Leigh North Street


Primary School

We learn together through Questioning, Perseverance and a Growth Mindset.

Cockle Shell 4

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Cockleshell Class Weekly News




Monday 7th October 2019 – Friday 11th October 2019


What an exciting week it has been!

On Monday, the children visited the beach and participated in some fun activities.

Firstly, the children were split into two groups. The first activity was poem creating. They used their senses to create an Iron Man poem. Some great ideas were shared!

Finally, the children created Iron Man sculptures. They were so creative and had an absolute blast!

Before we left, we all joined forces and collected sea glass.

The following day, the children used their junk modelling to create their final Iron Man sculptures. Thanks to all parents who kindly sent in their recycling.

On Thursday, the children came dressed in yellow, as support for mental health week. They wrote about what makes them happy! 

















Monday 30th September 2019 – Friday 4th October 2019


This week in science, the children have been learning all about electrical circuits. They had the chance to create their own circuit, making sure that they followed the checklist in order to ensure that their bulb lit up!








Monday 23rd September 2019 – Friday 27th September 2019


What a great week! 

On Thursday, we went to Hadleigh Country Park. On this great day, we extended our History topic of The Iron Age. The children had the opportunity to become archeologists, where they dug up exciting Iron Age artefacts. 

They also travelled back in time, experiencing life in the Iron Age. The children entered a roundhouse. 

In the afternoon, the children created their own pottery from clay.

The day ended with the children pretending to be Iron Age Warriors, using swords and shields to protect themselves!

On Friday, all children came dressed in gold. This was to support the Golden Geese charity for children.










Monday 16th September 2019 – Friday 20th September 2019


As we get back into routine, the children have enjoyed a fun start to the week. 

Tuesday afternoon, we sketched and then coloured in our Iron Man portraits. The children took extra care, persevered and completed their excellent art work. It was particularly challenging, as they needed to blend their colours. 

Wednesday afternoon, the children enjoyed PE. They played lots of challenging games and also strengthened their team work skills.

Great work Cockle! Keep it up.










Monday 9th September 2019 – Friday 13th September 2019


What a fantastic first week we have had in Cockle Class! In English, we have been learning about similies and adjectives, linking to our topic of The Iron Man. In maths, we have been working on place value, rounding and counting in thousands. In science, we looked at electricity and where it comes from. The children enjoyed using the electric stick, which required them to complete a circuit. Once completed, the stick would light up and play a very creepy sound. Finally, in history the children began learning about The Iron Age.
Well done Cockle! Keep it up.







Monday 17th June 2019 – Thursday 20th June 2019


On Tuesday 18th June our class made their way down to the seafront for a treasure hunt. The aim was to follow clues to find hidden numbers that were scattered along the path from Chalkwell to Leigh. Some were on information boards and drains, and some we needed to count; for example ‘How many star fish are there on the nature reserve poster?’. When we returned to school we added up all the numbers that we had found. The total was extremely high!! We are waiting to hear from Mrs. Brown whose calculation was most accurate. As you can see we had a lot of fun!






Monday 3rd June 2019 – Friday 7th June 2019


This term in English we have been looking at poetry. In pairs we each chose a poem to learn and perform. Here are just a couple of snapshots of our recitals.





Monday 20th May 2019 – Friday 24th May 2019


In science this week, Oyster class revisited the characteristics that are shared by all living organisms. We used the mnemonic 'Mrs Gren' to help us remember the seven life processes. We then used different criteria to sort living things into groups.





Monday 13th May 2019 – Friday 17th May 2019


Our topic in science this term is sustainability, so this week we were given the task of creating a solar cooker. A solar cooker collects the suns rays and converts them into heat energy which is then used to heat up and cook food. We used pizza boxes, foil, black paper and cling film to create our cookers. Next week we will be testing them out...let’s hope it’s sunny.





Monday 6th May 2019 – Friday 10th May 2019


On Wednesday 8th May Year 4 went to Wat Tyler Park. Our guide was called Alistair and he was a nature pro! We started our day with a fascinating talk about mini beasts that could be found around the park. We then took some nets and went searching for some in the meadow and the scrubland. In the afternoon we had another short talk, this time on the creatures that could be found in the water. We then had a go at the pond dipping and our class found a variety of beasts including 3 newts! Overall we had a brilliant day despite the rain.





