Benjamin Franklin

Friday 15th June

In English, we have been researching our chosen animal and their habitat ready for our Fact files next week. We have learnt some very weird and wonderful facts about some of our creatures.

In Maths, we have learnt how to use chunking to help us solve our word problems. We didn’t like it at first but we are getting used to it as a method. We have also solved lots of fraction problems.

In Topic, we created a poster to highlight all the benefits that a river can bring to the community and further afield. We discussed hydroelectric power, irrigation to farmers, tourism, leisure, habitats and the water cycle.

In Science, we have continued to learn about habitats and have looked at classification.

We are now looking forward to the PAC tomorrow. It is going to be a fantastic opportunity for us to show what a talented lot we are at Buckden!

Our talk homework is to tell our family everything we know about our chosen animal.

Friday 8th June

In Maths, we have been working hard on two step word problems. We also looked at how to divide using the chunking method. It was tricky but we persevered.

In English, we wrote and edited our newspaper report on the return of our unlikely hero, Arthur.

In Science, we did a quiz to test our general knowledge. Some of us found it tough but , as always, we tried our best. We are also looking at animals and their habitats. We had a lot of giggles when we looked at where different animals live.

In Topic, we have been working on our map skills by trying to identify the key cities in England.

Our talk homework is to discuss any local rivers we know or have visited.

Friday 18th May

In English, we have worked hard and written a diary entry, a kenning and recounted an adventure story.

In Topic we have been learning about how rivers change over the course of time.

In Maths, we have been quizzing on lots of different areas to show what fantastic mathematicians we are. We sat our arithmetic quiz and increased our average score by 55!

In P.E we learned how to bowl and bat the ball in cricket.

We also learned how fantastic our brains are. Here are some of the things we learned:

The brain feels like a soft mushroom, the hippocampus is shaped like a sea-horse, there are over 100 billion neurons in our brain, your brain keeps on developing and learning new skills until you are in your forties – poor Mrs Anderson!

In Spanish, we are trying to build our bank of verbs to help us to extend our sentences.

We are looking forward to relaxing this weekend.


Franklin class

Friday 27th April

In Science, we experimented with oobleck to discover what happened when we exerted pressure on it. We found it was very messy! We also watched a man walk on custard which is also a type of oobleck.

In English, Arthur is about to embark on his quest to save the town. We had several interesting discussions about what we thought were the most essential items.

Today in Maths, we completed a multiplication quiz to test our knowledge. We have also been learning how to find fractions of an amount.

In Topic, we spent the session researching into rivers. We used maps, fact cards, atlases and factual books to find as much information as we could.

In netball, we have learnt and practised the three different passes to be successful in a game. Next week we will look at defending.

In computing, with Mrs Jaynes, we looked at a range of trailers and their features. We are hoping to create our own trailer in the near future.

Next week, we are excited to be going to Hilltop instead of school. We intend to wear Mrs Anderson out!

Talk homework: To find out what condensation and evaporation mean. Try to find examples of each.


Franklin class


Friday 20th April

After what has been a remarkably warm week, we managed to take advantage of this during our first cricket lesson. We learned how to catch the ball. Next week we will be working on our batting skills.

We have also been learning outside as much as possible. We held our first debate in English under the trees on the field. This led us to write a letter to a fictional character, offering advice on whether he should go on his quest.

We were also lucky enough to be paid a visit by a very special guest on Tuesday. James Nicol came to speak to us and sign some of our books.

In Maths, we did a conversion quiz to see how much we remember from previous lessons. We also completed Big Maths and Clic.

In guided reading, we read about rivers from around the world. This links to our topic for the next term and our talk homework – Why are rivers important?

In Science, we have begun to look at different states of matter.

Let’s hope that the sun remains with us for the weekend.

Franklin Class


Friday 23rd March

This week, we have written a newspaper report about a disaster that struck a town in Iceland. This was based on events from our english book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. We have since edited and improved our reports.

In topic, we glazed our clay tiles. Unfortunately, several broke and we had to re-model our tiles. Hopefully, by the end of half term we will all have our own replica of a Maya clay tile.

