Pine 4

Welcome to Pine 4!
2020 - 2021
Miss Mould - Class Teacher
Mrs Hill - Class Teacher
Miss Richardson - Teaching Assistant

Home Learning Projects – Summer

To view the home learning choice activities for the summer term, please click the link below.

 Remember to send your home learning through the messages section on eSchools, or bring your learning in to school to share with your class on the stop-off dates, which are: 

3rd May

24th May

14th June

5th July

Summer 2
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Take One Author - Michael Morpurgo

Summer 2 Remote Home Learning – Year 4

Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils

-If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.   

-Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.

Additional Lessons to Support Year 4 Learning:


Log on to Reading Plus and complete 30 minutes a day on an activity of your choice.


Life is all about balance -

Food, glorious Food! -

Pearly whites -

Images in the media -


How did the religion of Islam begin? -

What are the five pillars of Islam? -

Where do Muslims worship? -

What are the festivals of Islam? -


Are all teeth the same? -

How do humans digest food? -

What are the key parts of a healthy diet? -

Design and Technology

Understanding the needs of a healthy varied diet -


Visit Purple Mash to practise our French learning with a variety of activities 

Summer 1
Blue Abyss

Summer 1 Remote Learning – Year 4

Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils

-If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.   

-Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.

Additional Lessons to Support Year 4 Learning:


Log on to Reading Plus and spend 30 minutes a day on an activity of your choice! 


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -

Climate Change -

Ecosystems -

Deforestation -

Saving water -


What are the 5 Ks of Sikhism?

Who was Guru Nanak?


What impact have humans had on plants and animals?

What impact are humans likely to have on life in the future?

What is a vertebrate?

What is an invertebrate?

What is waste?

How do human beings affect the environment?


Visit Purple Mash to practise our French learning with a variety of activities 

Spring 2
Raiders and Traders


This half term, Year 4 have been learning about Vikings and Anglo Saxons. We have been on many adventures with Erik the Viking, made Viking longships inspired by Erik’s Golden Dragon, learnt about Viking Gods and Goddesses and made our own brooches inspired by the Anglo Saxons!


Winter Wish Lists - Reading for Pleasure

At Birchwood, we have been working extremely hard to promote the power and enjoyment of reading for our children, as we know that being a successful reader is one of the key indicators to future success in life.

We pride ourselves on nurturing skilful and enthusiastic readers within school, providing children with memorable experiences such as exciting activities. Although we work diligently to promote reading within school, we value your support greatly in creating a positive reading culture at home; it is vital that children are encouraged to read high quality texts.

At the moment, we know that many of us are spending more time indoors than we normally would, providing our children with even more opportunities to read for pleasure in the comfort of their own home. For this reason, we have compiled a list of inspiring, excellent books for both you and your child to enjoy – both independently and as a shared reading book. On this list you will find some children’s classics, as well as some new bestselling books, and some award winning texts which have been celebrated widely within the reading community. We have selected these books to cater for a variety of reading tastes, and we have included books ranging from wild adventure stories, spooky ghost tales, books which celebrate diversity and difference, and those which promote kindness and emotional wellbeing.

Please click below to view your child's Winter Wish List. 

Autumn 2
Emperors and Empires
To start our learning journey this half term, a Roman soldier in full armour introduced the children to the day to day life of Roman in Britain. We experienced a detailed examination and try-on session of a legionary’s kit, and had the chance to explore world-class artefacts. Children explored the Roman conquest of Britain, and the incredible stories of Caratacus and Boudicca. After all of this, children performed some marching and shield drills (in Latin), and then explored a Roman bath house and a games arena. Children finished the day with some Roman stories and games!
Autumn 1 
 Misty Mountain, Winding River

King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgu

At the start of term, Year 4 found Ashley’s backpack on the school field containing lots of things such as photographs, interesting drawings and maps of China and Japan. We used our detective and inference skills to think about why Ashley might have these things in his bag.

