West Bridgford Junior School


Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!



Week Beginning: 17th April 2017


Monday: Easter Monday - school closed

Tuesday: Egyptian Homework in

Swimming for Class 6 and half of Class 4

Games for Class 5 and half of Class 4


Thursday: Homework out



Tuesday 11th April 2017

What a busy time we've had!  In the last week of the Spring term, the children enjoyed a rocket workshop and found that it isn't so difficult!  There was our Talent show, an interesting visit to the Methodist Church where we heard about the story of Easter; we had our treat, some of our children had their work exhibited at the new Rushcliffe Arena and we took part in the Easter service at St Giles Church.  It's a good job it's the holidays!

When we return to school, we begin our new topic, Ancient Egypt.  Hopefully you have decided on what artefact you will make for your homework, some of you may have already made something!  We can't wait to turn our rooms into museums once more!  Remember these need to be in on the first day back.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your holidays, keep safe and don't eat too many chocolate Easter treats!smiley


Wednesday 29th March 2017

Yes, parents, it's true - Year 4 have earned a banana treat! Tomorrow, they will be enjoying a DVD and may bring a small edible treat and a teddy to share it with!


Sunday 26th March 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday! We hope you've all enjoyed some quality time with your loved ones in the beautiful sunshine this weekend. Many thanks to all of you for coming along to our Parents' Evenings this week; your support is invaluable. 

We enjoyed a relatively 'normal' week this week, or at least as much as school life ever lets us! We started the week with a quick bit of revision in maths and had mini-workshops which the teachers enjoyed immensely- they allowed us to work with all of the children for two mornings which we don't often get to do! We completed our work on Persuasive language with some adverts for some rather interesting inventions- what would you say to sell a pair of umbrella shoes or a noodle fan? How about a set of dusters for your cats paws?

Next week we have lots of exciting things planned in to end our Spring term. We're especially keen to see what the Rocket workshop brings tomorrow and to find out about Year 4's talents on Tuesday!

See you all tomorrow!


Sunday 19th March 2017

Goodness! Where has the time gone? We have been so busy with trips to Nottingham Castle gallery last week and West Bridgford park this week, and visits from Mr Fairhurst and Dr Davies as part of Science week, we've not stopped!  We've tested toothpastes and the best way to keep a piece of paper in the air. There were Invasion Sports Festivals and several of our children had the opportunity to work with Belinda Poon, an artist, as part of a Rushcliffe schools project.  It was lovely to see lots of faces at the Art Exhibition on Wednesday; most of the work should still be able to be viewed during Parents' Evening this week.





We're back to 'normality' this week and are continuing our work on persuasive texts and we will be revising place value and number work in maths.  Hopefully you have received your times for Parents' Evening and we look forward to meeting you again during the next few weeks.


Sunday 26th February 2017

Welcome back! We hope you have managed to get through the Dukes Barn washing pile and have been reunited with any lost property. What a wonderful week the childrens had creating memories we hope will last them a lifetime. The Dukes Barn blog is still available for you to read through and photo of our time away are online too.

What a busy week it’s been back at school. As you hopefully will have been made aware of, it has been Art Week at the Juniors. Year 4 have created a range of pieces from quilted, tie-dyed textiles to wire tree sculptures. You will be invited into school in the near future to marvel at our masterpieces so please keep your eyes peeled for further details.


We were visited by our Governors, who seemed keen (?!) to help with sewing. There have also been athletic and swimming events which some of our children participated in: we hope you enjoyed your experiences!


Next week, we are back ‘timetable’. The teachers are looking forward to hearing the children recite the poems they have been learning for homework on Monday and we will have some activities based on World Book Day which is this Thursday. We shall be revising how to use column addition and subtraction in Maths. Swimming begins again for Class 5 and half of Class 4 whilst the rest of the year group will head to Cottages for football coaching whilst the rest of the year group will head to Cottages for football coaching. There’ll be Geography and Science lessons too!


Our Minions this week were awarded to Alfie N, Jiahan, Amelie, Aniyah, Sam and Layla. Well done to all.


Friday 3rd February 2017

So we've almost made it to the end of half term.  Just one more thing to come, if only we could remember what it was...  Ah!  Dukes Barn!  Of course! Hopefully you're all as excited as the teachers are and manage to pack what you need into your cases. Please remember to bring a packed lunch on the first day of your trip.  We will endeavour to let you know what we've been up to on the residential pages of the website though please bear with us as the timing of this can depend on our internet connection.

