Year 4 Class News

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Living and Learning – Body Image

Posted on Monday 23 May 2022 by Miss Birch

This week in Year 4, we spoke about what body image is and how important it is that we have a positive and healthy body image.

The media are well known for editing and modifying images of celebrities and models to fit their idea of beauty. We identified how certain images have been edited and why the media would want to do this. We decided as a class that they do this in order to persuade us to buy their products.

The class discussed how important it was to accept and make friends with the things that we can’t change about ourselves. This creates a positive voice in our head where we feel happy and confident. We can change certain things about ourselves such as, eating healthily and exercising regularly which is key.

Every single person is special and beautiful in there own way and everyone has their own view of what that means. Beauty is in the eye of beholder!

Ask your child at home what they think is more important – beauty outside or beauty within!


Herd Farm

Posted on Monday 23 May 2022 by Miss Birch

Hello all!

Year 4’s residential to Herd Farm was absolutely fantastic! For some of the children, it was their first night away from home but they all were incredibly mature and were having too much fun to even have a second to worry.

They all completed three different activities; the giant swing, the assault course and crate stacking. The most nerve-wracking activity was the giant swing but every single child overcame their fears and had a go on it. Some even went to the very top! The assault course ended up in some of the children getting soaked as the aim was to end up with the most water in their pot by the end! This was tricky… Finally, the crate stacking became a competition to see who could climb the highest. We managed to get to 11 crates high.

All of the staff were impressed at how enthusiastic and polite our class were. At each meal time, the children helped to set the tables. They sat and ate their amazing food and helped to tidy and clear up too!

I hope the children managed to get a good nights sleep on Friday night – I know we did!

Miss Birch, Mrs Charlesworth, and Miss Gilliland


Brownlee Triathlon

Posted on Wednesday 18 May 2022 by Mrs Taylor

This week, some of our Key Stage 2 children took part in the Brownlee Triathlon. Sadly, this was minus the swimming as the event was running behind due to the wet weather earlier in the day.

‘I found the cycling easy but the running was harder.’ Olivia

‘I found it all really fun.’ Kian

‘I wish I hadn’t sprinted at the beginning because I didn’t realise there was more running!’ Christina

‘I was sad that we didn’t get to swim but still found it lots of fun!’ Edris

All the children behaved impeccably and showed great team spirit.

Thank you to the staff who took the children.

The AJ Bell World Triathlon Championship Series is returning to Leeds for a sixth time on 11-12 June and this year there is a chance for families to get involved.

Swim Bike Run Family – Saturday 11th June
For the first time, families can come and participate together. This is perfect for newcomers, with a 90m dip in the lake followed by a 400m walk/run. All for £10.00 per family and each finisher will receive the WTCS Leeds finishers medal. Adults must participate with the children (age 4 and above) and wetsuits are available to borrow at no additional cost.  Enter here.

Swim Bike Run Kids – Saturday 11th June
We want to help children take their first step into our sport and this is a perfect opportunity, with a 90m dip in the lake followed by a 400m walk/run. This event is for children aged 8-14 years old and it’s £5 to enter. Each finisher will receive the WTCS Leeds finishers medal. Wetsuits are available to borrow at no additional cost. Enter here.

Summer term after-school clubs

Posted on Thursday 05 May 2022 by Mrs Taylor

Edit: places can still be booked for after-school clubs.

We have spaces available on:

Tuesday – basketball Y4-6 now open to Y3

Tuesday – rugby Y1-3 now open to reception

Thursday – multi-games Y4-6 now open to Y3

After-school clubs will be restarting next week and they will run for eight weeks until week commencing 4th July. Places can be booked via Gateway.

Our physical activity clubs continue to be heavily subsidised through the investment of our PE and Sport Premium.

Each club has a limit on the maximum number of children who can attend. As numbers are limited we ask that you limit your child to one club initially. If there are clubs with remaining places, we will then offer these as a second club.

Please contact the office if you have any queries about the clubs or the booking system.

