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Happy half term! I hear that many of you are going away this week- what a shame about the weather! I am sure that you will all have a lovely time.

We have really been celebrating the Royal Wedding this week in our English lessons. We started the week by looking through lots of newspaper reports from the weekend and by identifying the features. We also ‘cracked the code’ and did a reverse plan of my newspaper report, so that the children could identify the features specific to newspapers and the underlying features linking to our curriculum. The children came up with absolutely brilliant titles for their newspapers including ‘The Leyli Mail’, ‘The Daisy Mail’, ‘The Tardebigge Talk’ and ‘The Rainbow’! We also had amazing headlines, such as ‘What a Harry day!’, ‘Harry ever after!’ and ‘A reMARKLEble day!’ The children drafted and edited their work and then typed their finished reports.

In Maths, we enjoyed a mystery problem, in which we had to solve the clues to find the culprit that had stolen Harry and Meghan’s wedding rings! We also completed our Singapore Maths problems based around fractions.
As you will have seen on the newsletter, this week, we had our SIAMS inspection. I couldn’t be prouder of the children who were involved in showing our visitors around school or sharing their books, as they did such a wonderful job of telling them about RE at Tardebigge and about our Christian distinctiveness. We had a lovely lesson in Forest school, focusing on God’s creations and what made us feel spiritual. Lots of the children are using the key vocabulary we have been learning this last term, such as ‘omnipresent’, ‘omnipotent’, ‘omnibenevolent’ and ‘immanent’. Our ‘Outstanding’ result is definitely down to the children and the way they spoke so enthusiastically about their wonderful RE books!

We have been enjoying continuing our learning on the Mayans.
My dog, Mabel, LOVED her visit to school this afternoon and had lots of lots of belly tickles from the children. They were absolutely brilliant with her.

I hope everybody has an absolutely wonderful break and has a good rest, before everyone’s final half term at Tardebigge- I can’t believe it!


This week has certainly flown by!

In Maths we have focussed on finding equivalent fractions in our Singapore Maths topic. The children have definitely displayed perseverance! In English, we have been working on self and peer assessment and editing skills, to improve our writing further.

We enjoyed finding the results of our disgusting Science experiment this week! The children have come to the conclusion that sugary drinks are awful for your teeth, after we saw what had happened to the eggs that had been left in various liquids. They were all able to reach a conclusion for their various Science experiments.

Looking through the staff’s wedding pictures and videos was a very enjoyable part of the week, leading up to the Royal Wedding! We linked this with our RE and also found out about Jewish and Hindu wedding ceremonies and why we thought that marriage was an important milestone for people. The children drew symbols to represent each religion’s wedding, stating the reasons why. The children were extremely reflective in this!

I can’t believe there is only one week until half term!! Have a lovely weekend.


We have been doing lots of work around our trip to Condover this week. Enjoy reading the class recount below; 


Condover Hall Residential 2018

On Wednesday 2nd May 2018, Year 4 from Tardebigge First School went on an enjoyable, thrilling residential trip to Condover for three whole days without our Moms and Dads! Before we left, we sadly hugged our Moms and our Dads. Lots of us felt saddened to leave our families behind, but we also felt eager to get to Condover to do all of the activities. We knew it would be an astonishing time because we had looked at lots of photos from the last three years and it looked really good! Also, we were really looking forward to bed time because we really wanted pizza massages and stories, just like having a big sleepover with all of your friends!

By Hayden and Mackenzie


The Journey

Nervously, we got on the coach with everyone’s suitcases underneath, all stacked on top of each other. While we were on the coach, we all felt a bit down because we were leaving our families behind, but excited at the same time. As we left, we sadly all waved most of the parents an enormous goodbye. On the journey, lots of people were asking how long until we were there because we were so determined to get there. Later that day, we saw a sign with ‘Condover’ on and that told us that we close to our destination .Before that, we all were so sleepy, but suddenly everyone was chanting ’’CONDOVER!” and it all went wild! Happily, we entered the mansion and our mouth dropped open. It was crazy..... I couldn’t believe my eyes, the mansion was the biggest mansion I have ever seen in my whole life!

