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Year 4 – Archive 14/09/2020

Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to our Year 4 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Year 4 staff:

Mrs Annie Sexton – Teacher

Mr Adam Smith- PE Apprentice

Week Beginning 13th July (School Closed)

Well this is it Year 4, the last week of the school year. I just want to say well done for all the hard work you have put in over the last few months and I’m so impressed with how grown up you have all been in these weird circumstances. I want to also say a massive thank you and well done to all of your parents and carers for becoming the teacher since March, I know it has not been easy! One more week then you can all have a well deserved break.

This week I would like you to continue with your home learning pack looking at WEEK 5, there you will find Maths, and English activities. Please continue to read even over the summer holidays as this is vitally important. By now you should know all of your times tables up to 12 x 12 to be ready for Year 5, if you don’t- make sure you are continuing to learn these over the holidays.

Transition activities

Below are some transition activities to complete before you come back to school, think about what you can tell your new teachers about yourself. Another activity is to think about your best memories of Y4, I know it was cut short, but think about the fun times we had! My favourite times were our trips to Beamish, I loved the murder mystery tour we did on our first visit!

Although we didn’t get to spend the whole year together, the time we had was special and I have loved teaching and getting to know every single one of you. I won’t be there in September to see you all looking smart in your uniform ready to start Y5, but I will pop in to see you all once Baby Sexton is here!

Good luck for Y5, enjoy your summer and keep safe!

Lots of love

Mrs Sexton xxx

Week Beginning 6th July (School Closed)

Hi Year 4,

Can you believe it is July already? I hope you’ve had another fantastic week and look forward to the little surprise I’ve made for you all in your reports that you can collect from school this week.

This week I would like you to work on Week 4 in your learning pack for Maths and English and continue finding out about different places around the world for your Geography challenge.

Don’t forget it is super important that you are reading and practising times tables so keep up with Oxford Owl and TT Rockstars.

Here is another list of exciting and unusual things you can do at home too!

As usual there will be some activities on Purple Mash too, remember to keep adding things to the class blog on there too- I really love reading your messages.

Have a great week and stay safe and sensible.

Love Mrs Sexton and the Burnside Team xxx

Week Beginning 29th June (School Closed)

Hi everyone,

It was lovely talking to some of you on the phone this week, I’m glad you all sounded so cheery! As school still remains closed to Y4, here are some ideas for home learning for the week ahead. As usual there will be 2Do’s linked to the work in your home learning pack too. Remember if you still haven’t picked up your pack up from school there is still time.

Maths and English work can be accessed in your pack. Here’s some additional Maths from Whiterose if you prefer to use that.




Using inspiration from the artist Georgia O’Keefe draw a close up of a flower using the flower pack attached. Or spend some time looking for flowers outdoors and draw these close up. It would be lovely to see some of these on the blog too!

As a little extra why not complete a page telling me all about your week! I love hearing about what you are up to.

Don’t forget to drop me a message on the blog on Purple Mash. If you are struggling with anything in your work pack I can help you on the blog. Hope you all have a lovely week- let’s hope the wind and rain disappears!

Lots of love Mrs Sexton and the Burnside team xx

Week Beginning 22nd June (School Closed)

Hi Year 4,

I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend, I know lots of you went to the beach last week which sounded fun. I hope you have been up to lots of great things- I bet some of you are happy the football is back on the TV- Mr Sexton certainly is!!!

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This week you can continue the next week’s work in your activity pack which has a selection of Maths, Grammar and some writing tasks. Don’t forget to take some time for some mindfulness too, this is a very strange time for everyone and as the weeks continue to pass it can be a little overwhelming, so remember to be kind to yourself. You can also continue to use TT Rockstars for your times table practise- or even practise writing them out- there’s not long left before you should know them all up to 12 x 12.


Continue to use Oxford Owl to access your reading level. This is a fantastic resource that we have so even if you have a spare ten minutes log on and have a little read. The username is burnside 4 and the password is year4


Extra English

If you find that you are whizzing through the English work in your home learning pack try the Home Learning activities from the Literacy Shed. The videos and animations are fab! Click on Free Resources and choose which age range you wish to work on. This may be beneficial if you are finding some elements in your workpack hard too.


Extra Maths

Whiterose have designed resources to follow a 12 week plan created in partnership with the BBC to help ensure pupils are ready to return to school in September.  The accompanying video tutorials can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/ I will upload week 1 with the worksheets and the answers for you below.

Week 1 worksheets:



This half term we would have been exploring electricity in Science, I have uploaded some files below for the first lesson and we can work through more over the next few weeks. There are different difficulty levels in the activity sheets so choose which one works best for you.

