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Welcome to Ash Class Year 4 2021/22!

We are a class of 29 bright, caring, smiling and enthusiastic children. Miss Hutchings is the class teacher but we are also very lucky to have Mrs Somarakis and Mrs Johansen, the teaching assistants that are on hand to help. We are all really excited about coming back to school and having some fun! 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you ever have any queries or concerns.


PE days for term 6 will be on Thursday and Friday.

Project homework is due Friday 8th July.

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Term 6

Welcome to the final term of Year 4! The year is flying by so fast.

This term our project is ‘Early Settlers’ which includes learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. There is a heavy history and geography focus this term. As usual, we shall be exploring the project in cross curricular ways which includes reading, art and design technology.

The tale of ‘Beowulf’ is the initial stimulus for our writing which was originally a poem. Beowulf recounts the gruesome deeds of a legendary Anglo-Saxon warrior.

Science is a discrete project all about ‘Inventors and Discoveries’.

There is much to look forward to this term including; Sports Day, brass assembly, exhibition of learning, another author visit, more forest and garden sessions, French lessons, a final Smart assembly and more. Here's to an exciting and engaging term ahead!


We have been learning about lines of symmetry in maths, see the process of our lesson below.


Our science topic this term is all about inventors and discoveries. This week, we have been finding out about the discovery of Oxygen, including which scientist discovered it and the importance of it today. We created an experiment in our books that investigated how long a candle would take to burn out, if the oxygen was removed. 


"Oxgyen is good because it keeps us alive."

"We breath in Oxygen and breath our carbon dioxide."

"Wow the candle is taking a long time to burn out."



Term 5 

Our projects for Term 5 are 'Take One Tale' and 'Creepy Crawlies'.

We begin this term with a ‘Take One Tale’ project about ‘Anansi the Spider’. We shall be exploring story telling techniques, becoming storytelling experts ourselves and then writing the story with our own individual stamp of personality woven through it.

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, together with the other classes of the school, we shall be creating a display that will appear in Louise Claire Millinery in St Mary’s Street at the end of May.  Each child will be contributing.  More details about this later!

Our ‘Creepy Crawlies’ project has largely a scientific focus, thinking about animals, their habitats and the impact of the changing environment. We will be exploring creepy crawlies first-hand developing close observational skills which will be necessary for naming the different parts of their bodies using correct technical vocabulary and drawing them accurately in art. 

It promises to be a fun term ahead!


Please could lower school have any newspapers for an art project this term.  Also, if you have any old men’s shirts that we could use as painting aprons we would be very pleased to take them off your hands! Thank you.

RAF Stem Challenge! 

RAF Benson arranged a helicopter flypast on Thursday 26th May so they set a challenge to help inspire the children. The challenge was to make a Jubilee Whirlybird! See pictures below of our creations.


"The more distance it has to travel, the better the spin."

“If we add more paper clips, I think it’ll go to the ground quicker.”

“A larger paper clip will make it fall faster.”


Final PE lesson of term 5!

In this lesson we were competing in relay races. It was lots of fun and everyone quickly worked together in their teams. We did relay races with people starting at 5 different points, relay from one end to the other, and relays with 2 people either end and one in the middle. 

Baking Mini Party Pies - thanks to Cook School for supplying all the fantastic resources.

Project Homework - Creepy Crawlies!


Pond Dipping!

We were lucky enough to have Morag visit our class for some pond dipping. We had a fantastic lesson learning how to correctly pond dip, including safety by the pond and we made som incredible discoveries! 

Author Visit - Isabel Thomas!

We were very lucky that with all the money everyone raised from the Readathon, our first author visit was a huge success! We started the day with a whole school assembly, led by Isabel who shared some interesting information about her books. Did you know she also writes in the Wizz Bang children's magazine? For 5 years of her career, she would answer questions that were designed to make you laugh but were also scientific - all posed by children themselves! After that, each class had an hour where Isabel visited the classroom. Our class visit focused on the book entitled 'Exploring the Elements' and the session had a big link to science. 


"The tin is very squishy and soft."

