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Red Squirrels - Yr 4

Welcome to Year 4.

Welcome back, we hope you've had a great summer - we certainly enjoyed the chance to recharge our batteries!

We are the Red Squirrels class. There are 30 lively squirrels in our class! Mrs Martin is our teacher and Mrs Barker is our teaching assistant. We're really pleased we have Mrs Barker this year, as she knows the children really well from last year.

Our  door is always open and we are more than happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to pop in and introduce yourselves or come for a chat at the end of the day. 

Please see the attached newsletter for details of PE sessions, homework, guitar lessons and the whole school reading challenge.



Autumn newsletter

Year 4 curriculum overview

Children in Need Day

We had a brilliant day today raising money for Children in Need. We all came dressed in spots or Pudsey outfits and ears! We even had a twirl to show off our outfits in assembly!

Then throughout the day, we made Pudsey biscuits, put pennies on a giant Pudsey face and entered into a raffle draw to win a Pudsey bear.

Our whole class won the Hall of Fame award for our outstanding behaviour at the Stem day at The Magnus. Well done little squirrels!

Stem Day at The Magnus Church of England Academy

What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday!

We had a brisk walk down to The Magnus and when we got there, we were split into three groups. 

We had  4 different activities:

  • Build a bridge that can hold a bag of coins.
  • Build a structure that will protect an egg when it drops out of the second floor window!
  • Measure the speed of a paper aeroplane.
  • Make predictions about balloon rockets.

We had time for breaks and lunch and enjoyed being at a secondary school. We all thought it was a lovely school.

At the end of the day, it was award time and children received medals.

The teachers commented on our children's excellent behaviour, enthusiasm and manners. Mr Good, Mrs Barker and myself were extremely proud of our children. They were all fantastic ambassadors for our school.  Well done.

Inverted Commas

We have been learning how to punctuate speech with inverted commas ( speech marks).

First, we role played a conversation between the two main characters in our class book. Then we wrote our conversations down on strips of paper and then we added the correct punctuation. We enjoyed reading our conversations out loud.

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We used lolly pop sticks in our investigation to practice dividing. We made squares when dividing by 4 and triangles when dividing by 3. It was fun and we liked spotting the different patterns.

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This year, as a school,  we decided to try something different with homework.

Each year group has designed 9 creative homework activities that can be completed in any order each week.

Our activities tied in with our class novel - Charlotte's Web and our topic on Potions. The activities ranged from covering our homework books, making a spiders web, designing and making magical potions, fact files on spiders webs and much more. 

The children have been so enthusiastic about their homework and have been really proud to show off their work. (It has also been great to see all the adults getting involved with the shared projects too! ) Thanks!


Look at some of the amazing work in the photos below. 

Get ready for a new set of activities this term,  related to our science topic on bodies. Can't wait to see what will arrive in the classroom each week!

Creative homework fun!

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Apostrophes !

 In our grammar lesson this morning, we learnt how to use apostrophes in contractions.

We found out that two words can be shortened to one and the apostrophe goes where the letter is missed out or 'omitted' 

We made some contraction fans and had fun testing each other.

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Hurray - we won the tidiest classroom last ! Tigger has come to visit!

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Guitar lessons are going well. Keep practicing!

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Charlotte's Web

We have been so busy in our Literacy lessons these last few weeks. We are really enjoying studying the book Charlotte's Web.

We had some really interesting discussions about whether Mr Arable should kill the baby pig because it was a runt or not. All of us were glad when the little pig was saved, but we wrote some really powerful balanced arguments exploring both sides of the debate.

This week we have been writing in role as Wilbur the pig. We wrote a diary entry about his day on the farm. We had some great descriptions of him rolling in the mud!

We're looking forward to seeing what will happen next in the story.


We had another exciting science lesson this week testing the properties of liquids. We set up a ramp and poured different liquids down them and timed how long they took to reach the bottom. We tested : syrup, custard, ketchup, water, vinegar and cooking oil.

We found out that different liquids have different properties and not all liquids are the same. Some are thin and flow easily- these have a low viscosity. Others are thick and gooey and have a high viscosity. It was fun!

Here we are making our predictions of what we think will happen.

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Year 4 expectation meeting

Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting on Friday. We hope you found it useful. We really appreciate your support.

For those of you who were unable to make it- you might find the powerpoint attached below useful.


We had a really exciting lesson to start our topic on potions. We carried out a variety of experiments. One experiment we used bicarbonate of soda and lemonade and watched the mixture effervesce as the gas escaped. 

When we added cooking oil to the mixture , we noticed that the mixture separated and the oil formed a layer on the top ( it reminded us of lava lamps!) 

Then for the really exciting last experiment, we all had to go outside.

Mr Good filled a big bottle with vinegar and then added bicarbonate of soda. It was amazing watching the mixture bubble and foam and eventually topple over the top of the jar like a volcano! It was very smelly too!

We had so much fun!

Here are some of the comments the children wrote on 'post its' afterwards!

"It was amazing, exciting and interesting!"

"It was like a chemistry lesson - I learnt loads"

"It was amazing when it exploded - it was a very strong smell!"

" It was my favourite part of Year 4 so far, I was a bit scared when the vinegar bubbled up!"

"It was so bubbly and exciting!"

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Raffle ticket winners

Congratulations to Aden Baldwin and Jayden Coulter for being the first children to be picked out of the raffle ticket star jar this week. 

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Far Four Readers

Well done Red Squirrels. We managed to achieve 62% on the school league table. That was 18 out of the 29 of our class managing to read at home four times last week. Well done guys. We came joint third with the Otters.

Come on  - lets get reading this week and move up the league table!


Last week,the children that wanted to stand for school council discussed their manifestos with us. I have to say I was impressed with each and everyone of you, it takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of the class and speak on your own.

We then went to the polling station to cast our votes on ballot papers.

After the votes were counted and verified , I am pleased to announce our school councillor for the Red Squirrels is Charlotte Bailey , supported by her deputy Jayden Coulter. 

Congratulations to you both.

Our exciting new science topic this term is Potions.

Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or a sticky goo.

Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties.

Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions. 


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