By Lily and Daisy


When we first got to the accommodation, we were sorted into our rooms. We were all very impressed of how modern it was, there were four bunk beds one in each corner. I suggest swapping bunks each night if you both want to go on top bunk. Under the beds there were two draws to put your clothes in. I brought loads of clothes and it was only half ful, so you can bring loads.                    

By Rory and Max


Excitedly, but nerve-rackingly, we put on the aqua blue and rose red harness and a pink helmet. Then we went through the safety breach. Until people started getting sent up, we chanted to occupy the time while we waited and when it was our turn we climbed up the splintery stairs. Eventually, we got to the top and we were told 5 things- ‘lift the rope up to go down, kick off the wall, stick the landing, don’t look down and enjoy!’ So we fell backwards and did it. Although it was hard to get to the bottom, I was dying to do it again. As everybody else completed it, they realised how good it was. At the end, we played big fat gorilla until we did the moo off because it was the last 2. It was hilarious! You had to go on your hands and knees with your friend facing you and moo until the other person laughed.    

By Josh and Oscar                                                                                  After a remarkable, scrumptious dinner, we went to our evening activity....... Mini Olympics! It was enjoyable, but noisy because everyone was chanting names. First up, was shotput, then discus and hammer throw, which were pretty problematic at first, but once we got the hang of it, it was less tough. Next up, was the chicken race where we waddled like a chicken carrying a ball in-between our legs. Then, we tackled the overwhelming, extremely embarrassing granny race ..We had to walk really slowly (slower than the slowest snail on earth)up to the cones, then pretend to have an energy drink and zoom back like a fearsome , feisty ninja performing our best ninja skills. Next, was the relay, which was the best race of all. In first place, was the Marvellous Monkeys and in joint second place was the Yicky Yacky Squad and Flying Potatoes.

By Leah and Sophie


At bedtime, we changed into our colourful, cosy pyjamas. After that, we had a small bit of free time to play in our dorms. A few minutes later, the class got their snuggly, fluffy teddy’s and their white, soft pillows ready for a story and a pizza massage. When the pizza massage was done, Izzy said “I felt like I was flying through the sky”. Rosie also said “I felt relaxed and it felt like I was floating in the magical, blue waters” .Then we all settled down for an amazing story. Before it was time to go to sleep, Daisy, Simrit, Izzy, Rosie, Lily and Millie all read a book with their torches. We were extremely pleased in the morning that we got chosen for the quietest room! (Yes!).Quietly, we heard teachers and other class mates whispering and talking and eventually we got to sleep. The next night, we all did stories and someone got to do the acting together. Before ten o clock, we all got to sleep quickly but someone was snoring and that person was Izzy! It sounded booming and horrendous!

By Rosie and Izzy



Nervously, me and my marvellous, magnificent group went over to the trapeze. I felt nervous and terrified. Once I got there, it looked really easy, but when someone went on the platform the pole wobbled, so I became scared for when it was my turn. When it was actually my turn, I climbed up the tall ladder and started charging up the pole. I started to feel more confident, until I had to lean back and pull myself onto the platform. It felt scary, even though I knew I couldn’t get hurt because I was on a rope attached my harness and the instructor could slowly lower you down.

By Charlotte and Leyli

Climbing Wall

One of our activities was the climbing wall. When we got to the wall, we looked up at it and felt thrilled but fearful of the height. The first thing we had to do was to put our harness and helmets on securely and listen to the instructor carefully. We had to be responsible for being an anchor to the people climbing, so we had to pull the rope as the children went up the wall.

When it was our turn, we were clipped in and started to climb. Quickly, we scrambled up the wall and started to feel tense.

When we reached the top, we all felt a good feeling in our belly because we were really proud of ourselves.

By Elliot and Callum


Another activity was fencing. When we heard about the foils (swords) we felt a bit nervous. Anxiously, we went into a room with suits and chest protectors, but everyone called them booby protectors! We also placed on a mask to protect our faces from the foils, which made us all felt a bit safer. We got suited up ready to learn some of the body positions in our kit, which made us feel like professional fencers. After, we went over to a colossal sports court where we first saw the foils and excitedly put our first positions into practise with our partners. We were all a bit scared of the foils touching us but we were relieved when we saw that they had silicone stoppers at the end to stop the foil hurting us.

