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Year 4 - Antarctica

Welcome to Antarctica class!

Miss Hodkinson

Year 4


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Key dates

  • 8th January – School reopens.

  • 15th – 19th January – assessment week.

  • 24th January – NSPCC parental workshop.

  • 13th February – Shrove Tuesday Pancake race.

  • 16th February – last day of school.

  • 19th – 23rd February – February half term – school closed.

  • 26th February – INSET day.

  • 27th February – School reopens.

  • 1st March – World Book Day.

  • 6th March – Parents Evening.

  • 12th -16th March – Science week.

  • 23rd March – Sports relief.

  • 29th March – Easter activities & last day of term.

Important information

  • Spellings go out on a Monday and are tested on a Friday, those children who achieved close to full marks will get a text home to celebrate! If ever spellings get mislaid, there is a copy of the spelling booklet for year 4 where you will find all spellings for this academic year. 
  • Children must come to school everyday equipped with their reading book (from our library with appropriate book band) and reading diary. We endeavor to check these daily but will be checked a minimum of every other day. It is crucial to your child's development and learning that they read 4 times a week, this is our target and we have some incentives to keep us going!
  • Our PE days are Thursdays however please ensure your child brings their PE kits every day in case of last minute changes. Swimming lessons will be on Friday afternoons. Please ensure children have their swimming kits in school every Friday. 
  • The school office is going "cashless" and will therefore only be accepting payments via "Parentpay". For more information please visit the "Parentpay" page of our website or contact the school office.
  • Homework grids go out at the beginning of term, this includes 9 tasks based on our topic and involve a range of activities. We love to celebrate homework on a Tuesday and Friday. 
  • For any other information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to Miss Hodkinson or Mrs Boaler.


Each half term we will send out a class newsletter with lots of information regarding our learning, exciting dates and things to remember. A copy will also be available to download below. 




Star of the week

Year 4 voted:

Jayla Bettison

as our star of the week!

They wowed us this week by

always being a positive role model and making amazing improvements in recent assessments.  

Well done! 

Certificates of achievement

Who has excelled themselves and shown our school values this week? 

15.09.2017 - Toby Jackson

22.09.2017 - Elizabeth Samuel for taking part in all sessions with enthusiasm showing true determination in her learning.

29.09.2017 - Jay Cosgrove for being a responsible learner and showing a positive attitude. He has really wowed Miss Hodkinson and Mrs Boaler this week for his mature attitude in his learning. 

06.10.2017 - Miley-Rose Anderson for showing perseverance and pride in her maths learning. She was so proud of her achievements and so were all of us.

13.10.2017 - Rory Tideswell for showing pride in his writing and working hard to make it the best it can possibly be! In his writing Rory independently used a WOW sentence - "when the next bullet colleded with my left ear, I felt a rush of emotions and pain". 

20.10.2017 - Whole class recognition for behaviour on trip to the Jorvik Centre. 

03.11.2017 - Freyr Smith for showing enthusiasm and enjoyment in guided reading this week. He has been eager to share ideas and provide us with lots of exciting information.

10.11.2017 - Rosie Rowley for always showing a mature and positive attitude to learning. In lessons Rosie always takes responsibility for her own learning and  the learning of others.

17.11.2017 - Archie Straw for reaching for the stars in his Maths. He has truly demonstrated true aspiration and achieved great things!

24.11.2017 - Harriet Walker has really wowed us since the start of this term. Every week Harriet bounces into class and produces a spelling list to show her practicing at home. Each week she achieves a high score in spelling tests and we can see why! Well done Harriet keep it up :) 

01.12.2017 - INSET day 

08.12.2017 - Chelsea Coghill-Black showed fantastic enthusiasm and enjoyment in our Christingle singing practices! 

15.12.2018 - Lexi Warriner being recognised by an outside visitor for her beautiful reading and positive attitude to learning.


22.012.2018 - Antarctica class reaching for the stars in all their lessons. They have demonstrated true aspiration through this term and achieved great things!

Our new obsession! At the request of all in Antarctica class, here is the link for our new supermovers fun! Let us know if you have a go at home!

Fun in the sun! - 18.04.2018

Today we made the most of the sun being out! 

We went outside and took photos on the iPads of colours we associate with Summer. We took some amazing photos, have a look in the slideshow below! 


Poo from the past! - 12.03.2018

To launch "British Science Week" 2018, we took to exploring the outdoors. 

In the lesson we had an experiments sheet to explain how to make dinosaur poo! We used flour, oil, brown poster paint and nuts and seeds (for added authenticity) and combined in a bowl. We had to get our hands dirty and created our own dinosaur's poo! 

WARNING: Gross images below!