Monday 29th April 2019 – Friday 3rd May 2019


In English this term we are reading the book ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. On Monday morning we created arguments for and against cutting down the kapok tree in the story. Half of the class were acting as a family who needed wood to sell and use, and the other half were the animals living in the tree. Cookie was chosen to make the great decision and after a lot of deliberation, sided with the animals.



On Friday our class had a chance with the Bikability crew. We learnt how to check our bikes were safe to ride and lots of different other cycling skills. It was great fun!





Monday 22nd April 2019 – Friday 26th April 2019


On Wednesday 24th April, the girls from Year 4 were invited to Westcliff High School for Girls for an Open Morning and activities.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience, particularly the opportunity to walk around a secondary school and the chance to take part in a variety of taster lessons including: Maths, English, Drama, Art and Science.



On Wednesday, one half of Year 4 visited Westcliff High.  The remaining children took part in a number of fun team building activities outside.  The first activity was Maths Orienteering where the children had to find numbered cones where a Maths question was hidden.  There were ten cones in total with questions on a range of topics.  The children worked well in pairs from across all three classes and then came together to discuss their answers.




Our second activity was called ‘The Right Route Challenge.’  This involved the children finding the ‘right route’ through a course; fourteen spots were set up for each group as you can see in the photos.  The challenge was for each group to correctly navigate their route so it matched the answer sheet - a selected individual was in charge of letting each group know when they were out and when they were successful.  This challenge proved interesting, because it involved patience, determination and teamwork.  As one child commented, they quickly realised it was wasn’t just about them, it was about the team. 




Our final challenge on Wednesday was a game of trust.  The blindfold challenge meant each child took turns to be blindfolded and had to listen carefully to the instructions given by others to find a route through the cones that had been set up.  The challenge was made different by moving the cones and taking turns with different partners.  Overall, a fun morning with some great lessons learned!




Monday 25th March 2019 – Friday 29th March 2019


In science this week we have been looking at the digestive system and teeth. As an experiment, we placed 5 egg shells (in replacement of teeth) in 5 different liquids: milk, orange juice, cola, water and vinegar. We left the egg shells in the liquids for a week to see which one would cause the worst ‘tooth decay’. We found that the water left the egg completely unchanged but the vinegar had almost dissolved the entire shell! There were some very disgusting smells and textures; here are some of the brave




Monday 18th March 2019 – Friday 22nd March 2019


Over the last few weeks we have been looking at a version of the story Beowulf. In the story there is a terrifying dragon. This week we have been drawing the designs for our dragon, eye, clay creations and they are starting to look quite scary!






Monday 11th March 2019 – Friday 15th March 2019


Today we’ve been raising money for comic relief. We took part in a whole school dance on the playground, created some ‘red’ art and took some time out to think of the people we were helping. Altogether we had a great day of laughter and learning!





Monday 4th March 2019 – Friday 8th March 2019


As a class over the next few weeks we are trying the 40 acts of kindness. Each day there is a different challenge for us to have a go at and they are all to do with doing the right thing and being kind. On Thursday our task was to write a list of 10 things we are grateful for. Here are just a few of the lists that were created.



World book day. Here we are in our fabulous costumes. Can you guess all the characters?





Monday 11th February 2019 – Friday 15th February 2019


For our last gymnastics session of the term we enjoyed balancing, jumping and rolling. After half term we are starting our swimming lessons, so don’t forget your kits on Monday!! Enjoy the break :-)





Monday 4th February - Friday 8th February 2019


In PSHE this week we had the challenge of piecing together an extremely difficult, hand cut jigsaw. We had to work as a team using all of the aspects of ASPIRE- acceptance, safety, perseverance,independence, respect and enjoyment.



In science this term we are learning about states of matter. Here are the class using their bodies to resemble solid, liquid and gas structures.





