Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198


Miss E Shaw

© Bedwell Primary
School, 2020

Rabbits (Year 4)

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  • Stevenage Inclusive Festival
    Earlier in the term, six children were chosen to participate in the Key Stage 2 Inclusive tri golf and rapid fire cricket festival. On arrival we were placed on a tri golf station, where we were able to practice our short-range golf shots, scoring points when we hit a range of different colour cones. The team then moved on to two other activities and showed fantastic enthusiasm. At the end of the tri golf competition, not only did we come 3rd from 9 schools, but we won the award for determination and team spirit!

    As the morning progressed, the quick cricket tournament took place, with our team playing against 3 other schools, winning 2 of the games. The whole squad worked excellently together, taking turns in batting and fielding. Overall we scored 54 runs and placed 4th.

  • Our Practically Perfect Tea-Party
    We kicked-off the term by making scones ready for our Mary Poppins Tea Party. We weighed, mixed, kneeded, cut, baked and finally ate the scones with a good dollop of jam and cream. This led into our writing, so that we could experience the type of food that Mary, Uncle Albert, Michael and Jane had whilst floating on the ceiling! Using our Talk for Writing model text, we learned how to choose effective dialogue and how to punctuate it correctly. We also worked hard to learn about different aspects of figurative language, such as metaphors and personification so that we could describe their setting, and what could be found inside Mary Poppins’ bag.
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  • Reading Week
    During our Spooktacular Book Week we were very lucky to have the opportunity to meet two authors. First of all, Alice Hemmings spoke to us about her writing process and the way she became an author, before helping us to write our own spells. We were then visited by Andrew Weale, an author and poet, who read his books and helped us to create our own worlds, all starting from a plain, boring old chair that was actually a portal!
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    During the week, we also had the opportunity to visit Stevenage Library, where we met one of the librarians, who read one of her favourite stories to us and explained how easy the library is to use. Throughout the week, we were also involved in the Book Swap, partnered up with other children to share books, took part in some tricky competitions and
    finally all dress up in our pyjamas for our Big Read session on the Friday. It was great fun, and we loved getting to spend so much time reading!


  • Rapid Fire Cricket
    Eight members of Year 3/4 were selected to take part in the Stevenage Sporting Futures Rapid-Fire Cricket tournament. None of us had ever played rapid fire cricket before but it was a great day thoroughly enjoyed by all. Patience stood out for the girls for her precise batting skills and Alfie for the boys. The whole team were brilliant at fielding taking it in turns to be captain. Stevenage Sporting Futures commented on our team work and enthusiasm and were really impressed. Overall we came 3rd in our group stages, however we had the same points as two other teams making it a close one. The organisers had to take it down to overall runs scored which saw us coming in at 3rd with 204 points, 2nd place had 211 and 1st place had 214 so it was a close call all round. We then entered the play off stages and had to fight for 5th or 6th overall. Our great batting skills and team work meant that we ranked in at 5th out of 10 schools, which was brilliant!

  • Neasden Temple
    As part of our Hinduism topic in RE, we got the opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple outside of India, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. This was an amazing experience, and we were awestruck by the beautifully built temple. We enjoyed learning about how it was built and were amazed at the effort and detail put into it. We were also lucky enough to watch midday prayers and to witness Hindu beliefs in action, whilst respectively observing the ceremonies and listening to the chants. After that we explored the temple, where we learnt about different Hindu deities and were able to look at the different statues and the ways they represent different gods. We also went to the museum, where we were given worksheets and had to go and hunt for the answers within the complex, which added an interactive element to the tour.
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  • English
    We focused this term on fiction writing, and in particular on the way authors use speech to introduce characters and move stores forward. We used a scene from Mary Poppins as our model text, and began the term by exploring this thoroughly (which is where our tea party came in useful). This also got us thinking about other classic children’s stories from a similar era, and we have looked at The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in our reading sessions.

