Year 4

Welcome to the Year 4 blog!

Welcome to our Year 4 page. Here you will find information and updates about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Year 4 Staff:

Miss Soulsby – Teacher

Ms Hails – Teaching Assistant

 
 
Friday 8th June
In English, this week we have started to read a  new book The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy. We have been making predictions about what the story will be about and asking questions to improve our understanding.
 
In maths, we have began to learn about time. We have been learning how to read analogue clocks and write the time in a digital format. 
 
 
On Tuesday, some of the class visited Lambton Estate with Mrs Pizl and Mrs Dowdle. They had a great day learning about the history of Lambton Estate and finding out what happens there today. They even got to hold pigeons and see bees making honey! 
 
 
Friday 25th May
 
On Monday, we had a visit from Northumbrian Water's Super Splash Heroes Roadshow. We enjoyed watching their show and taking part in a workshop. We learned all about saving water by making small and simple changes to the way we use it, like turning the tap off when we brush out teeth. We found out that every drop of water counts and that we should try not to be water wasters!
 
 
 
On Thursday, we learned about the different techniques for molding clay and practised these. We then created our own clay castle structures. They are all completely different and unique and we loved working with clay!
 
This week, our Headteacher’s award has been awarded to Emily H for her fantastic attitude to all tasks.
Our core value award went to Molly, who was voted for by the rest of the class, for making them proud.
 
Friday 18th May
 
This week, we have been learning all about electricity. We all used the electrical equipment; wires, bulbs, switches, batteries and buzzers, to create electrical circuits. We designed circuits that would act as  a light for a castle. Some of us even designed a circuit that would act as a doorbell for a castle using buzzers. Take a look at us at work below!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Royal Wedding Picnic. We had a lovely afternoon in the sun!
 
This week, our Headteacher’s award has been awarded to Flynn for working hard in maths all week!

Our core value award went to Ethan, who was voted for by the rest of the class, for being considerate.

Friday 11th May
 
We have had a busy four day week in Year 4. We have finished bringing in our amazing homework projects and we had the opportunity to present our work to the rest of the class. Take a look at some of our great projects below!
We have also been busy painting our fantastic new 'Reading Castle'. We love our new reading area! Take a look at us at work.
In ICT, we have been working on our coding skills. We wrote a code to move the knight from left to right, after he reached each pillar, so he could guard the castle. 
 
This week our Headteacher's Award was awarded to Jack M for a fantastic first week in Year 4.
Friday 4th May
 
Reminder - P.E Kit should be brought in on a Monday to take home on a Friday as P.E can change. PE is currently on Wednesday afternoon. 
 
This week we have been working with Ms Hails to create fantastic artwork! We looked at the painting 'The Castle and the Sun' by Paul Klee. In his painting, different shapes and contrasting colours are used to create the castle. We had a go at creating our own artwork in his style using water colours. Take a look at us at work below!

This week, our Headteacher’s award has been awarded to Taiven for having an excellent first week in our class. 

Our core value award went to Alfie, who was voted for by the rest of the class, for being unique.

Finally, our mathlete of the week award has been been awarded to Emily H.

 
Friday 27th April
 
Year 4 have been very busy this week! On Tuesday, we attended a skipping festival, where we competed with other schools across a range of skipping techniques and performed our skip dance routine. We all had a fantastic afternoon, many certificates were awarded and  I am very proud to say we came first place overall! A HUGE well done to all of Year 4 for their dedication and hard work. We will now be attending the finals which will take place on the 20th June. Take a look at some of the pictures and the video of our skip dance below.

On Wednesday afternoon, we had a visit from the school nurses. They spoke to us all about healthy eating, exercise, hygiene and controlling our feelings and emotions. It was very interesting and we all learned something new.

This week, our Headteacher’s award has been awarded to Molly for writing an excellent persuasive letter and a huge improvement in her writing overall!

Our core value award went to Charlotte, who was voted for by the rest of the class, for being supportive.

