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Welcome to Ash Class Year 4 2022/23

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 Benny, 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 2 will be on Tuesday and Friday.

Project homework is due Friday 16th December

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Recognition of Achievement

Term 2 - Our projects for this term are 'Marvellous Mappers' and 'Disgusting Digestion'

Children in Need

We had challenges in every class and year 4 decided to see which class could run the most lap around the playground in 20 minutes. We had lots of fun cheering on our class members and were very proud of everyone's efforts!


During this lesson, we were focusing on our catching skills, specifically aiming for the other's chest, throwing with fingertips, and throwing from the pocket. When catching we focused on having our hands in a 'w' position. Then, we played some mini matches focusing on throwing the player to the other players. 


In this lesson, we were learning about OS map symbols. We used a small map of Wallingford and a larger map of Oxford. Using the maps, we needed to identify different symbols and what they represented. 


"I think this is a church because it has a cross."

"This is a campsite because there is a tent."

"A 'P' stands for parking."


In this lesson, we started working in pairs to 'tag' the cones and mirror each other's actions. Once we'd tagged the cone, our partner had to copy and try to keep up as the first partner gradually moved faster. We then focused on target practise and dodging skills in groups; one person needed to run and dodge the rugby balls, whilst the other players threw the balls. 

Geography - Compass Points

In Geography, we have been learning about the differen compass points. We drew our own compass in our books labelling each point, then we went into the hall and used challenge cards to direct our partner in different directions using compass points.

PE - Tag Rugby

In this lesson, we began by playing ultimate tag to warm up and to begin understanding the 'tag' concept of tag rugby. Then, we played a game where we had 3 'sharks' tagging people and once you lost one tag, you became 'seaweed' in the centre. The 'seaweed' began acting as a wall for the children to run through, the seaweed could only move their top half. We played a second round and made it more challenging by saying you had to be tagged twice before becoming seaweed. The class requested for adults to become sharks, who had lots of fun joining in.

Science - Digestive System

In this lesson, we began learning how the digestive system works by identifying each part and labelling each feature. We worked in small groups to draw our own person, labelling each part of the digestive system and working in a team to complete our work.

Forest School

Our Forest School with Lizzie was lots of fun where we made leaf necklaces and toasted marshmallows. There were so many great photo’s opportunities that we have put these into a slide how, to celebrate them all. 

Term 1 - Our projects for this term are Take One Picture and River Journey.


Exhibition of Learning

Thank you very much for the parents and family members who came to visit Ash class for our Exhibition of Learning afternoon, your comments were lovely to read and it was a valued experience. 

Science - Water Cycle

For our last lesson, we learnt about The Water Cycle and drew the water cycle on sealable bags in small groups. We then put food colouring and water in the bag to observe what happens over the next couple of days.

River Project Homework

We are extremely proud of all the hard work that has gone into creating all the incredible river project homework. Take a look below.

Rivers - Special Visitor

We were very lucky to have Morag visit our school who helped us learn about rainfall and flooding. First, Morag talked to us about flooding and the impact it has an the environment. Then, we tested two different water samples taken from the River Thames (one from here in Wallingford and another further up the river). Finally, we explored rainfall in rural areas compared to the countrside, we found that trees absorb more water than the buildings. Therefore, cities are more likely to flood. 

Maths - Addition word problems

In this lesson, we worked in teams to find different word problems around the room which included addition. Every problem had two steps so we had to work hard as a team, showing workings on our whiteboard.

Art - Pointillism

Inspired by previous artisits, we explored the skill of pointillism through use of paint and we used cotton buds to create each individual dot. It took a lot of patience and determination. 

PE - netball

In this lesson, we had a caroselle of activites to try focusing on footwork, passing, shooting and positions. Activity one was passing the ball in your team, activity two was using half the netball court to play smaller games to practise shooting, activity three was playing of 5 five netball using a whole court. 

Phonics outdoors

Applying our phonics knowledge by using chalk to write on the playground outside. 

PE - netball

In this lesson, we focused on our footwork by carrying out different activities and landing in different ways. 

Science - Water Investigation

In this lesson, we carried out different experiments observing condensation, evaporation and melting. We put hot water in a glass bowl and put cling flimg over the top, then we put ice over the cling film. We could see the condensation forming and the water beginning to evaporate, we also observed the ice melting on top of the cling film. We used a kettle and glasses to show the water vapour and how condensation forms. 



Forest School 

We had fantastic fun re-visiting our school Forest for our session with our new teacher, Lizzie. We built shelters for mini beasts and reminded ourselves of how to be safe when in the forest. 

Art - Water Colours

After looking at artwork created by Monet, we used his Japanese Bridge painting and used water colours to re-create our own versions. 


To celebrate Harvest, Reverend Rice visited Fir Tree to carry out an assembly teaching us the importance of Harvest. In preparation, we learnt why we celebrate Harvest and each child drew a picture showing what Harvest symbolises. 


"Harvest is an opportunity to celebrate our farmers."

"To celebrate and give food to those in need."

Science - Changes of State

In this lesson, we learnt about heating and cooling and how this impacts different states of matter. As part of our experiment, we focused on hw to reduce the temperature of ice (adding salt), what happens when ice is held (begins to melt) and if you add chocolate milk to the mix, you could make some ice cream slush. 


"When you heat ice, it melts."

"Freezing is when water turns into ice."

"Next time we need to put the salt in a separate bag, it is disgusting with all that salt."

English - Non-Chronological Reports

In writing, we have been learning how to write non-chronological reports and have been using rivers as our theme. To help with our reports, we used drama and became news reporters sharing everything we had learnt about rivers. 

Take One Picture - Water Colours

Inspired by Claude Monet, we used water colours to recreate our own artwork with a river and a bridge. We focused on colour blending and taking our time when accurately using a paintbrush. 

PE - Netball 

In this lesson, we focused on trying to score a point for our team and accuracy when throwing a netball. We had a carousel of activities to help with our aiming skills. 

English - Personification

In our writing lessons, we learnt about personification and used this to personify different objects and animals. We worked in groups to create freezeframes of our personification and then wrote sentences about these in our books. 

"The swing flew through the sky."

"The bottle screamed in agonising pain as his head was taken off."

"A pencil cried as it was sharpened."

Take One Picture - DT

As part of our project, we designed and made bridges using newspaper and masking tape. Each group was challenged with only using 4 sheets of newspaper and 8 long strips of masking tape. We then went outside with Maple class to test how strong our bridges were. Everyone worked well in their groups, showing excellent team work and resilience. 

PE - Netball

Our first lesson focused on protecting the ball. We had great fun playing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees, Ball.' When the teacher shouting one of these words out, the children had to either touch their head, shoulders, or knees, or they had to pick up the ball and bring it into their chest. This taught us the importance of keeping the ball close and well protected when playing netball. 

Take One Picture - Art

We looked at the picture in detail and identified all the colours used in the painting. Then, we used paint to colour mix trying to recreate some of the colours used in the original painting. This inspired our paintings where we recreated the bridge in our own perspectives. 

Take One Picture - History

As historians, we researched the artist J.M.W. Turner and created our own research pages highlighted the important information we found out. 

Take One Picture - Geography

We used our Geography skills to find out where the Houses of Parliament was located. Then, we sketched an outline of the United Kingdom and marked where London was located. 

Take One Picture - Questioning

To start our Take One Picture project, we started by using a question matrix to create questions about the pictures. 

Everyone worked hard to include interesting questions including; 

'What set the Houses of Parliament on fire?'

'Why did William Turner create the painting?' 

'How long was the fire burning for?'