We made ice cream!

This week in science, we made instant ice cream.

All you need to do it at home is:

– flavoured milk

– ice

– salt

– small zip-lock bag

– large zip-lock

– hundreds and thousands or chocolate chips (to serve)


  • STEP 1 Place the milk, sugar and vanilla into the doubled-up medium zip-seal bags. Close and secure with sticky tape if the seal isn’t strong. Tip the ice and salt into the large bag, then place the smaller bags inside the larger one, and seal well.
  • STEP 2 You will need to keep the bags moving for 10-15 mins to freeze the milk. Gently throw the bag from hand to hand or take turns shaking it – it’s a good idea to wear gloves to keep your hands warm! Remove the ice-cream bag, open and scoop into bowls. Sprinkle with hundreds & thousands.

Under normal circumstances, water freezes at 0C. But adding salt to the ice lowers the temperature to -10C, meaning the milk freezes in minutes.


Some ideas to support your child at home…

Your child has a log in for Times Tables Rock Stars, Bug Club and My Maths. The may also have a log in for Lexia. These are all excellent starting points for supporting them with their learning.

Their home learning will regularly be posted in to our Microsoft Teams classroom. Please let me know if you have any issues accessing it.

For further support in maths, there are lots of ways you can support them – playing card games or board games for example, or asking questions like “Dinner will be in 20 minutes – what time will it be ready?”

Here are some more ideas:

It’s also really important that your child is reading regularly at home. Reading for 20 minutes a day exposes them to nearly 2,000,000 words a year, and will not only help develop their vocabulary, but also their understanding of grammar and sentence structure. It will also broaden their understanding of all sorts of topics! It also has been shown to help develop empathy. Reading doesn’t have to be of fiction books – it can be non-fiction, magazines, comics, newspapers, internet articles, cereal packets… anything!

Here We Are

We have just finished our English unit around Oliver Jeffers’ Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth. It has been lovely to discuss our world and our role in it, and the children have produced some beautiful artwork to go alongside it.

Here you can see the children painting wonderful watercolour self portraits.

Homework reminder

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,

Please remind your child to complete their maths homework on MyMaths. It will be set every Thursday and will be due every the following Wednesday.

They should also be regularly using Bug Club and Times Table Rockstars. If your child has a Lexia login, they should also be using that regularly.

If you have any problems with logins, please do let me know. You can email me on the class email address: 4ahomelearning@holbeach.lewisham.sch.uk

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Ashby

Y4 Final Sharing Assembly

Good afternoon Year 4!

So it is time for our final sharing assembly of the year! A time to celebrate all the fantastic work you have done during your time in Year 4, both in school and at home.

The work you have sent over the last few months have really made all of us smile, and we are all very proud.

Have a safe and restful break over the summer, and we look forward to seeing you in September, when you return to Year 5.

Miss Ashby, Miss Simpson, Mr Bothick

Y4 Maths – Friday 17/07/2020

Good morning Year 4! Happy Friday! And today is the last day of term. 🙁 BUT that means you have 6 weeks to enjoy the summer break! 😁

So today’s maths is celebrating the summer holidays. Your job today is to put all your maths knowledge to use, to find out who is responsible for all the melted ice cream! You’ll need to put your detective hats on.🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

If you need any help or have any questions, just let me know in the comments section. I will put the answers up towards the end of the day.

Hello 3C, from Ms Ashby

Hello 3C!

I’m really looking forward to meeting you all properly when you come back to school in September.

I have a small request to make from you over the summer holidays.

I would like you to email me 3 photos of things that are important to you. It could be of absolutely anything: your favourite cuddly toy, your favourite book, your favourite meal, your favourite place, your favourite game… the list goes on!

This way I can get to know the important things about you and we can share them together in September. 😊

You can send them to me at the class email address:


Have a lovely, relaxing and enjoyable break over the holidays.

Ms Ashby