Authors We Admire

I have been thinking about adding to our ‘ Authors We Admire’ wall.

At the moment it features:

  • Roald Dahl
  • Enid Blyton
  • Andy Griffiths
  • Emily Rodda

Should they all stay on the wall? In a comment, let me know what you think. Remember to justify your opinion with a reason.

Who deserves to be added to the wall? Again, remember to justify your opinion with a reason. More than one reason would make your comment even stronger.

(Also remember to reply using our quality commenting guidelines.)

PS: Of course, Steve Backshall should be added to the wall!

Maths and Movement

For the last couple of weeks we have been experimenting with running, skipping and side galloping whilst we add, subtract, divide and multiply AT THE SAME TIME!

We have “played” games inside and outside with the aim to practise and improve our maths skills.

Students of 4A,

Which games have you enjoyed? Can you remember what it is was called? What equipment did it use? How has it helped to practise/improve your maths skills?

It makes sense that ‘maths and movement’ isn’t for everybody. If you haven’t enjoyed the games, what other parts of maths have you enjoyed lately?

I look forward to reading your comments. Remember to reply using our quality comment structure. 


Sharing and Dividing

In Maths we have been learning to share equal amounts. This is otherwise known as dividing.

We have used counters and pretended we were sharing beans, apples and chocolates.

Today we pretended to share sticks we found in an imaginary forest. We used paddle pop sticks.

As usual, we also spent time reflecting on our learning. We had some great discussion and the following students have let me record their reflections here:

Sarah likes using multiplication to check her answers.

Fintan said that he didn’t even know he was learning but when he thought back, he was. He was learning to divide 2 digit numbers.

Lily likes planning and using diagrams to help work out the maths problems.

The photos below are evidence of our Maths learning today.

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Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday



Today is Roald Dahl’s birthday. If he was still alive he would be 100 years old! The day of his birth has become known as ‘Roald Dahl Day’.

This term we listened to and read along with the audiobook of “The BFG”. We enjoyed Dahl’s descriptive writing, interesting vocabulary and his action packed storylines.

Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl story?

Which character/s do you like?

Do the quiz on the Roald Dahl website and let me know which character you are most like.  Good luck!

The students of 4A are also creating their own tribute to Roald Dahl. They will be publishing their digital creations on their blogs. Be sure to visit their blogs to find out more about why Roald Dahl is such a celebrated author.

Squared Numbers

Today in Maths we learnt about squared numbers.

It was such a sunny day that we went outside and got creative with the chalk. We were just like the chalk artists you see busking in the city – except we were mathematical!



4A students, have you logged onto Maths Online to apply today’s learning to the task questions?

If so, how did you go?

If not, why not? Log in now and see how you go! (Search squared numbers).

Summarising the 7 Olympic Values


Today we looked at the role of the Summariser in our Reading lesson.

We are applying our summarising strategies to researching the 7 Olympic Values.

We began the lesson by working together to summarise the following online text:

Olympic Values Wiki How

We then became summarisers with our individual texts.

Lastly, as part of our writing lesson, we investigated how to present our summaries.

Our Success Criteria told us that we should:

  • name the key values of the Olympics
  • explain what they mean

Visit us again soon to see how we wrote our summaries.




Zany Zentangles Poetry

In 4A we love Kathryn Apel!

Kathryn’s website is a fantastic place to visit as well.  She has so many creative ideas and her different ways for making poetry are really cool. Yesterday we experimented with Blackout poetry (post on that coming soon) and today we are hopefully going to try Zentangles Poetry.

Click on the link below to visit Kathryn’s website and to find out what Zentangles poetry is:



Exploring Poetry

Poetry 4 Kids

Australian Children’s Poetry

Ipswich Poetry Feast

We have been experimenting with poetry this term. We have been writing our own poetry and looking at the poetry of Kathryn Apel in her verse novel, Bully On The Bus.

Click on the links above to read more poetry from different sources.

Now that we have been reading and writing poetry for a couple of weeks, what do you think makes a good poem or poet?