As usual I will set you some 2Do’s on Purple Mash and will be available on the blog if you have any questions. Please let me know if you are struggling with anything.

Hope you all have a fantastic week- well done for working so hard!

Love Mrs Sexton and the Burnside team xx

Week Beginning 15th June (School Closed)

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone managed to have a great week last week despite the dreary weather!

This week, you can complete activities in your home learning pack that was available to collect from school last week. There are Maths and Grammar activities and Geography exercises to complete also. In addition to this, I have set some tasks on Purple Mash for you to complete, and you should be using TT Rockstars everyday to practise your tables.

For reading continue to use Oxford Owl to access daily reading. I have also attached an English activity reading pack that you can choose an activity from each day. The answers are also available.

Guidance and answers were available with all home learning packs but if you are not sure please leave me a message on the Year 4 Class Blog on Purple Mash. I will be giving you all a call again this week to check how you are getting on with the work packs, but remember just do your best!

If you need anything at all, let me know. Keep safe and take care.

Love Mrs Sexton and the Burnside Team xxx

Week beginning 8th June (School closed)

Hi Year 4,

Last week, it was lovely to speak to parents and some of you to see how you’ve been getting on. You can collect new home learning packs from school from Wednesday 10th June. Remember, do what you can – it is important that you spend time having fun and having quality time with your families as well. You have worked super hard in the past few months and everyone at Burnside is very proud of you! Here is a list of suggested activities to keep you busy this week:



Create and write a play based on any storyline you want. You could make it a play about lockdown or based on any book you have enjoyed reading. Write the script for the play. Think about the characters, who will you have in your play? What kind of clothing will they wear? How can you make it interesting for the reader? How will it be exciting? How will it stand out and be different? You could even create puppets and put on a show using your script.


Make sure you are reading all of the time, each day at home.

I have created a class log in for us on Oxford Owl so you can read e-books at home. You can read the level that you have been reading in school as well as access higher levels when you need to. Here is the link:


Go to ‘My Class Log in’ our user name is: burnside 4 password is: year4


Continuing with the BBC Bitesize daily lessons will keep you on track with what we would be doing in school.


Here are some additional worksheets from Whiterose that you can also use for revision:


Don’t forget to use TT Rockstars as well to be practising your times tables daily. Here are some extra home learning ideas to download too!


In your work packs this week you will be getting some work on UK Maps. Research places in the UK. What makes a city? What makes a town? Why can a town not be a city? Which is the biggest city in the UK?


Linked to our work on maps, I would like you to design your own island or country. Make the name of the place up and how big it is. What landmarks do you have in your country/island? Make it nice and colourful and give it a name.

Have a fantastic week Y4, remember to post on the blog if you need anything.

Love Mrs Sexton and the Burnside team xx

1.06.20 (School Closed)

Hi Year 4,

As school is still closed here are some home learning ideas for this week. As ever if you need to get in touch use the Class Blog on Purple Mash.

English and Maths- this week use the online lessons on BBC Bitesize.


Maths is all about fractions. Remember that a fraction is a part of a number, think about a bar of chocolate, a part of that big bar would be a fraction of the whole bar. Remember the top number is the numerator and the bottom is the denominator. Have a go at the lessons from Monday to Friday.

Mon- English is to think about suffixes using the -ous and -sion sounds.

Tues- Using brackets

Wed- Revising apostrophes for contraction

Thurs- Revising apostrophes for posession

Fri- Using inference to become a reading detective

Reading– Please make sure you are reading every day. We have had a long time away from school now so you must keep reading as a priority. I am going to set you a challenge of finding an unusual place to read, take a photo of yourself in the unusual spot and post it on the blog. The most unusual will win a prize when we get back to school!

J.K. Rowling has released a new book called the Ickabog and launched an online competition for children to illustrate the characters in the book. To read the book for FREE and see the competition follow the web link below.


DT– This half term in school we would have been doing some cooking in class and designing healthy menus. I would like you to design a meal that you can easily get the ingredients for and with the help of an adult cook or prepare the meal. Send your photos into the blog.

There is also a 2Do on Purple Mash linked to a healthy eating lunch menu.

I hope you have all been enjoying this beautiful weather, I know I have. Remember to just do what you can workwise and make sure your mind is being kept active! I hope you are all keeping safe. I miss you all lots.

Mrs Sexton xxx

18.05.20 (School Closed)

Hi everyone,

Here are some ideas for this week to keep your mind and your brain occupied.

