Year 4: Blog items

Spring 1 - Week 2

Date: 19th Jan 2018 @ 7:50am

Another week has flown by!

As part of our Collective Worship for the week, we discussed our monthly value of ‘Wisdom’. As a class, we discussed the role that wisdom plays in our lives and in that of the Bible. Relating to this topic, two of the children wanted to lead the Collective Worship and discuss how we can make wiser choices on the playground. We were so impressed with the respectful and thoughtful debate which ensued from this conversation – well done to everyone for taking part.

On Monday, we watched a live stream of BBC 2’s ‘500 words’, a short-story writing competition for kids. The children were given insight into different writing strategies as well as techniques for coming up with ideas for their own stories. Entrants are required to write an original story on any subject in 500 words or fewer. If anyone is interested in taking part in this competition, all you need to know regarding the competition rules and requirements can be found on the following website. Best of luck to all those that take part.

BBC 2 Link:

During one of our weekly Maths lessons, we were able to take part in another live lesson, hosted by the BBC and Premier League. The children were encouraged to get up and move while also revising their understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. This was a good introduction to our lessons on fractions, which we will be starting in a couple of weeks.

Have a nice weekend!

Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 12th Jan 2018 @ 3:49pm

Happy New Year to all!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. The children have come back into class with wonderful enthusiasm and must be commended for showing great effort and slotting right back into the school routine with ease!

With that in mind, it has been another extremely busy week in Year 4. In RE, we have started our new unit, which focuses on the idea of ‘authority’ and how it has been shown in the Bible and other key events in history. The children enjoyed making collages on their iPads this week to represent the meaning of authority. We have also trialled a new iOS application this week called Guardians of Ancora. The children really enjoyed taking their characters on the different adventure games while also learning some of the Bible stories. Some children even discovered quizzes they could take at the end of each adventure! We decided that it was both fun and educational, therefore we will be continuing to use it this year. Great work, Year 4!

The children have also started their new Theme topic for the term, ‘Can You Come on A Great American Road Trip?’, where we have focused on the different states throughout the USA. The children excelled in researching and highlighting their chosen states and we look forward to seeing what discoveries can be made in our future lessons. In addition, we are currently learning Johnny Cash’s song ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’. Click the link here to practise the song at home!

Just so everybody is aware, PE lessons will be taking place on a Tuesday and Wednesday this term.  Please ensure all children have their kits in school.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 - Week 8

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 1:49pm


Well, we have reached the end of our first term in Year 4…and what a term it has been! The children should all be feeling very proud of themselves as they look back over their achievements so far. They have consistently demonstrated their school values in class and on the playground while dazzling many members of staff with their enthusiasm in lessons and thoughtful contributions to discussions.

It is hard to believe the children have only been in Year 4 for one term as so much has happened! Some of the particular highlights we discussed this week were:

•  Our SHINE circus in our very first week, where the children were able to realise and demonstrate their special talents.
• The video message we received from ABC News Reporter, Annie Hubbell, after dazzling her with our work on Hurricane Irma.
• All the excellent class discussions in RE and Collective Worship, particularly when focusing on how we should respect equality and diversity.
•   Creating shoeboxes at St Peter’s Church.
•  Becoming Roman warriors and taking part in our own battles on the school field – the hakas were particularly impressive!
•    Becoming the Sefton Sumdog Champions and earning ourselves a 6-month free subscription!
•    All our science investigations!
•    Using the iPads regularly for quizzes, communication and other learning opportunities!
•    Participating in a Virtual Reality workshop for Anti-Bullying.
•    Becoming Youtube stars for Celebration of Kindness Week!
•    Raising so much money for Children In Need as part of the Y3/4 Bake Off!
•    Our school trip to Dewa Museum in Chester!
•    Performing a dance routine to ‘Wonder’ for the Christmas Carol Service!

There have been many memorable and funny moments that have taken place on a daily basis in class as well, but these events in particularly have really stood out!

On a personal note, thank you to all the children, parents and staff, who have made my first term at Trinity St Peter’s so enjoyable! Thank you for all the presents and cards the Year 4 staff have received as well this week – very generous!