"The Bismuth is sharp, with interesting different shaes and rainbow colours."

"The Gallium is cold and hard."

Experiment by Isabel Thomas.

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Forest Fun!

Our latest forest school session involved arts and crafts, bug hunts, hot chocolate and fun in the mud kitchen. Take a look at the photos below; 

Queen's Platinum Jubilee!

To celebrate the Jubilee this year, we have had the honour of decroating the hat shop window in Wallingford again. We are very proud of the hard work and dedication that went into our contribution. Each child made their own origami flower in red or blue, then some children helped paint the background. Keep your eyes peeled from Sunday 22nd when the display is due to be put in the window. 

Invertrebrate hunt!

As part of our Science topic, we ventured on our very own hunt looking for invertebrates. We are very lucky to have such a huge outdoor area, including the forest to explore! 


Linking to our Take One Tale project, we had a art lesson sketching observational drawings of spiders. Everyone worked extremely hard and focus on all the tiny details of the spider's body. We are very proud of our art work so take a look below:


In this lesson, we were learning to run across short distances. We had lots of fun running in different ways, to work out the best running posture. Then, we raced each other in pairs and had different starting positions to see who could run the fastest over a short distance. 

'The Secret Garden' by visiting M and M theatre company.

We were very lucky to have been given the opportunity to watch a classic story, performed in our school hall


So far this term, we have continued our learning about fractions and have been focusing on counting in fractions, adding and subtracting fractions. We have also explored how to change a fraction to ensure the denominator is the same when adding.


"We can divide to make the fraction smaller and multiply to make it bigger."



Linking to our Science learning, we drew drawings of different vertebrates. Each child chose their own vertebrate to draw and took lots of time and attention when drawing the detail of the animal. 


"Vetebrates are animals with a backbone."

"I'm really proud of mine!" 


In our first lesson this term, we recapped how to say "What is your name?" and "My name is ..." from English to French. Then we learned number one to twenty. During the lesson we learned a really fun song about worms dancing, moving their arms as they said the numbers. This was lots of fun and some children were brave enough to volunteer to join in with Madame Dark. In our books, we matched up the numbers in French to the numbers in English using different colours. 

PE - Athletics!

For our first athletics lesson, we had a carosel of activities. 

  • The first activity involved throwing different sized balls into hoops, then moving the target further away to see how far we could throw.
  • Next, the children had the opportunity to free style where they could throw a ball, focuse on jumping as far as they could or go uphill to make their jump more challenging.
  • Thirdly, they had ago at some fun line dancing (not strictly athletics but fun to keep our bodies moving), this involved marching, jumping, moving forwards and backwards.
  • The next activity was running, where the children was playing follow the leader where one person would completele different runs and the others followed, this included; running on tiptoes, running flat footed, running to the side, waving their arms in the air, or bounding.
  • The fourth acitivity was jumping from a standing position and trying to beat their jump each time.
  • Finally, the last activity was target practice where the children needed to aim accurately to get a beanbag in different targets. 

Take One Tale!

To start off our project, we started by reading the Anansi the Spider story and familiarising ourselves with the story. Then, we used our drama skills to act out the story in small groups, see some examples below of the 5 key points of the story. 

Term 4

This term our project is ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare.

Over the course of the term, we shall be exploring the life and historical times of William Shakespeare as well as this famous play and story. We begin with looking at examples of other fantasy story settings so that we can compare the work of Shakespeare with modern day equivalents, drawing on parallels between settings, character relationships, character analysis and plot.  We shall be tapping into drama and role play to explore ideas and dilemmas through techniques such as freeze frames, role on the wall and conscious alley.  Our writing will recreate the features of fantasy writing and include high levels of description and writing techniques.


Please see below for the project overview for term 4 for a further breakdown of learning to be explored and also the home learning ideas sheet for pursuing areas of interest.  We always welcome surprise me homework related to our projects!


This term, PE is on Thursday and Friday.

