Congratulations to the Year 4 children who attended the Sportshall Athletics competition in Bedford today. It was fantastic to hear about your passion and determination in this sporting event. I was also delighted to hear that you showed the values by encouraging your friends in each event that they participated in. Well done!
Welcome back to the second half of Autumn Term! I hope you all had a great holiday.
We started the week celebrating the festival of lights, Diwali. It was fun to work alongside children from other classes to learn about the story of Rama and Sita, decorations used at Diwali time and to find out how people around the world celebrate Diwali.
I couldn't have been more proud today! So many of the children in our class stood up and spoke passionately about why they would like to be part of the School Council or the Eco Council and what they had to offer. I was impressed by the quantity of children who had spent time thinking, talking and writing about this at home and had come with lots of new ideas to contribute to the running of our school.
Next, the children will think carefully about what was said and will cast their votes for who they would like on the councils.
Below are just a few of the candidates!
Looking For a New Favourite Book?
The 'School Reading List' website has compiled lists of recommended books for each year group that they think the children will fall in love with. Some of them are firm favourites here at Haynes already, some are on our shelves waiting to be read and others I haven't heard of before... but I'd love to know your opinion.
Browse the list and see how many you've read already! Perhaps choose one you'd like to read!
The Iron Man
Wow! Year 4 are loving The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and have created some truly wonderful work inspired by the story. We've had story openings, diary entries, newspapers and now we are thinking about letter writing. Each piece of work seems to be better than the last making me a very happy teacher indeed!
We've also created 'robotic' hands in DT and have produced impressive sketches and pastel pictures of the mighty metal monster! We can't wait to share them all with you!
Congratulations to all of Year 4 for their excellent sportsmanship, values and sporting skills at Sports Day today. I was a very proud teacher!
A special mention to our wonderful Sports Ambassadors who ran the events in the morning so competently! We were impressed by your confidence and leadership skills.
Multiplication Tables Check
Please use the following instructions to access an activity to support your child in learning their times tables and preparing for the multiplication check. The game takes the same format as the government multiplication check which the children will complete at school within the next couple of weeks.
The check will have:
To access the game:
Please support your child in accessing the game, allow them to answer the questions independently then use the results to support children in learning the tables which they are still uncertain on.
Many thanks for your continued support.
The half term holidays are upon us and it's hard to believe that the first half of Summer Term is through! Didn't it fly by?
The children have worked very hard and made pleasing progress this half term. They have come a long way in their writing and with their mental maths skills. To assist in maintaining this momentum, it would be really helpful if you could work on a few things with your children over the coming weeks. Please see below.
This is not a request that you spend all of the holiday doing homework, simply some pointers in case you're keen to further support your child at home throughout their last term at Haynes. Some like to 'switch off' while other children like to keep busy!
Whatever your plans for the holiday, I hope that you enjoy quality time together as a family.
Thank you for your continued support.
Now that we have finished the story 'Ice Palace', the children have written narrative poems based on the story as well as book reviews to share their opinions on the novel. Below, are a selection of the children's thoughts.
Ice Palace Book Review (by Louis)
Ivan is a young boy who lived with his mother, father and brother. One day, his brother was kidnapped so he went to go and find him. He trudged through snow and got attacked by wolves. Will this ever end? Will he save his brother? Will he even survive?
I like this novel because of its description and vocabulary. It was a joy to read and discuss this amazing book. I think you will like it too!
I would recommend this book to all ages as it was a joy to read, also it was fun and exciting.
This book is a quest book because Ivan has to go and find his brother.
I rate this book 7/10!
Ice Palace Book Review (by Olivia L)
Ice Palace is about a boy called Ivan who goes on a mission to find his brother. The setting of the story is icy, cold and dark. This book is brilliant because there are lots of things he comes across on his journey. I was always intrigued to read more of the story. I rate this book five stars because of the detailed writing.
One of the characters in this book is called Ivan, the main character, who has a mother and father, also a brother. Another character is Starjik, the child catcher. It's good he didn't capture me, don't you think!? My favourite character in Ice Palace is Ivan because he goes on lots of great adventures.
The author of this book, Ice Palace, is Robert Swindells.
Ice Palace - Robert Swindells (by Alexa)
Have you ever read the book 'Ice Palace'?
This book is all about a little boy called Ivan. Ivan lives with his little brother, his mother and his father, the blacksmith. In the dead of night, there's a person called Starjik who is known as a child taker. He comes out at night when everyone has their shutters closed and after he had been, no one would hear a sound out of him except for the family member that Starjik had taken. But who will Starjik take next? What will happen next?
This book is set in a cold and snowy place where the trees are full of snow, summer is short and bright as a celandine and winter is as long and cold as an icicle.
My favourite character would have to be Ican because he had to save children.
