Happy Christmas, Year 4!

Thank you so much to you all for your generous gifts and kind words from all of us who have the joy of working with Year 4.

We hope that you and all of your families have a happy and peaceful Christmas and looking forward to seeing you all again in the new year when term begins of 7th January.

(In the meantime, enjoy being at home with your families, help your parents, read a book or three, keep your tables sharp and stay on top of your spellings. Lastly, be good!)

Y4 National SumDog competition

Well done to all of you who entered this week’s National SumDog competition. 3506 classes entered and we came a very impressive 173rd, scoring 347 points – exactly the same score as our friends in Year 5. They may have sneaked ahead of us on speed, but Year 4 triumph with the top placed student, Aidan, who came 40th out of 31,737 students – great job.

The competition may be over, but SumDog is always on hand to help sharpen your maths skills and while away the hours whilst you are waiting for school to start again on January 7th!

Y4 Viola visit!

Following our visit to see Hansel and Gretel on Tuesday, we were lucky enough to be visited by Natalie’s mum today, who told us a little of her role with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Natalie’s mum played her viola for us and answered our questions about playing and performing as part of an orchestra.  

Thank you to Natalie, for planning what your mum should tell us, and to your mum for taking the time to come and visit. 

Year 4 @ The Royal Opera House

Year Four had a wonderful day today, visiting the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to see Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The opportunity to see this story staged was a great way to conclude our English writing sequence on this Grimm’s tale. 

We were lucky enough to have seats right at the front of the orchestra stalls which meant we were also able to see Natalie’s mum in the orchestra.

Crossed wires in Year 4

Our learning continues with an investigation into the science of string telephones. We learnt that  vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear: in our phones, the vibrations travelled through the air and the cup, through the string and then into our ears. 

Y4 We’ve Won!

Earlier this term, children in year four took part in a national poetry writing competition promoted by Premier League Primary Stars. 

Our prize – a book bag packed full of poetry books. 

Yesterday, we received a book bag packed full of poetry books in recognition of our entries. Well done, Year Four! We will have to wait and see whether our poems progress to the next stage of the competition. In the meantime, we can enjoy sharing our brilliant new books. 

Y4 present ‘the science of sound’

Everyone worked hard to find out about the science of sound. Working in groups, the children planned and presented a short TV programme to share what they had learnt. We all enjoyed watching our videos afterwards.  

Rotary Young Writer competition

You are invited to take part in this year’s Young Writer competition, organised by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland. Children at St Adrian’s have enjoyed great success in this competition in the past, with Natalie’s writing getting through to the National finals. 

The competition is open to anyone who was aged between 7 and 17 on the 31st August 2018. 

To enter the competition, you should produce a written or typed story entitled, ‘My Inspiration.’

Your writing could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme. Questions have been asked about spelling and although this is not an issue the only advice to be given are that judges of this competition have made comment upon spelling in the past.

An A4 page or up to 500 words is a suggested suitable length.

The closing date for the local St Albans heat is 12th January 2019. 

Entries should be sent to the Stage organiser at the address below along with the completed entry form.

Rotary Young Writers Competition
St. Albans Priory
Verulam Golf Club
London Road
St Albans


The competition is organised in three stages: local heats, district finals and national finals. At all stages, competitors will receive a certificate of participation. The national winners will be given appropriate awards.

Get writing and good luck!

Y4’s Magnificent millinery

In Art, we are learning about European artists and designers. Yesterday, we learnt about the life and work of Coco Chanel, whose first shop sold hats that she had decorated.