Gillingham Primary School

Gillingham Primary School

22nd July 2019

To celebrate the end of our topic, we held a USA day!



10th May 2019

After a very exciting week last week and a weekend full of rest and recovery from it, it was back down to work in Year 4 this week. 

We used our experiences from Mill on the Brue and Gill on the 3 Rivers to write a letter to our instructors to say thank you as well as writing a recount about all our favourite parts.

In our maths, we have finished our work on decimals and have now moved onto money. This week we have started to look at pounds and pence and how to write them down with a decimal as well as ordering different amounts of money.

In our theme work, we have looked at the origin of towns and have been locating Anglo-Saxon towns and cities across the UK. We did this by looking at the name of the town and then recognising some with particular words which come from Anglo-Saxon times  such as "ham" (which means a village enclosed within the bend of a river) and "bury" (which means a fortified place). We discovered that one or two of them are very familiar to us!

Next week we will continue our work on money as well as looking at writing our very own myth!

As always, we thank you for your support with spelling shed and reading at home and look forward to seeing these continue in such a positive way after what was quite a crazy week for us all last week!

Mill on the Brue

Day 1 

Everyone arrived safely and were shown to their assigned tents. They had an afternoon of archery and team games followed by a nice curry for dinner.

The children then enjoyed some cocoa and fun around the campfire before settling down for bed.


Day 2

Everyone slept well and are ready for their full day of new adventures!

We have spent the morning grass tobogganing, crate stacking and spider web challenge.














Gill on the Brue





Week Beginning 25th March 2019.

This week we have had a week of finishing off and then looking through our test papers. All the children have done well in their tests and we are looking through them to see where we can improve even further by developing understanding of the questions and how to tackle them! The children have also had the chance to show off their literacy skills in an independent piece.

We became science investigators again this week and tried to find out whether beans really do make you windy. Despite the best efforts and a careful experiment being put together, we didn't see any effects. The children then evaluated and reflected on why that could have been with 4A deciding it was Mr Turner's fault because he dropped the water. 

Next week, we are going to turn into scientific experts and demonstrate our knowledge of the human digestive system. To do this, we are going to attempt (!!!!) to make a working digestive system in a junk model type of style which will involve the children planning, making and then testing and evaluating to see how it goes. If you have anything that may be useful at home to help us make the 'Giganta-Gut' such as tubing, we would really appreciate it if it could come into school! It should be a very interesting week!

Week Beginning 18th March 2019

Recently in year 4 we have been taking a trip inside our bodies and looking at the digestive system. We have written diary entries from the point of view of a piece of food from going into the mouth to out of the err... the body.

We have looked at the different organs and their functions as well as where they are in the body, creating a sandwich board style model for the children to wear to be a walking digestive system.

We have been looking at decimals in maths, exploring tenths and hundredths and how they are represented after the decimal point and we will continue this work by comparing and finding equivalencies between fractions and decimals.

In our spellings we have looked at words ending in ous. Thank you for your support with the work on spelling shed, they seem to really enjoy our new way of teaching and learning spellings and they are adoring the competition aspect of it.

Week Beginning 25th February 2019

This week we have launched our new theme of "Bottoms, Burps and Bile" which is all about the insides of our body. On Monday we had the local dentist come in and give us a chat about the different types of teeth and how to keep them healthy. They even brought us in some goody bags full of dentistry treats! Following on from this, we have carried out a scientific investigation to see the effect of various drinks on an egg shell. 

Our Maths work has carried from where we left off before half-term by subtracting fractions in various ways.

In our writing, we created a fact file about teeth which included their different functions as well as other information. Alongside this, we have taken another look into conjunctions and using 'I SAW A WABUB' to help us remember which conjunctions to use. We are going to use these skills when writing a letter to someone which will persuade them to keep their teeth nice and healthy!

Week Beginning 11th February 2019.

This week in Year 4 we have been very busy becoming news reporters. We have used our knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef to write a newspaper report about the Reef itself, the wildlife, the threats the Reef faces and which of those threats are the fault of humans! 

In Maths we have been looking at mixed number fractions, improper fractions and then adding 2 or more fractions together. We used a variety of different methods to help us including bar models and number lines.

In our theme lessons, we took an art focus. On Monday we sketched 3 ocean creatures, chose one and then decided on a colour scheme which included 2 textured paints. The paints were mixed with sand and glitter to give them a different feel to ordinary paint. On Tuesday, we carved the ocean creatures into a foam stencil for us to use on Wednesday when we got very messy and covered in paint. The children had a range of success with their stencils due to the depth of their carving into the foam, their choices of paint and whether they managed to dig the sand out of their carving on the stencil! However, they all did a fab job and were very sensibly behaved. 

