Time Institute 2018

This half term we have been working at the Time Institute, learning all about the Romans. We even got the chance to visit Vindolanda! See our last blog post for all of the pictures.

Science has been a lot of fun this half term, we have done a range of investigations into solids, liquids and gases. Our favourite was trying to weigh Carbon Dioxide found in fizzy drinks.

This half term has also seen us all improve our fitness, completing timed fitness circuits each week. The challenge was to beat our reps each time!

A great start to our time in Year 4!


Vindolanda 2018

Year 4 had an action packed trip to Vindolanda. Beginning the day in a Roman classroom with a lesson from a holographic teacher. The children then got to look around the Roman Army museum, which had artefacts that were over 2000 years old! Before lunch they then got to watch ‘The Edge of Empire’ a 3D movie about life as a Roman Soldier. After lunch, they then got to visit the Vindolanda site. This included talking to archaeologists, with children even getting the chance to hold and touch some of the Roman artefacts that had been found there.


Crankpot Industries

We started the half term with a really exciting trip to Vindolanda. We couldn’t believe that we were lucky enough to see buildings built by the Romans. We also got to watch the architects digging, it was amazing to hear about all the things they had recently found.

We have been working for Crankpot, investigating Sound. The practical activities have been so much fun, especially making our own string phones! We got to learn how sound travels as well as why some sounds are louder than others.

Reading continues to be a big focus, with more of the class spending time reading at home… winning lots of Station Stars for their efforts! Well done Sycamore!

Time Institute

We have had a fun filled half term working for The Time Institute. We had to find out about the Romans, we were amazed by some of the things we found out!

Our writing genre this half term has been Mystery Stories, we really focused on trying to create suspense within our writing.

In maths we really challenged ourselves, learning about decimals.

We have been really lucky to take part in some exciting activities this half term too. All Stars Cricket visited each week to teach us how to play cricket in our PE lessons. As well as that, Hoop Stars came in to do a hula hooping session with us… we had so much fun! Finally, on the last day of term we took part in a dance festival, performing a street dance we had created. Mrs Ellis was extremely proud of our performance!

Portal Digital

Working within Digipod 4 we had an extremely fun half term working for Portal Digital.

Every week Olive sent us 4 jobs we had to complete for the website, these ranged from blogs, videos, photography  and even some interviews. We hope you all managed to see them on the website!

Making the things for the website involved developing lots of our skills. We did a lot of work on fractions, even adding fractions together!

We also worked on our writing skills, writing both letters and some mystery stories!

In science we looked at electricity..our favourite part was constructing our own circuits!

Please check out all our work online 🙂



Portal Travel: Mexico

This half term we have been working for Portal Travel, focusing on Mexico.

As part of our work we got to write our own Mexican Folk Stories. To prepare for this we studied a range of folk stories, looking at language, setting, characters and story lines.

In maths we have been really pushing ourselves. Taking part in challenges and trying to improve our arithmetic scores.. it’s been a lot of fun!

We also got to become detectives for the afternoon when the police came into school. Their visit was to teach us about road safety. It made us aware of how careful we need to be.

Finally, we ended the half term with lots of Christmas celebrations, including a disco and pantomime.

Portal Press

This half term we have been working for Portal Press. We landed a big contract with Waitrose, who asked us to design, make and market a new healthy food product for kids. We created ‘Rainbow Wraps’ a healthy, colourful and tasty snack for kids. We had a great time making them, testing out different combinations of vegetables to use and developing our cooking skills.

In order to advertise the Rainbow Wraps we had to write our very own jingles as well as instructions to let people know how to make their own.

In Maths we have loved working with fractions, particularly matching hundredths with their decimal equivalents.

We now have 11 Buddies in our class too, who successfully completed their training this half term.



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