presentation of Egyptian-inspired art in an art gallery, to which parents, grandparents and extended family will be invited!



This term, we will be linking our scientific enquiry with our Egypt topic work, considering ancient Egyptian technology, diet and mummification as well as developing our understanding of the human body.


The themes we will cover are:


  • ancient irrigation, looking at the shaduf
  • investigating how seeds grow in a desert environment, compared to the fertile soil along the Nile
  • Egyptian water clocks and sundials
  • types and functions of teeth
  • a tooth decay enquiry
  • considering the effects of diet on teeth
  • understanding our digestive system
  • learning about what ancient poo can tell us
  • the process of mummification
  • investigating how different materials respond to mummification


PE sessions will take place on Friday afternoons, initially taking place indoors, but as the weather improves we will be using the field as far as possible. This term, we will be working on athletic skills, including running, throwing and catching then applying those skills by learning to play cricket. Our annual Sports Day will be a great opportunity to show off what we have learned!


Please remember to bring school PE kit, consisting of a white t-shirt and black shorts, a tracksuit for outdoor sessions and suitable footwear. Earrings and watches should be left at home and please ensure that a water bottle is brought to school.

Pirates of the Curry Bean!

What a fantastic performance! The culmination of weeks of rehearsals and months of investigating the answer to our guiding question, "Which is better: Stage or screen?", the Year 3 and 4 Spring performance was an amazing success! From the dress rehearsal to the final show, every one of you did a fabulous job and truly impressed the pupils, staff and your parents and grandparents.


Congratulations to every single one of you - it's only a shame that we can't take the show on the road and become a touring production! 

Pirates of the Curry-Bean rehearsals

Trip to Lacemarket Theatre

Year 3 and 4 had a fabulous trip to Nottingham's Lacemarket Theatre as part of our Showtime topic. The volunteers at the theatre taught us all about set design, lighting, Front of House work, marketing and direction. We had an amazing time going behind the scenes and treading the boards!



Our Topic work for the Autumn term was about the world of the Aztecs. We spent the term learning about all aspects of Aztec life and finally presented our learning to our parents (and the rest of the school!) in a fantastic museum, full of artefacts that we created. 


Please have a look at the galleries below, showing how we created the artefacts and the museum itself.


Autumn term curriculum overview

For our Autumn Good to be Green treat we spent the afternoon making giant bubbles!

Our mixture used the following recipe:


1 cup of washing up liquid

1 cup of cornflour

6 cups of water

1 tablespoon of glycerine

1 tablespoon of baking powder


Mix the cornflour into the water, then carefully add the other ingredients. Leave the mixture for an hour or so, giving it an occasional stir. Remember to make bubble hoops using wool and two drinking straws!

Alan from Pals Productions joined Year 4 for the day and helped us to produce and perform a play about saving energy in front of the whole school. In the play, the E-onators helped to defeat Lord Electrify and the Power Guzzlers as well as helping the Wasteful family change their ways. All the children displayed the DREAM values and memories were certainly made. It was a fantastic day and much fun was had by all!