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I hope you all had a great Easter break. It is lovely to be back at school, the children have settled back in quickly and happily and the sun is shining!


We have started our new class book Oliver and the Seawigs and we are really enjoying meeting the characters. So far we have met Oliver, a young boy who desperately wants to live a normal life, instead of being dragged here there and everywhere by his parent explorers, a plump, shortsighted mermaid, who is forgetful and clumsy called Iris and a mountain called Cliff!! Our English work will be based around this book.


Our Science topic this term is Living things and their habitats.


Maths - please can we all have a big push on learning ALL of our tables this term. We need to be able to recall them at speed. The website below is a good one.


Please make sure you have your indoor PE kit Monday and outdoor PE kit Wednesday.


Spellings are given out on Thursdays and tested the following Thursday.


Let's have a great last term together and keep up the hard work!



We're so proud of Skyla!

Skyla had a great time at Yorkshire show.

All her hard work training her pig paid off! 😀


All about my day !

Sports Day

We had the Year 3/4 Sports Day today and what a lovely afternoon it was. We all had a lot of fun and laughter and as usual, I was so proud of the Red Squirrels and their kind sporting attitude. It was lovely to see you supporting each other and cheering each other on ! smiley

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka  - Our heroes!

We were really sad to hear that some of our England players had suffered racist abuse after the England match. 

We had a big chat about in our class.

We decided to write them some letters to cheer them up and to tell them how brave they were taking those penalties and how proud we are of them. smiley


We were lucky enough to use the fantastic facilities at the YMCA on Friday.

Thank you for inviting us!

 After being cancelled once due to torrential rain, can you believe we all woke up to rain again, after the glorious sunshine of the weeks before?!! 

We still had a great time, even though we got completely drenched and eventually decided to leave a little earlier, as we were so cold!

We all showed true John Hunt resilience !

World Oceans Day

We learnt about some of the reasons why oceans are at risk - plastic pollution, climate change, warmer water and over fishing. We designed some posters.



We read the 'Sound Collector' poem by Roger McGogh about a stranger collecting sounds and putting them in a bag. We learnt that onomatopoeia is when a word describes a sound. We had a go at some of our own! It was great fun.

Spectacular Seawigs!

We decided to make our own sea wigs just like the ones we have been reading about in our class book - Oliver and the Seawigs.

We had so much fun and were pleased with our amazing designs.


Mental Health Week

The theme for this year's Mental Health Week is Nature.

We learnt that spending time outside in the fresh air and bringing nature into your everyday life, can have lots of benefits.

It can help you relax, get rid of angry feelings, help you to be more active and most of all make you smile!smiley


We went outside onto our lovely field and took part in a scavenger hunt.

We had to find lots of different things, for example a yellow flower, an insect, a foot print, a spiders web or a bird flying in the sky.

Can you believe we even found an elephant hidden in the bushes!!

We collected leaves and petals and made them into nature bookmarks. 

We even hugged some trees!

We loved our afternoon in the fresh air and it certainly made us feel energised and happy.

We all had big smiles on our faces!

The Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit!

We're going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures.

Time to go a little deeper into our seas.

What are those bright lights in the distance? It's a group of biolumininescent sea-creatures! 

Flippers on? Snorkel ready?

Let's head into the Blue Abyss .....

Hello Red Squirrels - March 8th.

It's great to be back at school again. 

Don't forget to bring your diaries to school, so that we can start recording our Fab 4 reading again.

PE will continue to take place on Monday and Thursday, so please make sure you have your PE kit in school.

We will doing PE outside as much as possible.

Please remember to bring a water bottle to school.


Spring term- Potions

Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromaticbrew, a vapour, a liquis or sticky goo.

Welcome to the amazing, magical world of potions and their properties ...

Now scientists beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there - dangerous, unpreditable or plain tragic ( just ask Romeo and Juliet)

Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard's Potions class.





Duck on the roof!

