Bendish Lane, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 8HX

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St Paul's Walden

Primary School

News and Photos from The Silver Birches

For information about our curriculum, please visit our Year 3 and Year 4 Termly Curriculum Information page here

Welcome to The Silver Birches 2022! 

Our class teacher is Mrs Hawtree. We are also very lucky to be supported by all of the school's TAs throughout the week. 

We try our best, don't give up and work together as a team. It's important to us make learning fun and share our skills. 

Have a look at our Curriculum Overview to see what we are learning about this half term.

Our PE lessons are on Wednesday and Friday, so make sure you come to school in your PE kit on those days.

Please come back regularly to see what we have been up to!

News and Photos from Silver Birches!

September 2002

We have had a great start to the term and the new Year 3 and 4s have settled in really well. We are learning about some really interesting topics (read down to see more of our great work and topics!) and it's great to see everyone so engaged in lessons and always trying their best. Thank you and well done for such a great start to the year and for making me feel so welcome at St Paul's Walden. 

Mrs Hawtree


English - Poetry

In English we have been studying different types of poetry. We have enjoyed learning about word play and have had fun using this in tongue twisters and riddles, and to create interesting images. In groups, we gave some excellent performances of a poem we had studied called 'Water-Cycle' and carefully chose actions to emphasise parts. 

Inspired by fireworks and waterfalls, we also created our own poems where we experimented with features such as onomatopoeia, alliteration and rhyme. We have also carefully presented our poem to emphasise words or phrases when it is performed. 

Science - Rocks, Fossils and Soil

We have started this topic by focusing on soil. We asked the question 'What is in soil?' To help us solve this we gathered soil samples from around the field and had a look to see what was inside. We found that soil is made up of lots of things! We also experimented by mixing water with soil to see what happened over time. We recorded our observations and found that over time some of the parts in the soil separated. 

Art - Treasure maps

In art, we have identified key features you may find on a treasure map. We learned about sketching and practised our sketching skills by sketching physical and human features used on treasure maps.  We have started to explore adding colour to our sketches by using watercolours. We are going to explore another medium and compare which we prefer. Before the end of the half term, we will bring all of our  skills together and create our own treasure maps! They're looking great so far! 

RE - How do Hindus express their faith?

We started this topic by investigating what items Hindus have in their homes. To learn about this, we had to work out what each item was by reading the description and matching it with the correct picture and name of the object. 

Summer 2 2022

Forest School at The Bury

The Silver Birches took part in a forest school morning at the Bury. This was lead by Mrs Lines around the grounds and gardens. We first started with a map reading exercise, using grid references to find places of interest before answering a question using our observational skills. We then took part in a raft building and story making activity. We had to make a shipwrecked boat using the natural resources around us. Upon competition we had to create a story to explain what had happened to cause us to be shipwrecked, using our creative skills.

History - Anglo-Saxon Kings 

To start our new History topic of Anglo Saxon and Viking kings, we created our knowledge organisers and topic pages in our books. We showcased what we already know about them and what we wanted to find out. 

Summer 1 2022

Art - Henri Rousseau - Jungle Paintings

This half term we have been learning about Henri Rousseau and his jungle paintings. We have looked at how he used sketches and sketchbooks to form his  ideas. We have also learnt about how he composted his pieces, to include fore, mid and background.

PSHE - Healthy Lifestyles

This half term we have been learning about how to keep our bodies and teeth healthy. We have explored what we should do if we feel poorly and the different ways we look after our teeth.

RE - Good Friday and the Holy Week

This half term we have been learning about the Easter Week. We have learnt about the events of each day and why the Friday is known as 'Good Friday' even though that is the day Jesus died.

Science - Sound

In Science this half term we have been learning about sound and how it is made. We have looked into different sound sources and how the sound is made. We have also investigated what happens to sound as we get further away from the sound source.

Geography - Rainforests

In Geography this half term we have been learning about the Rainforests. We have learnt about; rainforest's climates and weather; the world's biomes and what humans do in Rainforests that is damaging them.

Spring 2 2022

This half term we visited the National Space Centre. While there, we explored the different zones, discovering the different experiments that scientists do while in space. We even saw a real piece of the moon! We imagined we were real astronauts and what it would be like in the International Space Centre. We all learnt a lot and had a very enjoyable experience. 

In Science we have been learning all about plants. We have learnt about the roles of roots, stems, flowers and leaves. We have also looking into the different parts of the flower. We did this by disecting the flowers of daffodils and labelling them. 

Spring 1 2022


In Art this half term we created delicious looking cakes. Although they look like they have been made out of sponge and icing, we actually used Modroc and scuplting paste! First we created a base using triangles and rectangles using cardboard. We then wrapped these in kitchen foil to protect them from the Modroc. After wrapping the bases in Modroc, we applied the 'icing' on top. Finally we painted using acryllic paint to make them look realistic!


In English this half term we have been writing Sci-Fi stories. We first read about a boy called Callem who invented a room cleaning robot called Robert. We then continued the story on, taking Robert and Nita (another cleaning robot) on an adventure. Here are some examples of our writing:


We have been learning about classification and identification of animals and plants in Science. This has included visiting the pond and investigating to see what animals we could find. We discovered several blood worms, some water louse, a leech and a mayfly larvae. 

Autumn 2 2021


In English this half term we have been writing Play Scripts. We have learnt about the main features, such as setting descriptions, stage directions, character lists and how to set out speech. We then used this knowledge to change the ending of the play 'A Tune of Lies'.

Humanities - History - Railways

We have been learning about the Railways and how they have changed people's lives in the local area. We looked at a painting by Samuel Lucas and some of the people who were depecited in it. We have also learned about what a Victorian beach holiday would have been like to go on. We have created posters to advertise the use/ease of the Railways in taking a beach holiday as many people would not have gone on one before the Railways were in use.

Autumn 1 2021

Tag Rugby Festival

We recently travelled to Letchworth Rugby Club to take part in a Tag Rugby Festival run by the North Herts School Sports Partnership. We all had great fun and were awarded 'Team of the Day' for showing all the other teams and each other respect during the day. 

English - Non-Chronological Reports

So far in English this half term we have written a non-chronological report about holidays. We added to a book called "A to Z of Holidays" and a website called "Which Holiday?". We carefully chose how we were going to present out work, before drafting and publishing our work.

We have also written a range of reports about different topics. We started writing about a treasure island that had been used by pirates to bury treasure. 

Science - Animals including humans - food, nutrition, bones and muscles

In Science we have been learning about food, nutrition and bones. We have grouped different foods together based on their type - such as starchy foods or proteins. We have also learnt about human skeletons and the name of the bones. We then made a human skeleton using cotton buds and then labelled them.

Art - L.S. Lowry

We have been exploring the works of L.S. Lowry and his landscape paintings. He have looked at his background, how he painted his pieces and how he created his 'matchstick men'.

We have explored using a range of tools to recreate the matchstick men, evalutating which tools were best for the job.

We created our own versions of LS Lowry's work, using the school at the end of breaktime as our inspiration. 

Geography - The UK

This half term we have been learning all about the different countries of the UK. We have learnt about the major cities of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We have also learnt about the major rivers, mountains and hills. We developed the skill of using atlases to locate these physical features and place them onto a map.

We have also conducted our own research to create posters about each country.

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