A few weeks in, we are now on an adventure through the snowy Himalayas with Ashley and his new friends - a group of yetis!

Welcome to Maple 3!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Smith - Class Teacher
Mrs Calloway - Teaching Assistant
If you need to contact Mrs Smith please do via -
Hi Maple 3! 

Hi everyone!

We hope you are all looking after yourselves and staying safe.

I cannot believe that this will be over this week. How did that happen? Seems only moments ago you were walking into Maple 3 all nervous and smiling, and now you will be leaving and heading to year 4 in September. Please know what a joy it has been teaching you this year, each one of you is special, unique and destined for great things!

Remember to keep smiling, that mistakes are part of learning and that Mrs Smith and Mrs Calloway cannot wait to be able to see how you have grown and how you are in September. Enjoy this last week!

Keep smiling and stay safe!  We will see you all soon, 

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Calloway

In lieu of any opportunities for competition, or skill development, School Games have teamed up with TopYa! to provide a platform for schools parents and teachers to recommend and even track activity levels. 

 Children practise the challenges, then submit their best video using a mobile device to receive personal coaching feedback from the TopYa! team of experienced virtual coaches. Points are earned for each video submitted, leading to climbing leaderboards and winning prizes!

To access the app follow the following instructions.

  • Download the TopYa! Active app from the App Store or Google Play
  • Create your parent account
  • When prompted to enter an Invite Code enter 23880 and then choose Primary School League
  • Then create your kid(s) account(s)
  • Let them work on the activities on their own device or film and upload videos from your device on their behalf! Local area page: 
  • Twitter @schoolgames_nw

Your children might be in lockdown, but their imaginations don’t have to be.

With now>press>play At Home, your children can access 21 Audio Adventures, complete with follow on resources. Whether it’s the Arctic, Ancient Egypt or a Mission to Mars, our Audio Adventures will transport your children to another world.  Password: nowpressplay

Remember STAY SAFE online too.  Visit

Below are some web site links to help you stay active...

Join Emma and James from Embody every morning with 'Wake Up and Dance' Classes from 9:00 - 9:10am. 

Helping to keep everyone happy, active and energised!

PE with Joe every morning at 9am

Remember to go onto Skoolbo to complete your daily tasks and continue to learn your times tables using TTrockstars.

If you have any queries regarding Learning by Questions please contact Mrs V Smith -

Remember to keep going on Skoolbo, one person in Maple class has 58 snazzimals! There are still plenty of tasks on there for everyone to have a go at.

We have enjoyed having you all in our class this year, even though it was cut a little short,  and wish you the very best of luck for next year when you move to year 4. Have a lovely summer break. Stay safe and keep smiling!
Spring 2
Tales of the Unexpected
Spring 1
Tribal Tales
Autumn 2
Underground, Overground
Take One Author - Aaran Becker
We are continuing with gymnastics this half term on Friday morning. Children are starting to develop their balances now to form a sequence of movements within a group. 
Maple 3 have been extending their understanding of the French language by building upon their knowledge from last half term and are now focusing more on the spoken and written element. 
Here are some photos showing Maple children using a combination of reading, listening and speaking skills. Hopefully we will continue to progress well!
Maple 3 have been learning how to read maps and locate canals on them.  Working in pairs they measured and calculated the distance between locations. Noticing where they are and when they cross over other canals. 
Maple 3 working in teams to use the new innovative IT equipment to mix mathematics skills with their computing. The children worked on a range of times table questions to test their knowledge and communication skills.
After the success of Autumn 1 we have entered Autumn 2 with enthusiasm and excitement.

This half term our theme is Underground, Overground which is a history based theme around the local canals and mining. The children enjoyed an amazing hook day where we discovered a hidden time capsule on the playground, it contained a letter from our mystery friend and many clues.

