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Friday 1st March 2024


In English, we looked at fronted adverbials and subordinate clauses. Have a look at some of our fronted adverbial examples below. Can you explain these definitions to someone at home? smiley 


In Maths, we started a new unit on fractions. We have looked at equivalent fractions - this means that the fractions are written differently but represent the same amount. For example, 1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6 = 4/8 


In PE, we started thinking of ideas for our gymnastics routines. We need to include individual balances (1, 2, 3 and 4 point), group balances, rolls and jumps. We will work on a different area each week and showcase our performances at the end of term.

Welcome to Term 4! smiley


Now that we are finished with swimming, our PE days will return to normal. Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing PE kit on Monday and Thursday. 


Our learning this week:

English: We started a new text type: information texts. On Monday, we wrote our 'cold' texts all about our favourite hobbies. This week, we have looked at the features of an information text and the purpose of these features. We completed a 'diamond nine' with the features, putting them in order of most to least important. We all had different ideas! What do you think is the most important feature?


Maths: We have finished our work on length and perimeter. We know that we only need to know the length of one side of a regular polygon in order to work out the whole perimeter. For example, if we know that one length on an equilateral triangle is 5cm, we can multiply 5 x 3 sides = 15cm perimeter in total. 


RE: We have started our unit on symbolism. We looked at Christian symbols including the cross, the dove and ichthus (fish). 


Topic: We begun our new topic, Ancient Greece. We located Greece, Athens and Sparta on a map and discussed some of the physical features of Greece.


Science: We are looking at circuits in our electricity unit. We had lots of fun experimenting with different circuits and making lightbulbs light up and buzzers turn on. 

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Friday 9th February 2024


It's the last day of what has been a VERY busy term! 


Thank you to all of the parents for coming to Parents' Evening this week. It was great to catch up with you all and talk about your child's achievements. 


On Monday, Badgers performed in the Icknield Dance Show. Performing in front of two large audiences TWICE takes a lot of courage and every single one of the children showed true bravery, stepping onto the stage with confidence and a smile. We are so proud of you all - well done smiley


On Thursday, we came to school in our own clothes to recognise Children's Mental Health Week. The theme was 'dress to express' so we could wear clothes that reflected our personalities. We had a lot of fun in the photo booth too! 


Finally, on Friday, we did our class assembly where we recapped our learning for the term. 

Have a great half term all!



Dress to Express

On Thursday 1st February, we visited Oxford Castle & Prison as part of our Oxford Topic. We had a wonderful time learning all about crime and punishment throughout the ages. Take a look at our pictures below - we especially hope you enjoy the ones of us in the stocks and pillory! smiley

Dance workshop at ICC

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Pokemon Cards - unfortunately, there have been quite a few issues with Pokemon cards this week. Please can you ensure that these cards now stay at home. Thank you.


Friday 26th January 2024


Take a look at our learning this week smiley


English: Now that we know and understand the key features of discussion texts, we have been working on creating our own sentences to respond to the question, "Should children have to wear school uniform?". The children came up with some great ideas for both sides of the argument and thought carefully about using language of comparison, such as:


"Some people believe that we should have to wear school uniform. One reason for this is so the children are easily recognised if they become lost. As well as this, it gives the children a sense of pride wearing a smart uniform every day.


On the other hand, some people believe that wearing own clothes will be more comfortable for the children, therefore encouraging them to learn better as they will be more relaxed."


Maths: We have tackled short division this week. We have used the 'bus stop' method to solve more complex division problems. Take a look at our step by step below!

RE: We looked at two religious festivals, Ramadan and Lent, and discussed the similarities and differences between the two.

Dance: Our dance sessions at Icknield are going really well and we are feeling ready for our performance on Monday 5th February! We hope that you can all make it and watch us!

Friday 19th January 2024


Take a look at what we have been up to this week smiley


English: We have picked out the key features of a discussion text. Our model text is based on Alice in Wonderland and discusses the question "Should flamingos and hedgehogs be used to play croquet?". We have thought of reasons 'for' and 'against' this. A discussion text should present both sides of the argument with a concluding paragraph with your personal opinion on the matter. 

Maths: We consolidated our learning of formal written multiplication and have begun looking at formal written division. We will continue working on this next week.

Science: We researched deaf musician, Evelyn Glennie, to link with our sound topic. We looked at how she uses the sound vibrations to help her to 'hear' the music and compose her own percussion pieces.

PE: We had our first dance lesson at ICC. The children were absolutely brilliant and the ICC dance teacher commented on how well behaved the class was. Huge well done Badgers! laugh

Dance at ICC

 ✨Happy New Year! ✨

Welcome Back Badgers! We've had a great first week back at school in 2024. 


