Barley Bear’s Week in Banyan

Last week, Banyan class had 100% attendance. As a reward, we got to spend time with Barley Bear this week! We were so excited because it had been a while since we last saw him in our class.

We were up to lots of activities and luckily, Barley Bear was there to help us when we needed it and he encouraged us when we needed to be encouraged. He helped us during our grammar lesson (he was even able to sneak in a nap), played word class Bingo with us, showed off a few of his balance skills during PE, read with us in the Library and he was even able to celebrate Tristen’s birthday with us!

Here are some pictures of Barley Bear’s fun filled week in Banyan. We hope to see him again soon!

Year 4 Trip to Eastbury Manor House

On Thursday 9th March and Friday 10th March, Year 4 went on a trip to Eastbury Manor House in Barking. The four classes learnt all about what life would have been like in Tudor times.

Here are few things we did on those days:

  • We explored the herb garden where we learnt about what people in Tudor times used to season their food.
  • We were also able to play with a few toys children would have played with.
  • A few of us were able to try on some clothes that boys and girls would have worn back then.

Here are some pictures from the trip. All four classes definitely had a blast!

Crime and Punishment in Banyan

Before the Half Term Holidays, the children in Year 4 were assigned projects. These projects were all about Crime and Punishment that took place in the past and also in the present. Children had to make either posters, games, timelines or a model of a crime and a punishment.

The children in Banyan class were so proud of their projects (as they should be!) that we thought it would be a great idea to share them on our school blog. Here are some pictures of the children and their amazing projects below.

Last Friday, we also had members of the Metropolitan Police come in. All of our children were able to try on police uniforms. Check out how brave we look!

Banyan has been extremely enthusiastic about our topic this term. Let’s challenge ourselves to try and keep this up for the rest of the year!

Year 4 Crime and Punishment Day

On the 3rd February 2017, Year 4 celebrated Crime and Punishment Day. Since this is our topic this term, we decided that we would have a day dedicated to solving a crime, role playing a trial and having a visit from the police. Children were also able to come to school dressed as police officers and criminals!

Our day began with the terrible news that our school’s new bear, Barley Bear, had been kidnapped by an individual who was holding him hostage. A note was left behind.


Most of our morning was spent trying to figure out who the culprit was! We participated in activities such as fingerprinting, sketching a description of the suspect, investigating the crime scene, examining the evidence and reading over witness statements. In the afternoon, we discovered that Miss Andrews was the criminal! She had taken Barley Bear and had hoped she would get chocolate to share with the rest of the teachers.

All classes were also visited by 2 members of the Metropolitan Police.

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Some of the teachers and some of the TAs were also arrested!

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Overall, we had a great day!

Year 4 Homework – Week of 12 September 2016

Our homework will be changing this year. Children will now receive speedy times tables grids for their maths homework and spellings to learn for their English homework on a weekly basis. Topic homework will also be given out at the start of the half term for children to complete while they study the topic in school. Topic homework can be completed in homework books unless stated otherwise. If you have any questions please see your child’s class teacher.

Please find the homework for this week as well as the Topic homework for the half term below.

wb-130915 – PDF

wb-130915 – Microsoft Word



Year 4 shine at borough sports!

On Thursday 7th July, Year 4 went to Barking Abbey to take part in a borough sports competition against Becontree Primary School.

The year group were split into 12 teams and every child participated in 6 different sports; dodgeball, judo, football, boccia (a Paralympic sport), athletics and a Change for Life event.

The focus of the day was on team spirit, with each team making up a team name and chant. Points were awarded to the teams cheering the loudest. DBJA did an great job of cheering on all of their team mates and displayed excellent sportsmanship.

At the end of the day, each child received a medal to demonstrate their fantastic participation. Well done Year 4!