Mrs Dowdall's class. 


Linking to our topic in the Summer Term, Dig for Victory and learning how people lived without a fridge, freezer or supermarket, Year 4 have been discussing how it is that today we can have non-seasonal fruit and vegetables all year round. This led to a discussion about greenhouses and their use, how they help plants to grow, and also a little about their history.

We have found out that many goods grown abroad are flown to the UK to put on supermarket shelves, but also how commercial greenhouses keep us stocked up with our favourite fruits and vegetables all year round. Did you know that a type of greenhouse has been around since Roman times, when the emperor Tiberius demanded that cucumber be available for his table every day of the year?

The children have designed their own mini-greenhouses and made models of them. We have used lolly sticks or Jelutong for the frame, cling film, acetate or plastic sheeting for the windows. Some of our designs have an opening for ventilation.

We have been measuring, sawing, glueing and learning about ways to strengthen our frames, and hope you like our designs.


On Thursday 17th November, parents of Year 4 were treated to a terrific show of what their children have been learning this term.

The children began by sharing some of the writing they had been doing. Their first focus was Stories from Other Cultures, and their hook was an animated film called The Catch. In the story, a young fisherboy, has the repsonsibility of feeding the tribe, but can only catch tiddlers from the small pond near his village, because it is half empty. Hearing a fox yelp from the bushes, he carefully sets it free. The cheeky fox then steals the fisherman's catch and heads off into the dark, forbidding forest. Nervously the boy pursues, and is led to a huge lake full of enormous fish. Helping the boy, by providing a stick for a rod, the fox waits while the boy makes his catch. Before they part company, the boy throws a small fish to the fox as a reward, whereupon the fox disappears into the sky. Was it real, or just a spirit? The chidlren used some fantastic vocabulary to write the build up to the story. This was followed by some autumn poetry where they had been learning to use alliteration, rhyme, similes, pattern and powerful vocabulary. Again they shared some of their creations with us.

The term's focus in humanities has been Foootsteps Around the World, where we have looked at the continents of Africa, Australasia and Europe. Starting with Africa, we created a powerpoint presentation of an Africac country, finding out about its climate, population, traditions and some of its culture. We then moved on to find out about James Cook's discovery of Australia and thought about how the different groups involved: explorers, convicts and aborigines would have felt about the changes that followed. 

In science the topic for the first half term was States of Matter and the children had great fun pretending to be atoms of each type of state, before wowing their audience with a song which reminds them of their learning.

The children were so exctied to share what they had learned and the audience were very impressed with their knowledge.

Well done Year 4 - keep it up!



 Well what an amazing day we've had.  After getting off the coach in torrential rain we very quickly found our dorms and began settling in.

 Our first activitiy ws pond dipping and we found lots of creatures, including a water scorpion, mayfly nymphs, water louse and water snails.  Big added bonus was that no-one fell in!  Then we returned to the building and had a well deserved lunch, some of us even ate al fresco.

 In the afternoon we had problem solving activities and all of our groups worked really hard to work together as a team.  In free time the children have built a den in the woods and were excited to show us.  We have seen a Munkjack deer, a white marbled butterfuly and a heron.  

 After dinner, we had a scavenger hunt, looing for clues around the site, which was great fun, before ending our day with hot chocolate around the campfire,

 Year 4 have been amazing today, with fantastic manners, appreciative comments and they have been a pleasure to be with.

 Here's looking forward to another fun-filled day tomorrow!

Moat Mount - Day 2

After a not so early night (!) the children were awake bright and early although a few were not particularly bushy tailed!  We had a hearty breakfast (lots of seconds) and started with a dormitory inspection.  Parents, please take note, they were immaculate.  No clothes on the floor, suitcases stacked neatly and bedded folded ready for tonight.  Well done Year 4!

Our first activity was archery and the children excelled.  We had quite a few bullseyes, with many children showing real promise.  Robin Hood woud have been keen to have Year 4 join his merry band.  

The chidren made their own sandwiches and enjoyed their lunch before setting off on the orienteering course.  We split into three groups and there were some real stars, who showed off their map reading skills whilst exploring the woods and pond area.  The activity ended with some very weary legs and that was just the adults!

To round off the day, before dinner, Mr Smith ran a mini first aid course where the teatment of burns, cuts, bumps and sprains were covered.  Also, when and how to contact 999.  All necessary life skills.  The children particularly enjoyed bandaging each other and fortunately we didn't end up with any mummies!

After dinner, this evening, we were lucky enough to have an ice cream van visit and got to choose whatever ice cream we wanted.  Yummy!  This led nicely into our long awaited talent show.  We were all treated to a range of acts including magic, card tricks, singing, comedy and dancing.  What a great way to end the night!

We are now all hoping for a slightly early bedtime and looking forward to our final activities tomorrow.  



This term, Year 4 have been lucky enough to have some professional tennis coaching, thanks to an initiative run by the LTA. We were offered funding for either tennis equipment or coaching, and as we have new racquets we chose the latter.

On Tuesday 15th March, Karl Mills the coach at Potters Bar Tennis Club came to school and put the children through their paces. They played games which improve coordination, and then put those skills to the test using an improvised net stretched between the netball posts. It was the day before storm Dudley, so the wind was just a tad strong, but that didn’t put the children off at all. They were all enjoying playing mini-rallies across the net and learning to control the ball.

The following week, the class visited the tennis club. The PBTC committee have kindly allowed us to use the courts for our sessions, so that the children can get a real feel for the game. Thank you PBTC Committee!

Since then we have had further lessons, where the children are learning basic skills of controlling the ball, having mini-rallies, volleying with more to come. Our thanks to Mr Ward (PE lead), for making this possible, and also to Karl for making the sessions so enjoyable.

Watch out for the next Andy Murray or Emma Raducano!



Year 4 Launch into New Science Topic

The new topic in Year 4 for Science is Rocks and Soils.

On Tuesday 11th January, the class took a field trip, to the Japanese Garden in Parkfield, to see what rocks they could find in the local area. The children really enjoyed their walk, and found many different examples of rocks, both decorative and practical, as they examined the paths on their route.

On the way back to school, we walked past the Oakmere Park entrance and the War Memorial, where we found examples of stone structures, not usually associated with buildings in Potters Bar. We also took time to discuss the materials used to build the flats and houses, and compared these to St Mary the Virgin church on the walk, which is also made of stone.

We will be using the information gathered to investigate the different types of rocks found under the Earth’s surface.