This week, we have:

  • Been swimming at the Thame Leisure Centre
  • Watched Year 5 & 6 dance performances - we are ready for our sessions next week!
  • Started looking at discussion texts in English - see our pictures of our story map actions smiley
  • Begun formal written methods of multiplication in maths 
  • Started our new Oxford topic - we are very excited about our trip to Oxford Castle & Prison later on this term!


Please see all home learning documents above. A reminder that home learning is handed out on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday. Please make sure that you are reading and practising times tables regularly at home. Ten minutes a day really does make a huge difference! smiley

Formal multiplication

Christmas Reading Advent Calendar 🎄 


Each day, we will upload the book that we have opened and read as part of our book advent calendar. If the book is quite long, we choose a chapter to read. 

Friday 15th December 2023


Wow! What a week we have had in Badgers Class!


On Monday, we went to the church to rehearse for our Christmas Carol Service. We then had a very fun science lesson exploring how sound travels using cups and string! See our pictures below. 


On Wednesday morning, we travelled to Oxford to watch a theatre performance of A Christmas Carol. It was a little jumpy in places but we had a great time! Thank you to Mr Gale for organising such a wonderful Christmas treat for us all. 


On Wednesday evening, we performed our song at the church. The children sang beautifully and I could not have been more proud of them all. 


On Thursday, Badgers showed me their fantastic dance moves at the school disco! 


And finally, on Friday, we celebrated Christmas Jumper Day and had our annual school Christmas lunch. 


I think it is fair to say that all of the children are feeling a little tired now and are ready for the weekend. laugh

Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 8th December 2023


We have a special elf visitor in Badgers Class who has been causing a lot of trouble this week! Our elf, Tinsel, has been keeping everyone on their toes for the last few days...! 


In English, we have been studying A Christmas Carol ahead of our theatre visit next week. We have done conducted some ghost interviews pretending to be one of the three ghosts and ended the week by writing an account of the story from one of the ghosts' perspective. 


In Maths, we have looked at factors. A factor is a number that you multiply with another number to get a product. For example, the numbers that you can multiply together to make 12 are:

1 x 12, 2 x 6, 3 x 4 


This means that the factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12. 


In RE, we looked at religious festivals. We thought about the reasons people celebrate certain events and the things that different people and religious groups do to mark an occasion. Next week, we will look at Christian festivals and Diwali. 


In Topic, we studied Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans believed that there were spirits and guardian gods for everything, including guardian gods for different parts of your house! 


Friday 1st December 2023


Christmas season has officially started in Badgers Class! Thank you to all of the parents who sent their child in with a wrapped book for our Christmas Reading Advent Calendar. We have a book for every day that we are at school for the rest of this term - thank you. 


Well done to all of our Badgers who participated in The Big Sing on Thursday evening. smiley


English: We have published our hot writes! Have a read of our newspaper articles below. We really hope you enjoy them. 

Maths: We put our times tables knowledge to the test and had a go at solving a Tarsia puzzle. We had to make sure that each answer matched the correct calculation. It was trickier than we thought it would be but Badgers showed great resilience and did not give up!

Topic: We are nearing the end of our Romans topic. This week, we compared our life in 2023 to Roman life. Which era would you rather live in and why?

Wednesday 29th November

In Computing, we looked at how false information can spread on the internet. We discovered how easy it is to post false information online. As a class, we wrote the 'fact' below to prove that not everything you read on the internet is real... 



Friday 24th November 


This week, Badgers have been working very hard on their maths assessments. Well done everyone! smiley


English: We finished our hot writes! Next week, we are going to write them up to 'publish' them. Watch this space to see our amazing newspaper articles reporting on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. 

Science: We have been looking at sound and how different instruments work to create different sounds. We know that sound is made from vibrations and that sound travels in waves. We had a very noisy science lesson experimenting to see if we could find out where exactly the instrument was vibrating to create the sound! 

PE: We had lots of fun circuit training in the hall. We finished the lesson with some relay races using the batons. We need to work on passing the baton correctly... we had a few go flying as we were so keen to get them to our team mates as quickly as possible! laugh

Friday 17th November 


English: In our English lessons this week, we have been doing some 'short burst' writing. We have focussed on a different feature of newspaper reports each day. We have looked at using brackets to include extra information, introduction writing with the 5 Ws, and organising our work into meaningful paragraphs. 

Maths: We have continued our work on multiplication facts and looked at the 7, 11 and 12x tables this week. We ended the week with a timed multiplication grid challenge on Friday. I am SO impressed with how well the children are learning their times tables! Keep up the great work Badgers! 

Science: We finished up our unit on States of Matter and produced a 'hot' task to show off what we have learnt. See our posters below! 



