Mechanical Dragons

The children have just finished a project making moving dragons based on popular Victorian games called Automatons. They designed their dragon’s and then used cranks to turn circular motion into linear motion. They worked incredibly hard to make their moving dragon’s and we then shared them with Year 3 and did a question and answer session. The children were articulate and demonstrated their work exceedingly well. Here are some of their designs.

Follow this link to see an instructional video of how to make them.

Art- Vincent Van Gogh

Over a series of lessons, Year 4 have made their own masterpieces inspired by the Artist Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘The Starry Night’. After learning about the life of the Artist and studying his painting, we tried out his method by drawing West Earlham Junior School from the back field. We then created our starry night backgrounds using acrylic paint and learnt about primary and secondary colours. We finished our works by creating a middle ground inspired by the Norwich Skyline. For this we used water colour pencils, pastels and chalks. When our foregrounds, midgrounds and backgrounds were finished we cut them out and arranged them together. Every finished piece looks so different and all fantastic, demonstrating a thorough exploration of an inspiring Artist’s work.

Science- Exploring Sound

Year 4 have been learning about sound, how sound travels in waves and how sound is made from vibrations. We conducted some experiments to show how sound travels better through a solid object and how pitch and volume can be varied by altering the material (such as tightening a ukulele string).

Whole School Assembly is back!

Finally after what seems a very long time our whole school assemblies are back and what an exciting way to begin with the Easter egg raffle! It is so important to us to get together as a whole school to celebrate events and whilst Zoom assemblies have kept us going it was great to be all together again. Year 4 won many eggs so we had lots of happy children.

Roast Chicken, Quorn nuggets and bread rolls!

Year 4 have had a fun day cooking! We began with making the dough for the bread which involved careful measuring and then left it to rise. In that time we prepared two chickens for the oven. Then…back to the dough, each child then had a go at kneading the dough and then divided it into roughly 8 balls. By the time the chicken was ready (1.5hours later) the dough had risen and was ready for the oven. We talked about vegetarian alternatives and put the Quorn nuggets in too. The bread came out really well and was very popular, the chicken went down well and the Quorn too!

Cress experiment results are in!

The children conducted an experiment to see how changing the environments which cress grows in affects how it grows. They have closely monitored the progress and changes. The real surprise was the cress which we tried to limit the amount of air it had because we ended up creating a small microclimate that turned out to be really good for growing cress. We thought this could be useful knowledge for growing plants on other planets like Mars! The seeds that had no water did not sprout and the the plants with no light failed to make chlorophyll and so were yellow and unhealthy.


We have progressed our teamworking skills this week to incorporate map work and been navigating the school grounds to complete an orienteering course. The children had to decrypt a puzzle against the clock and find the hidden clues. They worked well in pairs and definitely covered some distance as it was all so spread out.

Science Week – STEM – Growth

This week for Science week we have been learning about different things that grow. We have looked at Photosynthesis in plants, seed dispersal and how different conditions can affect how plants grow. We have some experiments that we are closely monitoring to see what changes occur. We have made predictions and will reflect on those next week. Patience is key this week!

STEM week – Science focus

We are having a science focus this week looking at growth. We have started our investigation by looking at the growth in plants. We have discussed what plants need to survive and have three plants around the classroom which we are growing under different condition. We have talked about how plants make their own food by photosynthesis, how plants have adapted to suit their environment over millions of years and how plants produce seeds. The children designed an imaginary plant and created their own seed packet that contains the seeds for their plant.

West Earlham Junior School
Scarnell Road, Norwich NR5 8HT

Telephone: 01603 454569

Headteacher: Mrs Catrin Parry-Jones
School Business Manager: Mrs Beverley Savage