28.02.2018 - SNOW! 

What a strange week! The children acted so mature on Wednesday morning and were super resilient when it came to organising getting home. 

Who completed Mrs Ingle's challenge? 

19.02.2018 - Hope you all have a fantastic half term! 


Bon anniversaire! - 30.01.2018

Every other week, the children take part in French lessons with Mrs Perkin. They show enthusiasm and respect in all lessons but when I walked into the lesson on Tuesday, I was blown away! The children broke into song singing "Happy Birthday!" (I'll remind them of this on my actual birthday). They were so rpodu fo themselves and wanted to share all their learning with me from that day. Here are some children reading their work in French. Tres Bien! 



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Letters to prospective teachers! - 23.01.2018

This week, the children have been writing letters to teachers who may be interested in working in our fantastic school. We have discussed what makes our school special and what makes a good teacher. The response from all children has been amazing and they have produced some outstanding pieces of work. 

Have a look below at some examples: 

Assessment week - 15th January - 19th January

This week was assessment week. A great chance to show off all the hard work the children have been putting in and their achievements over the past half term. The children showed perseverance, dedication to their learning and resilience when times got tough! 

Well done to everyone in Antarctica class, you made Miss Hodkinson proud once again!

Murderer in Bilsthorpe - 11.01.2018

On the morning of the 11th January 2018 Miss Hodkinson made a gruesome discovery.

Beloved TV character SpongeBob Squarepants had been murdered!  

Poor SpongeBob!

We had to decide how much wood we would need to make a coffin for him. We counted the squares around the outside and decided that this would involve perimeter (the area around the outside of a shape).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

WINNER! - 18.12.2017

What an exciting way to end the year! In our class we had a very excited little boy who won the raffle for the fantastic scooter. What a great start to Christmas. 

Our fantastic Christingle service - 13.12.2017

A massive thank you to everyone who helped to organise our Christingle service. An extra special thank you to the scouts for donating the Christingles themselves, they were beautiful! 

The children again did us all proud and did a fantastic job of singing and thank you to everyone who came to make this a special evening for them. 

SNOW! - 11.12.2017

Wow what a beautiful thing to wake up to. Despite the tricky conditions getting to school, everyone acted maturely and followed all instructions to ensure we could keep them safe. In the afternoon we decided to make the most of the snow and went onto the playground and had a snowman making competition. I think you'll agree, Antarctica's snowman was extra special.

Detectives with division - 05.12.2017

This week our focus in Maths has been division. We have been developing our understanding using a range of resources. 

On Tuesday we used: cubes; base ten; Numicon; bar models and place value counters. This really helped us when showing division as sharing or chunking. 

Here are some pictures to show our method:


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! - 01.12.2017

This week we created something magical! As part of a whole school competition we created our very own Christmas door. Each person created a snowflake which created a snowy scene. I think you'll agree it's a lovely entrance for our classroom. 

Amazing metaphors - 20.11.2017

Today we have been learning about similes and metaphors. We have looked at comparing the two and writing some of our own. Below are some fantastic examples of how you can use similes and metaphors to describe Antarctica:

Jayla - "Antarctica is a slippery ice rink".

Harley - "The glacier was the cold air on a winter's day". 

Tyler - "The deep sea colossal as Mount Everest". 

Elizabeth - "The snow was as sparkly lapis lazuli". 


We are all odd socks really - week beginning 13th November 2017

This week was anti-bullying week. This year the focus for anti-bullying week was "all different, all equal". In school we have dedicated this week to recognising and celebrating us all being unique and those traits that make us US!

Nikos "I have noticed that everyone is different in their own way and that is OK!"

Jayla "I have learnt that every sock is like everyone's personality and it's OK to be different"

Lexi "I have learnt it doesn't matter if you have glasses, dark hair or different coloured skin, we are all special!" 

Here are some of our fantastic odd socks that we created:


Planting poppies - 10.11.2017

Today, was a very special day at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy. The children all made poppies and wrote lovely messages on them, we then went out and completed a 2 minutes silence. All of the children made me incredibly proud and were respectful when stood there. The poppies look amazing and the children did us all proud. 

Relaxing reading - 01.11.2017

As a class, we decided that reading sat upright at our desks in silence is not the way forward. Now we turn the lights out, put relaxing music on and put out feet on the desks. This is proven to make reading a more enjoyable activity and gives us all something to look forward to! 

Miley "it's so relaxing, putting our feet on the table means we feel more at home". 

Freyr "Usually I get stressed at school but knowing we will be reading in this way helps me stay calm and relax". 

Tyler "I really like it because it feels relaxing and nice". 


Letters/ communication home.

Key documents


Look back with pride and forward with confidence