We performed our play to Year 5. We had lots of positive feedback and are really looking forward to performing to parents and family next week!!!

We wrote our own word problems in maths. Then our partner had to solve the problem, using their knowledge of conversion. We have also had several maths quizzes,covering a range of topics.

Tickets for the performance are being sent home tonight. We are expecting a full house!

Talk homework this week is for the children to explain what they know about society and compare it with how Maya society was structured.

Have a lovely weekend,

Franklin class

Friday 16th March

In Science, we made pan pipes to illustrate how pitch can be altered. Some of us produced better melodies than others!!

Today, in maths, we did our quiz on data. This included bar charts, line graphs and pictograms. We are quietly confident that we have performed well.

This week, we had our first props rehearsal and next week we are looking forward to our first rehearsal in costumes!

In English, we have looked at the features of a newspaper. This is to help us write our newspaper report on the events that occurred in our set text.

In PE, we did speed stacking with Lizell as the hall was being used to take school photos. We all looked gorgeous.

In Spanish, we translated lots of Spanish text into English. This was followed by lots of Spanish singing.

Friday 9th March

This week, we have had lots of play rehearsal and singing. We are already seeing a big difference. Our performance today was pretty impressive. For talk homework, I would like to see everyone able to perform their lines and follow stage directions without a script.

We are working towards our teamwork badge in karate. Karina is pleased with how well we are working together and we are quietly confident that we can achieve this.

In topic, we worked hard to create our clay tiles. Having designed them last week, we shaped and carved them this week. They will be glazed next week.

In maths, we have been learning about measure. We are able to multiply and divide by 10 and a 100.

Have a great weekend,

Franklin class


Friday 23rd February

2nd March 2018 – What a Knight

We have learnt lots of new skills this week.

In Topic, we used our map reading skills to label Central America and their capital cities. We also compared the average temperature and precipitation levels in both, using statistical data. This tied in very nicely with our maths as we are looking at different ways to represent data.

In Science, we conducted an experiment to test which materials are the most soundproof. We had a lot of fun testing the different buzzers. We will write up our observations and draw conclusions next week. This leads us on to our talk homework this week, which is to discuss why soundproofing is important and where we might use it in everyday life.

We are making great progress with our play rehearsals. Thank you to everyone who has sent in costumes. We are already excited to see the final shows as we have had so many giggles in rehearsal.

We hope you have a lovely, relaxing weekend.

Franklin class

Friday  2nd February

This week was very exciting as we had our first play rehearsal. It went really well. We didn’t realise we had so many drama queens!!

In music, we have been listening to music pieces and trying to identify patterns, melodies and rhythm.

In P.E, we have been learning the crucial skills needed to play hockey – dribbling, passing, tackling – safely!

We also learned the Maya number system. Phew! That was tricky but we persevered and think we may have cracked it.

In maths we have learned an awful lot. We have been solving word problems, using a bar model. We did our arithmetic tests and we smashed our previous scores. Mrs Anderson and Mrs Mayes did a celebratory dance, as promised!!

Have a lovely weekend

Franklin class

Friday 18th January

Exciting news. We all discovered the roles we will be playing in our Year 3/4 production. This ties in very neatly with our talk homework – describe the character you are playing to your family. In addition to this, we have been busy practising our songs.

In maths, we have been learning about different angles and 2D shapes. Mrs Anderson was very impressed with our prior knowledge.

In English, we have written our own description of an African plain. This links to the book we read ‘ Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain’. In it, we learnt about stories from different cultures.

In Spanish, we have been working independently, using dictionaries and booklets to consolidate our previous learning.

In PE, we have been learning to dance ‘The Haka’

Have a lovely weekend

Franklin Class

Friday 12th January

Good Afternoon from Franklin class.

This week we have been looking at the Maya civilisation again.

In English we learned about the gods and designed our own. We described them in an independent piece of writing.

Our talk homework is to discuss whether learning about different cultures is important and why?

In maths we continued with time and looked at word problems and how we would solve these.

We looked at the Ten Commandments in R.E as we are learning about Judaism. We tried to justify which two commandments we felt were the most important to adhere to and why? Our answers were very different and very interesting.

