Up-cycling Instruments

Through our work on Rosie Revere Engineer, Year 4 have been inventing their own percussion instruments using other people’s rubbish.

The results were amazing and we invited a sound engineer from Stockport Music Services in to record us playing our compositions.


Birds – Floella Y4

The Solar System – by Floella Y4

Solar System

Oh Solar System I stare at you all night,
With Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and more.
With your friends of other universes of many kind.
Oh Solar System you are never alone.

By Floella – year 4

Stars – by Floella Y4


Stars, stars
How beautiful you are!
I reach up to you stars
And grab you in my arms
I smile at you stars
With my head held high.
Oh stars, oh stars
How lovely you are
Hanging in the  gorgeous moonlit sky.

By Floella – year 4

Greave’s Green Eco-Team

Today we had our first meeting of the new year. We talked about what we needed to do in order to carry out our school environmental review.

The team split into subteams, including: recycling, litter, energy, water, school grounds and biodiversity.

Watch this space to see what the review highlights as our next steps!


Super Scarecrows

Year 4 worked incredibly creatively and cooperatively to make a superb scarecrow.

As we had been exploring the epic poem, Beowulf, we decided to have a Beowulf scarecrow – holding onto the arm of the hideous monster, Grendel.


Forest School – muddy settlement fun

Exploring the Character Rosie Revere – Y4

Year 4 have been exploring the character of Rosie Revere Engineer and thinking about her thoughts and feelings at different stages in her life.

Maths Museum

To explore fractions in year 4, we have been creating maths museums of all the different ways to show a fraction. We used all sorts of different materials and thought creatively.

What effect do different liquids have on teeth?

Year 4 have been learning about teeth and digestion.

We set up an experiment to explore the effect that different liquids have on teeth – and the subsequent effect of what would happen if we didn’t look after our teeth.

Instead of using teeth, we used something with a similar make up: chicken drumsticks.

We used: Coca-Cola, malt vinegar, milk, water and no liquid

Coca-Cola and vinegar

Vinegar and milk

Water and nothing

Our results after three days!


Blodin the Beast drama

As part of our immersive narrative this half-term we are exploring invaders and settlers. Our main text is Blodin the Beast by Michael Morpurgo – our satellite text is Michael Morpurgo’s version of Beowulf.

The following photos are of the dances we created in groups and then taught each other – we were telling the story of Blodin through the different sections of the combined dances.

Today we have been acting out the character of Blodin and the reaction of the villagers when he invaded.


Year 4 Yoga

Year 4 showed fantastic listening skills and followed instructions carefully during our yoga session this week. The children commented on how much calmer they felt after the session.

Blodin the Beast

This week year 4 have started to explore the text, ‘Blodin the Beast’. We got in to role as Blodin to explore him as a character – then shared our thoughts and feelings about him.



Map-tastic Year 4

Year 4 were challenged to work in teams and as a class to solve a puzzle…

… a map of Europe.

Tomorrow we get to finally piece all the individual teams’ strips together!

Barnaby Bat flies to Year 4

As a class Christmas gift this year the children voted to choose an animal to adopt. We went through a democratic process and the animal chosen was Barnaby – a Livingstone’s Fruit Bat.

Livingstones Fruit Bat @ Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Barnaby lives at Jersey Zoo and is part of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust but has sent us a soft toy version of himself, who is currently roosting in our classroom.

Here’s a little bit of information taken from their website:

Click here to see Barnaby in flight!

How Durrell helps Livingstone’s fruit bats

The first Livingstone’s bats arrived at Durrell in 1992, the species had never been kept in captivity before and bats had to be brought from the steep forested slopes that they call home. This was a difficult exercise and it took four expeditions to catch enough bats for a successful start to the captive breeding programme designed to safeguard the species from being wiped out.

About Durrell

‘Durrell’ is an international charity dedicated to ‘Saving Species From Extinction’. Founded by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell, we’ve been saving some of the world’s most endangered animals for over half a century. Through our Wildlife Park in Jersey, conservation academies in Mauritius and Jersey, and 45 field projects worldwide, our unique approach tackles conservation from all angles.