In class this week, we've looked at find the area of rectangles and squares in Maths and in Literacy we have continued to read The Midnight Fox and are nearing the end of the story, not before we've written our own endings though.  We've taken photographs of the plants at Cottages as part of our art work and had our first session of Philosophy this week where we had the opportunity to formulate questions based on a similar image to that below - what does it make you think of?


Our Minion awards went to Shelby, Amelie, Liv, Charlotte, Lenny and Holly.  It was also our fortnightly Star Assembly and Annie, Isobel, Mia, Aryann, Gi Gi and Oscar were all recognised for their efforts.  Well done everyone.


Have a wonderful weekend - I'm off to start packing.  Will there be room for Baggy the cat in my suitcase? angel


Friday 27th January 2017

Another week has flown by! It was nice to see so many of our parents at the Maths evening on Monday. We hope it was useful and that it helps with future homework tasks! In our lessons, we learnt about translating shapes and giving coordinates in Maths. Literacy focussed on writing further descriptions based on The Midnight Fox. We thought of ways to move about pieces of apparatus in Gym. Using the images we'd collected for homework, we practised extending the pictures using our sketching skills. We had the opportunity to ask some of Year 5 about their experiences of Dukes Barn and heard how they overcame some of their anxieties; just over a week to go now!

Our Minions were awarded to Beatrix, Ben, Zak, Sophie, Georgia and Alfie - well done on your efforts this week!


Saturday 21st January 2017

This week we have continued our work on fractions in Maths, learning how to find fractions of amounts. Next week we move onto position and direction. In Literacy, we have read a little more of The Midnight Fox and have been writing setting descriptions, where we practised using prepositions and embedded clauses. On Wednesday, we started filming short videos about different habitats we had researched. We had our gym lessons and learnt how to turn whilst jumping; next week, we’re hoping to move onto using equipment! We had a small taster of Dukes Barn and watched a video of what last year’s year group got up to. We’ll be having another chat about our visit this week and are inviting some of Year 5 along to help answer any questions we might have – should be good!

A big well done to all of our athletics teams who were in their first competitions this week! It’s so nice for us to see so many of you represent the school and, whilst it is nice to do well, we hope that those who went along enjoyed the experience.

Congratulations to our Minions: Alfie, Iris, Emily, Mia, Jenna and Martha D took home certificates this week. In our Star of the Week assembly, James, Alex, Jacob, Dan, Ella and Alex were rewarded for their behaviour and work.

Hope you are all managing to keep warm this weekend – hasn’t it got chilly?!


Saturday 14th January 2017

It's been a packed first-full-week back.  Firstly, we started gymnastic lessons on Monday and were taught how to jump in different ways and land safely .  On Tuesday, swimming lessons began for Class 5 and half of Class 4 whilst the rest of year group went down to Cottages where we had some football coaching on the very muddy field!  On Wednesday, we spent the morning at Cottages as we have kindly agreed to let Year 5 use our classrooms this term for their '3 way split'.  The children worked really hard down there and behaved beautifully on the walk to and from main school.  Thursday morning saw our three way split and the children continued to draw up their school plans in French and worked on their athletic skills with Mr Arnold in  PE.  We've also shared our wonderful holiday habitat homework in Science, learnt how to find equivalent fractions and add and subtract fractions in Maths, practised pencil sketching techniques in Art and began reading The Midnight Fox, our text for the term, in Literacy.  In between this, the children were also taken out to run races in preparation for up-coming athletics competitions.  Thank goodness it's the weekend!


Congratulations to Lottie, Max, Mathilde, Jonny, Alastair and Henry who were chosen as Minions this week and well done to the year group as they achieved the magic number of bananas needed for a year group treat.  The children have decided to bank these towards a bigger treat later in the term.


Saturday 7th January 2017

Welcome back everyone!  We hope you had a lovely break.  We have made it through the cold and dark mornings and are raring to go, if a little sleepy still!  This week we have practised athletic skills with Mr Arnold in preparation for a competition in a few weeks.  We will be having another lesson with Mr Arnold.  We have rather a lot of PE next week; we have a gymnastics coach working with us on Mondays this term, half of the year group will start their swimming lessons this week whilst the other half will work with football coaches at Cottages.  On Thursday, we have an extra PE session with Mr Arnold so he can begin the difficult process of choosing a group of athletes to represent the school. Mathilde, Zak and Thomas demonstrated they had the right sequence of jumps in the triple jump;  not as easy as you might think!

We also shared with the children our intention to enter the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition which we hope will give everyone a chance to display their creative writing talents.  The BBC website has more details and includes previous winners' stories.

Keep warm and we shall see you, and your PE kits, on Monday!  Happy weekend!

