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Year 4 Snow Leopards

We’re the Snow Leopards!


Welcome to our class


We’re adventurous explorers, brave and bold.

We try new things and never ever give up!


“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

Important information

  • Children should come dressed in their PE kits on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Father's Day Cards

The children have made some brilliant cards to show their Dad's and Grandad's just how much they are loved this Father's Day. Don't they look great! 

Sports Afternoon

On Thursday 24th of June, we had our Year 4 Sports Afternoon. The afternoon started with a warm-up lead by children in each class followed by some enthusiastic singing of our house team songs. We then moved onto our bases: endurance, throwing and jumping. The children did fantastically on these and it was so lovely to see them all supporting one another and cheering for everyone. Finally, the big races! Well done to everyone for taking part in a race. A great day enjoyed by all!

Enterprise Fundraising Events 

The Snow Leopards have had a blast this Friday, taking part in both a Danceathon and a Space Hopper Race to raise money for the charity JustB. Winners of best dancer and fastest lap on the hopper will be published in the newsletter next week along with how much money the children have managed to raise. 

Thank you for all your fantastic fundraising event ideas and generous donations. We couldn't have had a better time! 

Counting in Fractions 

The Snow Leopards have been doing some more challenging learning in maths this week, practising counting in halves, thirds, quarters, fifths, sixths and many more fractions. Some played a game where, as a team, they had to complete sequences of fractions as fast as they could. They became very speedy indeed! 

Maths - Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers 

We have been working really hard in maths at converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers. Some of the Snow Leopards have applied their mathematical knowledge and created some extremely tricky 'Would you rather....?' cards which really get your brain working.  

Hair Donation to The Little Princess Trust 

One Snow Leopard has been fantastically brave and generous, donating her hair to the The Little Princess Trust who provide free, real-hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. This is such a thoughtful and selfless act and one that will make someone so incredibly happy. Well done. We are very, very proud of you! 

Special Mentions - Summer 1

Well done to these two Snow Leopards who were chosen for a Special Mention at the end of our first summer half-term. You both work exceptionally hard and keep us smiling. Thank you ever so much indeed. You should be very proud of yourselves. 

French Week 2021

We have been celebrating French Week this year by learning about African Francophone countries - these are countries in Africa who have French as one of their main languages. We started the week by locating all of these countries on a map of the African continent before finding out their capital cities and their populations. Following on from this, we enjoyed some African drumming! We listened carefully to some music and thought about how it made us feel. Then we had a go at clapping and playing different rhythms and layering them on top of one another - this was tricky but it sounded brilliant! We have also spent time learning about French artist Paul Gauguin, who is best-known for his experimental style, especially using bright, primary colours in his work. We had a go at colouring in the style of Gauguin, have a look at our pictures below!

Enterprise Week 

This week, the whole school have been entrepeneurs, including the Snow Leopards, and have been trying to think of fundraising ideas for the fantastic charity JustB. Year 4 came up with the idea of a 'Danceathon' and have created some persuasive scripts for a radio advert advertising this fantastic event. They have also been working hard in maths on all sorts of puzzles and problems involving money. 


All the Snow Leopards have been great entrepeneurs, thinking creatively whilst considering the financial implications. Super work! 


Radio Advert Scripts

Super Strawberries

As part of enterprise week we have looked at the life cycle of strawberries. We even got to plant some strawberry plants in our class planter. 


We are looking forward to watching them grow so we can taste these super strawberries.



Hula Hooping

NSPCC Number Day

The Snow Leopards have had a brilliant day raising money and awareness for the NSPCC as well as celebrating all things NUMBER!


As well as coming dressed in parallel lines, mathematical symbols and covered in digits, they have completed some fantastic work all focussed around the number 8850 (the height of Mount Everest in metres). 


In maths, they created a whole range of number sentences which result in this number as well as how to write it in Roman numerals and listing all its factors. 


