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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 Mr Ryan Beattie. 


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 Thursday and collected in on the following Tuesday. 


Team Leader:

Year 3 and 4 Teaching and Learning Lead: Mrs Leanne Foster

KS2 Lead: Mrs Sarah Jarrett

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the class teacher (Mr Ryan Beattie) or contact rbeattie@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk or alternatively a team leader:



Upcoming Events 


Saturday 17th September 2016: Festival of Learning 11am-5pm

Tuesday 18th October 2016:  Parents evening

Wednesday 19th October 2016: Parents evening 

Friday 21st October 2016: Break up for half term

Monday 31st October 2016: First day back after half term

Wednesday 16th November 2016: You are invited to come and see our learning at the 'Soupcon D'Europe'  Learning Celebration at 2.30pm.

Wednesday 7th December 2016: End of term reports to parents

Thursday 15th December 2016: Christmas Dinner

Friday 16th December 2016: Last day of the Autumn Term

Wednesday 4th January 2016: First day of the Spring Term 

Friday 27th January 2017: Trip to Escot Park

Week Beginning 6th February 2017: Parents Evening

Week Beginning 20th March 2017: Grenville House

Monday 1st May 2017: School Closed 

Friday 12th May - Friday 9th June 2017: Swimming lessons at Brixham pool

Week beginning 29th May: Half Term 

Tuesday 4th July: Learning Celebration Farmer's Market 2.30

Academic Year 2016-2017

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In Science, we have been investigating what is needed to make a light bulb light. We asked 'What if.....?' questions - 'What if the wires didn't touch the battery?, 'What if we had 2 bulbs?'  and used the equipment to answer our questions

To start our theme From the Moors to the Sea, we have been studying The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. The book tells the story of a mad beast roaming the hills of Dartmoor and how the intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes solves the case. We wrote our own version of the story and read them to Year 3!

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Grenville House Residential


Kestrels were lucky enough to experience a three day residential trip to Grenville House. As a class we challenged ourselves and worked together in our teams to cheer each other on during raft building, high ropes, climbing wall and team building exercises. 



Equivalent Fractions

Equivalent Fractions


Our Maths journey has now progressed to investigating fractions. We have used cubes - models and images - to help us to see which fractions are equivalent to each other. 



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Monday 16th January 2017: Investigating geometric shapes in the classroom


As part of our learning in maths we have been investigating geometric shapes. We looked at the properties of a range of triangles and quadrilaterals and used them to create a house for the Stone Age Boy.

Thursday 12th January 


Kestrels had a fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with Reach Outdoors to enhance their learning opportunities in outdoor education. Although the weather was not on our side, we did not let that break our spirit! We had to work as part of a team to complete a range of challenging activities. 

Monday 9th January 2017 


Footprints from the past - working scientifically!

On Monday 9th January, Kingfishers received a letter from Stone Age Boy asking for our help. He explained to us that every time a deer was caught, the people all celebrated by playing a variety of musical instruments. The problem was was that Stone Age Boy didn't have a musical instrument so he asked us to make him one!

In line with our current theme, Kestrels have been exploring sound to make musical instruments for the Stone Age Boy to play at his celebration. We investigated volume, pitch and vibrations through various experiments and came up with a variety of questions from our observations. We then discussed making our very own instruments using only natural materials! 

Friday 6th January 2017 


Stone Age Art 


Kestrels have been exploring cave painting in Art. They have learnt that this was a form of communication in the Stone Age. We have been real life cave men!! We have gathered sticks and mud from outside and have created our own cave paintings! It was such fun painting upside down!

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Thursday 1st December 2016

Today, Kestrels had the fantastic opportunity to work with Year 10 pupils at Paignton Community and Sports Academy. The Year 10 pupils performed a dance from Matilda at the beginning of the session. Then they split up into pairs to work in groups with Kestrels to re-create a part of the dance. It was a fun and exciting session for all the children.

Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Dance inspired by the Hot Chocolate scene from Polar Express

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All Aboard The Polar Express! - Tuesday 22nd November

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel on The Polar Express, drinking hot chocolate and feeling full of excitement and wonder? Well, this is what our children experienced today. We set the tables out in the canteen like they would be on a train and made magical hot chocolate - just like in the book and film. It was brilliant and such a fantastic end to a cold, wet day!

Learning Celebration - 16th November 2016

Today saw the first Learning Celebration of the year and what an amazing event it was! We showed the traditional Dutch dance that we have been learning to our parents and then we invited them into our classrooms to share our learning. We showed them everything we have learnt from the Geography of Holland to the biography of Anne Frank. The afternoon finished with a quiz to see what the parents had learnt!.