English– This week for writing I would like you to write a diary entry based on one of your days. You choose what you write about and don’t forget to start with ‘Dear diary,’.

For reading I would like you to write a review of something you have read during lockdown, a book, a magazine, a web article or a newspaper; remember it is really important that you are reading at home.

Maths– Attempt to break the TT Rockstars Guinness World Record!!!!!

A Rocktastic HELLO from everyone at Times Tables Rock Stars HQ!!!
Have you got what it takes to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title holder?

We are inviting you to attempt a Guinness World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can in one minute.

Guinness World Records has created a new title – Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute – and we are looking for players to aim for this special accolade.

HOW DO I TAKE PART? It’s simple: get a world-beating score in a Studio game, make sure it’s captured in a video and send a link to that video to support@mathscircle.com by the end of Thursday 4th June (11:59pm GMT).

Here are the requirements: 1. The attempt must take place in a Studio game. 2. The attempt may take place on any of the following compatible devices: o Desktop computer o Laptop computer o Tablet o Phone 3. The video must adhere to the following: o Show the player clearly playing, i.e. hand(s) physically entering numbers on the input device. o Show the back of the player’s head or profile to see roughly who they are (just the person’s arm and screen isn’t enough, for example). o Show the score and timer clearly. o Show the start and end of the game, including a clear shot of the end of game score screen. o Be filmed in one take and unedited. No filters, effects, overlays, backing music are allowed. Turn your phone/table/computer on mute. 4. The game needs to have saved on the TTRS database.


When you have finished your Studio game and saved the video, please upload the original video file using a file transfer platform such as Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer. Then email a link to the video to support@mathscircle.com and provide the name of the player, along with the name of your school. This is so that we can locate the user and the game they played in our database.

By providing us with your video, you (and if under 18, your parent/guardian) consent(s) to your video, name, and country of residence being published on the Times Tables Rock Stars’ and Guinness World Records’ websites, social media, media press releases and other reasonable marketing and promotional activities associated with this attempt.

Go to ttrockstars.com/page/gwr for more information.

Good luck and ROCK ON!!!!

Geography– Find out about Mount Fuji, I have set a 2 Do in Purple Mash to find out about Mount Fuji, complete some research and see what you can find out!


How to make an origami dinosaur. Follow the instructions using the link below.


As usual there are always resources on BBC Bitesize including English and Maths for every day. It would be nice to hear from you on the blog on Purple Mash, it has been fantastic hearing from some of the class already- I love reading what you have been up to. I know this is a very weird time for everyone, but well done for all you are doing to stay safe!

Missing you all!

Mrs Sexton xxx

11.05.20 (School Closed)

Hello Year 4,

I hope you are all keeping well and keeping your spirits up, remember you can use the Purple Mash blog to chat with one another as well as me, it has been lovely getting messages from some of you, I miss you all and school so much!

As we are not returning to school this week, here are some more ideas for the week ahead and remember just do what you can.

English and Maths- continue using the BBC Bitesize lessons there are also some great games on there if you explore the website. Remember you can also use the twinkl website for free during lockdown which has some fantastic resources if you have access to a printer- but I know this is tricky.


There is also the nrich website which has lots of fun maths games and challenges!


Geography– In keeping with our Around the World theme this week we are looking back at maps and what the words longitude and latitude means. Click on the link below and there are a selection of lessons to complete as well as games and activities to choose from.


Challenge– this week see if you can create a rainbow using household items. Take a photo and post it on the blog.


Create a piece of art work using a used toilet roll tube. You can be as creative as you like, you might want to use colour or you may just want to use a pen or pencil, it is up to you! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Don’t forget to be reading as much as possible and as I posted last week there are lots of free lessons and resources on this website:


Stay safe and I hope you all have a fantastic week.

Love Mrs Sexton xxx

04.05.20 (School Closed)

Hi Year 4,

Can you believe it is May already?! I’ve loved hearing from some of you this week on our class blog on Purple Mash, some of you have been keeping busy doing some great things! Keep posting as it is lovely to chat with you all and if you haven’t logged on yet please do so. As another week passes and we aren’t in school here are some ideas for this week.

English and Maths continue using BBC Bitesize as it will help to revise things that we have already done together and the videos are really helpful to show your grown ups how to answer the questions.



I have set you a ‘2 do’ on Purple Mash to create a leaflet about New York City, this is in keeping with our theme for Around the World. Research things that tourists can do in New York and how much things cost. Why not include a map, or look at NYC on Google Maps and drop yourself into street view. Think about: What airport would you fly in to? What is the best way to get around the city? What can you do for fun? See if you can include some fun facts. If you want to do this on paper or on a different document instead of on Purple Mash let me know on the blog and you can.


