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Our learning in Panda Class

Friday 20th May


This week Panda Class have been extremely creative and had plenty of opportunity to show off their design & technology skills.  In Science the children had fun making a musical instrument of their choice using a variety of materials in order to better understand how to change volume and pitch.  Next week we will be discussing our thoughts and writing up our findings.


As part of our Big Question, "Would you rather live in Athens or Sparta?" we researched the differences  between these two city states and compared life for men, women and children in both states.  We were surprised to learn that two kings ruled Sparta at the same time!  In design and technology the children explored frames and structure using small wooden sticks and blu-tac/plasticine and discussed how to make stable bases and what happened to their structure as it got taller.  After this, the children used this knowledge to design and build their own Greek Pavilion.  It was a fabulous day of fun and learning and we really hope you enjoy looking at the photos.

Have a fabulous weekend.  From Panda Class.

Friday 13th May


This week the children have continued their learning about Ancient Greece and researched life in Ancient Greek times and compared this to modern day equivalents.  We had an interesting discussion about the fact that men were allowed to go to war, act, go to school and play sport, however, women and girls were mainly restricted to staying at home - cooking and weaving.  I was surprised, when we voted, that some children would have liked to have been a woman back in Ancient Greek times!


In Science we explored volume as part of our sound topic and the children designed their musical instruments in preparation for next week when we will make our instrument of choice.  The aim of this learning is to understand how to change volume and pitch.

Friday 6th May


This week in Science the children explored what sound is.  First, the children were reminded about sound sources and thought about a door slamming - the sound source is the door.  We then talked about the sound source making vibrations in the air which then travel as sound waves to the ear and the brain can process this as sound.  The children then investigated vibrations in water using tuning forks.  The children continued their investigations tapping the tuning fork on the table and feeling it vibrate in their hands.  Have a great weekend.  Panda Class.

Friday 29th April 



This week in Panda Class we have been learning all about discussion texts. We have been exploring for and against arguments in order to understand the term 'balanced argument'.


In Maths we have just finished our topic of decimals and will be moving on to Money on Tuesday.


In History, we briefly looked at key historical events during the Ancient Greece period and were able to place dates these on a timeline.  We thought back to our learning in Year 3 to place the Ancient Greeks on a timeline compared to the Stone Age too.


In Science, we have been learning about sound and how it travels. We went outside in the playground to identify what different sounds we could hear and then placed the results in a table.  We heard quite a few birds as well as aeroplanes!  We will be exploring vibrations next week.

Friday 22nd April 2022


In maths, Panda class have been continuing our learning about decimals.  We looked at comparing decimals using our knowledge of place value and making a whole (adding two decimals together). 


In English, we finished our wishing tales by planning and writing our own versions based on the model text.


In computing, we started learning about effective searches and how to formulate effective questions to find out specific information, suchas the weather, football scores and the time in different countries. 


We started our learning about our Big Question, "Would you rather live in Athens or Sparta?" and the children used a question matrix to formulate questions.  We used  atlases to locate Greece and which continent it belongs to.

Friday 1st April 2022


At the end of term Year 4 enjoyed a successful trip away to Sayers Croft.  For photos taken during the trip please see the Sayers Croft section in Panda Class pages.  We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures.


Friday 25th March


This week the children started to learn a new model text - A wishing tale.  We have started to innovate the model text with a focus on apostrophes for possession, adjectives to describe and dialogue.  The children have impressed me with their understanding of the purpose and audience for this story, which is based on our class book - 'The Boy at the Back of the Class.'

In Science, we investigated the time it took for different types of chocolate to melt.  We discovered that dark chocolate melted at a lower temperature to milk and white chocolate.  This was due to the fact that the more cocoa butter/fat that the chocolate contains, the faster it will melt. Since dark chocolate contains more cocoa butter/fat, it is more likely that it will melt the fastest.

Next week is Sayers Croft and we are all very much looking forward to it and hoping that the sun stays with us!  Have a lovely weekend.  Panda Class.

Friday 18th March


This week the children have been really busy celebrating British Science Week and we all came together for an Upper School assembly to share our findings on our favourite famous scientists.  I have been amazed by the effort of the children who brought in their work and some examples are below for you to enjoy.


The children also reflected on the struggles that Ukrainian citizens are experiencing and showed their empathy and thoughts through drawing and writing messages.  We also all wore yellow and blue on Wednesday to reflect on the current situation.


