St Sidwell's C of E Primary and Nursery School

St Sidwell's C of E Primary and Nursery School

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Year 4 Summer 2023

Parents In school for Art

Thank you to everyone who came along to help with our Art afternoon in Year 4. It was a lovely atmosphere and great to see you all there, mucking in and helping the children with their sculptures. The children obviously enjoyed having you in school and it really helped us to move forward with our “Mod-Roc feast”, too. I hope you had a fun and, like me, are looking forward to the finished selection of “tasty” goodies.

Sculpting food with Paper


To the untrained eye, this may just look like a mess of paper and masking tape. However, if you look closely you will see what are the beginnings of food-based sculptures. The children are using the ideas of Claes Oldenburg's giant food installations and creating their own.

The good news is that you will be able to help them get these "just right" on Wednesday 24th May when, together, we start to add mod-roc (sheets of plaster) to these bases, before painting begins after half-term.


Year 4- Art Morning -Custom House on the Quay


Linking with ‘The Legend of the Custom House’ residency, Year 4 took part in two great artist-led workshops.

The work by the children will form part of a new installation supported by Art Work Exeter and will be based on the creative links to the goods described on the Toll Table (you can see this in the House). Through collage, modelling, and a creative writing/interview process, Year 4 explored the Custom House and its role in international trade.

We had a very creative morning so, a big thank you goes to artists Volkhardt and Stuart for their respective workshops on plaster modelling and collage/etchings.

The plaster-making was influenced by the stucco ceilings in the Custom House and the collage will be combined in a wallpaper style and was linked to historical ideas and that of passing time.

Thank you also to the parents who came along to support us and hopefully enjoyed the art, too.

Nb- You should be able to view the children’s work alongside others, during Art Week Exeter which takes place in July.

There will be details of further workshops in The Bridge.

Year 4's own Tasty Sandwiches


Anything Subway can do, Year 4 can try to do better. Lots of knife and grater skills, along with thoughts about the best colour, food-group and flavour combinations, went into these tasty sandwiches.

I hope that parents got to have nibbles before the children devoured them?



More sandwich pics


Eco- Survey 


As part of their geography unit on Sustainability, the children quizzed their schoolmates in Years 5, 3 and 2 about their knowledge and practice regarding energy use, recycling, water use and transport. We are pleased to say that, while we have a few tips to share, there was a lot of good practice and we were impressed with how knowledgeable our children are. Well done, St Sidwell's! Keeping it Green!

Eco Questioning of the School children


Paignton Zoo


On 23rd March, Year 4 went to Paignton Zoo. It is the 100th anniversary of the zoo so they have invited some schools to attend for free. Highlights of the day were the gorilla, the giraffes, the baby orang-utan, the newts and snakes and many more. The children and parents were great and full of enthusiasm throughout the day, despite the rubbish weather. A big thank you to Jacob’s dad, Amy’s mum and, our photographer, Maya’s mum- and of course, to Mrs Statton and Mrs Goff. The visit fitted nicely with our studies on animal adaptation and helped spark another discussion in class which supported both our persuasion and our Oracy learning, too.


Eating, Reviewing and Preparing Sandwiches


We have been learning about healthy eating in our Design & Technology this term. A big thank you to Subway who provided us with a selection of tasty sandwiches to assess and Mrs Weir who patiently supported the children in preparation techniques. Here's hoping that our own sandwiches live up to these high standards- maybe we could invent the next Subway sandwich?

School Motto

Thinking Creatively, Learning Together, Trusting in God.

Mission Statement

Hope, Friendship, Forgiveness, Trust, Peace