“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo

Welcome to Year 4

Mrs F. Harrison

Mrs F. Harrison

Class Teacher

Mrs Boyes

Mrs Boyes

Teaching Assistant

Y3/4 Statutory Spelling List

Please encourage your children to practise these compulsory spellings, these are essential and should be practised alongside weekly spellings.

Compulsory Spelling List – Y3 & Y4

Autumn Term 1

Our topic is:

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Collective Worship

Collective worship is a very special time for us all. We all gather together and listen to a story from The Bible and consider how this relates to our lives and how we can learn from The Bible with the choices we make. Together we like to pray, sing and sit quietly to remember how lucky we are to be part of God’s beautiful creation!

RE – Trust in God

To begin the half term, the children have been completing some trust exercises in order to help them understand the feelings that trust can bring. We completed a walking obstacle course where the children had to be close their eyes and be led through some cones and then walk the plank of the adventure playground. They had to consider how they felt in trusting someone to lead them and also how it felt to be trusted. These are the feelings that the children felt:

-I felt scared- I hoped they wouldn’t let me fall off!

-It was nerve-wracking because it was the first time I had to put my trust into them!

-I felt relaxed! I knew that they would help me the best that they could!

-I felt happy; they trusted me!

Our next step is to consider how we put our own trust into God and we will look at Bible stories where different people had to show faith to God in some tricky situations. 

We have also been learning about how The Bible can help us to trust in God by reading scripture. Before we started, we learnt that we need to be able to locate this scripture in a Bible. We worked in pairs to locate this scripture. 

Harvest Festival 2019

This week, pupils from Year 1 all the way up to Year 6 led our Harvest Festival today. We welcomed parents and visitors to join our school festival which involves lots of praising God thorough song and prayer, dancing and readings.  We remember during this festival to thank God for all of the wonderful things he gives us each day and also kept those less fortunate than us in our prayers. During the lead up to our Harvest Festival in school, the Mini Vinnies collected food items and monetary donations to offer to the less fortunate through our local SVP Centre (St Vincent de Paul). Our Mini Vinnies took these donations to the SVP in Leeds centre straight after the festival. 



We are taking our inspiration from the seaside this half term and will be using Flotsam by David Wiesner as inspiration. 


To start the half term, we have a strong vocabulary focus to develop our writing skills. The children this half term will be writing figurative language poems. We have begun by looking at the purpose and features of poems. We decided that:

-Poems do not have to rhyme. We even said that sometimes they are better if they don’t!

-Poems are usually written to entertain.

-Poems have a different structure to other types of text. We have discovered that they are written in lines and stanzas

We then looked at some poems and picked out some figurative language. We thought using the term figurative language was very grown up and the children were surprised when they realised they had been using it for years and hadn’t realised it!

We spent a lesson looking at personification and the children had some excellent ideas for this. Some of our favourites were:

The sun tiptoed on the sea. 

The beautiful, blue waves danced together. 

The vicious waves threw themselves angrily and drowned the sand below. 

Diary Entries

We have now moved onto writing diary entries. So far, we have looked at the features of a diary entry and thought about their purpose. We have also been hotseating the main character of our class book, Flotsam. The children were given the opportunity to plan their questions and responses and then some children took the hot seat! We obviously had to put accessories on to really get into the shoes of the main character!


In Maths, we have begun our learning journey with looking at the value of numbers within the thousands. The children have been looking at different representations of number and working out the value. We have been using different equipment to help us to learn and the children have learnt some new vocabulary.

The children have been looking at new vocabulary as well as revising past vocabulary to solve problems.

We have since moved onto understanding what each part of a number is really worth. We have had to remember how many ones equal ten, how many tens equal one hundred and how many hundreds equal a thousand. This sounds easy but if you look at the picture below, we REALLY had to work hard to solve these problems!

We completed a Burn2Learn to help us with this learning too!

We also love Burn2Learn in Maths! Here are some pictures of us doing some angle aerobics and a game to learn our times tables!

The children have since moved on from this area of their learning to starting their understanding of part whole models. The children have had these calculations representated to them in a variety of ways.

We even completed a Burn2Learn for this too. We had part whole models completed around school and we had to see how many we could complete in a short space of time. 


Our Science topic is ‘States of Matter’ this half term.

So far, we have been learning about what different states of matter are and we have been acting them out in the playground. Our teacher, Mrs Harrison, called out a noun and we had to work as a team to decide whether to act as the molecules a solid, liquid or gas.