Friday 11th MarchFriday 11th March


This week in Science the children explored states of matter and explored how solids, liquids and gases behave.  We used Cheerios to show how the particles in each state would move.  We then acted out the different states of matter to show that it was impossible for any object to pass through a solid yet objects could pass through liquids and gases.  We talked about fish swimming through water.  It was really enjoyable to see the children do a practical activity which such enthusiasm!

Friday 4th March


This week, Panda class began to investigate solids, liquids and gases.  We all observed what happens when raisins (solid) are dropped into lemonade (liquid).  We notices that sometimes the raisins rose to the surface of the lemonade and then sunk back down again.  Some of the children noticed the bubbles and commented that these were air (gas).  After some discussion, we came to the conclusion that the air bubbles made the raisins rise to the surface because air is lighter than lemondae.


World Book Day!


We had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day this week by writing a book review about our favourite book, making bookmarks and using picture clues to clues the name of some famous children's books.  It was great to see all the children dressed up as their favourite character.


Friday 25th February


This week Panda class have been learning about to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.  We have been using the terms mixed numbers and improper fractions and converting from one to the other.   In RE this week we have been learning about Jesus and why he is important to Christians. In Geography, we started looking at 'international trade' and some means of transport used in trading. We also looked at lots of different food and hypothesized where in the world they were grown. We looked at many different countries using Google Earth and then estimated how many miles a product had travelled to reach our shelves.  In English this week we have started learning about information texts. The children were very creative inventing their own hybrid fruit and used the 5ws - who, what, where, when and why in order to plan and write an introductory paragraph about their new fruit.

Panda Class learning week commencing 7th February. Science - This week the children have been busy learning about habitats and how they sometimes change over time. Our focus was bees and we looked at why the bee population was declining and what we could do to help save them. Geography - we finished painting our volcanoes this week and took them outside to watch them erupt using a mixture of vinegar, soap, a little bit of water, food colouring and bicarbonate of soda. Computing - as part of Internet Safety week the children discussed different scenarios and created a poster to show how to stay safe online. We are so impressed and proud of the chilrden's attitude and effort across all areas of learning. We wish you all a restful and happy half term break. Best wishes, Mrs Bowden, Miss Hughes and Miss Parr.

Panda Class - our learning for week commencing 31st January



This week Panda class have been observing and classifying leaves during Science.  The children had to think of questions in order to classify leaves that we gathered from the school field.  It was interesting to discuss the different ways to describe the features of a leaf and how different they all were.



We had an exciting afternoon on Thursday as the children began to make their papier mache volcanoes!  We will complete these next week and then use a mix of ingredients to see if we can get lava to flow out of them!

Panda Class - our learning for week commencing 31st January


Week commencing 24th January 2022


This week Panda Class have been learning about tectonic plates and understood that when two plates rub past each other, it can cause an earthquake.  The children learnt about the different tectonic plates across the world and their task was to find these and draw the boundary lines on a globe.  The children were relieved to hear that the UK is very unlikely to experience a major earthquake as we don't live on the boundaries of two plates which are moving past each other.  Children enjoyed the challenging loop game at the end of the lesson to help consolidate their learning.  We wish you a happy and restful weekend.

From Panda Class.


Week commencing 17th January 2022.

This week year 4 have been learning about the structure of the Earth 🌏 in Geography. We used a clay model to help us visualise the different layers and discussed that the outer layer is a thin, hard crust - only 18 miles thick. We had fun using food types to describe the molten, fluid rock of the outer core, for example, thick, gooey custard and creamy yogurt.  Interestingly, we discovered that the centre of the Earth is approximately 5,900 degrees centigrade!

The structure of the Earth.

W/c 10th January 2022 Living things and their habitats - classification keys. This week, Panda Class worked scientifically to classify biscuits! First, we observed two pictures closely, one of a wasp and one of a bee and we discussed as a class the similarities and differences. We all agreed that on first appearance they look similar but after careful observation we were able to notice many differences. We concluded that it was important for Scientists to be able to classify organisms in order to identify and name them. Our task was to identify the distinguishing features of biscuits! The children had to think of questions in order to create a classification key and sort the biscuits according to their features. It was a fun afternoon and the children came up with many relevant questions to help them embed their learning about classification. Unfortunately, the children were not able to eat the results of their enquiry but assured me they had fun anyway!

The Viking Museum came to Panda Class

Year 4 had fun making Christmas hats today and brightened up the hall during Christmas lunch!

On Friday Christmas came to Chennestone. Panda class had a Christmas disco, met Santa in his grotto and did some fun Christmas activities. Here are some of the snowflakes made by Panda class.

Making electrical circuits in Science this week!

Odd sock day to celebrate Anti-Bullying Week!

Mad hair day - Children in need "together we can!"