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!



Farewell Charlie

Dear Charlie,

We were so sad to hear that you were leaving DBJA. We were even more upset that we didn’t get the opportunity to say our farewells. So we got together and decided to say goodbye in our own little way.

We hope you like your new school and your new teacher!

Watch the video!

Good Luck!

From Banyan

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Concentration Kings!

In Math this week, Banyan was in fine form with their concentration! Despite it being the end of the term, the determination to succeed in the classroom is still blatantly evident. In particular, the boys in the classroom were leading the way with some seriously impressive Mathematical conversation! They are the concentration kings for this week!


Banyan Performance Poetry

In Banyan class, the pupils worked in small groups to write and perform a poem about being a student.

They were too good not to share!


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A little reminder…

Benjamin Franklin was absolutely accurate when he wrote this. However, sometimes it is difficult to involve children when things like homework, reading journals, projects and PE kits aren’t coming into school when they’re supposed to!

Banyan class, please remember that to get the most out of the opportunities presented to you here at DBJA, you must also put in some effort into remembering these things!

Can’t wait to see your marvellous, completed homework tomorrow!


Officer Chapman

Last term in Topic, year four were focusing on crime and punishment. We looked at crimes and punishments from the 16th century up to today. To finish up the unit and offer a different perspective, Officer Chapman of the Metropolitan Police came in to talk to the pupils.

He shared with them information about identifying police officers, what their role is within the Dagenham community, how they get around, how to become a police officer and more. The children were eager to learn more and bombarded him with questions about police dogs, helicopters and bullet-proof vests.

After the event, Officer Chapman informed me that he had never met a cohort so eager to ask questions and he said that he was entirely impressed. Well done year four!

Dorothy Barley Junior Academy is very grateful to Officer Chapman for taking time out of a busy shift to come and meet the children and teach them more about his job.

Thank you Officer Chapman!

Red Nose Day

Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become something of a British institution. It’s the day, every two years, when people across the land can get together and do something funny for money at home, school and work.

There’s a fantastic night of TV on the BBC, with comedy and entertainment to inspire the nation to give generously.

Comic Relief spends the money raised by Red Nose Day to help people living tough lives across the UK and Africa.

In Banyan class we had some wonderfully hilarious faces appear bright and early. Some children went all out with facepaint and hairspray while others opted for an outfit entirely composed of red garments. Thank you to all students and parents who got involved. Every pound you donated makes a difference!

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

-Vincent Van Gogh