About Durrell

‘Durrell’ is an international charity dedicated to ‘Saving Species From Extinction’. Founded by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell, we’ve been saving some of the world’s most endangered animals for over half a century. Through our Wildlife Park in Jersey, conservation academies in Mauritius and Jersey, and 45 field projects worldwide, our unique approach tackles conservation from all angles.

Deva – IV annos singulos

Wow, what a fantastic day year four had exploring Roman Chester. From marching in formation and creating a wall of shields to interpreting Latin and mosaics – we had a superb action packed day.

All the children were perfect representatives of Greave School and made all the Greave staff accompanying the visit incredibly proud!

Tree planting in Year 4 – day 2

Forensic Fingerprint Fun

Year 4 were challenged by our local police to create a piece of art for the walls in the police station.
When we were exploring things to do with the police we thought of fingerprints that are taken by the police when they arrest people.
Fingerprints were chosen as the theme for our painting.
First we printed our fingerprints and then we made them into police themes – including walkie-talkies, flashing blue lights and police dogs.

Bronze Award from the Woodland Trust

Greave has now obtained the Bronze Award from the Woodland Trust in relation to our involvement in learning about trees – including planting trees.

Well done to Year 4 for this week’s tree planting and a big thank you to Miss Clayton, Mr Houlihan and Mrs McKenzie for helping us.

Year 4’s European Afternoon: Denmark

As part of a culture exchange, year 4 were visited by children (and their teachers) from a school in Denmark.

They shared with us all about school and life in Denmark.



Fab facts:

  • No school dinners – only packed lunch
  • No school uniform
  • School day is 8am – 1.30pm
  • There is just one school – age 6 – 15
  • Denmark has a population of only 5.5 million Danes (UK = 65.6 million)
  • Monarchy – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Tallest hill called “Sky Mountain” – only 150 metres above sea level
  • Denmark is a very flat country
  • Similar weather to us in Greater Manchester

We learnt the song Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Danish – taught by the students who came over.

Hoved, skulder, knæ og tå (Heads, shoulders. knees and toes)

Hoved, skulder, knæ og tå – knæ og tå

Hoved, skulder, knæ og tå – knæ og tå

Øjne, ører, næse og mund

Hoved, skulder, knæ og tå – knæ og tå


Forest School Tree Planting

105 woodland trees were planted by the treerific year 4 children (and supported by Miss Clayton, Mr Houlihan and Mrs McKenzie).

What a fantastic morning – amazing team work!

Year 4’s The 6 x table song


Click here to see Year 4’s 6 x table song!

A superbly muddy Forest School – Year 4

Forest School Hallowe’en Special – Year 4

Forest School week 3 – Year 4

What a beautiful morning we woke up to this morning! Year 4 set off in high spirits to collect fallen twigs, sticks and branches from around the school grounds to tidy up after the powerful storm of yesterday.

Leaf Critters – Year 4

Year 4 have truly been inspired on their visit down to our woodland area. Their challenge was to collect natural materials then use their creativity to present leaf imaginary leaf critters!

An amazing selection of creativity.

Clay tiles for leaf identification


Wangdoodle – Floella

A mysterious, magical creature that rules the Forrest of Sin. His personality is eating and sleeping. His diet is mostly tuna, rats and male humans (he doesn’t like female humans because they are too chewy). The wangdoodle looks like a very tiny baby elephant because he looks like an elephant but he is only one foot tall! He walks very slowly on all 4`s. He has very long nails that are disgustingly dirty! Sometimes humans catch them to put in shops or to put in museums. Wangdoodles are famous for their teeth and their ears because their ears are so big.

The Wangdoodle – Willow

The wangdoodle  stood at the end of the cliff and that cliff was at the end of the forest, the forest of sin. Where did he come from? Nobody knows. What does he look like? Nobody knows. He is actually  friendly but because he is in the forest of sin everyone thinks he must be cruel.

Monstro – Nathan

Monstro is one of the most dangerous creatures ever to be known with its devastating molten lava beam .It is known to destroy planets making them into tiny helpless pebbles that would only hurt a weak powerless Fly.

