Science – Shadows.

This week in Science, we are continuing our light and shadow topic by looking out how light and shadow helped people to tell the time in the past. What can you find out about this? You’re going to be coming up with your own investigations to look at how and why shadow sizes change throughout the day, so get those thinking caps on!

What data could we collect?

How could we record it?


Year 4 Refugee Monologue Exhibition

This week is Refugee Week, so to raise awareness Year 4 put on an exhibition. This consisted of monologues that the children had written (as if they were a refugee), based around the theme of an object that was extremely important to them. Their typed up monologues were displayed next to their special object an alongside a listening station, which allowed visitors to listen to a recorded version of the monologue. We also displayed some of their acrostic poems and our prayer tree, where children wrote a wish of hope for a refugee to hang on a branch. Have a look at some of the amazing work below.

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Our law proposal!

We had a busy afternoon producing our entry for the Espresso ‘Propose a Law’ competition! You can watch the video below to see what we decided on and why.
A huge well done to all of the children in 4LH – you did brilliantly! Now to keep all of your fingers and toes crossed…



Let’s propose a new law and win a trip to the Houses of Parliament!

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We know that we are practically best friends with some members of Parliament now, after we received replies to our letters, so now we’re trying to win ourselves a visit!

Here are the details of the competition. We are going to work on a whole class entry and will create our video after half term, so your challenge is to think over half term, chat to your parents and look at the links below for some inspiration. Let’s come up with something great!

If you could make a law, what would it be?
Have you ever wanted to change something about how the country is run? For example, should cyclists have their own roads? Should people be made to recycle? What laws affecting schools would you like to suggest? Laws affect many aspects of our lives – here’s your chance to suggest a new one!

We want to hear from YOU! Tell us what new law you think should be made and why.

You must let us know:
• the law you would propose
• why you have chosen that law
• what difference the new law would make

Explain why you think your law would make the country better. Think about how many people it would affect and what impact the law could have.

You must have covered all the points above. We will pick the video or written submission that best persuades us that your new law will benefit the greatest number of people in the country.

The winning person or group will be invited to the Houses of Parliament to discuss their law with a group of lawmakers! The winning entry will also feature in our Democracy & elections resource collection.

The winner will be chosen by our panel of judges and announced in News Bites. If you’re a winner, we will notify your school by email before the announcements.

There will be one winner from each Key Stage (KS1 and KS2) and an overall winner will then be selected.

Closing date for the competition is 10th June 2015.

At home, you can log in to Espresso using the parent codes and read more about laws and Parliament and about how laws are made at the link here:


Maths – WB 4th May

Our learning objectives for the coming week are:

1. To develop and use effective mental multiplication strategies.
2. To use grid method to multiply 3-digit numbers, including amounts of money, and use rounding to estimate answers.
3. To multiply 2-digit and 3-digit numbers by single-digit numbers and to understand how that division is the inverse.

If you want to practice, here are some useful pages to have look at!
(Scroll down and use the following sections: Money, Mental Maths and Multiplication and Division).

Again, there are quizzes and games to have a go at! 🙂