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John Cross CE

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Believe and Achieve

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John Cross CE

Primary School

Believe and Achieve

Summer Term: The Tudors

Class worship

In science, PSHE and geography, we have been studying the impact that humans are having on our world. We have learnt about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling in order to look after the diverse habitats where our precious animals and plants live. Our worship summarised everything that we have been learning.




In our unit on ' Art Appreciation', we enjoyed looking at a variety of pieces of art and then interpreting the meanings within them. Following this , we acted out stories, recreated scenes and imagined what characters might be thinking. Our favourite painting  was 'Children's Games' by Pieter Bruegel which  was painted in 1506 in Brabant, which is now part of Belgium. We identified all of the different games that the children were playing in the picture and then recreated them in small groups. We then took pictures of these and put them together to create a class piece of art.

Religious Education : The Lord's Prayer

We looked at the meaning of the 'Hallowed be thy name' and why God's name is holy. We looked at the different names of God and the aspects of God's character that they represent. We then used the computer to design a cross with these names on.


Learning the Ukulele

 Our whole class enjoyed learning the ukulele this year and performed 2 songs in a concert which the whole school and our parents were invited to. We played our ukuleles, sang and performed some actions to a song and some of us were even brave enough to play our own compositions solo.

Design and Technology


To complete our topic about recycling, habitats and ecosystems, we made hedgehog homes by making a stable frame which we then were able to add cladding to in order to create a sheltered and camouflaged home.


The Queen's Jubilee

We had a fantastic day learning about the queen's life and achievements. We were very impressed that she has been on the throne for 70 years and admired the way she treats everyone with respect and kindness. In the afternoon we all participated in a lovely afternoon which started with us all eating fish and chips or sausage and chips for lunch together.  Follow this link to find out more.

History: The Tudors


We had a brilliant day at Hoghton Tower where we learnt lots of interesting facts and heard some fascinating stories about life at Hoghton Tower in the Tudor times.  Our favourite part of the day was when some of us were knighted! 

Thank you to Mrs Vasey, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Wright who helped look after us on our trip.


Science: Plants

An investigation


We've spent the first few weeks of this term setting up and running an investigation to answer the question " What do plants need to grow?" We worked in 6 different groups each investigating the effects of a different variable on plant growth and health. We concluded that plants require water, light, warmth, soil, manure and space to grow tall and strong. The photograph on the right shows what happened  when slugs attacked our plants at night! So we can also add that plants need protecting from pests to our list of requirements!!



Studying fruit and veg

Using a cross section of a slice of fruit, we made a plasticine model to show how the seeds are protected by the flesh of the fruit. This fresh tastes good and helps the plants to disperse its seeds when the fruits are eaten.

Observational Drawings


We completed some observational drawings of some flowering plants ( which were actually very pretty weeds!!). We annotated our drawings with details of the function of the parts of the plant.


Our topic this term is ' The French Cafe'.


We made some of the different shops that can be found in France and learnt the names of the food that can be bought in them.



We had great fun ordering  our cake and drink from the waitresses ( Mrs Holmes and Mrs Irwin) in French.

Raising money for Brain Tumour Research

In memory of Jack's brother, Charlie, we all participated in a sponsored run around the field. Wearing blue, all of us completed at least one mile with some of us even managing two. We're continuing our running at home to try to raise as much money as we can to help Brain Tumour Research continue their vital work to save lives and provide support for those affected by brain tumours.

It was great to see Jack's dad on Wednesday morning as he cycled through Bilsborrow on his way to John O Groats.

Times Tables Rock Stars

To ensure by the end of Year 4 all children confidently know their times tables, we have subscribed to a programme called Times Tables Rock Stars. So far 6 children have completed everything and are battling it out to be the fastest!


Currently Harry holds the record with a rock speed of 0.84 seconds per question

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