In English, they have used similes, metaphors and personification to create poems describing what it it is like to stand at this height at the peak of the mighty Everest. 


Well done Snow Leopards! 


Reading Champions

A huge well done to these two Snow Leopards who have already completed their Year 4 Reading Passport. Their favourite books were 'Who Let the Gods Out' and 'Operation Gadgetman.' 

Spring 2 - Top Oatlands Points Winners

These three children have earnt the most Oatlands Points this half-term and have won a magazine and some treats. Well done to you all! 

Spring 2 - Special Mention Winners

Well done to these two girls for earning a Special Mention this half-term. We are exceptioanlly proud of you and the resilence you have shown during a very tough half-term. Your hard-work and bright smiles make our job the best one there is! Thank you. 

TTRS Winner

Easter Egg Competition

Red Nose Day 2021

Thank you for all of the support towards Red Nose Day this year. We have been so excited opening our red noses and making habitats for them out of the boxes - we had snails, caterpillars, badgers, foxes, daisies, robins and ladybirds. But most sought-after of all was the Golden Tommy. In school we celebrated the day by dressing up as superheroes or wearing something red. Have a look at our costumes below:

Year 4 Achievement Awards

Friday 5th February


This week's winners are: Betsy, Selena, Noah C, Rory and CC.



Selena has worked really hard to try and complete her maths and English work each week at home to the very best standard she can. Her work on bar graphs, pictograms and line graphs over the last two weeks has been super confident and her mathematical explanations are becoming increasingly convincing too! Mr Hunter and I are extremely proud of your efforts Selena. Miss Barrett


Noah C

Noah has been a fantastic honorary Snow Leopard for the last few weeks. He has tried his best and shown great enthusiasm when approaching each and every piece of his learning.  He has made a fantastic start to his newspaper report on the eruption of Pompeii in 79AD and also done some lovely science work, surveying the school nature area, identifying the different living things and their micro-habitats. Well done Noah. Miss Barrett



Another fabulous week working from home. I have been so impressed with every single piece of work you have submitted but I was particularly impressed with your newspaper report about Mount Vesuvius erupting in Pompeii! You included lots of the features we looked at in our lesson and used lots of exciting vocabulary. Your maths this week was also brilliant, and you produced a very well-presented line graph. Super work CC!  Mrs Post


You have been an absolute super star during the school closure and it has been a pleasure to have you in the Falcons bubble.  You have produced some wonderful work and should be so proud of all you have achieved. You are always keen to share your great ideas in our class discussions and demonstrate a brilliant working attitude. I have been particularly impressed with your newspaper report this week, where you used lots of key features to report the erupting of Mount Vesuvius. Super work Rory! Mrs Post



You have had such a brilliant first week here at OJS. I have been so impressed with every single piece of work you have submitted this week. Your newspaper report about Mount Vesuvius erupting in Pompeii was particularly impressive, you used lots of exciting vocabulary and included lots of the other features from our lesson. We can't wait to welcome you into our classroom next week. Well done, Betsy! Keep up your brilliant work. Miss Mansfield



Friday 26th February


This week’s achievement award winners are: Seb J, Aleah, Penelope, Thomas and Lottie.


Seb J

You have worked so hard with all of your work this week, but the piece of work I have been most impressed with is your poetry performance. It is clear that you put a lot of effort into it, thought carefully about how you said the words and even added instruments and a costume - just brilliant. Keep up your fantastic work, Seb! We are so proud of you. Miss Mansfield



You have continued to work hard throughout our school closure. All your work is beautifully presented and carefully thought through. You have asked questions and responded to feedback with great flexibility and positivity. This week, I was particularly impressed with your creation of a bar chart very clearly representing the data on children’s favourite games. Really well done. Miss Barrett



Mr Hunter and I have thoroughly looked forward to marking each of your online assignments Penelope. You give each and every one of them your very best and have produced work of an exceptionally high quality. We particularly loved your science work this week, looking at animals that live in hot and cold habitats. Well done Penelope. Miss Barrett



