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During Health promotion week Year 4 learnt all about the importance of staying healthy. They found out how important it is to eat fruit and vegetables to do regular exercise. They had opportunities to walk a mile and to take part in some circuits. One of the highlights for Year 4 was making a healthy snack related to our topic of dinosaurs. We had great fun making these and we also learnt that healthy food could be fun and delicious!‚Äč

Article 24 Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy.






Dino snacks


Our Vision - Learning together in a changing World


In Year 4 we have been learning all about World War Two. It has been a fantastic topic and we have learnt so much about evacuation and rationing. We recently visited Downpatrick Museum for a WW2 workshop and we dressed up as evacuees to help us understand how they must have felt. We even got to see and handle some real artefacts.  


Have a look at us all ready to head off on the trains with  our suitcase and gas masks. As you can see, some of us were very excited about the new adventure we were about to begin in the countryside and some of us were feeling very sad to be leaving our families behind


Article 24 -You have the right to the best health care possible,safe water to drink,nutritious food,a clean and safe environment,and information to help you stay well.


Article 27 -You have the right to food,clothing,a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met.


Article 38- You have the right to protection and freedom from war.Children under 15 cannot be forced to go into the army or take part in war.

Year 4 had a great time doing exercise with Fitness Freddy, they learnt lots of new dance moves and even sang along.  Some of our mums came to join us,  we worked really hard and we were able to raise lots of money for our school. We were 'Brilliant, Fantastic and Awesome.'


Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.


We had some very different and exciting visitors in school! A lady from Zoolab came to visit us and teach us all about animal habitats over the world. We learnt about the main habitats there are today and what types of animals live there. Then she brought round some of the different animals for us to see and touch. We got to hold a giant snail, touch a hermit crab, pet a snake, stroke a rat and have a very close look at the scorpion. Our favourite part was the rat's party trick when he ran towards his cage, jumped in and peaked out the top to say goodbye to everyone. It was a very interesting workshop and we learnt a lot. 


Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

In literacy we have been learning all about how to write a fantastic set of instructions. We have been identifying verbs in instructions, sequencing instructions, evaluating instructions and writing instructions. We thought it would be a great idea to make some delicious 15's and then write a set of instructions to show how we made them. We had a lot of fun and the 15's were just delicious!  


Article 28 Children have the right to a good quality education


Article 3 (Best interests of the child): The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them. All adults should do what is best for children. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. This particularly applies to budget, policy and law makers.


In Year 4 we respect our rights, we created a class charter with the rights we felt were important for us to keep. We began by looking through the 'Little Book of Rights; before creating a  shared circle map of the rights we felt were important for our classroom. As a class we discussed the rights and decided how both children and adults could respect the rights. Everyone chose a Disney character and has signed the charter to show we all agree with it. 



Look at what Year 4 got up to in 2014-


Article 29: Education should develop each pupil's personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.

Go Kids Go! Workshop

As part of Healthy Week, Year 4 participated in a wheelchair awareness workshop. This gave the pupils an insight into the challenges faced by wheelchair users. Pupils were able to complete a range of activities including dancing and basketball. They really enjoyed this workshop and have a much better understanding of the challenges faced by wheelchair users.


Article 23: Children who have any kind of disability have the right to special care and support, as well as all the rights in the Convention, so that they can live full and independent lives.


Year 4's Trip to The Ulster Museum...

On Friday 17th April, Year 4 travelled to the Ulster Museum in Belfast where they took part in a Dinosaur workshop. They were able to handle a range of fossils including coprolite! Have a look on the internet if you don't know what it is. They enjoyed exploring different areas of the museum too.


Look at the concentration on the children's faces!  


Article 13: Children have to right to get and share information, as long as the information is not damaging to them or others.


In Year 4, we used our imagination and thinking hats to respond to the question below:


 What if a dinosaur came to Cumran Primary School?  


The children used a range of thinking hats to form their discussion. The pupils' responses were very interesting! 



To research information about Dinosaurs, we have been using National History Museum's website. There are lots of fun games and interesting facts.

Click on the link below to access the NHM website:


Come and See Us Think Day

Year 4 pupils and parents completed a QR Treasure Hunt about dinosaurs. The QR codes were hidden around the school. The questions were tricky so pupils and parents had to use Safari on the iPads to research the answers to the questions. Everyone enjoyed this activity and hopefully learnt at least one new fact!

Article 17: Children have the right to get information that is important to their well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information children are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need. 

Science Workshop


In term two, Paul McCrory from Learn Differently came to Cumran! He was able to demonstrate a range of activities. Year 4 had lots of fun learning about Science. Some lucky pupils had an opportunity to help Paul during his workshop!


Article 28: All children have the right to a primary education.