Monday 28th January - Friday 1st February 2019


Escape from Pompeii! In art this week we used oil pastels and chalk to recreate a picture of the erupting Mount Vesuvius. As inspiration we had a look first at some oil paintings by Andy Warhol.









Monday 14th January – Friday 18th January 2019


In English this term we are looking at Roman myths and legends. Today we focused on the story of Romulus and Remus and used our knowledge of the story to rearrange story cards into the correct order. We read three different versions of the story and identified all the differences and similarities.



‘I wanna try even though I may fail’. On Thursday morning we started the day by showing the school our class growth mindset. Volunteers from cockle class told the rest of the school, in assembly, how they had overcome there failures by using perseverance and a positive mental attitude. What a lot of talent can come from a having a growth mindset. ‘Try everything!’




Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January 2019


In History this term we are learning about the Romans so on Wednesday we had a Roman themed Day. Everyone in Year 4 dressed up in togas and soldier uniforms to get into the spirit. A Roman Barbarian called Vulpus lead the day and told us lots of facts and information about the Romans and how they lived. We took part in lots of exciting activities like Delta (A Roman Game), Gladiator fighting and a fascinating quiz! Our day was fantastic.








Monday 10th December – Friday 14th December 2018


Year 4 enjoying their Christmas lunch!

Thank you to all the staff including our mid days and cooks who made this possible.








Monday 3rd December – Friday 7th December 2018


In science this week we made some original instruments out of recycled products. Our task was to make an instrument that not only made a noise, but could also change pitch! We took on the challenge... and succeeded! 







Monday 26th November – Friday 30th November 2018


Ring ring....? These are the ‘phones’ we made in science this week. We connected two cups with a long piece of string and found that when words were spoken in to one cup, the sound vibrated along the piece of string in to the second cup. We then experimented with multiple ‘phone lines’ and found that if all the pieces of string were tight one voice could reach multiple children.



This week the children have written poems containing metaphors. There were some brilliant examples and they were copied up for display. Well done to all!





Monday 19th November - Friday 23rd November 2018


This half term, in Geography, we have been learning about earthquakes. This has really helped with our disaster diaries we are writing in English. We are writing from the perspective of a member of the rescue response




Today in science we used rice and a variety of drums to test the amount of vibration created when sound was made. ‘Feel the vibration!’




Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018


‘Welcome to the Science of Sound’. In pairs we created a TV programme about how sound is created....’the larger the amplitude the louder the sound’.... and performed our explanations to the class. ‘See you next week, keep experimenting!’





Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018


In English we are studying the book The Iron Man. Today we were introduced to the ‘Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon’. We were given the task of inventing our own creature. The first word in the name had to state where the creature came from. You will be able to view our final designs during the learning conference.




Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018


In maths this week we have been learning about shapes and their properties. Today we were able to create some 3D shapes using Clixi pieces. Some were trickier than others!






Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018



Geese are strong animals that travel huge distances together, they support one another. They fly together to conserve energy. They will help the sick, injured members. Geese are powerful.



Today in science we made electrical circuits. We made complete and incomplete circuits then had to predict and test which ones would work and light up the bulb.



In computing, Mrs. Knight has been teaching us the importance of internet safety. This week we all took an online quiz to test our knowledge. We then used this information to create ‘Online Safety’ PowerPoints.


We had lots of fun at Hadleigh Country Park on our school trip this week. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the round house, performing an archaeological dig, making clay coil pots and attending Warrior School. We are now Iron Age experts so please feel free to ask us anything! Thank you to all the parents helpers for being such great sports on the day.





Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018


Using our adding skills, today we had to roll dice then arrange the numbers in to 3 and 2 digit sums to create the largest and smallest numbers possible.


Acting as Hogarth (a character from the iron man), Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Gibson took turns to walk through a conscious alley where our class took it in turns to persuade them to capture the Iron Man or leave him alone. There were some very convincing arguments.




Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018


Today in dance we had to create some electrical dance routines in groups. We used our limbs to show the different ways in which electricity can be made.





Thursday 6th September - Friday 7th September 2018


Today we enjoyed exploring the "now-press-play" programme. During this we listened and played along to a story where we had to help save someone using our electrical knowledge. Very exciting and lots of fun!!!