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W/C 20.7.20


Hi Year 4,


This is your last week of being year 4! Congratulations on completing another year at Forest Fields. It has been a tricky year and I am incredibly proud of each and every one of you. Please find this week's learning pack (Learning Pack - 20.7.20 - YEAR 4) below. I wish you all the best for the summer. Take care, be kind and have a super time!


Mr Arnold and Miss Trixie

Week beginning 13.7.20

Hello Year 4. How are you?

We have some great activities for you this week. In English - comprehensions, a crossword and a news quiz and Maths - converting measurements and problem solving. The afternoon tasks include Science - investigating liquids, Spanish numbers, History - Aldwyn Roberts a musician who came to England on the Windrush, PSHE and PE.

Have a good week, keep walking and exercising!!

Ms Dunne and the Year 4 team.

W/b 6/7/20


Hello year 4,

Hope you are all keeping well and it was lovely to speak to some of you from my class and find out how you have been getting on last week. 

I have attached the year 4 Maths and English workbook for next week. It includes a selection of angles and conjunctions for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, triangles and using adverbs in sentences. Thursday has quadrilaterals and a present tense activity and Friday a reading comprehension. 

Afternoon activities include science, geography, art, history and PE. 

Have fun and keep safe. 
Miss Green and the year 4 team. 



Games at home


Reaction game

Place a small object (spoon) in the middle of two markers (cushions) that are an even distance apart. Parent / guardian calls out commands for children to touch a body part. Multiple body parts are said before the command SPOON. When spoon is shouted both people playing the game will try and grab the spoon. Fastest wins.


Balance game

Use anything large or small and experiment balancing it on any part of your body. Using harder and more obscure objects to balance on yourself. Easy? Try and balance multiple objects on someone else. Human Buckaroo!


Trivia game

Using posted notes write a sports person on it and stick it somewhere that the other person won’t see. You must now act out what sport that person does as well as other clues but you are not allowed to talk!

W/C - 29.6.20

Hi Year 4,


I hope you are well! Please find below Learning Pack - 29.6.20 - YEAR 4. You will find an English and maths activity for each day and an activity for each afternoon (art, science, geography, music and PSHE).You will also see two PE links for activities you could do at home too, if you have time. Please feel free to continue with any other learning you are doing and remember to keep going on Mathletics.


Have fun,


Mr Arnold

Nottingham City Council RSE Day Thurs 25th June

Click on this link for a fun day full of activities to encourage communication, cooperation, resilience and respect.

Week beginning 22.6.20

Greetings Year 4! I hope you and your family are happy and well.

This week's workbook includes English activities using verbs, pronouns and comprehensions about Dads as it was Father's Day on Sunday. In Maths it's money - ordering, rounding and applying the 4 operations. The afternoon worksheets include a Spanish food crossword, a Science experiment using eggs to see which liquids can be harmful to teeth and the chance to research some amazing, influential black people in History.

Don't forget to learn your times tables on Rock Stars, complete any work set on Matheletics and get plenty of exercise!

Ms. Dunne and the Year 4 team.

17.6.20  Calling all Musicians! Nottingham Music Hub Needs You!

Using the beautiful African song "Babethandoza", Nottingham Music Hub want to invite all children from City Schools to sing or play an instrument and submit a video to be included in a performance of the song. As most of you don't have your instruments at home you can all join in with the singing part. There are video lessons to complete to learn the song and questions to answer. If your parents are happy about you sending in a video they will need to read a statement out after you have recorded your singing part which can be found on the video for Lesson 4. There is also a Babethandoza Guidelines pdf which tells you where to upload your video. The closing date is TUESDAY 30th JUNE.   It is all very easy to follow and will be lots of fun! The lessons can be found on the link below. Ms. Dunne.

Click on this image to go to the website.


Week beginning 15-6-20

Hi Year 4!


Hope you are keeping well and busy! 

I have attached this week’s Maths and English workbook for you to have a go at and also five extra activities (one for each afternoon), including design and technology, PHSE, geography, ICT and Spanish activities. 
Remember to keep working through the timestables tests on the Rockstars website and to keep active with Joe Wicks. 


Have fun,

Miss Green and the year 4 team.  