This week marks 75 Years since World War 2 ended on 8th May, which is called VE day. Friday is a Bank Holiday to celebrate this event. I would like you to find out about VE day and why it was celebrated with such excitement and joy. Here is a link to watch a video to give you more information. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr

To celebrate, it has been suggested that we have a ‘Stay at Home’ VE Day Garden party. Where we can sit outside our houses, at a distance from our neighbours, and have a picnic. We can decorate our houses in Union Jack flags and make posters and bunting to put up in the street. I would like you to plan your own VE Day party, create a timetable for the day, make decorations, make posters for your windows, make scones or cakes for an afternoon tea and take some photos and share on the blog. I’ll show you my pictures too as I’m planning to decorate my house!

If you want to access any free lesson resources for any lessons a great online resource for home learning is Oak National Academy you can access by clicking the link below:


I hope you all have a fantastic week and I look forward to hearing from you on the blog. Take care and stay safe!

Love Mrs Sexton xxx

27.4.20 (School Closed)

Hi Year 4,

Another week has passed and we are still not back at school together, I hope you are all coping and you enjoyed some time in the sunshine last week. It really does make you smile when the sun is out!

As usual, here are some learning ideas for the week ahead. Grown ups, you take the lead and choose what will work best for you and your family situation during this time. As long as you are all safe, that’s all that matters!

For Maths and English this week I would like you to continue with the daily BBC Bitesize lessons using this link:


If the work is proving difficult for your child you can always try the work from the previous year group to see if this is better suited. Maths is revising adding 3 and 4 digit numbers which we did in October, so refresh your memories and don’t forget about carrying numbers.

In addition to this, there is Numbots (which you access through TT Rockstars) and TT Rockstars using your log ins to keep practising.

Make sure you are reading. As you know, I am a massive Harry Potter fan, so I’ve decided to keep myself busy and re-read all the Harry Potter books. And if you are a fan yourself you can listen to the first story for free on Audible at the minute for a 30 day trial.


There is also a fantastic resource from Cornerstones which allows you to download free books from a MASSIVE list of books. Here is the link: https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/news/free-access-to-cornerstones-love-to-read-resources-for-home-learning/

David Walliams is also releasing free audiobooks on his website, I know how so many of you love his books so check the website:


This week I’d like you to practise some drawing skills. Use the online guide from Illustrator Rob Biddulph and then see if you can design some of your own characters.


I have set two 2 DOs in Purple Mash for you to complete linked to coding. It is explained step by step to make objects move. Have a go and submit when you have finished.

Class Blog

On Purple Mash I have created a class blog for us to communicate with one another. You can take photos of work you have completed to show me, ask me questions, show pictures of what you have been up to or chat with one another about how our weeks are going so far. To access it log in to Purple Mash and click on the green sharing button at the top of the page (it looks like an earth) then click ‘shared blogs’ and you will see the Y4 Class Blog- click on it and we can start sharing. I can’t wait to hear from you all!

Stay safe, stay positive and be patient. We will all be back together soon!

Can’t wait to catch up on the class blog!

Love Mrs Sexton and your Burnside family xxx

20.4.20 (School Closed)

Hi everyone,

I hope you all managed to have a nice Easter and had some fun with your families at home! As it is now officially the end of our Easter break, here are some more ideas to keep your brains active for the next week. It is super important to keep our minds busy during this crazy time and I would like to thank your grown ups, who are working super hard to make sure you are learning whilst school is closed as it is not any easy time for anyone.

I would like you to use the BBC Bitesize daily activities this week for Maths and English as there are great videos to guide you step by step through what to do, just click on the day and complete the activities. Here is the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z63tt39/year-4-lessons/1

Don’t forget to keep working on your times tables using TT Rockstars and games like Hit the Button



Our new topic this half term would have been ‘All Around the World’ which is so exciting! I have set a ‘To Do’ on Purple Mash for you to explore and discover the world map. See what other research you can do, as well as exploring this on the BBC Bitesize website, challenge yourself with the quiz at the end. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82/articles/znm7vk7


It’s really important that we stay active as it is not only good for us, but can benefit our mental health. I am loving the Joe Wicks daily PE sessions at the minute (not that I’m allowed to do them!) but would love you to join in, get your grown ups to comment on Facebook or Instagram on his post when he goes live and you might even get a shout out!

There’s lots of other ways you can stay active, this might just be a daily walk or a ride on your bike, or even some time in the garden. Why not try to set up an assault course in your garden and see how quick you can do it in? Then challenge someone else in your house to do it!

