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Year 4 - Hickory Class

Year 4 learned how to create bar charts on Excel this week for their computing topic. This linked with the work they have been doing in maths during the week. 

We were so thrilled to finally be able to go on our trip! What an amazing time we had too. The children were able to explore the museum and go on a trail finding different Somerset artefacts. They then made their own Tudor soap using natural herbs and essences, wrote using ink and quills and finally visited the almshouse to see exactly what it was like to live like a Tudor. They were all impeccably behaved and really did Preston primary proud. 


What a wonderful Christmas week we have had in Hickory class! We've made snowman cards, decorated calendars, made board games, solved Christmas maths mysteries and most of all, we've all had tons of fun! The children have worked incredibly hard so far this year and I can't wait to see them in the New Year ready for a fantastic new term! 


I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and are able to spend time with your families. Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in January. 


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 


Mrs Chambers 

The children are learning to use algorithms and coding within their computing topic this term. We learned how to program codes onto scratch and created some very funny scenes! 

Working as a team!

As part of our PSHE this term, Hickory class have been learning to work as a team. This week they were set with a challenging task. They had to sit on the floor, link arms and then stand up as a pair. After a few attempts, they all managed to get up and learned the value of working together to achieve something! 

Children in need 2021

Tudor activities 

Year 4 spent the day learning all about the Tudors to support their history topic. They loved making Tudor roses from clay, which will be painted on Friday. They also made royal crowns and painted them with lots of decoration. 

Carroll diagrams 

For this weeks maths work we have been looking at ways to organise data. The children asked the class questions and organised it into a Carroll diagram. We also investigated Venn diagrams and pictograms too! 

The digestive system! 
To understand each part of the digestive system and to remind ourselves of last week’s work, we recreated what would happen inside our bodies. It was very disgusting and the children loved it! They were able to name each part of the digestive system and even explained what role each part takes in helping digest our food properly. 

Instructional writing

For English this week, Hickory class have been identifying the features of instructional texts and understanding how to write instructions. They found all the features in different texts and then wrote their own instructions: ‘How to play snakes and ladders’. 

Letters to Morrisons

This week the children decided to write letters to Morrisons based on a terrible experience I had in the shop! As I went for my normal weekly shopping, I saw bananas that were in plastic bags. The children were furious once I’d shown them the pictures so they wrote persuasive letters to try and get the bananas out of the packaging. We will, hopefully, be hearing back from them this week. 


We finally got to erupt our volcanoes! They all worked amazingly and the plan was to upload videos of them however the videos are so long we can’t upload them to the website! Apologies for that. The children were amazing and loved watching them erupt. 



Our volcanoes are looking absolutely AMAZING! The children finished their papier-mâché and began the painting process. We can’t wait to see the finished products! 


Well done to our amazing Annie! She has whizzed through her level times tables and is already onto level 7! An amazing achievement! 

Hello Yellow for mental health awareness day 😀


Hickory class have begun the very messy process of building their volcanoes! Today we managed to secure our bottle (where the magma will come through) and then we started to papier-mâché to create the volcano shape. They are looking fantastic and we can’t wait to get them painted! 

Classifying plants

For our Science this week, Hickory class have been learning about different types of plants and how we classify them. The children learned about each category and then created flow charts to classify some plants. They did very well and their presentation was outstanding. 

Drawing Willy Wonka

Timestables levels

The children have been working really hard on their timestables in preparation for their MTC test in the summer term. Each week the children complete a ‘levels’ test in which they have 10 minutes to answer a set of questions. Over the past 4 weeks they have been whizzing through the levels and 3 children are now onto level 5 which is incredible! 

European day of languages

To celebrate European day of languages the children learned how to say ‘Hello’ in lots of different languages. To help them remember, they then created posters using all the new vocabulary they had learned. Some children then researched a European country and learned even more information about that place.

PE football lessons

Hickory class have been enjoying their weekly football lessons and were able to play matches against each other last week. It was amazing to see the commitment the children had to the game and wonderful to watch their skills develop. 

Oil pastel animals

As part of our science topic, living things and their habits, the children have been learning about animals and characteristics. as this week has been art week, the children chose an animal and drew them using oil pastels. They looked simply amazing and the children put so much time and effort into them. 

Dance with Mrs Hill

Hickory class enjoyed their first dance lesson this week, they were full of enthusiasm and energy! The children are learning hip hip routines this term and we can already tell, they are going to look amazing.

Welcome to Hickory Class!


We are so excited to be able to welcome back all our new Year 4 pupils this week. It is lovely to see the positivity and enthusiasm the children have about being back in school. The first week back was full of productivity and getting to grips with new routines. The children have enjoyed sharing their memories of the Summer Holidays as well as getting stuck into the Year 4 curriculum.


We are looking forward to supporting your children throughout Year 4 and seeing them reach their full potential ready for Year 5. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me - Mrs Chambers