The Trial of Anne Boleyn

In Topic this week, 4R have been learning all about the marriage of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.

In pairs, the children read through extracts of ‘My Royal Story – Anne Boleyn’ and highlighted evidence that proved her either guilty or not guilty. After making their decisions, the children created open questions to ask Anne at her trial.

We then put Anne (Megan) on trial for treason and she answered the questions of her Tudor peers! The class were divided about their opinions of Anne Boleyn, which contributed to a lively discussion!


History off the Page!

On Tuesday 19th September, Year 4 spent the day as Tudors!

This included visiting the Apothecary and creating herbal remedies for the ailments, as well as making their own wax candles and soap. They also got to experience writing their names with a quill and creating bookmarks using leather and authentic Tudor tools!

In the afternoon, the children learnt how to prepare for a Tudor Banquet, including learning all about the types of entertainment that would have been performed for King Henry VIII.

Thank you to those parents that helped on the day. All of this fantastic learning will help the children plan and put on their own ‘Banquet for Henry‘ at the end of this term (Wednesday 6th December).


History off the Page IMG_1061 IMG_1060 IMG_1059 IMG_1058 IMG_1057 IMG_1056 IMG_1055 IMG_1054 IMG_1053 IMG_1052 IMG_1051 IMG_1050 IMG_1049 IMG_1048 IMG_1047 IMG_1046 IMG_1045 IMG_1044 IMG_1043 IMG_1042 IMG_1041 IMG_1040 IMG_1039

2L’s 1665 Houses


P1040591 P1040588

Last week, 2L planned, built, decorated and evaluated our very own ‘Great Fire Of London’ houses.  Thank you for all the lovely boxes, we had a fantastic time completing our projects.

P1040586 P1040573 P1040577 P1040578 P1040583 P1040584 P1040567 P1040566 P1040565 P1040561 P1040560 P1040559


First, we studied houses from the period and familiarised ourselves with what shapes and colours we would need and what the houses would have been made from.

We then sketched and labelled a plan in our topic books, before working in groups to decide who’s plan would be the best to use, given the shapes and sizes of the boxes we had. We built our houses using boxes, tubes, glue and masking tape, before covering them in white sugar paper. Colour mixing was very important because we needed to create the colour of straw for the thatched roofs and dark brown for the wooden beams and even candle lit windows in some of the houses.

P1040555 26 P1040546 P1040547 P1040548 P1040551 P1040553 P1040554 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

1666 Houses
1666 Houses

9 8 7 6 4 3 2P1040602P1040603P1040601P1040600P1040599P1040598P1040597P1040588P1040591P1040592P1040593P1040594P1040595P1040596

After we had finished, we took the time to reflect on our houses and wrote up an evaluation. The finished houses tended to look fairly different from our plan because we had used team work to change and adapt our designs. We are very proud of the finished products and look forward to showing you when we see you for Parent Drop in, next Thursday!

Our 1665 Houses

We made good use of all the boxes and various bits of cardboard that came into the classroom – we’ve started building our 1665 houses!

Look at how they’re developing in these photos……

P1040752 P1040754 P1040755 P1040756 P1040757 P1040758 P1040759 P1040760 P1040761 P1040762 P1040763 P1040764 P1040765 P1040766 P1040767 P1040799 P1040800 P1040801 P1040802 P1040803 P1040804 P1040805 P1040806

We finished constructing our houses, but lots of us did get a bit carried away with the paint! As Leila said, “We’ve painted them orange or brown under the roof!” We are now in the process of improving them so they are the traditional white and black (or brown timber) of the period, like this one built by Blessing, Dexter, Alfie and Felipe:


P1040846 P1040847 P1040848 P1040849 P1040850 P1040851

Watch this space for the final products, or come and see them in the classroom at Parent Drop-in.

Year 4 Home Learning


This week, children have been actively using ‘Star Counting’ to learn the 4 times table.  Over the weekend, they are to create a new ‘Star Counting’ sequence, to share with the class, to help learn the 6 times table.


All the children have received their Guided Reading texts this week.  To help introduce their texts, we want to gather pictures of the children reading this text in strange, unusual or interesting locations.


To help build our passion for reading, everyone is to write a review about their favourite book to display in class or on the class blog.  This review should include a summary of the book, the reasoning why it is their favourite book and the types of readers who would also enjoy this book.


Please remember to support your children with their home reading by both listening to them read and discussing their books with them.  Please share your comments with the class teachers by recording them in their Reading Records so we can work together to help your child make the best possible progress.

Also, Mathletics has been updated to include a range of addition activities which will help your child to consolidate their learning from the unit we have just been learning about.

Cardboard City!?

You may have been wondering what we were going to be doing with all those boxes?

Well, today we started assembling our very own Stuart houses…

IMG_7336 IMG_7337 IMG_7339 IMG_7341

2MA worked really well, using scissors, glue, grit and teamwork to create some pretty impressive houses.

IMG_7338 IMG_7342

Check back over the next few days for pictures of the finished houses!