Welcome to Rosalind Franklin Class – Year 4

Staff in Rosalind Franklin Class:

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 Miss Patterson      Ms Kent          Miss Andrews          Mrs Chapman

(Class Teacher)     (PPA Cover)     (Teaching Assistant)   (Teaching Assistant)

What does our day look like?

 Click on the link below for our current timetable:

Year-4-Timetable.pdf (145 downloads)

What are we learning in Term 5?

Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit!

We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. Can you pick your favourite fish? Time to go a little deeper into ours seas. Make a model deep-sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first!

Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the blue abyss…

Click here for our Term 5 overview:

Term-5-week-by-week-overview-2016-7-website.pdf (32 downloads)





Term 4

Our topic for Term 4 is ‘Playlist.’  The focus will be heavily on Music, Writing and Performing Poems and Science.  Pupils will be listening to different genres of music and discussing differences, likes and dislikes.  They will learn some basic information on Spanish guitar, musical soundtracks by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Beethoven, Emma Calve and Glenn Miller.  Discussions about the music will be linked into our Science work on Sound.  Pupils will learn about the meaning of pitch, tempo, rhythm and volume.  The pupils will have an assembly by an organization called ‘Rock Steady’ where an artist will teach them about drums, guitars, keyboard and singing.  They will also take part in a Steel Pan Drum workshop which links to our Jamaican poetry work in literacy.  

Pupils’ science work on ‘Sound’ will involve pupils setting up simple investigations and they will be working on science skills such as presenting information in graphs and finding conclusions.  Pupils will also create working circuits using wires, batteries, buzzers and bulbs as part of science week. 

In English, pupils will initially be listening to a poem called the Sound Collector by Roger McGough.  They will create a similar poem about sounds that they hear in everyday life, using rhyme.  They will then study poems written by a Jamaican poet called Valorie Bloom.  Pupils will learn about how using rhyme, personification, alliteration, metaphors and similes makes poetry more engaging.  Pupils will be creating poems based on Valorie Bloom’s poems, using similar structure and themes.

Pupils will read every day for at least 20 mins in groups and will have tasks to complete in the back of their English book around clarifying for meaning, note taking, making comparisons between texts and comprehension work. 

In mathematics, pupils will be focusing on finding the perimeter and area of rectangles, squares and compound shapes.  They will also be learning about money, decimals and measure.  In measure they will be converting different units of measure.  Each topic will give pupils lots of opportunities to practice their reasoning and problem solving.   

In D.T. pupils will design and create their own instruments.   In Art pupils will use oil pastels to make movements on paper to contrasting types of music.  They will also sketch instruments as their still life drawing.

Click on the link below to view our yearly overview:

Term-4-week-by-week-overview-2016-7.pdf (29 downloads)


This shows pupils at the Jamaican Steel Pan workshop.

In Spring one our topic is Traders and Raiders.  Pupils will be learning about Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. In Art pupils will be focusing on Patterns, Printing and Sketching.  In D&T pupils will be making some jewellery and some simple weapons.  In Geography pupils will be using maps and learning about Settlements in Europe. 

In Autumn two our topic was Potions. Pupils studied “Alice in Wonderland”, the photographs below show some of the work produced by the pupils.  Pupils learnt about the history of anaesthesia and carried out lots of scientific observations on ‘The three states of matter.’

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Last term our topic was Gods and Mortals. Pupils studied “The Adventures of Odysseus”, the photographs below show some of the work produced by the pupils.

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What are the homework expectations?

Homework: Pupils are expected to complete their set MyMaths homework and read for at least 30 mins every evening.  Please complete and sign reading records each night.   Pupils homework projects will be displayed as part of the express section at the end of the unit of work.  Our topic is Potions so pupils homework projects should be linked to the topic of Alice in Wonderland, or potions.  It could be something creative like writing a magic story with potions in it or creating a potion poem.  You could make a list of all the solids, liquids and gases you can find at home. Are they kept safely?  Pupils could sketch any interesting bottles , remembering to add textures, patterns, shading and any finer details.  I’ll provide a hard copy of further ideas.  Pupils can choose whether to present their homework as written work, ICT or something creative.  If pupils decide to choose something creative such as a painting then they should choose either written work or I.C.T. for their next homework project so that they are using different skills throughout the year.  

How can you contact Miss Patterson?

I’m always available after school or you can phone the office to arrange an appointment to see me, I’m always happy to help with any queries.  Thank you for all your continued support.

Miss Patterson

How do we manage the children’s behaviour?

We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children.  We always try to follow the “5 B’s” which are:

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 Image result for cartoon beeBe kind and gentle

 Image result for cartoon beeBe Careful

 Image result for cartoon beeBe responsible

 Image result for cartoon beeBe the best you can be


blue            yellow-circle        green         orange            red

Blue circle                         Yellow circle                Green circle                   Orange circle                  Red circle  

(Mrs Kemp reward)             (Busy bee)                   (Good to go)                 (Stop and think)              (Consequence)

In PSHE we have been thinking about feelings and emotions and how these impact on our behaviour. We have been using The Zones of Regulation to describe and discuss our emotions. Please follow the links for more information.      

Reproducible-A.pdf (83 downloads) Reproducible-B.pdf (87 downloads) Reproducible-E.pdf (75 downloads)                                                                                                                                                                                                

Below are some links to useful websites that will support your child’s learning and development: