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Class 10 (Year 4)

Welcome to Year 4!


I hope that you've all had a lovely summer holiday and are looking forward to being back at school. I know I am! We pray that we will have a 'normal' year ahead, as we have lots of exciting learning lined up for you to enjoy. I can't wait to see you all back in school, so that we can get started! 


Parents - We will try to update this page as much as possible throughout the year so that you can see all of the fantastic things that we've been doing in school - We have a very busy year ahead!


Class Teacher- Mrs Loraine

Teaching Assistants across LKS2 - Mrs Holt, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Docherty.


Class 10 PE days- Monday and Thursday.

Please come to school dressed for PE in your school PE kit.

Today, we travelled to the Castleshaw Centre (Saddleworth, Delph). When we arrived, were kitted up with waterproofs and wellies. Our first activity was pond dipping. We were able to use our knowledge of river habitats and food chains to find, identify and discuss which animals were consumers of others. Whilst pond dipping, we found hundreds of fresh water shrimps, different lava, a stickleback and even a fresh water crayfish! In the afternoon, we explored the valley and we travelled upstream, through the water itself to find the source. We recapped our learning about erosion, transportation and deposition and even saw this in action. Despite a charge from a herd of cattle, we really have had such a brilliant day! 

Year 4 Summer 1 Newsletter

Guided Reading - The River

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We are studying 'Water Worlds' as our topic this half term and the children have been looking at poetry focused around 'rivers'. In our guided reading slots this week we've been learning to recite a variety of poems. Each group were set the task of learning the poem, broken up into stanzas. The children came up with their own actions to help them to remember the words and the tricky vocabulary used within each poem. Great performance work from the children; we quickly realised how hard performing in front of others can be!

Guided Reading - The Raging River

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We are studying 'Water Worlds' as our topic this half term and the children have been looking at poetry focused around 'rivers'. In our guided reading slots this week we've been learning to recite a variety of poems. Each group were set the task of learning the poem, broken up into stanzas. The children came up with their own actions to help them to remember the words and the tricky vocabulary used within each poem. Great performance work from the children; we quickly realised how hard performing in front of others can be!

Reading Champions - 100 Reads!

I am so proud of these two boys! They have both completed 100 reads at home. Incredible!

World Book Day - Letters to Queen Elizabeth II

Today, during our World Book Day celebrations, we studied our monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The children found out lots of things about her past and how she lives her life as our Queen. We decided to write to her and ask her some questions that were not answered in the texts studied, internet sources discussed or from our own personal knowledge. We are hoping to receive a reply from the Palace!

World Book Day - Art - Choose and draw a British Monarch from history

We used the National Portrait Gallery resource to study pictures and paintings of British Monarchs, past and present. We had a good look through and chose a Monarch that we wanted to draw. We looked carefully at lines and shapes and made sure that we only drew what we could see (and not what we thought we could see!). The finished pictures are really pleasing, and there are definitely a few worthy of a place in the National Portrait Gallery themselves!

World Book Day competition entries: 'Make your own crown'


We couldn't let Pancake Day pass by without a little treat. A treat well deserved!

Year 4 Spring 2 Newsletter


During this term, our new topic will be ‘Water Worlds’! A topic which, as the title suggests, focuses on everything to do with water; from the study of rivers, to the water cycle. We will even be investigating the great Sir Francis Drake, a Tudor explorer famous for his watery voyages of discovery! Within this topic we will be focusing on History, Geography, Science and Art.


Our Religious studies, we will be focusing on Lent. In the Christian community, Lent is a time to prepare for Easter. It is a time of spiritual growth.
If we want to be followers of God we must be prepared to help the needs of others and what they can do to help. We will be supporting the children in their Lenten promises and their almsgiving during Lent, supporting their faith journey to help bring them closer to God. 


In History, we will be learning all about Tudor water exploration, the reasons why they deemed their voyages so important, and why Sir Francis Drake (in particular) was key to Tudor exploration.


In Geography, we are going to find out about rivers and how they erode, transport and deposit materials. We will find out why rivers are important. We will investigate the causes of river pollution and the effect it has on the environment. We are also going to investigate a river in detail, including the effects on the environment and landscape.


