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Welcome to Rio Grande!

We were thrilled to return and see you all after our exciting Summer and look forward to what this term has in store.


Why not spend a few moments looking below to see some of the things we got up to during the last school year! We will update these pages over the coming weeks. 

Here's to an amazing Autumn Term!


If you've got some of your own favourite tasty treats, please send us some of your favourite recipes, which we will add to the collection, on our Recipe Pages. Miss Savvides often runs Cookery Club, she's a great contributor.



Miss Savvides 

News Flash!

Year 4s Science Outing to East Dulwich Charter


There was excitement in the air as a group of six Year 4 students attended a Science Workshop at the East Dulwich Charter School,in Southampton Way, on Thursday 23rd March.


The Year 4 students included Abdulsalam, Sarah and Lui from Rio Grande Class and Ansel, Obina and Jolanda from Hudson Class. They joined the secondary school's current Year 7 science ambassadors for the workshop which included some excellent peer learning.


They took part in five experiments and had a wonderful afternoon. Look at the pictures below to see what fun they had. Visit our Rio Grande and Hudson Class Pages to see some videos from the afternoon.


Click here to see the gallery from this fabulous day out...

Curriculum Map

Year 4 - 2016/2017


Please click on the Curriculum Map for Year 4, below, to find out what your child will be learning this school year, 2016/2017.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Dip 'n' Do is the way to go...

Hang on, is that really Homework?!


We've got a great new approach to Homework this year called Dip 'n' Do, whereby your child can choose from a selection of EIGHT homework subjects to do each half term. It is a really fun approach to working from home and will give the children some real choice. We have already found that the children want to engage with each other about it and with their parents and carers. It's exciting for us all. Here's how it works:


The children MUST complete the topics featured in the three coloured-in boxes but can choose which one, or all, of the other boxes they would also like to dip into and do.


The tasks do not have to be completed on a weekly basis but they must all be handed in by the first day back after Half Term, and we still recommend that they dip into their homework and do a bit each week, so that they're not suddenly cramming everything into the break.


If you've mislaid your Dip 'n' Do sheet, please ask your Teacher, NOW!.


Happy Dipping and Doing!

What a great Summer Term we had...


After Half Term we celebrated Science Week followed by our LYNDSTOCK Summer Fair,  we ran to our hearts delight during Sports Day, enjoyed our Class Assembly and sang to our heart's content during the Playground PromsRevisit some of these exciting events by heading to our Gallery. Click here.

Science Week Newsletter

Hudson and Rio Grande - some of what got up to last term...


What a time we’ve had in Hudson and Rio Grande!


In Numeracy, we began working on using partitioning to divide 2 digit numbers by one digit numbers. We also looked at the relationship between multiplication facts and division facts. We have reminded both classes that the more they know their multiplication tables, the faster they become at deriving their division facts. Please continue to practise these at home. Next week’s multiplication test will be on the 6x tables. We might even throw in some division facts as well, so be prepared!


Our unit on Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” inLiteracy has continued to excite and engage the children’s imagination! This week we look at Chihiro, the main character, and the fascinating supporting cast of spirits. Each one of them has a unique appearance, personality and quality. The children then had an opportunity to create their own spirit which they will be using in their writing next week.


Our Topic this week consisted of a very interesting trip to the British Museum to see the mummies and Ancient Egyptian artefacts. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a great deal! A massive thanks to the parents that came along with us. We also looked at Hieroglyphics and used this fascinating written language to create our own messages to each other.


For Homework: We sent home some Hieroglyphic symbols for the children to create their own message with. Be as creative as you like. Some of the best ones will go on display!


We hope you have a lovely weekend!
Miss Savvides and Mr Sheffield
Rio Grande and Hudson's Weekly Newsletter, from 28th January 2016...

Beginning with the Video of the Week from our very own Newshounds!

Still image for this video

Dear Parents/Carers,


Hudson and Rio Grande have had a very exciting week with new topics and practical lessons!


In numeracy, we have been learning about column multiplication, which gives us the ability to multiply large numbers by single digits very quickly. One thing we have noticed is that the children really need to practice their times tables, as the slow retrieval of things like 7x4 or 8x6 are slowing them down when they work. We will be sending home some times tables for the children to practice and will begin testing next week!



The children have been absolutely incredible with their enthusiasm for the new literacy topic for the next three weeks, Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”, a Japanese animated movie from Studio Ghibli. We first began with learning about how questions deepen our understanding of what’s going on and hidden meanings, looking at similes and metaphors and how they increase the power of our description and put it together to create a diary entry from the perspective of Chihiro, the main character.


In topic this week, we had a deeper look at the discovery of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922, the excavation of the tomb and the treasures inside. We also had a very lively session learning about mummification – why and how they preserved the bodies of the pharaohs – as well as attempting to mummify the children in the class!


For homework: We are sending some copies of the times tables home for the children to practice. Next Friday, we will test on the 8x table – please practice with and test your children! The main homework activity is to choose something from the film to describe using similes and metaphors.



The trip to the British Museum is on TUESDAY, 2ND FEBRUARY – please ensure your child is here on time, as we have a set leaving time and need to leave as soon as we can to get a full day’s worth of learning done!

Whilst attendance is generally good, as you may have seen in the newsletter the lateness of children is becoming an increasing problem in Year 4. Children must be in school no later than 8.55am – this makes sure they don’t miss out on important information about the day or any learning that is taking place.


We hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Miss Savvides and Mr Sheffield


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