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Week 17  w/c 13.07.20

 The final week of term ends an extraordinary year. I would like to wish you all a fantastic summer holiday and I hope you are all ready to return safe and well in September. Moving to another corridor can be a little daunting but I'm sure you will enjoy the new challenges year five  has to offer. It has been a pleasure meeting and teaching you all and I hope you continue to work hard and have fun in the future.

Week 16 w/c 06/07/20

 I hope you are enjoying the stories on Purple Mash. We've been reading some terrific stories in year six which have provoked lots of discussion. Our class novel is called "Street Child" by Berlie Doherty. It describes the life of a run away boy in London during the 1860's. It has really made us appreciate how lucky we are to have a home, school and food to eat. 

 May be you have really enjoyed a book during the lockdown, or one of the stories on Purple Mash. It would be a pleasure to hear what your favourites have been. Relax with a book and stay safe. 

Week 15 w/c 29.06.20

 Next Sunday is a very special day, because it is the birthday of the NHS. The NHS began on the 5th July 1948 and made it possible for people to see a doctor, or go to a hospital without having to pay a large bill. Instead the NHS is paid for by money the government collects from our wages called taxes. This means that we don't need to worry about the cost each time we use the NHS services.

 This year the NHS has worked incredibly hard to care and support patients and families through this difficult time. For several Thursdays we clapped to show our appreciation, but that recently stopped. However, on the 5th July at 5pm it is hoped that people will give the NHS one more huge round of applause to celebrate its birthday. 

 I'm sure we can all find those pans again and make some special NHS cards and posters.

                                                 Happy birthday NHS !

                           Stay safe, work hard, have fun and make some noise!

Week 14  w/c 22.06.20


This is usually the term when we have our sports day. This year is no exception, but it will be a little different due to the restrictions.

However, Mrs Jones is keen to for everyone to take part in this sporting event. So why not give it a go? Check out the link Mrs Jones has put on our class page and please share your results with us. The Olympics might be postponed but Ightenhill keeps going! 

Father's Day


Hi Year 4,


I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying your new home learning packs.


This Sunday is Father’s Day, so here are some ideas for things that you could make.


There are also lots of new activities on Purple Mash for you to complete. It would be lovely to see some of your work so we can add to our gallery on our class page.



Week 13 w/c 15.06.20

 Last week we watched Newsround and discussed the Black Lives Matter protests that have been held up and down the country. I bet many of you remembered studying Harriet Tubman and Henry Box Brown. Harrriet and Henry were born as slaves in the southern states of America in the nineteenth century. Both of them were determined to get their freedom and escaped to the northern states of America where slavery had been abolished.

 Harriet and Henry's ancestors were taken by force from Africa to America on slave Ships. I'm sure they would have been delighted to have seen the statue of Edward Colston, the slave trader from Bristol, being toppled and thrown into the harbour.

  Burnley's link with Slavery

 The crumbling old mills you might have seen along the canal in town were once cotton mills.160 years ago thousands of weavers made cloth in those mills on machines called looms. Many Lancashire towns like Burnley had cotton mills. The cotton used by these weavers came from America and had been picked by slaves. It had then come in ships to Liverpool and finally along the canal to the mills where it was turned into cloth.

 When the American Civil War (1861 -1865) broke out between the slave states of the south and the free states of the north the cotton couldn't get through to mills in Lancashire so many weavers lost their jobs. However, despite suffering hardship many of the weavers actually supported President Abraham Lincoln in his fight against slavery.

 To show their gratitude to the people of Lancashire the Americans sent a statue Of President Lincoln to Manchester where it still stands today in Lincoln Square.

 A statue to be proud of !

Week 12  w/c 08.06.20

Last week we re-visited our bug hotels that we had placed in the infant yard. Not many creatures had moved in, but this was probably due to the warm dry weather we have been having. In the afternoon we made butterfly feeding tables using small plastic cups and paper plates. We painted the cups different colours and put card petals around them. We then stuck them to the plate.

  The children took them home with the instruction to add a sugar solution to the cups, and then see which colour flower the butterflies and bees prefered. Hopefully, this week we will find out their results.

  If you would like to have a go at making your own butterfly feeding table there are some simple instructions on how to make  one on . Give it a go!

 The new work packs should  be ready from Tuesday this week, so keep up the good work everybody, and don't forget to share those fun things you've been doing.

 Week 11  w/c 01.06.20

 Nature programmes about lions, tigers, sharks and elephants are great, but try Springwatch on BBC2. This programme focuses on the wildlife found in this country. It uses hidden cameras in places like nest boxes, badger setts and woods. It's amazing just how fascinating the lives of these less glamorous animals can be. It certainly beats any of the soaps when it comes to drama, I promise you, so give it a try. 