In Art, we will be improving our mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing and painting. We will be studying the painter; Monet and looking at local water colour artists too!


In Science, our learning will be based on ‘Living things and their habitats’. Pupils will be taught to classify, group and name animals in a number of ways, including looking at their natural environments. We will also construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.


Our Water World studies will not just be limited to our foundation subject studies. Our English will be based around the text ‘The Girl with the Sharks teeth’ by Cerrie Burnell, as well as the use of other beautiful and enriching texts, ‘A River’ by Marc Martin, ‘Once Upon a Raindrop’ by James Carter and a variety of non-fiction texts from our Text Tubs.









In Maths, we will be developing our mental calculation strategies and learning transferring our knowledge on fractions to applying this to decimals. Homework will be set on and will mirror what we have been learning in class. We will continue to perfect our time table knowledge.


P.E. in Year 4.

Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on the following days:

Class 9 – Monday and Wednesday

Class 10- Monday and Thursday


Class 10 will continue with their swimming lessons every Thursday, so please make sure that they bring their swimming kits with them.


We hope that your children have an exciting and enjoyable time this half term and that they are filled with enthusiasm for their learning. We are looking forward to seeing the children grow, develop and progress in their learning.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs Loraine and Mr Jarvis



The Greek diet was very healthy. Food in Ancient Greece consisted of grains, wheat, barley, fruit, vegetables, breads, and cake.


The Ancient Greeks grew olives, grapes, figs and wheat and kept goats, for milk and cheese. They ate lots of bread, beans and olives.

In the Summer months there were plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to eat and in the winter they ate dried fruit and food they had stored like apples and lentils. As most of the Greeks lived very near the sea, they also ate a lot of fish, squid and shellfish.


We put together a selection of Greek foods, such as figs, anchovies and pitta. We tasted each and recorded the look, smell, taste and texture of each food. We were brave and many of us realised that the taste of an anchovy was actually really 'moreish'.  

The Acropolis is a group of ancient temples that were built on a high, rocky hill in Athens, Greece. The word acropolis even means 'high city' in Greek. Other cities have an acropolis, too, but the one in Athens is the most well-known.


We looked carefully at the three different types of columns (doric, ionic and corinthian) and discussed their purpose. However, the buildings of the Acropolis weren't put on the hill for decoration. The buildings were a fortress where people could escape to if the city was attacked. 


Using watercolours and art straws, we tried to recreate our own representation of The Acropolis.


Placing the Ancient Greeks on a timeline

We had a look at a series of images and periods in time. First, we matched up the period in history with the correct picture / image. Then we placed these periods in history in chronological order. We discovered that our new topic, The Ancient Greeks, was a period in time prior to the history topic we'd just studied, The Romans. 


We had the opportunity to look at and touch some Greek artefacts, share some Greek myths and do our own bit of research before we started our topic sessions.

Fractions totalling 1

Christmas Jumper Day

The D&T task for the children was to see if they could recreate the Nativity Scene, but add a complete circuit to light up the Star.

The children had to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion and sketches. They then had to select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (i.e. cut out the Star). Finally, they were asked to evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

Each child built a complete circuit for a lit bulb to be added, in order to light that all important Star.

We've had the BEST day!

Today, we went to Chester to march around the city like Roman Soldiers. The day started with a fun journey on the coach, where we sang and cheered most of the way. We were so excited to go out on our first school trip in such a long time. When we arrived at the Grosvenor Museum, we moved around two large rooms looking at real artefacts. We also looked at how the Roman's lived in ancient Rome, as well as in Roman Britain (after their invasion). This consolidated the work we'd already done in class. After lunch, we had a workshop lead by a history specialist. Here we were able to become Roman chefs, Roman archaeologists and Roman builders. We tried on some Roman clothing and held a real Roman shield. To finish our day, we dressed in armour and marched around the city to the amphitheatre.  

Science - Making a bulb light

Today the children were given a big bag of electrical components and equipment. They had to work as a small group to work out the equipment needed to light a bulb. 

