Maldives – Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 Maldives Class! I am Mrs Hyde and I am the teacher in Maldives Class. The other adults that support our learning are Mr Wilby and Mrs Turiano. We all look forward to an exciting, interesting, creative and fun year of learning together! Make sure to keep checking the website for updates about our current learning!

Class List

Haris, Cerys, Finnigan, Harley, Dorian, Ellie, Shanay, Ryan, Charlotte, Olivia, Isabel, James, Benjamin, Daniel, Lewis, Dawid, Alfie, Ethan, Isabelle, Amie, Jack, Sandra, Joshua, Ava, Charlie, Jack, Aaron, Clara, Harley and Maesonn.

Reading and Homework

Children will be given a reading book which will be changed at school on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please listen to your child read as often as you can and record any comments in their reading record. We encourage children to read their school book as well as any other reading material they may have at home, e.g. comics, newspapers, magazines, game instructions, etc. Homework will be given every half term through ‘Homework Bingo’. There will also be Topic challenges where additional house points can be earned! Each week there will be spellings and a multiplication table to learn as well as online activities through Abacus and Education City.


Maldives Class will have their outdoors P.E. lesson every Tuesday afternoon, the second lesson will be indoors every Thursday afternoon. In addition to a white t-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls, children will need trainers and a warm tracksuit that can get muddy. Please ensure your child has their full, named P.E. kit in school every day as the day or time of our outdoor session may change due to the weather. We will inform you of our swimming sessions in due course.


Your child will need: Swimming costume (no bikinis), Towel, Hat (if hair is long, girls and boys), flip flops (or other shoes) to walk to the pool and a plastic bag to store wet clothing.

Topic Learning

Spring Term – Wonderland Topic


We’ve had a super time this term learning about Alice in Wonderland and lots of other unusual weird and surprising things. To start our
topic we worked in teams to solve riddles which led to a prize of jam tarts!

We’re now amazing scientists after learning about the digestive system and the different uses of our teeth; we made poo and the children ‘loved’ it! We created some beautiful surreal art in lots of different mediums (2D, 3D and clay).

After exploring the invention of electricity we made our own electrical games and took them to year 1 to play with. We held a debate in class to decide whether The Knave of Hearts stole the Queen’s tarts; the children were amazing and showed off their fantastic communicating and debating skills.
We also had a wonderful Fantastic Finish day where we watched a magic show, made our own jam tarts, had a huge tea party and even created some surreal Rube Goldberg machines!

Our Summer term topic is called Tomb Raiders…look out for updates about our learning on our Facebook and Class Twitter pages!

Topic – Roman Britain
We’ve had a great time this term learning all about the Celts and Roman Britain. To start our topic we found out about Boudicca, created our own Celtic knot designs and finished the day off with some scary face painting and epic battles!
Here are some quotes from the children to share what they’ve enjoyed the most: “How strong the army was” – Haris. “Learning about the army formations” – Liv. “When we found out what food they ate and then tried it” – Clara. “Going on the school trip and discovering how the Romans created flour and bread” – James. “Making catapults” – Sandra. “Learning why Romans invaded Britain” – Alfie. “Sewing our Roman Bullas” – Jack S. “Visiting the Baths in Welwyn, and making our own Roman coins” – Mrs Turiano.
We had a super finish to our topic by dressing up, creating 3D Roman inspired art, tasting food at a Roman banquet and taking part in Gladiator battles!


Additional Information

We will be doing lots of creative learning this year and it would be helpful if your child could bring in a named old shirt or t-shirt that could be worn over their uniform to protect it during messy art. Your child will also need a named water bottle which will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily. Your child will also need a healthy snack in a sandwich bag or named container to have during morning break.
We look forward to making your time in Year 4 creative, fun and memorable! We look forward to meeting you all soon!
Mrs Hyde (Class Teacher), Mr Wilby (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Turiano 1:1 (Teaching Assistant)

Other Events

Remembrance Day
We took part in a remembrance service on the playground with the entire school and held a minute silence to remember those who lost their lives. We also took part in a reading comprehension lesson about Remembrance Day where we used playdough to create answers to comprehension questions. Children placed their poppies, an Ardley Hill tradition, on the fence as a sign of their respect.

Torchlight Procession
Year 4 took part in the yearly Dunstable torchlight procession. They attended the service at the church, with several other schools within the Dunstable district. The children then carried their lanterns across Priory gardens and sang beautifully as part of the Dunstable schools concert in front of the church.


Dell Farm
During the Spring term we visited Dell Farm Residential Centre for a two night stay. The children showed great independence; making their
own beds, clearing away after dinner and looking after their own belongings. They participated in exciting activities such as night orienteering (in a very very dark field where a fox was waiting for us!), caving, bouldering and science experiments. During their stay they fed and groomed the farm animals, played welly-ball with the instructors and even ate food they’d never tried before! We were all very proud of every single one of them!


Science and Art Fair
Our whole school took part in learning all about the affect plastic pollution is having on our environment. Maldives class, along with Lower Key Stage 2 explored the affect that plastic is having on our food chains. We are so proud of all of the children for the fantastic effort, learning and amazing art pieces they created during the week. They suggested some super ways to reduce our plastic pollution- well done Maldives!