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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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Classifying vertebrates

This week we have been learning about different types of vertebrates. We used a flow chart to classify them and wrote riddles using what we found out.

Mathematical Yoga!

This week we have been identifying and comparing different angles. We learned that:

'Right angles are exactly 90 degrees' - Joe

'Acute angles are bigger than 0 degrees but less than 90 degrees' - Kathryn, and

'Obtuse angles are greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees' - Daniel


We looked for these different angles in Rangoli patterns and then created yoga poses to show the different angles. We even explored which times would make the different angle types using the minute and hour hands.


Symmetrical Art

In Maths this week, Kestrels have been learning about lines of symmetry. We found out the rectangles have no diagonal lines of symmetry when looking at flags from around the world. We then applied our new symmetry skills to create Rangoli designs in Art. Have a look at the photos below to see how we got on!

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Christmas Labyrinth

Kestrels visited Goodrington Methodist Church this week to learn more about the Christian nativity story. We were able to think about our wishes for ourselves and the world as well as smelling frankincense and myrrh. Some of us even saw some snow on the walk there!

Paignton Lantern Parade

This week Kestrels have been making lanterns for the Paignton Lantern Parade. We used bamboo to make the frames, then covered it in tissue paper and finally painted them with festive designs.

Year 4 Learning Celebration

This week we invited our parents and carers in to share some of our learning from our Learning Journey, "Do all heroes wear capes?" We took part in some circuit building after learning about Thomas Edison, we became musical heroes when composing our own pieces of body percussion, we were mathematicians after completing a times tables puzzle, we practices our spelling lists and finally we matched facts about all the heroes we have learned about since September! Take a look at our pictures!  

Water Cycle in a bag!

This week we have been learning about the water cycle and created our very own water cycles in a bag! We started by drawing the necessary geographical features (a lake, clouds, trees and the sun). Next we poured warm water into the bag and watched it evaporate into the clouds. After a while, the water vapor cooled and changed back into a liquid, causing condensation. When there was enough liquid it started precipitating from the clouds! We were all amazed at what we had achieved.


We also became the water cycle and created movements to show each stage of the cycle.

Designing a wetsuit for Ellen MacArthur

In Science this week we were given the task to design a wetsuit for Ellen MacArthur. First of all we had to find the best material to use. We decided to test lots of different materials to find out which one would dry fastest. We also learned about evaporation as a scientific process and how it would help the materials to dry.


Sailing Heroes


This week Kestrels have been learning about Ellen MacArthur and Christopher Columbus. We have started writing a discussion text to explore who had an easier journey and why that was. Have a look at the learning below and see what you think!

Our local heroes


This week we were extremely fortunate to have Paignton Fire Services visit our school! We had a good look around the truck and found out how tools help them complete such dangerous tasks. We asked them lots of questions about their roles and experiences within the local community. 


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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