Monthly Archives: September 2021

Exploring Fantasy Films

Writing a setting description 29.9.21


This afternoon in English, Robins enjoyed exploring a short fantasy cartoon film about a girl on a beach.

We watched the film and wrote ideas down for a setting description.

Miss Knapman’s group displayed their behaviour for learning ‘working with others’ and worked as a group, sharing ideas and creating expanded noun phrases and interesting adjectives.


The class wrote ideas next to stills of the film, including expanding noun phrases and adjectives that corresponded with each setting as it changed through the film.

Getting to know Greece!


As part of their primary research on why Greece is a popular tourist destination, Robins taste tested a range of Greek food.

We tried hummus and taramasalata with pitta bread or bread sticks. We also tried some plain Greek yoghurt. We tested some olives and Greek feta cheese. Then we rated each food out of five starts and wrote why we did or didn’t like it.

Next week, Robins will make a poster / blog about Greece.

Don’t forget to do extra research at home. The following links below may help you.

  1. Safe   Search – Use this to search for information 
  2. Tripadvisor – Things to do in Greece 
  3. 9 Fantastic things to do in Greece 
  4. Visit Greece – Activities to do 
  5. Video :  Greece Ultimate Travel Guide
  6.  Ten dishes to try in Greece 

and finally, GreeceFactCards – Click here to read some fact cards. 

You may also wish to visit Kings Norton Library (or Birmingham Library)  to read books about Greece.  Remember to write notes in your homework book ready for next Tuesday’s lesson! (Or write them in the comments below)

The Street Beneath My Feet

Unravelling the book, the sound of “ahhh” and “ooooo” was filling the classroom.

This morning we explored our new class reader.  “The street beneath my feet.”
In groups we have marvelled at this double-sided foldout book. It has showed us a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse side shows the ground beneath the countryside. We look forward to reading it again tomorrow and writing a book review about it later!

Mamma Mia!

In Music on Monday morning, we listened to the song Mama Mia by Abba. Mr Lo showed the notes on a scale and what they looked like, we concentrated on the notes a and g.

Then we used the glockenspiels and with a partner and we played those notes along with the song.

Pablo Picasso – Cubism

This half term Robins have been studying Pablo Picasso.

Today they discussed all about cubism and had a go at creating their own cubism inspired portraits.

Excellent concentration! Well done to those of you who took care in using the oil pastels.

Notice the shapes and strong colours.

Guided Reading

This morning in Guided Reading, the Robins in year 4 were reading poems. We used reading strategies to support our reading, replacing words we didn’t know with blank, using skimming and scanning ad phonics knowledge.

We took it in turns to read poems and then found nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in the poems we had read.

All about teeth

In Science we have been learning all about teeth.

We learnt about the different types of teeth in a human’s mouth and what they are used for.   Can you remember what are your incisors, canines and molars?

Next we discussed what would happen if we didn’t brush our teeth. We also setup a science experiment to test how different liquids can stain / damage our teeth. We have used: Cola, juice, salt water, tap water and vinegar. 

Of course.. we couldn’t really use our own teeth as we want to protect them so we’ve used an egg as a substitute. Did you know that the shell of an egg is made of a similar substance to tooth enamel!?

We will observe our teeth (eggs) every day and see what happens!

By the way,

Did you know?

  • The average person spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
  • People who drink 3 or more glasses of fizzy pop each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.
  • If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today’s terms $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring! (source: Guinness World Records 2002).

    Click here to read more about teeth!

A recount of imagined events

Robins have recently been using their creative thinking skills to orally rehearse their group’s recount of imagined events.

They imagined that a festive squadron of flying books carried them into the air.

Robins discussed the importance of speaking clearly, using intonation and varying the volume of their voice. Many also mentioned the importance of using body language to further convey their feelings.

Have a look at a short clip of them rehearsing! (Thanks Andrew for offering to film!)

Extension: Watch the film version of The Fantastic Flying Books by Mr Morris Lessmore below.

R.E Happiness and Joy

Happiness is dependent on external events, whereas joy is something that people of faith feel regardless of circumstances. 

Today in R.E Robins discussed what makes them happy and the meaning of joy.  They watched a video showing  the people of Birmingham expressing joy. The video starts at Al-Furqan Primary which has an Islamic ethos. Their choir sing for joy that Allah created the world. Secondly, a Christian gospel choir at the Church of God of Prophecy expresses joy through the song “I love to praise him”

Robins then thought about the things that make them happy.