Friday 20th April

Welcome back, I hope you all enjoyed your Easter break. This week, Year 4 have began to explore our new topic 'Castle Life' where we will be learning all about castles and focusing on the history of our local castles. We have all thought of a question, that we would like to find an answer to during our topic, which are all displayed in our classroom. Year 4 have also been asked to create a quality homework project on this topic, which is due to be handed in on Monday 30th April

This week, we have all been practicing for our upcoming skipping festival which is taking place on Tuesday 24th April. The class have all been working very hard and I am looking forward to seeing their performance.

This week, our Headteacher’s award has been awarded to Matthew for always having an excellent attitude towards writing.

Our core value award went to Nathan W, who was voted for by the rest of the class, for making them proud.

Finally, our mathlete of the week award has been been awarded to Charlie C.

Friday 16th March

On Monday, we celebrated World Book Day. Year 4 enjoyed spending the day dressed up as their favourite characters and seeing all of the fantastic costumes around school! Take a look at the photographs of Year 4 dressed up below.

On Wednesday, Year 4 performed a ‘Water Cycle’ class assembly. I would like to say a huge well done to all of the children for their excellent performance. They all worked extremely hard to rehearse and gave a fantastic performance on the day!

This week, our Headteacher’s award has been awarded to Mark for always having an excellent attitude towards learning.

Our core value award went to Lily who was voted for by the rest of the class for being supportive.

Also, our new award ‘Mathlete of the Week’ was awarded to Emily H. 
Friday 23rd February
 
This week, we have been learning about Chinese New Year in school. We created amazing artwork of Chinese dragons using wool, black card and oil pastels. We also learned the story of how the twelve Chinese zodiac signs were decided upon. Each sign is named after an animal and each animal has its own unique characteristics. We have displayed our fantastic work in the school corridor, take a look at the display and our work below. 
This week, our Headteacher's award has been awarded to Ethan for excellent effort in maths.
 
Our core value award went to Matthew who was voted for by the rest of the class for being supportive.
Friday 9th February
 
Year 4 have had a very busy week to finish off this half term! On Tuesday, we had a visit from engineers who work at Nissan. We asked them all of our questions about engineering and they told us about their jobs. This was to prepare us for an Engineering Week competition in school, where we have been creating our own product designs which we would like to see an engineer make. We have also wrote a pitch letter to sell our ideas. Ask us all about our interesting inventions!
 
On Wednesday, we visited the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool as part of our topic learning. We got on board the impressive HMS Trincomalee, where we took part in a pirate workshop and found out lots of new pirate facts. Then, we had a virtual tour through the HMS Prosperity, where each part of the ship comes to life, letting us see the secrets of how things were hundreds of years ago aboard the ship. Later in the afternoon, we got back on board the HMS Trincomalee and had a tour of all four decks! We found out all about what life would have been onboard the ship two hundred years ago, which we discovered would have been far from easy and very different to our life today. To finish of the day, we got to play onboard a pirate play ship. We had all had a great time! Take a look at the pictures below.
 
 
Finally, on Thursday we had a visit from the Skipping School. We took part in a skipping skills workshop. This was to prepare us for a skipping competition we will be competing in, in April. We practiced all of the different skipping techniques, that we will need to compete in at the competition, some we had never seen before like 'the pretzel'. The class really enjoyed their afternoon of skipping and are looking forward to practicing more as we prepare for the competition. 
 
This week, our Headteacher's award has been awarded to Summer for writing an excellent persuasive advert. 
 
Our core value award went to Lily who was voted for by the rest of the class for being respectful.
Friday 2nd February
 
Year 4 have had a very busy week! We have designed our very own colourful pirate flags, which we will be creating in Art. We have each tie dyed a piece of fabric after choosing the pattern we would like to create. Take a look at the pictures below and make sure you watch out for our finished flags! 
In science, we have been learning about states of matter. We have found out how the particles are arranged in solids, liquids and gases. Using a hula hoop, we had fun acting as particles to show how they behave in different states. We have also investigated how quickly we could turn ice from a solid into a liquid to free the pirate's treasure. We placed the ice into water at different temperatures and predicted what would happen. Take a look at the pictures of our investigation.
 