Another super week of work! I have been so impressed with your assignments over the past few weeks; you have put in so much effort into every piece of work you have submitted on Teams. This week, I was impressed with your carefully drawn bar chart for the data you collected on favourite chocolate bars. Your work on Escape from Pompeii has also been brilliant, you have thought carefully about each task set, resulting in some great sentences and a wonderfully performed poem.  Brilliant work, keep it up! - Mrs Post and Miss Greveson



Lottie has had another wonderful week in school, contributing brilliantly to all lessons and continuing to put 110% into all her work. You showed great resilience and determination in performing your poem to the rest of the class in English and produced an incredibly neat and well-presented bar chart in this week's Statistics lesson. You are always kind and friendly, coming in everyday with a great big smile on your face - a little ray of sunshine in the Falcons bubble! Keep up the super work Lottie! - Mrs Post and Miss Greveson




Art Award – Sophie B

This week’s art award in Year 4 goes to Sophie for her wow work project. Sophie transformed herself into the goddess, Flora. Sophie made many of the elements of her costume herself too. A very impressive project, Sophie! Well done. Mrs Alderson


Art Award - Evelyn M

Evelyn and her sister have both been given the art award this week for their dedication to this week's art challenge. You both fully committed to making different marks to everyday sounds and captured it all in a video. Excellent work ladies! Well done, Evelyn. Mrs Alderson


Friday 11th February


A huge well done to our Special Mentions Children for this half term. They are...

  • Nemile A
  • Sophie B
  • Sanhita K
  • Molly T
  • Ben F
  • Max M

Watch out for your certificates in the post!

Oatlands Points Winners...

  • Nathaniel M
  • Noah C
  • Emma R
  • Evelyn M
  • Kate S
  • Isabella M
  • Archie H
  • Seb R
  • Selena J

Your prizes are waiting at the office for you to collect!

Other achievements this week...

TTRS winner - Sophie B

Art Award Winner - Chloe P

Friday 4th February


This week's achievement winners are: Connie, Kate, Isaac, Ruby and Georgia.



Connie has blown me away with her fabulous writing this week. You have thought really carefully about each of the plot points and the features we asked you include, making sure that your sentences are just right! You have also been working really hard on our new maths topic - time! Your art week has been superb too, I thoroughly enjoyed your Roman jewellery pieces. A fantastic week, Connie. Very well done. Miss Mansfield



Kate has been an absolute super star working at home this week. Not only does she join in with all our assemblies and story times but she has a go at all the tasks. I have been particularly impressed with your English work this week. I thoroughly enjoyed your comic strip of Miss Bigelow and you created a super bunch of sentences ready for your independent writing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Super work Kate, well done!



Isaac has had a great start to the year. He has come back to school after Christmas with a fabulous work attitude and demonstrates wonderful learning behaviour. I have been particularly impressed with his English this week and how much thought and effort he has put into his sentences, even during the snow day! Not only does he try his best on all his tasks, but he has joined in with all class discussions, sharing his ideas with the rest of the bubble. Well done Isaac, keep up this wonderful work!



Ruby shows great interest and enthusiasm in her school work and works extremely hard in class. Despite a snow day, she was organised enough to plan her writing at home and bring in her notes ready for school the next day. She has listened so carefully during our guided writing sessions and used lots of the different features of the Writing Rainbow with ease – including similes, onomatopoeia and speech. Well done Ruby! Miss Barrett and Mr Hunter



Georgia has shown the same commitment to her work whilst at home as she always does in class. She reads and listens to all the instructions carefully and produces work of the highest quality. We have been impressed with her confident use of scientific vocabulary in her science assignments and this week, we have been blown away by her writing with her rewrite of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Well done Georgia. We are very proud of you.  Miss Barrett and Mr Hunter


TTRS Winner - OSCAR!