    From this starting point, we then wrote short sections of speech (learning to punctuate and organise dialogue correctly), and then explored figurative language. We used metaphor, simile and personification so that we could describe our setting, and what could be found inside Mary Poppins’ bag - which we then turned into poems, like the example below:

    Mary Poppins’ Dream Bag
    Out of the bag came:
    A delicate, handmade painting,
    With its guarding eyes
    Protecting Mary and Bert’s love.

    Out of the bag came:
    An enchanted bottle,
    Wanting to spread joy and happiness
    With its magnificent medicine.

    Out of the bag came:
    A cherry red lipstick,
    Sharing its love happily
    On a gleeful face.

    Out of the bag came:
    A shimmering, golden locket,
    Reflecting the glistening light
    On a summer’s day.

    Once we had done all of this, we were finally ready to write! For our ‘innovation’ stage (where we use our model to inspire and support independent writing), we wrote our own Mary Poppins-ish scenes. Check out the opening to Elin’s scene below:

    “We’re never going to get home!” wailed Georgie, “Never ever!”

    The vast sea was filled with giggling dolphins, dazzling angel fish and euphoric clown fish. Everywhere they looked, Mary, John, Annabelle and George were surrounded by colourful fish leaping from the water, as well as miles and miles of ocean.

    Throwing their arms in the air, Mary and the children closed their eyes, as dolphns jumped overhead. As the water dripped onto their heads, the world began to fade around them...

  • Science
    Our science lessons have been really practical this half-term where we have carried out various scientific lines of enquiry. This has included making comparisons, so that we could decide what the most effective material would be to make a pair of curtains. By using torches to simulate daylight, we tested out various types of material, before drawing our conclusions. The children learned new words such as ‘translucent’ and ‘opaque’ to help describe their alternative fabrics, and graded them on a scale to help with their comparison. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed carrying out this purposeful investigation and could see how science works in everyday life.
  • Music
    Learning to play glockenspiels and recorders has been a new skill that our Year 3s have been developing. Not only are they learning how to play these instruments, but they are also being taught the basics of reading music. This has included learning new terminology, such as the names of the notes and the length of beat they represent. They have shown great perseverance and determination to fine-tune their musical talents and have also shown real creativity when improvising to create their own tunes.

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Patience & Tyler

Our Spring Term Topic:
Roman Britain

Next half-term, we will be focussing on report writing. We really enjoyed our work around Mary Poppins last half-term, so we will be building on this them and exploring reports about chimney sweeps, nannies and bankers. We will look at the features found in reports and explore them through lots of reading activities. To make our reports really impressive, we will continue to develop our knowledge of sentence structure, using relative clauses and subordinating conjunctions to add detail and explanation.

We will then use our trip to Kidzania to inspire our own writing, producing reports on the careers of people we meet there (like police officers, nurses and ambulance drivers).

Next half-term, we will be developing our fractions knowledge. We will begin by securing our understanding of the concept of fractions and the language linked to them, and will then move on to learn how to add and subtract fractions and find fractions of amounts. Later in the term, we will be returning to our strategies for multiplication and division, developing a range of mental and written approaches and then applying them to problem solving situations. Throughout the term, we will continue to practice (and be tested on) our times tables, aiming to complete our Star and Superstar Awards by the end of the year.

We will be exploring the life of plants, including identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants and investigating the requirements of plants for life and growth. We will investigate how water is transported through plants, and will also study specific plants to find out which properties vary from plant to plant.

In History, we will continue to learn all about Roman Britain next half-term. We will be exploring what happened when the Romans invaded, discovering why they initially failed and how they ultimately succeeded. We will be looking at the different challenges the Romans faced, including the resistance led by Boudicca and the threats that led to the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. Finally, we will discover why the Romans left and discuss their legacy.

In RE, we will be considering what it means to ‘belong’ to a community, and thinking about all of the different groups that we belong to. We will then explore what this means to Sikhs, and how they practice their faith.

The Arts:
We will begin an artist study, exploring Kandinsky and his work. We will be looking at colour, focusing on mixing different paints to get the exact colour we want, and then using white and black to darken or lighten the tone. We will also study Kandinsky's life and inspirations, before creating our own final piece inspired by his work.


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