Guided Reading

This week we have been focusing on the meaning of the lyrics in different songs. We looked at 'Who's Laughing Now?' by Jessie J, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' By Simon & Garfunkel, and 'Read All About It' by Emeli Sande. For each song, we discussed what the main message of the song is and analysed how the singer would have been feeling throughout. For the song by Jessie J, we also discussed different song titles and used evidence from the lyrics to help support our learning in the song by Simon and Garfunkel.


In our writing lessons this week, we begun learning about fantasy writing and wrote our own fantasy settings inspired by 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. At the start of the week, we began by looking at features of fantasy writing and created a mind map to refer to in our books. Then, we look at our text by Sendak and began writing our own fantasy settings, with a focus on adjectives, fronted adverbials and adverbs. Some incredible words have been used including; engulfed, sprouting, obscure, enchanted, colossal, foliage, inhabited, extravagant and so many more!

Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day!

Today we researched and learnt all about the importance of Shrove Tuesday. We focused on the understanding of why Christians take part in lent and shared different things people may choose to give up. Then, we shared when this day takes place and why it is different each year. After that, we explored the reason we have pancakes and pancakes races. Finally, we had lots of fun having our own pancake races with year 4 - take a look at the pictures!


This term, we are learning about sound and for our first lesson we focused on the vibrations caused by different sounds. We had lots of fun exploring two different experiments to help us understand how vibrations are caused, including the impact of a vibration depending on how big the sound is. The first experiment involved a drum, with rice on top and we hit the drum to observe how the vibration of the sound impacted the rice. We discovered that, the louder the drum, the bigger the reaction was of the rice. Our next experiment involved hitting a tuning fork off a wooden drum stick and putting it in water, we then observed how the water reacted to the vibrations of the tuning fork. We quickly discovered, the harder you hit the tuning fork, the longer the vibration, and if you touched the bottom of the tub, the vibrations would stop.

We had so much fun that lots of children wanted to have ago, therefore here is a slideshow of both the experiments so we could share all of the photos. 


This week we had our first cricket lesson with Kieran, our coach from Chance to Shine. In the lesson, we focused on the skill of fielding, including catching, throwing, rolling, working as part of a team. We started off by playing a game called 'Head, shoulders, knees, cone'. In the game we worked in pairs and the coach shouted out different words for example 'head' and we would touch our head, if he shouted 'cone' we needed to pick up the cone before our partner. Next, we practised throwing a ball in the air and touching our heads and catching the ball, then throwing the ball again and touching our heads and shoulders before catching the ball again (there were multiple levels to this game!). After that, we worked in pairs to throw the ball to each other, after 5 successful throws we would take a step backwards. Then we played a game where we need to roll the ball to the our partner, the aim of the game was to get the ball through our partner's legs to score a point. Finally, we played Battleships where we used a ball and a cone in groups of 3, each child had 3 cones and if they throw the ball under arm and hit another person's cone, they could take on of the opposing team members cone. If you lost all your cones, you could stand in the middle and try to get the ball, so no one is out. 


"I enjoyed catching and throwing the ball. I liked getting a high score and pushing myself."

"My favourite game was battle ship because we got to throw underarm."

"My favourite games was battle ship because even if you lost all of your cones, you wouldn't be out and could still join in, so no one is left out."

"I liked battle ships because it was fun to get revenge when my teammate got one of my cones."

World Book Day!

Today we explored the question; 'why do we have world book day?' - here our some of our class responses; 

"To learn about books and give us opportunities to read and encourage more reading."

"It's a special day to celebrating books, reading and the people in books."

"To provide fun reading experiences, where we share books and a love of reading."

"To appreciated the books we have."

"Reading calms you down sometimes."


We also explored the question; 'how does reading make you feel?' - for this one, we showed our answers through facial expressions. Take a look at the pictures below to see our responses!

Library visit


Our topic this term is 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' so we spent time drawing timelines of William Shakespeare's life, from when he born, to when he died and when his plays were published for the first time. We learnt a lot about his children, including that sadly his twin son died at the age of 11 from unknown causes, we also learnt that he wrote and published poems, as well as Sonnets. Going forward, we will continue our research about Shakespeare and will be working in groups to present our research to the class. 