Hi Year 4,


I hope you are well. Hasn't the weather been wet this last week? I hope you have been keeping busy. Please find two Learning Packs below. The first pack is maths (tenths, hundredths, decimals and fractions) and English (speech marks, writing/ordering paragraphs and a comprehension). The second pack is science (tooth care poster), art (making a giant tooth - maybe you could include this in your tooth care poster?) and PE (PE roulette).




Mr Arnold and Miss Trixie


Trixie Update - Trixie has been enjoying the garden when it hasn't been raining. What do you think she has spotted?

Week beginning 1-6-20


This week is National Children’s Gardening Week and the lovely people at the Woodland Trust have put together some great activities for you to try. 

Make fairy doors, create a wormery, or learn about your local trees this weekend - there's plenty of things for you to do in the garden!🌳

As well as the usual Maths and English workbook, we've added some Science on Digestion and Art about the artist Gwen John who liked to paint pictures of women and her cats. There are some portrait frames so you can have a go at drawing yourself or a pet if you have one. Don't forget to keep exercising with Joe Wicks and going out for walks with your family.

Have fun!

Miss Green and Ms. Dunne


Summer Half term fun!



If you would like to keep working through some English and Maths activities over half term then take a look through the home learning workbook. 😊


Have fun!

Miss Green and the year 4 team. 

Hello Year 4,


One week to go until the half term holiday! We hope you are keeping well and staying safe. Please find below two packs. The English and maths pack focuses on suffixes and subordinating conjunctions and tenths and hundredths and equivalent fractions (and plenty more!). The PE, DT and art pack includes spelling your name (the PE version), den/Anderson shelter building (Ikea themed) and designing your own WW2 propaganda poster. Please feel free to continue with any of your own learning too.




Mr Arnold, Trixie smiley and the Year 4 Team

Week 4

week beginning 11-5-20

Hello Year 4,


We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. 
For Maths this week the home learning workbook has some correspondence calculations to have a go at and finding the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. 

For English try your hand at writing a diary entry as well as practising writing similes, metaphors and suffixes. Plus a great reading comprehension at the end of the week. 

Don’t forget to keep up with Joe Wicks and his morning PE session (see the web link by scrolling below) and to try the WW2 topic and science work, also attached below for Summer 2. 

Have fun trying the activities. 
Miss Green and the year 4 team. 



week beginning 4-5-20


Hello Year 4! We have some great activities for you this week.

The Home Learning Pack has plenty of multiplication and division problems, comprehensions and

activities on fronted adverbials, coordinating conjunctions and sequencing paragraphs. There are also some separate

sheets for money.

On Friday 8th May, the UK is commemorating 75 years since the end of World War 2. V. E. Day means Victory in Europe Day. We have a picture of some aeroplanes and several writing activities relating to them for you to do. Also if you scrawl down this page to the Summer Term 1 Topic section, there are plenty of WW2 activities there.

As a special treat, Ms. Radford is reading the story "Max and the Millions."

There are also some Rainbow Well-Being resources too. Have fun! 

Ms. Dunne and the Year 4 Team.

MONEY - £ and pence Ordering amounts

Picture News V.E. 75 years Picture resource

Rainbow Well-Being resources

Hello Year 4!


Thanks for visiting our class page! I hope you are well and finding fun things to do during this tricky time. I am missing you all very much and am looking forward to our days back at school. For now, please click on the below document called 27.4.20 Year 4 Workbook. It has:

- two comprehension texts

- a writing task

- maths questions (addition and subtraction and fractions of amounts)

- a Damien Hirst art task

I have not included any links to websites this week as there is a lot of work here! However, feel free to keep going with any websites you have found handy, such as PE with Joe Wicks (it's great to keep fit!).


Look after yourselves and enjoy this amazing weather, whilst it lasts!


Mr Arnold and the Year 4 Team

Happy Birthday From Nottingham Music Hub!

If it's your birthday during Lockdown, Nottingham Music Hub have made a video singing and playing the "Happy Birthday" song. See if you recognise any of the staff. How many of the instruments can you name?

Out and About with Ms Dunne - Feature 13 (the Last Post!)

Welcome to the final post of Lockdown, Year 4! I hope you have enjoyed reading the feature as much as I have enjoyed writing it.  It has been a great opportunity for me to learn about nature, particularly recognising different butterflies and bird songs and I hope you have found things out you didn't know before too! Let's start this week off by looking at some insects. The photos show 2 butterflies you already know and a new one. Can you remember their names?

