Y4MS enjoyed a wonderful couple of days at Thornbridge this week. Some of the highlights included: low ropes, Thornbridge Challenge, bike riding and the night line. The children also enjoyed a lovely walk to Ashford in the Water where they tested their Viking boats to see if they sailed! 

Everyone who went with the children would like to say a massive thank you for such a lovely time!!


Save our schools!

Nearly everyone in school went down to the Town Hall yesterday to protest against cuts to schools.

We had a look around Millennium Galleries first, where there was an exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s work and a very exciting lighting installation.

We then met up with parents, photographers, news reporters and the rest of our schoolmates to chant and show our support for the ‘save our schools’ campaign.

All of the children who attended did us proud and showed the people in charge that they deserve the best for their education!

Is it right…

We had a short P4C session this afternoon where we tried an activity to show how difficult it becomes when resources are taken away. The children were asked to make a book from newspaper but as they went along, we removed scissors, rulers and pencils so they were left with 10% fewer resources than they started with. We discussed how it made us feel and how this relates to the issues in education at the moment.

We would really love for you to share your thoughts on the subject by adding comments to the end of this blog.

Y4 Performance

We’ve been rehearsing again for or performance of Silent Town. We’ll be doing a lot more rehearsal on Monday when we visit Sheffield Theatres!

We will be performing on Thursday 21st March at the Crucible Theatre in two – more details to follow and tickets will be available soon!

Storyframe is coming together

Both classes rehearsed together for the first time this morning with a musician. We generated words to put into a song and created freeze frames showing how we solved the big problem.

The children then learnt a routine, which we’ll put into the final piece. We’re so excited to start rehearsing after half term. Parts will be allocated next week so you can get learning lines!

Home Learning

We have had lots of fantastic pieces of home learning in year 4. Since Christmas, we have been looking at theatres and performances. Children have made theatres, found facts about them, written reviews (of real!) performances and created their own characters to name a few of the things we have handed in.
Here are some examples of the home learning we have received.


Today was the start of our Storyframe project with Sheffield Theatres. Storyframe is a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn more about how a theatre works, understand the technical elements, like lighting, sound and costume design, and perform with professional actors and directors. We will be writing a story together and turning it into a play to be performed at the Crucible Theatre in March.

I was so impressed by how well the children collaborated in the first session to solve a number of problems and we have already had some ideas about what the performance will be about. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! 

Viking Crown Theft

Today, Watercliffe Meadow was the scene of a brazen theft. The culprit stole the extremely valuable Viking crown that the year 4’s had been looking at. At the moment the crime is unsolved but a main suspect has been identified by the children (with a little support from a local PC).

Food waste workshops

Students from Sheffield University joined the Y4’s this week and last week to talk about food waste.

We learned about the crazy amount of food that is thrown away each week and found ways of reducing this waste. The children created shopping lists and planned out meals in order to buy only what they needed.

They also planted broad beans to take home. Has anyone’s sprouted yet?