Have an amazing Christmas - I hope you are able to spend plenty of quality time with your friends and family! See you in 2018!

Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 14th Dec 2017 @ 7:23pm

We’re getting close to Christmas, but we’re not slowing down!

Our rehearsals for the Christmas Carol Service on Monday are still in full swing. We had a rehearsal at Holy Trinity Church and the routine looked excellent! The children have worked very hard on it and are excited to show other classes and parents next week. Please remember to come dressed in a white top and black trousers/leggings for the actual performance.

Our termly school trip also took place this week! The children were very excited on Monday to board the coach to the Dewa Museum in Chester. During the trip, the children received a fully guided tour of a Roman amphitheatre, where they were armed with shields and took part in some of the military routines of the experienced legionaries! In addition, the children received a fully guided tour of the reconstructions, excavations, museum and the award-winning hands-on room. Make sure you have checked out our Twitter page for more pictures!  A big ‘thank you’ as well to the parents who gave up their free time to attend the trip – it couldn’t have gone ahead without their support!

In class, we have written up our Roman poems in English and learned about Roman numerals during Maths lessons. In DT, we have explored ‘pop up’ mechanisms which we could use to make our Christmas cards more exciting! We have also learned some new techniques in drawing to aid us with further with our card designs. Finally, the children enjoyed taking part in the House Speed Stacking Competition on Thursday with Years 5 and 6. 

From marching through Chester, to dance rehearsals and speed stacking, the children should be coming home exhausted this afternoon! Hopefully they can rest their feet and return on Monday, ready to give an outstanding performance at the Christmas Carol Service!

Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 8th Dec 2017 @ 1:57pm

The children have worked very hard this week!

To round off our learning on our monthly value of Justice, a thoughtful Collective Worship was led by Sydney, Olivia, Peter and Harry. They linked our value to diversity and how it is just to respect everyone, regardless of their appearance, culture or religion. They led a prayer on respecting equality and then played Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love?” We discussed the song lyrics afterwards and recalled the One Love Manchester concert. We were reminded of our lessons on Islam and at the start of the year and how it would be an injustice to associate tragic events such as these with a whole religion. Well done, children!

We also had a Collective Worship on our new monthly value of Compassion. The children watched John Lewis’ ‘Man on the Moon’ Christmas advert. We identified how the girl, Lily, shows compassion towards the man who appears to be alone on the moon. We discussed juxtaposition in the moment where colourful balloons and a bright present arrive on the grey moon. This then led back to our RE Unit, ‘Jesus as the Light of the World’. We lit a candle again – as we did in our very first lesson this unit – and reflected further on what light can represent and who else we know that brings light to our lives. The children produced some beautiful work afterwards!

In English, the children have finally finished their Roman myths…and they are superb! The children really enjoyed learning a similar myth through Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk For Writing’ last week and it is clearly reflected in the work they have produced this week. From the structure to the vocabulary used, everybody should be feeling very proud! We are now in the process of writing Roman poems and have spent the last couple of days exploring different styles, including haikus and tankas!

Finally, a big ‘thank you’ to Mr Withers, who joined us this week. He was visiting us on a work experience placement from Range High. He thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the children. He was very impressed with their knowledge…particularly in Maths!

Have a great weekend everyone – I hope you are excited for our Roman trip to Chester on Monday!

Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 1st Dec 2017 @ 2:33pm

Another educational week in Year 4!

In RE, we recalled stories from the Bible where light was a key symbol, including Moses and the Burning Bush, as well as the Nativity. We then learned and re-enacted stories from Jesus’ life, of occasions where he brought light into people’s lives. Such stories included the calling of Matthew, Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter and Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus. The children were able to explain how Jesus ‘gave light’ to others in these instances and articulate their understanding of the stories.

As writers, we have enjoyed learning Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk For Writing’ style of learning. The children learned a Roman myth through actions and have been able to use the basic plot to create their own, up-levelled version. There have been many excellent myths written so far, featuring some very creative monsters! The children liked trying out a new learning style and it may be a technique we use again in the future.