We were greeted by a very stange sight this morning! A duck on the roof - he seemed quite happy! For our register activity we thought about what on earth he was doing up there?!

We thought he might be playing hide and seek with his friends, escaping from dinosaurs, come back with his wife to hatch chicks like last year, come to welcome us back to school or maybe he's just QUACKERS?!!


Guinea Pigs on tour!

We had so much fun with Orio and Winnie, when they came to our class for the day.

They are so cute and cuddly and we all had a stroke.

Some of us bought in some fruit for them to try  - Orio loved banana and Winnie tried some lavendar!

We can't wait until we get them again!


Red Nose Day

We had to dress in something brightly coloured or in something to make others smile! We all looked amazing.

Each class had to tell a joke on our Teams asssembly.

We turned to Milita , our 'joke master' to tell us all her jokes! 

Our favourite was 'How do you make an octopus laugh? Tentacles ( Ten tickles!!)

Home Learning 23.11.20  (Week 1)

Hello Red Squirrels - I hope you are ok. It was a bit of a surprise this morning wasn't it?! I am so proud of the way you handled the news and acted so calmly and sensibly, I was even more proud of the way you looked after each other, when some of you were upset and anxious. Thank you.

Below are all the things you will need to carry on with this week's learning. There's lots to do! Don't worry about printing things out if you don't have the sheet in your pack - you can do all the work in your red books.

We can't wait to see your work this week. Don't forget to send photos and emails and keep in touch. We are all here for you if you get stuck with anything - just send an email.

Keep an eye on this page towards the end of the week for Week 2.

Take care - see you in two weeks. 

Love Mrs Martin xx


Suggested Timetable

Anti Bullying Week

This year the theme is Unite Against Bullying. We learnt that unite means for everyone to come together. We chatted about what bullying actually is. We had lots of different ideas but we now understand that it is something that is repeated several times on purpose. Bullying can be physical, verbal or emotional and can also happen online.

We learnt about what to do if someone is being bullied and the part we can all play to help stop bullying. Here are some of our jigsaw pieces.

Children in Need Day

Even though we couldn't do a lot of what we normally do on this special day because of the Covid restrictions, we certainly didn't let it spoil our day!

We all looked amazing in our spots and Pudsey bear outfits and did a little 'twirl' during registration, to show each other our outfits!

We began the morning off by joining Joe Wickes on his 24 hour workout - it was exhausting! We loved solving the code breakers  in Maths. We learnt all about Children in Need, where it started, where Pudsey got his name from and who the money helps. 

We have all been practising a dance in our classes and Miss Wilkes cleverly put them all together for us to watch this afternoon. Congratulations to the winning Year 2 for your pirate dance.

We thought we were pretty cool as well and we really laughed watching us play our air guitars and clap out of time!! A great day was had by all!

Our dance to 'Uptown Funk' We had so much fun practicing this together.

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Remembrance Day

We couldn't have the usual whole school assembly in the hall, but Year 5 produced a lovely assembly streamed online for us all.

We talked about Remembrance Day and what it means. We also found out that there are different coloured poppies. Red for remembrance and hope, purple for the millions of animals that helped during the war ( we thought the dogs were very clever!), white for peace and black for the black African and Carribean contributions to the war.

We made poppies and produced some silhouette art work with sunset pastel backgrounds.

Traders and Raiders
Our new exciting topic this term!

Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxon’s wave their battle-axes and brandish their swords, as they begin to invade Britain’s shores.

Sail back to the Dark Ages were battles were rife and fear reigned.

Find out about the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from.

Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia - never before had such terror swept the land.

Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages? ….



Black History Month

Black History Month is a celebration of black history and takes place every year in October. We learnt about Martin Luther King and how he campaigned for equal rights for all people.

We looked at his 'I have a dream..' speech and made up our own. We had some wonderful ideas for our dreams for the world (starting with a cure for Covid!)


We also learnt about how racism can happen on the football pitch and how some famous footballers have set up organisations to try to stop this from happening.

