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Term 1

Poetry Week


On the last week of term saw us take part in a poetry week across school. We were given the important role of describing Autumn animals in the style of a kenning poem, which was around during the Anglo-Saxon period. We pretended to be Autumn animals to help us write about them.

Sculpting with wire


Our work on the artist Alberto Giacometti is continuing as we start to create our own sculpture. Here we are twisting two pieces of wire into one piece so that it is stronger to use. From this, we have made the outline of our body by modelling it into the shape we have wanted. Some of us found this challenging but Hope Class helped their friends in need and supported one another perfectly. I am a very proud teacher!

High or low?

In Science, we have continued our work on sound by investigating how high and low sounds are made. We investigated the pitch on three musical instruments and made our own predictions and statements explaining how the different pitches were made. We made links to our previous learning of particles and vibrations.

How long can you balance?


As part of our fitness unit of work, we have been developing our core strength by developing our balance. We investigated ways we can help hold our balance by staring at a fixed object and discussed why this helps. We then focused on maintaining our balance after a movement such as jumping. Super work everyone!

Interviewing a witness






















In English, we have been studying newspaper articles and the features that they used. We discovered that in articles, there are quotes from witnesses. So here we are 'interviewing' a 'witness' about why Beowulf is a hero to include in our articles.


Birthday Cards


As part of our Collective Worship, we have designed and made our own birthday cards that will be sent to the care homes in the local area. We made the hearts in the style of a rainbow as we feel a rainbow best represents Hope Class. Super compassion Hope Class!

Forward or backwards?


In Tag Rugby, we have been developing our understanding of the rules of the game as we understand which direction the ball can travel and what onside and offside means. We focused on passing the ball backwards as we travelled with our partner making sure we were always behind them. Well done Hope Class.



In PE this week, we have been focusing on our agility techniques by ensuring that we are on the balls of the feet so that we can change direction quickly and also to push off so that we can gain speed and momentum quicker. We played a series of game to test our agility and made our own steps to success to help us develop our techniques to avoid the opposition and to find space. 

Church School Council Election Week


This week is Church School Council Election Week and the children who were interested, were tasked in writing their own speech and creating a poster explaining why they wanted to be a Church School Counsellor and why the class should vote for them. All the speeches were very well written and delivered and it is such a hard decision. Keep your eyes peeled for our next counsellor!

Strike a pose...


In Art, we have continued our work on Alberto Giacometti by studying the poses that his sculptures undertook. We created our own poses and our partner had to draw us using the technique of Alberto Giacometti by making our sketches thinner and longer than a normal sketch. 

Adverbials of time


In English, we have been continuing our understanding of diaries by writing our own diary as if we are King Hrothgar. To help us use a range of time adverbials, we decided to play a game of 'pass the hat'. On each hat, there is a time conjunction and when you wear the hat, you must come up with a sentence with the conjunction in the sentence. We had so much fun learning how to use adverbs of time to help uplevel our writing. 

Developing our hand-eye co-ordination


In PE, we have been developing our fitness levels as well as our hand-eye co-ordination. By using a tennis ball, we have been developing our accuracy when throwing a ball and confidence and techniques to catch a ball. We progressed by aiming to throw a ball into the cone but our partner had to move the cone towards the ball to catch it. 

Who were the Anglo-Saxons?


We have started our history topic by investigating clues to make our own predictions on who the Anglo-Saxons were and why they came to Britain. We enjoyed the Autumn weather as we made our way around the playground and field and discussed what the clues meant. We then had to decide whether the clue explained who the Anglo-Saxons were, where did they come from or why did the come to Britain. Super work Hope Class!

Understanding the features of a diary


Today in English, we have started to identify the main features of a diary by reading lots of examples. We annotated what we thought were the main features and then checked these against a diary checklist to ensure our understanding was correct. 


​​​​​​Roman Numerals 


Hope Class have taken advantage of the lovely weather that we have had and taken their learning outside. In Maths, we have been focusing on Roman Numerals and how they are still important after thousands of years. We have been developing our understanding of how to write Roman Numerals and how to follow their rules. Did you know to write 9 in Roman Numerals, you have to do 10 - 9? 9 is recorded like this 'IX'. There have been many rules we have had to follow but perseverance and resilience have blown me away! For example, one of the rules we have to follow is that you can not have the same letter more than three times next to each other. That means, if you want to write 6 in Roman Numerals, you would not write it like this 'IIIIII' but write 6 like so 'VI', 

Challenge for you all - Can your child write down their age and your age on the pavement!

Alberto Giacometti



This term, we have started our learning of Giacometti by following a video that explains how to make a person in the style of Giacometti using pipe cleaners and tin foil. The children were excellent at following the instructions to make the body of the human and then to start wrapping the tin foil around their human but ensuring that the limbs are very thin. This has taken lots of patience but they have shown resilience and we can't wait to share with you how they are looking! Well done Hope Class!

Thank you to our Mums, Dads and Carers


To say thank you to our parents and carers, we decided to make a thank you that shows that we care and want to help but also a chance to showcase our learning.


The inspiration behind the book came from a book we are reading in our English lesson which is also known as the colour monster. This is where the monster is all muddled up and was unable to explain his feelings when they need help.

Zone of Relevance



In English, we have been continuing working hard on our hero posters for someone brave and fearless to come and defeat Grendel (apparently Mr Shortland wasn't strong enough!)

To help us choose the highest level of vocabulary, we have used a zone of relevance to help us choose the best words that we could think of that will help us in our writing. If you see a hero poster around the area, be sure to contact King Hrothgar.

Beowulf - Who can help Hrothgar from the monstrous Grendel?



In English and Guided Reading, we have been reading about the tale of Beowulf and how he defeated Grendel. King Hrothgar was tired of being harassed by this fearless monster so he sent for a hero. Along came Beowulf to save the King but did he survive?

In English, we are writing a wanted poster for a hero for someone to defeat the horrible being that is Grendel. We have had lots of fun trying to understand what Grendel and King Hrothgar were feeling and their motives for hurting one another. Lots of hot-seating, discussions and predictions have helped us gain a better understanding of how these beings live.

Will Beowulf defeat Grendel? Will there be a hero that is brave enough to stand up to Grendel? Keep an eye on this page for more details as the weeks progress! 

Tag Rugby


In one of our PE sessions, we have started our learning on how to play Tag Rugby. Our 1st lesson has seen us developing our ball handling skills through a series of games and challenges which also developed our teamwork skills. We then moved onto how to pass a ball in a game of Rugby and discovered that our arms need to have a pendulum momentum to them to allow the ball to travel in the right direction. 

We are all looking forward in seeing how our understanding of the game will develop under Mr Melson!

Learning to play the Ukulele



At the beginning of our first term in Year 4, we have started where we left off in Year 3 in learning how to play the Ukulele. However, before we picked up a Ukulele, we first revisited how to read the notes FACE on a treble clef stave and where they would be found to develop our music theory understanding. 


We then reminded ourselves on how to hold a Ukulele, how to pluck and strum the strings and then practiced plucking and strumming to a song titles 'My Dog Has Fleas'.


Moving forward, we will be learning how to play different chords and switching between chords when playing a song. We will also continue our music theory work as we try and gain a better understanding of note values.