It is also not long now till our ‘Wonder’ dance performance! The children worked incredibly hard on Monday and Tuesday with Miss Pinnington to finish the routine. Now, they are looking forward to making the final tweaks and corrections, so that they can dazzle the entire audience with their great moves and rhythm! 

All in all, a great week! See you on Monday!

Autumn 2 - Week 4

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 2:13pm

Following on from our fantastic Celebration of Kindness Week, Year 4 turned its attention to our continued theme of the Romans. This week, we were given a glimpse into the art of Roman mosaics and the impact which the mosaics have had on artistry in other cultures. The children were able to create some outstanding mosaics of their own and I can honestly say that we have some future artists in our class.

This week, as part of our Collective Worship, we took part in the BIG Vote. The BIG vote is giving all primary children the opportunity to take part in a vote to discover the issue of greatest concern to the nation’s children, and to take part in a national campaign to make things better. We discussed ten areas of concern that had been identified and why it would be just to vote for each one. The children then anonymously voted for which area they felt was the greatest concern in Britain. We submitted our class votes to the Go-Givers organisation and as a class, we felt that Animal Welfare was the biggest concern. Well done to all of the children for taking part in this important discussion.

Throughout the week, the children have carried out a number of assessments across a variety of subjects. They should be extremely proud of the effort and growth mindset which they have displayed during this time. They deserve a well-earned rest this week for all their hard work.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all bright and early on Monday.

Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 17th Nov 2017 @ 4:37pm

What an incredible week it has been - where do we begin?!

In RE, we were visited by Ann from St Peter's Church. She read one of John’s Gospels and discussed why light is a metaphor for Jesus. She explained the beliefs of Christians and how Jesus fills their heart. The children were excellent during the discussion and developed their understanding of our RE unit further.

Our Celebration of Kindness Week was also in full force! Year 3 and 4 kickstarted the week's events with The Great TSP Bake Off! The effort that the children put into their cakes was outstanding and our judges were blown away by their creations. Mrs Pringle had a very difficult job choosing the final winner for each year group! We were then able to sell our cakes to parents in the afternoon, as well as Years 5 and 6 the following day. We raised over £300, which was a fantastic achievement!

The celebrations continued throughout the week and concluded on Friday with some whole-school activities. We had spent a lot of time over the week discussing the different forms of bullying and how we can use kindness to overcome adversities and negative behaviour. We were then able to write messages about emotions and actions we would like to get rid of; we put these messages in balloons of the school colours and released them on the playground with all the other year groups. It was a very moving occasion! Following this, we all went into the hall where we reflect on our week of celebrating kindness and sang 'Sing' for the final time. It was so beautiful that many were moved to tears! An incredible week, all for a worthy cause. Well done Year 4 for your contributions - as a school we have raised over £1200 for Children In Need!

On a final note, a huge congratulations to the children on their amazing performance in the Sefton Sumdog Contest! They have worked incredibly hard throughout the week, answering 1000 questions each and cementing their position at the top of the leaderboard! What makes this victory extra special is that the children have worked together as a team and motivated each other to complete their target. Most of these questions have also been answered after school, meaning the children have taken their learning home and used their free time to do more Maths work - amazing! They truly deserve their first place position and we hope they enjoy their reward of a 6-month free subscription on Sumdog! They can now play even more Maths games, which they are very excited about!

Have a well earned break this weekend - you deserve it!

Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 10th Nov 2017 @ 3:39pm

What an exciting week it has been in Year 4!

In RE, we have continued to learn about light as a metaphor for Jesus. We enjoyed listening to the song, ‘My Lighthouse’ by Rend Collective and discussing what various lyrics could mean. We have also continued our dance rehearsals with Miss Pinnington to Emeli Sande’s ‘Wonder’ in preparation for our performance at the end of the Christmas service. The song really does fit in perfectly with our new RE unit!

We have obviously been very busy on Sumdog at home! Last Friday, we entered the National Sumdog Contest and – despite very little time on the iOs application in class – we managed to finish 47th out of 1184 schools in the country! That was a great achievement! The children have now been entered into the Sefton Sumdog Contest, which started today. Make sure you answer as many questions as you can over the next week as part of your homework!

