Welcome to Dungeness Class


Welcome to Year 4, Dungeness class home page

Class Teachers:

Mrs Haste & Mrs Cakebread

Teaching Assistants:

Miss Slingsby & Miss Walker-Rhind

For the year 4 curriculum overview, latest newsletter and home learning grid, please refer to the bottom of this page.

Highlights of term 2!

End of term celebrations!!!



A massive well done to those who had 100% attendance this term, completed at least 6 pieces of homework, and/or have read 25 times or more – you have all made a super effort! 

The newspaper bridge challenge…

Having spent time at Dover Girl’s Grammar School, Henry and Sunni introduced us to the bridge challenge. They had undertaken this challenge as part of their learning whilst at the grammar school. The task was to build a bridge, using only a newspaper and 2 metres of Sellotape, that could withstand the most amount of weight.

The children thought hard about their designs, and worked in teams to problem solve…


…The finished bridges


The winning design went to Sophie, Ruby-Leigh, Evie, Isla and Lily H – their bridge withstood an amazing 2.4kg!

Well done girls!!

Mini football tournament 

On Friday 17th November, Archie, Karolina, Lily H, Honey, Jensen and Ethan from Year 4 played in a football match against children from the three schools in our collaboration. All children played brilliantly, had a fantastic spirit and were great sports men and women. We even managed to come joint first! Well done to all of the children who played and the rest of the children in Year 4 for supporting their classmates.


We have been learning that sound is a type of energy caused by vibrations. We have learnt how different parts of our ears work in combination with our brain to interpret these vibrations as sound.

We have been using our presentation skills to explain to our classmates what sound is.


Using musical instruments to aid our learning, we have investigated what high and low pitch is and how pitch differs to volume.


Highlights of term 1!

End of term celebrations!!

Dungeness class had the highest attendance this term – we celebrated with pizza!

Well done year 4!

Properties of shapes

In Maths, we have investigated the properties of shapes. We have learnt what symmetry is, and the types of angles and sides that define shapes. 

We took our learning outdoors and spotted the shapes that form a part of everyday objects that we might see.


In Science, we have learnt about the importance electricity has in our lives. We investigated what insulators and conductors are, and have enjoyed learning about the requirements of an electrical circuit before making our own!



The Romans

Our focus in History this term has been the Romans. We have developed our skills in using an atlas, and have identified the location of Roman roads.


After having learnt about the structure of Roman roads, we had a go at building our own!


On Tuesday 22nd May, Year 4 visited Wingham Wildlife Park as part of our topic on the rainforest. Before the trip, the children had chosen a rainforest animal to research, which we looked for at the park. We all had such a fantastic day, and as usual, the children were a credit to the school and a pleasure to take out. Thank you to the children in Year 4, and the parent helpers as well. Without you, these trips wouldn’t be able to go ahead.

From the Year 4 team.







We have been learning to sing and sign to a new song.

End of Term Celebrations

Today we celebrated our home learning and reading pond accomplishments by receiving certificates and sharing some of the things we have made at home. Thank you to Year 4 for continuing to put in 100% effort with all of your home learning!

‘The Egyptian Cinderella’

In English this term, we are looking at ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ by Shirley Climo.  It is a tale of Rhodopis  and her rose-red slippers, one of the world’s oldest Cinderella stories.The story is both fact and fable, describing the story of Rhodopis, a girl who was stolen from her home in Greece by pirates. She was sold and forced into slavery before her life changed for the better.

We have been exploring the different moods and feelings Rhodopis would have experienced at different stages in her life. Below is displayed a conscience alley, in which we had empathised with the main character.

How to ‘mummify ‘a tomato…

We have been studying ancient Egypt this term,  and in particular have been fascinated by the process of mummification. We want to see if we can emulate this process using a tomato and household items. Why not give it a try at home?

The ancient Egyptians would  wash the body before removing the internal organs (except for the heart).

Step 1: With a knife and spoon, remove the seeds and the inside of the tomato. Be careful, this step can get a bit messy!


Step 2: Clean your tomato using alcohol gel, before measuring it’s start mass. The mass of the tomato will then be measured again at the end.


The ancient Egyptians would pack the body before using a substance called natron in order to draw the moisture from the flesh of bodies. In order to mimic this we used a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda.

Step 3: Pack the tomato with a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda, before leaving it to ‘bathe’ in more of the mixture. 

We left one tomato ‘untreated’ to act as a control for our experiment.


Week 1 results!


After a week, we definitely noticed a difference between the ‘mummified’ and ‘not mummified’ tomato. The first thing we saw was that the ‘not mummified’ tomato had started to develop lesions of mould, whilst the ‘mummified’ tomato had not. Both had lost moisture, however the ‘mummified’ tomato had lost a significant amount of water in comparison. This was based on how it looked, and felt.

Week 2 results!


After two weeks we can see that the ‘not mummified tomato’ (on the left) is covered in mould, whilst the ‘mummified’ tomato  (on the right) has been preserved by the mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda.

This morning Year 4 were giving directions to our friends, telling them how many degrees to turn and clockwise or anti-clockwise.