Eagerly, we learnt the hand and feet positions and how to walk forwards properly. Happily, we learnt our second position which was called a lunge because you put your foil forward ahead of you and lunge to place your foil on the opponent. We practised on each other.

When we practised, we took turns to score points. We had three goes before our partner would try and score points too. To score a point you would place the silicone stopper on your partner’s tummy and bend the foil to score a point. After that, we practised defending ourselves.   

Later, we were lucky to be able to play matches with our skills that we learnt against our friends. We moved around to play with different people although we couldn’t see who it was because of everybody’s masks.

Fencing was great to do and we all really enjoyed learning how to do it! J

By Simrit and Millie

Free Time

On Thursday we had free time, where you could do whatever you wanted. Happily, children did gymnastics, football, tag, predator, maze, duck duck goose, hide and seek, catch, rolling down the hill, singing, races and sunbathing.

The tricks the girls and boys did for gymnastics were cartwheels, handstands, backhand springs, aerials and last but not least handsprings.

During football, the boys and girls did football tricks and played matches.  

By Lilly and Holly

Rocket Launch

In the Rocket Launch activity session, we were introduced to Amy (our instructor.) Then, we did a quiz and thought of team names, which after lots of thought, ended up being Shooting Stars and Ultimate Aliens. For the rocket launch, we had to fill a bottle up with water and use a pump to launch it. The three challenges we had to attempt were to launch our rockets the fastest, furthest and highest. To fill up the bottles, both teams thought it was best to fill them up half way because it went higher. I think it went higher because the air and water were equal, so they both had enough to make it go high. Not surprisingly, everyone got really wet and soggy! I liked launching all the rockets with the pumps because it was really fun and I also liked the water filling.

By Paige and Holly E


Sensory Trail

On Thursday my group did a thrilling game called the sensory trail.

When we started the game, we had goggles on because we were not allowed to see. It was amazing! While blindfolded, we scrambled through loads of tunnels, stepped in lodes of tyres, chains and paper strips. Nervously, we completed the last part of the trail which was a deep tunnel. We felt uneasy and it felt like we were doing it for ages. We got quite muddy!

After that, me and my group did a game of the five senses. We still had goggles on and had things passed around the circle that we had to feel. There was a spoon, stick and a toy car.

By Oliver and Toby


At first, we did not have a clue where we were going until we entered the woods and then we saw the fire. It wasn’t that big at first, but the fire slowly spread as the flames flickered. Then, we all sat down and listened to some songs and some talents. Some of them were funny, some of them were serious. Nicole told us a story about meeting a pink gorilla and Freddy had to act out the part of the pink gorilla and Rory was Nicole! During our talent show, Lewis and Rory did their mind trick, which surprisingly worked! Then we sang a song called ‘Moose, alpaca’. It was fun. We were all so exhausted, we just wanted to go to sleep!

By Lewis and Freddy


The food at Condover was delicious, delectable and there was lots of choice!

One of our meals was sausages, yorkshire pudding and mash. We also had lasagne, pizza, chicken or vegetable nuggets, pork baps and shepherds pie. After choosing our lunch or dinner, we were able to help ourselves to the salad and pasta bar and to pudding. There was always sliced fruit and a very enjoyable one was chocolate icecream with raspberries, which we could take away and enjoy at our tables.

For breakfast, we enjoyed sausages and eggs. Even better, there were sticky, scrumptious waffles. They were delicious! There was also loads of fruit and cereals.

I just wish you were allowed second or even third servings!

By Harrison and Jack


After a delicious, mouth- watering lunch, we finished packing our bits and bobs and dragged our suitcases sadly to the green, colossal coach. We all felt upset to leave Condover, as we had had the most amazing time, but we also felt very excited as we were finally going to see our families again. Condover was the best trip ever and we are sure that all of the future Year 4’s will love it too!

Have a wonderful weekend!




We had the best few days ever! The children have been writing a recount this week, so I will post it at the end of the week. I hope you enjoyed all of the stories about the children's adventures and had a wonderful bank holiday weekend in the sunshine. 