We have been investigating what affects a change in a state. The children tested this out using chocolate! We experiemented by holding chocolate in our mouths for a minute, with an open fist and with a closed fist. We learnt that it was infact temperature that affected this change! As you can see, this was a messy but fun investigation. Lots of children even said that this made them LOVE Science lessons!

We have since moved on and worked on our understanding of evaporation. The children have been planning their investigation and then recording their results using tables and graphs. 

Pictures coming soon!

Following this, we have also been using the iPads to demonstrate our knowledge of the water cycle. The children have prepared a presentation on key note where they had to show an understanding of each process of the water cycle. They loved using Computing within Science- as you will be able to see from their happy faces!

Pictures coming soon!


This half term we have a topic called, ‘Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!’

To begin the half term, the children have been recapping some previous knowledge and building some new knowledge too. We have started by learning all about the invisible lines of the Earth. The children have used play-doh to create their globes where they used string to place the equator, tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, place the poles and to label the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

We have then revised some previous learning about the continents and where they are in the world. We will soon move onto getting closer and closer to our own location and then spotting the not-too-far-away seaside town of Scarborough!



To begin the half term, Year 4 have been designing their own fish designs in keeping with our seaside theme. We used the skill of overlapping to create these excellent creations. I am sure you will all agree that they look fantastic!

Design Technology

Before we begin to make a fishy soft toy, Year 4 have been working on our different stitches. We have worked on our running stitch and backstitch so far. It takes a lot of patience but the children love it. To quote one child, “This is better than video games!”

After developing our back and running stitch the children then had the chance to apply these skills and creating their own fish soft toys. The children really had to persevere with these skills even when they did get into a tangle. After we had successfully completed the seam, the children then embellished their work with sequins and sparkles using a glue gun. They couldn’t wait to take them home!


  To complete this area of their learning, the children then evaluated their work. They thought carefully about the skills they had developed, what they were proud of and how they would improve them next time!


Dance Workshop

We were really lucky to have Katie, an ex pupil of St Joseph’s, come to teach us a dance lesson this week! The children created shapes and patterns with their bodies. They absolutely loved their lesson and it was a great start to our dancing learning journey in PE!


In dance, we have been learning about warming our bodies up before exercising and stretching when we are warming down. We start off each lesson with a quick jog then we complete an aerobics routine! We have been creating our own routines and counting to the beat of four to make sure it is easy to follow. We have to ensure our routine has exercises that stretch our whole bodies so that we feel really warmed up!


To begin the year, we have created some class rules. During this discussion, we made links to British Values. The children thought carefully about what would make a safe and effective classroom. We linked this to rules of law and why we need boundaries set and, by adhering to the rules, we are attaining individual liberty. We considered how these rules would support us to show mutual respect and to support us to show tolerance to others. We devised the rules together and now they are on our wall so that we can remember the rules that were agreed by the teachers and children.

We also learnt all about using democracy (another one of the British Values) when electing our school council. The children who wanted this role came to the front and made a speech about why they would be a great school councillor and then the children had a polling card which they had to complete within a polling booth and put into a ballot box. We successfully appointed two new school councillors who will help to improve all of our experiences within schools and share our class’s viewpoints.

World Smile Day

For World Smile Day 2019, we decorated some cakes today! The children (nearly) all decided that cake was really yummy and they would love to be given some cake! However, there was a twist! We made cakes to give to someone else outside of school to make them smile! We thought about how even though we would like them, giving them to someone else would make them feel really happy and would put a smile on their face! The children were really happy to give their cakes away and we certainly made some parents and adults smile!



We started our computing learning by looking at creating excel spreadsheets and then using formula to help us to solve some money maths problems! The children learnt some new formulas and were able to complete some solutions to the problem that they faced!

We also thought about how this was useful in different jobs and we thought of different examples of how we would use this skill outside of school. 



To begin our half term, we have discussed how how music makes us feel. We compared two seaside themed songs and rated them on a scale.

We discussed the fact that scales are subjective as we would all have different viewpoints about it and ‘i really like’ to some would look different on the scale to others! Some children loved ‘Under the sea’ because it reminded them of fun times with the families and friends. Others said that they disliked it because they had heard it too much or didn’t like the film that it originated from. A great lesson had by all!


This year, we are going to be learning some French. We have started with some of the basics with saying ‘hello’ and telling everyone what our names are and what age we are. Our teachers weren’t as keen to share that one!

We have been learning about how to say the weather in French. With the weather this week, we know that we have had a lot of ‘pluie’ this week!

Autumn Term 2

Our topic is:

A Victorian Christmas!

Collective Worship

Collective worship is a very special time for us all. We all gather together and listen to a story from The Bible and consider how this relates to our lives and how we can learn from The Bible with the choices we make. Together we like to pray, sing and sit quietly to remember how lucky we are to be part of God’s beautiful creation!