Over the course of the half term we will be learning about the canal system, water safety and the construction of the canals. How important they were for days gone by and the laborious  jobs of the adults and children hundreds of years ago. Additionally we will be exploring the mining history of the local area and how dangerous, important and essential mining was for the local area and beyond. What was it like to be a miner? What age did people start going down the mine? And many more questions will be answered.
Journey by Aaron Becker

A picture adventure book to invoke the imaginations of the children in Year 3! We have chosen this book to allow the children to develop their inference skills, apply their own ideas to interpret this glorious book applying a range of English genres along the way.

We will follow a little girl (who the class have named Josephine) on a magical adventure of her own making, encouraging our children to imagine her feelings and thoughts throughout.

Aaron Becker is a famous illustration author who has produced many wordless books. Captivating children and adults by the turn of each page.
Here is a brief overview of our learning for this half term:

This half term we have moved away from Hinduism and are embarking on a journey through Christianity. We are concentrating on Lent and the importance this has on Christians throughout the world.


Outdoor Games - please ensure children have outdoor PE clothes on Tuesdays this half term. We will be going out and learning a range of different skills outdoors. Dressing appropriately is important as the weather is not always fine.

Friday Gymnastics- the children will be continuing on their gymnastics lessons. So please make sure PE kits are in on Fridays for this. It is important that any child who has earrings brings plasters to cover them.

Our learning for this half term involves digital literacy.  Building on our Internet Safety knowledge from Autumn 1, we feel it is important that our children have the ability to find, use and create information online in a beneficial and useful way. To link with our Underground, Overground theme, Year 3 will have the opportunity of creating their own fairy tale, or retelling a traditional fairy tale, with an underground/overground message such as Jack in the Bean Stalk or Alice in Wonderland.  We will be using Book Creator on iPads to support this.


Light and shadow is the focus this half term. The children will begin investigating the difference between different sources of light, the way light is made and the terms connected to it such as reflections, beams, translucent and transparency.
Our focus this half term will continue to expand but parents can help children by practising their 4, 8 and 3 times tables. Helping your children with quick recall. The children adore the attached clips.
In addition to this support, helping your children with continuing to work on addition and subtraction using the column method would really help them. If any assistance is needed please let me know!
After the wonderful success of our hands on reading session where a great many parents came into school to see the techniques we are using in class to help your children gain more from reading, I am glad to be able to attach the following to assist. 
Remember all children have a reading target of 4 times a week. We haven't yet managed to meet our reading target for the class and are desperate to get a tea party. 
I gave all parents a copy of these at parents evening however if you misplace them attached is a copy for you to refer to. These are the Statutory spellings for year 3/4.
Also for those who are still needing some assistance with the HFW (Those words most commonly found in sentences spoken and written) attached is a copy of those.
I will put a link up here for the handwriting we are using in class as many parents have asked. I know we have many children looking to aim for their first pens and some for their second. So please watch this space.
If you have any questions about anything please grab me on the playground or leave me a message via the school office and I will be more than happy to meet with you.
Autumn 1
Lost in the USA
We have been having such a wonderful time since the start of the year!
Our theme is Lost in New York. We have been following Larry around the USA where he keeps getting lost. During his travels we have helped him with postcards, letters and so many geography lessons. In addition we have been participating in so many practical math's activities, our favourite was the Now Press Play lesson! Where we went on an adventure helping to solve a crime in New York!
The children have had French, computing and even RE lessons. Here are some of our beautiful elephant photos to show their Hindu masks.
On Mondays the children have been participating in dance lessons with Embody dance and every child has really shown off their creative talents during these sessions. We cannot wait to get the whole dance finished.
English has seen the children working on a number of different areas of Literacy, based on the theme books and Snow White lost in New York. We have wrote character descriptions of the Evil Step mother and acted out many parts of the story during guided reading sessions. There have been many improvements in the children's confidence and approach to these sessions.
Science we are working on Animals including humans and looking at the differences and similarities of their skeletons and how they work.
We have to say that the children are showing amazing attitudes to their learning and are participating wholeheartedly in all their tasks!
Well done Maple 3!
Mrs Smith and Mrs Calloway