To start with, they had to locate the bulb from the bag! They then discussed the purpose of the other equipment, and those bits of which were needed to light the bulb. After a lot of trial and error, and discussions in groups, the children worked out that the circuit needed a power source and it had to be complete.

After some children had lit their bulb, they went on to look at buzzers and motors and their effect when they were added into the complete circuit. 

Remembrance Day, 2021

Remembrance Day is held every year on 11th November to remember the millions of deaths of the First World War and the sacrifices made. The First World War lasted over four brutal years (1914-1918) and resulted in over 17 million casualties of both military personnel and civilians.

We marked Remembrance Day this year with lots of discussion around War and Conflict, over the two World Wars and recent conflict in our lifetime. We listened to 'The Last Post' and talked about how this piece of music made us feel. We created our own piece of art, looking at a silhouette design and made a class poppy wreath, which we laid in our School entrance.

What is perimeter and how do we work out the perimeter of a rectilinear shape?

Science - Testing Materials

In Science, we have been identifying how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating. Today, we recognised that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear. We completed an experiment to see which material was best at soundproofing; stopping that sound from reaching our ear. We made predictions, tested the materials and recorded our results. Today's learning focused heavily on fair testing, so we had to decide how to carry out a fair test in today's lesson.

The Light and Sound Show

Year 4 and 5 invited a Science Specialist in to school to consolidate the learning we've already done in class around Light and Sound. 

We had a great time seeing our learning come alive through fun experiments. We were able to come out and take part in these experiments and finally, we were able to ask some really thought provoking questions. We talked about anything vibrating making a sound. We discussed light being made up of waves and that these waves travel from light sources. We also discussed how light works.

What a fab show! 

Show Racism The Red Card

Today the children participated in the Wear Red Day 2021 by coming to school dressed in red. They looked fabulous and were clearly sending the message that here at St Joseph's we give racism the red card! Throughout the day the children participated in discussions and debates about racism and also a prayer and worship session where they prayed for the end to any form of racism in our world. 

The children recognised how to truly walk in Jesus' footsteps, they need to stand up to racism, challenge anyone who discriminates against others and they need to be show love and kindness to all. The children discussed how they could challenge racism in a safe way both in school and out in the community.

Class 10 chosen School Council and Eco Team Members

Congratulations to our chosen members of our School Council and Eco Team blush

Autumn 2 Newsletter, October 2021

This week is Environment Mission Week in the Salford Diocese.

We organised a climate walk around the school grounds that looked at our beautiful world and asked us to think about ways in which we can protect it.

The walk visited 3 stations around school. Each station had a reflection and an activity to get the children thinking about our environment (and using some Geography skills, too). Station 1 had an opening prayer and station 3 had a closing prayer to do in the Prayer Garden. There was lots of time for reflection, as well as some group activities to complete.

We had a great time thinking about and recognising how beautiful our world is.

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. In order to celebrate this special month, one child was chosen each day during October to take the Rosary bag home. Children were chosen based on something specific that they had done that demonstrated one of the 5Ws (Welcome, Welfare, Witness, Word and Worship).

The Rosary bag contained a selection of prayers and reflections, as well an some special material, a candle the all important Rosary beads. Our religion lessons during this time focused on how to pray the Rosary.

Maths - Place Value

We have started the year with our Place Value unit, reminding ourselves of what we know about hundreds, tens and ones. We've also been looking at numbers to 1000 and placing these numbers on unmarked number lines.

Awe and Wonder - The Rotten Romans

Today, we took our learning outside and walked around our 'Class Museum'. We looked at Roman artefacts, touched them and even tried on items from Roman times. The children enjoyed finding out about what each artefact was and what it may have been used for. They recognised some artefacts as items that we still use today, and discussed some strange artefacts that are no longer in use in modern Britain. 

The children have been looking at the story 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas. This book is a simple story about friendship, but has also helped children to recognise, discuss and label emotions on their return to school. The children were feeling a variety of emotions now they were embarking on a new school year, in a new classroom, with a new teacher. The book was surprisingly powerful and after reading, we chose to make our own paper bag monsters. 

Autumn 1 Newsletter, September 2021