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Friday 21st October – Brixham Boat Trip


In 1688 William of Orange and his sailors set sail from the Netherlands and headed to Brixham to fight against James II. As part of our continuing focus on the Netherlands, Kestrels class were wondering how it would have felt to have been aboard William of Orange’s ship. We set sail from Paignton to Brixham on the Dart Princess, it was very exciting although it was a little choppy! When we arrived at Brixham, Kestrels class took part in a treasure hunt to find exciting facts about William of Orange. After a quick bite to eat, Kestrels were ready for a workshop at Brixham museum. We can’t wait to use the new facts and information in our writing. 





In line with Kestrels theme, this week we have been making pancakes.  A pancake is a traditional Dutch batter treat, they are made with eggs, milk and butter and cooked on a hot surface such as a gridle or frying pan, often with oil or butter. It was great fun measuring out the flour and milk then cracking the egg into the mixture… it was even more fun cooking and flipping them!




Brixham College Sports Festival


Kestrels had an amazing time at Brixham College this week. The focus of our trip was to experience a range of activities to improve our problem solving skills. We were really good at working as part of a team! Have a look at the pictures below and see how fantastic we were. 

Rounding Investigation

Kestrels have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. They consolidated their learning through the use of practical activities such as playing games and using mathematical models and images.  



What a brilliant day! We made Top Trump cards in Maths, based around football and hockey teams from Holland, to help us order numbers and this afternoon we have used the musical instruments to create our own football and hockey team chants! It was amazing!!! We could just imagine our chants filling the Ajax stadium!!!!!

We have been looking at the differences between flowering and non-flowering plants. We found out that flowering plants have seeds to reproduce and non-flowering plants have spores. We went outside into our garden and sketched some observational drawings of different types of plants. The garden looks amazing and we were able to find lots of  examples of both types.

Code Busters


We have been using our mathematical skills of finding a 1000 more or less than a given number, to crack the code of the safe at the clog factory. We had to work as a team to solve the clues that had been placed around the school grounds. The code was 2610. 

Academic Year 2015-2016

Year 4 Summer Term Curriculum Plan

Year 4 Summer Term Curriculum Plan 1

Tuesday 12th July 2016 - Maths: Symmetry.

In order to consolidate their knowledge of symmetry, the children were challenged to build a large scale symmetrical, regular shape and show its lines of symmetry. This also allowed the opportunity to measure its perimeter and calculate the area of the shapes, whilst encouraging teamwork and collaborative thinking.

Beach Trip - 28th June 2016

Today, Year  4 visited Goodrington Beach to explore our local environment and the beach habitats. The children searched the rock pools for living organisms; finding crabs, shrimps, sea anemone, limpets, barnacles and a variety of sea weeds. They created a geographical sketch of the landscape; labelling the man made and natural features.

Friday 17th June 2016 - Maths - Measure.

Kestrels have been estimating, comparing and calculating different measures, focusing on mass and weight of everyday objects. They can use this information to consolidate their addition and subtraction skills and develop their ability to read various scales.

Friday 17th June 2016 - Science: The Digestive System.

Today, Kestrels conducted a practical investigation of the digestive system.This was a practical experiment which recreates the digestion process in the classroom. Using household items such as paper cups, orange juice and a pair of tights, this demonstration enables children to visualise the process of digestion in an engaging, practical way.

Music - Ukulele Demonstration - Friday 27th May 2016.

as part of our open classroom event, Kestrels demonstrated their learning in music as they performed one of the songs they've been focussing on in Ukulele practise. This is ahead of White Rick's appearance at Babbacombe Ukulele Festival on Saturday 4th June, where some of the Year 4 and 5 children will be performing!

Science - Habitats Experiment - Thursday 26th May 2016.

Through our Science learning, we have been investigating the habitats that thrive within the school grounds. This lead us to ask the question: "Where do Woodlice prefer to live?". Based on this question, Kestrels devised an experiment in which we created a 'Woodlouse City'; five different materials left on the ground in our forest area for two weeks. We predicted which of the five materials would attract the most woodlice (Wood, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Bubble Wrap and Cardboard). A fair test was maintained by making each of the materials the same size and locating them in the same place for the same amount of time. The most popular prediction was that Carpet would attract the most minibeasts, when in fact the Ceramic Tile proved the most popular with White Rock's Woodlouse community!

Kestrels Meet Archie and Arnie!

Year 4 took a trip outside this afternoon to meet the new members of White Rock's family. As you can see, they are a very popular addition!

