Sports Relief

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Year 4 had so much fun participating in Sports Relief and we are proud that we have contributed to a good cause.

What was your favourite part of Sports Relief? Do you know how Sports Relief is helping to change lives?

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Deforestation Debate

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Year 4 have been debating about the effects of deforestation. The children took part in a passionate debate and gave arguments for and against cutting down trees in The Amazon Rainforest.

It was a pleasure to hear the children debate so enthusiastically. Fantastic!!!


What did you enjoy about the class debate? How do you think the debate can improve next time?


Safety Internet Day

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Year 4 are very excited to take part in the Safety Internet Day competition. We have lots of ideas as to how we can help children stay safe on the internet.

Here are some questions from the Safety Internet day website to test your knowledge. Write your answers below.

Question 1. You update one of your profile pictures online and after two hours no one has liked it. What do you do?

A. Keep using the picture anyway. You chose it because you really liked it.

B. Delete the picture straight away. It can’t have been that nice if no one seems interested.

C. Message your friends and tell them they have to like your picture immediately!

Question 2. You are playing an online game and someone you don’t know wants to add you as a friend. What do you do?

A. Add them, it’s really nice to have more friends.

B. Let your parents or carers know, so they can check who it is.

C. Ask the unknown person a few questions first to get to know them.

Question 3. The latest online craze involves surprising your friends and trying to scare them as much as possible, then posting the video for everyone to see. Loads of your friends have done it and now say it’s your turn. How do you feel?

A. You eventually choose to take part and plan to apologise to the friend that you’ve scared afterwards.

B. You do it without hesitation. You don’t want to be the only one who’s left out!

C. You decide not to take part as you don’t know how it would make your friend


Christmas Card Competition

Christmas Card CompetitionCan you design an exciting, fancy Christmas card using a computer? Fancy your chances at winning a special prize? Have a go!

There will be a winner selected from the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Each winner will receive a prize.  The Key Stage 2 winning entry will also be put forward to another competition against other schools in Bolton.

Closing Date: Friday 17th November


  1. Your card must be designed on a computer.  You can use any software program that you like such as Word, Publisher or PurpleMash.
  2. You are designing the front of the card only.
  3. Once you have finished your card, please save it and bring it to me (Mr Dawood) on a pen drive or CD.  I will copy and print your card then return your pen drive/CD back to you.
  4. Parents are welcome to help children with any EYFS and Key Stage 1 entries.  You may also support your child with a Key Stage 2 entry although most of the work must be completed by your child.
  5. One entry per child.

Enjoy and good luck! Ho, ho, ho!

Mr Dawood   🙂

The Tunnel by Anthony Browne


• Write a new story with the title ‘The Tunnel’. Who are the characters? Where does the tunnel lead to?
• Imagine that a tunnel has been found in your school grounds. Where does it lead? What / who is hidden inside it?
• • Write a character profile about the brother and the sister. What do they look like? What do they like doing?
• The sister lies awake at night ‘listening to the noises of the night’. Can you describe what these noises might sound like?
• Could you act out the story, adding speech and actions where appropriate?
• Could you rewrite the story in the form of a play using narration, speech and stage directions?
• Try to write the story in the girl’s book.
• Think about the objects on the waste ground. Could you write a story which explains how they got there?
• The girl struggles to decide whether to go into the tunnel or not. Can you think of reasons for / against entering it?
• Read the story up to the point where the girl first enters the tunnel. Write what might happen next.
• Read the words used to describe the inside of the tunnel. Can you think of any more words that might be suitable?
• Think about how the boy and girl have changed throughout the story. How did they feel towards each other at the beginning? How did they feel at the end?

• The sister lies awake at night ‘listening to the noises of the night’. Think about how different noises sound. How are they made? How could we muffle sounds to make them quieter and help the girl to sleep?

• Look at the different patterns in the illustrations (in the wallpaper, brickwork, fabric etc). Could you try to create your own patterns using different art materials?
• Look carefully at the illustrations. Can you spot any hidden objects? where are they? Could you draw your own picture with lots of interesting objects to find?
• Look at the graffiti in the picture of the waste ground. Find out about graffiti and talk about the arguments for and against it. Could you design your own on paper, using different Art materials?
• Look at the strange textures and images on the illustrations of the tree trunks. What can you see on them?
• The brother gets turned into stone at one point in the story. Could you sculpt a model (of a person or another object) using clay / plasticene?
• Look at how the colours in the illustrations change as the sister cuddles her brother. Can you try to make different shades of each colour by mixing paint?
• The brother and sister are different ‘in every way’. Think about how you are similar / different to your friends and family.
• The brother and sister argue a lot. Think about why arguments are caused. How can we help to resolve problems with our friends and family when they occur?
• Look at the body language of the children in the illustrations. What does it tell us about how they are feeling? Can you ‘act’ different emotions by changing your body language / facial expressions?
• Think about the emotions of the boy and girl at each point in the story. How are they feeling? Why are they feeling like that?

Great Poetry


The Pobble Who Has No Toes by Edward Lear

The Pobble who has no toes
Had once as many as we;
When they said, ‘Some day you may lose them all;’–
He replied, — ‘Fish fiddle de-dee!’
And his Aunt Jobiska made him drink,
Lavender water tinged with pink,
For she said, ‘The World in general knows
There’s nothing so good for a Pobble’s toes!’

The Pobble who has no toes,
Swam across the Bristol Channel;
But before he set out he wrapped his nose,
In a piece of scarlet flannel.
For his Aunt Jobiska said, ‘No harm
‘Can come to his toes if his nose is warm;
‘And it’s perfectly known that a Pobble’s toes
‘Are safe, — provided he minds his nose.’

The Pobble swam fast and well
And when boats or ships came near him
He tinkedly-binkledy-winkled a bell
So that all the world could hear him.
And all the Sailors and Admirals cried,
When they saw him nearing the further side,–
‘He has gone to fish, for his Aunt Jobiska’s
‘Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!’

But before he touched the shore,
The shore of the Bristol Channel,
A sea-green Porpoise carried away
His wrapper of scarlet flannel.
And when he came to observe his feet
Formerly garnished with toes so neat
His face at once became forlorn
On perceiving that all his toes were gone!

And nobody ever knew
From that dark day to the present,
Whoso had taken the Pobble’s toes,
In a manner so far from pleasant.
Whether the shrimps or crawfish gray,
Or crafty Mermaids stole them away —
Nobody knew; and nobody knows
How the Pobble was robbed of his twice five toes!

The Pobble who has no toes
Was placed in a friendly Bark,
And they rowed him back, and carried him up,
To his Aunt Jobiska’s Park.
And she made him a feast at his earnest wish
Of eggs and buttercups fried with fish;–
And she said,– ‘It’s a fact the whole world knows,
‘That Pobbles are happier without their toes.’