Year 4: The Giraffes: Blog items

Picture News - British Values - w/c 18th June, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Jun 2018 @ 6:36am

Please find attached the Picture News at home resource.

This lets you know what we will be looking at in our British Values assembly this week. 


Thursday Assembly Blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Jun 2018 @ 8:11am

Today in assembly we talked about how we have three words that are important every year: CARE, GROW and SHINE! We talked how this term we are going to shine.We were then talking about a celebration which people will be celebrating this on Friday or Saturday. This celebration is held by Muslims. We talked about how Muslims fast, they fast because it is to teach them to focus on god and be generous, once fasting ends they have the celebration called Eid al-fitr.The celebration goes on for one,two or maybe even three days. How they celebrate is a bit like Christmas, they send Eid al-fitr cards out and dress formally, they also have big feasts and they wish each other a happy celebration!


We were also reminded about some special events that are coming up! If you want to be in the talent show you need to fill in the form, which is at the bottom of a parent mail that has been sent out, by tomorrow, you will need to print off the form and give it in. We are also have a own clothes day tomorrow, to be able to wear your own clothes you need to bring in some chocolates or a bottle of wine or a yummy beverage.


by Gracie and Abigail

Walking Bus, brake charity awareness, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Jun 2018 @ 1:45pm

Thank you very much to all the children and parents/grandparents who joined us on our walking bus this morning, it was lovely to see you all there.  We certainly made a long bus this morning. 

It was a lovely start to the day, the opportunity to chat with a friend, enjoy the lovely weather as well as a bit of exercise.  Remember we walk every day from booths, leaving at 8:30.

Here are a few photos.

Fathers day, by Mrs Hothersall

Date: 12th Jun 2018 @ 9:41pm

Commonwealth Composing, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 25th May 2018 @ 10:53am

This morning the children finished composing their Commonwealth songs/raps. We have videoed them for you to enjoy . 


Sri Lanka, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 24th May 2018 @ 11:30am

Today started with a dance session in the hall. The class did an amazing job learning a dance from Sri Lanka.

Back in class the children were challenged o create 3D models based on Sri Lankan masks. They had to think symmetry, size, shape, colour and type of paper to use to create the models.

Arts Week Day 2, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 11:52am

This morning began with an assembly where we learnt about the spinning of wool. Back in class we were ljoined by Mrs O'Reilly the head of history from Hutton Grammar  and two teachers Miss MacDiarmid and Miss Slater. They delivered an outstanding lesson with super activities on the Windrush Experience.

Next the children began to create their pastel pictures based on the work of Cynthia McLean an artist from Trinidad and Tobago. 

Arts Week Day One, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 11:47am

The Giraffes started the day learning about the Commonwealth.They then looked at the work of Cynthia McLean, an artist from Trinidad and Tobago. In their sketch books the children experimented creating action pictures in her style, in readiness to create masterpieces tomorrow using pastels. During the afternoon the class went out in groups to work with an artist Peter Bourne. They painted poppies on the chimney and decorated fish sculptures. In the classroom we added the finishing touches to our musical memories cards for our memory box to be presented at the Dance from the Heart event  after half term. To finish the day the children had great fun composing songs about the Commonwealth.

Royal Wedding , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 18th May 2018 @ 9:48am

Today we are learning about the Royal family and doing lots of activities linked to the Royal Wedding. 

All of the activities are being collected in  booklet form for the children to keep as a memory . 

Next week is Arts week , the theme is The Commonwealth. we will be working with visiting artists and taking part in a history lesson with one of the history teachers from Hutton on Tuesday morning . 

Water Day, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 11th May 2018 @ 1:23pm

Today we have been learning about water through the charity Water Aid. The class have had an excellent discussion about all sorts of charities , thought about where our tap water comes from, drawn and acted out the water cycle . 

The children have thought about the implications of dirty water supplies and lack of toilet facilities in parts of the world.