We designed posters with powerful slogans to 'show racism the red card.'

Demon Dentist

We really enjoyed reading the Demon Dentist this term, it has really made us laugh and we always want to read on when David Walliams leaves the chapter on a cliff hanger!

We wrote some diary entries as if we were Alfie (the main character in the book) and the extraordinary lengths he went to, to avoid a visit to the dentist!

We then worked in pairs to assess each other's writing using our checklists. 

 Red Squirrels training hard!

During PE we have been trying to improve our fitness levels by taking part in circuit training. We work with a partner and carry out a variety of different exercises. We are timed and our partner counts how many we can do in a minute! We are improving each week. We can do press ups, star jumps, sit ups and amazing 'planks'!

100 % attendance!

Wow Red Squirrels - what a great start! 100% attendance - let's keep this up!

In fact - Year 4 were in the top three of the school this week. Great effort.


It's been a busy week back and we have all settled into the new way of working well.

'The Demon Dentist' by David Walliams is really making us laugh ( we certainly wouldn't like to have any treatment done by Miss Root!) 

We have learnt about the names of different types of teeth and their functions in Science. 

A quick reminder about reading. You all have your reading books and diaries now, so make sure you read every night and get your diaries signed by an adult.

(It would be great to get 100% Fab4 too!)

                 Remember books can only be changed on Monday and Thursday. 

Teeth and toothpaste!

What a busy few weeks we have had learning all about teeth! We carried out an interesting experiment to find out how different liquids affect our teeth. We used egg shells and left them over the weekend in diet coke, vinegar, apple juice, orange juice, milk and water. We all made predictions! It was amazing to see how the vinegar softened the egg shell so that it just peeled off. The apple, orange and coke made the shell crack and discolour. The egg in the water and milk stayed smooth and healthy. We all know what to drink from now on!

Toothpaste fun!

We watched video clips of how toothpaste is made. It was really interesting.

Mrs Howes found a toothpaste recipe, so we made toothpaste and designed toothpaste boxes . It was great fun.

We also all took home a disclosing tablet that you chew after you have cleaned your teeth and it shows up any plaque that may be left behind.

Welcome back Red Squirrels!

At last we are all back to school after such a strange year. I hope you all had a fantastic summer and are full of energy and enthusiasm for the new year.

We are the Red Squirrels class and I am Mrs Martin. There are 20 lively squirrels in our class. 

I am really looking forward to working in the Year 4 team with Mrs Glass and Mrs Howes.

I can't wait to meet you all tomorrow.


Year 4 is an exciting one and we have lots of fantastic experiences and topics planned throughout the year.

To help your child have a deeper understanding and to help make their learning more purposeful and enjoyable, we would be grateful if you could assist them with any homework that has been set. Many thanks


Please make sure PE kits are in school all week! These will be taken home every Friday for a wash.

 PE kit should consist of black shorts, white t-shirt and plimsolls or trainers, and black jogging bottoms for outdoor PE.

We will be doing PE outside as much as possible this year.

PE is on Monday and Thursdays.

Please remember that if your child needs an inhaler it should be in school at all times.

Thank you.


Meet the Teacher

Due to these strange times, unfortunately there won't be any face to face meetings this term. If you do wish to speak to any of us in more detail, we are happy to give you a ring or you can book a meeting at the school office 

Please don't hesitate to contact us by e mail. 

Thank you


 Open wide - let's take a look inside. We're on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body. Do you have a toothy grin or a winning smile? Take dental impressions and test the effects of sugary substances on your pearly whites. Follow a tasty morsel as it makes its way through your digestive system, helped by some mouthwatering saliva. And don’t forget the importance of good hygiene at both ends. And whilst we’re talking business, could you recognise an animal just by its poo? Are you brave enough to take the challenge? Make a working model of the digestive system and use it to persuade others to eat healthily. Learn how to look after this marvellous belching, squelching, mixture making machine we call our body.

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