Red Deer Class

This term our topic is Urban Pioneers.

Please have a look at our topic and homework sheets below:

Summer Term

Summer 1 Topic Sheet - Red Deer Class

Summer 1 Homework Sheet - Red Deer Class

Spring Term

Spring 2 Topic Sheet - Red Deer Class

Spring 2 Homework Sheet - Red Deer Class

Spring 1 Topic Sheet - Red Deer Class

Spring 1 Homework Sheet - Red Deer Class


On 19th March Red Deer we were pleased to welcome Grace’s grandfather Ralf Springett into school, to talk about his experiences in earthquake zones. He works for an organisation called Samaritan’s Purse, which provides emergency aid for countries following natural disasters such as earthquakes. The visit supplemented their work on the topic Tremors last half term.  The children were fascinated by the information and the stories he told them and listened really well.  Mrs Lee-Ranson was so proud of the children, who remembered much of what they had learned and asked some great questions.

Evie said, “I feel inspired to work for them when I grow up.”

“He went out to help people he didn’t know and he was in an earthquake.” Laceymay

William said, “It was amazing how many lives he’s saved.”


Red Deer class have been working really hard this half term, learning about Volcanoes. They have produced a show which brings together many of the different things they have learned from a wide range of subjects. They started with a few songs and a short script. The children added more dialogue, acting, actions, facts, demonstrations, dances, sound effects and extra songs, to create the finished show that they performed. What a talented class they are! Most importantly, as well as making everyone proud of them, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Anglo-Saxon Workshop

Red deer were lucky to have a visit from Andrew Skelton, who works at Chippenham Museum. He brought many exciting artefacts with him, for the children to handle and explore. He was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts with them.  Here is what he said:

“The Year 3 and 4 children were a credit to their school and teachers. They engaged throughout the workshop, asking questions, discussing facts, sharing and handling the objects. Having worked with both Primary and Secondary pupils in historical investigations, I can honestly say this was one of the best, on-task and focused classes I’ve had the pleasure to work with.”

Andrew Skelton, Learning and Engagement Officer,  Chippenham Museum.

Autumn Term

Autumn Topic Sheet - Red Deer Class 

Homework Sheet - Red Deer Class

Red Deer Class enjoyed a Viking style feast which included fruit, cottage cheese, bread and honey. It was delicious. We listened to Viking style music and told stories.

We used clay to make Anglo-Saxon style jewellery. We looked at images of pots that had been discovered by archaeologists and studied the patterns marked on the them. We then made our own and decorated them with marks and patterns. They look fabulous.

Red Deers and Dragons have been busy making a sorting hat cake with a surprise centre- yummy!

Red Deers and Dragons have been busy making a sorting hat cake with a surprise centre- yummy!

Red deer had a great day to begin the half term. They were set a challenge to build a boat, strong enough to carry two people (mobile) and that could travel across a stretch of water without being pushed. The children worked collaboratively to share ideas, design, build, evaluate and then modify their boats. They sailed them across the water tray with varying degrees of success. But they learned a great deal in the process.

“I learned that you had to make it light. It worked better when we took the wheels off.” Aimee.

“I leaned that you need to put something on your boat that will float.” Harry

“I learned that you need a bigger sail for the wind to catch it.” Henry

“I think that the boat needs a safety ring in case the boat sinks.” Leon

Red Deer class have had a busy half term working around the theme of Potions. We began with a trail which lead us to the Drink Me potion in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We discussed the dangers of drinking unknown potions and looked at labels and warning symbols.

We learned about weird and wonderful potions as medicines in the past and the gory ingredients they used. We used pictures to learn about the history of anaesthetics, writing letters as if we were actually there.

Macbeth’s three witches inspired us to write our own spells and we made the potions, adding warning labels and listing the ingredients we used. The children performed the story of Romeo and Juliet, and will be on tour shortly (at Celebration Assembly and the Village Revue!)

The children learned about states of matter, solids, liquids and gases, and wrote reports to an alien who was particularly interested in water, as it isn’t found on his planet. The children also made chocolates so that we could observe solids melting as they were heated and becoming solid again as the liquid cooled. In addition to this, children designed containers for their chocolates, made prototypes to test them out and then made one to take their chocolates home in.

Red Deer had a tremendous time mixing potions.  First we collected the ingredients, measuring them carefully according to the recipes we wrote.  Then we mixed the ingredients and observed what happened.  We wrote warning labels and lists of ingredients for the bottles.  Thank you to the parents who sent in the ingredients, containers and equipment to make it all possible.


Our reading area is comfortable and full of ood books for everyone. We can concentrate really well.

Reading Gladiators

Yr 4 Reading Gladiators were so excited last week when they won the Mini Challenge based on The Ice Garden by Guy Jones. The task required them to draw a wordless comic strip to represent the parallel worlds of Jess (the real world) and Owen in the Ice Garden. They received a wonderful stack of 8 books to read & some mini eggs! They can’t wait to get reading. They received a message from the author Guy Jones saying “Fantastic! I am a big fan of mini-eggs.”

Joe says, “I was surprised to see that Guy Jones actually Tweeted to us. I really love his books.”

Some of the children in year 4 have risen to the challenge of becoming a Reading Gladiator. Over the course of the year children read eight carefully selected books and at the end of the year take part in an exciting reading challenge day. The programme is designed to stretch, motivate and embed the reading habit, thus providing a good foundation for the challenges of the upper junior school.

Each month, they read a book and take part in some activities and competitions based on the story, during guided reading and independent learning time. The children have produced some amazing art work.


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