What’s in the Box ~ English in Year 4

In English in Year 4 we are studying a poem by Kit Wright. In the poem there is four verses beginning with, “I will put in the box …”   In each of these four verses there are three things that Kit Wright will put in the box. Image result for Kit Wright

The next verse is about what your box is made from and last but not least the last verse is about what you will do in your box and that can be any thing you like, even things that are impossible! In Year 4 we have designed our boxes and we are now writing the verses and at some point we are going to write them out on the computer and pin them up on the wall outside our classroom. I know that because Mrs Paterson told us!

THE MAGIC BOX, by Kit Wright

I will put in the box…

the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.

I will put in the box…

a snowman with a rumbling belly
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerene,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.

I will put into the box…

three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,
the last joke of an ancient uncle,
and the first smile of a baby.

I will put into the box…

a fifth season and a black sun,
a cowboy on a broomstick
and a witch on a white horse.

My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,
with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.
Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.

I shall surf in my box
on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,
then wash ashore on a yellow beach
the colour of the sun.

[By Rosie B ~Digital Leader]


Roald Dahl Day at Anne Dale!

As part of National Roald Roald Dahl LogoDahl Day, children across the Federation dressed up as their favourite characters from a whole range of famour Dahl books! From Fantastically Famous Foxes to a Twosome of Twittering Twits, the school has been filled with a superb Image result for roald dahl dayselection of excellent costumes, in memory of Roald Dahl’s amazing stories!

Following on from an assembly on the famous author, children in all year groups conducted Roald Dahl activities, reading with partners from other classes, working on character descriptions and even designing their own “dream jars” from the BFG…

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To see more information about Dahl and activities, visit the website here: Don’t forget to leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of Roald Dahl Day in school too!

[Written by Mr Thorns]


Exploring World War 2 in W4…

This is the blitz in London
This shows children getting evacuated onto a train!

In History, we have been learning about World War 2. We have learned about evacuation following our visit to EXPLOSION MUSEUM! We have been studying where children went from places like Southampton, Portsmouth and London.

We have also started to look at food and clothing rationing. We have looked at ration books and we also  looked at how much clothes cost during the bombing period.

We looked also the countries that were controlled by the Nazi party and the ones that were on the Allies side…

We have looked at time lines and different things that soldiers and seamen would have to wear in the World War 2.

We went Explosion Museum in Gosport to see more about what life would have been like working in a gunpowder store building. We also had lots of fun making some of the stuff that the children would have had to carry with them on evacuation, such as a gas mask and its own little box.

[Written by Jack Bryant ~ Digital Leader]

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in W4!

In W4 we have been learning about the book by the author C.S Lewis. It is one of the Chronicles of Narnia!

We have been reading it in class and then we have been doing work to do with it. We have also been making our own fantasy creatures.

The reason we are really reading this book is because we are going to use are made up characters in a new fantasy story.

What is you new made-up creatures name?

[Written by Jack Bryant ~ Digital Leader]

Heroes Day at Anne Dale……..

As part of our Heroes work supporting the Heroes Inspiration Federation, children across the Anne Dale School dressed in a wide range of outfits, ranging from members of the armed forces to wizards and superheroes! There were medical professionals, Einstein and even Florence Nightingale walking the corridors of Anne Dale!

Children started the day with a shared celebration assembly with the infant school singing hero themed songs and a joint rendition of “Believe”…

The Two Steves

Throughout the day, children have also taken part in an excellent and entertaining display of reading skill by “The 2 Steves”. Their new series of books “ihero” was read to an enthralled and enraptured audience, with the hall filled with laughter, fun and careful decision making to survive the terrors of the “ihero” series!2Steves_viking_320x227

Games contestants faced challenges based on quick thinking, decision making from the stories and all at the same time having a brilliant laugh with the 2 Steves! Children have then been given time to purchase books from the 2 Steves in the library during the school day!

Check back to see some more pictures of the day and some of the amazing costumes from across the year groups… Thank you to all of the many parents and families that have helped to create such wonderful costumes, helping the children to enjoy a wonderful hero-themed day!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Read For My School – whole school challenge!

