#internationalhappinessday in Year 4

Today was International Happiness Day! We decided to make some happiness bookmarks with happy and positive pictures and messages for when we need something to make us smile.

We also completed a happiness booklet full of different things that make us happy…food, songs, smells, events and people to name a few! Keep an eye out for those tomorrow when we bring them home.

We hope you have all been able to think of something today that makes you happy ☺️


Victorian Christmas Decorations

As part of our topic we learned about decorations that Victorians would have used for Christmas and what traditions we have thanks to the Victorians.

On our trip to Cardiff Castle we made a pine cone decoration and a Victorian style Christmas card. We found out that they would make peg dolls to hang on the tree as well as put nuts in bags as little presents. We also found out that Christmas crackers were invented thanks to Tom Smith during the Victorian times.

We decided to make some of these decorations ourselves to experience what it might be like for Victorians to make their own decorations rather than buying them from a shop like most of us do today. We had a great time making our decorations and we’re so proud of what we’ve produced.

This is the end of our Victorian topic. We have loved learning about the Victorians and we have found out so much about them. We have a lot to thank the Victorians for, especially for some of their wonderful inventions and Christmas trees!

William Morris inspires Year 4

As part of our topic on the Victorians we have looked at the artist William Morris. We took his inspiration, which was nature, and tried to create our own repeating patterns.

At first we tried to draw our own repeating patterns but we did find it was tricky to make them match exactly.


Then we tried to paint our our individual patterns:


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We really enjoyed making our patterns and they looked very effective!

We discussed how we really had to concentrate to ensure that each repeat was identical to the one before. We looked at how printing machines were developed through the Victorian era and wondered if this would make a more consistent pattern. In order to try this out for ourselves we went onto Purple Mash to create our own designs.

Click on each of our names below to open a pdf of our designs:

Shayaan Mefin Nivas Aisha Peyton Chris Thuraya Charlie Rayaan Oliver B

This was a really interesting way of creating repeating patterns, we found it hard to choose our favourites.

We then wanted to make our own painted repeating patterns and we decided to use a tile to do this. We carved a picture into a polystyrene tile, rolled paint onto the tile and pressed it onto a large piece of paper. We continued this until we had covered our paper in the repeating pattern. This was a really fun lesson and here are our finished pieces of work, including a close up of each pattern.


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Thank you William Morris for your inspiration!