Owl Class

Meet the Teacher – Owl Class

Year 4 Autumn Newsletter 2017

Year 4 Autumn Term Overview

Year 4 Weekly Timetable

Year 4 Spring Term Overview

Year 4 Summer Term Overview

Owl Class Team:

Teacher: Mr Dakin

1 to 1 TA: Mrs Constance

1 to 1 TA: Mrs King

Summer Term 2

Zambian Assembly

On Thursday morning, the school welcomed children from a school in Zambia to perform an assembly. The children from Zambia told us all about their country through ritual dances and poetry. Their performance was full of life, passion and the Zambian culture. The Bishops Lydeard children were respectful, asked interesting question, and loved clapping and swaying to the African beats and drums.

Time Capsule

At this time last year, Owl class buried a time capsule in the school field. In it we wrote letters to our future selves and created pupil passports all about us. All year the children have been asking about when we will recover the capsule. They were so excited to read what they had written and discuss it with their friends. So much has changed over the last year and we have loved looking at how we have grown physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Saxon Villages

Owl Class have enjoyed a DT morning creating Saxon Villages. We used paint to do the background, real twigs and sticks for the palisade, and mixture of lollipop sticks and matchsticks for the houses. They are a complete success and the children have been buzzing all day.

Treasure Island

This term we are looking at the story ‘Treasure Island’ for our literacy. In the lesson we  split our story into 3 sections and divided our class into 3 groups. These groups created masks for their parts and then we went outside to practice. We then presented our sections to the class. The children were very animated and acted their parts out with great enthusiasm and panache.

Summer Term 1

Dunkirk House – Life Stories

Our intrepid crew of Jack, Rosie, Taylor, Lucie and Amarra have been visiting Dunkirk house, to hear and record the amazing life stories of some of the residents. They have chatted with a man how went to school with the Queen and met a man who was a Broadway actor.

Vikings and Saxons

Our literacy module has been on the invasion of a Saxon village. The children have been planning how to defeat the village, building defenses and hearing a letter from the Saxon chief about a better idea than invasion. We will be writing persuasive letters to convince the vikings not to attack.

Maths – Time

We have been looking at time over the last couple of weeks. Key themes have been to convert hours, minutes and seconds, as well as 12hr to 24hr times. Here are some examples of the children’s learning.

Maths Money Shop Competition

We gave the class a challenge. Who can make the most money selling objects. The class set up stalls and wrote out price tags. We than gave every member of Badger class a £5 note and asked them to spend all their money in the shops. The Owl class teams then had to work out change, count the totals at the end and subtract the float to work out who won.

Anaphylaxis Training

This week the class took part in training to deal with anaphylactic shock. We learnt about epi-pens and what symptoms to look for if you think someone is having a severe allergic reaction.

Welcome back from your Easter holidays. I hope you are all rested and ready for all that is in store this term. We have packed this term full of interesting plans, ideas and work for your children to complete in their new topic of ‘Vikings’. We have designed a new display board which the children love.

Spring Term 2

Maths Challenge: What is the area of the school playground?

Our new reading corner

We designed and created a class reading corner. The children love to spend ERIC time reading and sharing the space. We have also received loads more interesting books for the class library.

Maths: Perimeter and Area

After assembly Mr Dakin set us some challenges to work out the area of a shape. We counted squares at first then moved on to multiplying Length X Width using formal written methods. To extend our learning Mr Dakin asked us to work out the area of compound rectilinear shapes. We did this by using the lengtys and widths we knew to work out the missing measurements.

Archie Project Day

On Thursday, the children from Owl class continued their Archie Dementia project with a trip to Dunkirk House. We spent the morning playing games, making posters, models and Lego with the residents. It was incredibly rewarding for the children to question and explore the amazing experiences and history of the older generations.

We had a brilliant but slightly snow shortened First Aid Week. We met Dasher the Devon and Somerset Ambulance and heard from the Ambulance service. We also learnt basic first aid techniques and heard from excellent medical guests.

Air Ambulance Photos

Inside the Ambulance

Spring Term 1

Owl Class went to Blackbrook Pavilion to take part in a SASP Net/Wall festival.

We have been learning a poem called ‘Warned’ by Sylvia Stults – ask your children what it is about and if they could act out a paragraph.


© Sylvia Stults

The sands of time have rendered fear
Blue skies on high no longer clear
Stars were bright whence they came
Now dimmed, obscured, pollution’s haze

Crystal clear our waters gleamed
Fish abundant, rivers streamed
Ocean floors sandy white
Now littered, brown, pollution’s plight

Trees towered high above
Trunks baring professed love
Birds chirping from sites unseen
Gone, paper joined pollution’s team

One can’t blame pollution alone
As they say, you reap what you’ve sown
So let us plant a better seed
Tear out old roots, cultivate, weed

Protect what has been given for free
Our waters, skies, wildlife and trees
For once they’re gone, don’t you say
Consider yourself warned of that fatal day

Owl class welcomed Pastor Andrea from Kingdom Faith South West Church to our school. We have been asking the question: ‘What sort of world did Jesus want?’ The class listened to how the gospel is the ‘good news’ and what this means to Pastor Andrea’s job role. The class asked some deep and interesting questions.

We spent the morning outside listening, touching and experiencing the natural world around us. We used this time to create descriptive phrases and sentences for our ‘Environmental Tale.’

We have been creating a Jigsaw display in the KS1 corridor – we have been looking at healthy relationships. The children discuss how well we know different people in our world.

To help us learn our literacy story of ‘The Shaman’s Apprentice’ we acted out the different paragraphs in groups.

Owl Class enjoying our studies of Electricity in Science – we made a Venn diagram on the playground and categorised whether an object used battery or mains power.

Our WOW moment tasting Rain Forest fruit from the Amazon – we had mixed reactions!!! 

Welcome back from your Christmas Holidays. We hope that you are well rested and looking forward to the coming term. Our topic is ‘The Rainforest’ and we are excited about what your children will be learning. We will be releasing the terms topic web by the end of this week so watch this space!!