The first is a red admiral on the outside of the window, the second is a small white on the blackberry bush and the new one is called a comma butterfly with a frilly edge to it's wings. Well done if you remembered the first 2. Mrs Siddons seems to be my lucky mascot! We went out walking on Friday and saw this amazing banded demoiselle damselfly. Can you see the blue body and black and blue wings above the leaf with the sun shining on it? It was fluttering about like a butterfly and then went to rest on a leaf. I'd never been so close to one before. The male damselfly is more brightly coloured than the female (like most birds). They live and breed by freshwater such as a stream or pond, and catch other insects in their hind legs then eat them!
The wheat is ripening in the sunshine and turning yellow. I saw one field where the farmer had cut the wheat down with a combine harvester to separate the grain from the stalks. The grain is collected in a part of the machine called the header and the stalks or hay are left on the ground. The farmer then uses a tractor with a baler on it, which picks up the hay and presses it into bales. The bales can be the shape of a cyclinder like in the photo or a cuboid. The farmer uses the hay in the winter to feed animals and use as bedding on the floor for the animals to sleep on.
I saw the horses again but this time there was a sweet little pony in the field as well!


As this is the last post of the school year, my challenge is to read the 13 Features and re-cap on what you have learnt over the past few months. Have a wonderful summer holiday and hope to see you in September. When it is safe to do so, please come and talk to me about the nature and wildlife you have seen in your local area. Take care and keep looking at and enjoying our wonderful world! Ms Dunne.

Out and About with Ms. Dunne - Feature 12.

Greetings Year 4! I met up with Mrs Rimmer and she says hello to you all especially 4DR. I hope you are feeling happy and well. Yesterday I was feeling a bit down and I had to make myself go out on a walk. Every step I took made me feel better and lucky to have so much Nature to look at and appreciate. I noticed that the wheat in the fields had started to turn yellow, another month and it will be ready to harvest and more lovely poppies to brighten up the fields. Here are the photos.

Ever since Mrs Siddons and I saw the caterpillars on the nettles in Feature 8 , I have been fascinated with butterflies. Yesterday as well as 2 cabbage whites or small whites, I saw a new one I hadn't noticed before called a tortoiseshell. It has similar colours to the red admiral but has more orange. It rested on the ground for quite a while before flitting off! 

There were lots of bees buzzing around too. I managed to snap this one collecting pollen from the flowers on the blackberry bushes. It was also great to see these 2 horses munching away at the grass in the next field. They just ignored me and carried on eating!


How many different insects can you name? There are 2 different ones mentioned in this post to start you off - butterflies and bees. Enjoy the rest of your week and take time to notice and appreciate the Nature around you.      Ms. Dunne.

Out and about with Ms. Dunne - Feature 11.

Hi there! We have had quite a mixed bag weather wise this week and the weather and season definitely affects the wildlife. I've noticed that the birds don't sing as much all together, particularly early in the morning around 4am. This is called the dawn chorus and they do this to keep other birds away from their tree or territory and to attract a mate. Once the young birds or fledglings, leave the nest in May/June the adult birds don't need to defend their territory so vocally and as a result sing less

I found these feathers in my garden. Do you know the name of the bird they came from which is in the picture?

It's a magpie. As well as black and white feathers, it has those beautiful bluey green feathers on it's back too. Magpie's are related to crows and jays. They are thought to be very clever birds and can recognise their own reflection in a mirror. Magpies like to eat insects and mice and will often eat the eggs and young of other birds.

There are plenty of butterflies flying around at the moment. They come out at the warmest, sunniest part of the day and flutter about almost as if they are dancing. If it's too cold, butterflies can't fly so they will rest upside down under a leaf. Like bees, butterflies drink nectar from flowers using their tongues which act like a straw. The butterflies in the photos are red admiral butterflies which were flying around me as I walked then landing on the grass in front of me.

It was very windy on Sunday when I went out for a walk. Can you spot the white butterflies flying above the wheat? They are called cabbage white butterflies because when they are caterpillars they like to eat cabbage! The adult butterflies will drink nectar. I watched the wind blowing through the wheat for a few minutes and it looked like green waves moving around.


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Can you research the colours and patterns that butterflies have on their wings? They have these colours to camouflage them from predators such as wasps, ants, birds and rats. Draw the shape of the butterfly and it's pattern, colour it in and write the name of it underneath. You could start with the red admiral and peacock butterfly. Have a great week and I'll let you know what other tricks the pesky squirrels have been up to! Ms. Dunne

Out and About with Ms Dunne - Feature 10.

Hello children! How did you get on designing a squirrel proof bird feeder? You can see how we solved the problem below. We got an old plastic bucket and made a small hole in the middle of it. It balances on the pole without falling down. The birds are light enough to land on it but it stops the squirrels from climbing up the pole. Job done!!

I had a lovely walk through the fields last week when the sun was still shining. Normally, if a farmer is growing a crop in a field, the footpath goes around the edge so people don't tread on them. This footpath however, went right through the middle of the field. The different shades of colour blended together to make a sea of green. What do you think was growing in the field? It was wheat which is a type of grass. If you look carefully you can see a piece of wheat either side of the stalk in the middle. These pieces are called ears, just like your 2 ears. As wheat dries out, it changes to a golden brown colour which is then harvested (picked) in August or September. Wheat can be made into flour.
Have you managed to grow any plants you can eat in your garden? We have had a few strawberries with more to come, can you spot them in the photo? Mrs Marks gave me some lettuce plants which I grew in plant pots. They should be ready to eat soon. The plants above the lettuces are called geraniums. They can be different shades of red, pink and white but are not for eating!! If you rub their leaves they have an unusual smell.  The 3rd photo shows some berries growing near the woods. You can see how the blossom has mainly fallen off and the green berries have formed. They will change colour ready to be picked and eaten in July to September. Do you know what these berries are called?


Can you look at the labels in your food cupboards and make a list of products that contain wheat? I'll start you off with bread but how many more can you find? Have a good week, it's quite cloudy with some rain so I hope you manage to fit some walks in. Ms. Dunne.

Out and About with Ms. Dunne - Feature 9.

We have a lovely sunny week to look forward to this week! Make the most of it and get out into Nature.

As I mentioned last week, I discovered some large holes that had been dug in the woods. Which animal do you think, that has strong front legs was digging out a place to live? 

If you said a badger, you were right! Badgers are nocturnal animals so I didn't see any as I was walking during the day. I was once lucky enough to see a mother and her cub looking for food when I went to put the bins out one winter evening. It was very special! They like to eat small mammals such as mice, rats and rabbits, frogs and toads and many of these creatures live in a wood. As you know in a food chain, most animals live close to their food source.


I found these colourful flowers growing near the edge of the woods where there is more light. You will recognise the yellow buttercups and white daisies but what about the purple flowers? They are thistles which is the symbol of Scotland. The daffodil is Wales's symbol, the rose is England's and Northern Ireland 's symbol is the shamrock.
On the left is a picture of a bird called a jay. I was walking on the pavement and saw a flash of brown and blue and there was a jay flying around. It landed on the barrier where they had been digging up the road. It was really close to me for a minute, then it flew away. I was amazed by it's beautiful coloured feathers.

You can see from the photos what the pesky squirrels have been up to! We have tried to chase them away from the bird feeders, but they keep coming back especially early on before anyone is awake. When I open my bedroom curtains in the morning, there they are, climbing all over, trying to eat the nuts and seeds.


Can you help me out and design a bird feeder that is squirrel proof? Draw and label your design so I can see what materials you have used and write an explanation of how it works. I don't want to harm the squirrels, just stop them from stealing the birds' food! Keep safe and sound. Ms. Dunne.

Out and About with Ms. Dunne - Feature 8.

Hi there! Nature has really come to life after all the recent rain. I've recently noticed something growing in the hedgerows that is very similar to cow parsley. See what you think.

The flowers are elderflowers, from the elder tree. They grow in upturned umbrella shaped clumps like the cow parsley but are a cream colour as opposed to the cow parsley white. The elderflowers grow on a bush and their flowers have a sweet smell whereas the cow parsley grows up from the ground and the flowers do not have a smell. The last photo shows the two together so you can see the differences. The elderflowers can be picked and made into a cordial drink (like orange squash) that you can add water or lemonade to, it tastes delicious! If the flowers are not picked then they drop off and the fruit starts to grow, the elderberries. The photo below shows the small, green berries that are starting to form. They will eventually turn purple and can be cooked and made into elderberry jam, chutney, juice and cordial. DO NOT EAT RAW ELDERBERRIES AS THEY ARE POISONOUS! 