Enjoy looking through all of the photos. I'm sure that you wil agree that the children were extremely brave and courageous! 


Please click on the photo gallery to see some pictures from this week. Some quotes from our trip to Cadbury World today are below;

“I thought Cadbury World was awesome and watching the people make the chocolate being tempered was satisfying.” Josh

“I found learning about the Mayans version of the chilli chocolate drink very interesting. “ Holly E

“The most interesting thing about Cadbury World was seeing the stages that the chocolate goes through.” Sophie

“The 4d experience at Cadbury World was cool because the chairs vibrated violently and made me believe that I was actually in the clip.” Harrison

“I liked seeing the artefacts that were shown when we had the Mayan talk. I enjoyed learning how historians find out about the ancient civilization.” Lily

“I liked having the experience of writing with chocolate. My writing was even neater than it is with pen and paper!” Millie

“The cocoa beans smelt delicious and very strong.” Daisy
“When we went on the ride, I felt like I was in a whole new world of cocoa beans and it was really imaginative.” Paige

“I loved taste testing the chocolate and choosing my toppings. I had marshmallows and crunchie pieces on mine and it was mouth- watering.” Hayden

We had an absolutely wonderful time on our trip today and it was a brilliant entry point to our topic. The children have come back with so much enthusiasm for learning about our topic, especially about the Mayan civilization!
On Monday, to introduce our topic, we had a taste test of different types of chocolate to generate key vocabulary. The children enjoyed writing descriptions on a particular chocolate they had tasted and then guessing which chocolate each other had written about.

The children used chocolate bars to create their own stories- please see the photos attached. Some of these were so imaginative and I was extremely impressed with the effort put into them!

In Maths this week, we have been learning to divide 2 and 3 digit numbers by a 1 digit number. The children have used the place value counters to see this practically, which has really developed their understanding.

Overall, we have had a brilliant first week back at school and are all very excited about our new topic!


What a wonderful Easter service we had this morning! The children have worked so hard in rehearsals this week to depict the Easter story in an inventive way. They really shone today with their performance and the rest of the school also sang beautifully. I am so proud of all of the children.

This term has flown by yet again and I can’t believe the children will be going into their final term at Tardebigge First School!

Have a wonderful Easer holiday- you all really deserve to have a relaxing break. It sounds as though you are up to lots of exciting things!

Please enjoy all of the updated pictures on our class page.


I cannot believe how quickly this half term is flying by!
This week, the children have really impressed us with their final, fictional biography writing. They have retold the events of the beginning of Harry Potter’s life, including fronted adverbials of time, expanded noun phrases, along with features we identified from other biography example texts.

As some of the children have been finding the Maths homework tricky, we have worked on the style of Maths problems that are set out in the homework books.

We have had a real focus on Computing this week and the children have completed a unit on ‘software developing’ After analysing simple educational games and identifying that they were often in a ‘question, response and feedback’ style, the children used Scratch to create a quiz game. Lots of children included a growth mind set style of response, such as ‘Well done…now see if you can challenge yourself further’ and ‘You are not correct YET. Don’t give up- have another go!’ This was so lovely to see! The children also decided on a theme and then developed their Sprite and background to fit this theme.

Our RE this week has been based around the question ‘Why is life like a journey?’ The children came up with their own extremely insightful and deep metaphors for life- some of which we were blown away by! Examples include;
Life is like a cloud because it is always moving and changing.

Life is like stairs and every step is a different part of your life.

Life is like a notepad with lots of clean pages.

I was really amazed by the ideas that were generated.
Have a lovely weekend everybody!


I was so sad to miss the trip on Monday! The children have assured me that they had a wonderful time and have produced some amazing pieces of narrative writing in English as a result. They created their own success criteria to work against and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading their work.
The children have absolutely loved the Science activities this week. We had some real ‘wow’ moments, when the children experienced holding snakes in their hands and around their necks, stroking an owl, cradling a honey bear, holding a baby tortoise and geckos and touching a hedgehog. The children were amazed by the animals and learned so much information about them.
Cheltenham Science group was also a brilliant opportunity for the children to participate in and the children were delighted by the hands on approach they got to have with the Science activities set up around the room. They were able to interact with the exhibits based around science, technology and engineering and investigate them.
After participating in these activities, the children created posters for Science week based on ‘Exploration and Discovery’. They worked in groups to jot down their ideas using non- fiction books and the internet. Lots chose to present this in an acrostic style then had the choice of creating their posters in pairs of independently.
This week in Maths, the children have been working with Mrs Clarkson on using the bar model to support with word problems. They have been using the strategy to work out what is required of them to answer the problems.
In PE, the children have worked with a partner to develop sequences using partner balances. I am so impressed with their creativity, strength and balance.
Overall, an exciting, fun filled week! Have a good weekend!