This week, we have been learning about sound and how it travels. To help us learn, we put together our own TV programmes to share all the information we have learned, including that sound travels in waves and moves alongside particles, until it reaches the particles closest to our ears. 


Our second lesson of cricket was lots of fun, with a focus on batting and having a chance to bowl. See below pictures from our lesson. 


"My favourite part was dodgeball cricket because everyone got a go."

"My favourite game was the second one where we worked in threes, because it involved fielding, bowling and batting."

"I enjoyed the second game because sometimes you go to run or catch the ball and it was challenging."

"I loved cricket today, it was really fun."


This week we were working in pairs or threes to put together a sequence with 6 elements. We also learned how to correctly use the apparatus. 

A Mid Summer Night's Dream - Character work

In English, we created a double page spread in our books identifying who each character is, and if they are linked from the Shakespeare play. This helped our understanding with our character development.

A Mid Summer Night's Dream - Drama!

In our project lesson, we began to unpick the argument between Oberon (King of Fairies) and Titania (Queen of fairies) by acting out the scene in small groups. We learnt about the Page boy and why Oberon was so angry with Titania.

RE - Temptation stories!

In RE we have been learning about what a temptation is, sharing examples of our own temptation stories, how it made us feel and what was the result of giving in to the temptation. We have explored the story of Jesus in the wilderness, where he is fasting and praying for 40 days to reconnect with his God, when the Devil arrives to try and temp Jesus into proving he is the Son of Christ. 


Today we continued working on our group poses and practised our poses from previous lessons.


Today we focused on the skill of bowling and learnt how to correctly hold the ball and bowl the ball.

Red Nose Day!

We started the day learning about Comic Relief and finding out why we have Red Nose Day.

"Today is about raising money for children in need."

"We have fun to raise awareness for children with disabilities or who are in need, including young people."

"Today we donate to help children who need help."


In our lessons, we have continued focusing on creating routines with 6 elements, including a jump, a roll and a cartwheel. Today we focused on cartwheels and were giving each other our top tips in how to be successful.


Through the use of different musical instruments, we learnt how to make different pitch, focusing on high and low. We use a guitar for string instruments, a recorder for wind instruments and an xylophone for percussion. Everyone had a chance making different pitch sounds on each instrument, then drew a labelled diagram of the instrument and described how they made high and low sounds. 


So far in cricket, we have learnt how to field, bowl and bat. So this week we incorporated all the skills we have learnt into a circuit of 5 games. Very thankful for the sunny weather we have been having, this week we ventured onto the field.

 A Mid Summer Night's Dream

To help us remember different scenes in the story, we worked together in teams to create freeze frames, breaking the scene down even further. Take a look below for two examples of our freeze frames! 


We had lots of fun in our lesson playing different games. The aim of the first game was to bowl the ball and hit all the cones, the first team who hit all the cones were the winners. The next game involved hitting the stumps, one at a time until we only had the base left, once we hit the base you won the game. Finally, we combined the two games and first had to hit all the cones, then the stumps and finally the stump base. 


Our last science lesson focused on how sound travels and how the sound gets quieter as it get further away. First, we worked in pairs and walked away from one another whilst saying a word or making a sound. We had to stop once we could no longer hear our partner. We learnt that the further you get from the sound source, the quieter the sound becomes. This is because the vibrations are getting smaller, until eventually there are no more vibrations. After this, we made our own string telephones and see how well we could hear our partner. 


"I can hear you but the sound is muffled."

"If we hold the string tigher, the sound is clearer."

William Shakespeare Artwork!

We used abstract art to bring a portrait of Shakespeare into the modern century. The aim was to ensure that the picture was still recognisable as Shakespeare, but with a modern twist. Take a look at some of our ideas:

Tudor Houses - Research!

To learn about the history of the Tudor's, we began by researching how they lived. In this lesson, we used our computing skills to research Tudor houses and turned what we found into a double page research spread in our project books. 


"If you had glass, you were rich."

"The more windows you had, the richer you were."