Learning to be a good friend

This week in PSHE all we needed was a tube of toothpaste!


The children were asked to squeeze out all the toothpaste from the tube until their was nothing left. We found it was quite easy!

Then we realised we had made a bit of a mess so we tried to get it back into the tube. This was not so easy… So in the end we had to wash it up in the sink. We could still smell the mint though!

But why are we doing this? The important message is that when you say something to someone, you can’t take it back. You can wash it away by saying sorry but the feeling is still there.


Learning Journals

Each week the children evaluate their learning in their learning journal. This gives them the freedom to express themselves in any format they like!

We had a great week this week. We made the digestive system on the playground in science and we found out just how long the intestines are! In Literacy, we thought about what it might have been like to live during WWI and used this to write thoughtful diary entries.

In theme, we started to create our own art based on the poppy fields. Here are some examples of journals based around our theme.


1, 2, 3 Exchange!

This week the children have been learning to use the column method for addition and subtraction. This is hard work but the children have been resilient and motivated even when it’s been tricky (using their growth mindsets!)

Here the children are ‘exchanging’ using their knowledge of place value and our number system to scaffold their understanding of this method.



Band Time

On Friday, the children had their first experience of Band Time! Over the year, 4Blyton will create their own 30-piece brass band! We are so excited to see how the children develop their music, maths and literacy skills through these innovative sessions.

The children played games to develop their pitch, rhythm and memory. 

The ‘Rhythm Factor’ finalists:

Some children were able to try playing a brass instrument and demonstrated to the class. They tried the trumpet, flugel horn, tuba, trombone, baritone and French horn. Can you guess which one is which?

Well done 4Blyton! 


This week in maths the children used their understanding of place value to order and compare numbers.

Which animal would you choose to run the race on Sports Day? Why?

Which animal is the fastest swimmer? How do you know?

Which animals is the cheapest to feed? How do you know?

The children also used their rounding skills to solve an Abbots Langley Primary mystery!


Mystery solved! Well done Year 4!


Week of Inspirational Maths

This week in maths we have been taking part in Jo Boaler’s week of inspirational maths. We have explored growth mindsets and developed our reasoning skills through a variety of interesting investigations.

We explored visuals in maths and sought patterns and number sequences in images. 

The children used their reasoning skills by playing the role of persuaders and skeptics. Drawing on their knowledge of shape, area and fractions, the children had to convince their partner that they had made a shape with a fraction of the area of the original paper.


The children played the role of pattern seekers using Pascal’s Triangle. They were particularly interested in the mathematical patterns we find in nature!