Remembrance Day Art

Friday 10th November 


Have a look at what we have been up to this week!


English: We have been looking at fronted adverbials. These are words or phrases that are placed at the beginning of a sentence to describe the action that follows. We composed our own examples linked to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Have a look at our class ideas below. 

Maths: We have started our new unit on multiplication and division. This week, we have been focussing on our 3, 6 and 9 x tables. We investigated the relationship between these x tables and found out that all multiples of 6 and 9 are also multiples of 3. Every other multiple of 3 is a multiple of 6 and every third multiple of 3 is a multiple of 9. 

PE: We will be having cricket sessions with Chance to Shine cricket every Monday. We had our first session this week and had a lot of fun! On Thursday, we had a go at circuit training in the hall. 

Friday 3rd November 


We've had a busy first week back in Badgers Class. Have a look below to see what we have been up to. 


English: We started our new text type, newspaper reports. We all wrote a 'cold' report based on The Moon Landing. We have started to learn our new model text with actions. Over the next few weeks, we will develop our reporter skills so that we are confident composing our own 'hot' newspaper articles based on Pompeii, linking to our Roman topic. 



Maths: We finished our work on Area. We know that we can work out the area of a 2D shape by using our multiplication facts. Area = length x width 


Topic: We learnt about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. Did you know, the people of Pompeii didn't know that they lived beside a volcano? Before the eruption in 79AD, Mount Vesuvius hadn't erupted for around 1,800 years! We also looked at latitude and longitude. Latitudes are horizontal lines that measure distance north or south of the equator. Longitudes are vertical lines that measure east or west of the meridian in Greenwich, England. Together, latitude and longitude create coordinates meaning you can accurately locate points of the globe. We used this knowledge to locate various volcanoes around the world. 

PE: Although the weather has not been on our side this week, that didn't stop us from trying our best to be active! We had a lot of fun following a Harry Potter yoga session on Thursday laugh

Welcome Back! 


Badgers Class are looking at designing and editing websites. We are adding this piece of text to our class page to test and see if it works... if you can see this, it has worked! smiley

Friday 20th October


That's a wrap for Term 1! 


Thank you to everyone who came to Parents' Evening this week. It was great to catch up and let you know how your children have been doing this term. 


Have a relaxing, restful week everyone smiley


English: This week, we wrote our own limericks. The children created some hilarious poems and most were brave enough to read theirs to the class. Well done everyone. 

Maths: We have now finished our work on addition and subtraction and have started looking at area. The area is the amount of space taken up by a 2D shape. We will continue working on this after half term. 

PE: Badgers Class had an exciting day on Thursday as they performed their dances to Foxes Class.  Every single child had a go - we could not be more proud of them all. Unfortunately, the video files are too big to upload to the website but if you want to watch them, do catch me at the end of the school day and I am more than happy to show you from the iPad! 

Art: We had a fantastic morning making and painting our Roman Shields!

Friday 13th October


One week to go until half term!


Thank you to all of the parents who popped in for the Open Afternoon yesterday. The children loved showing you around our classroom and getting their books out for you to look at.


Thank you also for all of the cardboard donations! We will be making our Roman Shields next week so stay tuned...


English: This week, we began a short unit on limericks. We have done lots of shared and partner writing to help us with the structure. Each line has to have the correct number of syllables to create a rhythm. The first and second lines should both have 8 syllables (one more or one less is fine), the third and fourth lines should have 5 syllables and the final line goes back to 8 syllables. The rhyming pattern also follows a similar structure with the first two lines rhyming (a rhyme), the second two lines rhyming (b rhyme) and the final line rhyming with the first two again (a rhyme).


Here is one of our class limericks:


There was a young man called Lance,

Who lived in the middle of France, 

He had a pet shark,

Who swam in the dark,

And especially liked to dance! 

Maths: We have continued our work on formal written methods, focussing on column subtraction this week. 

RE: In RE this term, we have been looking at Ethics & Morals. We discussed moral dilemmas and conducted our first ever debate. The class were split into two and had to take it in turns to speak their reasons for or against an argument. One of our dilemmas was:


Your sister has left her diary open on her bed. Do you read it?


Each side had to think of valid reasons for or against reading the diary. Badgers Class conducted a fantastic debate and had a very fun lesson! 

Friday 6th October 2023


Another busy week ticked off in Badgers Class! Have a read to discover what we have been learning this week. 



This week, we completed our 'hot' writes. We composed a Roman adventure story, focussing on creating a descriptive, atmospheric opening. The children wrote some incredible stories, ranging from running away from lava and volcanic eruptions to battling escaped lions and gladiators from the Colosseum! I was so impressed with their vivid imaginations. Well done everyone smiley



We started looking at formal methods of addition and subtraction. We use the column method to add numbers together. Have a look at the poster we made below which explains this process. Next week, we will develop our understanding and solve mixed addition and subtraction word problems. 


