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!



Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Black Oak

As part of our poetry unit, Black Oak have been studying Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

The class read the original version, then a version written in a modern style, before translating this into a sonnet they would understand.

Black Oak then text map the sonnet to help them learn it off by heart. Some of their work is below.



Black Oak’s Class Assembly

On Thursday 3rd May Black Oak celebrated the work they have done so far this year and presented a showcase to friends and family.

Miss Robertson and Miss Stanborough are so proud of the class for all they have achieved. Well done Black Oak!

If you missed it, a copy of their performance is below:




Easter comes to Black Oak

This week, Black Oak have been celebrating Easter by writing storyboards of the Easter story in RE, taking part in the Easter bonnet competition and creating poems using humour, with some of the poems having an Easter theme.

Some examples of our poems and the Easter bonnets and t-shirts are below.

Black Oak would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and a wonderful 2 weeks off.







Black Oak visit Tesco

On Tuesday 21 March, Black Oak visited Tesco in Goodmayes to understand the journey that food takes to reach our plate. The session was called ‘Farm to Fork’.

The visit began with the class discussing where food comes from, as well as talking about transportation, packaging and how to keep food fresh. The class were then given a tour of the Tesco store, including delivery rooms and coolers, before tasting different types of cheese. During the cheese tasting, Black Oak had to discuss and write down adjectives about the difference in look, taste and texture between the cheeses. The class ended their trip learning about fish and being shown how a fish is prepared for the table.

Black Oak had a wonderful visit and would like to thank everyone at Tesco, Goodmayes for being so welcoming and informative.

Please find some pictures of our exciting morning below.

Learning about the journey of our food:


Learning about loading bays, delivery rooms and cooler temperatures on the tour of the store:


Black Oak analysing cheese and fish:

Black Oak’s budding performance poets!

In Year 4, we have been studying poetry with a focus on the poetic features in The Cops and The Robbers by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.

Black Oak have been experimenting with different ways to memorise and recite poetry. This includes, text mapping, actions, voices, movement and sound effects.

All of Year 4 presented their work today. See Black Oak’s performances below!

Well done to all of Year 4, who have improved their performances and projection since we recited poems in December.

Newsday in Black Oak!

In History this term, Year 4 have been studying different crimes and punishments from around the world.

Black Oak have looked at two case studies, the Great Train Robbery which took place in the United Kingdom in 1963, and the Dunbar Robbery which took place in the United States of America in 1997.

For each robbery, the class imagined they were news reporters and created reports and broadcasts about the events.

Below is a selection of news created and produced in the Black Oak newsroom.