I would recommend it to anyone aged above 5.
I would rate it 4/5 because I like the setting and the characters.
Would you like to read this book?
Ice Palace by Robert Swindells (by Freddy)
Have you ever read the book Ice Palace? Well if not, you're in for a treat.
It's about a boy who goes on a quest to find his little brother and goes through all sorts of dangerous problems. His little brother gets snatched by an evil person called Starjik. The end part is happy in my opinion, but I'm not going to tell you it!
This is a quest story to find a little brother. The person who tries to find his little brother is called Ivan. He is very brave and fearless.
I would recommend this book to people that like quest stories. This is a quest story and so is Finding Nemo. I think it's nearly the same because Nemo's on a quest to find his Dad. The setting isn't the same because Ice Palace is set in a snowy and very cold setting but Nemo is water themed.
In my opinion, this book is 8/10. Class wise, I would recommend it to Years 3 and 4. You would find it around in libraries and shops like Waterstones.
Wow, Year 4! We are so impressed with you all and your attitude, behaviour and progress in your swimming lessons this half term.
It was a joy to bring the children to Flitwick Leisure Centre for swimming lessons each week. We have watched them grow in confidence in the water and build their ability to swim longer distances in a variety of strokes.
The children who are beginning to learn how to swim amazed me with the development in their confidence and attitudes to the water. They demonstrated the Values of courage and determination as they pushed themselves to try new things each week. It was wonderful to watch!
For the accomplished swimmers, it was a pleasure to see you refine your techniques and enjoy swimming alongside your classmates. Well done.
Today, it was a joy to see all of the children having lots of fun with the floats at the end of the session to celebrate their achievements over the series of lessons.
We also want to congratulate the children on their exemplary behaviour during the lessons. We were delighted to receive a phone call at school, from a member of the public, to say how impressed they were with the children's behaviour in the leisure centre. The children were impressively speedy, sensible and a pleasure to bring each week.
Well done lovely children of Year 4!
We're back to school with a bang this half term and it's busier than ever! Our topic for Summer Term is Fire and Ice and we're already getting into it in English, History, Geography, Science and Art!
Year 4 were interest to learn about Ernest Shackleton and his expedition to the Antarctic. They enjoyed discovering his journey through the story 'Ice Trap' and investigating the truth behind the adventure in History using a range of sources. The children worked together in art to think about the night skies that they might find in the polar regions and created some landscapes with a variety of pencils, ink and watercolours. The results were beautiful!
Last week, we enjoyed taking part in the project 'Marvellous Maps' with a representative of the Greensand Trust. This Geography-focused day helped us to explore a range of maps, plot key landmarks of Haynes onto sketch maps and follow a route around the village. The children enjoyed our walk, completing a quiz about the village, a field sketch and a collage to explore the colour palette in Plummers Copse. In the afternoon, the children worked together to mark a large map of Haynes, putting their houses into position as well as other key buildings from around Haynes. A fabulous day was had by all!
Swimming lessons have commenced and we are loving these. The children are making rapid progress in their swimming groups and are trying out a range of strokes as well as diving down to retrieve objects from the bottom of the pool. The children's behaviour and organisation each week has been exemplary. Well done Year 4.
Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday.
It's been a busy first week back, starting our new topic 'Chocolate'. We've got stuck into our class book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', which we are all thoroughly enjoying. This week, we have been getting to know the characters in detail and expanding our vocabulary to describe them. Some super words came out: 'gluttonous', 'vile' and 'good natured' to name a few!
In PE, we have continued this theme by creating an Oompa Loompa dance. Year 4 trialed some of the movement patterns from the Oompa Loompa dance in the newer film and explored how they could make their own. The children thought carefully about creating simple motifs, putting them together to create a dance and then using movements in unison and in canon to add interest to our dance. In our next PE lesson, we watched videos of our dances and evaluated our performances, identifying areas for improvement and then acting upon these. Keep an eye out for videos to come!
In Geography, we researched the world's greatest producers of cacao and have plotted them on a map, looking for patterns in the position of the countries that produce the most cacao and wondering what conditions the trees need to grow. In History, we have begun learning about the Ancient Mayan civilization, where and when they were around and some of their achievements.
It's been a pleasure to begin Sing Out Play Out singing sessions this term and today we had our second session of learning the songs in preparation for our concert at Bedford Corn Exchange in Summer term. We think you might know some of the songs too. In Maths, we have been thinking about statistics, presenting data in bar charts, line graphs and pictograms. Following that, we have been learning how to interpret the data shown in climate graphs and asking sum, comparison and difference questions.
Carolling in Haynes
I was ever so proud to bring the whole of Year 4 out into Haynes to sing Christmas Carols for the villagers. The children sang beautifully and we had some lovely comments from the local residents. You spread our value of joy amongst the community and should feel very proud.
