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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

Welcome to our Year 4 Page !

Class of 2018/19

Sports Shield Winners 2019

"We will be whatever we want to be!"

Arts Week

Egyptian Day

Year 4 had a fantastic time during their Egyptian themed topic day, making clay cartouches, Egyptian flat bread and necklaces. All the children worked really hard and we saw some great team work and problem solving.  Thank you to all the adults who came to help make this day possible!

Leavers Party

Swim Safe -  on Boscombe Beach with Surf Steps and RNLI 

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Sports Day

Year 4 Cars

In Year 4 this week we designed and built cars with moving wheels and working headlights. The children worked really hard problem solving as they went to create their designs. We then evaluated our product and thought about how we would improve them in future build projects. The children had a great time and impressed us with their creativity and science knowledge.

Year 4 Tag Rugby

Year 4 had a fantastic day playing at the Schools Rugby Festival organised by Bournemouth Rugby Club. Both Parley teams were superb and played with great skill, team work and determination to win most of their games. Both Coach Stu and I were incredibly proud of all the children who showed brilliant sportsmanship and put all their training into practice. Thank you to all the parents and team at BRFC who made this festival possible for our children.


Year 4 have been training hard all term in preparation for the Dorset Schools Tournament in April. I am really impressed with their team work, dedication to learning new skills and passion for sport.

Bird Boat Trip

Year 4 had a fantastic morning in Poole Harbour learning all about the birds and wildlife. Paul and Patrick were very friendly and knew all about the wildlife we would see in the local environment. We were even lucky enough to see the Poole Harbour seal!


We were very lucky to have two volunteers from RSPB come to spend an afternoon with us. We explored outside and used our treasures as inspiration for literacy. 

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as our favourite book characters. We also visited other year groups to share some stories.

Rainforest Research

This term in Year 4, we are learning about Rainforests, with a special focus on the Amazon Rainforest. We have been enjoying our new book called ‘Journey to the River Sea’, which is about a girl who leaves England to live in the Amazon Rainforest. To help us understand the book a little more the children independently researched this unusual environment using the laptops and library books.


In science this term, we have been learning about our bodies, including how to keep our teeth healthy. We used disclosing tablets to learn about plaque and how important it is to brush our teeth properly. We also got given a toothbrush and toothpaste to practice teeth cleaning.

Making Bread

As part of our learning about food and our bodies, Year 4 designed and made bread rolls. They worked as a team to make the dough and then chose their own flavours before shaping the roll. We all enjoyed the morning and it was great to see some potential future bake off stars in the making!

Year 4 – Pizza Express

We had a great time at Pizza Express in Christchurch where we got to make our own pizza with the help of the Chef. We then ate them for lunch back at school, they were delicious.

FMS Music

Year 4 enjoyed a trip to Ferndown Middle School to take part in a music workshop. Luckily, we managed to escape the rain for the walk there! We all joined in with some African dancing and drumming before learning a song to perform. It was great fun and a brilliant opportunity to visit the Middle School and some of the teachers.

Baby Food Challenge

As part of our new topic, the teachers set the children a baby food challenge. They had to use their senses to try and guess what each pureed meal was and we had some interesting guesses!


This week, we are learning about sound. On Monday, we made string telephones to investigate how sound travels as vibrations.

Outdoor Learning

In outdoor learning, Year 4 designed and built bridges using natural objects from our school environment.

Outdoor Curriculum

In outdoor learning this week we made Roman Numerals out of sticks.

Gymnastics - Climbing and Swinging!

Roman Topic Work

As part of our work on the Roman invasion of Britain, the children were set the challenge of building a wall to keep the Picts out, just like Hadrians Wall. We saw some great teamwork and brilliant future builders

We worked as a team to make our owen top trumps game about Roman Gods. We had to work together to choose each score.

Squash Taster

We walked to Ferndown Leisure Centre to take part in a squash lesson. We all learnt some new skills and really enjoyed the morning.

Roman Day

We had a great time on Roman day. We made clay pots, paper mosaic tiles and baked honey, ricotta cakes.


Welcome to Year 4!

Welcome back, we hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday.

We are looking forward to the year ahead working with your children as they start in their final year at Parley. In order to help them with their transition to Middle School, this year we will be encouraging the children to show self-organisation with their belongings and home learning and would appreciate your support with this. Now the children are in Year 4 they have certain responsibilities and privileges such as supporting the children and staff with a range of tasks. These will be rotated every half-term.

Our topics this year will be:

Autumn – The Romans and Healthy Eating

Spring – The Rainforest and Water

Summer – Inventors & Inventions and The Egyptians

In order to enhance and reinforce the children’s learning we have planned a range of educational visits and experiences including:

Roman Day

Avon Tyrrell Residential

Pizza Express

Bird Watching in Poole Harbour

Sports Events

Transition Events

 We value your partnership with us very much. If you have any questions or queries please feel to speak to us at the end of the day.

Miss Wickenden              &              Miss Josey