Hello, Class 4!

Here’s the link to the OpenOffice software. It’s just like Microsoft Office…but the best thing is that it’s completely free. Check with an adult in your house before you download anything.

Click HERE to visit the OpenOffice website and download the software.
Use the ‘Impress’ program to makes slideshows like we’ve done at school using Microsoft Powerpoint.

Good Work Assembly

Congratulations to Abbie and George who were chosen to show their good work in assembly today.  Abbie was chosen for her excellent Spanish work.  She has learnt the days of the week and her Spanish singing was fabulous!  George was chosen because he has worked hard in Numeracy all week when we have been learning about fractions.  Well done to both of you.

Congratulations to the following children who have achieved their Leapfrog challenge this week:




Have a lovely weekend, Class 4,

Miss O’Neill xx

The Earthquake in Japan

An earthquake has hit Japan. Read this report from ‘First News’.
Do you know what causes an earthquake? Can you find out? What would your message be to the people who have been affected?

Earthquake and tsunami hit Japan
A massive earthquake has hit the north east of Japan causing a powerful tsunami.

A huge 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan in Tokyo at 05.46 am this morning.

The huge earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

Officials says that the waves from the tsunami were a high as 10m (33ft).

The earthquake has destroyed Tokyo’s Disneyland car park and caused severe fires in the surrounding area, including one at an oil refinery.

It is feared that many people could be injured, and at least forty people have been confirmed dead.

There have been aftershocks shaking the area since the quake hit this morning, including one tremour in particular that was felt in Beijing: almost 1,500 miles away from the epicentre.

The rest of Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii, Central and South America, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific coast of Russia are all on high alert as they could also be hit by tsunamis.

The UK has now cancelled all planes to Tokyo.

This is thought to be the biggest earthquake to hit Japan.

Here is the link to all the video footage of the Japanese earthquake.

Click here for earthquake videos.

Letters to Africa Part 2

As part of their time setting up links with schools in the Gambia, Miss O’Neill, Mrs Marsh and Mr. Kendrick spent time in Bijilo Nursery School in Banjul. Whilst working alongside student teachers from Newman College, they arranged a walk around the local area for some of the Gambian children.

Here are some of the photos from their time in Bijilo Nursery School:-

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The Year 4 letters to Africa have also been sent to the head of Bijilo Nursery School – Mr. Baboucarr Jobe. Hopefully, we’ll hear back from Mr. Jobe and his school children very soon!

Some of these photos (and some of the photos of Makumbaya Lower Basic School) show the school garden. It’s very big. Learning how to grow fruit and vegetables is very important to Gambian school children and is an important part of their school curriculum.

You can find Bijilo Nursery School in Google Earth by clicking the file below:-

Bijilo Nursery School.kmz

Letters to Africa

Miss O’Neill, Mrs Marsh and Mr. Kendrick recently spent time in the Gambia in Africa setting up links with schools. They visited many schools but decided to concentrate on setting up links with two schools in particular. These schools are Bijilo Nursery School and Makumbaya Lower Basic School.

A Nursery school in Africa can take children from any age up to 7 years old. A Lower Basic school takes children from 7-14 years old.

They visited Makumbaya Lower Basic School. The first visit was on a Sunday and gave them time to meet with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. The second visit was on a school day. Here is a slideshow showing photos from both visits:-

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If you have Google Earth installed on your computer then please click the link below. This will download a .kmz file which will take you straight to Makumbaya Lower Basic School. Choose ‘save link as…’ if you wish to keep the file on your PC.

Makumbaya Lower Basic School in Google Earth

The school is located in Makumbaya Village which is in the African countryside and is approximately half an hours drive from Banjul Airport. As you can imagine, resources in the school are very limited and what they do have is very precious.

Our Year 4 children have all written letters to children in Makumbaya School and these have now been sent to the Gambia. It is hoped that the Makumbayan children will send letters back and this should, hopefully, be the start of a long relationship between Kitwell and Makumbaya.

Below is a sample of the letters which were sent to Africa:-