Janet DukePrimary School

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                                   Welcome to Topaz Class

Class Teacher:            Mrs Balcombe

Learning Assistant:     Mrs Janes

Midday Assistant:       Mrs Bramley




Class Timetable




In our class we follow these rules:

  1. We are kind

  2. We are motivated

  3. We are respectful

  4. We are important


Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. We can bring in our PE kits if we want to but as long as we have appropriate footwear we can join in. No jewellery on these days please.


Spring Update:

This has been a different kind of term for us in Year 4 as most of us have had to learn from home. We have worked very hard and made all our teachers proud with our resilience and positive attitude.



For our English this term, we began by learning about traditional tales. We thought about the story of the Three little pigs and how this might have been reported if it was a real news story. Here is some of our work:


We then moved onto learning about Ancient Greek myths. We learnt about myths such as Theseus and the Minotaur, Pandora’s Box and Icarus and Daedalus. We thought about the message of each myth and the personality traits of the characters in these stories. We also used the events to design our own creatures, creations and discuss the rights and wrongs of the character’s actions. We’ve also linked our learning with History and DT.

Here is some of our work:



For our Maths this term we have been looking at fractions. We have used fraction walls to help us match and make fractions as well as find equivalent fractions too! We have also looked at how our times tables can help us to find an equivalent fraction.  During our Zoom teachings, we repeated and learnt the phrase: What we do to the numerator, we have to do to the denominator! Here is some of our work:



In our topic we have been exploring the water cycle and the importance of rivers. We learned about the names of each part of the river too as well as where famous rivers around the world are. Here is some of our work:


We have also put lots of effort into learning cooking and baking skills. Here are some of the things we have made:



Our work - Autumn Term 

In our learning this half term we have been reading How to train your dragon; The day of the Dreader and using this in our writing to create Non-Chronological reports. We have learnt about how to make our writing formal by using subheadings and paragraphing.





For Maths we are learning about length and perimeter. We have practised strategies to convert between different units of length and how this can be used to find the perimeter of rectilinear shapes.




For Science we are learning about the digestive system. We have looked at our own teeth and learned what their functions are. We will be following the digestive system to see how food travels through our body.



Special events this term have been Harvest. We learned what a harvest is and the different kinds of food gathered. We experimented in Art with how to capture the colour, shade and 3D depth of the food gathered. We then applied our Pop Art skills to create a Pop Art Harvest images.