Art Award w.c 1st February



Caroline has created a beautiful, vibrant Roman inspired outfit this week. She has thought about how to make her outfit unique through the shape and details of the dress. A great design, Caroline. Well done. Mrs Alderson

Friday 29th January


This week's achievement winners are: Isabella, Kemp, George and Sanhita.



Another wonderful week of work from Isabella! You have produced some brilliant work this week, I particularly enjoy reading the exciting sentences you write for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You are listening to all the advice and videos, include lots of interesting words and keep the reader fully entertained. In addition to your fantastic writing, I have been impressed with your maths work and thoroughly enjoyed your 'dream house' design. It has been lovely to see you joining in with our story times and assemblies each time too. Mrs Post



George has blown me away with his writing this week. He has listened carefully to the guided writing videos and tried to include the writing techniques demonstrated. He has thought so carefully about his vocabulary choices and added interesting and effective extra detail. His letter from Willy Wonka made the factory sound full of magic and wonder! Well done George. Miss Barrett



Sanhita has worked extremely hard yet again in school this week. She listens with great care and attention, asks thoughtful and helpful questions and has produced the most amazing writing this week. She is a whizz with the thesaurus and chooses her synonyms carefully so that they have the greatest effect. Thank you Sanhita – you should be very proud of what you have achieved. Miss Barrett



I have been so impressed with your creativity in your assignments over the past few weeks; every piece of work you have submitted on Teams has been fantastic. This week, I particularly liked the 'dream house' you created for our lessons on area and perimeter. Your writing on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been a pleasure to read, you have thought carefully about word choices and keeping your reader on their toes. Brilliant work, keep it up! Miss Mansfield


Art Award w.c 25th January

Seb L

Seb, your Roman jewellery designs are incredible! You have put so much thought and care into your work and have produced a wide range of pieces in your jewellery collection, made from gold and emeralds. Well done, Seb. Mrs Alderson


TTRS Winner - BEN F!

Friday 22nd January


This week's achievement awards go to Nathaniel, Freya, Emma W, Jacob and Archie.



You have worked so hard this week and put 100% effort into each and every piece of your work on Teams. I have been really impressed with your writing on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You have thought very carefully about your vocabulary choices and how these fit into the sentences. The Polygon Party and the Top Trumps cards you have made for maths were just superb. Very well done, Nathaniel. Keep up your fantastic work. Miss Mansfield


Emma W
Another fabulous week! Despite being in school some days and at home others, you always manage to keep on top of all the work we are setting. You are an absolute super star in school and have produced some brilliant pieces of work. I have been particularly impressed with your writing in English this week but also your super symmetry work in maths. Not only are you producing some lovely work but your work attitude is fantastic, you are a wonderful role model and a little ray of sunshine every week. Mrs Post



You have worked so hard at home every day and should be incredibly proud of all you have achieved. You have produced some absolutely wonderful work this week, ranging from your polygon work in maths to your Ramadan work in RE but I have been particularly impressed with your writing this week! Keep up the wonderful work Jacob! Mrs Post



Freya has worked so hard this week, showing fantastic enthusiasm particularly in our writing lessons. She has written three fantastic paragraphs and used the thesaurus thoughtfully to find the most effective pieces of vocabulary. Well done Freya. Miss Barrett



Archie has completed each and every piece of work set to the highest of standards. We are particularly impressed with his science and English work. He has designed his own experiment examining the melting point of chocolate and made sensible predictions using scientific reasoning. He has also written a fantastic first three paragraphs telling the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Well done Archie. Miss Barrett


Art Award w.c 18th January



Cleo's Roman inspired meal looks like it is bursting with flavour. It looks like a banquet fit for an emperor complete with meats, potatoes, rice, breads, vegetables and fruits, what a feast! Excellent work Cleo, well done. Mrs Alderson


TTRS winner - DARCY!

Friday 15th January


This week's Achievement Awards go to Evie J, Yasmin, Seb L, Evelyn and Michael.



