Monthly Archives: March 2021

Mercifulness and Forgiveness

Today Year 4 learnt about mercy and forgiveness in religions through stories.

The first story was from the Bible, of Joseph. He was hated by his brothers and sold as a slave. Joseph had a hard life until a pharaoh took a liking to him when he would interpret his dreams. The Pharaoh made Joseph an important person and Joseph helped many people when he saved food through the 7 year harvest and helped others through the 7 year famine. He then met his brothers again and forgave them for what they had done.

They then saw the story of Corrie Ten Boom. She helped Jewish people hide in her families home when the German soldiers wanted to capture them. Unfortunately, the family were caught and put into prison. The Family that they hid were saved and safe, but Corrie and her family suffered badly. Corrie believed God wanted her to forgive all those that had been hurtful to her and she forgave them all.

There are similarities between the story of Joseph from the Bible and Corrie Ten Boom. They both show forgiveness. Joseph forgave his brothers when they were mean to him and Corrie Ten Boom forgave all the people that were cruel to her and all the other Jews. It takes a very tolerant person to forgive others. It shows they have compassion too. We all need to forgive.

Display your behaviours for learning by playing Mancarla!

Mancala is a generic name for a family of two-player turn-based strategy board games played with small stones, beans, or seeds and rows of holes or pits in the earth, a board or other playing surface. The objective is usually to capture all or some set of the opponent’s pieces.

The games originate from African and are among the oldest known games to still be widely played today.

The challenging game involves the following skills

Problem Solving – mathematical thinking
Logical Thinking – make decisions based on prior outcomes
Planning a Strategy – learn the rules and apply them

Play the game online by clicking here


Fun with Science

Recently Robins have been working together to review their knowledge on the three states of matter.

They have carried out an investigation on the changing state of water and how salt can affect the melting process and they have played a game to review the water cycle.

Red Nose Day

Today is Red Nose Day. The children worse something red or dressed up as a Disney character and brought in £1 to raise money for this worthy cause.

This year Red Nose Day donations will go towards supporting important issues like homelessness, hunger, domestic abuse and mental health, all of which have been impacted by Covid-19.

Power of advertising

Today Year 4 looked at the power of advertising. We are bombarded by adverts on the television, when we are playing games online, newspapers, magazines, billboards on the streets, on the radio and in shops.

Year 4 discussed how they adverts influence what we buy. There are lots of ways that adverts and packaging make us want to buy the product. There are bright packages, enticing pictures, celebrity endorsements, special offers and catchy jingles.

Robins had a lot of fun recalling jingles and different adverts that they liked (even though they don’t buy or want that product). It is interesting to see the power of the advertising how these influence us by staying in our heads.

Some of the class’ favourites were Go Compare, McDonalds, Tesco’s, Coca Cola, to name just a few.

Can you recognise any of these famous brands just with small clues? Have a go…