This week, our Headteacher's award has been awarded to Charlie Cook for excellent effort in maths.
 
Our core value award went to Charlotte A, who was voted for by the rest of the class for making them proud!
Friday 19th January
 
This term Year 4 will be going swimming every Monday afternoon. This week we had our first swimming lesson, the class all had a fantastic time and are all looking forward to next week's lesson. Please remember children will need to bring their swimming kits to school on Monday morning and children with long hair should also bring swimming caps.
 
It has been excellent to see the great homework projects that have been brought into school this week!  I am looking forward to seeing more exciting homework projects come into school over the next week. 
 
Awards:
 
Our core value for this week was 'responsible' and the class voted for Flynn to win this award.
 
The Headteacher's award for this week went to Lyndsey for producing an excellent piece of writing in English. Well done Lyndsey!
Friday 12th January
 
Happy New Year and welcome back to school! This week we have started work on our new topic 'Land Ahoy', where we will be exploring life as a pirate, learning all about water and working on our Geography skills. We have started to transform our classroom into an underwater world! On Tuesday, we also had the chance to interview a pirate to get us thinking about what we would like to learn.
 
 
 
Head Teacher Award - Nathan B 
 
Core Value Award - Alfie 
 
Christmas
 
Take a look at the pictures from our Christmas party below. We had loads of fun dancing, playing games and competing to create the best toilet paper snowman!
 
Friday 8th December
 
Congratulations to George R, who has received our Headteacher's Award this week for always giving 100% effort in class. Our core value award this week was proud and Ethan was nominated by his class mates. 
 
This Friday we all enjoyed spending the day in our pyjamas! In the afternoon, we even got to enjoy a hot chocolate and share the stories we received from underneath the tree together. 
 
Friday 24th November
 
This week the children have began rehearsals for our KS2 Christmas production. The performances are now being held at Harraton Community Centre and you should have received a letter about the revised dates and times. Tickets are currently being designed by the children and will be on sale soon.
 
Congratulations to Libby, who has received our Headteacher's Award this week for consistently amazing writing and presentation. Our core value award this week went to Lydia, who was voted for by the rest of the class for being considerate. 
 
 
Friday 17th November
 
This week has been anti bullying week, so across school each class have been learning about different aspects of bullying. We hope to have raised awareness and understanding of what bullying is, how to prevent it and how to respond if you feel you are being bullied. Each class have created an aspect of our new anti-bullying display, for our part we focused on thinking of ways we can prevent bullying and bring each other UP! 
 
Today has been Children in Need day and the class enjoyed dressing up or wearing non-uniform, to help the school raise money for a good cause. We would like to say a big thank you for all the money that has been donated. Thank you to Emily M who brought in some delicious Pudsey Bear biscuits for the class which they all really enjoyed. Take a look at some pictures of our day below, we were even lucky enough to have a visit from Pudsey Bear himself!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to George B, who has received our Headteacher's Award this week for his fantastic effort and attitude to writing! Our core value award this week went to Summer, who was voted for by the rest of the class for being unique.
Friday 10th November
This week Year 4 have been on a school trip to the Durham Museum of Archeology, where we took  part in a Viking workshop. We all had a great day and we got to take part in various Viking activities. Take a look at some photographs from our day below to see what we got up to. 
 
Congratulations to Emily H, who has received our Headteacher's Award this week for fantastic effort in maths and working  hard to improve her speedy recall of times table facts! Our core value award this week went to Summer, who was voted for by the rest of the class for being respectful. 
 
Friday 3rd November
 
This week we have been working hard on using the column method of addition and subtraction to solve two step word problems. In English, we have began to read our new book 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'. 
 
We have also had a visit from RNLI lifeguards. They talked to us about how to stay safe around water. We now know what to do if we get into danger with water and can tell you what the different flags stand for at the beach. Look at some of the pictures below.
 
Congratulation to Neve, who received our Headteacher's Award this week for fantastic effort in maths all week. Our core value award this week went to Ethan, who was voted for by the rest of the class for being respectful.