Last, but not least, we took part in class auditions for our school play. There was singing and poetry recitation. The competition was fierce and the children did a fantastic job – much to Mrs Anderson, Mr Burfiend and Miss Wetzel’s despair. The job of deciding roles is now trickier than ever!

Have a lovely weekend.

Franklin Class

Friday 5th January

Happy New Year to you all from Franklin class!

We have had a great start to the new year. We are looking forward to working hard this term.

Our first task is our talk homework,  which is very exciting! We are all going to learn a poem to recite for the play auditions next week.

In Science, we are learning about sound. We are hoping we will be able to answer some of the many questions we have asked.

In Topic and English, we are learning about the Mayans. We have already learnt about  Mayan folklore and how chocolate came to be on our Earth. We read ‘The Chocolate Tree’ and learned that Kukulkan gave his beloved people the chocolate. We are very grateful!

In Maths, we have been learning about time. We are looking at analogue and digital time and how to convert between them.

In Spanish, we are working really hard to understand adjectival agreements. We think we are getting there.

Although it has only been half a week, we are tired and are looking forward to a lovely, relaxing weekend.

Friday 15th December

This week has been such a busy week. We finally erupted our volcanoes, having worked hard to build them. Some were more successful than others!

In English, we have been learning about persuasive writing and their features. We have looked at T.V adverts, posters, letters, leaflets and magazines. This allowed us to write our own persuasive letters to Mrs Anderson. I wonder how successful we will be!

Maths has been very interesting. We have been learning about coordinates. We have plotted shapes and various other objects. Franklin class can definitely understand how to plot points in the first quadrant.

In Science we’ve been busy doing a quiz to see how much we have learnt this term. Mrs Anderson was very impressed.

Miss Pope taught us for the very last time today. We have been learning how to design our own games in ICT. It has been great fun and we will miss Miss Pope very, very much.

Have a lovely weekend

Franklin class

Thursday 30th November

It would be very helpful if each member of the class could bring in some newspaper and small empty drinks bottles please, for next weeks topic lessons.  We shall be transforming them into volcanoes. Thank you

In English this week, we have finally written our stories during independent writing. We have been working towards this for the last couple of weeks, so we have all been very imaginative and should have detailed characters, settings, dilemma and resolutions. We have been learning about subordinate clauses, and trying to include them in our writing.

During maths, we have been looking at fractions, specifically equivalent fractions. This was quite tricky and we shall be looking at this again next week. We have also completed out arithmetic tests and we are hoping to have beaten our target; we shall find out next week…

In science, we have been continuing to make circuits, testing which materials would allow a circuit to work. We discovered that conductors would allow a circuit to work, whilst an insulator would prevent the circuit from working.

In music we have been making lots of noise using percussion instruments. We made up our own rhythms using melodic phrases, making sure we were all playing to the same number of beats per bar. We enjoyed performing them to the class. Although Mrs Anderson and Mrs Mayes enjoyed our performances, they were also pleased when we had finished!

Thursday 23rd November

In English, we have been learning about subordinate clauses and main clauses. We have had to practice a little, but have realised that we were using them in our writing, we just didn’t know the grammatical name.  We are all going to include them in our writing next week.

In maths, we have been practising using the grid method for our multiplication, and we put this into use by solving word problems.  We impressed Mrs Anderson, and she is going to have to think of some more challenging scenarios for us to work out. We have been using our multiplication knowledge, whilst working in pairs, to work out the factor pairs of given numbers.

We are continuing to look at electrical circuits in science, and we have had a go at building our own circuits. Through experiments, we have discovered that by using more cells, we can make a bulb light up more brightly; by using more wires the bulbs were dimmer and that by adding a switch we are able to control when the bulb is on or off, just like the light switches at home. We discovered that it is important for the batteries to be negative to positive, otherwise the circuit will not work.  What a lot we have learnt through trial and error, and much fun.

During Spanish this week, we learnt different school subjects.

We are preparing to write our own song next week, using ostinatos, melodic phrases and different rhythms.