I really hope all of you are staying safe and positive- we will all be back together again soon and I can’t wait to see you all. I miss school so much and I miss all of your cheeky, smiling faces!

Take care,

Mrs Sexton xxx

29.3.20 (School Closed)

Hello Year 4!

Can you believe it has almost been two weeks since I have seen you all, and a week since you have been in school? I hope you are all keeping safe and enjoying your time at home with your families.

It has been great to see so many of you on TT Rockstars and Purple Mash. I hope you have been able to enjoy some of the nice weather too! As well as completing some of the work you were set, why not take this time to try things you’ve never done before, or learn things you didn’t know how to do! How amazing would it be if we came back to school and I didn’t have to tie any shoe laces because you had learnt how to do it in your time away?! 🙂 Or why not bake some delicious treats at home, take some photos of the wildlife which is starting to appear outside or maybe even go on a minibeast hunt.

Here are some other ideas and ways to keep busy whilst we are not at school:

-Joe Wicks has a PE lesson every day at 9am https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

-Oti Mabuse is hosting a dancing session everyday linked to a Disney character, just paste this link into YouTube

-Maths, Whiterose have put together an amazing resource for home learning in a step by step guide take a look and try your best. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

As well as keeping your mind active it is also so important that you look after your mental health in this unusual time. Remember what we normally do in school, spend some time zentangling, focus on your breathing and listen to some calming music whilst watching your calm bottles that we made together.

I can’t tell you all how much I miss you and I can’t wait to see you all when we are back at school! Stay safe Year 4 and listen to your grown ups! Keep an eye on the blog as I will be adding more updates and checking in with you all in the coming weeks.

Mrs Sexton xxx

Week beginning 2nd March


This week we have been learning all about figurative language, focussing on similes, metaphors and personification. We ended the week by combining all of these techniques and writing a poem based on the image we explored last week. This will help us in building our ideas for our stories.


This week we have finished our unit on area, we now understand how to find the area of rectilinear shapes and draw our own shapes for others to find the area. We have been focussing on reasoning and problem solving this week.


In Science this week we have continued with our theme of Bottoms, Burps and Bile and been thinking about teeth. We are conducting an experiment which will last until next week investigating tooth decay. We have 5 liquids with hard boiled eggs in and we are monitoring the effects these liquids have on the shell of the egg.

Maths award this week went to Mitchell for being a maths superstar and trying really hard.

English award went to Dylan for producing some amazing similes and metaphors.

Head teacher award went to Joseph for having a fantastic attitude towards learning- I’m super impressed with his work ethic at the minute!

Golden Table: Liam and Jayden.

Week beginning 24th February


In English this week we have started planning a new story thinking about mood and atmosphere. We took inspiration from an image, explored ideas around the senses and read a text linked to it. We had some fantastic ideas for who the old lady in the image might be and where she may be going, our imaginations ran wild!


In Maths this week we have learned about area. We learned that it is the inside of a flat surface. We have started by counting squares and counting the area before comparing areas of shapes.


This week has been our well being week in school and we have been thinking about our mental health all week. In class we have all completed activities to help us with our mental health. Some of our favourite activities were making stress balls and relaxing mindfulness bottles. We will continue to talk about our mental health throughout the school year.

Maths award this week went to Ellie for trying really hard in finding the area of different shapes.

English award went to Kieran for using creative ideas and delving deeper into vocabulary in English.

Head teacher’s award this week went to Lewis who always has a smile on his face and tries his best, well done Lewis.

Golden table: Jessica and Paige

Week beginning 10th February


This week in English Year 4 have been writing up their own versions of an adventure story based on the book, How to Train Your Dragon. We have designed front covers and Mrs Sexton will be printing them out to go in our brand new reading area in the class so we can all read each others stories.


In Maths this week we have finished our unit on perimeter. We have calculated perimeters of lots of rectilinear shapes and even found missing measurements to find a total.

Art and Design

In Art and Design this week we have learned how to loom and weave just like the Anglo Saxons did to make clothes. We used cardboard and wool with needles to weave a pattern to create our looms.

Internet Safety Day

On Tuesday it was Internet Safety Day in school. The theme this year was ‘Free to Be’ we have discussed how we should be kind to others online and make sure our online identity is private. We designed our own avatars in class that celebrated our individuality.

Week beginning 3rd February


We’ve had a very busy week in English writing a Viking adventure story based on our class novel How to Train Your Dragon. We have thought about our plot, our characters and who our audience is as well as writing speech correctly and including adverbial openers. We will write our stories up on the computers next week once they are all done.