What fun we had practising and performing the wonderful pantomime ‘Cinderella and Rockerfella’! A huge well done to our fantastic children who were a very responsible and joyful cast, making the production a pleasure to produce! With so many lines to learn, songs to sing and props to remember, this was no easy task, so I am extremely proud of what you achieved. Well done Year 4!
This term we had a specialist music teacher come into school each week to teach the class how to play the pitched instrument: the recorder. The children learned about musical staff and notation and how to read these. They learned how to use their fingers to play the different notes and ways of making notes different lengths to produce a range of rhythms; they also explored how to play at different volumes. The children played pieces requiring them to repeat patterns; read the music; and also to compose some of their own musical pieces. They often worked in small groups to develop their performances. A great term’s work showing fantastic progress in Music!
Year 4's MyMaths homework will be set each Friday to be completed by the following Friday.
This gives you a week to access the task, practise as necessary and as frequently as you would like, and then complete the questions for the homework section. We will be able to see when you have completed the task and how well you have got on which will help us to know if you might need a little bit more help. You can complete the questions more than once if you would like to try to improve your score. If you have any questions - please ask.
Having finished a successful unit of Tag Rugby with some competitions, we have now moved onto multi-skills to help to improve our range of physical skills which can be applied in various games. So far, we have developed our spatial awareness and ball skills. Next week, we will be looking at building our speed, agility and co-ordination - important skills across a range of sports.
Marcy and the Riddle of Sphinx
Year 4 have been enjoying the adventure story 'Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx' by Joe Todd-Stanton this week. We have read the story, developed an understanding of the characters and 'boxed-up' the story, thinking about the structure of an adventure story. Next week, we will learn about different grammatical skills that we might need to include when writing our own adventure stories based in Ancient Egypt.
Multiplication and Division
We are currently focusing on learning times tables in Year 4 and applying these in different ways within the multiplication and division lessons. We have learned about factor pairs and how to use them in mental calculations. We have also learned how to multiply three numbers together. It's really important that everyone knows their times tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4, so keep on practising at home. I hope you enjoy using our new mathematics programme 'MyMaths' to help you learn them. There will be new tasks set each week for you to complete.
The following websites are also great for practising times tables:
I'm looking forward to hearing about the different games which you have tried Puffins!
Key Stage 2 had a wonderful time learning about and celebrating Diwali. We mixed up as a Key Stage and carried out different activities. We started by learning a dance as a Key Stage and enjoyed performing it to the rest of the school. Some of us learned about the story of Rama and Sita and created a story board to tell the story. The rest of us learned about the cultural experiences when celebrating Diwali and created posters to explain how people celebrate the festival. Later in the day, we made lanterns to decorate the hall for our assembly to help us to celebrate the festival of light. We enjoyed getting together as a whole school to share our learning and sing songs about Diwali. What a fun day!
The children are loving our Ancient Egypt topic and have impressed me with their attitude to learning with lots of children bringing in extra work that they have completed at home. I loved seeing (and tasting!) the children's take home tasks and their creations were very impressive. Puffin Class were fascinated by the mummification process and finding out about the pharaohs. They loved researching about pyramids and finding out how they were built and what was inside them. The children loved finding out about Egyptian homes and fashion.
This week, ten Year 4 children went to Samuel Whitbread together with other children their age from nearby schools. All the children received training on becoming 'Sports Ambassadors'. This role requires the children to lead physical activities throughout the year and to assist with various sporting events. The children will also be expected to uphold and model sporting values, such as teamwork and passion.
The children loved the training session and had a brilliant time learning some new activities which they are looking forward to leading for other children in the school. If you are in the school building, keep an eye out for the display board which shows you who the children are and some photos of their training session.
Well done new Sports Ambassadors!
Royal Wedding Tea Party
Many thanks to those of you who baked and decorated cakes for our Royal Wedding Tea Party event held on Friday. What talented bakers we have! It was a lovely, sunny afternoon for celebrations and the children enjoyed sharing them with their families.
Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their marriage!
What a joy it has been this term to take Year 4 to their swimming lessons at Flitwick Leisure Centre. Their progress over the course of sessions is notable - a lot less splashing, improving techniques and many children now swimming full lengths of the pool without stopping.
Whilst at the leisure centre, many members of the public have commented on the commendable behaviour of our children with one person phoning the school simply to say how well-behaved and polite our children have been each week. It is a pleasure to see Haynes values in action in our community. We know our children are wonderful but it is especially lovely when it is noticed by others. I am a very proud teacher!