Despite its strength it has a few downsides like as easy to spot as a dragon and death in lava .It is as hot as the shiny sun. Itt sweats as much as someone who has done a tiring boring marathon when it uses the lava beam.


Wangdoodle – Emily

What is this mystical magical mischievous creature that lives in a dark gloomy cave.

Mysterious mischievous Wangdoodle lives in a cave near the smelly damp disgraceful bog of the forest of sin. The Wangdoodle moves and swings though the trees and runs superfast. He also glides across the water but not the water that he melts in. He has four legs that are exactly 20cm. He changes colour according to his feelings like if he`s angry he`s ruby red. When he eats fruit that are funny shapes and not just any fruit, fruit from a really hot dessert called Pomaa. He also eats meat a rhinoceroses huge grey head. If it rains he gets under cover otherwise he  starts to melt and the only cure is to find a blue leaf from Etie which is two km away and spit from the spittler. He tastes like caramel with fudge fur. He smells like fresh mint toothpaste. When he swings whistles  very quietly.


Spittler – Robyn

The pink, fluffy, purple winged Spittler moves like a snake when it wants to be slow and rolls when it wants to be quick!! The orange nosed spittler likes to hit people with her wings. She lives in a slimy oak tree with small fruit trees in it!! She likes to explore other places not just the forest of sin. She likes to eat plumbs, oranges, black berries, lemons and fruit. The slimy oak trees dark purple and gloomy but she is so glittery!


Knife splatter – Joshua

A knife splatter is a terrible visious creature that lives in the forest of sin.

A knife splatter looks like a rhinoe with no horn. A knife splatter has a crystal head like the blue sky. This monster is useful because it has more than six thousand shark teeth that shine like the sun and heale. You will know if you see one because of their spikey, sharp, hovering legs. The hovering legs are as groce as a slobbery spit.

A knife splatter swings and teleports as fast as dark thunder. This monster has a tail as dark as sharp as a spear and can cut through anything and is as dark as dust. His body has three scrape marks that sting like lava. He has a body whith a big bump that looks normal. But is it? It has the power to make you grow flames out of your eyes.


Seaflippster – Ella

Spooky, scary  Seaflippster. She has dimond teeth that are strong, sharp  deadly that glisan in the shining sunlight. Her eyes are made of deep blue crystals that twinkle in the blinding light. Her flippers are short and have tiny sharp pointes at the end that sting people. If you get stung you will be badly hurt. She is dolphin like and spotty. She is very acrobatic. She is light blue and can camaflarge. Seaflippsters are as fluffy as a teddy bear. These critters are like a glow stick because they glow in the dark. They are very small and are shap shifter. It smells like the salty sea.

Seaflippsters live down in the deep blue sea in a colossal cave only with her cute, pretty babys. She has 10-20 babys a day. Sometimes she gets lonely and sad.

She moves as quick as a flash swimming in the sea. Quickly she darts round the sea.

She likes to eat fish espessaly freash fish. She sometimes eats crabs, lobster, squid.

She can be friendly if she likes you.

She collects shells to make sculpters and picters. She loves to flip.



Crackledoggle – Sofia

The dangerous, deadly Crackledoggle lives deep in the dark and gloomy forest of sin. The Crackledoggle is a savage, bloodthirsty wild beast.

The Crackledoggle is 5 meters and 90 centimetres tall. It has leapord printed fur all slimy and wet. He has ears as big as an elephants. He also has gigantic wings like a bats wings that have pink and blue stripes. The Crackledoggle has a very skinny tale that can shoot out fireworks that blow you up.

It pads slowly and heavily through the dark, damp forest of sin.

The Crackledoggle eats meat, fruit and veg, [children for pudding].

So, don’t make a sound, he will jump on you!


The Spittler – Caitlyn

The Spittler has dry solid fur on his feet and legs. The Spittler has seven very long legs. His legs are super 100 meters tall. The Spittler’s legs glow in the dark. His front legs are tangerine coloured and his back legs are golden. He is very very clumsy,evil and stupid.  The Spittler has long purple ears.

