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Elm - Year 4

Welcome to Elm - Year 4!

Autumn Term


This half term, in science, Year 4 investigated the digestive system. We have previously learnt about the order of the organs and their functions but this week we wanted to see it in action. We used a bowl to represent the mouth. We placed in different foods such as Weetabix, biscuits, banana and orange juice. We used a fork to press down and cut the food just like our teeth do. Then we poured this into a plastic bag (the stomach) where the breaking down of food continued. The mushy food was fed through a leg of tights (the small intestine) where we watched all the nutrients leave the pipe to join the bloodstream. Then it was onto the large intestine where more moisture was squeezed out using a paper towel. A hole was then cut and the hard, solid food was squeezed out. Just like our bodies when we get rid of waste from the anus.

This certainly was an exciting, memorable and, to quote the children, ‘gross’ lesson!


On Wednesday 15th November, Year 4 went on a school trip to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village in Bury St Edmunds. We stepped back in time and experienced what homes and dwellings were like for people in Britain 1400 years ago. We also became real life archaeologists as we handled actual artefacts and replicas of evidence found at the grounds of West Stow. We asked many questions and tried to make educated guesses about all the interesting items around us. Well done Year 4- you made us very proud. A special thank you to the parents who accompanied us, you were such a great help on the day.

A big well done to Elm class who shared their learning this week so clearly. The children sang two songs, performed poems, spoke their lines loudly and even played glockenspiels- all with confident, smiling faces. We were very proud of you all.

Spring Term


On Wednesday 13th March, Elm class were lucky enough to have a scientist come in and teach a lesson all about circuits. They learnt about how electricity works and the importance of a complete circuit. Here is Louise showing off some of her problem solving work in her book.


Here are some of the fantastic costumes that were worn by the children in Elm today to celebrate World Book Day:

Summer Term


This week Elm learnt about how to make a basic biscuit recipe. We watched Mrs Dupplaw make the dough mixture; remembering how to be safe and hygienic in the kitchen. We then shaped the biscuits ourselves then baked them. They tasted yummy! Next week, we will be designing our own biscuits and packaging, then in a couple of weeks we will be baking our own!

On Monday 13th May, Year 4 created Viking settlements out of card. The models were packed with accurate historical details, including the grand hall and little figures of merchants, traders and townspeople. This miniature village helped us to imagine what the everyday lives of the Vikings was like. A super day had by all!

On Wednesday 22nd May, Elm class had a go at using Makaton to sing the song Lean on Me. They did a beautiful job, well done Elm!

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