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(Updated 22/03/2020)

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Welcome To Our New Year 4 Class Page

Science - Separating Mixtures


This summer term we have been learning about mixtures. We have learnt new vocabulary:




We have learnt that a solute dissolves into a solvent and this creates a solution.

Look below at some of the experiments we have done to explore this concept.

Science - Separating Mixtures

World Awareness Week!

We had an amazing end of term 5 with our world awareness week. As a school we looked at a range of religions and cultures. Year 3 looked at Germany and as part of that we also went to Canterbury Cathedral for the day looking at the history of the Cathedral. The main religion in Germany is the Christian faith this allowed us to make comparisons with our own faith. We were able to take part in lots of different workshops throughout the week. Please look at the photos to see some of the activities that we enjoyed!

World Awareness Week

Science Week

Science week was all about dinosaurs! Year 3 had Tyrannosaurus-rex as their dinosaur so we explored the question:


Who was the king of the dinosaurs?


We looked at three Dinosaurs; Tyrannosaurus-rex, Giganotosaurus and a Carcharodontosaurus! We used research skills to gain  knowledge about all three so that we could make an informed decision. Most of us decided that even though the others were larger in different ways that the Tyrannosaurus-rex was still the king in our eyes because of popular culture.


We have been learning about different Stone age structures in particular we have focused of Stonehenge and Skara Brae. We thought about how the stones might have travelled to the site of Stonehenge and we asked questions:


I wonder what this site was build for?

How long did it take them to build?

How has it lasted for so long?


As part of this we reconstructed Stonehenge and we enjoyed making the larger sarsen stones and the smaller 'blue stones'. It was harder to make than we thought!

World Book Day

I would like to thank all the families, parents and carers for helping to create such wonderful costumes for the children. We all enjoyed world book day and the children explored a range of texts across the school.

A big thank you from Mrs Smith

World Book Day


In maths we have been learning about shapes and to help us with our learning we have been constructing 3D solids out of spaghetti and plasticine. This has helped us to identify the properties of 3D solids. We used a range of vocabulary to describe the shape of the faces as well as the number of vertices. See the source image

Constructing 3D solids


In science this term we will be learning about electricity. Here we have been learning about static electricity and we were exploring positive and negative charges and how they behave in relation to each other.

See the source image


See the source image


Here is some of the amazing work that Augustine class did on James and the Giant Peach! They have been story boarding, using immersive role play and shared writing to gather ideas about how James might have felt during his time in the peach. They used this wonderful work to write exciting diary entries.

James and the Giant Peach!


This week (05.11.2018) we have been celebrating art week. We have been looking at different colours across the school. Our colour has been green. We have looked at tone and shades of green. 


Tate Modern


On Tuesday 6th November we took a trip to the Tate modern where we were looking for different colours around the gallery. We were particularly focusing on different shades of green. We had a wonderful view of London and used this as the inspiration for some landscape drawings.


I would like to say a huge thank you to all the children and adults who attended the trip it was wonderful to see adults joining in and having fun with the children. The children really enjoyed this opportunity and I look forward to developing ideas in school as the week goes on. 

The Tate Modern

This term our topic is about water. We have been learning about the water cycle and some locations of rivers in the UK. As part of that we went on a trip to Thames barrier to learn about flooding and how this wonderful structure protects London from tidal surges. 

This term we will improving our golfing skills. We have really enjoyed taking part in golf so far this term. 


This week we had sports day and worked well in our teams. Well done to York for winning!


Our class trip to Rochester castle and Rochester cathedral. We really enjoyed going on the train and doing observational drawings of different buildings. We also got shown how a baptism works in the cathedral.

Class Trip to Rochester Cathedral and Castle

What is growing in our garden?

What is growing in your garden?

Our class value is.............
During this term we have been looking at the book "Mr Majeika" in English. Here is some examples of our diary entries and re-enactments of some of the chapters.
We took part in the sports relief step challenge and we helped the school step a massive 40.2 miles!

Day 3

The eggs have started to crack!