On Friday, we also visited St Peter's Church as part of our coverage on Remembrance Day. We listened to the poem, "They Shall Not Grow Old", as well as the famous song, "The Last Post". We finished with a minute silence at 11am. It was a very moving experience and the children should be very proud of themselves. 

Finally, there has been a lot of excitement around school this week as we prepare to launch our Celebration of Kindness Week, which will encompass National Kindness Day, Anti-Bullying Week and Children In Need. On Thursday, we focused on the Anti-Bullying aspect by taking part in a Virtual Reality workshop. The children were really impressed with their headsets and took part in a very thoughtful conversation about the scenario they had watched. It was amazing to be able to interview the characters in the scenario as well and consider all the different perspectives of the children involved.

On Monday, we started filming our school music video and today we were able to watch it altogether in the hall for the first time – there was a great atmosphere! You can watch the video below:

Celebration of Kindness Week 2017 - Music Video

The video reminds us to BE KIND to ourselves...LAUGH MORE, WORRY LESS!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend in the kitchen and I can’t wait to see all the amazing cakes created for our Y3/4 ‘Bake Off!’ Please make sure you learn the lyrics to ‘Sing’ as well. We will be performing this as a whole school next Friday!

Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 3rd Nov 2017 @ 3:37pm

What a great way to start a new half-term in Year 4!

In RE, we began our new unit, ‘Exploring the Symbolism of Light’. As part of our first lesson, we sat in a darkened room and lit a scented candle. We discussed what the light does to the dark, what it makes us think of and how the light makes us feel. The children were exceptional during this discussion! They were so impressive as they linked the light to God and explained why our school values spell the word, SHINE. We even invited Mrs Pringle in after the lesson to tell her about our conversations.

Our new RE unit fits in very well with the dance lessons we are now having on a Wednesday morning with Miss Pinnington too. The Year 4 children will be performing at the end of our Christmas service to Emeli Sande’s song, ‘Wonder’. The lyrics are not only appropriate to the Nativity, but also our RE unit, as Emeli sings about the light and how we should reach out and pass it on to our neighbours!

In our Theme topic, we have started learning about the Romans. The children have really enjoyed this so far, learning new facts during our History lesson and through independent research in guided reading sessions. However, a particular highlight this week has been learning about the Romans through PE! On Friday, we carried out some historic battles between the Celts and Romans in a ‘tag rugby’ style contest. The children performed intimidating war cries (i.e. hakas!) before charging into war!

All in all, a busy week! The children have earned a rest for the next couple of days!

Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 20th Oct 2017 @ 4:18pm

What a great way to finish our first half term in Year 4!

In RE, we have learned about the psalms and understood how they teach us about the nature of God.  We have also done a lot of work on our monthly value of ‘Thankfulness’.  Nathan from St Peter’s Church delivered a whole-school worship at the start of the week regarding Operation Christmas Child and their shoe box appeal. He reminded the children to be THANKFUL for what they have and they certainly demonstrated this thankfulness throughout the week. They were incredibly thoughtful and considerate while creating their own boxes at St Peter’s Church! Thank you to all parents who sent their children in with money.

As well as this, we have had some excellent discussions this week as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week. We discussed the meaning of the word ‘hate’, protected groups and how we should not discriminate. Following this, the children were able to articulate clearly how we promote equality and diversity in our school – I was very impressed!

The children have produced excellent recounts in their English lessons and have included lots of descriptive devices. They should all be incredibly proud of their efforts and the understanding they have shown. They should also be incredibly proud of their work in Maths. They have participated in some very exciting lessons that have involved them cracking codes to unlock treasure chests at the front of class and identifying different types of lines on national flags. The children have certainly showed resilience this week and a growth mindset. It was fantastic to hear all of them say on Friday morning that they feel have made lots of progress this half term. Keep up the good work!

Overall, it has been an action-packed first half term in Year 4. From our talent show in the first week to a special video message from Annie Hubbell in America, the children have taken everything in their stride and been very appreciative of all the opportunities given to them. They have achieved a lot and it has been great to see them growth and develop in a relatively short space of time. Have a fantastic break next week, Year 4…you have earned it!

Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 13th Oct 2017 @ 4:35pm

Another great week in Year 4!

This week, we celebrated Hello Yellow Day to raise awareness of mental health. We learned about mental health during our whole-school Collective Worship, led by Mrs Martin, followed by discussions and activities in class. We talked about how important mental health is, what we can do to keep our minds healthy and what strategies we can use in class if we are feeling sad or stressed. We wrote messages of encouragement and advice on bunting as well, which we will display proudly in our classroom.

As writers, we have concentrated on describing a setting. We have learned about the Northern Lights and imagined a journey through the snow to see them. We have revised our understanding of expanded noun phrases, similes, metaphors, personification and adverbial phrases. We have even dipped into some A-Level territory by learning how to include juxtaposition in our descriptions! Many of us were keen to test our parents when we got home. I can’t wait to see what you are all produce independently next week!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Autumn 1 - Week 5

Date: 6th Oct 2017 @ 3:50pm

Wow, time has really flown by this half term!

We have had another extremely productive week. Continuing on from our previous monthly value of RESPECT, which the children continue to show on a daily basis, we were introduced to our new monthly value of THANKFULNESS. The children were able to provide some very touching reasons on what they are most thankful for at school and at home.

In RE this week, we continued to discuss religious questions linked to the story of David and Goliath. During our Circle Time, we discussed the values and commitments displayed by those with faith, as well as the impact that faith can have on people’s lives.

As writers, we have focused this week on formal letter writing. Linking to our Theme work on climate and rainforests across the globe, the children have written their letters from the perspective of a student on a class trip to the Amazon Rainforest. The children wrote some excellent descriptive imagery of what they could hear, see and smell during their adventure.

Have a brilliant weekend!

Autumn 1 - Week 4

Date: 29th Sep 2017 @ 3:53pm

Four weeks into Year 4 and we are famous!

We have had an extremely exciting week in class. On Monday, we received our video message from Annie Hubbell and it has since been reported about in the local papers and shared around social media. Make sure you check the Formby Bubble (and possibly the Southport Visiter) this week!

After re-enacting the story of David and Goliath last week in our RE lesson, we focused on identifying the different values and Christian beliefs shown throughout the story. The children were able to link these values to those of our school values.

We may have some future politicians in class as well as there were some very persuading presentations by the children when the ‘Pupil Voice’ committee voting took place this week. The British values displayed by the children echoed those of a diplomatic society within the class. The children conducted silent ballot voting which added to the experience for all. Huge congratulations to all of those who have been chosen to represent the year group and well done to all those who took part.

Have a fantastic weekend and see you Monday!

Autumn 1 Week 4 - BIG NEWS!

Date: 25th Sep 2017 @ 4:11pm

Today, we received a special video message from Annie Hubbell from her ABC News Studio! She acknowledged our newspaper reports and provided us with further information on her role as a news reporter in Florida over the past few weeks. How amazing!

You can watch the video here:

A special message from Annie Hubbell!


Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 22nd Sep 2017 @ 4:34pm

Once again, we have achieved a lot this week!

In RE, we read the story of David and Goliath and were able to retell it through drama. The children enjoyed this task and put a lot of effort into their scripts and stage directions. There are certainly some children who are destined for the West End in the future!

As mathematicians, we have continued to develop our understanding of place value: rounding numbers and counting forwards/backwards in powers of 10. Our times tables elimination challenges have continued to bring out the competitiveness in all the children as they battle to be the last child remaining in the contest. We have also participated in a 4-minute timed challenge for our times tables and some team games to work on our formal written methods. The children have been keen to find out when we will next be doing these activities, which is great! 

As writers, we have written our own newspaper reports about the problems Hurricane Irma has caused in Florida. We have been fortunate enough to create a link with Annie Hubbell, a news reporter in Florida right now! We are sending her some of our news reports as she is currently in the process of recording a message to send to us next week about what she's been doing. You can check out some of Annie's work from the link below:

Annie Hubbell video

Finally, we have started to implement the school iPads into our lessons. This week, the children have enjoyed taking part in some Kahoot! quizes, where they have needed fast fingers to answer various Maths questions before the rest of their peers. They have also been introduced to SeeSaw, a fantastic app for sharing information around the classroom and recording great work. Hopefully, we will have this up and running properly over the next few weeks!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 15th Sep 2017 @ 5:16pm

Another successful week for Year 4!

