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Year 4 – Onyx

Term 5


Welcome back. We hope you had a great Easter break.


This term we will be starting our new text ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ by Philippa Pearce. This text has many different themes including the nature of time, the relationship between youth and old age, growth and transformation. Despite the rich and complex themes, the story is very accessible for all ages and can be enjoyed for its adventure, discovery and humour.


Our new topic for the last two terms is based around local history. We will be basing our research around Ditton. Our questions will include:


· What is Ditton like to live in?

· What can we find out about St Peter’s Church?

· Can we create a timeline of Ditton’s history?

· Can we investigate how life has changed for the community of Ditton?


We will be using a variety of resources to find out information about Ditton’s history. If you think you may have anything at home that we could use, please send it in!


Easter Holiday Homework


Writing/Art : Over the Easter break, we would like you to draw a detailed design of a garden. It could be of your garden, a family/friend's garden or even a garden you create yourself. Then we would like you write some descriptive sentences about this garden.

Bronze - Around your garden drawing write some sentences describing the garden. Focus on using adjectives and different sentence starters (where, when, what doing, how doing). For example: In the corner of the garden, there is a row of blushing pink flowers blooming in the sun.

Silver - Write a paragraph describing the garden. Focus on using similes, metaphors and the 5 senses. For example: Blowing in the wind, the emerald green grass looked like a blanket partially covering the mud.

Gold - Try and write a few paragraphs about the garden, Focus on using personification and alliteration. For example: Shining down, the light hit the flowers that danced gracefully in the breeze under the sparkling spotlight sun. 


Maths -

Miss Taylor's group - Mathletics will be set. Please ensure you are completing your tasks.


Mrs Gosling - Practicing times table knowledge.

Creating picographs with Haribos

Term 4 -


We are almost half way through Year 4 already! However we still have a lot more to pack into these last few months.


We will be continuing our topic on Africa and studying Ancient Benin in History.


Our new book for Writing is Journey to Jo'burg, written by Beverley Naidoo. This is a story of love, commitment and family against the background of South Africa's apartheid.


Some important dates to remember this term:


28th February - Last day of swimming


9th March - Onyx Class assembly - 2.30pm (parents invited to attend)


22nd March - Year 4 trip to The Lion King




Making pizza using fractions

Well done to everyone who brought in their multiplication board games. I was so impressed by your inventive ideas and as the weather is getting worse and wet break times are inevitably on their way, we now have lots of new and exciting board games to play with! Look below for some pictures of our board games in use.



Designing our own board games

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Science Week!

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This week Onyx class have been investigating how sounds are made and how we can change the volume and pitch of a sound. At the end of the week the children made instruments that they thought Beowulf could use to warn Heorot that Grendel was coming. Watch the video below to see some of the fun!

Making our Viking bread

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Welcome to Onyx!