Time for a quest!

It was quite a strange start of the week for year 4! We received a letter from the office from a kidnapped king who needed our help to discover his story. After cracking a rather complicated code we discovered the location of the book, under lots of bugs!

All week we have enjoyed learning the story of quest and we were able to write our own holiday brochures persuading people to visit quest city. Including some of the attraction they can enjoy there, such as rainbow slides and rhino rides!

We have also worked hard to create some amazing art work inspired by the stories illustrations.

What a fab week of learning!

Year 4 have an eggcelent science week

This week year 4 have been exploring the humble egg through eggciting experiments!

We have been completing quick wows such as making bouncy eggs as well as longer experiments. We discovered that eggs are really strong due to their arch shape and can support a weight of around 2000g!

As a class we visited the city farm and investigated the life cycle of a chicken from egg to hen.

What an amazing week!

Interfaith week in year 4!

During interfaith week year 4 investigated two religions: Christianity and Islam. We were lucky enough to have two visitors from local sixth form colleges that told us more about their religious beliefs. We had so many questions to ask them!

What is the hardest part of your religion?

What do you enjoy the most about your religion?

What are your main beliefs?

Our questions meant we were able to learn lots and lots about different people’s beliefs, we noticed plenty of similarities between the religions!

What did you all learn from interfaith week?

Year 4 go on a Roman adventure

At the start of this term lime and chestnut class received a very odd letter it read like this:

Auxilium mini, si placet?

In AD43 I arrived in this country on a beach not far from here. I believe this land is called Britannia, its full of metals that my people need. I’ve travelled for miles in land conquering hill forts and battling locals. However along the way I misplaced something of great importance to me and it was left for centuries. Please take this map and follow it to retrieve my possessions. I hope you take good care of it. 

Being the true adventurers year 4 are we decided to follow the map which led us to the Roman wall at Tower Hill. The wall was made by the Romans when they conquered Britain and marked


the city of Londinium (London).img_0105
After hunting around the wall we found what we came for! A helmet  left behind by a roman solider centuries ago, something that we are sure will come in use when we begin our topic of the romans this term!


Whales Winners of Computing Week Challenge!

Congratulations to Whales class who were awarded with a special prize for completing the Computing Week challenge in the quickest time. They showed excellent team work and problem solving skills to crack the codes with great efficiency.

They were awarded with the Minecraft Handbook Collection! These handbooks contain information about:

– the History of Minecraft
– Creative vs Survival mode
– Technical details
– Controls for PC/Mac, XBOX, and Pocket Edition
– Topics such as Inventory, Weapons, Tools, Shelter, Food, etc.
– A guide to mining rare elements


Well done to everyone for taking part with such enthusiasm. Thomas Buxton pupils are clearly very good at cracking codes!

EU Referendum Poll

On Thursday 23rd June, there is a very important vote called a referendum. British people will be asked whether they would like to remain or leave the European Union (or EU).

So what is the EU?

EU_render.jpgfc3819b7-c51e-4408-a706-81a518c5dca6Large  A useful video from Newsround: click here

The EU is a group of 28 countries whose governments work together – a bit like a club. All the countries have to agree to some rules and pay some money and in return the countries support each other.

The EU has certain aims to make sure European people are treated fairly and with respect. They ensure we have certain rights, such as the right to visit or live in any country in EU. This means people living in terrible conditions are able to migrate to other countries to enjoy a better life.

People who want to leave the EU say that Britain will have more control and will be able to stop people entering our country.

Only adults can vote in the EU referendum so it seems fair that you children should also have your voice heard in our opinion poll.

So, do you think the UK should remain part of the European Union or leave?


We Are HTML Editors

Year 4 are quickly becoming masters of HTML editing. They are now starting to edit and publish there very own creations by remixing web pages using Mozilla Thimble.


Here is Mozilla Thimble being used. The HTML code is on the left while the image being changed appears on the right. Every time some code is re-written, the image changes.

By changing some of the HTML code for this image….



….the children are able to change the text and the background colour, completely reinventing the original image and making it their own.





Nabeel and Sameera did so to create this!


They’ve used bright blue for the background and changed the text to thank their class teacher Ms Ahmed for helping them with their learning.

Click this URL to view their published webpagehttps://thimbleprojects.org/tbps/65635/

More wonderful web pages will be published very soon. Well done Nabeel and Sameera!


We Are HTML Editors

Hi Year 4,

This term, you will learning about how web pages are made using HTML.

HTML is a special language that web developers use to add images, videos and text to web pages.

We will looking inside web pages to discover the lines of code that lie behind the internet! Using Mozilla Thimble, we will then be creating our own web pages. Here is a video explaining how Mozilla Thimble works:

Also, have a look at the Year 5 blog page. Ants and Caterpillars learned how to write HTML last term. Make sure you ask them for some tips! They’d enjoy sharing their learning with you.

Here is Mozilla Thimble in action!

Steam Locomotive Explanations

Year 4 were recently writing explanation texts about steam locomotive trains. They described the complex process a steam train goes through to move along.

To bring their work to life, they also created some TV adverts, promoting the luxury and impressive functionality of steam locomotives.

steam train

Here is an excellent example. Please leave your feedback in the comments section. Enjoy!