 Last Wednesday, we made bug hotels to attract minibeasts using twigs, pine cones, straws and bark. We placed some of them in the school grounds and next week we are going to see if we have managed to attract some guests. We made ours from cut down seed trays, but you could use toilet rolls, paper cups, old plant pots and then fill them with different materials that  would provide hiding places for the creatures to make their homes in. We can see who gets the most guests . Its good fun so why not give it a go?

Week 10   w/c 25.05.20


 Over the last nine weeks we have all tried to get some exercise outside when we can. Originally, it was just once a day but now we can take unlimited exercise as long as we abide by the social distancing rules.

  I don't know about you, but I seem to have discovered lots of paths and places in the local area which I didn't know existed. On one walk  around Ightenhill  I even passed some llamas, which was a big surprise.

 It would be great to know what your favourite outdoor activity has been and anything you have noticed while you've been out and about.

 But for now keep active, stay safe and look out for those llamas!

Hello year 4, this week, I've chosen something a little different for you, suggested by Mrs Dunderdale. 


Random Acts of Kindness!

This week, we are thinking about random acts of kindness in an attempt to inspire kindness in unforeseen times. We would love to find out about the ways in which you and your family are spreading kindness. We have included a list from the Mental Health Foundation to inspire you but we are sure that you will have lots of your own ideas. This is what we would like you to do:

1)Pick an item from the list below
2)Take action
3)Share the kindness  by emailing me us ( or and we will showcase your kind act in our class gallery.


  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while

  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them

  • Make a cup of tea for someone you live with

  • Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know

  • Help with a household chore at home

  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call

  • Tell someone you know that you are proud of them

  • Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them

  • Send a motivational text to a friend 

  • Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up

  • Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal

  • Write to a friend

  • Send an interesting article to a friend

  • Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone catch up

  • Spend time playing with your pet

  • Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation

  • Donate to a charity

  • Arrange to have a video lunch with a friend

  • Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know

  • Donate to a foodbank

  • Offer support to vulnerable neighbours


What other ideas can you think of? There are many more things that I am sure you will be able to think of - have fun! #BeKind


Take care,

Mr Farrar

Week 9   w/c 18.05.20

Well, there seems to be an end in sight  to the lockdown, so I hope it will be soon possible for you to return to school. Obviously we will have to keep washing our hands and remembering to stay a safe distance from each other, but it will be great to see you all again.

   You may have heard about the many Nightingale hospitals that were set up in large cities to cope with the needs of Covid 19 patients. They were named Nightingale after the the famous nurse Florence Nightingale . The 12th May was the 200th anniversary of her birth so we have been studying her life in school.

 Here are are a few questions about Florence Nightingale for you to try and answer.

 1.  Florence was born in 1820  and died in 1910. How old was she when she died?

 2. She became famous caring for British soldiers during which war?

 3. When she wandered around the wards at night what did she carry in her hand?

 4. There was a famous black women who also looked after the soldiers in this war. What was her name?

  Keep working hard, enjoy your free time and stay safe

        Mr Farrar


Week 8 - W/C 11th May


 Hi, this week in school we have been measuring our sunflowers. Most appeared to have grown by about 10 cm since last week. They will soon need re-potting so the children have decorated some larger pots ready for next week.  I am really impressed by the work you have all been doing and the fun things you have been getting up to. You might want to have a go at some of the fun things other people have doing  just check them out.

 Your new work packs will be available from the class page. See the ' Home Learning Pack' star where there is a mixture of maths and English activities.

Week 7 - W/C 4th May 


Hello Year 4,

Week seven of the lockdown co-insides with a very special anniversary. On Friday 8th May `it is V.E.Day. This is the day 75years ago that the Second World War ended in Europe.

I’m sure Newsround will have lots of interesting facts and details about the special events being arranged in celebration.

75 years ago people celebrated the event with street parties. Unfortunately that will not be possible on this occasion but perhaps you bakers could bake a special V.E. Day cake or you could design a V.E. Day poster to display in the window.

Don’t forget to send a picture for our display in school

Keep fit, stay safe

We’ll meet again soon

Mr Farrar


Challenge: Can you find out which victorious allied country no longer exists?

Week Commencing 27th May 


Hello Year 4!


I have seen in the news this week that archaeologists have discovered around 30 coffins with mummies inside! They were thought to be buried around 3,500 years ago with jewellery in Luxor, Egypt. I thought that this would interest you all after studying our Egyptian topic earlier on this year. I have attached some links below.


Let us know if you’ve seen anything interesting in the news this week that you’d like to share. I have posted the ‘Newsround’ link onto the ‘Useful links and websites’ part of our class page for you to access.



Miss Atkin