We enjoyed sorting, classifying and doing some observation drawings.

Day 2

A man delivered six duck eggs for us to look after.

Science Week

Day 1: Today we met some amazing animals including a snake, a skinny pig, a hedgehog and a tarantula. 


Today we went to the church for Godly play and we learnt about "The Lost Shepherd."

In English we have been learning about Poetry and in particular onomatopoeia. We have read ‘Voices of Water’ by Tony Mitton and 'The Sound Collector' by Roger McGough. During this week we have been on a sound walk and we have looked at how we can use our voices and actions to perform poems.

As part of our Science topic, animals including Humans. We have been looking at different types of animals and their diets. During one of these lessons we investigates different types of faeces and  we found out that you can tell if they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.


But don't worry it was specially made Miss Mawston and was completely safe!

During Term 3 we started a programme called TT Rockstars and we are now either Rock legends (All 60 questions correct in <2 mins), Rock stars (All 60 questions correct in 3 mins) or Headliners (45-59 correct answers in 3 mins) in our 10 times tables!! Well done Year 2
During Term 3 we were lucky enough to go Faversham gym for our gymnastic lessons.

As part of the Diocesan Day of Prayer we went to the church and enjoyed some prayer stations.

On Friday 17th November we helped support children in need and made Pudsey head bands.

Art Week

As part of Art week we have been looking at a picture from the National Gallery called "An experiment of a bird in a air pump." First we looked at the picture and Miss Mawston set us the task of rebuilding it as a jigsaw. Then we discussed what we could see and what we wanted to know further.
 We then decided as a class to focus on the full moon. So we linked this to our Science topic and looked at which art material was water resistant to make our moon pictures.
We also tried to recreate the picture by drawing for 3 minutes and then passing it on and drawing for another 3 minutes until we passed it on again. Then we looked at adding light and dark by using charcoal.

Draw and pass

Then finally we created firework art, with different materials and firework line poems to complete our art week.

Firework art with different materials and firework line poems.

In Term 1 we learned about The Great Fire of London in Topic and the great artist Pablo Picasso in Art.

Welcome to our Year 2 Class Page

In Science we planned and carried out an investigation to find out what sort of microhabitat a woodlouse would prefer. We made a choice of four corners in a tray and watched to see where the woodlouse preferred. The corners were light and dry, light and damp, dark and dry and dark and damp. The woodlice all preferred somewhere dark but some liked it damp and some liked it dry. Once we knew the microhabitat the woodlice needed we were able to return them back to a suitable place in the School Garden.
Here are some pictures from our Class Worship about the Owl and the Pussycat. We really enjoyed rehearsing and performing and sharing our learning about the nouns, verbs and adjectives from the poem. Have a look at our illustrations and listen to us singing the poem as a song.
Have a look at some of the fantastic Easter bonnets that Year 1 made!
Thank you to parents who came in yesterday to help with our life cycle work as part of Science Week.
Learning about the life cycle of a frog.
Making butterfly life cycles with pasta.
Creating chicken life cycles.
Some more pictures of our hatching chicks.
Our eggs from Living Eggs arrived on Monday and we left a camera filming over night and this is what we found on Tuesday morning! So exciting!


