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  • Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies

    The children in Year 4 and Year 5 worked incredibly hard to rehearse and perform this production to the school and their parents. The children enjoyed the rehearsals as well as learning the songs, dances and the DREADFUL JOKES. It was enjoyable for the children as well as the adults. Dreadful jokes and silly sock phrases was thought to be the best part (as some may think). Some children learnt once you’ve done your first scene you’ll find there is no need to be nervous, but really it was all the children’s hard work that was the best part. They were truly wonderful!

  • Treasure Island Pantomime trip

    On Thursday 15th December, we boarded one of four coaches which took us to the pantomime in Welwyn Garden City at Campus West. This year’s production was Treasure Island! We were welcomed into the theatre by the staff and settled into our seats with our sweets and drinks to enjoy the show.

    The most favourite parts of the performance were:

    • When the actors came into the audience dancing (and many children got a high five!).
    • When water was squirted at us in the audience.
    • 12 days of Christmas song, especially the toilet rolls being thrown into the audience.
    • The songs and dancing (including a popular sea shanty which we all knew the words to).
    • The pantomime dame was very funny.
    • All the slapstick comedy, especially when it got messy!
  • Forest School – Autumn term 2022

    During Forest School sessions the children have chosen new and challenging activities to explore and engage with as well as revisiting those enjoyed in past years. They have been further developing their skills especially in sculpting with clay and in woodwork. They continue to extend their knowledge of plants and animals in the school grounds and are getting very good at bird identification. The photos below show a selection of the range of activities during the term.

  • Christmas Dinner

    We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner prepared by our school cooks.  We could choose between a turkey dinner or vegetable wellington.  Both options were enjoyed by all, as well as the Christmas crackers, hats, jokes, music and who can forget pudding!

  • Hatfield House

    The whole school had an outdoor day exploring the grounds of Hatfield House.

    Year 4 have been learning how to use a compass.  Using those skills they were able to mark on their sheets what key features were found at certain compass points.

  • Science at The Ryde School 2021 – 2022


    Class 4 have been learning about electrical circuits, they had to make a circuit which worked and worked out the rules involved in making a complete circuit.





    The children have worked on locating microhabitats around the school and what conditions are created in these micro-habitats.







    Class 4 had a science workshop using the material Plaztazote. They learnt about how the material changes from a solid to a more malleable material. They used this new material to create a mask.

  • Learning to play a brass instruments

    This year we started to learn a brass instrument.  When we first started playing we found it a bit tricky getting all of the notes correct and making sure that the notes sounded good.  After a few lessons, we started learning high notes which were also tricky to play at first but then we started to get the hang of it.  Our notes started to sound better and we were better at playing in time with each other. Later on we started playing the notes really well and started to learn a few musical pieces like Copycat and the Blues and we enjoyed it.

    It was really fun playing our instruments this year because every Monday afternoon in 3 groups [2 cornets and 1 baritone] we would go over to the nursery and play our instruments for 40 minutes with Mr Cranham.  Quite a lot of the time our valves would get stuck and Mr Cranham would help unstick them with cornet oil, which smells funny!

    We can’t wait to continue playing until December 2022 when we will hand the instruments over to the new year 4 children who will then learn to play the brass instruments.

  • Outdoor and Adventure Week

    Outdoor and Adventure Week

    Recently we had outdoor and adventure week. So this is when we do lots of our work and lessons outside. We have a fun time doing different activities, new ones and ones we have done before. In this picture we did a new activity, called whittling when you have a tool just like a potato peeler which you use to peel off the skin of the willow to make your own wands or swords. There were some rules that we had to do so you don’t hurt or injure yourself. For example, always peel away from your body. You can either stand up your stick and go downwards or hold over your legs. Your legs must be protected all the time.








    After we had all made our willow wands and swords we got to design them with some special felt tips. Some people decided to make them a nice rainbow pattern but some made them into Harry Potter wands and even police batons. In this picture you can see people designing their willow.




    Every year in outdoor and adventure week you get a go at having a roasted marshmallow and Year 4 made a bannock each which had chocolate chips in it. Most children found it very filling and yummy but some found them disgusting. There were also some rules for this as well. Number 1 if you are walking always walk on the outside and when you come up to the fire that is the only time you walk inside the circle.


    We made dens in outdoor and adventure week but there was a twist we did have to pay for the materials we needed. If we ever ran out of money all we had to do is a job like litter picking. After all are hard work making the dens we got an ice pop each to cool us down. We can’t wait till the next one!!!

  • Parent Activity – Historical artefacts

    A couple of weeks ago we had our parent activity.  The activity was all about working out if the artefacts were Roman, Ancient Egyptian or Anglo Saxon time. We then had to work out who would off have worn it or used it in that time. In this picture you can see an example of a table of artefacts that you used.

    In the picture below, you had to look at the ancient Egyptian head dress and think who would off have worn it. Most people answered this question as the Tutankhamun who we learnt about in our history lesson.  He was one of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and if you didn’t know, a pharaoh is a basically an Egyptian king.

    On the table below it shows some rich Anglo Saxons items like the golden plate which would have been used by a rich person just like a king! The other picture on the table showed a helmet that they found at a ship called the Sutton Hoo.









    For our last activity we had to find 3 facts in some books 1 about Romans, 1 fact about Anglo Saxons and then 1 fact about ancient Egyptian so here are some examples:

    Saxons: The first Saxon villages were built on hill tops.

    Romans: The Romans fought to defend themselves against their neighbours and to extend their territory .

    Egyptians: Roof timbers are covered with thatch or matting and topped with a thick layer of mud plaster.

    These are some examples of the facts we found out in our year 4 parent activity!!

  • Trip to Verulamium

    Recently we went to Verulamium Museum which is all about the Roman life in St Albans. It showed us all the artefacts and mosaics they had found by archaeologists that excavated the Verulamium land.  In the pictures below it shows us looking at a huge mosaic that had been preserved for 2000 years.

    We then had a workshop all about Roman life and what they sold on there stalls. We also got to try some fake Roman clothing which were all made for how rich you were or how poor. We had to look for the right artefacts that were on are shopping list. Some things they bought that they thought were healthy for them but now they are not. For example, they thought putting stuff in their ear to get ear wax out was heathy for them but of course now we know it isn’t.

    We were given some questions about the artefacts that were behind the glass which we had to answer. These were all pots, tubs and beakers that they used to hold food water and wine to keep stored. In the booklet we had to answer questions, write in roman numerals and draw our own mosaic.

    Although it was raining and wet for this short walk to the St Albans Abbey which was named after a Christians who lived in St Albans.  We had to take a photo to show how much fun we had on this school trip this school year in year 4!!