Elland C of E Junior, Infant & Nursery School (VA)

May God give us the courage to try, the will to succeed and hope without limits

Westgate, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 0BB



Year 4




What we've been doing

Forest School

Year 4 have been attending Forest School at Cross Lane. Children have loved playing Eagle Eye where they had to steal the eagle's eggs without being caught. Children enjoyed using tools to cut branches and utilised nets to pond dip and investigate the water creatures. They also created their own mess in the mud kitchen making splodge pies. Even Mr Osborne threw himself fully in to the session.

Carols In The Community

We were asked if we wanted to sing some Christmas carols in the centre of Elland on Friday 2nd December to support the community for their official Christmas Light turn on. Children sang their hearts out, paid a visit to Santa's grotto, where each child received a gift, and some children were lucky enough to sit in the back of a Fire Engine trying on firefighter's clothes and helmets.

My Voice Matters

Some of Year 4 children attended the conference in Newcastle. Last Friday, we set off early hours joining up with our neighbouring schools for 'The Live Performance' on stage for the My Voice Matters project. The children did us proud. It was a nerve-wrecking experience performing in front of over 200 adults with the limelight focused on the children. We also had time to stop and have a look at the Angel of the North on the way home.


We have been looking at mummification in our Ancient Egyptian topic. We dressed Henry up using tissue paper but don't worry, we didn't pluck his brains out through his nose using the hook that they used to do in the process.


We have been making spring rolls in class using fresh ingredients with filo pastry. Children were taught how to follow a recipe and how to use a knife safely using specific knife skills and hygiene expectations. Once we prepped and made them, we baked them and finished off by devouring them. Hmmmm delicious.

My Voice Matters 2

As part of the My Voice Matters project, we have had Laura in to teach the children about music and how it different sounds can be made using our mouths. We loved using the goody bag of creatures that Laura uses to encourage children to think differently about making noise. She even got Mr Whitton playing with some of the dolls.

My Voice Matters 1

We are lucky to be part of the My Voice Matters project again this year. We have had Winston the poet in to deliver a session on writing poems using props and items that we use on a daily basis. We had so much fun. We especially liked it when Winston jumped in a puddle in the middle of the classroom and how he balanced a banana on his nose – amazing!

Future Surgeons

We have been studying the digestive system in our science lessons. Children enjoyed dissecting the human anatomy and learning the scientific language used to describe each body part.


Year 4 have had a tennis coach in to teach the children specific skills when playing tennis. Children have been taught how to serve, return and maintain a rally using tennis rackets.

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