STEM- Robotic hand. Year 4 Science.

Year 4 children in Hawkstone and Long Mynd class have been learning about ‘Animals including humans’ for their Science unit. One area of the recovery curriculum was to revisit skeletons. First the children learnt about the human skeleton and drew an X-ray of their hand. Following on from this, the children designed a ‘robotic hand’, which included, straws as bones and string as ligaments.

The children enjoyed making a robotic hand where the fingers curled up depending on on the string they pulled.

Home Reading Books

In order to reduce shared resources between home and school, we are changing the way in which we organise our home reading. We will be sending an appropriate reading book home with your child on a Friday along with their Reading Diary, we will not comment directly in the Reading Diaries but will check your comments and contributions. Their books will be changed on the following Friday.

Children will read at school on a regular basis and we will keep our own detailed records. Feedback on the progress your child is making and any support you may be able to offer will be communicated to you via your child’s class email. Likewise, we would encourage you to communicate with your child’s class teacher via the class email.

Younger pupils will be able to access additional reading books using our Bug Club online reading resource and complete a wide range of reading based games and activities. Their class teacher is able to see their progress. Should you have any difficulties accessing this resource please contact your child’s class teacher. We appreciate your continued support.

Stone Age – Bone age!

Stunning start

Today the children from Long Mynd and Caradoc took part in our stunning start activity. They we’re faced with a scene from the ‘Stone Age’ – this half term’s topic.

The children enjoyed exploring the scene where they were able to describe what they could see and ask any questions they had- which we will answer throughout the topic.

Long Mynd-welcome back

Welcome to Long Mynd class, all the children have settled in well to the new ‘norm’ with a smile on their face. There have been a few changes to the classroom and school life and we thank you for your continued support.

The children in Year 3 have made the jump from KS1 to KS2 and have shown courage in many areas. The children in Year 4 have been very supportive allowing all children to feel safe.

We have spent the first 2 weeks focusing on the children as individuals and this has given both staff and children the time to get to know each other.


We have sent home reading records and a homework book. We ask that you support and encourage your child in completing any tasks set.

In the homework book, we have times tables at the front and spellings at the back. We will set new spellings every Friday and test every Friday  We will also be setting individual times tables suited to where your child is at. Please return the homework book every Friday.

Reading is incredibly important and we have been reading lots with the children in school. However, in light of the current situation we are changing the way we organise home reading; your child will have a suitable reading book sent home on a Friday along with a reading diary. These are to be returned to school on the following Friday and a new book will be sent home. We will record the title of the book in the diary and would appreciate it if you could record when you have read with your child, we will check this when it is returned on a Friday but will not comment directly in the diary.

We will keep detailed records of when your child have read with an adult in school and feed back to you on a regular basis through our class email. Please feedback any comments via the class email.

PE will be on a Tuesday so please remember to come to school in a weather suitable outdoor pe kit and a water bottle.

If you have any questions or would like to contact me- please use the class email:

Tribal Tales so far…

Colours with nature, a woolly mammoth, bones and skeletons.

Meet your new teacher!

As we are unable to have a normal transition into our new classes, the teachers have produced a short video to introduce themselves to their new pupils. We are all looking forward to meeting you properly in September.  Have a wonderful Summer and stay safe!

Nursery with Mrs Kenning and Mrs Maltby

Clee with Mrs Meddins

Earl’s Hill with Mrs Allcock

Wrekin with Mr Hughes

Lawley with Mrs Thompstone

Caradoc with Miss Wright

Longmynd with Miss Hutson

Hawkstone with Mrs Holmes

Stiperstones with Miss Scoltock

Haughmond with Mrs Platt

English Home Learning 13th July

Writing A Newspaper Article

In today’s lesson, you are going to write a newspaper article about the actions that a woman called Rosa Parks took in 1955.

But first, you’re going to revise what makes a good newspaper article.

Newspaper articles should:

  • Include facts. You can do this by answering the
    5 Ws: What? When? Who? Where? Why?

  • Have a short, snappy and informative headline.

  • Provide a summary at the start explaining what happened (but not giving everything away!).

  • Use paragraphs to help the reader understand the information.

  • Provide quotes to show people’s opinions about the event.

You could also include a picture with a caption to help the reader visualise what happened and who was involved.

Your writing should:

  • Be formal (written as though you’re talking to someone older than you, like a teacher)

  • Use third person pronouns (he, she, it, they)

  • Be in the past tense (because the events have already happened)

Newspaper cover with several headlines
 Visit the BBC Bitesize page to see the videos and activities for writing your own newspaper article.

Maths Home Learning 13th July

Comparing Capacity

  • Capacity is the amount of liquid a container can hold.

  • Volume is how much liquid is in the container.

We can measure both in millilitres and litres.


Measuring in litres and millilitre

A litre is much more than a millilitre.

1 litre = 1000 millilitres

We shorten litres to ‘l’ and we can shorten millilitres to ‘ml‘.

So we might also say:

1 l = 1000 ml

Visit the BBC Bitesize page to see videos and activities on comparing capacities.

Maths Home Learning 10th July


See if you can answer all of these challenges!

Challenge 1

Sam has some red and yellow cubes.

She has 20 cubes in total.

She has 8 more yellow cubes than red ones.

How many red cubes does she have?

Sam stood next to a red cube and yellow cube.
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Challenge 2

Jon thinks of a number.

Jon says that half of his number is 12.

Half of his number is 12.

What is one third of Jon’s number?

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Challenge 3

A cup contains some coffee.

Sasha drinks 2/5 of the coffee.

There is 120 ml of coffee left.

How much coffee was in the cup at the start?

A ceramic cup.
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Challenge 4

A cube weighs 87 g.

One orange cube.

Two of the same cubes and a cone weigh 291 g.

Two orange cubes and a yellow cone.

How much does one cone weigh?

To see the answers please visit the BBC Bitesize page and scroll down.

English Home Learning 10th July

Bitesize Daily Book Club:

Be Amazing! An inspiring Guide to Being Your Own Champion by Sir Chris Hoy

Be Amazing! An inspiring Guide to Being Your Own Champion

As a boy, Chris didn’t believe that he would achieve his dream of becoming an Olympic champion. However, he grew up to be a six-time gold medal winner. He shares everything he has learned on his journey to success and hopes that by telling his story, he will inspire young people to be the very best they can be.

Visit the BBC Bitesize website to see the videos of Chris Hoy and learn more about him.