We have begun this half term thinking about Rememberence Sunday. We are keeping all of the soldiers, veterans and their families in our prayers. 

RE – Trust in God

To begin the half term, we have been thinking about how soldiers in war might find trust in God tricky as it is such a difficult time. We have started some artwork which creates links to scripture. Photos will be posted on here when we have completed them!

As you can see, we have really developed our understanding of making links to scripture. The children have then begun to show their understanding of these links by creating their own poetry which we took inspiration for from the book, ‘Where the poppies now grow.

Photos coming soon of the poems

To futher develop our understanding of how God’s words can support us in our actions, the children have been learning about Fruits of The Holy Spirit. The children completed a Burn2Learn activity where they had to spot all of the different fruits and then link them to Bible scripture.

Cafod visit- Learning to look after God’s world

Today we had a special visit from Bronagh from Cafod. She spoke to us as a class about being a Zero Hero. We talked all about climate change and the devastating effects that it has on our world. We thought about how we can make simple changes to ensure that we keep the balance. We linked this to how we ‘Live Simply’. We considered how we could walk instead of getting the car for short journeys, reduce our plastic use, recycle and plant trees to look after God’s world.

Year 4 loved this work so much that we set off as soon as Bronagh had left and created some posters about how we could be Zero Heroes. The children loved this so much that some children even asked to get a copy of their work so that they could put it on their bedroom walls to remind themselves of how they can be a Zero Hero!


We are getting inspiration this half term from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

For their learning journey, the children have begun developing their already increasing understanding of adverbials. They have now begun to apply this within fronted adverbials and using the comma with accuracy. We have written sentences linked to our novel and they will apply this further in the next stage of their learning journey.

The text type the children are focusing on this half term is newspapers. The children have begun by unpicking the features of a newspaper article. They had to identify the features and think about why these features are used.

Whilst unpicking the features of the newspaper, Year 4 spotted some very ambitious vocabulary. They completed an activity where they used the dictionaries on an iPad to find the meaning of the vocabulary and they very much look forward to applying this within their written work soon!

As we build up to writing newspaper articles, the children have begun some learning about punctuating direct speech. To start, the children had to learn about using inverted commas. The children began this by creating sentences and adding the correct punctuation before writing their own. Speech punctuation looks easy but, as we have learnt, it’s not as simple as it seems!

The children then continued to develop their understanding of fronted adverbials. The children learnt to remember what types of words were adverbials and then work out how to correctly punctuate them. 

As we progressed through our learning journey, the children then came to planning, writing and editing their own newspaper articles. 


Applying our English skills across the curriculum

Across the curriculum, at St Joseph’s, we apply our English learning in all of our subjects. As part of our learning about the Victorians, the children completed some reading about life in the workhouse and then plan their own writing from the perspective of someone who lived there. As you can see below, we used some hotseating to help engage our ideas- the children love hotseating and it was a great way to apply our history understanding using our English skills!


To start the half term, during our Victorian morning, the children solved some problems using with money. They had to apply new understanding of the value of the penny within the Victorian times as well as using a past currency we no longer have- shillings!

The children have been learning about formal methods for subtraction. They have learning all about exchanging and what this means. The children have seen this using place value counters and then put this understanding into being able to use this in compact column subtraction. 

As part of their learning, we spotted that Year 4 needed to sharpen up on some of their basic quick subtraction facts. We put a 2 minute timer on the board and it was time for some Burn2Learn fun!


To begin our learning journey for sound the children went on a sound hunt. They had to go to different rooms and listen carefully. They had to pick out different noises they could hear and rate it on a scale for how loud it was! Some children even had the challenge of considering the pitch too.

The children loved going into the different areas around school. The especially loved going into Year 2 who were very noisy because they were completing a very exciting investigation that involved sweets. They rated this the loudest room by far- it did look amazing!

Science Week Workshop- Sound

This week we were very fortunate as part of our ‘Science Week’ to have a workshop to teach us about sound.

To learn about how sound was made the children started by feeling their own throats when they made a noise to feel the vibrations taking place.

We then moved to creating our own instruments from straws, lollipop sticks and some elastic bands.

The children absolutely loved playing their new very noisy instruments! They had to really problem solve to work how the sound was made and they certainly enjoyed trying to work out how to make the loudest sound they possibly could.

The children were then shown how to change the pitch of their instruments by changing the spacing of the position of the straws.

The children then had to use their ears to detect the sound they could hear. They were excellent at identifying what something was just from the sound.