We certainly have lots of things to be proud with the children for this week! All of the children in the school have worked extremely hard on practising performing their songs for their Moms and were absolutely amazing this afternoon! I have been blown away by the effort they have put into their singing this week.

Year 4 have worked so hard on creating their beautiful paper flowers… they certainly took an awful lot of time and care over making them and were very excited to give them to you!

The children who went to the Cross Country finals this week were amazing and demonstrated lots of perseverance on the extremely muddy course! They displayed sportsmanship as always. Amazingly, they came second out of the 6 schools that were there overall, which was a huge achievement. We have a few children, who were invited back to run again this afternoon against other Pyramids in Worcestershire and we were extremely proud of where they placed. Well done Year 4!

In Maths, we have finished our multiplication unit and we are moving on to division. We have enjoyed lots of problem solving lessons. In English, we have continued with the build up to writing our own biography, by working on skills that we will include, such as expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials of time. We related this to Harry’s life, using a timeline that we have created, based on the experiences we have read so far.
It was such a good opportunity to see everybody at Parents’ Evening to discuss your child. It is always lovely to reflect on the progress they have made over the course of the year and find out their feelings about school from the home perspective.

Something that was discussed with a few parents was how the children are finding some of the Maths homework questions challenging, as we have obviously not covered all areas of the curriculum in class yet. As the Maths books are a whole school approach, I have fed back your thoughts and this will be reviewed by Mrs Cutler and Mrs Welsh.

In the meantime, please reiterate to your child that it is fine to leave the questions that they that they cannot do (yet!) blank. The intention of the Maths books is that the children then have constant practise of all areas of the curriculum, whilst we focus on strategies for particular topics in detail in class. The Singapore Maths strategies learned in class can be applied to the questions, and help them to tackle the problem solving style of questions.

We will keep you updated on the decision made about Maths homework!

The children are also asked to read and record that they are reading 5 times a week in their reading diary. They should then ask you to have this signed. Choices of books, when and where they read is completely up to you and your child! There will also often be another piece of homework, the focus mainly being SPaG for the next few weeks.

Thank you again for your time at Parents’ Evening. I really am proud of all of the children in Year 4!


Happy half term holiday! I know that everybody is ready for a break and the children have worked so hard that they are definitely very deserving of it.

I am so proud of everybody at Cross Country today. All of the children really demonstrated their growth mindset and pushed themselves to achieve their very best. They were brilliant sportsmen and women, cheering everybody else on, including children from other schools. I am sure you will have guessed how muddy the course was from the state of the tracksuits and trainers the children will be bringing home today!

This week, in Maths, we have persevered with our Singapore Maths and have been multiplying three digit numbers by a 2 digit number using the formal method and by partitioning. We enjoyed playing a Kaboom, Snakes and Ladders or Jenga game.

In English, we have continued to work on the features of a biography. The children completed skills lessons on fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases and then did a ‘Crack the Code’ where they had to work out the features of my ‘Stone Age Boy’ fictional biography. In class Guided Reading, we have really enjoyed reading the beginning of Harry Potter and discussing the characters in detail, making inferences about them based on their actions.

The children have really loved the opportunity to learn about another religion. This week, we sent an email to a Hindu, who responded to our questions about why it is good to be a Hindu in Britain and why it may be difficult. The children also learned about dharma (duties) reincarnation and Moksha and depicted this in a piece of art work, by using symbols. There were some very deep responses to why they had created the picture in a certain way.

I am looking forward to next half term! I hope everybody has an extremely relaxing break and I look forward to hearing all about what you got up to when we return!

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