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Year 4: Swifts

Welcome to Swifts!


Teacher - Miss Monk




Spring Newsletter



PE will be on Monday alternating with Forest School. This can sometimes be changed so we suggest you keep your child's PE kit in school all week.  


Swifts will be swimming every Wednesday. They will need suitable swimwear, a swimming hat, towels and goggles if wanted. The swimming hats can be brought on the day and all hair needs to be tied up. 

Forest School

Forest School will be on alternate Thursdays. 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 - Pantomine 

5th - 9th February - Science Week!

6th February - Safer Internet Day 

12th- 16th February - Half term Holidays. 

Spring 1 

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 and physical reactions, conducting our own fair tests, observing the viscosity of properties and much more!

Sparkling Start!

We have had an exciting couple of days to kick off 2018. We invited 'Mad Science' Dr. Dee Enay 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 by Dr. Dee Enay herself! Our 'sparkling start' has inspired our writing and upcoming Art Week.






Christmas Carol Service

Swifts were amazing at our Christmas Carol and were responsible for their behaviour by representing the school. After practicing for two weeks, we were finally able to sing Jingle Bell Rock! Well done Swifts. 

Creating Seascapes

Swifts used an image from our trip to the beach to create a seascape painting. We mastered our watercolour painting techniques and didn't drown our paper with water. Swifts were successful in mixing colours to create a texture and shading to different areas of our paintings. Have a look at our pieces of art! 


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Beach Trip

As part of the Cousteau Ambassador programme, we have been researching our local habitats. We were fortunate to go to our local beach- Gunton Warren. Here we explored and sketched habitats and began to discuss how we can protect the environment! 

Swifts were St Margaret's Great Learners on this trip as they used our learning values! 

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. 

Art week

We have been focusing on our sketching skills and how to add detail using shading and colour. We looked at different techniques and developed our art work through the technique of Austin's Butterfly. Here are some examples of our work. 



Investigating submarines!

We have been looking at the first submarine invented by Cornelius Drebbel. We then investigated how submarines work using a bottle of water, blu-tac and straws. From this, we found that the pressure determines whether it sinks or floats! 


Marina Theatre trip

Year 3 and 4 attended a trip to the theatre to see Jessica Souhami! The children were very responsible for their own behaviour and learning. 

Sea Monkeys

We looked at Brine Shrimp, also known as Sea Monkeys, in science week. We made close observations of the eggs and began to see some hatch before we broke up for the holiday. Have a look at the Sea Monkey's below in the video. 

Baby Sea Monkeys

Still image for this video

Family Cafe


During our family cafe, we were collaborative with our classmates and our parents to create a Non-Newtonian fluid using cornflour and water. We were very creative, creating a sticky mess, and curious, asking lots of questions about the science behind it. Thank you for joining us with our learning! 


Science Week;

To introduce Science Week we were lucky to meet Doctor D.N.A, who demonstrated many scientific investigations. This was a fun start to our science week as we learnt all about change. 

Royal Albert Hall

We were very fortunate to go to the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Primary Proms. Year 4 was praised for being responsible, through their behaviour and their engagement, throughout the day. Although it was a long day, we enjoyed listening to music from around the world from people not much older than us! 

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Grow it!


We had a great time out in the garden with Jim, harvesting the potatoes we planted in year 3!





We have been completing observational drawings of fish. We were very creative, using new sketching techniques and curious, asking lots of questions about what we could see.


The Body Coach


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

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