Firstly, we would like to introduce Mr Killa to our class, who will be joining us for the first half-term as a student teacher. He has been welcomed in by all the children this week and is looking forward to getting to know all of them!

In RE, we have been learning all about Islam and linking it to our monthly value of RESPECT. As a class, we discussed various Islamic beliefs and practices, as well as recent media coverage of the religion. We also had the opportunity to see a Qur'an and learned about how it is treated as the holy book of Islam. 

As well as our multi-faith learning, we have become journalists in our English lessons! We have talked about current headlines in Florida and the impact of Hurricane Irma. The children already demonstrated a good understanding of events, but we have been able to build on this throughout the week! We are now in the process of creating our own newspaper reports about the storm. This has been a good introduction to our Theme starting next week, ‘Is Climate Cool?’

The children have also been very excited during our Maths lessons this week. There has been a lot of competitiveness and determination shown in our Times Tables Elimination Challenge. Make sure you keep practising your multiplication skills over the weekend!

See you on Monday!

Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 5:08pm


Wow, what a week it has been in Year 4! We have packed a wide range of activities into three days and I am sure that there will be a lot of Year 4 children who will sleep well tonight as a result!

This week, we have focused on Handsome and Gruesome, a fairy tale with a twist! The story helped us to recall our school's vision and values while also allowing us to reflect on who we are as individuals and what makes us SHINE like the characters we read about at the circus!

Throughout the week, we discussed how the circus performers could carry out such amazing stunts and overcome their disabilities. We linked this to real life stories and well-known people in the media with disabilities, discussing their skills and qualities and how they must have a growth mindset. We were able to demonstrate our value of Hope by then participating in a range of team-building activities that required us to have self belief and resilience. By working in teams with our buddies, we were also able to show our value of Nurture, working effectively with each other to overcome different challenges!

The children also had the idea to hold a Year 3/4 circus to show off some of their own talents! The circus taught us to believe in ourselves and have the courage to perform in front of others. Following this, we all decided to learn a new talent by taking up juggling! At first we tried without any support and it was very frustrating! However, after watching some tutorials on Youtube and reminding ourselves of our school values, we attempted the skill again with much better success! We certainly demonstrated our value fo Enjoy (as we have done all week!), but we also showed our value of Imagine as we had to be creative and try new solutions and techniques.

To round off our week, we read the tale of Handsome and Gruesome again during Circle Time and discussed when and how we could identify each of our school values in the story. Our value of Serve was a particular focus as we concluded that everybody should be treated fairly. The children did this very well on a Friday afternoon with very little time remaining - well done everybody! As a result of their hard work and ability to demonstrate each of our values this week, the children were presented with their very own SHINE awards from Mrs Martin!

As a final treat, the children were visited by Ali and Vicky from The Royal School of the Blind, Liverpool. This was a perfect way to summarise everything we had learned this week about persons with disabilities. Ali and Vicky provided the children with various resources they use in their school and gave the children an excellent insight into the work they do to provide all their students with the best experiences and opportunities!

On a personal note, I have had an excellent week with my new class and a great start to TSP! We have packed a lot of work in - especially today - but all the children have demonstrated that they are hardworking individuals who could experience great success in Year 4 with a growth mindset!

Have a fantastic weekend and see you on Monday!

Welcome to Year 4!

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 4:17pm

Mr King and Miss Coates would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 4!

Homeworks for English, Maths and Spellings will go home each Friday. They are to be returned the following Wednesday. For this first week, only Spellings have been sent home so do not panic if your child has not come home with Maths and English!

During Autumn term, PE lessons will take on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Children must have both their indoor and outdoor school PE kits with them on these days.

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break time. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack, e.g. fruit.

We look forward to the year ahead in Year 4! :)