Year 4

Orangutan Class

Our Visit from the Police

We,  in year 4 , had some very special visitors  to tell us all about their role in keeping the law!

They were of course The Police.

We got to ask lots of questions about their roles and responsibilities. What its like to be in the police force , what makes a good police man / woman etc.

We also found out about how they keep the law and make sure the community is safe and well looked after. At the end, got to see their equipment they have to carry around with them and we even got to wear their police uniform. It was so much fun!

Meet PC Pascal  and PC Thnado.


The Law

As part of our Topic in Autumn 2  , we are learning all about The Law.

We started off by being introduced to the Early Law Makers ‘The Anglo Saxons’ . We set up a court in class and gave punishments by following the Anglo Saxon rules.

Many Anglo Saxon laws are still the same today , however  the punishments are very different.

We were very lucky to then visit the Houses of Parliament at Westminster where we were guided through the Palace and told all about the different rooms and the roles and responsibilities of those who work there.



Medieval Crime and Punishment

We wanted to find out how the justice system worked back in medieval times,  so we set up our very own court in class.


LC4: How can you make a simple model using junk material?

As part of our cross curricular learning in Science and DT ,we were trying to come up with ideas about how to create a product that could help people to understand how the digestive system works.

First, we had to plan our ideas and explain them to our group.

As part of our success criteria, we had to take into account others’ ideas and suggest improvements.

At the end we presented our finish product to the class, noting things we might develop next time.


Topic: The Romans

As part of our Topic , we are studying ‘The Romans’.  So,  we thought where better to learn all about the Romans than the ‘Museum of London’.

We got to explore all the different roman galleries where we found out LOTS of information about their lifestyle, culture and the huge impact they had on Britain. We watched a gladiator in action in the arena and finished up with a spot of shopping in the museum shop.

In class, we put the main roman historical events in order. BC – AD.

We learnt about Boudicca , the fierce celtic Queen who rebelled against the Romans.

Should she or shouldn’t she? We couldn’t agree on this!

Making our Roman Weapons

We started by painting our shields.

Then we cut symmetrical patterns  and designed our shields , just like the Romans! After we tried and tested our weapons.

Tortoise formation, led by our Legate.




We were introduced to ‘Elizabeth ‘ the main character in our book ‘The Paper Bag Princess ‘ by creating an outfit out of newspapers.


Who won?  This was too hard a decision for Miss Murphy!  So , it was only right that our assistant heads made the decision.

Funny looking princes and princesses don’t you think?

And the WINNER was …. Everyone! ☺


Digestive System

We have been learning all about digestion and the Digestive System in Orang-utan class.

We started by Asking the question; What happens to that bag of malteasers I just ate?

We came up with lots of answers to this question. Then we followed the journey of the food through our digestive system and we found out what happens to it along the way.


Investigation Time!!!

We used eggs ( because they’re so like our own teeth make –up) to investigate the effect that sugar and acid has on our teeth. Our findings were shocking!

Look at our results! You might want to think twice about having a glass of Ribena cordial or putting vinegar on your chips!


Reflection day with the parents

It was so nice to have so many parents come and see the fantastic work that we have been doing in Orangutan class in Autumn 1.

We got to show off out ICT skills!

And our scientific knowledge…

And much ,much more!!!


This term we have been reading a story about Immigration in the early 1900’s called ‘When Jessie came across the sea’.
We learned about how people lived back then and why they may have immigrated to America. We looked at similarities and differences in immigration back then and today and the difficulties that many people faced.

We put ourselves in the shoes of ‘Jessie’ and compared her life in a small village in Europe to her new life in New York City.

Then, we were lucky to have an artist in to teach us how to use ‘shading and lines’ to represent images. Here are some of our masterpieces! 

New York City View from Central Park:

Central Park looking onto the City:

Modern automobiles  used in New York City in the early 1900’s


Music to our ears!!!!

To begin our science topic, we got to explore different sounds and instruments. We investigated how to make sound louder / quieter (amplitude) and the pitch higher / lower (frequency).

We even measured the level of sound around the school!


Parents' Morning:

Of course we couldn’t finish the half term without inviting our parents in to see all our fantastic learning.