Last week, I went for a walk with my daughter Mrs. Siddons to a nature reserve on the edge of Clifton called Fairham Brook, which is the name of the stream that flows through the nature reserve. Mrs. Siddons noticed that a lot of the nettles were covered in black caterpillars with white spots on them! We stopped and took a closer look.


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When I got home I researched the black and white spotted caterpillars... they will turn into the beautiful peacock butterfly in the picture. Why do you think they are called the peacock butterfly? Although nettles sting humans, they are a magnet for all sorts of wildlife. Moths, caterpillars and ladybirds like to eat them as do insect-eaters like hedgehogs, shrews, frogs and toads. Did you spot the ladybird on the photo? If you have a garden, it's a good idea to leave a patch of nettles growing as they may attract some of the wildlife on the list.


Make yourself a delicious drink! You might want to combine 2 of your favourite juices like mango and pineapple

or try 2 different flavours of squash. I like to put pieces of fruit like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in a bag and freeze them, then when I'm having a drink I put some in and it's like having a fruity ice cube! The weather is getting better at the weekend so a cool drink will be just what you need! Next week I will be posting about some mysterious holes I found in a nearby wood and giving you an update on the pesky squirrels!! Keep smiling smiley Ms. Dunne.

Out and About with Ms. Dunne - Feature 7.

Hello! Hope you are all safe, well and enjoying the Summer weather. Even though there's been rain, the plants and crops need it to help them grow and you can still go out for walks as long as you've got a coat and/or hat/hood.

At the weekend, I came across some lovely flowers that add a splash of orange or red to the green fields at this time of year. Do you know what they are called?

They are poppies, just like the ones we wear in November to remember all the people who gave their lives in the wars.

The ones that grow in fields and hedgerows are called the common poppy or field poppy. You might even see some yellow ones too. They are excellent at dispersing their seeds and that's why they will grow in the middle of fields where wheat or grass may be. The oriental poppy has larger flowers and a hairy stem and can be grown in your garden or in a pot. Here are some from my garden. Can you see the seed pod in the middle? What happens to the seed pod when the poppy dies?

Next to the poppies there is a wooden wire frame. We are growing strawberries inside it but have to put the frame around the plants to stop the pesky squirrels from eating the flowers and fruit!

I've also been growing some herbs. I bought the herbs in Lidl for 59p each. They have roots and come in a plastic pot. I then planted them out into larger plant pots and the herbs have expanded and grown. When I'm cooking, I'll pop outside with some scissors and chop off some herb leaves to give extra flavour to my food.

Photo 1 is basil, good with tomatoes, pasta and on pizzas. Photo 2 is coriander, ideal in curries and salads. Photo 3 is mint, tasty in a sauce with lamb or in water with a slice of lemon. Photo 4 is curly parsley, great with roasted vegetables.

As it's been wet, I've not been able to do the gardening and have the company of the robins and blackbird. However,

on Sunday we had 2 nuthatches in the garden, chasing the blue tits away from the feeders. The nuthatches will cling onto the bird feeders upside down to peck at the nuts. Here they are, one pecking at the fat balls then the other one flies onto the nuts before moving down to eat the seeds. 


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Can you try and grow something to eat this week? You could buy a tub of herbs and replant them or buy a packet of cress seeds, grow them and add the cress to an egg sandwich. Why not take photos of anything you've grown to show me when we are back at school? Next week I will be posting about some flowers that grow in hedgerows and can be used to make a delicious drink! Keep walking and enjoying nature. Ms. Dunne.

Out and About with Ms. Dunne - Feature 6

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely half term break. Today is June 1st and the first day of Summer, according to the Meteorologists (weather forecasters) who split the year into four seasons of three full months based on the Gregorian calendar, January to December. Summer will last until August 31st with Autumn starting on September 1st.

I noticed on my walks at the weekend, how a lot of the blossom has now been blown off the trees or has fallen off. Those trees that had blossom are now starting to grow their fruit. This fruit, when it falls off the trees will contain seeds to make sure, that as the seeds disperse more trees can grow. 

