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Year 4: Finches

Welcome to Finches! 

Teacher - Miss Kennedy 


Our Learning Project during the Spring Term is 'Potions'. We are excited to

put on our lab coats as we become scientists, alchemists and even artists! Journeying back to study the history of modern medicine and jumping forward to investigate chemical reactions, conducting our own fair tests, observing the viscosity of properties and much more!



PE will be on Mondays, alternating weekly with Forest School. This can sometimes be changed so we suggest you keep your child's PE kit in school all week and take them home Friday.



Swimming will begin as of Spring Term and this will take place every Wednesday. Please ensure to send children into school with a swimming costume, swim hat and a towel. 


Forest School

Forest School will be on alternate Mondays. Wellies and coats are needed as we will go out in all kinds of weather. 


Home Learning 

Homework activities will be sent home every week. We expect at least 1 piece of home learning each week. Feel free to do more with your child. 

We are now focusing on one times table at a time to ensure children are developing their rapid recall of the facts. 


Key dates:

8th - 12th January - Art Week!

17th January - Pantomime

1st February - RE Day

2nd February - Family Cafe

5th - 9th February - Science Week!

12th - 16th February - Half Term Holidays

To be updated



Spring 1


Welcome back Finches!

Hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! We have had an exciting couple of days to kick off 2018. We invited 'Mad Science' Dr. D.N.A and Prehistoric Paul in to introduce our 'Potions' topic with a BANG!

The children were amazed by the chemical and physical reaction experiments they were able to collaboratively participate in. They were curious learners as they developed their understanding, asking and answering questions set forth my Dr. D.N.A herself! Our 'sparkling start' has inspired our writing and upcoming Art Week.




Autumn 2


Christmas Carol Service


On Monday 11th December, St. Margarets Primary Academy performed Christmas classics at St. Margaret's Church. Year 4 performed a wonderful rendition of Jingle Bell Rock for their family and friends in the audience.

Finches wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We shall see you all in 2018!

Winter Wonderland Science Week!


How can I keep warm in winter?

During Science Week, Finches were learning to set up simple practical experiments, comparative and fair tests, looking at insulators and conductors. 

The children predicted which insulator they believed would be the best and collaborated to plan their experiment. They set up their enquiry using 4 cups, 3 insulating materials, a stopwatch and a thermometer, carefully taking accurate temperature readings every 5 minutes, just like real scientists!



Cousteau Ambassadors! 

From our fascination with Jacques Cousteau, we now have the opportunity to become Cousteau Ambassadors. We have four aspects that we need to cover. 


  • Reporting and presenting where we come from and what natural habitats surround us! 


  • Showing what nature has to offer us around our local environment. 


  • Researching how to protect the natural habitats and what can be done to protect it better! 


  • Producing a poster with the information we have learnt, to share with everyone. 

We have been lucky enough to visit our local beach to observe natural habitats and discuss what we can do to protect them. Ask your child about our natural habitats, how many can they come up with?


Art week


During Art Week we have been focusing on our sketching skills and how to add detail using shading. We also used different art equipment such as oil pastels, felt tip and water to create some wonderful pieces, these were displayed during in our Art Exhibit.



Investigating Submarines

Finches have been looking at the first submarine designed by Cornelius Drebble. We then compared them to modern submarines, how have they changed over the years? We are using our research and working collaboratively to create ICT presentations.


Autumn 1

Grow it!


We've had a great time out in the garden with Jim harvesting the potatoes we planted last year!




We completed observational drawings of real fish! We were very creative, trying new sketching techniques and curious, asking lots of questions about what we could see.


The Body Coach


We've had a fantastic week completing a HIIT workout everyday as part of The Body Coach schools challenge. It was hard work but we stayed resilient and completed 30 minutes of exercise everyday.


Autumn 1 Newsletter

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