The Paper Bag Trading Game

A big “Thank You” to the Wigan Education Business Partnership Team who came into Year 4 this week to play The Paper Bag Trading Game.

This team activity set the pupils the challenge of making and producing bags made from newspaper within a set time period. We were shown how to make bags similar to those made by children in India. Then we worked in teams to produce the paper bags and were paid 1 rupee for every 10 bags that we made. We then calculated how much money we would have “earned” if we had made the bags all day – and whether or not we would have made enough money to survive in India. Afterwards we were shown some artifacts from a village in Africa.

A very stimilating and thought-provoking activity. You participated brilliantly team. Well done.

Mr Sharkey

Rachel M’s and Molly’s Stories.




One hot sunny day there was a little girl with blonde, long beautiful hair. She was small and she loved camping .Her eyes were as blue as the ocean. Through the gloomy, misty forest and over the tall mountain there was a smelly bog that was greener than the rottenest grass .Down, down deep in the bog there was a huge dragon. It had fish like scales with the shiniest body that was brighter than the brightest star. He could breathe the most magnificent fire that could burn the entire forest with one puff .His wings were redder than a volcano’s fire and he loved to eat people.


The next morning Tina was so board. Then she had a fantastic idea. Tina went camping. She so excited. As she was walking the wood got mistier and mistier. Tina got scared so she ran and ran until she realized it was getting steeper .Suddenly she tripped over and fell in a bog. Then something grabbed her leg and pulled her in “AHHHHHH!” she screamed “AHHHHH! Why are you screaming? Oh yes, I am a dragon” called Drongo. So then he invited her in for mud tea and worm cookies. He told Tina that he knew that Tina would come and find his precious egg.


After they looked everywhere, then Drongo had a great idea “follow me to the mountain”. Suddenly it exploded. Drongo and Tina flew away.


Then the egg landed in Tina’s hands and Drongo had his egg again and he promised to never lose it again.         

By Rachel M



Georgia’s magical egg

One bright sunny morning a girl called Georgia woke up. She had beautiful blonde hair and had eyes which were as blue as the sky. Georgia lived in a very, very, very old caravan. It had a broken door, two bedrooms, one kitchen one bathroom and a living room. Her hobbies were reading she only liked reading. But she hated football.


One night Georgia was very tired. She was always tired because she was lazy. Suddenly Georgia thought she saw something in her bedrooms dolls house so she walked over to the dolls house and opened it. Georgia was so shocked she fainted “what was that?” was the last thing she said. But the last thing she saw was a green and blue egg which was broken with orange inside.


One hour later Georgia woke up and felt something bounce on her belly it was a dragon “what! Who are you?” she squead “I am Draigo” the dragon said “I was born here and there’s going to be an earthquake”. Suddenly a big roar cried and the earth began to shake “AHHHHHHHHHHHH” they both screamed “THE EGG” screamed Georgia. As the egg rolled away.


Two minutes later the earthquake was over but they couldn’t find the egg “weres the egg” said Draigo. So they crawled and walked around the house. “I FOUND THE EGG” screamed Draigo followed by a flamey carpet and a puff of smoke.

Georgia went into the living room and saw her carpet on fire, Draigo smiling and a broken egg “put that fire out” said Georgia gently. Suddenly it went out. Georgia looked up as pink dust fell on her then she was a dragon and they lived on Dragon Island forever.

 By Molly 



In Art we have been looking at different viewpoints and have been inspired by the work of the artist David Hockney. Here is a slideshow of our Hockney inspired photographs.

Also, why not play the ‘Guess Who?’ game and post  on a comment of who you think the children in the photographs below are?

Good Luck and have fun!



Mr Sharkey

Shanice’s Story

A Fantasy Story


Once there lived a dragon called Cloudy. He was nice, pretty, loud, but mostly very unpopular. Cloudy was at home watching tv very sadly.


But suddenly he heard a bang “Bang! Bang! Bang!” so Cloudy went out side. It was an ugly, snotty high voiced goblin “let me in” he said in his high voice. “What are you doing?” he sobbed “I’m Ralf. Can I live with you I’m homeless?” Cloudy’s excitement grew “Yes. Yes you can, you can” as he was hugging Ralf  “hey get off me. So tell me about yourself” well I’m very unpopular  “ha-ha! I’m popular everyone loves me.” he laughed. Cloudy was depressed “hey we could go school together.” “ok”. Finally it was the end of school and cloudy was waiting for Ralf to come out of the toilet. He said to himself “hurry up Ralf. Come its nearly the end of school.”


But he was taking too long. At last he was out. He was walking to the door “oh no were locked in!” cried cloudy. Then Ralf found a hammer but still they couldn’t get out. Suddenly they fell down a hole. It was darker than the starry night “Ahhh!” Ralf screamed “hey!” shouted cloudy.  They found a key then a ring. But then the ring glowed and it was shinier than the stars. The ring wouldn’t come off Ralf’s finger but then “Pwoosh!”  they were gone. They were in the middle off nowhere. “I’m scared” said Ralf “the ring won’t come off”.