Here are some photos of the horse chestnut tree, or conker tree as it is known. The blossom grows in a cone shape like the lilac. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see where the small conkers (the seeds) are starting to grow.   

Can you guess which trees these are by looking at their fruit?
If you said apple tree, sycamore (like the big tree by the main school gates) and pear tree you were right!
I'm still getting visits from the two robins. You can see how they are taking turns on the feeders, with one robin pecking at the fat balls whilst the other one waits on the grass. A blackbird has now started getting close to me when I'm reading outside in the afternoon. Mrs Lowe sent me this video clip of a blackbird that came into her garden. Watch the clip to find out what it was doing!


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Can you do some research into trees and their fruit.

- write the name of the tree 

- write it's Latin name

- draw a picture of it's leaves

- draw a picture of it's fruit.

How many different ones can you find? Enjoy the sunshine for the next few days. Next week I will be showing you some plants you can grow and eat. Keep washing your hands and staying 2m apart. Bye for now! Ms Dunne.

Out and About with Ms. Dunne - Feature 5

Hi Year 4! I hope you are enjoying reading my posts as much as I am enjoying writing them! Were you able to guess

the name of the bush /tree I'm going to write about this week? It is the lilac. A bush can be described as short and stocky but a tree has to be over 4 metres with a single truck to be called a tree. Lilacs can grow to a height of 7.6 metres and have the appearance of a tree, but because they have many stems they are still classified as a bush!

Lilacs don't have to be a pale purple colour. Here is a white one that grows in my garden. As you can see, the flowers make a cone-shape.



Lilacs have a lovely smell and there are many different varieties and 7 different colours. Some of the colour have a special meaning:-

White means innocence

Blue means happiness

Violet (bluey purple) means spirituality

Magenta (pinky purple) means love.

The other 3 colours are lavender, pink and purple.

Have a look at the lilacs below, which is your favourite colour?

Lilacs attract lots of bees and butterflies. They like the flowers because they grow in clusters which means the insects can stay on the flowers for more nectar nourishment without having to fly constantly to other plants.


A pollinator is an animal or insect like bees and butterflies, that move pollen grains from the male parts of the flower to the female parts which then creates more flowers. A pollinating plant is one that will provide plenty of pollen. Can you research which are the best pollinating plants and flowers to have in a garden to attract the insects. You might want to draw a picture of each one too!

Have a great half term and I will be ready with my next post after the half term holiday. Enjoy nature! Ms. Dunne

Out and About with Ms. Dunne - Feature 4

Hello Everyone! I hope you are feeling well and have managed to go out with your family for a few walks. This week I'm going to be posting about some of the flowers I've seen in a nearby wood and at the side of the road.

At this time of year, when you walk through a wood, you may come across some bluebells. Their name describes them perfectly, the flower looks like a bell and they are blue in colour. Here are some more facts about this beautiful flower:-

*they are a protected species which means you are not allowed to pick, dig them up or destroy them in the wild.

*they have been growing in the UK for 500 years and half the world's bluebells are found here.

*if you plant them in your garden make sure it is the English bluebell as the Spanish bluebell will grow quickly and take over from the delicate English flower. 

*they like to grow in a shady area like a wood and look like a blue carpet in between the trees



The American Scientist George Washington Carver once said, " A weed is a flower growing in the wrong place." He saw all plants as flowers and no weeds at all. The photos below show some "flowers" that people might pull up if they grew in their gardens. They can be seen at the edge of a path or the side of a road. The white flowers are cow parsley which grow rapidly in Spring and are a good source of nectar for pollinators. The blue flowers are forget-me-nots, the word comes from the Ancient Greek meaning "mouse's ear" which the petals look like. Both are plants which are very effective at dispersing their seeds so tend to spread in any area.

I had to include these photos this week too although they aren't anything to do with flowers. One of the robins in my garden paid me a visit when I was gardening at the weekend. It was great to have it's company and such a pleasure to see it so closely!