Compost Habitat Workshop - Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

In Science Kestrels have been using their observation skills to classify living things. Today, we were delighted to have Alex from Torbay's Waste Management Team visit to talk about composting and how we can create habitats for living things by recycling and composting our waste. The children could then delve deep into the compost and observe the life within. This will help them to consolidate their knowledge of classifying living creatures, observing a real habitat containing real life and put this into a practical and real element of their learning.

Environmental Art - Thursday 28th April 2016.

Kestrels have been learning about the art of Andy Goldsworthy, who creates art from natural materials found in the environment. Goldsworthy's art gave the children the perfect opportunity to further explore the school environment and use it to create temporary pieces of art and deepen their understanding of the habitats which can be found in their immediate environment.

Tuesday 19th April 2016. What lives at White Rock?


This term, Year 4 will be learning about Living Things and their Habitats.

Part of the Year 4 Science curriculum involves the children developing their understanding of living and non-living things. They have explored the grounds at White Rock to find evidence of living things that make the school their homes. By finding this evidence they are able to explore and understand the characteristics of living things. In addition, they are improving their ability to work scientifically through observation, finding evidence, recording and predicting based on evidence.

Year 4 Spring Term Curriculum Plan

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Thursday 17th March 2016 - Year 4 Trip to Exeter.

As part of termly topic 'What Makes Britain British', we have focused on the rich multicultural and diverse nature of faith in Modern Britain. Our RE learning took place in Exeter as Kestrel's enjoyed visits to Exeter Mosque and Exeter Cathedral to experience two of Britain's major faiths, Christianity and Islam.The UK has a rich heritage of culture and diversity. This is continuing today in an era of globalisation and an increasingly interdependent world. Religion and belief for many people forms a crucial part of their culture and identity. Religion and beliefs have become more visible in public life locally, nationally and internationally. RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.

World Book Day - Thursday 3rd March 

Kestrel's dressed up as their favourite literary heroes and went wild for reading! They visited Bramblings in Year 1 and shared their favourite books with each other, talking about why it is good to share your reading.

Tayla Runciman said; "I helped improve Lucy's expression while reading."

Francesca Waugh said "We can inspire younger children to read more books."

Harvey Cater said; "It helps all children improve their reading skills."

Jacob Rose said; "My partner tried really hard and we solved our reading problems together."

Toby Horner said; "Children can learn more sounding-out words with someone older."



Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Learning Celebration Rehearsals.

Today saw the beginning of rehearsals Year 3 and 4's part of our amazing Learning Celebration at the end of term. All the children have come together to learn a dance piece inspired by Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake'. As you can see from the pictures, it's an impressive feat! 

22nd February - Drama Workshop with Paddleboat Theatre Company.

Year 4 are very lucky to have the acclaimed Paddleboat Theatre Company to help them with Drama this half-term. As part of our topic 'What Makes Britain British?' the children will be focusing on the work of one the greatest Britons in history: William Shakespeare. Using Drama and movement, the children are exploring one of Shakespeare's greatest plays: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to deepen their understanding of playwriting, performance, collaboration and history. They'll be presenting some of their work at our Learning Celebration at the end of term.

12th February. Year 4 Science.

This half term, Kestrels have been exploring different states of matter, and today they put their knowledge to the test. They were able to use the application of heat to change the molecular states of a solid, liquid and a gas. We created a cloud in a jar by exploring condensation, made ice cream by freezing liquids and used cornflour to make a liquid that acts like a solid when you hit it!

Year 3/4 Dance

Over the past few weeks, we have looked at Matthew Bourne's all male Swan Lake and have used this to create small group pieces. To begin with, the children looked at stills of the dance and identified that they were strong and masculine portrayals of swans. In their groups, they created positions, then they used travelling movements displayed in the ballet to link them. Over the next few weeks, we will start to look at other dance styles that are now a part of our British culture.

Music - Monday 11th January 2016

Today, Kestrels began the Music scheme of learning, during which they will be learning to play the Ukulele. By learning a variety of chords and applying this to their own compositions, they will be able to play songs and compose their own. 

Monday, 11th January 2016 - Science and Maths

In Science, Kestrels are developing simple descriptions of the states of matter (solids hold their shape; liquids form a pool not a pile; gases escape from an unsealed container). They are exploring this practically, observing water as a solid (ice), a liquid and a gas (steam) and noting the changes to water when it is heated or cooled. This links to their Maths learning, as they explore negative numbers and reading scales through the use of a thermometer.

Year 4 Autumn Term Curriculum Plan.

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Thursday 17th December - Christmas Carol Singing

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@White Rock Science Spectacular! 8th December 2015.