Friday 17th November

Another busy week in Franklin class.

In maths we have been working hard to find factor pairs of numbers. It has really tested our knowledge of out times tables! However, with perseverance we have shown we can do it.

In English, we looked at the skills of editing. We worked really hard last week to create a character description for our imaginary settings. This week we worked to improve it through checking our spelling, punctuation, use of adjectives, adverbs, adverbial phrases, paragraphing and fronted adverbials. Phew! All the children were successful and are looking forward to writing their story.

Our science lessons consisted of identifying electrical circuits and what was needed to complete a successful circuit. What a knowledgeable class we are!

In Spanish, we recapped a range of subjects ready for this week’s lesson on adjectives.

Mrs Anderson

Friday 10th November

Another busy week in year 4!

In English, we wrote character descriptions using all the techniques we have learned. In maths, we have been comparing fractions and decimals. We also recapped some of our learning on symmetry!

The afternoons have been fun and busy too. In Science, our new topic is electricity. We built circuits and all had lots of fun. In topic, we have been learning about volcanoes. We used atlases to help us locate the volcanoes which form the ‘Ring of Fire’. As well as our topic and Science, we also started our Christmas activities making some decorations.

We have also been thinking about our playtimes and lunchtimes and the different games we can play. We have been learning new games and have had loads of fun playing them on the playground.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Friday 13th October

We have had a busy week

In maths this week we have been learning how to use column multiplication and we are beginning to feel confident in this method. Also we have revised our grid method for multiplication and today we looked at fractions of amounts.

In English, we have been looking at poetry and our focus has been looking at poetry by Christina Rossetti.  We have begun to write our own poems using emotive language.

In Science, we have been conducting an experiment to find out which liquid does the most damage to our teeth. Our Talk Homework is to discuss this experiment and what you predict, explaining what this will show us.

In computing we discussed how it was important not to reply to messages sent either by email or text from people we did not know.

Today we have been comparing and drawing Celtic and Roman solidiers.

Have a nice restful weekend

Friday 6th October

Wow! Another week has flown by in year 4.

In maths, we have been focusing on our times tables. We have been thinking about multiples and factors and we were having fun with factor bugs to help us understand better. Ask us what’s special about the square bugs with an odd number of legs or even the Prime Minister bug!

In English, we have been having fun with homophones! We understand how important it is to use the correct one. If you don’t, you could end up with some really odd sentences, like, ‘the pear of bares went threw the would.’ We have been looking closely at sentences like this one and using what we know to correct them.

Our afternoons have been busy too. We have been looking at animal skulls in Science – ask us why! In topic, we have been learning about the Roman Army and then practising our sketching skills.

Next week we will be learning about poetry in English. For talk homework, the children will be discussing poems they like.

Have a lovely weekend

Friday 29th September

This week has been really exciting for year 4. On Wednesday, we had a visit from the dentist! We learned all about our teeth and about how we should look after them. We have also started a challenge where we need to make sure we brush our teeth twice a day and tick off when we do this.

In maths, we have been learning and practising column methods for addition and subtraction. We have also made sure we estimate first so that we can make sure our answer is realistic. Next week, we will be focusing on our multiplications so get practising this weekend!

In English, we have written our newspaper reports about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We also edited them and so now they are amazing!

Next week, we will be looking at the Roman army! The children will be talking about what they think it would have been like in the army.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Friday 22nd September 2017

This week in year 4, we have been learning about newspaper reports. We identified the features and have identified the difference between fact and opinion. Next week, we will be writing our own reports on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii – something we know lots about! In maths, we have learned how to calculate area and perimeter and also how to convert between different units of measure. We have also been focusing on our 6 times table – test us! We are getting pretty good. We finished off the week with a big write about the digestive system!

Next week, we have a lot to look forward to. On Monday, we are going to the church for a Harvest service. Then, on Wednesday, the dentist will be paying us a visit! She will be talking to us about why it is so important to look after our teeth and will also be giving us some top tips for keeping our teeth clean.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Pope and year 4

For those children who wanted to have more of a look at digestion. Here is the link:


Welcome to Benjamin class page