Although he was probably born into slavery, George Washington Carver became one of the most prominent black Scientists of the early 20th century. He was born in 1860 and died in 1943. He is famous for inventing lots of products and his brilliant quotes. Can you research this fascinating man, find out what he invented, how it helped the world and explain what some of his quotes meant? Here's a quote to start you off, "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." Next week we will be looking at one of my favourite trees/bushes and it's name is a shade of my favourite colour. Any guesses? Enjoy the sunshine at the weekend!   Ms. Dunne

Out and About with Ms. Dunne - Feature 3

Hello again! I'm really excited about my post this week, as I'm going to be showing you the wildlife that comes into our back garden. First, I want to tell you about some of the birds that visit us. If you want birds to come, you need to provide food for them. Birds like to eat insects, worms and grubs as well as plant material so if you have a bit of grass and soil they will fly in and look for these things. They also love nuts, fruit, berries and seeds. In order to give birds these treats, you can buy special bird nuts, seeds and fat balls with seeds in from Wilko and Lidl. You with also need to get bird feeders to put them in like the ones in my garden below.


The house bird feeder is specially for small birds and it's great because you can stick it onto your window. Even if you don't have a garden you can still get the birds to come and feed and what's even better is you can see them really close up! My sofa is next to the window and when I hear a tapping sound, I'll look up and it's a bird having food. Here are some of the small birds that have been feeding recently. Can you name any of them?


If you said robin, blue tit and blackbird you were right. The female blackbird is actually brown not black. Wait a minute, Ms. Dunne, I hear you say, a blackbird isn't a small bird! I know it isn't, but this blackbird has cleverly worked out how to fit inside a feeder for small birds. Watch the video clips to see a robin, nuthatch and the blackbird in the feeder.

The Robin

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The Nuthatch

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The Blackbird

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We have also had lots of wildlife in the garden. One morning I came into the kitchen and there was a small deer that had got into the garden. We've seen plenty of foxes and several badgers too. Some of the wildlife are welcome, like the red admiral butterfly that landed on my knee and stayed for 5 minutes, it was such a treat.
Some of our visitors aren't so welcome. This cheeky squirrel climbs up the bird feeder pole to try and eat the bird's nuts, digs up bulbs and likes to sit in my flower tubs and squash the plants!!


Why don't you keep a diary of the birds and wildlife you see in your garden or when you are out on a walk with your family?

You could draw a picture of it and write some facts about it eg. it's size, colour of it's feathers, what it's beak was like.            A really useful website is the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)                                                                                                                                                                If you click on the Birds and Wildlife tab, you can

* identify a Bird by answering some questions

* look at the A to Z of Birds 

* listen to the Bird Song Identifier, which shows you a photo of each bird and a clip of it's song.

I hope you enjoy using the RSPB website and observing and recording any birds and wildlife in your area. Next week I will be posting about plants you might see in woods, parks and at the side of the road. Until then, have a good time! Ms. Dunne.

Out and About with Ms. Dunne -Feature 2

Hello again! This week I though I'd write about going out for a walk. It can be such a lovely experience, but here are some rules to make the most of your time in the fresh air.

Rules for Walking

* ALWAYS take an adult with you, if your whole family can go too even better.

* Take a small bottle of water with you especially if it's a sunny day. I usually have a tissue too as I often get a runny nose.

* Wear trainers or any other flat, comfortable shoes and check the weather forecast as you might need a coat.

* Remember to keep at least 2 metres away from people in front of you and anyone who is coming the other way.

* Think about where you want to walk before you set off. If you can walk in a green space like the Forest Recreational Area that is great, or you could challenge yourself and walk to the Arboretum! If you want a shorter walk try the streets in your local area. I like to walk out one way and come back a different way. Then another time

I will do the same route again but in the other direction (anti-clockwise).

* Watch out for roads and traffic. Remember to STOP  LOOK and LISTEN  when you want to cross a road and always cross with your adult. 

* Look around you. If you see trees or plants you like in a green space or someone's garden, take a photo. Then when you get back home look it up on the internet to find out it's name.

* When you return home, talk to your family about the favourite tree, plant or flower you saw and why you liked it. Find out which one was their favourite too.

Here are some beautiful trees I saw in my local area. As it is Spring, the trees are covered in pink or white blossom. Blossoms are the flowers of trees that produce fruit with a stone in it (apple, cherry, pear, peach) and some other plants with a similar appearance that flower in Spring.



The last photo shows some hawthorn blossom. I really liked the way the trees grew together to make a tunnel of blossom as I walked through it!


Can you draw a tree with pink blossom on it? Using the photos, choose a tree and look at the overall shape of it.

