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Year 4 Kestrels

Kestrels are enterprising and creative, and they approach all their endeavors with focus, commitment and enthusiasm, so they can soar above the land.  As the older members of the year 3/4 team, the Kestrels use all these skills to be positive role models to the whole White Rock team.

Welcome to Year 4 Kestrels


Kestrels' class teacher is Miss Sarah Durnford. The Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Tummon and Miss Pearson.


P.E days:

PE kits are required to be left in school from Monday to Friday. The kit consists of a white t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers/plimsolls. During winter months, it is suggested that children are provided to a tracksuit. All items of PE kit should be labelled with the child's name and class.


Home learning:

Home Learning will be given out on a Friday and collected in on the following Wednesday. 


Team Leader:

Year 3 and 4 Teaching and Learning Lead: Miss Sarah Durnford

KS2 Lead: Mrs Leanne Foster

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the class teacher (Miss Sarah Durnford) or contact

SDurnford@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk or alternatively a team leader:



Upcoming Events 


Tuesday 21st November: Year 3 and 4 Learning Celebration 2.45pm - 3.15pm

Academic Year 2017-2018

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Dance this half term

In Dance in Year 4, we have looked at traditional African dance positions and used ideas from these to create our own short dances in groups. We had to ensure that we had strong movements within our dances and included different levels.

Nelson Mandela


Kestrels completed our Nelson Mandela diaries this week, inspired by the South African desert silhouette pictures we created in Art. We have now moved on to learning about a literary hero, Roald Dahl. In Geography we looked at the topographical features of landscapes and applied this to our setting description in Literacy. In Maths, we've been learning about addition and subtraction and the importance of exchanging within place value columns. On top of this, we've had a visit from Kevin Foster, MP and had the opportunity to ask him questions ahead of 'Democracy Week' next week. 

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us in raising money for Macmillan during our coffee afternoon. Thanks to your donations (cakes and coins!) we raised a massive £281.39.

Kestrels get cooking!

This week we have been preparing for our White Rock Coffee Afternoon in support of Macmillan. We are taking part in 'The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' and have been making some tasty treats to sell. Make sure you come along on Friday 29th September at 2:45pm for cakes, fun and games.

The Nelson Mandela Debate

Kestrels have been learning about the civil right hero Nelson Mandela. We started off with a debate about whether he should have been sent to prison. Here are some of our arguments...


Kathryn said ' It was right that he went to prison because he planned to destroy some buildings and that is against the law'.


Sahana said 'He shouldn't have gone to prison because he was trying to end the apartheid and that was the right thing to do.'


We then made posters to demonstrate our opinions.

Kestrels light up learning!

This week we explored electrical circuits. We found that metal conducts electricity whilst plastic doesn't. We created our own circuits using wires, bulbs and cells and even made our bulbs light up.

Welcome to Year 4!

Wow - what a busy first few days we have had in Kestrels. We started our new Learning Journey 'Do all heroes wear capes?' and completed a fact hunt to learn about Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale and Alexander Flemming. 


In Maths, we applied our place value knowledge in a game called 'naughty or nice'. We had to roll a dice and decide where the best place to put the digit was to make the biggest possible 4 digit number.


We also looked at 'Mamma Mia' by Abba, we discussed the impact they had on pop music and learned part of the song.


Have a look at the photos below... 

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