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 Invaders and Settlers


 This term we are looking at Invaders and Settlers - The Anglo Saxons. We will be learning the history, myths and legends and the impact they had from this time in British history.


 We have started our class novel Outlaw by Michael Morpurgo, which looks at the legend of Robin Hood. We will be looking in detail at where the Anglo Saxons came from, why they invaded and where they settled. We will learn about Sutton Hoo ship burial and look at items found during the excavation and deciding what they are and what they may have been used for.


In Art the children will be looking at researching, designing and making brooches inspired by the Anglo Saxons. As well as this we will be looking at the beautiful Illuminated Letters they had and look to create our own.


A fun exciting term awaits and we look forward to finding out about the Anglo Saxons. 



Swimming Gala success


 Congratulations to the eight children that represented the class at the Swanage Gala. They all swam superbly and many of them enjoyed individual success. Together their events helped the school come joint first!

Well done to Erin, Isabel, Isabella, Tiahna, Dylan, Dylan, Liam and Reuben.


Purbeck Gala


Well done to Erin, Tiahna, Dylan and Liam that went on to the Purbeck Gala where they were part of the Swanage Team. Again we had some wonderful results and Erin and Tiahna will be going on to represent Purbeck at the County Gala.


 Well done to all of our swimmers on helping achieve the amazing results.


Cross country championships


 Congratulations to the 12 children from Year 4 that helped to represent our school at the recent Purbeck Cross country championship. They all ran superbly and through their combined efforts managed to secure third place in the Year 4 competition. Well done to Dylan, Ellie, Eva, Harry, Honey, Iris, Lucas, Megan, Reuben, Tae, Tiahna and Toby for their excellent perseverance, enthusiasm and attitude throughout the race! 

Amazing Africa!


This term we are going to be learning about Africa. We are currently gripped by our class story book 'Akimbo and the Elephants'. A tale about ten year old Akimbo who lives in a game reserve in Kenya with his father who is the head ranger.

When Akimbo sees what poachers do to the elephants on the reserve, he is determined to stop them. There’s only one way to do it, and that’s to become an elephant hunter himself!



In our art lessons we have already been busy making some amazing African silhouettes, African clay animals and have made a start on our African masks! Photos of this amazing artwork to follow.



My Mini Maths Times Tables link!


We would like to share a really useful times table resource with you (link below) to teach those

38 basic tables facts that will make all the difference when the children move onto

the more complex work in numeracy.

Children can use it at home as well as IXL to help practice those tricky timestables.
It is very important to be practising and encouraging times tables knowledge EVERY DAY as it is the bedrock of everything and needs to be a priority. Using this alongside Xtramath and TTRockstars should help children to meet the Y4 expectation of knowing all their facts.

Here is the link:



Science Ambassadors


  Congratulations to Reuben and Grace who were elected as our Science Ambassadors today. A number of the children showed an interest and each child delivered a speech on why they would make a good ambassador. All of these speeches were well thought out and, after a class vote, it is Reuben and Grace who will take up the role of Science Ambassadors for the class. I'm sure they will do a fantastic job!



Harvest Festival 2016


  Well done to all the children in Manta Ray class for their excellent performance at the Harvest Festival this morning. They sang beautifully for each of the whole school songs and when performing their class song.

Thank you for the donations that have come in so far and if you still have some to bring in then please drop them off at the office.

Year 4 visit the SS Great Britain in Bristol!

We have been learning about the Victorians this term. On Wednesday 21st September the class had a fantastic day out in Bristol visiting Brunel's SS Great Britain. The ship has enjoyed over 170 years of adventure, travelled a million miles at sea and been around the world 32 times! We all climbed aboard and took a journey back in time, re-living the sights, smells and sounds of life on board this fascinating historical ship.




Thank you to all of our Year 4 parents who have signed up to our Class Dojo. It is an excellent way of sharing information about what we have been doing in class each week and as a means of communication with you all on an individual basis. We hope that you also find it useful to keep track of your child's learning attitudes and behaviours. It is wonderful to see that across Key Stage Two we are having so many interactions with parents through Dojo: we know how difficult it is to speak to working parents face-to-face each week




no   Important information about Year 4   no


  • The teacher is Mr Lea supported by Miss King, we are all here to help so please speak with any us should you need to.
  • Mr Lea is out of class on Thursday afternoon for his PPA; during this time Mrs Lowe and Mrs Dooley will be in Year 4.
  • Homework is given out on Thursdays - it will comprise of a piece of literacy, maths and either topic or reading. Homework should be handed in by the following Wednesday.
  • PE is on a Wednesday - please ensure your child has the correct kit.



As you know, learning doesn't just happen in school so here are some suggestions about how to improve your knowledge and skills. 


  • IXL - remember to log in to this so it records your hard work! This site will improve your maths skills, just choose a section to work on and work your way up.


  • Study Zone - this is a maths-based site that helps build those number bond, place value and calculation skills


  • Bug Club - get on here for both reading and SPaG activities that are fun and develop many Literacy based skills


  • Xtramath - you should have already had a sheet come home explaining how to get on to this site. It will help get your number knowledge quick and improve your confidence


If you have questions or difficulties getting onto these websites, please pop in and see us where we'll be happy to help!