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Teacher - Miss McMaster


This week in Year 4 we have attended the Go Givers celebration event at Leeds Trinity University where we gave a presentation about what we'd been doing. We also had a tour of the university. Doing football skills on Wednesday with Ash was a highlight of the week. We are really looking forward to Sports Day events next week. Also going to visit the elderly next week.
In Year 4 this week we have done lots of hard work creating our adverts for the Go Givers celebration event next Thursday. We have also started to think about who we want to research and write a biography about next week. In Maths we have been learning about coordinates and enjoyed using our knowledge to play battleships.

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Walt Disney


Early Life

Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901. When he was four years old his parents, Elias and Flora, moved the family to a farm in Marceline, Missouri. Walt enjoyed living on the farm with his three older brothers (Herbert, Raymond, and Roy) and his younger sister (Ruth).   When Walt was a teenager his family moved to the city of Chicago. Walt took classes at the Chicago Art Institute and drew for the school newspaper. When he was sixteen, Walt decided he wanted to help fight in World War I. Since he was still too young to join the army, he dropped out of school and joined the Red Cross. He spent the next year driving ambulances for the Red Cross in France.


Disney returned from the war ready to begin his career as an artist. Walt wanted to make his own animation cartoons. He started his own company called Laugh-O-Gram. Although the cartoons were popular, the business didn't make enough money and Walt had to declare bankruptcy.

One failure was not going stop Disney, in 1923, he moved to Hollywood, California and opened a new business called Disney Brothers' Studio. The business was a success. However, Universal Studios poached all of Disney's animators except for one.

Once again, Walt had to start over. This time he created a new character named Mickey Mouse. He created the first animated film to have sound. It was called Steamboat Willie and starred Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The film was a great success. Disney continued to work, creating new characters such as Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto.


Snow White

In 1932, Disney decided he wanted to make a full-length animated film called Snow White. People thought he was crazy for trying to make a cartoon that long.  It took five years to complete the film which was finally released in 1937. The film was a huge box office success becoming the top film of 1938.

More Movies and Television

Disney used the money from Snow White to build a movie studio and to produce more animated movies including Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. After the war, Disney began to produce live action films in addition to animated films. His first big live action film was Treasure Island.


Always coming up with new ideas, Disney had the idea to create a theme park with rides and entertainment based on his movies. Disneyland opened in 1955. It cost $17 million to build. The park was a huge success and is still one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Disney would later have the idea to build an even larger park in Florida called Walt Disney World. He worked on the plans, but died before the park opened in 1971.

Death and Legacy

Disney died on December 15, 1966 from lung cancer. His legacy lives on to this day. His movies and theme parks are still enjoyed by millions of people each year. His company continues to produce wonderful movies and entertainment every year.

Interesting Facts about Walt Disney

  • The original name for Mickey Mouse was Mortimer, but his wife didn't like the name and suggested Mickey.
  • He won 22 Academy Awards and received 59 nominations.
  • The robot from Wall-E was named after Walter Elias Disney
This week Year 4 have started the topic of time, if you could quiz your children at home about the time it would be very beneficial to them. They will also be able to wear their watches to school to help next week. In English we have been writing tales of fear focusing on description and suspense. We have a few budding horror authors in Year 4. 4M have had a fantastic day at the farm and 4C are looking forward to going next week.

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We had a thrilling time on Wednesday at Sky Sports living for sport event. We had a go at rugby, scoring tries and kicking goals. Thai-boxing was lots of fun learning different punches, elbows, knees and ducking and dodging.  Learning about healthy foods and unhealthy foods in an active way was very interesting. Ben Pipes the world champion volleyball player told us all about how he got into volleyball and barriers he had to overcome. The most exciting part of the day was watching world champion in-line skater, Jenna Downing, jump over four men as they lay behind a ramp.

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This week in Year 4 we enjoyed a great morning at the Tennis Centre. We have also started learning our new WAGOLL for English in which our new text type is tales of fear. Please remember to keep going on Mathletics at home and also reading to gain Raving Reader points.

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Middleton Woods - Wildlife explorers

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We have had a very exciting week in Year 4. For Science week we became wildlife explorers at Middleton Woods and made a classification key to help us identify different animals. We were also lucky enough to have a drama teacher come from The Grand theatre and do a workshop with us. We are hoping to use the techniques he taught us to enhance our performance.


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This week Year 4 have been working on multiplication in maths. The children need to keep practising their time tables both at school and at home ready for times table tests on Friday's. Please also make the most of Mathletics it is a fantastic maths resource . Year 4 have also been busy preparing for the production. If you have not bought any tickets yet to avoid any disappointment please just select the date you wish to attend, the amount of tickets you require and send in a labelled envelope with the money.