Medieval England

This term we are learning all about Medieval England and the Normans. We were so lucky to get an exciting visit from ‘Peter the Peddler’. He brought with him so many artifacts and objects for us to explore, which helped us get a better idea of how people lived back then.

We got to play medieval games and explore the objects that people used to eat and drink.

Did you know that only very rich people used glasses as glass was an extremely expensive material!

Here you can see that there were many different types of people and different professions.

There were knights, bakers, shoe smiths, farmers, monks and many, many more.

We got to spin wool like the women did to make cloth and blankets, we also got to make our very own coins.

Here we are writing with a quill pen and our minstrels playing a fine tune!!


Topic: The Normans

Following on from the Anglo- Saxons we looked at the next invaders into Britain, The Normans.
We learned about William the Conqueror, his early life and how he became such a famous man in history.
And we studied the Bayeux Tapestry to find out as much as we could about what happened at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

We learnt all about the Motte and Bailey Castles  and then the more modern stone castles.


Museum of London Docklands

We were so lucky to get to visit the Museum of London Docklands.

Firstly , we had an amazing workshop , where we got to find out about the development of the docklands since they were first built.

We looked at aerial photographs and maps. We compared recent maps with maps from long ago to identify the changes over time.

We examined different imports , identified what they were and then placed them in the  country they came from on the map. We couldn’t believe the vast array of countries that trade with the UK.

Then, we got to explore the Museum , finding out lots of  other facts about  the people who lived and worked in London over time and changes that have happened.

It was such a wonderful learning experience….and, we even got to take a stroll along the docklands after to identify the land use there now in comparison with what was there many years ago.


Exploring the Thames: Greenwich

Our second trip this half term was also a huge success.  To  continue our learning about London and The River Thames, we got to visit The Royal Maritime Museum  in Greenwich; here we examined maps and aerial photographs, we navigated our way through Greenwich finding specific areas of importance and then we explored the foreshore.

It was so much fun..and we learned lots!

Firstly , we had a wonderful workshop where we identified our location on a map and aerial photograph. Then we traced the  journey of the  River Thames from it’s source to the mouth.  After , we identified it’s features and looked at how it’s formed.

Next: Navigation Time!!!!!!

‘I do wish to be beside the ….River Thames.’



Testing the water for acidity and pollution:

Enjoying the beautiful surroundings:

Taking a well-deserved rest at The Cutty Sark.


Polar Bears Class

Simon de Montfort

The Polar Bears made a freeze frame about important events of Simon de Montfort’s life, understanding how an event from the past impacted on our lives:

King Henry takes hostages to make people pay taxes.

The barons meet in secret to elect a leader.

: The King’s sister, Lady Eleanor, encourages Simon to go to war.

The rebel army defeats the King’s troops and the king is captured.

A parliament is formed of people from across the country including nobles and knights.​


How are you Lucy?

Year 4 has been reading,” The Wolves in the Walls.” After finding out that a little girl Lucy was living at the bottom of her garden, we investigated the reasons for this. We asked her about her situation, her feelings and her plans to get her life back on track.​


Creating Circuits

We learnt about circuits. We saw the differences between complete circuits (closed) and incomplete circuits (open). We saw that only with complete circuits the energy flows and the circuit works. We worked together to create different circuits with a buzzer, a switch or a bulb. We made comparisons using different components in our circuits. We realised that the more components we use, more batteries were required for them to work. We also saw that a circuit with 1 bulb and a battery works fine, but if we add another battery, the bulb shines even more. Goodness, this was hard work, but great fun.​


Visit from the Police

The Police visited us at school and told us all about the hard work that they do every day and how they work to keep people safe. We had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions and even try on their uniforms!​


The Houses of Parliament

We visited the House of Parliament to learn about the law and how it works.  Did you know that in Parliament, there is The House of Lords (with red benches) and the House of Commons (with green benches?) While the House of Lords debates new laws; the House of Commons makes decisions about money. We also learnt that the Queen visits the Houses of Parliament once a year.  This Tip was an incredible learning experience!​


No electricity? What should we do?

We designed a game that doesn’t require electricity, so that we would always have something to do and be kept entertained. We included we rules, number of players​ and more importantly  what would make our game a success.