Living and learning: mindfulness

Posted on Wednesday 04 May 2022 by Mrs Taylor

As a happy and healthy school, we encourage pupils to look after their mental health as well as their physical health. Read our mindfulness newsletter for ideas and techniques to try to support this.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Chirpy, in Chapel Allerton, are hosting FREE after school Mindfulness Moments For Minis workshops. A time for children to reconnect and calm their minds.

Wednesday 11th May 4:30pm – 5:15pm Age 5-10

Thursday 12th May 4:30pm – 5:15pm Age 5-10

Friday 13th May 10am -10:30am  pre school

Bookings can be made here.

By teaching mindfulness to children they learn the skills they need to build self-awareness, confidence and cope with stress. Mindfulness can help children deal with tough emotions and help them learn ways to relax and calm the mind and the body.

Living and Learning – Democracy

Posted on Monday 02 May 2022 by Miss Birch

Last week, Year 4 delved deeper into the topic of ‘democracy’.

Democracy comes from two Greek words:
Dêmos means people and Krátos means rule or strength.
So, democracy means ‘rule by the people’. 

We learned:

  • How a general election works.
  • The role of an MP, and the Prime Minister. 
  • What political parties are.
  • How I can find out about the views of politicians, and why this is important.

The important part of this learning is that democracy is about more than just voting. There are lots of ways that people can participate and make their voice heard!  You can email your MP, campaign for what you believe is right and petition your government.

In Year 4, we participate in voting for our rewards, what books we read and who we believe has been most successful.

For example, the School Library Service is holding a competition to celebrate reading for KS2 children in Leeds. They could be shortlisted to go to an award ceremony and the prize is being crowned Leeds School Librarian 2022.
The class nominated one ‘reading champion’ to put forward for the competition and this person is… Leon! Well done!



Leeds Fun Run 8th May

Posted on Friday 29 April 2022 by Mrs Taylor

The Arena Group Leeds Fun Run is back for 2022, taking place on Sunday 8th May.

It offers a great opportunity to get families together, while staying and active and healthy at the same time.

Children of all abilities are encouraged to take part as they wheel, walk, jog or run the 1.3 km route around the city centre.


Catalan Soccer

Posted on Wednesday 27 April 2022 by Mrs Taylor

This week, all classes are taking part in sessions led by Catalan Soccer.

Thank you to the Year 5 pupil, who currently attends Catalan Soccer sessions outside of school, who requested they came into school.

The classes have been brilliant and the coaches have fed back what a delight the kids have been to coach!

The coaches also commented how welcome they have been made to feel by your staff and teachers, so a huge thanks for that!

If your child enjoyed their session, please contact Catalan Soccer to find out more about the classes and holiday camps they run in Leeds.

Big Walk and Wheel

Posted on Saturday 02 April 2022 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to all the families who have supported the Big Walk and Wheel over the last two weeks.

Overall, we were placed 150th in the small school category, out of 643 schools, with a daily average of 74.29% of journeys to school being active. In Northern England, we were 18th out of 107 small schools. Well done to everyone who took an active journey to help to achieve this.

Over the two week period we actively travelled 1,358 times!

It would be great for these active journeys to continue. Travelling actively (walking, park and stride – Marks and Spencers car park, scooting or biking) is a safe and healthy start to the school day.

Living and Learning – First Aid

Posted on Wednesday 30 March 2022 by Miss Birch

Last week, Y4 learnt what to do in case someone is suddenly ill, injured or needs help.

Basic Rules:

➤If an accident happens, it is most important that before you do anything else you must ensure that it is safe to approach and offer help.
➤If anything happens to you then you will be unable to help anyone else. This could mean one casualty then becomes two.

If it’s serious, call 999 and remember LIONEL…

Location. Tell them where the emergency is and where you want them to arrive.
Incident. Tell them what has happened.
Other services. Do you need more than one?
Number of people that are involved.
Extent of the injuries. What types of injuries do people have?
Location. Repeat again where they need to arrive.

What would you do in an emergency?