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As part of Science Week we had an Architecture Workshop and learned how to make strong structures using just sticks and elastic bands.
Martin showed us how to make triangles.
We worked in pairs to make them.
These boys worked brilliantly.
Then we had to put two triangles together.
Big triangles from four little triangles.
Next we made octohedrons.
We could climb inside.
Martin showed us how to stack them.
We put them all one on top of another.
Look - it's taller than the school!
Oh no - our tower fell over!
But now it is a tunnel!
Here are some pictures of us dressed up for World Book day. Can you recognise all our book characters?
Our Class Christian value is Thankfulness. We try to think of something to be thankful for everyday. We have read Bible stories about thankful people such as the paralyzed man who Jesus healed when his friends lowered him through a hole in the roof. We have been writing a Rainbow of Thankfulness prayers for our classroom.
As part of our new Science topic "Our Living Earth", we have been learning about variation in birds. We have made four different types of bird feeder to try and attract lots of different birds to our school. We made fat cakes, pine cone feeders, pastry maggots and recycled plastic bottle feeders. We will be observing to see which are the most popular and how many different birds come and visit.
We have been reading "Where the Wild Things are". Here are our own Wild Things. We have written brilliant descriptions of them using adjectives. Can you spot the one with a fluffy, green beard? Or the one with a curly whirly tail? Or the one with wiggly worm hair? Or what about the one with a wooden monster hat?
Here is a class story that we wrote following the pattern of Where the Wild Things are.
We enjoyed reading "Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you hear?" and made our own class version. Have a look at our super illustrations.
We have been enjoying our Science lessons about materials. Here are some pictures of us investigating how bouncy different balls are.
We had to video the different balls all dropping from the same height and watch carefully to see which one bounced the highest.


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Our Reception Class page

Here are our drawings and captions about our school trip on Thursday 14th July. We went by train to Margate, visited the Turner Contempory Gallery for a look around and a workshop based on circles. We then went to the beach for lunch and to build sand castles. It was a fabulous learning experience! 
Collective Worship with Reverend George and some fabulous acting from the Three Wishes story. The story was about being thankful for what we have and being careful what we wish for. We also had some more Good Behaviour Badges awarded. 

More celebrations in Reception as we receive our Walk on Wenesday Wellie for 100% walking on Challenge Day plus some super rule keepers got their silver badges.


Congratulations to two more of our Silver Badge winners. Good rule keeping! 
The link for the game we have been playing after meeting Paddy the dog, our Dog's Trust visitor is below.
We have used our sense of smell to sniff different spices and use words to describe them.

Some more good news to share! 

Many children received their Silver Badges for good behaviour and consistent rule keeping. The Silver Badges mark completing FOUR Star cards. Fantastic achievement!

Charlie is receiving The Jackson Award from Mrs Homan. This is awarded to one pupil from each class for being a 'good citizen'. Charlie was chosen for being sensible, mature and showing others how to keep the rules especially in the dinner hall. 


This is some of our recent work on display in the classroom. Our topic is 'Our Wonderful World' so we have been thinking about growing and have planted broad beans. While we are waiting for them to grow we have been learning about different ways to make 10 (number bonds) and we have illustrated this with the petals on our flowers and written our number sentences. 

Our Diggers display was created with writing and pictures inspired by the exciting ground work going on in between the mobiles to create a new picnic area. We have been watching progress carefully from our Outdoor Area! 


Today we had Worship in our classroom. Our theme this term is Relationships so we were thinking about our families and whether we are older or younger brothers and sisters or both! We also responded to the story Dogger where a big sister does something very kind for her younger brother.

Some of the children thought of prayers and said them aloud.

Congratulations to our latest Bronze badge winners!

Some of our wonderful work based on our book of the week 'Jack and the Flumflum tree'.

Do pop in if you would like a closer look. 

World Book Day

We have enjoyed our week of activities based on the story 'Jack and the Flumflum tree' by Julia Donaldson. 

We had a fun assembly with Gangsta Gran and sorted books into fiction, non fiction and poetry. We learnt that The Bible has all three types of writing in it. 

Congratulations to our Bronze badge winners! Awarded for good behaviour and good rule keeping. 

Keep collecting stars for your silver badges now!  

This is what we wrote about our trip....