Over half-term, we would love it if you could really focus on your times-tables and reading. The children are all aware of the table they should be focusing on and could use their Timestable Rockstars log in or Hit the Button which are both online. 

We hope you have a restful and enjoyable half-term and come back full of energy and enthusiam for our new topic and lots more learning.

Week Beginning 4th  February 2019.

This week in Year 4 we started our work on fractions. We have been looking at equivalent fractions and how we can find them using our multiplication skills as well as practical equipment. In our writing we had another look at inverted commas and all of the punctuation needed to write a conversation between two or characters. In our theme we travelled around the world to visit the Great Barrier Reef. We have had a look at where it is, plotting a route from our homes to the Reef itself, we have had a look at some of the threats the Reef comes under, especially the ones caused by humans. All this is leading on to our task next week of writing a newspaper report all about the Great Barrier Reef.

Friday 25th January 2019- Alligator News!

Exciting news on this cold Friday from Alligator class! This week the children have been working hard in all areas of the curriculum and have earned 350 Dojo points and their next reward! As a result they will be allowed to wear fluffy/comfy socks or slippers in class for the day! (more news to follow via text on Monday). 

That's not the end of the exciting news!

This week we have started an in-class competition on a game called 'Hit the Button' which focuses on multiplication. This week's victors were the Blue Hawks with a massive 90 points! If you wanted to play along for some practice at home just type 'Hit the Button' into Google and it'll be the first option which could be used to help multiplication skills alongside the "Timestables Rockstars" website for which each child has a log in!

Friday 8th November 2018 - 4 Alligator

Exciting news from 4 Alligator!

Today Mr Turner was really chuffed (as you can see) to give out 2 pen licenses to 2 of the class. Daisy and Gabi have showed fantastic consistency in their handwriting through out the start of year 4 with the size staying the same, all of the letters being formed correctly and being perfectly joined. The rest of the class are now incredibly motivated to make sure they are the next one to get their pen license! 


Tuesday 16th October

On Thursday 11th October, Year 4 went on an exciting trip to the Roman Baths.  We really enjoyed the audio tour around the Baths and then we went into the Education room for special activities.  We were able to dress up as Romans wearing tunics and togas and we could also create our own Marvellous Mosaics!  We also spoke to an expert historian who let us pick up real roman artefacts and answered all of our challenging questions.

Mrs Hayes and Mr Turner were really pleased with the excellent behaviour from all of the children and the staff in the education centre were certainly impressed with the knowledge of the children about their topic 'I am Warrior'.

Friday 5th October

Friday saw the return of Mr Randall for our weekly music lesson. This week we learnt how to play the E note and Mr Randall was VERY complimentary on how we sound as a class! We also had a go at the tissue paper challenge which saw us see how long we could make a piece of tissue paper stick to the wall by blowing on it for as long as we could. Special mention to Fynn from Alligator class who managed to equal the record with 6 seconds! Unfortunately there are no pictures to go along with this post as Mr Turner was too busy getting involved and learning to play his own instrument!

Thursday 4th October- National Poetry Day 2018

Today we celebrate National Poetry Day with a focus on poetry! 4 Alligator class looked at the poem called 'Snow Fox'. We read through the poem together and then explored the words we didn't know such as 'vivid', 'Tundra' and 'permafrost''. We then looked at the word and phrase choices that the poet used and what each meant for the journey of the Arctic Fox through the change in seasons. After this, we then drew a picture of the Arctic Fox and wrote various words and phrases which demonstrated our own understanding of the poem. We described the Arctic Fox in relation to it's looks and characteristics and explained how the Fox would have felt at each point of change in the poem. 



Friday 28th September- Alligators.

Today, 4 Alligators celebrated achieving their class reward by earning 400 Dojo points in a week! After all the hard work they have been doing this week it was fully deserved.

They have been working on improving sentences and their vocabulary by using thesauruses to find synonyms in our writing and we took the dive below 0 and investigated negative numbers for the first time in our maths work. 

Thumbs up from the Alligators.


Friday 28th September

In year 4 we have been learning about Mosaics as part of our topic on 'I Warrior'.  The Romans used mosaic pictures to decorate their villas and these pictures or patterns were made of small pieces of stone or tiles.  We have designed and created our own mosaics.  I wonder which one is your favourite?

Friday 21st September

Exciting News!

Every Friday afternoon up until Christmas, Year 4 will be learning to play a brass instrument. The children have been given an instrument which they will be playing in class every Friday afternoon with a specialist teacher over a 10 week programme which will end with a performance! The children are allowed to take them home and practice for the 10 weeks and brush up or improve on their skills.