The children also acted as sound waves and played a game where they had to detect where the sound was made when they had their eyes shut. The learnt that this is how bats hear and detect where a predator may be.


Our Annual Science Fair

Year 4 enjoyed going to see the different activities created by Year 3 and 5. The loved trying new things, learning new facts but also revisiting and revising some of their past learning. As you can see, they enjoyed wearing their homemade lab coats too. Well done to Year 3 and 5 for your fantastic workshops. Year 4 had the best time at the fair!

Topic- History focus

This half term we have a topic called, ‘A Victorian Christmas’

To begin the half term, we have had a Victorian themed day. The children had to immerse themselves into school life. They were immediately taken aback when our tables were in rows; this is very unusual! Before the children could be seated, they needed their new Victorian names. They were amused to be given unusual names for the modern times! After recieving their new names, the children had to seperate into boys and girls. They were then told they must get into height order (this was a tricky task as some had had big growth spurts within their first half term in Year 4!) The children then had a cleanliness test where their teacher checked for dirt on their hands and under their finger nails.

The children were given some rules that they had to abide by for the day. The children who are left handed were not amused that they had to use their right hands for the whole morning!

The children then completed some activities relating to the three R’s; reading, writing and artithmetic. They took part in these lessons really well and fully engaged with their Victorian morning. A real experience of Victorian life!


In History, the first part of their lessons was to understand what history is and what sources of information they could think of. They discussed these in their tables and then all of the results were collaborated together.

The children then started to compare what Victorian life was like compared to modern day. They had to consider what is different but also what is the same. Of course, the children used venn diagrams to support this learning.

In their history learning, the children have been working on their understanding of British history. They began by working altogether to put these into chronological order. This was no easy task though!

The children then worked on this with more independence. They were given the dates and had to create their own timeline within their work.

Trip to Leeds


In Art, the children have begun by focussing on the artwork of William Morris who was an influencer in art during the Victorian period. The children have closely examined his work and developed their use of visual language to describe his artwork.

Their comments included:

He uses a combination of warm and cold colours. 

I do not like it because it is not colourful enough!

It has both light and dark colours but they are mostly light. 

In his artwork, it is very cramped and he uses it all the paper. He makes sure he doesn’t leave any white spaces!

He uses colourful patterns which makes them stand out.

After that, the children then used their stampers to create their wrapping paper. The children learnt the importance of picking the right paintbrush thickness; thin paintbrushes were just too slow to add enough paint on their stamper! 

The children were surprised by the outcomes of their artwork and learnt plenty from this area of their art learning journey. They reflected this well in their evaluations. 


In PE, We have been working on invasion game skills. The children have had a strong focus on being good team mates and playing fairly. Below, you can see where the children had to apply their progressing skills in a game of benchball. Year 4 can be such kind and caring team mates. They use

coaching and support with one another to get the best out of their teams!



This half term, we are continueing to look at friendships in class. We have discussed as a class  the characteristics/attributes a child would need to make friends and to continue to curture friendships that they have created.The children thought carefully about their ideas and thought about the lovely attributes of friends they have themselves but, similarly, what makes them a great friend too!

Visit from Catholic Care


Road Safety 

‘Inspiring You’ Week


For our computing learning this half term, we have been creating our own books using the book app. The children have had to consolidate and learn new skills in order to achieve great things in this work; the have had to alter the backgrounds, format the text, add images they have found online and find information online and rewrite in their own writing. This has not been easy and they children have had a lot to complete! The children, however, are very proud of their books which compare the life of Victorians to our own in modern Britain.

We have also been using a sketching app this half term to create festive images. The children have learnt to edit the pen colours that they use and the effect that they want to create. This was such a loved activity, I know some children downloaded this app at home to carry on this part of their learning!





Year 4 have been developing their understanding of crochets and quavers. We have been looking at what they represent. We learnt that crochets represent one beat and quavers represent a half beat. We put these on the board in a variety of sequences and the children had to clap them. We learnt that we can use the word FLY for a crochet and SPIDER for two quavers. This will be very handy in our learning later on in the half term!


In French, we have been working really hard on recognising and recalling numbers to 10. We took part in some Burn2Learn activities and now the children are confident with these.

We have since moved onto learning all about the different colours. The children loved this activity and found it very exciting. They recognised the colours in a record speed and made this look easy. Their pronunciation really developed too! As a class, we can really feel our progress with speaking in french.



This year, it is  ‘The Year of the Word’. The theme of this is ‘Celebrating, Living and Sharing God’s Word‘. This fits beautifully to our RE topic which is ‘Jesus, the Teacher.’

