A quiet blog = A busy Seesaw!


As you may have noticed we have been a bit quiet on the blog front but that does not mean the class is quiet. We have been testing the Seesaw digital portfolio system with great success! This will in future take over for the daily achievements of the children and serve as a message port for parents.

It’s really great to see all the parental involvement and the children notice this and it inspires them to add the pieces of work that they are most proud of. In addition the children love reviewing and commenting on their friends work.

Collaborative. Creative. Connecting.

Protecting our Rainforests: Palm Oil

In IPC we have learning about the great importance of our world’s Rainforests. In our last session we compiled a list of products derived from our Rainforests, and boy it was extensive!

We looked together at some examples of different products, such as food items, cosmetics, wood and medicines. We discussed the contribution of the rainforest to the products that we use in our everyday lives. Yet we also explored the issue of deforestation as a result of the production of peanut butter (See below).

The children were shocked and wondered why people would do this to our valuable rainforests? We then proceeded to create our our posters to bring the issue of Palm Oil and deforestation to life.

Check back here for our examples, coming soon!

Paper Clip Challenge!


The paperclip as we know it was first used in Great Britain by the Gem Manufacturing Company in 1870. That’s a very long time for something to stay in service doing much the same thing it always did – hold papers together efficiently and cost-effectively.

Of course, like most remnants from the 19th century, the humble paperclip has been invented and reinvented again and again, but the original ‘gem’ version is still the best. Most notably because you can do so much more with a gem paperclip than simply clip papers. The paperclip has turned out to be one of the most useful and inventive objects ever invented.

Our class challenge today is for our class to work in small groups to discover how many different uses they can find for the humble paperclip. They will then justify and present their findings to the class. 

How many can you think of?

Year 4 Paperclip Inventions!

  1. Cookie Cutter
  2. Lego Figure Tool
  3. Art Supply
  4. Jewellery Flower
  5. Ring
  6. Non-Standard Ruler
  7. Key
  8. Small Ball
  9. Jewellery
  10. Noseclip
  11. Lollipop Stick
  12. Hair clip
  13. Needle
  14. Antenna
  15. Bookmark
  16. Fishing Hook
  17. Earring
  18. Guitar Pick
  19. Hanger
  20. Braces
  21. Folders
  22. Chain
  23. Fix glasses
  24. Skewer
  25. Sundial
  26. Writing tool/ Mark making tool
  27. Golf tee
  28. Toothpick
  29. Math shapes
  30. Nail
  31. Stir stick

Just to name a few…

Green Homework Bags

Hello Parents and Students,

Please from Monday September 12th, 2016 can you send in their green homework/ book bags. They should go home and come back each day. At the moment it should contain one levelled reading book, their reading diary and a library book. Please do not use it for P.E. clothes or snacks, thank you.

In addition, children’s work will periodically be sent home in this same bag. Thus, take a look to see what your child is reading and what they have been doing.



Hello and Welcome to Year 4!

Thursday September 8th, 2016

Dear Parents,

I just wanted to take this time to bring you up to date on a few happenings and routines here in the Year 4 class.

We have begun rolling out the homework packages to support your child’s development. First, we have levelled the books for each child. Some books you may have already seen, that’s fine. Work with your child to improve their comprehension. They will change their books when necessary. Please read with your child they are not too old yet 🙂 They will also bring a library book home once a week that is their choice and interests them, it will also be changed regularly each week on Friday.

Our Maths program is supported by Mathletics where children can reinforce and challenge their learning. Their login code and password is located in their reading diary. In addition there is Reading Eggspress and Spellodrome, their login details are also located in their reading diary. This program will aid their word comprehension and summarisation strategies. Finally, we will be sending home special projects periodically for children to complete to extend their learning.

Gym times are still to be determined as schedules are being finalised with Mencia for gym allocations. On gym days children need to bring their school sport clothes and shoes.

Finally, always check our Weblog to keep in touch and click the link on the weblog to reach our Instagram page!

Kind regards,

Mr. Maddocks

News of the World Homework

Dear Parents,

It is our turn (Year One) to do the International news display.

 I would like your child to find a piece of international news of their choice- this can be presented in any way. It needs to be on paper separate from their Home Activities book as it will be going on display.

You can guide your child; but it needs to be their own work.

These will be displayed on the display board above the photocopier in the atrium. If you would like to see an example of this, please go there to see this week’s display, which has been produced by Year two.

This should be completed by Thursday 26th May

Useful web addresses-

Teaching Kids News

BBC Newsround

National Geographic News

Conservation Posters

A photo posted by @isb_year1 on

During our Power of Reading focus book, 10 Things I Can do to Help the World by Melanie Walsh our children have been researching and exploring ways we can conserve our limited resources.

Each group began with a mind map on a focus area, either Litter, Water or Forests. After this they created a rough copy of their poster from their research. They then took this rough design for their final posters. And may I say they look great!

These posters will be displayed around primary and be sure to look under the picture for their special conservation message!

Super Sight!


Do we always see things in the same way?

We looked at an image of Rubin’s vase. Did the children see two faces or a vase? We looked together at different popular art styles such as Pointillism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. We talked about how the different artists have chosen to represent the things that they see. And we discussed how are they different to how we might see things in real life?

We worked on our own Spring themed Pointillism paintings. Come by Year 1 and take a look!