We have continued our work on States of Matter. This week, we looked at 'changing states'. Some materials can change from a solid to a liquid, for example, ice to water. The temperature at which this happens is called the melting point. We conducted an experiment with milk chocolate, dark chocolate and butter and investigated their melting points. We then got to make rice krispie cakes with the melted materials! We were all VERY happy about this! 

Friday 29th September 2023



This week, we innovated the model text and created our own version of the story. We changed the character and the location. Instead of 'Escape from Pompeii', we now have 'Escape from the Colosseum' which is all about a girl named Octavia. As a class, we wrote the new version below. This will help us with our hot writes next week when we will think of our own escape stories based in the Roman times.


European Languages Day


To celebrate European Languages Day, Years 4, 5 & 6 held a language morning on Wednesday. We attended three different sessions - Italian with Miss Harman, German with Mr Gale and sign language with Miss Johnson. Have a look at some of the videos below smiley


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Freddie & Mikey

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Lucas, Dominique & Reece

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Imogen & Eliza

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Dexter & Albie

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We started off the week by looking at Roman numerals. Badgers Class picked this up so quickly! smiley 

We then started some work on rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have a rhyme to help us to remember whether to round the numbers up or down. When looking at the appropriate place value column (ones column when rounding to the nearest ten, tens column when rounding to the nearest hundred and hundreds column when rounding to the nearest thousand), we say:


5 or more, raise the score! 4 or less, let it rest!

Roman numerals



We conducted an experiment to see whether or not gas has a weight. We had a bottle of fizzy water which we weighed. We then shook it up and slowly opened the cap to release all of the carbon dioxide. We then reweighed the bottle to see if the weight had changed.


What do you think the result of the experiment was? 


We ended the lesson with the coke and mentos experiment. When mentos mints are put into a bottle of coke, a chemical reaction occurs. The mint sweets provide a surface for the carbon dioxide in the coke to cling onto. The bubbles of carbon dioxide get larger and as they are lighter than the liquid, they quickly shoot to the top of the bottle, creating a mini explosion!

Science experiments

Can you help us? laugh

Badgers Class are going to be creating Roman shields as part of their Art & DT project for this term. Do you have any large bits of cardboard that you could donate to us please? We need as much as possible! 


Friday 22nd September 2023


Another week completed in Badgers! The children have been very busy with their learning this week.


In English, we have done lots of 'short burst' writing linked to our model text. We have been focussing on setting descriptions and have used expanded noun phrases to describe Pompeii. An expanded noun phrase is a phrase made up of a noun and at least one adjective. If you list more than one adjective to describe the noun, a comma must be used to separate them. 


Here is one of our class examples:

The busy, hardworking fishermen loaded their precious goods onto the colossal ship.


In Maths, we have continued our work on place value. We have been estimating numbers to 10,000 on a number line. 


Our science topic for this term is States of Matter. On Monday, we discussed the different properties of solids, liquids and gases and looked at their particle arrangements. Check out our video below of us acting out the different particle arrangements of the three states. We had a lot of fun doing this!

The particle arrangement of solids, liquids and gases

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We have continued our work on our Roman Dance routines in PE. We have learnt the basic moves from the song and we are now ready to choreograph our own ideas into the routine.

Friday 15th September 2023


Welcome Back Badgers! 


We have had a brilliant start to the new academic year. smiley


Above are the home learning documents for this term. Each week, please make sure to complete one task from the home learning grid alongside regular reading, spelling and times tables practise.


Have a look below to see what we have been learning about this week.



Our writing unit for the next few weeks is focusing on setting description and characterisation. So far, the children have written their own 'cold' story to show off what they already know. We introduced our new model text, The Escape from Pompeii and we have begun to learn the story map with actions. We have also completed various reading activities relating to the text to secure our understanding of the genre.  


In maths this week, we have been focussing on place value. We have looked at different ways to represent 4 and 5 digit numbers. We have also started maths journaling to 'prove' that our answers are correct and demonstrate how and why we know we are right. Have a look at Eliza's example below. 


This week, we looked at where Buddhism originated from. We worked in groups to create short drama performances to act out the story of the Buddha. The weather was lovely so we performed on the outside stage! 


This term, our PE sports are tag rugby and dance. We familiarised ourselves with rugby balls on Monday and practised passing in teams. On Thursday, we had a go at a Roman dance routine. Over the next few weeks, we will choreograph our own routines and perform them at the end of term. 

Welcome to our wonderful school!