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Year 4

Year 4 Electricity!

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We have investigated electricity, finding out how it travels, how it is made and all sorts of interesting questions. Please take a look at our amazing work!
If you didn't get a look at the latest newsletter, here is an online copy.

Y4 newsletter Spring 1

Remembrance Day 2014

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Children in Need

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Year 4 Maths

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In Year 4, we have learnt about Healthy Eating. We have investigated all 5 food groups, their benefits and how they help our body. We have tasted different healthy foods and discussed their impact on our diet. We have found out how much of each food group we should be eating, and that we should eat a 'rainbow' of colours.


"Cous-Cous is my new favourite food!!",


"The dates had a weird texture and tasted horrible!",


"I think Sharron fruit is lovely! It is very sweet!" ,


"Red pepper is so hot!".



As Y4 are learning all about the Romans this term, we thought it would be fun to put a couple of activities on the website that you could take part in with your child.  There will be a small prize for the first person to complete task 1, and also a prize for the best entry for task 2.  Please hand entries into your class teacher.


Task 1 - What does it mean?

Here are







lorica segmentata


These words may look like gibberish to you, but to a Roman soldier they would have been words heard every day.


Task 2 - Coming up trumps!

Most people have played top trumps at some point in their lives, but not many people have made their own!

Below you should be able to see 3 files.  The first 2 are examples of top trumps fo famous figures from the story of the Romans (one isn't even a Roman, but she was extremely important!).  The third is a blank copy for you to make your own.

Don't forget to include a picture, some brief facts and the all-important numbers!


The character can be a famous person or a famous god.

If you would like a paper copy, please just ask Mr Fenn.





The staff in Year 4 would like to say a big welcome back to all the children moving into Year 4 this year.  There are so many exciting things going on at Meynell this term:

All children will be taking part in weekly swimming lessons - Mondays (Miss Toulson's class)or Wednesdays (Mr Baker's class and Mr Fenn's class).

Each child will also get the opportunity to play the clarinet as part of a group (every Tuesday).

In addition, all the usual clubs and activities will be starting up, so keep your eyes and ears peeled to see if there are any which your child is interested in!


We'd also like to take this opportunity to say how fantastic the children look in their new uniforms, and well done wearing it every day.

Keep up the good work!


As always, the end of the Summer term is a particularly busy time for everyone at Meynell.  Year 4 are no exception, so here are a few reminder dates for your diaries:


Weds 2nd July all afternoon- Y3/4 sports day on the school field

Thursday 3rd July @ 9:00am - Y4 visit to Eden Camp.

Tuesday 8th July @ 2:30pm - Y4 clarinet concert in the school hall.

Friday 11th July @ 9:00am - Y3/4 Performance 1, 'Tuishi Pamoja' in the school hall.

Friday 11th July @ 9:00am - Y3/4 Performance 2, 'Tuishi Pamoja' in the school hall.



Grab your gas masks, stamp your ration book, and get down into the air raid shelter because Y4 have been finding out all about the Second World War!  As well as researching what life would have been like for children just like us, these are just some of the ways we have been finding out about WW2:

- Making ration cakes.

- Creating dogfights in the sky.

- Packing a suitcase ready for evacuation.

- Creating our own propaganda posters.

- Reading wartime stories.

- Singing wartime songs.

- Hearing from people who lived through the horrors of the war.


In a few weeks, Y4 will be visiting Eden Camp, where we will be lucky enough to immerse ourselves in the World of the Blitz and get our hands on some real artefacts that have survived to this day.  We cannot wait!

WW2 - Y4

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Easter Fun!

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This week in Y4 we have been doing all kinds of interesting things to celebrate Easter!


On Monday we had an Easter Egg competition.There were lots of eggs from a Minion and Kermit the frog to a Yoda and a grave yard! The winners got chocolate eggs to take home.


In class we have been making Easter things including Easter baskets, Easter cards and Easter pictures. We have also learnt the Easter story.


Today in Golden Time we had Easter parties, with treats and music to celebrate.

Castleton Residential 2014

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Y4 Castleton Residential 2014


On 3rd March, children from Y4 set off on a very scenic coach ride to the village of Castleton, where we were in for two days of fun and adventure.  After we had arrived, we walked through the village to Treak Cliff cavern where we ate our lunch, enjoying incredible views and fresh air.  After that, we were guided around the caves, where we were told lots of fascinating facts and intriguing stories.  We also saw a rock spike (stalactite) that was taller than us, a witches head, a wall of rock that looked like melted cheese, and we found out what being in pitch black REALLY feels like when they turned the lights out!

When we exited the cave, we were met by our guide for the afternoon, Ben, who took us on an adventurous and very muddy walk where we found a disappearing road, a mysterious metal circle in the ground and a mountain that had fallen away.  We also found out why being a lead miner wasn't much fun...


When we arrived back at the hostel, we made our beds (the trickiest part of the residential for some) and enjoyed some delicious food.  After this there were different activities for us to take part in; we not only made our own candles but also took on the photo challenge.


The evening finished with fun, games, hot chocolate and then bedtime.


We woke bright and early the next day, tucked into an enormous breakfast, and began the mornings activities.  While some children set about solving the Viking rune mystery, others hned their Robin Hood skills on the archery range.  We swapped activities and then had our lunch before setting off for school again, tired (well, the adults anyway), happy and eager to tell friends and family all about it - bring on the next one!

Newsletter January 2014

Healthy Eating Week


Children in Mrs Cook’s class were especially pleased with their work and enjoyed trying out different fruits and healthy snacks. After having lots of tasting opportunities in the classroom, they decided to enter the following lunch box into the school competition.


A selection of tapas- toasted brown bread with rocket, Serrano ham, crushed tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil. Toasted bread with tuna, light mayonnaise, sweet corn and toasted brown bread with chicken and bacon. All were served with a selection of healthy dips.


Dessert was a fruit butterfly and a blueberry and banana caterpillar with a choice of tasty muesli bars and natural yoghurt. Water accompanied the meal.


The children were very pleased to receive a prize of healthy snacks which we all enjoyed that afternoon.


Mrs K Cook and Year 4