Friday 11th November 2016

Many thanks for supporting the HSA and bringing in chocolate today for the Christmas Fair; it's only a few weeks away! We've begun to fill our hamper with green things and we're sure it will look amazing in time for it to be raffled.  This week, we have learnt how to use the grid method to solve multiplication problems and have begun to write up our notes about Henry VIII's 6 wives.  On Monday, we had a 'hands on' lesson about the digestion system and Wednesday saw the children finding out what happened at Bosworth before our trip this Monday.


This week Evie, Cas, Niamh, Mia, Tahseen and Lola received certificates- well done, Minions!


Friday 4th November 2016

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely and relaxing half term. Having marked the half term homework, we can see lots of you got plenty of sleep!  Now the dark nights are drawing in, it certainly makes us want to snuggle inside.  However, the trees dotted about the school have been dropping their beautifully coloured leaves and several of our children have been inspired to create some Andy Goldsworthy art from the 'Autumnal litter' on the playground after our lesson on his work before half term! Inside, where it's been slightly toastier, we have begun our research on Henry VIII's wives in preparation for writing a report about them.  In maths, we looked at several elements of multiplication: doubling and halving, factors and multiplying 3 numbers together have been the basis of our lessons this week.  We are nearing completion on our Tudor houses and have started work on the roofs, just in time for the wintery weather!  Once more, we have collected enough bananas to reach our target and are banking them up!  Our Minion certificates were awarded to Oscar, Sam, Freddie, Mathilde, Juliet and Theo-  well done, Minions!

Our trip to Bosworth is just over a week away.  You should have received letter informing you of our timings and what the children need to bring with them.  It also congratulates (if that's the right word!) Mrs Wynch, Mrs Chapman, Mrs Gornall, Mrs Hobbs, Mrs Fairhurst and Mrs Miller who were picked out of the hat to accompany us.  Many thanks once more to those of you who also put yourselves forward.


Enjoy any Bonfire celebrations you are going to, keep safe and warm and see you all next week!


Friday 21st October 2016

It's been rather quiet in school with Year 6 away! In Year 4, we've been writing Autumn inspired poetry and practising solving problems involving time.  Our Tudor houses are slowly taking shape and we've been discussing the question posed by our Pupil Parliament - Should baby girls be dressed in pink?

We also welcomed our first parent readers; if you are able to spare some time, please let us know.

This week's Stars of the Week were Rais, Alfie, Raul, Liam, Kitty and Lenny and our Minion awards went to Dylan, Charlie, Isabelle, Isabella, Cas and Iris.  The children also earned the all important 60 bananas which they have chosen to bank towards a bigger treat.  Well done to you all.  It's only a brief catch up this week as we're busy preparing for the half term holidays - yippee! Remember that there is an INSET on the first Monday after half term, so the children return on the Tuesday.  Whatever you are up to this holiday, we hope you have fun and stay safe.  See you soon.


Friday 14th October 2016

Another week of hard work in Year 4.  This week we have looked at various properties of 2D shapes in maths and have written a descriptive setting for the beginning of a story in literacy.  We began to create our Tudor houses on Wednesday and successfully cut the wood needed to make the frame without losing any fingers!  Success!  We also investigated which of a selection of liquids would make an old penny shiniest.  It turns out orange juice works a treat which showed us how it can also damage our teeth if we drink it too often.

Our Minion rewards this week went to Annie, Bertie, Raul, Aniyah, Martha, Violet and Ella.  Well done everyone.  There were lots of completed start charts this week - so many of Class 5 picked out the prize to sit on the teacher's chair for the day, Mrs Cox may have to buy another one! 

Have a good weekend. frown


Friday 7th October 2016

It was nice to meet so many parents this week during our Parents' Evening.  Hopefully you had the chance to hear how well your children have settled and were able to ask any questions you may have had. 


This week, we learnt how to take care of our teeth and breathed a little sigh of relief that we no longer use mouse head tooth paste or have to visit a barber-surgeon as the Tudors did.  Phew!  The children have begun the process of planning and creating a Tudor house; if the designs are anything to go by, they're going to be good!  We also started to plan our ideas for a piece of writing inspired by stories with imaginary settings.  In maths, we've continued to look at written methods and have focussed on subtraction.  Next week, we move onto 2D shapes and how we can describe them using different properties.