This week in Year 4 we have been starting to look at the script for our Aladdin performance and learning our lines. We need to make sure we carry on learning these at home.  Also we have started to learn our WAGOLL for our topic on argument texts, Should Daleks be allowed to live on earth?

Should Daleks be allowed to live on Earth?                   

Gdyby Dalekowie wolno żyć na Ziemi?


Since the arrival of the Daleks on this planet, there has been much discussion about whether or not they should be allowed to live on Earth. This issue is of vital importance because the Daleks have asked the world’s parliaments if they can stay.

Od momentu przybycia Daleks na tej planecie, nie było wiele dyskusji na temat tego, czy należy pozwolić, aby żyć na Ziemi. Kwestia ta ma zasadnicze znaczenie, ponieważ Dalekowie prosić parlamentów na świecie, jeśli mogą one pozostać.

The Doctor, the famous Time Lord, has argued that the Daleks might be allowed to stay because they could be used as a force for good. The doctor has suggested that by changing the Dalek’s basic programming, a new breed could be created. There are several reasons why this might be beneficial. First, they would act as ideal defenders in any intergalactic battle. Furthermore, the Dalek’s are tireless workers and totally fearless. This means that they might be prepared to work in areas that are dangerous. Moreover, The Doctor argues that their skill in technology would help the Earth considerably.

Doktor, słynny Czas Pan twierdzi, że Dalekowie można przebywać, ponieważ mogą one być wykorzystywane jako siła na dobre. Lekarz zasugerował, że zmieniając podstawowe programowanie Dalek jest nowa rasa może zostać utworzony. Istnieje kilka powodów, dlaczego to może być korzystne. Po pierwsze, będą one działać jako idealne obrońców w każdym międzygalaktycznej bitwy. Ponadto Dalekowie niestrudzeni pracownicy i całkowicie nieustraszona. Oznacza to, że mogą one być przygotowane do pracy w obszarach, które są niebezpieczne. Ponadto, lekarz twierdzi, że ich umiejętności w zakresie technologii pomogłoby Ziemię znacznie.

On the other hand, the large majority of people on planet Earth do not believe that the Daleks should be allowed to stay. First of all, they point to the fact that when Daleks have previously visited, they have attempted to exterminate all other life forms. Furthermore, they add that these cyborgs from planet Skaro have been waging war around the galaxy. Additionally, the Daleks are known to have no compassion and only feel hate.

Z drugiej strony, większość ludzi na Ziemi nie wierzę, że Dalekowie należy przebywać. Po pierwsze, wskazują one na fakt, że gdy Dalekowie wcześniej odwiedził, oni usiłowali zniszczyć wszystkie inne formy życia. Ponadto dodają, że te cyborgi z planety Skaro zostały prowadzenia wojny wokół galaktyki. Dodatkowo Dalekowie znane są nie tylko czuć współczucie i nienawiść.

Having considered the arguments from both sides, we believe that the Daleks should not be allowed to stay on Earth as the risk is too great. While The Doctor is usually right and has saved the galaxy on many occasions, we have concluded that perhaps he has been influenced in some way by these evil creatures!

Po rozważeniu argumentów obu stron, uważamy, że Daleks nie należy przebywać na Ziemi jako że ryzyko jest zbyt wielkie. Choć Doktor jest zwykle prawo i uratował galaktykę przy wielu okazjach, doszliśmy do wniosku, że być może został on wpłynął w jakiś sposób od tych złych stworzeń!

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This week in Year 4 we have had lots of fun in English doing freeze frames and hot seating characters. We are looking forward to writing our shared version of a story with a historical setting. In Maths we had a great time solving word problems in teams. We hope you enjoyed our class assembly!

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This week in Year 4 we have visited the library and played games to enhance our knowledge of the library. Please check at home for library books. Some of year 4 were lucky enough to go an d watch the birds with Lois. Hope you are able to join us for our class assembly next Friday.

This week in Year 4 we have been very active and enjoyed participating in Healthy Schools Week. Taking part in Zumba, jogging, yoga and trying lots of different types of fruit and vegetables. We have also started out topic of Ancient Egypt and are looking forward to our class assemblies.

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This week in Year 4 we have had a very exciting time meeting our new Teaching assistants. We told each other all about our Christmas' and what we were lucky enough to get. The best part of the week has been our trip to the theatre to see Aladdin. We had lots of fun shouting 'don't peek at the Peking duck!'
We have had a very busy but exciting week in Year 4. We have been to Trinity and sung Christmas carols, we have made Christmas cards and calendars and watched A Christmas Carol and Elf. We are all looking forward to having a lovely Christmas and New Year. Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas tuck shop.