After learning about Water Aid Projects such as the gravity fed water aystem , the rainwater harvesting jar and the composting latrine the children were set the design question: can you develop the gravity fed water system to include more taps? 

Finally the children created posters to raise awareness of the work of Water Aid.

It has been a great day of thoughtful, creative and compassionate work. Well done everyone 

An Amazing Week, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 4th May 2018 @ 2:40pm

It has been an amazing week for our class. The highlight of the week was our outstanding performance of Cinderella The Musical. Our audiences loved it!

We have had 3 class compliments this week so are beginning to fill our new chart. 

This morning all of our English work was based on the song This is Me from The Greatest Showman. We have even written our own versions which we will video and share next week. 

This afternoon we have been learning about different ways in which artists draw and paint water. 

In role interviews, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 27th Apr 2018 @ 11:09am

As part of our work based around the story of The Mousehole Cat we were interview in role as some of the characters from the story. Some of us were villagers , some were Mowzer the cat and another group were Old Tom . Our interviews were videoed. 

Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 27th Apr 2018 @ 7:32am

Friendship was the theme in today's assembly. When we walked into the hall there was a question, that question was what does being a good friend mean to you ? We  had a challenge where we had to finish a sentence with a different thing about our friends. One of the sentence starters was my friend is different to me because... we came up with because we are all unique! We then had some time to think about the qualities of our best friend. Good friends listen, so we looked at, the rules of listening. The rules of listening are: be still, look at the speaker, nod and look interested and ask questions that relate on what the speaker is saying. We were talking about how a good friend says nice things to us and how it makes us feel happy. We said that you can give your friends a positive stroke. We don't physically stroke them, but we give them a compliment or say well done. This makes the person you said it to feel happy, just like when you stroke a cat, it feels good and makes them happy and purr.


by Gracie and Abigail

Picture News - British Values - w/c 23rd April, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 27th Apr 2018 @ 7:27am

Sorry for the dealy, I didnt make it go live!

If you have Gracie and Abigail's Assembly Blog from Monday you will have discovered our topic for discussion this week was Loneliness.


Well done Giraffes, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 26th Apr 2018 @ 7:47pm

Congratulations Giraffes on your very successful enterprise. Your pitta pockets, homemade coleslaw and rainbow fruit kebabs were really popular. You did an amazing job , working as a team to chop, fill and create your food and then went on to impress everyone with your outstanding customer service.

Your pricing was spot on . £82 was taken in sales, the cost of the ingredients was £40 giving you a profit of £42. This is a 105% profit making the Year 4 enterpise a real success.


Mondays assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 23rd Apr 2018 @ 8:09pm

Blog written by our year 6 PSHE leaders

Today's assembly was about what does loneliness feel like? Loneliness may be when you are homeless , alone and left out. The U.K., sadly, has loneliness problems. Many people assume that it is just elderly people who are lonely, but 1 in 20 Young people have actually said they are lonely, they are the heart of the problem. Some of the cause of being lonely are if you are starting a new school or if you are just naturally shy. We looked at some pictures with groups of children in them, we had to think, which child was feeling lonely, on one, one of the people were on there own, so we knew that that child was lonely. We then looked at a letter in which a mum had wrote about her daughter because she was shy, had no brother or sisters and the mum was asking for advice. Once we had read the letter we thought of ways we would include the little girl. We had lots of ideas like: invite her to parties, ask her to play a game with you in the playground and make the effort. We got set a challenge to look out for people who were a bit lonely in the playground and see if they would like to play a game with you. We also need to remember that sometimes people aren't lonely, they might just want some alone time.

Thursday assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 20th Apr 2018 @ 7:07am

In assembly today we started off thinking about the word devotion and what are we devoted to. We shared our thoughts about how we know someone I'd devoted to a football team or a pop band. We listened to a story from India. This story happened 300 years ago! In our reflection we thought about some famous words one of the gurus in our story said. We also thought about how we can be brave and little things we would do that we were, in the past, afraid to do.

