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Our Lady of Lourdes

Catholic Primary School & Nursery

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St. Mark - Y4

January 2023

Happy New Year!


Welcome to the Spring Term!


I are looking forward to watching our class grow throughout the year. I will update this page weekly to show your brilliant work. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Miss Austin

'Still I rise'

In literacy, we are have been learning about Maya Angelou 'Still I rise'. Today, we listened to Miss Austin read the poem 'Still I rise' to us and gave us cut outs of the poem. Our task was to  worked into groups to rearrange the poem and establish the shape. ( using the keys ) We discussed what we thought the meaning of the poem was.

Attendance Ambassadors

We have appointed ambassadors to promote good behaviour, improve our attendance and punctuality and to complete uniforms checks on a daily basis. 

We are keen to improve on these areas.

Class Liturgy

The pink table planned and delivered a class liturgy.

We were happy to have Father Tony in the Chapel with us. 

When thing feel bad. 

In this lesson, children learnt how to recognise bullying and abuse. They created a role play to perform to our class. 

Final Maths Week Lesson

We have enjoyed Maths Week. We ended the week learning our timetables in pairs and testing each other. 

Maths - Day 3

During our Maths lesson we had to solve a Maths scrabble. We had to use the scrabble tiles to work out the total value of our names. Then we worked in our groups to solve the questions. 
Secondly, we completed a task called ‘What’s my number’ we followed the clues to figure out the number in the maths riddle. 


We had an excellent morning with Chef Darren. We enjoyed preparing a Thai - Indonesian red curry. 
The ingredients we used were: 

Chicken breast




Coconut milk



Spring Onion 


Red peppers

Yellow peppers 


We can’t wait to try this recipe at home! 

 We solved addition and multiplication puzzles and games. We worked in pairs to complete the activities.  

Second Maths Lesson


Our first lesson of the week was playing games and puzzles to help us remember our timetables. It was very interesting and children were able to explain their tasks. 


We identified our family circle and explained what good relationships are. Afterwards, we had to draw and label our family members. 

We have learnt what friendship qualities are and how we can be good friends to each other. 


L.I I can identify electrical appliances and the types of electricity they use. 


We had to identify electrical and non electrical appliances and discuss whether they use mains or battery power. It was interesting to sort appliances that we use in school and home into groups. 

We answered this question in groups and explained  our choices to the class. If  you had to order your top five electrical items, ( that we would struggle to live without) what would they be? 

We have started to learn about Electricity in Science. We enjoyed completing a task on ways to generate electricity. At the end of the task, we read our work to the class. 


Our Christmas lunch day is on Tuesday 13th December and children can wear their Christmas Jumpers instead of their school jumpers. 

Please note: Children must wear their trousers/pinafores/skirts 

The Travelling Crib


We enjoyed the Wintershall Travelling Crib experience. The advent travelling crib workshop was an amazing excellent introduction to the Nativity story.

On arrival, we gathered in a circle around the Advent Wreath Flags and was given a purple Pilgrim Bag and was told to collect items from each character.


We were accompanied by a Wintershall Guide and we met the characters from the Nativity story. There were five stages of the workshop and had the opportunity to meet the characters and hear their stories. 


Mary - we listened Mary’s ‘emotional journey’ as she prepares for the birth of her baby. (Matthew 1:18-25) Mary explained why she is making the journey and the challenges it will involve. We learnt that Mary will stay with her cousin Elizabeth. 

The Wise Man - we were shown gifts for baby Jesus and reflected on God’s plan for the future. (Matthew 2:1-12) The wise man explained the purpose of the journey and his reasons for following the star. He also explained the importance of the 3 gifts brought to Jesus. 

The Traveller and the donkey - the hardship of ordinary people travelling at the time of Jesus and the significance of the donkey in the bible. We heard an explanation of the Roman command for a ‘Census’, and the impact of all the people arriving to be registered in a small village like Bethlehem. (Luke 2:1-2)

Zechariah and the Angel - we were reminded of the importance of messages from God, in the bible and in our lives. Zechariah explained the importance of communicating messages in different ways. We heard that his son was born through the angel. The baby is John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin and the last of the prophets to prepare us for the arrival of Jesus.