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This week in Year 4 we had a great time when Asda came and did cheese tasting with us. We learnt about different types of cheese and where they come from. In English we are looking at poems all about Christmas and we will be writing our own to go in a Christmas card next week.

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This week in Year 4 we have been lucky enough to go to Marks and Spencer's archive to try gooey centred chocolate puddings. Whilst we were there we also learnt about how different ingredients affects the final product. This has been an interesting and exciting way in to our topic of solids, liquids and gas.

We are learning our water cycle WAGOLL in class.


The Water Cycle


The Water Cycle is a natural system in our environment.  It has no beginning and no end.  Water goes round in a ­­circle between the sea, air and the ground.


When the sun shines on the sea, warm air rises and forms water vapour.  This is called evaporation.


The water vapour in the air squeezes together into lots of tiny drops of water so small that we cannot see them.  The tiny droplets bump into each other forming bigger drops that we can see as a cloud.


When the drops are big and heavy they fall as rain, hail, sleet or snow.  This is called precipitation.


This falls onto the land and into the rivers.  The rivers flow into the sea and everything starts again.






This week in Year 4 we have researched an animal for homework then written an explanation text about that animal. We have also been learning about the water cycle through a very fun song. We hope you have fun listening to it at home.

Our Explanation text WAGOLL


Why dragons are extinct


It is a well-known fact that, up until a few hundred years ago, dragons roamed England terrorising villages with their fiery breath and capturing maidens. So why are they now extinct?


Experts think that the main reason is the rise of football.  Because so many England fans started wearing the colours of St George, the dragons fled to remote moorlands.


Unfortunately, the very cold weather of the moorlands meant that the dragons' favourite green foods (gooseberries, cabbage and spinach) refused to grow.  These plants were not only vital for the dragons' health but also for their colour which provided camouflage in the woods. Slowly, the green dragons turned purple, caused by eating too much heather.


It is this colour change that led to their final extinction. Once the heather had died away in the autumn, the dragons could no longer hide because their purple scales made them easily visible. This enabled local bounty hunters to hunt and destroy them.


So that is why the only dragons you see in England today are in pictures, books or films.


This week in Year 4 we have started our new English topic on explanation texts. Learning our new WAGOLL through a text map has been great fun. Parent's evening is next week so please see your child's teacher if you have not had a letter.

Year Four have had a busy week. Thank you to all the parents who could attend our reading workshops, the children loved having visitors and sharing their guided reading work. The children also had chance to meet the fantastic author and illustrator Chris Mould on Tuesday and really enjoyed his presentation. Year Four have also made preparations for the Harvest Festival assembly and have wonderfully decorated harvest donation boxes.

This week in Year 4 we have started to write our own newspaper articles. Topic has been great learning about the earth's layers. We have also been trying out new games in P.E which are really good fun. Don't forget homework due in on Friday.
This week in Year 4 we have been trying really hard to get Raving Reader points by reading at home. We have had lots of fun starting to learn our WAGOLL for our newspaper writing in English. In R.E we have been learning about the Fesrtivals of Light starting this week with Hannukah.

We are learning our newspaper WAGOLL. Let's learn it at home as well.


Yesterday, after a long, hard day’s work in the woods cutting trees, I was about to set off home when I heard a young girl’s cry for help. Worried for her safety, I threw down the heavy log which was cradled in my arms. Axe in hand I raced to the little cottage where the cries came from. Kicking down the door I was surprised to see a vicious wolf wearing an old woman’s nightgown. Without thinking I quickly charged towards the hideous wolf just as he was about to sink his sharp teeth into an innocent girl wearing a red, hooded cape. As I was about to raise my axe I caught a glimpse of his ferocious, evil eyes staring at me. He took a swipe at me with his huge, white claws. Ducking under his claws I swung my trusty axe and caught him in the leg, with one fell swoop he landed heavily on the wooden floor and quick as a flash I pulled out rope from my bag and tied him up tightly. Hearing a creak I turned round to see the wooden cupboard door opening. A frail old woman slowly stepped out and threw her arms around me. They were so grateful that I had saved them from the mean wolf that they made me a basket full of chocolate muffins. I was so pleased that no harm had come to them and I could help. It was really lucky that I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I set off home whistling a merry tune.

We have been very excited to be back at school this week and have shared what we did on holiday with our classes. We have started our topic on Natural disasters and have been locating at different countries around the world using atlases. We will be continuing to broaden our mapping skills finding countries that have been affected by natural disasters.