Tuesday Assembly Blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Apr 2018 @ 8:53pm

Written by our Year 6 PSHE leaders

Today in our jigsaw assembly we learnt about friendships and relationships. Our title in jigsaw this half term is about friendships. We were talking about how baking a chocolate cake is like making a new friend. We put in our suggestions about the ingredients of a friendship, we had: loyalty, kindness, fun, and a friend that is always our friend. We had some time to think about if we had been kind to our friends today. We always have to remember to listen to our friends, to share with our friends, be kind to our friends and of course have fun with our friends!


Monday Assembly Blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Apr 2018 @ 8:50pm

Written by our year 6 PSHE leaders


Today's assembly was about, how much of our lives should we share with others? In the news this week it said about how lots of people's private information was leaked all over Facebook. We learnt about how things in the past have now changed, like how in the past we would go to the travel agents if we wanted to go on holiday, but now we can go onto the internet and book there instead. We have also been thinking about how you would act in different situations like how you would act when arguing with your brother or sister. Facebook is now thinking about a messenger app for kids, as lots of adults use it. Parents will be able to look at what their child has been doing on this app. It will allow children to communicate even if they do not have a phone number. Our reflection today was about the rules of law and we had a lot of questions.

A Day at the River , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 16th Apr 2018 @ 8:08pm

Lots of learning and fun at Cuerden Valley Park today on our river study trip.

Picture News - British Values - w/c 16th April, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 16th Apr 2018 @ 8:05am

Please find attached a copy of the picture news resource we will be discussing in assembly this week.

Take some time to chat about it at home.


Welcome Back, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 15th Apr 2018 @ 3:42pm

The Giraffe's have had a very busy first week back. Rehearsas for our upcoming production are going really well. Homework this week is to be word perfect by Tuesday.

We have started our new topic on water, using secondary resources to find out about the features of rivers ready for our river study trip tomorrow, Monday.

It was great to welcome Mr Yates back this week, the children were thrilled to see him and many impressed him with their fantastic knowledge of their times tables.

Remeber to use Time tables Rock Stars to help you learn and practise your tables.

We have also welcomed a new Giraffe this week, Rebecca who we hope will be very happy here at Longton.


We have another busy week ahead of us. Our trip on Monday, rehearsdals, planning our enterprise to list but a few highlights of the week ahead.

I will be on a course on Friday so the children will Mrs Gray and  Mrs Thomson in the morning and then Mrs Atkinson and Mrs Woolley as usual in the aftrernoon.

Picture News , by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Apr 2018 @ 11:07pm

Dear parents

Picture News is a resource we use in our assemblies to share and dicusss with the children.

This week our assembly was titled, 'Who does the World belong to?'  This also linked with our assembly about 'Earth Day'.

A Picture News - home resources is attached to this blog.  Please look out for a parent mail giving you more infomation and look back at the blog each week to find out more about the news topics we will be exploring in school. 

Mrs Catterall



Week beginning 9th April, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 8th Apr 2018 @ 5:47pm

I hope you haave all had a lovely break.

The curriculum overview for this half term is on the class page for you to see. Below are a few highlights for the week ahead.

This week we will be using the book The Moushole Cat by Antonia Barber as the stimulus for our English lessons, starting on Monday revising noun phrases.

Our spelling focus is words ending in cian, sion, tion, ssion

Maths this week will be looking at equivalent fractions and decimals

We will be learning about rivers in readiness for our trip to Cuerden Valley next week.

As well as PE, ICT,RE, Art and Jigsaw we will be rehearsing our production.

It is going to be a busy wekk.



Science Week Day 5, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 23rd Mar 2018 @ 10:51am

After our last session of orienteering we have turned back into scientists. This morning we are investigating accidental discoveries. We are learning about artificial sweeteners and Coca Cola! 

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