Freeze frames in Literacy

In Literacy, we demonstrated freeze frames to the class. We are reading a book called Float by Daniel Miyares, a story about a little boy and his paper boat playing outside in the cold and rain. 

We had to create demonstrate actions of the boy feeling dejected. 


Class worship

Our class worship took place in our new Chapel. 



Parents’  Evening is on Tuesday 22nd November 2022! Please remember to book your appointment. 

Thank you 

Mission Statement Performance

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As a class, we created a song and dance based on our new Mission Statement

Digital leaders presentation

We enjoyed listening and learning about ways to be kind online. This presentation was presented by the Digital Leaders. 

Hello and Welcome to Year 4


My name is Miss Austin and I will be teaching Year 4 alongside Mr Reid. We look forward to watching all the children progress and grow throughout the year. Check out this page weekly to see photo updates of all the fun learning taking place. 


Please see below a link to the Year 4 Curriculum outlining all the exciting learning opportunities your child will experience this academic year.


Please join us for our Curriculum Expectations Evening on Wednesday 14th September at 3.45pm.  The meeting will be held in our classroom.


Recommended Reading List

Above is a recommended reading list for year 4. I hope you enjoy reading these books!

Our Trip To The Jewish Museum

In their Religious Education lessons the children of are learning about Judaism.

As part of their learning they visited the Jewish Museum in Camden on Wednesday.

They had a fun day out looking at all the Jewish religious artefacts at the museum, including the 'Torah' (the five books of Moses - the Hebrew bible); the 'Menorah' (a sacred candelabrum with seven branches) and a 'Yad' (which in Hebrew means 'hand' - an object used by the reader as a pointer when reading the Torah).

The children tried on a number of Jewish religious clothing  such as a 'Tallit' - a prayer shawl traditionally worn during morning prayer services, festivals and on the Sabbath and a 'Kippah' a head covering cap worn by Jewish males.

All the children enjoyed watching a video demonstrating how to write in Hebrew and learning how to write their names in Hebrew.

The day was rounded off with the children learning how to make small ceremonial candles that they took away as mementos of their day and visit to the museum.

All in all a most enjoyable and educational day out for everyone - staff included!


Friday 21st October is Culture Day. Children can wear their cultural colours and outfits. 

As part of Black History month, Year 4 are reading the book “Windrush
Child” by the British author and dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah. The book is about
the voyage of the Empire Windrush ship from the Caribbean to Britain in 1948
from a child’s perspective as one of the travellers on board.

One of the islands in the Caribbean that the Empire Windrush
departed from was Jamaica, we decided to have a Jamaica day today, where we
learnt many facts about the island. Its history, people (including famous ones),
culture and ‘Patois’ language….”likkle more” (later).

Year 4 children all came to school dressed in the colours of
the Jamaican flag, black, gold and green. The children drew the Jamaican flag
as part of our art lesson and had some Jamaican delicacies in the afternoon
such as ‘Jerk chicken’, ‘bun and cheese’, ‘dumplings’ and ‘Bulla cake’. 

Year 4 really enjoyed Jamaica Day.

Black History Month - Literacy

As part of Black History Month, we have started to read "Windrush Child" written by Benjamin Zephaniah. To support our understanding of the story, we looked at a range of photographs and predicted what we thought they were about. 

 We learnt about Roy Hackett MBE who was a Jamaican civil rights campaigner. We enjoyed designing posters and we were excited to hear Roy’s granddaughter and great grandchildren attended our school. 

This week, we have enjoyed reading the Windrush Child and we have created our own poems.


In Maths, we enjoyed working in pairs to complete a problem solving task. Each numbered sphere would then sit on three underneath and the whole thing would end up being a triangular based pyramid.

Paying tribute to the Queen

We have been paying tribute to the Queen. We had the opportunity to draw portraits of the Queen or write a letter to King Charles III.

Our Hopes For The New Year

In Wellbeing, we set our personal goals for the new school year.