This week in Maths we have started to explore perimeter. We learned that is means to measure the outside of a 2d shape and we used string to explore this to begin with.


In History this week we had a visit from a real life Anglo Saxon and Viking lady who spent all day in school with us exploring the clothes they wore, the food they ate, the weapons they had and the stories they told. We had an amazing day!

Week beginning 6th January

Happy New Year!


Our new English text has got us all excited this week because it is one of Mrs Sexton’s favourite books ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. We have explored the character Hiccup and looked at the places on the map surrounding the Island of Berk. Over the next half term we will be reading it in class and creating our own story based on this Viking tale.


In Maths we are revisiting some elements of Multiplication and division and how best to efficiently calculate answers as well as that we have been learning about factors. We have completed activities using factor pairs by using our times table facts to help us.


Our new topic is ‘I am Warrior’ and is all about the Vikings and the Anglo Saxons. This week we have asked questions that we will hopefully find the answers out to this half term like, What did they eat? Why did they invade Britain and How did they power their boats? We are very excited to find out more about these vicious invaders!

Maths award this week went to Will for using reasoning and logic when solving problems- well done Will!

English award went to Layla R for using very powerful adjectives in her description of a setting.

Head teacher’s award this week went to Molly who was the first in our class to reach 100 on our reader leader board. Molly has chosen the book she would like as a prize. Great effort Molly, we’re really proud of you.

Golden table: Mya and Leah

Week beginning 9th December


This week we have written our own persuasive adverts then transformed them by adding in more persuasive devices by using Microsoft Word in the ICT suite. We learned about how to manipulate the document in order to be more persuasive!


This week in Science we completed an experiment to see how water was treated, we used funnels, filter paper and muddy water to see if we could filter the dirt out of the water like how our water is cleaned.

In French we learned all about the things in the classroom.

In Art we recreated Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kangawa’ using materials to create a collage.

Week beginning 2nd December


During our English sessions this week we have been putting everything we have learned about persuasive techniques and wrote our very own persuasive letters as a character from the book we are studying in class. We had to persuade another character to come to our restaurant and taste the fine food we had to offer!


In maths we have continued multiplying and dividing numbers understanding patterns and how using the inverse can help us to check our answers. We have also been working on our arithmetic skills and putting what we have learned to the test by trying to ‘beat the clock’ in our own class challenge.

We were so lucky to go to the pantomime on Wednesday at the Customs House in South Shields to see Snow White. We thought Abuthnott and the rest of the cast were fabulous. We had an amazing time and we are hoping we get to go again next year!

English award this week went to Amy B for having creative ideas for making her own restaurant menu.

Maths award went to Alfie for having a fantastic understanding of all mathmatical concepts in arithmetic.

Head teacher award went to Leah for always helping to keep the classroom tidy and organised.

Golden Table: Layla M and Chloe

Week beginning 25th November, 2019


This week in English we have continuing thinking about persuasive techniques and we have made our own adverts for Rambashi’s Jungle Grill based on our class novel, ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. We have concentrated on creating our own rule of three for advertising and using alliteration.


During our maths sessions this week we have been multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. Thinking about whether or not the number is getting bigger or smaller.


In Topic this week we have learned all about vertebrates and invertebrates and classification keys for animals and living things. We have thought about what questions we can ask in order to separate and group the animals.

Week beginning 18th November, 2019


In English this week we have been learning about persuasive techniques and how they are used in advertisements. We have watched adverts and studied print based adverts to see if we can spot the techniques we have studied. In a few weeks we will be creating our own adverts using the techniques we have learned about.


We have moved onto our new topic of multiplication and division. In class we have been working on our 4, 8 and 9 times tables and completing activities based on these.


In Science this week we have been looking at animals and living things and thinking about how to group animals. We have linked this with our studies of the oceans in Geography (where we have learned about the five oceans of the world) and explored the animals in the ocean. The children were keen to find out how pollution is ruining these habitats and our oceans, so we looked at sustainability. We are looking at how we as a class can help to reduce, reuse and recycle in school as it is very important.


We are collecting glass jars (from jam, marmalade etc.) so we can make something for our Christmas Fayre stall. If you have used any, wash them out and send them into Year 4. Thank you in advance!

Week beginning 11th November, 2019


This week in English we have been focusing on writing a diary entry and learning more about the characters in our book, as well as their emotions towards events that have happened.


We have been exploring time in maths this week, converting from an analogue to digital clock.


In Geography and Science this week we have been investigating where water comes from through the water cycle. We even completed our own experiment in class which we are observing over the next few weeks.

