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Holly Hill Primary and Nursery School

Kingfishers, Year 4, 2021/22

Welcome to Kingfisher Class.

Hello, my name is Mrs Ward and I am the year 4 class teacher. The T.As in Year 3 and 4 are Mrs Beavon, Mrs Gorewoda and Mrs Ward.

I am looking forward to a fantastic year ahead with Kingfisher!

This page will be updated regularly with photos of the children’s work and messages to parents. I hope you enjoy looking at their work. 😊

General Information:

  • P.E  will be on a Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Earrings must be removed or children need to be able to remove them themselves.
  • Reading diaries will be checked weekly and children are expected to read five times in a week. 

The Ancient Greeks

Our final half-term in Year 4. What a sad time, but an exciting topic! We are going to be learning about different aspects of the Ancient Greeks: their life, the birth of the Olympic Sports and their influence on Western Culture today.


Ancient Greeks - Knowledge Organiser

A picture book of J.C (Jesse) Owens: We are reading a biography about Jesse Owens who competed in the Olympics during Nazi Germany and set world records for running and jumping. He accomplished this, despite facing obstacles along the way. πŸ…πŸƒπŸΏβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ₯‡

Friday 24th June

Art: We have used stippling and small lines to create the impression of a sun setting over the sea and a tree in the moonlight. We had to be careful to make sure the complimentary colours sat side by side to create a striking contrast. πŸŒ… 🌝

Thursday 25th June

Sports Day 2022: Our first one where spectators were allowed to join us. What a brilliant day we had! Well done to everyone that took part. πŸ₯š πŸ₯„ 🎾 πŸƒπŸΏβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ…

Wednesday 22nd June

Jigsaw - Year 4 have been looking at how we get half of our genes each from our birth mother and father. We had to try and figure out what Child 2 and 3 might look like from fictional parents and child. 🧬 πŸ‘ πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ¦°πŸ‘±πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

Thursday 16th June 

Painting in art: Kingfisher used their skill of colour mixing to paint these beautiful Hyacinths. They used a technique called stippling, which is the art of making a picture using dots. The shades of purples are lovely πŸ’œ

Statistics and graphs in maths: we have been reading and interpreting data on bar and line graphs πŸ“Š πŸ“‰

Wednesday 15th June

History: The Trojan War. 10 long years, the Greeks fought in Troy (thought to be in Turkey) to win back Helen. Who knows if this Greek myth is based on any truth… 🐴 🏹 🏰

Monday 13th June

We are enjoying some books about the Olympic Games. We have enjoyed comparing and contrasting between the Ancient Greek Olympics and modern day Olympics. The Greeks called a truce a month before the Olympics to make sure the games went ahead. In contrast, WWI and WWII disrupted the Olympics. πŸƒπŸΏβ€β™‚οΈ πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ πŸ…

Friday 10th June

Colour mixing: before we start our painting sessions, we need to be confident with colour mixing. Kingfisher did a good job today making these colour wheels. 🎨 πŸ–Œ

🐀 πŸ’› Wear Yellow for Winnie πŸ’›πŸ€ Thank you for all of your donations to this important cause. We wish Winnie and her family all the best 🐀 πŸ’›

Savage Stone-Age continued...

This half-term we will be learning about the different types of sources used in Historical enquiry and making some local study visits of our own.

Our text will be, 'The Secret's of Stonehenge' and we will be using our trip to Creswell Crags to produce some recount and review writing. 

In Science, we will be conducting some local wildlife studies and using the results to analyse what that means for our local area. We will also be investigating the positive and negative effect of humans on the environment. 

Home Learning: If you are isolating, but well enough to work, your timetables can be found below. 

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‘‘Jubilee 2022πŸ‘‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‘‘Picnic timeπŸ‘‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

🎸 🎀 🎢 We love to boogie! 🎢🎀🎸

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πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‘‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‘‘ Such a fun day! πŸ‘‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‘‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§



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Thursday 26th May

Jubilee prep has begun! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ πŸ«… πŸ‘‘ 🏰 πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

D.T: The finished product, a Hunter gatherer bag πŸ’Ό πŸ… 🦣 πŸͺ¨

Monday 23rd May

D.T (Design technology) Kingfisher have been designing and sewing a Stone-Age hunter gatherer bag. πŸͺ‘

Tuesday 17th May

Creswell Crags Trip: The Year 4s had a great day, learning about and exploring different rock types, looking at the crags, sitting in a cave that Stone-Age people actually lived in, building shelters and 'hunting' to survive in the Ice-Age. It was a fabulous day and bought our Stone-Age topic to life!

Wednesday 11th May

P.E: Kingfisher have continued to practise their jumping skills. As it was an extremely wet day, we made a lovely big space in the classroom.

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Tuesday 10th May

A lovely visit to St Helen’s Church


We were lucky enough to have wonderful β˜€οΈ for our walk to St Helen’s today. We were greeted by Associate Priest Dr Lee Gordon and member of the congregation (and brilliant history teacher) Linda Hanson.


