Finding out about the Tundra Biome and the Arctic and Antarctic Regions

We got into some new learning in our Geography topic ‘Is Climate Cool?’ today when we found out more about the climate, plants and animals of the Tundra. We used Google Earth to find the 5 coldest places on earth. We looked at some photographs by Sebastiao Salgado of the Nenet people of Northern Russia and their life in the harsh climate.

We found out why the Antarctic is colder than the Arctic. Can you remember, or do you know, why this is the case?

Y4 at The Oakes

Here are some of the pictures from last week’s fantastic trip to The Oakes. The weather didn’t dampen the children’s spirits and they were all a credit to St Wilfrid’s with their fantastic behaviour, manners and attitude. Well done everyone!

Fun Squash Session 17 5 19

An email has been sent to parents about the following trip, however Ms. Devitt apologises for not giving out the paper letter copies. There is no permission slip and no cost, so this is just for your information.

We have arranged for the Y4 class to take part in a squash session at the Hallamshire Squash Club, 11.00 – 12.00 on Friday 17th May.

We will leave school at 10.15am and walk there, returning for about 12.45pm after eating a packed lunch at the squash club.

Please let school know if you could accompany us as a helper on this trip.

Following the taster session, some of the children will be selected for a competition which will take place on Tues 21 5 19.

Information about things coming up

Geography Topic Celebration
You are invited to our Topic Celebration on Wednesday 24th April from 2pm onwards when we will be sharing and inviting you to play our latitude and longitude games. Please come if you can.
Our next swimming lesson will be on Monday 29th April. Please could your child bring a t – shirt and shorts for that lesson to be worn in the pool as part of that lesson?

Topic Homework for Y4

Y4 Homework Task 26 3 19 to be returned on  Mon 15 4 19 so that we can prepare for our Geography Topic Celebration Afternoon on 24 4 19

Latitude Longitude City
53.4 N 1.5 W Sheffield
51.5 N 0.9 W London
48.8 N 2.3 E Paris
52.5 N 13.4 E Berlin
48.2 N 16.4 E Vienna
37.9 N 23.7 E Athens
41.4 N 2.1 E Barcelona
53.3 N 6.2 W Dublin
38.7 N 9.1 W Lisbon
52.3 N 4.9 W Amsterdam

What kind of game could you make up using these city co – ordinates, or others, or a mixture of these and your own, to help others learn about and have fun with latitude and longitude? Think of some ideas. 

Here are the latitude and Longitude co – ordinates for some European cities. These can all be found at:

along with the co – ordinates of lots more world cities.  Remember, we always give Latitude first (North or South of the Equator) and Longitude second (East or West of Greenwich Meridian.)

With permission, look up our ‘Latitude and Longitude’ song on You Tube:

Remember our definitions from the song:

“Latitude is the angular distance measured in degrees,

It tells how far from the equator any place happens to be.

Longitude is the angular distance measured in degrees,

It tells how far from Greenwich England any place happens to be.”

Don’t bring the whole game on Monday 15th April! – just a few ideas, sketches, notes, images and resources and materials if you like.  Some of you may want to make a game in a team so you might use different peoples’ ideas in the same game. We will make the games in class.

This can be a tricky concept but maybe with a bit of thinking and practice you can learn more about it, and help others to learn about it too.

The document below is a helpful map:


How can you remember which are the lines of latitude and which are the lines of longitude?