We’ve had a very busy week in school, with our remembrance service in school, visits from Pudsey and Hoopstarz. It has been really fun and action packed week- just how we like it!


Bring your homework projects in as soon as they are finished for a dip in the dippy box.

Week beginning 4th November, 2019


This week in English we have started reading our new class novel ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman. We have explored the characters we have met in the story so far, Lila, Lalchand, Chulak, and Hamlet.


In maths this week we have started our unit on Geometry, we have learned about quadrilaterals and the different types of triangles.


This week we visited Beamish Museum. We took part in a murder mystery activity at the Station near the Town where Detective Inspector Hannah from the Durham Constabulary told us about a murder that had happened near the railway line. We had to become mini detectives and find out about the victim and the criminal involved by interviewing the people who worked in the town around Beamish. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day despite the weather.


Reading books and diaries must be in school, we are getting very few reading diaries returned. It is important that children are reading every night.

Parents evening is Monday and Tuesday.

Week beginning 21st October, 2019


This week in English we have been writing our own creepy stories including all of the techniques we have been learning about in the past few weeks, we have used the story of Cogstone House as a stimulus.


In maths this week we have worked on problems adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers with exchanging.


In Science this week we have explored our topic of Sound further. We conducted an experiment by seeing how far sound travelled and made our own telephones using paper cups and string.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Halloween day in school. We had a fun-packed day filled with activities and are definitely ready for that half term break now!


Thursday 7th November is our trip to Beamish. Children should have returned reply slips to Mrs Sexton. Children to be in full school uniform on this day.

Week beginning 7th October, 2019


This week in English we have been continuing with our recounts of a Tudor feast but thinking about the meal from a different perspective. We have written some interesting recounts this week based on a sprout on a Sunday dinner and viewed the world through the eyes of a sprout! We have learned what a subordinating conjunction is and how to act when we see a WABUB!


In maths this week we have continued adding 4 digit numbers with exchanging and have moved on to subtracting 4 digit numbers, we have found some of it tricky, but are working hard to get our heads around the exchanging when we subtract and what it looks like using place value counters. We have also continued to practise our times tables focussing on our 6’s in our daily maths sessions on an afternoon.


In DT we have designed and made some delicious Tudor sweets, which would have been served in the middle of courses during a Tudor meal. The sweets are made from marzipan then coloured with paint to make them look realistic.

We have continued with our sketching in Art and have moved onto learning about how to draw a figure. We transferred these skills into sketching an image of Henry VIII using our sketching techniques from last week to create tone on his clothing.

In PE we used our gymnastic techniques to try vaulting on the springboard. We had to make sure we were taking off and landing in a particular position in order to make sure our hurdle step jump was safe.  

English award this week went to Layla M for trying really hard with sentence structure and content. Keep it up Layla.  

Maths award this week went to Sophia who has shown good reasoning when adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers.  

Head teacher’s award this week went to Jayden, for always having trying hard in class and having a positive attitude. Keep it up Jayden well done.

Golden table: Brennan and Jayden.


Christmas card orders need to be in school for 14th October.

Week beginning 30th September 2019


This week in English we have been exploring recounts and thinking about how to list events in chronological order and recall events. We watched a video that showed us how a real Tudor feast would be and compared it to our own traditions when eating meals at weddings or at Christmas. We then explored embedded clauses, how to drop in the extra information in between a main clause and where to put commas, as well as how useful they are at improving our writing.  We’ve continued to practise our spelling words this week in class doing various activities working on the prefix -in.


In maths this week we have been working with adding 4 digit numbers with and without exchanging. We’ve used our place value counters to help us visualise what happens when a column is full and how it can move into the next column and why we call it ‘carrying’. We have also continued to practise our times tables in our daily maths sessions on an afternoon.


In history we have continued finding out about Henry VIII’s wives by recalling all of their names and in order and created a fact file on each of them. We have also started our drawing and sketching topic in art. We have used various techniques to create tone and texture, techniques like cross hatching, contour hatching, stippling and ink wash.  

English award this week went to Brennan for trying really hard with handwriting and presentation. Keep it up Brennan.  

Maths award this week went to Jessica who has demonstrated good understanding and confidence in column addition.  

Head teacher’s award this week went to Tiffany, for always having a positive attitude towards her friends and learning. Keep it up Tiffany well done.  

Golden table: Aiden and Nathan


Christmas card orders need to be in school for 14th October.

Children should not be bringing Sharpies into school.