To launch this in our classroom, we have begun by looking at parables from The Bible. The children used their Bible skills to locate each of these parables and then they read it aloud. They looked closely at the meaning behind each of the stories and how this affects their behaviour and thoughts in their own lives. The children then acted out the stories to show this. 



Our focus this half term is myths and legends. We will be using the myth ‘Romulus and Remus’ as our class text.

We have begun the half term by looking at a couple of versions of the text and unpicking new ‘worthy words’ that we have used dictionaries to define and then added to our learning wall to use within our own writing later on. We have also sequenced the events of the stories then verbally summarised the whole tale. Summarising was a new skill which we found tricky to begin with but we worked hard to achieve!

Year 3 worked alongside Year 4 to develop their skills of recognising nouns, proper nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and determiners.They deepened their understanding of using and applying them to construct a sentence. Initially, they had sort of the different vocabulary and then use it to make a descriptive sentence. This was a fun, active game that was quite tricky at times so the children had to show resilience to be able to go back and correct any misconceptions

Following this, we then applied this learning in writing expanded noun phrases. The children took the role of the police who were writing a wanted poster for the baddie of our story, King Amullius. The children wrote their posters and then read them aloud in role. We then used peer evaluation to give each other feedback.


Our maths learning journey has started with column multiplication this half term. We have learnt how to use the short column method for multiplication. Next up, problem solving!



Our topic this half term is ‘The Romans’.

We began our learning journey by consolidating our skills with using timelines. We applied our understanding of BC and AD to put events from Roman history onto timelines . We worked in pairs and there was extra challenge given- ensure the gaps between each of the events had appropriate sizing between to reflect the difference of time.


This half term, we are focusing our learning journey on creating mosaics. The children have begun by finding out about the history of mosaics, why they were created, how they were created and who would have had them in their homes. The children  then applied their understanding of visual language where they will describe this ancient style of art. 




We have begun our gymnastics learning journey this half term. We have these lessons twice a week. The children began by warming up their bodies up and getting their hearts beating a little bit faster. We then learnt some new stretches to help get our muscles ready for the learning that is about to take place. After that, the children went into small groups . They had ine expert in each group who was someone who does gymnastics outside of school time. After that, the children learnt 7 new gymnastic moves which included pike, straddle and tuck. At the end of the lesson, the children applied these moves into jumps.

The children have then moved onto applying these moves whilst using a beam. The children had to complete one on the beam and then jump off using another. This took some good bravery and the children worked well to coach one another to improve at each stage. 


Inspiring You- A Visit About Football

This week, we had a volunteer, Mr Thirwell, come in to discuss his career as a professional footballer and now coach. In Year 4, we have a lot of aspiring footballers in class so this was a great treat! Our visitor told us about the three Ds that the children will need to achieve in any future career; dedication, discipline and desire.The children were taught about what this means and what these three Ds look like in reality. We learnt a lot and the children felt really inspired for how they can achieve their future goals and what they need to have in order to achieve it. 

Thank you Mr Thirwell for your visit!

Photos coming soon!



Young Voices

On Tuesday 7th January, a large group of pupils from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 attended the Young Voices concert (the largest school concert in the world). Our pupils performed alongside 5,000-8,000 other children as a single choir to a huge audience of family and friends. This year, we were joined by Tony Hadley, The Shires and Ruti winner of The Voice UK 2018. During the lead up to the concert, the children worked incredibly hard learning all of the songs, lyrics and dances for the show and they performed fantastically on the night! Their absolute favourite had to be the Queen Medley song – full of incredible Queen hits that some of the children hadn’t actually heard before.

The Young Voices concert not only gave all the children that attended the opportunity to learn a brand new range of songs but also to perform in an extremely large ensemble whilst following the conductor’s signals. We hope that by providing our pupils with the opportunity to attend such a wonderful event that it will inspire them to pursue their passion in music in the future and will encourage them to become lifelong learners in music.

Musical Notations

In music, we have been learning about the different musical notations. We have learnt the beats for quavers, crochets, minims and semibreves. We then had some to play on the board which relied on us applying our knowledge of the different beats. Afterwards, the children had a go at creating their own and clapping out the notes. Next week, we will apply this knowledge when we compose our own songs with a Roman theme.


Our french learning this week was all about learning the days of the week. We learnt how to say each day and then ask in french ‘What day is it?’ and reply back in french. The children were also very keen for some competition in their french learning; they decided to have a boys vs girls competition to see who could recall the day the quickest. It was a close contest and so far the girls are in the lead. The children want to carry this on so we will see who wins in the next stage of their learning journey this half term!