The Anglo-Saxon's Law and Punishment

Polar Bear class took part in an Anglo-Saxon trial. The class was divided into 4 groups: the jury, the Oath helpers, Anglo-Saxons and modern people. We had to convince the jury of the best punishment for someone who had committed a crime. We saw how different the laws and punishments were in Anglo-Saxons’ time. Some of us were fortunate enough to survive, however, others had to suffer the consequences for not convincing the jury of our innocence!​



We were dentists for a day and came up with the conclusion that we have 4 different types of teeth and over 20 teeth in total. Surprisingly, our teacher has more! We discovered that when we grow up, we develop more teeth called Wisdom Teeth. We started thinking about how we bite, chew, tear, crush and grind food and which teeth would be used for this.


Creating a model of the digestive system.

In Science we have been learning about the digestive system and we worked together to create a model that would be useful to teach someone that is not familiar with the process of digestion. We had some good discussions to come up with ideas that would help our product to be successful. We thought about the appearance and functionality, taking into account other’s ideas and improving ours. We thought about which materials to use, steps to follow and the importance of labelling the different organs involved in digestion. The result? A masterpiece!​


Queen Boudicca

We wrote a Rallying Speech in which we put ourselves in Queen  Boudicca’s shoes (the Queen of the Iceni Tribe). With our words, we could have definitely convinced anyone to fight with us against the Roman’s oppression!​


How important were the Romans?

Polar bear class visited the Museum of London to learn more about the Romans. We enjoyed experiencing what Roman life was like and made comparisons between then and now. We had the opportunity to compare Roman homes, food, culture and lifestyle and relate it to our lives. The Romans certainly taught us a lot!


What did the Romans do for us?

We became archaeologists for one day to explore Roman objects that have made an impact on our lives. We talked about what we think they were used for and how relevant they still are today. By doing this we learned that thanks to the Roman objects, we can build up a picture of how people used to live in Roman times.


Digestive System

Polar Bears Class was learning about what happens to a piece of chocolate once you swallow it. We trace the journey of food through the digestive system.

After that, we investigated what happens in each organ involved in digestion. We reproduced the different functions of the organs to see how food changes and everything that our body does to absorb the nutrients and get rid of waste. ​



We explored packaging to understand that certain products are high on fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt, which can be harmful for our body. We classified them according to their nutritional label into healthy choice, good from time to time and occasionally (as a treat).

Medieval Workshop

Year 4 have been learning about Medieval England and the Normans in Topic. Peter the Peddler visited us to help us understand how different life was back then. We got to see the kind of artefacts they used to have, the games they used to play and the clothes they used to wear. We experienced how different life was between rich and poor people as well as the kinds of jobs they used to have. Interestingly, some were farmers, bakers, knights and even shoemakers! How different it is compared to jobs today. ​


Art Workshop

In Art we focussed on developing our artistic skills. We made cross curricular links across English and Topic and this was shown in our fantastic creations! Our designs related to our learning in art which included: wet-in-wet watercolour, splattering to create effect, blooming, creation of shadows and reflections. We understood the importance of sketching and how to do it in a few steps and in a way that would not compromise the final result.​



This term we have been learning about sound in Science. In one of our lessons we carried out an investigation to see how we could modify and amplify the frequency of different musical instruments. We worked in groups trying out our predictions and theories. After that, we explained our findings to the rest of the class. ​

Docklands Museum

On the 24th of April year 4 visited the Docklands Museum to investigate how the area has changed over time. The children were given a very special lesson about the importance of our River Thames and they also got involved in fascinating activities while they worked in groups. They learnt about how the Isle of Dogs got its name and explored different maps.  They also compared pictures from the past and present to see how it has changed over time. ​



In Topic, we improved our map reading skills by learning how to read from atlases, use globes to find the countries of the United Kingdom as well as their capitals and identify the oceans. We also learnt how to locate the different countries around the world. If you get lost, we will help you because we can use compass too! ​


African Drumming Concert

On 17th of April the children performed in an African Drumming Concert. This was well attended and enjoyed by the staff, children and parents. They had been practicing really hard and their skills improved week on week. This resulted in an outstanding performance that received a standing ovation!  Some of the children wrote their own lyrics and made up rhythmic tunes to complement the Drumming. 


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