The Spittler’s dead dry  solid fur they are SO SO stinky PHEW WEE!  The Spittler is a vegitarion. His faveroute food is cabbage. The Spittler likes to steal money in handbags with cars. He lives in an Oak tree and takes out black masks and suits at night. He loves to drink tea. He has a bright red bulging body, he also has a very big squishy stomach.



Mellowmorc – Isaac

Deadly, damp Mellowmorc. He’s a dangerous monster – a devilish critter.

He lives in a storm cloud he can float through anything.

He likes to eat fresh or rotten meat he has loads of friends and he is so deadly one look you could die if he doesn’t like you and is it’s bored it goes wild. He’s red and orange and light blue he is also a ghost! When he floats he is silent. He moves in a straight line.



This is a terrible creature that is only found in the mystereous Forest of Sin.

The Hornswoggler smells like dirty clothes. It is very big with 3 horns and 83 legs.

The Hornswoggler can live anywhere and I mean anywhere, whether it’s in the middle of nowhere, on top of a school or under water.


Looplick – Ted

This is an amazing description of a Looplick. It has a heal beam and a rainbow travel gun. It has night vision it drinks personality is orange juice and blackurrant juice. It eats apples bananas and strawberry. Its grapes helping people its good and friendly. It moves as fast as a car and walks as people. It sleeps in a house. its as big as a bike and it has amour its very fluffy. He has a spike gun if he knows its a enemy. It’s a very helpful creature.


Lazer Jumper – Haziqah

A mean horrifying beast called the Lazer Jumper. He is brown with purple eyes and he also has some glitter on him. The Lazer Jumper likes to eat all babies, humans and children because all humans killed all Lazer Jumper.

The Lazer Jumper is 3 foot tall it is a really small Lazer Jumper that is why nobody can find him and He move really quickly so nobody can catch him  also he can look after his home. He is fast as a cheater.

He also was born in 1980 then his parents died because the humans killed his parents. Then he got really angry that why he want to kill all his family.

Where is he now ?





Chocolatey – Erin

This is about  a ugly, black monster that can climb trees and rip up grass and dig a  hole but the thing you didn’t know about a ramper is its real name is a chocalatey but it’s a trick!

It pretends to be an ugly monster but it is still very horrible  but  he  actually smells like a yummy;  delicious  chocolate monster.

He actually climbs trees to save the birds from dropping their eggs the delicious  coco monster    also  eats foxes and  tigers and also eats nasty hornsaglers and  also niffler s and skock iewwigglers .

It always loved jucy fruit, round blue berries and red burries and black berries  and it… loves…

Humans and it will eat YOU!


Shock Waggler – Darcy


The shock waggler is a creature that can be friendly but sometimes can be naughty. His or she`s personality is it has no friends so it can be lonely.

The creature is lumpy bumpy slimy and black. It is as tall as 2 mrs smith.

The creature eats fresh meet and cactuses. It likes to run around on the moaned grass when it is sunny chasing his tail but that dos not happen in the forest of sin.

It drinks magic water it is a swamp that is magic. It lives in a whole in a fruit tree.



Spitler two slime – Sophie

This is my description of the spitler  two slime

He has the longest seven bloodcurdling legs in the world and the spitler two slime has the three teriffing,  hairy looking that bleands in with his black and dark green fluffy ball but when you come to it you will regret it. It will spit slime at you! He has the head of a rat but the nose of a fox . When it is in a ball it is quit small but when it is out of a ball it large.

The spitler two slime live in a shaddowy tunnel in the forest of sin.

His personalaitys are very weird  because he feels sad because nobody likes him. He feels angry because he is allway left out but the vishousenessis the thing that fills his body the most it runs through his blood. He can anice creature when you get to know him but when you get close and try to attake him the vishoness comes out.


Goldness – Charlotte

The Goldness is mysterious her friendliness is legendery. Her colours are amazing because they change. She’s normley got pink, fluffy fur. She’s a shape shifter [but mostly vampire mermaid.]. There is only one of them in the forest of sin.

Her diet is golden fruit, golden chocolate, golden vegteballs and golden meat [but not her friends. Her friends are the Seawaggler  ,Spido,  Wangdoodle and the chocolatehippster.