Every piece of work Yasmin has done has been beautifully presented and shown a clear understanding of the tasks set. This is Yasmin’s maths ‘Wanted Poster’ for the sneaky Patricia Parallelogram, where she has described Patricia’s mathematical properties extremely well so that anyone might identify her and report her to the police! Miss Barrett


Seb L

I am delighted to say that Seb has become an honorary Snow Leopard for the moment. He has joined a completely new class, under very new circumstances and continued to work his hardest. I particularly loved his design for Willy Wonka’s next invention – it’s a game of Russian roulette, choose your sweet carefully or you might end up the size of a mouse! Miss Barrett


Evie J

Evie has put her all to every task she has completed during remote learning this week. Each piece of work she submits is completed to the highest of standards. I loved all of you maths work this week, especially your wanted poster you described Roger Rhombus and Patricia Parallelogram so well - hopefully they get caught soon! Miss Mansfield 


Evelyn and Michael

I am so very impressed and incredibly proud of you both. Joining a new school can be a little scary and nerve-wracking at times, especially when you haven't been able to come in and meet your new classmates! I have been absolutely blown away by how well you have both jumped into our online learning so smoothly. You have joined in with all our story times and assemblies, given the tasks a go and tackled all the different challenges Teams brings. You should both be incredibly proud of what you have achieved already, and we are all so excited to have you join us in Falcons! Well done both of you! Mrs Post


Art Award w.c 11th January


Noah O'C-M

The mosaic you have created of a blue bird is incredible. It is clear that you spent a lot of time creating your artwork; including a patterned boarder. What a great job Noah! Mrs Alderson. 

Our Class Novel

This half term we are reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl. Find out more about our class novel by reading the prologue...

WILLY WONKA is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world and he's given FIVE children Golden Tickets to visit his famous CHOCOLATE FACTORY. But what mysterious SECRETS will they discover inside?

Special Mentions

Here are our four very worthy winners of a Special Mention this term. It’s always tough to just choose two each half-a very well done to you all. 

Christmas Cards

Our Christmas Crafts

Harrogate Virtual Dance Competition 

During their PE lessons, the children had a go at learning a dance routine to the fantastic tune 'I Wanna Be Like You' from the film Jungle Book. You did a fantastic job Snow Leopards! 

Snow Leopards jungle book dance


The children learnt a verse each from the poem 'The Minotaur' which retells the famous ancient Greek myth of Theseus defeating the ferocious half-man, half-bull creature lurking in the depths of King Minos' labyrinth. They worked on how to use their voices to perform the poem in a way which really portrayed the meaning to the listener. Well done Snow Leopards!


Snow Leopards Minotaur Poem

Children in Need 2020

A big thank you for all your donations for Children In Need. The children created exercises with Joe Wicks, took part in some of the ‘Five To Thrive’ activities throughout the week and all looked great in their pyjamas, slippers and Pudsey-themed clothes today.  We will let you know how much we have raised once it has all been counted.

Remembrance Day 2020

For Remembrance Day this year, the children in Year 4 spent time learning about and remembering those people who died in World War 1 and World War 2. We found out where they lived and put poppies on a map of Harrogate to remember them. We recognised lots of streets we live on and some soldiers even lived in our houses!

National Poetry Day

For National Poetry Day, we created a '5-minute poem' about ourselves with the support of poet Simon Mole. It really demonstrated just how anyone could be a poet and what good fun it is to write poems. The ones the Snow Leopards created were brilliant and captured their personalities perfectly. Above are just a few examples. 

Harvest Festival

Year 4 have been celebrating Harvest Festival by finding out where our food comes from. In Snow Leopards, we started by learning about the origins of the Harvest Festival and learnt that during this time Christians may collect food, flowers and toiletries and give them to those in need. This is a way of saying thank you to God for all of the food we have. We continued our lesson by learning about where our food might come from, these include: Canada, Greenland, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Italy, Russia, Uganda, Australia and India. Here are our labelled maps, it is amazing how far some of our food travels to get to our homes!


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