Our Minions this week were Amelie, Sophie, Amelie, Oscar, Mitchell and Alistair.  It was also our Star Assembly and Max, Charlie, Martha, Lenny, Max and Norah were awarded for their efforts.  We also had a new award to present; our Act of Kindness trophy.  This is given in honour of Rosie Perry-Jones, a much loved and missed former pupil who sadly passed away last year.  Rosie was always so full of fun, kindness and compassion for her fellow pupils and this award recognises a pupil who has demonstrated these qualities.  It was wonderful to present this for the first time to Bryleigh.  Congratulations to all of our super stars. frown


Friday 30th September 2016

Goodness, the last day of September already!  Where did it go?


This week saw Year 4 finding out a little about Jesus' childhood and discovering how Tudor houses were made.  We've also looked at how to solve addition problems using column methods and continued to build on our descriptive writing skills.  This week's Minion awards went to Ayaan, Gi Gi, Leah, Aryaan, Ben and Esme - well done to all of you. 

Next week is a particularly busy one; we have parents' meetings in the evenings, Harvest festivals and individual school photos all taking place, not to mention the after school clubs and plethora of music lessons.  We're feeling tired just thinking about it!


Friday 23rd September 2016

Another busy week in Year 4.  This week we used a toilet roll - a highly technical piece of equipment - to show when the Tudor kings and queens ruled; the teachers were delighted to see that they weren't born 'that long ago' after all!  In science, we learnt about the different teeth we have and what their functions are.  Can you remember the different names, Year 4? 




Well done to our 'Stars of the Fortnight'; Phoebe, Sophie, Theo, Sean, Isaac and Lottie who received the first awards this year.  Natalie, James, Kaye, Sam, Jonny and Jacob received the Minion awards this week.


You should have received a letter inviting you to meet the teachers at our upcoming parents' evenings.  If you haven't already, please return your slips to school so we can arrange a time to meet.



Friday 16th September 2016

This week we began our lessons proper, as it were.  The children practised several skills in literacy including using 'ed' words to begin sentences with and revised their understanding of place value in maths.  We had the opportunity to share some amazing pieces of Tudor homework at the start of the week and we were impressed by the variety of artefacts that have made their way into school.  A few photos are on our Twitter page. Despite the fact that it was one of the hottest days of the year, the children spent Wednesday afternoon creating Christmas cards (yes, I said Christmas in September - apologies) and hopefully they have made their way home for you to look at in the hope you will order some to help raise funds for the school. Thursday saw the children celebrating their first Minion rewards and Dan, JiJi, Daniel, Jenna, Joshua and Shelby-Rae were the proud recipients of a certificate.  The year group also collectively achieved the magic total of 67 bananas which they have chosen to bank towards a bigger prize later in the term.  Well done, Year 4; let's hope you can do the same next week!


Friday 9th September 2016


Well, we have made it to the end of the first week!  Hopefully getting up in the morning wasn't too tricky though us teachers certainly needed an early night or two.  We've been impressed by how well everyone has settled in, including Mr Willis!  He was still smiling at the end of the day so we must have made him feel welcome.  We have begun collecting stars and bananas in earnest and are on track to collect our target of 60 by next Thursday.  Much fun was had playing parachute games in the hall yesterday; next week we begin our PE lessons proper as we attempt to learn to dance like Tudor ladies and gentlemen.  Hmm.... fingers crossed!  We have seen a marvellous assortment of homework making its way into our classrooms;  Jacob in Class 5 may need to seek planning permission for his reconstruction of a Tudor house!  We're certainly going to enjoy sharing everyone's work next week. 

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  See you on Monday. frown


Tuesday 6th September 2016

It's nearly time to head back to school.  Your friendly teachers smiley have been busily preparing the classrooms around our new furniture ready for your arrival.  Our display boards are backed and ready to stick your much anticipated Tudor homework on so please start bringing this in.  Another very important job you can help with is to make sure EVERYTHING is labelled; jumpers, trousers, shoes, PE and Games kits, bags, water bottles, books from home, your dog, your cat, etc. Maybe not your goldfish though, we're not sure how you'd do that! 

So get a good night's sleep and we shall see you bright eyed and bushy-tailed on the playground tomorrow.  See you soon!



Here are the lyrics that Lower School Choir are learning for our next concert. Make sure you practise these at home.


The Elephant March (from The Jungle Book)



Hup, two, three, four,

Keep it up, two, three, four.

Hup, two, three, four,

Keep it up, two, three, four.


Oh, the aim of our patrol,

Is a question rather droll,

For to march and drill,

Over field and hill,

Is a military goal!

Is a military goal!



Hup, two, three, four,

Dress it up, two, three, four.

Hup, two, three, four,

Dress it up, two, three, four.


By ranks or single file,

Over every jungle mile,

Oh we stamp and crush,

Through the underbrush,

In a military style!