Week beginning 23rd September 2019


This week in English we have been working on our own narrative description of a Tudor town, we used an animation as a stimulus to help us build our writing. We have also been thinking about how the senses can help to develop our descriptions and build a picture in our reader’s mind.


In maths this week we have been working with numbers to 10, 000 and making links between numbers in our times tables thinking about multiples of 1000, 25, 6, 7 and 9’s. We’ve discussed new vocabulary such as numerals and multiples and used these during our learning conversations in maths.


In history we learned about the six wives of Henry VIII and learnt the rhyme to help us remember their order. DIVORCED, BEHEADED, DIED, DIVORCED, BEHEADED, SURVIVED. We then created a magazine advert advertising a new wife for Henry VIII, we discussed what type of husband he was and thought about his personality and how he treated his wives.

In PE we continued our sport of gymnastics and were learning how to roll, using our core and arms and leg muscles to help us perfect the range of motion required. We found some trickier than others.

We don’t went to mention the word Christmas just yet, but we’ve been working hard this week to create our class cards for Christmas. They’ve been sent off to be made into real cards for parents and carer to buy closer towards December.

English award this week went to Paige for having fantastic ideas during lessons and really trying her best with presentation! Keep it up Molly.  

Maths award this week went to Kelsey who has used her reasoning skills as well as thinking logically to prove answers in class this week.  

Head teacher’s award this week went to Chloe, for always being kind and considerate towards others. This is a wonderful trait to have Chloe, well done.

Golden table: Joseph and Kieran


Reading should be taking place every night and children should have their diaries signed.

Week beginning 16th September


This week in English we had a special delivery from a real Tudor messenger. The envelopes revealed a telling narrative description of a boy skulking around in the shadows, we were intrigued to find out what was going on and we made predictions about what would happen next.

We then spent the week exploring vocabulary in the narrative and worked on up-levelling and improving words using thesauruses to create synonym spiders and exciting sentences.


In maths this week we have been working with negative numbers and how a number becomes even smaller after zero. We’ve been thinking about how this can relate to temperature and how if the number is negative it means it is even colder.

We were also incredibly lucky to have a visit in school from Subject Revolution who brought an escape room to Burnside. We spent the morning solving challenges and answering questions in order to unlock and reveal codes to help us be free. It was an absolutely amazing morning and all of Year 4 loved it!


This week we continued with our topic ‘Off with your head’ we explored how the Tudor family tree was made up and how the Tudor rose came to be created. We also investigated how important coats of arms were at this period of time, we then designed and created our own coat of arms thinking carefully about what the colours and animals would represent and mean to us.

We started our science topic of sound this week. We explored sound around the school and took a sound survey, thinking about how sound is different in different areas and at different times of the day. We also looked at the different types of sounds, next week we will be thinking about how that sound travels.

English award this week went to Molly for using powerful vocabulary in her writing as well as ensuring her presentation in books is perfect! Keep it up Molly.  

Maths award this week went to Liam who has used his reasoning skills to explain answers in class this week, he has demonstrated a clear understanding of negative numbers, well done Liam.

Head teacher’s award this week went to Amy S, for being focussed and motivated to do well in class all week well done for a great week Amy!

Golden table: Molly and Alexis


PE is a Thursday and children should have kit in school.

Week beginning 9th September 2019


This week in English we have started to read our class novel ‘Spy Master First Blood’ by authors Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler. It is all about the year 1532 and the sneaky spies that are trying to infiltrate King Henry VIII’s castle, it seems really exciting already and we can’t wait to read more!

We have also been working on identifying pronouns and working out if they are possessive pronouns or personal pronouns in order to help us vary our writing styles and sentence content.


In maths this week we have been working with place value and thinking about what each number represents and how changing a number’s digits can mean changing the value. We’ve been thinking about how this can relate to money in real life too. We’ve also been practising our times tables and our quick mental recall.


This week we began our new history topic ‘Off with your head’ which is based on the life of the Tudors. We used a timeline to put dates and events in order and then read about some of the facts about Tudors, we were most disgusted to learn that they didn’t have proper toilets!

In PE we started our unit of gymnastics and showed some impressive skills with cat jump, jump half turns, jump full turns, pike jumps and straddle.

English award this week went to Alfie who has tried incredibly hard in his description of a scene, he has pushed himself and used some adventurous vocabulary as well as having a positive attitude towards his work.

Maths award this week went to Amy B who has used her resilience to persevere even when she found some calculations tough, keep it up Amy.

Head teacher’s award this week went to Leah, who has demonstrated this week that she will always work hard and give 100%, well done Leah.

Golden table: Mya and Tiffany


PE will be on a Thursday