In Year 4 we focus heavily on the self-esteem of the children, building their learning resilience and their self-belief. By adopting the philosophy of “mistakes will happen” the classroom adults pride themselves on creating a culture of respect, where everyone’s view matters, everyone has a voice, and mutual support and encouragement between peers is the norm. It is a culture where people are free to fail and need not fear it – for therein lie the seeds of self-improvement and true learning.  In addition to this core philosophy, we also like to follow the idea of “Don’t just learn it – live it!” using hands-on learning and historical re-enactments wherever possible. We have already had our Roman beach invasion battle! Look out for our upcoming World War II Evacuee Experience!

Summer Newsletter 2019

We are blessed at Saltwood with a fantastic outside space which we use to the full.  Here are a selection of some of our recent uses – exploring life as a Celt (prior to the Roman invasion!), investigating sound in Science, playing our “New Line New Speaker” literacy game, collecting colours for our natural pallete in RE… and so much more!

In our Literacy we like to explore characters and stories from many different angles. Creative writing is easy when you really know what motivates characters and what makes them “tick”. There is now better way than roleplay! Here are some of us having fun explaining our actions and motivations as Jack!

Our maths learning incorporates a great deal of reasoning. Why may know something is right… but why is it right? How do we know? How can we explain the mathematics behind the “answer”? Here are some if us fathoming the mechanics of maths in a variety of ways!

Here some examples of our “Don’t just learn it – Live it” philosophy. We bet you can’t tell that the Roman artefacts on display here are not real ones! We created some amazing replicas! And we bet those beach invasion shots look real too!! Watch out for our evacuee pictures which will be up soon!


We take our Christian values very seriously and are always seeking to demonstrate them in action. This video shows our value of “Strength” in action, where we were challenged to design a marble machine that could make a recognisable tune using levers and other controls. Is it possible to make music without actually touching the actual instrument? See for yourself!
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We like to take our value mutual love and respect out into our community. We thoroughly enjoy our trips to local rest homes where we share our love of stories, music and games with the residents!
Speaking of games, we like to strengthen our reasoning skills with Chess, which we learn and play regularly. We have built up quite a taste for the 64-square battlefield and hope to take it forward in the future. In these pictures, you can see how inspired we were by the World Chess Championship of November 2018!
Look out for more exciting stuff still to come from our class this year!