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Year 4

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28th June 2023

On Wednesday 28th June, Years 4 and 5 were lucky enough to visit Writtle University College for the annual Food and Farming event. We joined approximately 4,500 other children from a range of school across Essex.

We had time during the day in different areas of the event, with the highlights being the livestock, (we could stroke the animals), the food tent where we tried new foods, and the crops area making natural bookmarks.

We had also taken a scarecrow to enter in the Scarecrow Competition, based on His Majesty the King’s Coronation. Our scarecrow had a sceptre spade, an orb teapot, a corgi at his feet, and royal robes with the Red Arrows and smoke. We listened to the judging with baited-breath and cheered when we heard we’d won second place! We were presented with a certificate, rosette, and vouchers for the school to spend in our nature garden.

We were very proud of all the children, who were a credit to our school and behaved impeccably.

Mrs. Crees and Miss. Marsh

Food and Farming June 2023.mp4

May 2023

Later in June, children in Years 4 and 5 are going to the Essex Food and Farming Day at Writtle College. As part of the preparations, we have been asked to enter a competition to create a scarecrow with a Royal Coronation theme. The children have worked as one enormous class to design a scarecrow and then create it out of a range of recyclable materials. We had a fantastic day working in groups to create our finished Royal Scarecrow, complete with all commonwealth flags, a shovel sceptre, an orb teapot, the Red Arrows display team and a Corgi!

18th May 2023

On Thursday 18th May, Year 4 and their grown ups were lucky enough to travel back in time to the Stone Age. We made woolly mammoths out of milk bottles, using a wide range of materials, both new and recycled. A great, if somewhat messy, time was had by all!

25th and 26th March 2023

Amazing European landmarks sprang up in Year 4. These wooden structures were incredibly well made! Planning took place with careful design and techniques using Maths as well as design skills. After only twelve hours, pieces of wood became phenomenal European structures, linked to both our DT and Geography topics this term. We used measuring, and sawing skills and learnt, very quickly, to measure twice and cut once. A lot of us had a moment where we thought we couldn’t do it, but, in the end, all of us finished. After everything, we were overjoyed with the results of our constructions! From the sawing and glueing, we were exhausted but we were able to finish the day with huge smiles on our faces. We are all incredibly proud of our structures.

By Ephram, Eva and Oliver, Year 4 Kandinsky

21st March 2023

On a chilly and rather grey Tuesday morning, Year 4 brightened everyone’s day with their music concert, showcasing their talents and progress with the ‘toots’. We were a little bit nervous but very excited to perform in front of Year 6, parents, grandparents and invited special guests. With our first tune, we let everyone believe that we had only learnt the note ‘B’ and then the tunes got harder, with more notes and a faster tempo. We also performed a rap and a song, which we’ve challenged the Year 6 children to learn. A lovely time was had by all. Year 4 were absolutely amazing and should be incredibly proud of themselves. It was the best performance ever!


14th March 2023

We had a visit from our class govenors, Andrew Gilbert and Tanya Waterhouse. We had a great time with them, drawing simple scaled maps in Geography, and then using 8 points of the compass to guide each other around the room and find objects. 


10th March 2023

Despite pouring with rain and snowing in the morning, Year 4 braved the wintry conditions and walked down to Mell Farm for the afternoon of 10th March. We met bulls, cows and calves and were lucky enough to feed the sheep and lambs. As it started to rain, we dashed to the tower for hot chocolate and biscuits and then made a bird out of different sized coloured paper. We even managed a walk back as it snowed, singing songs, and practicing times tables! It was a fantastic afternoon, and we hope to visit again in the summer term.

27th February 2023

The Kandinsky team invited our grown-ups into the classroom. In Geography, we have been learning about Europe and Mrs. Crees set us a mission. We became designers, to create a new theme-park ride based on a European landmark. First, we used spaghetti and marshmallows to build a structure. It was much harder than we thought it would be and proved that we need to build a solid and firm foundation. It was great fun, even though we weren’t allowed to eat the marshmallows! Now we have designed our landmark ride, we’re going to have two Design and Technology days in March to use careful measuring, saws, and a range of different wood to create the final design. We can’t wait!


18th January 2023

In Science, we have started a new unit all about Sound. We carried out a fun investigation where we travelled around the school, and used our ears to really think about what we could hear. We visited the school entrance, the hall and a PE lesson, EYFS classroom and the new library. It has already changed how we listen, and we were excited to go home and try this experiment with our grown-ups.

13th January 2023

On Friday 13th January, we were lucky to have a drumming workshop as part of a whole school music experience. We listened and copied different beats on African Drums and learnt how to play them as a group. We were also able to perform solos if we wanted to at the end of the session. It was noisy but brilliant!

19th Novemember 2022

On a, thankfully, dry Friday, we visited Layer Marney Tower to travel back in time to Ancient Greece. We explored daily life, leant what happened when people were poorly and needed to see a doctor and found out all about Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses. We made information wheels, created body parts from clay and ground corn to make flour (so we could make a hobnob biscuit). Luckily, we also got the chance to roll down the hills at the Tower, which was amazing and caused lots of laughter. We had a fantastic day!

16th November 2022

Today we had a visit by the author Emma McNally.

Author visit

4th November 2022

Year 4 were delighted to welcome grown ups into our classroom for Helping Hands (or Clay Chaos as the children called it). We had been given a mission by Mrs. Crees to design and make a clay pot similar to those we had studied from Ancient Greece. A super morning was had by both children and adults and the end results were fantastic!

Friday 14th October 2022

During our English lessons, we’ve been writing about Theseus and the Minotaur. To link this to our Maths work, we created a maze game with wool, envelopes and clues and worked in teams to see how many points we could get and whether we could defeat the vicious Minotaur. We learnt a lot about teamwork as we had to make sure that nobody was left in the labyrinth. As you can see from the photos, we had so much fun and hope to play the game again!

Friday 7th October 2022

In R.E. this term we are exploring the ‘big question’ of Where Do Christian’s Religious Beliefs Come From?  We were lucky enough to spend some time with Reverend Sarah from St. Mary’s Church in Tollesbury. We had all prepared lots (and lots) of questions to ask her and she kindly answered them all! We look forward to welcoming her back to Year 4 soon.


Monday 3rd October

In Science, this term, we are studying Electricity. We had a fantastic afternoon learning about simple electrical circuits, creating our own and carrying out a range of different experiments. There was great joy in the classroom when we managed to complete our circuit and make both the lightbulb and the motor work at the same time!

Thursday 20th September

Year 4 were lucky enough to have our first music lesson with a flute tutor. We are going to be learning how to play ‘toots’ and, if all goes really well (we think it will), we will invite parents to a mini concert after Christmas. We thoroughly enjoyed our first lesson and had lots of fun. Next week, we start to learn how to play a toot!

Thursday 15th September

This term, Year 4K are exploring Ancient Greece. We have researched Ancient Greek architecture and then designed and created some multi-layered artwork. All our work will be displayed in the classroom, and we are proud of our creations.

During our English lessons, we are focusing on recounts in the form of diary entries. We have studied the Legend of the Trojan Horse and had enormous fun using acting to learn the story in detail. We then wrote diary entries as Trojans (unfortunately, we lost the battle)!

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