West Runton Kingswood - Our Residential
A wonderful time was had by all on our residential this week. The children demonstrated courage in some very challenging activities such as abseiling and 'Jacob's Ladder' and fantastic cooperation in team work activities such as 'nightline' and 'low ropes'. We spent a morning at the beach in wonderful weather and enjoying a campfire and 'Mini Olympics' in the evenings. Have a look in the 'West Runton Residential' section of the website to see some photos of us in action.
28th March 2018
In History, we have been learning about the Indus Valley civilisation. This week we learned all about the fashion and jewellery of the time (around 5000 years ago). We discovered that they loved jewellery and made it from pottery and stones as well as gold and silver. We looked at the natural patterns that occur in stones and designed our own necklaces. This enthusiastic member of Puffin Class then made her very own Indus Valley necklace at home!
28th March 2018
Recently, we have been learning about the human digestive system. This week we posed the question, 'What happens to food in our digestive system?' We carried out an experiment to see just what happens!
We crunched up food, put it into the stomach (a sandwich bag), added water for saliva and orange juice in the place of stomach acid then crushed it all up using the pump action that our stomachs use. We then squeezed the food through the intestine (a leg from a pair of tights) and saw the good products move into the 'body' (a aluminium tray) to be used and the waste products solidify before being passed out of the body. It was messy but great fun, as you can see in the photos. The experiment was a great way to see just what happens to food in our digestive system.
Queen's Park Faith Tour - 13th March 2018
Today we visited Queen's Park in Bedford, a community rich in culture and religion, where Christians, Muslims and Sikhs live together in harmony alongside people of other faiths and none. In this area, the three faith groups have places of worship within 300 metres of each other. Together, they provide the opportunity to being RE to life through first hand experience, to enhance the spiritual and cultural development of pupils and to offer experience of community cohesion in a diverse neighbourhood. The children visited the three places of worship and spoke to practising members of each faith, asking and answering questions.
We started the day in the Gurdwara, the Sikh place of worship, where we learn about the main guiding principles of the faith. We visited their prayer room, saw their holy scriptures (the Guru Granth Sahib) and listened to some of the music which could be part of worship. Afterwards, we went to the Mosque, where Muslims worship. The Imam there explained to us the five pillars of Islam and helped us to understand how Islam is practised within the community and around the world. We learned how Muslims prepare themselves for prayer by washing and about the important journey they make (Hajj) to Mecca. Finally, we went to the Church. We identified important objects to the Christian faith and the leader explained their significance for Christians. We learned about the different robes that vicars or priests wear, and other important elements of Christian worship such as candles representing Jesus as the light of the world.
The trip was very informative and interesting; the children impressed me with their questions and reflections on what they had learned. Their behaviour was respectful and excellent throughout. Well done Year 4.
Thank you to all of you who entered a piece of writing into the writing competition. I enjoyed reading them all and it was wonderful to see the amount of hard work that you have all put in to your texts. Below is a list of the winners from each class.
1.3.18 - World Book Day
Firstly, thank you for the effort that you put in to the children's costumes. They all looked great and were very excited about being dressed up for the day.
The children spent the day in their teams and learnt about different authors. They did lots of exciting activities based around each author.
Lots of the children have entered some fabulous pieces of writing into the writing competition and the winners will be announced soon.
Below are some quotes from the children about this week:
"I liked dress up day because I like to wear my dresses."
"I liked making puppets because we can pretend that they are us."
"I liked the writing competition because I liked writing flamingo facts."
"I liked book swap because there were loads of books to choose."
"I liked when parents came in and read us stories."
"I’ve liked having family members in to read because I like hearing different stories."
"I’ve liked all of this week because it’s been lots of fun."
"I’ve enjoyed book day because we are all dressed up and I liked seeing what other people were dressed up as."
"I liked the book swap because I now have lots of new books to read."
This week we have enjoyed some traditional Indian stories from the collection 'Seasons of Splendour' by Madhur Jaffrey, which has helped us to understand more about Indian culture and the Hindu religion. In maths, we have explored symmetry in 2D shapes and completed symmetric figures. In computing, we learned about how search engines work and how they rank their content; there's a very complicated process that all happens within half a second. We were amazed! A huge well done to those children who participated in the swimming gala at Flitwick Leisure Centre. There were some challenging events and you did us proud.
Thank you to all those parents that came to join in our end of half term celebration this afternoon. We hope you enjoyed our dragon dance and looking at our books. The children loved having you in and it was a pleasure to watch you sharing their learning. It's been a busy half term with lots happening and I am really proud of how hard the children have worked and the progress that they have made. From wonderful stories written to beautiful art to be proud of, the children have a lot to celebrate over half term and have definitely earned their break!
Children, remember it's Chinese New Year on Friday 16th February so perhaps you could rustle up a delicious Chinese-inspired meal together and you could teach your family everything you've learned about China this half term!
I look forward to seeing you all after the holiday for another fun-filled half term.
Enjoy the time together with your family.