In the whole school we are doing read for my school. You have to read loads of books for your school to earn £1000 worth of books! This is an amazing prize!

If every child in our school reads at least 9 books each, then hopefully we could win! If you want to take part in this challenge, then you should visit the website here… (you will need your login from school to do this – these are on posters in your classroom!)

Good luck – let’s get reading!

[Written by Bethan Dew ~ Digital Leader]

Viking in my Bed in Year 4!

This term we have been learning about the brilliant author Jeremy Strong. He is a most loved author and he writes really funny books! Here is a list of some books: ‘There’s a Viking in my Bed’, ‘Pirate School’, ‘Where’s that Dog?’, ‘My Dad’s got an Alligator’, ‘Viking at School’, ‘Viking in Trouble’, ‘A One Hundred Miles An Hour Dog Goes for Gold’, ‘Liar Liar Pants on Fire’.

Year 4 have enjoyed writing about this book and we would recommend it to you to read (you can find it in the school library). If you like comedy it is a perfect book for you.

We have some quotes for you from some year 4’s…

Ruby Reid said: “This book is really funny!”

Shannen Schofield said: “It has very good dialogue and great prepositions!”

William Casey said: ” It is  very very funny!”

[Written By Jack Bryant Digital Leader]      

Dracula Comes To Tea!

As part of our enrichment sessions, some of our Year 5 writers have been exploring how real authors create menacing characters.  They then used some of these techniques to create their own menacing masterpieces.  Take a look below….


His pallor face glared into the distance whilst I shivered with fear. His bushy brown moustache hung over his blood red lips. Under his forest of hair, knife like teeth dangled out of his mouth. His hair was course and matted together, not even a detangler could get through it! His eyebrows perched on top of his piercing eagle eyes. His pupils were cats’ eyes which grew when they met darkness. His bird like nose shone in the gleaming light. I was afraid!

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Scary Bertha

By Rebecca and Lucy

Her name was BERTHA and she was a millionaire. She had an overgrown mono brow that was as long as a snake and one look of her would pierce your soul. Her hair was a bright red afro but she tried to hide it so she put her hair in a bun all the time. Her eyes were slithers, watching every step you take. Bertha’s lips were tightly shut with red lipstick smeared all over them like icing on a cake. Her nose was like a slithering slug and she had long nose hairs. Her appointment at the hairdressers was WAY overdue because she didn’t want them to see her afro. Her jewellery covered most of her because she liked to show off. Bertha’s ears were like huge cabbages. Her earrings were like plates, rounded and shiny and her clothes were studded with jewels and gems. She had velvet pink high heels that were so tight her feet were nearly bursting out of them. She overdid her makeup to cover any blemishes!

Which is your favourite?

K3 are authors!

Year 3 have been very busy writing their own fairy tales this term.  Over the past few weeks, we have looked at a variety of stories such as Three Billy Goats Gruff, the Ugly Duckling and Sleeping Beauty.  These stories inspired us to write our own.  The children thought carefully about the good and bad characters, what the problem could be and then the solution (with the characters living ‘happily ever after’).


On the final Friday before half-term, Year 3 went over to the Infant School to share their fairy tale stories.  This was a fantastic chance to share their learning with the Infant School.  K3 enjoyed going back to their old classroom and meeting the Infants again. They couldn’t believe how small the chairs were and how grown up they felt!


After sharing their stories they listened to the Year 2’s and their work on Florence Nightingale.  It was an amazing way to end the week.



[Written by Miss Knight]

English in W4… The Angel of Nitshill Road…

In W4 we have been learning about the angel of Nitshill road and we have had lots of fun reading the story and then doing the tasks.

The story is about three children called Penny, Mark and Mthe Angel of Nitshill Roadarigold. There is a bully in the school called Barry Hunter and he is being mean to the children. There was a new person (An Angel) and she is called Celeste.

It is a brilliant play, which is great to read as a group too!

[Written By Jack B ~ Digital Leader]