Today, Kestrels transformed their classroom into a Robot Zone: Robots Alive! Adults have been invited in to enjoy and participate in the children's Science Learning, and Kestrels focused on Electricity and Robots. The children demonstrated how to build simple and parallel circuits, how static electricity works, electricity in nature and most impressively, their life-size robot creations, which all had working electrical circuitry!

Robots Alive! 19th and 20th November.

Stage two of our Robot construction began this week, as the children used Junk Modelling to begin creating their robots for Display. As you can see, they're impressively big and will demonstrate much of our learning this term.

School Visit to @Bristol - 17th November 2015


Wow! What an incredible day. The whole of Key Stage 2 have had an fantastic experience visiting @Bristol Science Centre. They have been able to experience practical science linked to all curricula across Key Stage 2 and have fun learning and practising real science and learning about the world around them...

16th November 2015 - Science.

Year 4 are focusing on Sound in the Science Curriculum this half-term. Today, they explored how the ear works and translates vibrations in the air into signals which carry along the auditory nerves to the brain. To investigate the vibrations of molecules in solid objects, the children made and experimented with cup and string 'telephones'. They all really enjoyed this practical approach to learning scientific concepts... 

12th November 2015. Problem-Solving at Brixham College.


Kestrels had an exciting afternoon today when they visited Brixham College. The Sixth Form Students led some fantastic activities which encouraged teamwork, logical thinking and communication skills.

Robots Alive! November 6th 2015.


This half-term, Kestrels' ongoing Art project is to design and construct life-size Robots that will reflect their learning during their current theme. This began this week with the design stage. Taking their inspiration from Robot Artists like Eric Joyner, Clayton Bailey and Karl Egenberger, they worked in groups on five designs. These designs will dictate the model they will build over the forthcoming weeks, so watch this space as their Robots take shape!

Drumbots! - 3rd November 2015.

Year 3 and 4 had a very special visitor today; Mr. Wright from Wonderstruck Productions presented his incredible Science show in the morning. The Children saw first hand the incredible scientific principles such as Forces,  Centre of gravity/mass, Movements & torque and Simple circuits. It was an explosive time in the hall!

Also, as part of their ongoing Robots theme, the children built their own Drumbots - Rolling robots that can tumble over obstacles and tackle slopes. they move by constantly rotating a counterweight, shifting the centre of gravity forward and causing them to roll. Teams built prototypes using their knowledge of circuits, and modified their Drumbots by making it bigger, changing the speed of the motor and adjusting the size and position of the counterweight.  This workshop also covered aspects of experimental data collection and processing (taking multiple readings, averaging, fair tests etc) and more holistic skills such as team working, communication, practical building and investigation.

Wonderstruck Science Show!

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As part of the Drumbots workshop, Wonderstruck Productions also presented a fantastic Science Show during the morning... Look what happened when Years 3 and 4 witnessed the result of nitrogen being enclosed in a confined space!

Drumbots Race!

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Year 3/4 Robot Bake Off!

On Thursday 15th October, Years 3 and 4 launched their Robot Bake Sale. This was as a result of a week-long Design and Technology Project during which the children created, designed, produced and evaluated Robot Biscuits for sale. The proceeds of this will go towards funding an interactive Robot Workshop after half-term, which we're all extremely excited about...

Year 3/4 Trip to Aldi Supermarket

On Tuesday 13th October, children from Years 3 and 4 visited Aldi to use money in a real life context. There was lots of Maths learning during this trip, including calculating how many of each item we needed for our recipe and estimating the total cost before going to the checkout. The children also had to ensure they gave the lady on the checkout the correct amount of money and check they were given the correct change as well.

08/10/15. In Science, Kestrels are exploring how robots are made as part of our Robots theme. This has led us to looking at circuits and electricity. Today, we have explored the components of circuits, and built our own in order to light bulbs, sound buzzers and move motors! As we explore circuits even further, we could even build our own robots with working parts!

Kestrel's Mathematical learning has been focused on rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. As the pictures show, the children were able to access these large numbers by measuring each other in millimetres! They could then round these numbers and compare their heights...

In Maths, Year 4 have been exploring measure. They have been practically using the newly refurbished garden to research and calculate the perimeter and area of the garden and the planters within.

Stover Park Trip - 10th September.

On Thursday, 10th September, Years 3 and 4 went to Stover Park. We used the experience to immerse ourselves in the environment and take inspiration from our surroundings. We produced environmental art, inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, and used materials found on site to build animal shelters and evaluated their effectiveness. The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail provided lots of inspiration for our writing work and we used our senses to plan fantastic writing ideas to use when we are back in school next week.