Sketch the trunk of the tree, add some branches and draw the shape of the top part. 

Using felt pens or paints, colour in sky around the tree, then the tree trunk, leaves and blossom.


I'm sure you will create some excellent pictures! Next week, we will be finding out about the wildlife and birds that visit my garden. Bye for now! Ms. Dunne.


Out and About with Ms Dunne ._ Feature 1.

Hello Year 4! I've decided to do a weekly post about my daily walks. Although I sometimes don't feel like going out, when I come back I feel so much better. It's great for your mental well being to be doing exercise out in the fresh air and sunshine.

As 4DR know, I'm a big fan of nature and love watching birds and wildlife around where I live and in my garden.

This week's post however, is a bit different as it's not about nature at all. I couldn't resist taking these photos on my walk this morning!

This is a story that was featured on BBC News East Midlands today last week. A group of people who live on a street near to me called Old Road decided to raise money for the NHS by making scarecrows and putting them outside their houses. They also wanted to reinforce this very important message,

 "STAY AT HOME, SUPPORT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES" Which is your favourite? You might recognise the face of one of the scarecrows!


Did you spot Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister was number 15?


Why don't you design, then make your own scarecrow to go inside or outside your house? Draw it first, then colour and label it. You can use the photos above to give you ideas! Things for you to think about:-

-what will you use for the head?

-what clothes will it wear?(football kit/sports clothes/jeans/sparkly tops)

-what will it sit on?

-what is it's name/ is it someone famous?

-what is your important message?

I hope you have a lot of fun planning your design. If you do make a scarecrow it would be great if you could take a photo and show me when we are back at school! I'll be keeping my eyes open for things to post about next week. Stay safe.

Ms. Dunne

Summer term 1

Week 1

As from Monday 20th April a brand new enterprise has been created by teachers and funded by the government. It has lessons to cover every year group. Have a look if you feel like trying something different........
Maths = mathletics and rockstars activities
Please see below for many more activities to try out. We are adding to these each week. 

Paint a Rainbow!


For those of you in 4JA, you'll know of our weekly 'Trixie Update'. For our other year 4 children, Trixie is Mr Arnold's, cheeky, cat. Yesterday, Mr Arnold and Trixie painted a rainbow, wrote a message and stuck it up in their window. They did this to raise a smile and cheer up others.  Also, if you take a daily walk, it is great fun spotting them.


Challenge - paint/draw a rainbow annd stick it up in your window!


Daily Activities


If you like a bit of structure to your day, below are some links to some daily activities you could do.


9:00am - PE with Joe Wicks                

10:00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman

11:00am - English with David Walliams 

12:00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie)  

1:00pm - Music with Myleene Klass             

1:30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel      



Start making your own cook book! Write cooking instuctions for a meal you have eaten this week. Our topic is India, so if you could make chapatis that would be amazing!


Hint - remember to use bossy verbs and to keep your instuctions simple.


E.g. Chop up cucumber, mint and corriander and stir into a bowl of yoghurt.




Guess the Length


Time to get measuring in your house! You will need a pencil, paper and a tape measure or ruler.  Look at various things in your house (e.g. door). Estimate the length of it in cm and write it down (200cm). Convert the cm into mm (e.g. 200cm = 2000mm). Then measure it and write down what it actually is in both cm and mm (e.g. 203cm = 2030mm). See if you can find something in each room of your house!


Continue practising your timetables at:





Year 4 school closure work packs

Year 4 have added a Homework pack for children to complete over the first few weeks. 


If children were in school on the 18th March they would have also received a paper copy. 

Feel free to work through any of the other packs and tasks on this page.




Parent Pack Mathletics

More year 3/4 maths ideas
NottinghamSchools timestables songs to sing along too
Remember to practice your timestables rockstars - username and password inside your school diary

To support families at home from Monday, ORCA will be producing interactive lessons, activities and Q&A sessions about wonderful whales and dolphins!

To sign up, pop your details in the survey here: and we will send you all further info.


Fancy some daily PE sessions with Joe?
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Nottingham Schools Trust, NST ideas and websites for Parents

Our teachers are...


4DR- Ms Dunne, Ms Rimmer

4JA- Mr Arnold, 

4EG- Ms Green, Ms Howe



        Our topic is... 

       World War 2






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