In a military style!


When I Grow Up (from the musical Matilda)


When I grow up,
I will be tall enough to reach the branches
That I need to reach to climb the trees
You get to climb when you're grown up.

And when I grow up,
I will be smart enough to answer all
The questions that you need to know
The answers to before you're grown up.

And when I grow up,
I will eat sweets every day,
On the way to work, and I will
Go to bed late every night.
And I will wake up
When the sun comes up, and I
Will watch cartoons until my eyes go square,
And I won't care 'cause I'll be all grown up.

When I grow up (echo)
I will be strong enough to carry all
The heavy things you have to haul
Around with you when you're a grown up.

When I grow up (Echo)...
I will be brave enough to fight the creatures
That you have to fight beneath the bed
Each night to be a grown up.

And when I grow up,
I will have treats every day,
And I'll play with things that mum pretends
That mums don't think are fun.

And I will wake up
When the sun comes up and I
Will spend all day just lying in the sun.
And I won't burn 'cause I'll be all grown up.
When I grow up...

(Ms. Honey:)
When I grow up,
I will be brave enough to fight the creatures
That you have to fight beneath the bed
Each night to be a grown up.

When I grow up...

Just because you find that life's not fair, it
Doesn't mean that you just have to grin and bear it.
If you always take it on the chin and wear it, nothing will change.
Just because I find myself in this story,
It doesn't mean that everything is written for me.
If I think the ending is fixed already,
I might as well be saying I think that it's OK,
And that's not right!





I Won't Grow Up (from Peter Pan)

I won't grow up,
(I won't grow up)
I don't want to go to school.
(I don't want to go to school)
Just to learn to be a parrot,
(Just to learn to be a parrot)
And recite a silly rule.
(And recite a silly rule)
If growing up means
It would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree,
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Not me!
Not I,
Not me!
Not me!

I won't grow up,
(I won't grow up)
I don't want to wear a tie.
(I don't want to wear a tie)
And a serious expression
(And a serious expression)
In the middle of July.
(In the middle of July)
And if it means I must prepare
To shoulder burdens with a worried air,

I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Not me,
Not I,
Not me!
So there!

Never gonna be a man,
I won't!
Like to see somebody try
And make me.
Anyone who wants to try
And make me turn into a man,
Catch me if you can.
I won't grow up.
Not a penny will I pinch.
I will never grow a mustache,
Or a fraction of an inch.
'Cause growing up is awfuller
Than all the awful things that ever were.
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up,
No sir,
Not I
Not me,
So there!

I won't grow up!
(I won't grow up)
I will never even try
(I will never even try)
I will do what Peter tells me
(I will do what Peter tells me)
And I'll never ask him why
(And I'll never ask him why)

We won't grow up!
(We won't grow up)
We will never grow a day
(We will never grow a day)
And if someone tries to make us
(And if someone tries to make us)
We will simply run away
(We will simply run away)

I won't grow up!
(I won't grow up)
No, I promise that I won't
(No, I promise that I won't)
I will stay a boy forever
(I will stay a boy forever)
And be banished if I don't!
(And be banished if I don't)

Never Land will always be
The home of youth and joy
And liberty
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Not me!
Not me!
Not me!
Not me!
No sir!
Not me!





Mister Mistoffelees (from the musical Cats)


The greatest magicians have something to learn
From Mister Mistoffelees Conjuring Turn
And we'll all say
Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

He is quiet, he is small, he is black
From his ears to the tip of his tail
He can creep through the tiniest crack
He can walk on the narrowest rail
He can pick any card from a pack
He is equally cunning with dice
He is always deceiving you into believing
That he's only hunting for mice

He can play any trick with a cork
Or a spoon and a bit of fish paste
If you look for a knife or a fork
And you think it was merely misplaced
You have seen it one moment and then it is gone!
But you find it next week lying out on the lawn

And we all say
Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees


Well! My manner is vague and aloof
You would think there is nobody shyer
But my voice has been heard on the roof
When I was curled up by the fire
And I've sometimes been heard by the fire
When I was about on the roof
At least they all heard that somebody purred
Which is uncontestable proof of my singular magical powers
And I've known the family to call me in from the garden for hours
While I was asleep in the hall

And not long ago this phenomenal cat
Produced seven kittens right out of a hat

And we all say
Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees
Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees


And not long ago this phenomenal cat
Produced seven kittens right out of a hat

And we all say
Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees
Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees
Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees
Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Oh! Well I never was there ever
A cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the Magical Mr. Mistoffelees



Consider Yourself (from Oliver)

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