They were very scared but suddenly the key glowed and they were back in school but the ring and key had gone.


So Ralf and Cloudy were happy and they got jobs and they lived happily ever after.



by Shanice

Jizelle’s Story

Long ago there lived a beautiful dragon called Dino. His skin colour was green and blue. He lived in a green forest under lots of mud. It was ice cold. On top of the mud there was an old cottage it was one million years old. In the cottage lived a little girl called Jizabelle, she was 9 years old and had brown long hair.


One day Jizabelle went for a walk through the forest. When she was walking she was looking at the sky. The sky looked very sunny. There was a very big rock that Jizabelle tripped over and hurt her knee.


Jizabelle could not get up because of her sore knee. She tried and tried to get up but she just couldn’t. The sky was getting dark and Jizabelle was getting scared. Just then Jizabelle saw something flying up in the air. It was Dino coming to fly Jizabelle to the scraggy little cottage. Jizabelle was surprised, she had never seen a dragon before. Dino took Jizabelle back to her little cottage. Jizabelle realized Dino lived under mud were it was ice cold. So Jizabelle wrote an invitation to come to her cottage. She left the invitation on top of the sloppy mud.


Later that day Dino saw the letter and knocked on the old cottage door. Jizabelle was making dinner for her and Dino. Dino leaped in to the kitchen and Jizabelle and Dino ate the tea together. Dino realized that Jizabelle was such a nice beautiful girl. Jizabelle said to Dino “would you like to live with me” Dino said “yes”.

By Jizelle

Dragon Stories

Here are some of the fantastic dragon stories we have been working on in Literacy. Well done Year 4 – keep up the excellent work.

Mr Sharkey

Dragon story

Long ago there was a scary ugly dragon. he was called pongo and he had the most smelliest slimy bottom. he had bloody red wings and he blew the most multi coulered fire. He liked girly ballet and manly tennis and eating people. Over the volcano in a dark dull forest there was a little girl called Tina she lived in a foster home. She was as tiny as a jellybean. She was lazy and she had very dark hair and she didn’t believe in dragons.


Later that day Tina was really bored, nothing exciting happened in the grumpy foster home. So she decided to go hiking. She tiptoed down stairs like a mouse. Then she went hiking near the volcano. she fell down a gloomy hole and thought she saw something strawberry red at the corner of her beautiful eye. She was anxious and excited.


As dusk was approaching Tina decided to search for the thing she saw earlier so she picked her self up and brushed the dust of her shaky legs. As she was walking she saw a massive foot print and she could fit 50 of her tiny feet in it. The excitement grew inside so she followed the foot print she ran as fast as a cheetah. Then she saw a cave and heard a big roar. She fainted and banged her head on a rock. The last thing she saw was lava coming in the cave.


Seconds later pongos spiky blood red nose sniffed Tina’s terror from the top of the exploding  volcano. He swooped rapidly and hungrily into the terrifying cave. Just when he was about to eat her he thought she was pretty and angel like. So he scooped her up and took her to safety out of the terrifying cave.


That day Tina kissed pongo and she turned into a dragon. They got married and they were happier than a penguin feasting on fish. Their honeymoon was Dragon Island. There were coconut trees and it was very sandy. And there was a hut for then to stay in. when they came back they had baby twins and pongo became a ballet teacher and Tina is working at a day care centre. they were very happy and they lived happily ever after.

By Shanice

                                                                      Dragon story

 Long ago there lived a slimy green coloured dragon called pongo and his bottom had flies on it .he could breath the most magnifsant multi couled fire. There was nothing pongo liked more than ballet dancing and eating people especially black haired little girls. On the other side of the spooky scary forest there lived a black haired little girl called Tina .she lived in a spooky foster home and she did not believe in dragons.   

   Later on that day Tina was very bored because nothing exciting ever happened at the boring foster home. So she decided to tip toe out and go hiking so she climbed out the window. When she was hiking she found a volcano and suddenly she stumbled down the deep dark volcano when she was getting up she thought she saw a scale. It was as red as the volcanoes fire. She was a little anxious and a little bit excited too.      

At dusk Tina decided to go searching for the thing that she saw earlier on out of the corner of her eye. So she climbed out of her rusty old nearly broken window .she jumped down and started walking slowly and calmly. She still did not believe in dragons. Just then her mind changed because she saw a humongous foot step. The excitement rose inside her and she decided to follow the georamas foot step. as she was walking she found spooky old cave. suddenly she heard a big roar and she hit her head on a piece of rock .the last thing she saw was lava poring over the entrance to the cave

 Second’s later pongos blood red nose sniffed out Tina from the bottom of the volcano. so pongo swooped down and just as he was about  to feast on her he saw how beautiful and ghostly she was so instead of eating her he scooped her up and flew her to safety out of the cave.    

 Just as the sun was setting Tina awoke and found that she was in the arms of a dragon!!! .she screamed as loud as she could. suddenly she turned into a dragon and they all lived happily ever after.

by Alicia M