I saw a submarine- Esmae

I liked the pirate ship and the dancing statue- Katie

I saw a war ship- Harry

I saw a helicopter- Finley

I saw a submarine- Grace

I like the submarine- Lily

I saw the black submarine- Romie-Rose

I saw a pirate ship- Dylan

I liked the pirate ship because it was really piratey!- Huey

I like the war ship because it has loads of guns- Charlie W

I went into a submarine- Hannah

I saw a submarine- Mofe

I saw a helicopter with silver- Freddie

I saw a pirate boat- Ava

I liked the submarine because it is my favourite- Ethan

I like the pirate ship because it had all kinds of controls in-Max

I climbed on the pirate ship- Hera

I liked the lifeboats because of the colours – Leah

I liked the submarine because it goes underwater in the sea- Henry

I liked the helicopter because it had propellers- Debo

I went on the submarine and saw the man’s clothes- Sophie

I went on the spinning circle thing at the park- Damian

I like the war ship because I like the beds- Annabel

I liked the hatches in the submarine- Charlie H

I went on the submarine and saw a steering wheel – Cobby

Our trip to Chatham Historic Dockyard


Congratulations to all our Bronze badge winners! Well done on such good rule keeping and good behaviour at school. 

Phase 2 Tricky Words game sheets for you to print and paly with at home

We have done lots of learning and activities based on the story Alice in Wonderland during National Storytelling Week. 
We used the arrow buttons to program the fire engine beebots to move around the floor. We used the direction words forwards, backwards and turn. 
In 'Good Work' assembly some of us showed our fire engine models and some of us got bronze badges for good behaviour. The good work is now displayed in the hall. The badges are being worn with pride! 
This is us having fun and learning while we use the fire station role play area and build fire engines in the outdoor area. We are being imaginative, playing with others involved in the same theme, adding a simple storyline to our play and using new vocabulary. 

Today we had a new construction kit delivered called ' Kapla'. It is lots of small wooden planks that can be used to build like the photographed models or for our own ideas.

We loved exploring it and have been learning in the areas of moving and handling, speaking, plus working imaginatively and cooperatively. 

Happy New Year to you all! 

We have been learning about Epiphany this week and thinking about the wise men's long journey, following a star, to take presents to the newborn Baby Jesus. 

Today Katie from the Fire Service came to show us her uniform and talk to us about not touching matches or lighters because they are dangerous. 

Matches and lighters 

Never touch

They will hurt you vey much.

We also need to check smoke alarms  every week and we learnt what to do if our clothes catch on fire with the actions



We are Children in Need superheroes!! 


Dates for your diaries! smiley


  1. Don’t forget to come in and see us next week for the ‘Pop In’ session on Wednesday 21st October  from 2 pm until home time. All the family welcome.


  1. Come along to look at the classroom on Wednesday 21 st after school until 5pm or between 5.00pm and 6.00pm or on Thursday 22nd October. This is instead of Parents’ Evenings by appointment.

  1. If you would like a more private chat by appointment do not hesitate to ask. This can be arranged at any time through the year- please do not sit at home worrying or wondering!

There will be two demonstration phonics lessons after the holidays on Tuesday 3rd November or Friday 6th November. These start at 9a.m and last for about 25 minutes. Please just come to which ever day suits you best.

In addition there will be a talk by Mrs Murray and Mrs Green in the computer Suite between 3.30 and 4.00 on Wednesday 4th November about how we teach Phonics and Handwriting. School aged children are welcome to stay and play with Mrs Butcher in the classroom while this is happening.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

We played some parachute games with Mrs Green. These teach us to listen carefully and all work together.

This is us on an adventure with Merlin and Katie the cat.

Merlin works for a drama club. Details are on last 2 photos and your flyer.



A fantastic first full week! Well done everyone!

Activities and rhymes to try at home

Hey Diddle Diddle!

The cat and the fiddle

The cow jumped over the moon

The Little dog laughed

To see such sport

And the dish ran away with the spoon.




Doctor Foster went to Gloucester

In a shower of rain

He stepped in a puddle

Right up to his middle

And never went there again.


One, two, three, four, five

Once I caught a fish alive.

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

This little one upon my right.


Baa, Baa Black sheep

Have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir

Three bags full.

One for my master,

One for my dame,

And one for the little boy

Who lives in the lane.


Five Fat peas in a pea pod pressed(Children hold hand in a fist)

One grew, two grew, so did all the rest. (Put thumb & fingers up one by one)

They grew and grew

(Raise hand in the air very slowly)

And did not stop

Until one day

The pod went POP! (Children clap hands together)