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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


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