We learnt a lot about the history of the church and how it’s changed over the years. We were interested to learn that the font (used for the Holy water in a baptism) was removed from all churches and the one at St Helen’s ended up at the Bull and Butcher for sharpening knives πŸ”ͺin the mid 17th century! You can see the dips on the font in the photos.


Did  you know that the church tower was also reinforced as it was a defensive tower for military purpose?


What a fantastic history lesson about the church and Selston β›ͺ️ 


Thursday 5th May

The Secrets of Stonehenge: Kingfisher have made adverts to promote the book they’re reading. 🎬

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Wednesday 4th May

English: planning and writing an advert. Kingfisher have been promoting our text, β€œSecrets of Stonehenge.” We have written a script, included historical information and promoted the book to the class. Fabulous work Kingfisher. ✍️ 🎬 🌟

Practising jumping skills in P.E to work towards the triple jump. Great work Kingfisher! πŸƒπŸ½πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Tuesday 3rd May

Science: Kingfisher have been researching the positive impact of humans on habitats: renewable energy, recycling, eco-tourism and animal conservation. We are going to write to the School Council to think of ways to enhance our wonderful habitats on school grounds. 🌳 🐦 🌸 🐜 🐝 🌎 πŸ’š πŸ’™

Wednesday 27th April

P.E: Kingfisher have been practising their sprinting skills and passing the baton today. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

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Tuesday 26th April

White Post Farm Visit: who doesn’t love an animal? πŸ°πŸΉπŸ­πŸ•·. Even the cockroach πŸͺ³ was slightly heart warming πŸ₯°

We’ll this little chap certainly enjoyed his five minutes of fame (or freedom!) 🐹

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Monday 25th April

Research and making a glossary: Kingfisher have been researching key words relating to Stonehenge, looking up their meaning and creating a glossary. πŸ’» ✍️

Wednesday 20th April 2022

Our topic this half-term is about the Stone Age and settlements. We will be linking previous learning about Egyptian and Roman settlements to Stone-Age ones. We will also be looking at local area settlements and how they compare and contrast in Nottinghamshire.

Our texts in English this half term

Friday 18th March

Thank you for all your kind donations ❀️

Science: Kingfisher have been looking for creatures and sorting them into classifications e.g. wings, no wings and how many legs. We also had to describe the habitats we found them in. πŸͺ± πŸ•· 🐜 πŸ›

Wednesday 16th March

R.E: The Hindu Holy city of Varanasi. Kingfisher have been learning about how significant the River Ganges is to Hindu Pilgrims.

Tuesday 15th March

Science: We have been learning about the seven characteristics needed to live: MRS NERG

Move Reproduce Sensitive Nutrients Excrete Respire Grow

Friday 11th March

R.E: Kingfisher started their learning about pilgrimages by researching different accounts of Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah. I was impressed with their previous knowledge about this.

Thursday 10th March

Time travelling: Kingfisher have gone back to prehistoric times to write about their β€˜experience’ in the story: β€˜A Pebble in my Pocket.’ ✍️ πŸ¦• πŸŒ‹

Wednesday 9th March

Cave drawings: we have been looking at examples of real life cave drawings from the Stone Age and created our own. We learned that they were used as a form of communication and made with dirt, animal blood, animal fat and saliva.

Kingfisher's Favourite Books!

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Happy World Book Day! Kingfisher look amazing and we are celebrating the love of books and reading today πŸ“–

Kingfisher Potato Entries: Wow! What an amazing effort! πŸ₯” These are fabulous!

WBD 2022.mp4

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Our English text: The Pebble in my Pocket: A History of our Earth.

What's Wonderful About Stevie Wonder?

Our topic this half-term is based on the musician, Stevie Wonder. We will be learning about his music and the history of music that led up to Motown. 

We will be creating our own jingle for a radio-station and making a podcast for listeners. 

Our science work, sound and hearing, will link in to our work about music.

The Detroit Riots of July 1967: Listen to our radio broadcasts as we bring you coverage of the main events.

Aiden and Harry.mp3

Alfie and Zander.mp3

Amelia and Freya.mp3

Amelia and Sophie.mp3

Busola and Jaydean.mp3

Charlie and Oscar.mp3

Ethan and Ruben - Detroit.mp3

Holly and Lauran.mp3

Jack Tyler and Tyson.mp3

Freya and Myla.mp3

Joe and Lucas-Detriot.mp3

Tommy and Freddie.mp3

Online learning:


For anyone isolating, please see the timetable which will be published below. This will have all your learning for the week.

Please note that this is for children who are well enough to carry out home-schooling. 

Thank you

Mrs Ward

Home Learning - 24th January

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Home Learning - 10th January

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Friday 11th February

Maths: we practise our times tables daily, but it’s especially important for our unit of learning which is division. Knowing our times tables really helps us with other maths learning such as word problems, division problems and fractions. βœ–οΈβž—

Kingfisher trip to Eureka! Tuesday 8th February 2022

Living and Working Together: it was so much fun going into the bank vault and trying to unlock the safes. The money chair was a hit too! πŸ’Έ πŸͺ™ πŸ’Ά

From the chew to the poo πŸ’© What a great demonstration of how our digestive system works! πŸ˜‹

The Sound Gallery: linked to our science learning, we were able to explore and control sound types (and also dress up in funny costumes!) πŸ‘‚ 🎀

The Spark Room: we had great fun controlling all the different colours and sounds in this room. πŸŽ†

All About Me Gallery: Kingfisher enjoyed exploring how different parts of their body work. 🫁 🧠 ❀️. The teeth, πŸ‘ƒ and πŸ‘… were a particular favourite!

Thursday 3rd February

Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. Kingfisher have been learning about and discussing these two inspirational people in history who fought for the equality for black people. I was very impressed with how Kingfisher were able to discuss this in a mature and sensible way.

Jigsaw: Our learning today was about working in a team to achieve a goal. The task - design a potato! πŸ₯” The groups certainly laughed at their ideas and showed great team-work skills!

Wednesday 2nd February

Active 15: Kingfisher love going out for Active 15 and get lots of exercise. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ ⚽️

🎢 Wow Write 🎢 After extensive research, Kingfisher produced these wonderful fact files about famous Motown singers 🎀 🎡

Tuesday 1st February

Monday 31st January

I am looking forward to another productive and successful week with Kingfisher.   ✍️ 🎼 🧫 βœ–οΈ

Thursday 27th January

Science: Kingfisher had to investigate soundproofing and design ear defenders to muffle the sound of a band. They came up with lots of good ideas with some surprising results. πŸ₯πŸŽΌπŸ‘‚πŸŽ§

Wednesday 26th January

Music: We have been listening to Louis Armstrong and thinking about what his song, β€˜Wonderful World’ looks like. 🎀🎼🎹🌳🌷🌞🌜

Monday 24th January

Welcome back to the children that were off last week. Let’s have a successful week! 

Friday 21st January

Computing: Kingfisher have started to make and program piano keys using Scratch. They are working towards creating a radio jingle for their podcast. 🎧🎀

English: Kingfisher have been researching the car crash that Stevie Wonder was in and have started to write a newspaper article ✍️ πŸ“°

Thursday 20th January

Science: We used a tuning fork to watch the vibration in the water travel away from the sound source (the tuning fork) πŸ‘‚ 🧫

Slow-mo video of the tuning fork vibrating the water away from the sound source.

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Friday 7th January

Computing: We started our unit of learning using a program called Scratch. We had to select a sprite and add a background and some sound. We also made it move using the programming blocks.


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Science: Kingfisher have been experimenting with the vibrations across string, using good old fashioned cup telephones. We discovered that going around the corner affects the sound, tying a knot in the string doesn’t make a difference and pulling the string tight makes the sound louder and clearer. πŸ‘‚ πŸ”Š h

Wednesday 5th January

Jigsaw: We discussed our hopes and dreams for now and the future. We looked at Michael Jordan, the basket ball player, as an example of not quitting when things go wrong. Kingfisher have wonderful hopes and dreams πŸ’­

Thank you all for a lovely term. What a great start to Year 4 eveyone!

We’ve had a fabulous Christmas Party Day

Kingfisher Christmas

D.T: Measuring and sawing wooden dowling in preparation for making our pulley.πŸ“ πŸͺšTeam work makes the dream work! 🌟

Monday 13th December 


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Panto Time: Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is! 🎭🎼

Friday 10th December

Types of levers: Kingfisher have been learning about the three different types of levers. They had to investigate the fulcrum and the load and try to make the lever balance.

Wednesday 8th December

Science: We have tested and sorted electrical conductors and insulators, using our knowledge of making a workable electric circuit. πŸ’‘

Gymnastics: Our final routine πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯‡

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Tuesday 7th December

Grammar: Kingfisher decided which nouns go with β€˜a’ or β€˜an’ using the rule of a consonant or vowel.

Monday 6th December

Wednesday 1st December

Making a sequence: today in gymnastics, Kingfisher had to work with a partner to make a sequence of movements using the small apparatus. We were very impressed with the outcome πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Final sequence πŸ€ΈπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ€ΈπŸ»

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Tuesday 30th November

English: Today, we focused on using adverbs, fronted adverbials and verbs to write about how the main charter was feeling in Laura’s Star 🌟

Monday 29th November

Another week of working hard - let's get to it Kingfisher!

We are all pen users! Congratulations Kingfisher Class on getting your pen licences. Hard work pays off! πŸ–Š πŸ₯³ πŸŽ‰ πŸ‘