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St Mark Year 4

Welcome to Year 4! I hope you had a well deserved break and are ready to get into fun learning into a new school year at Our Lady of Lourdes. My name is Miss Patel and I will be teaching Year 4 with Mrs Sumney. We are really excited to have your children in our class and have heaps planned for the academic year. We are really looking forward to getting to know you and the pupils in the near future. 

Happy Half Term

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St Mark's Mini Garden has flourished!

Summer Term Home Learning

Welcome Back

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St Mark's Mini Garden has been repotted!

At the start of the Easter holidays I transferred all your little biodegradable mini pot plants into larger plastic pots. They have been sitting on our kitchen window sill soaking up the sunshine and have been watered twice daily. As you can observe they are growing well. 
The Easter Holiday's have arrived, use this two week break to relax and enjoy time spent with your family. Remember to complete your holiday homework below and continue to learn through some of your favourite games and activities. Also, reading for pleasure but most importantly, stay safe and have a wonderful Easter. 

Easter Holiday Homework

Helpful links for Home Learning

Maths for Parents

The attached document is a helpful guide for parents who are helping their Year Four children with Maths at home.

Hello and welcome back to the new year at Our Lady of Lourdes. I am looking forward to our Spring Term and have lots more engaging and interesting activities planned to do with them. I look forward to meeting you and sharing your children's work on open evening in February.


Miss Davies and Miss Ramsey

St Mark's Mini Garden is growing!

Almost all of the plants in our Mini Garden have started to grow! I shall upload some more photos when I have repotted them. 
British Science week in Saint Mark's saw many nimble fingered children creating their own mini gardens. As can been seen from the photos, they planted and potted using recyclable materials. Their gardening experience was rounded off with an exciting quiz on Kahoot. Superb effort from all children - well done!

Absolutely fantastic team work today from Year 4! All children ensured they were working in a safe forensic environment. Congratulations to all children for solving the crime and showing a positive attitude to learning. 

We have been consolidating our learning about 'open' and 'closed' questions! Another example of Year 4 showing superb listening skills - keep it up. 

Over the past two weeks we have been reading Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvelous Medicine! Today Year Four got the chance to turn their superb instruction writing into special potions. I was blown away by all the children who were able to use their speaking and listening skills to work as a terrific team. We named our potions, Golden Granola, Bursting Bubble Gum, Ghostly Googlely Spider Eyes and Rustling Red Rose! We were even lucky enough to try and trick Ms Bickerstaff with our creations.

Today the children enjoyed a fabulous workshop run by Paige Turner. They had to make freeze frames about ‘turning points’ in their favourite books. Well done to all the children who had creative ideas and superb explanations.

I was so impressed with all the children throughout British History Week! They were fantastic researchers and had interesting questions. They displayed superb team work whilst trying to make Viking Longships.

Well done to Year 3 for putting on a fabulous Fashion Show today! Year 4 were invited along as VIP’s to watch the Fashion Show. We were all blown away at the high quality of the costumes made. The atmosphere was sensational and we loved clapping for all the superb creations. Also, well done to Year 4 for their outstanding behaviour during the show.

Today the children took part in a First Aid Workshop which they thoroughly enjoyed. They had fantastic questions as well detailed answers. Well done to all the children in Year 4 for making the most of this exciting and essential first aid training. They all had a certificate and booklet to take home with them.

Sermon on the Mount

Our RE topic this half term is People of Prayer we have begun to look at the story of Sermon on the Mount in the pictures above the children are reacting the story. The children now have an in-depth understanding of why the story is such an important lesson in Matthew’s Gospel.  

Times Tables Practice

Everyday in Year 4 we practice our times tables in order to prepare for the test at the end of the year! Not only do we sing and dance we play exciting times tables games on the IPads. Well done to all the children for being extra

enthusiastic  this week!

One of the most exciting workshops which all of KS2 love came this week! Well done to all the children for making a fabulous Rogan Josh curry.

Tin Man Hot Seat

The children were fantastic during our Hot Seating activity today. They were able to ask really interesting questions to the Tin Man to find out more about his thoughts and feelings. The children were also really good at pretending to be the Tin Man using great expression in their voices when answering the questions,

Wizard of Oz Workshop

Today the children had a wonderful workshop all about the Wizard of Oz! The children played a variety of games and had lots of fun applying what they knew about the story from our Literacy lessons to get the most out of the experience.  

Melting Experiment

During this science lesson the children were investigation how fast ice melts using different methods. This first method was using our hands to melt to ice. The second method was putting the ice cube under running water. The third method was wrapping the ice cube in tissue and the final method was leaving the ice cube in a cup of lemonade. We discovered that wrapping it in tissue meant that the ice cube stayed cold and took the longest to melt!

Bishop John Sherrington

Our topic this half term for Science is Changes of State. We have been learning about the different properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases the children absolutely loved dancing to the solid, liquids and gases song whilst chanting all the properties!

Solids, Liquids and Gases

As part of our new IPC topic Inventions that Changed the World the children had the opportunity to make complex paper airplanes. We did this by watching a nine minute tutorial however it took us a lot longer than nine minutes! They then went outside to test them as you can see by their faces they were very excited!

Inventions that Changed the World

The children had a fantastic day at the Jewish Museum today. They participated in lots of fun and engaging activities about a variety of Jewish festivals. The children also had the opportunity to make their own candle which they really enjoyed. Well done to all the children for their fantastic behaviour on the trip!
As part of today's Literacy lesson we were learning about how Jewish people prepare for the festival of Shabbat. The children were able to try some Jewish bread called Challah and some natural grape juice. We also tried some Jewish crackers which are eaten after dinner.

Challa Bread and Grape Juice

Brother David has been coming into class for thirty minutes every two weeks to help the children pray the Rosary! He has also been helping the children to learn all the responses for the Mass. The children have also really enjoyed singing their favourite hymns with him.

Brother David

This week we are learning about Judaism through Literacy. Today the children conducted interviews in pairs to find out more about everyday life for Jewish people. It was great to see how confident the children were when performing to the class!

Judaism Week

In preparation for our Cultural Assembly the children have been making some Kente design tee shirts. The children have tried their best to use bright colours and be creative with their designs. You will be able to see them in their beautiful tee shirts on Friday at the Assembly!

Traditional story oral retelling

In English this week we are practicing for our cultural assembly. The children will be orally retelling a traditional African tale. They will have to focus on projecting their voices and speaking with expression. We have watched lots of videos of people orally retelling stories to give us a better understanding of how it should be done. We look forward to performing to the parents on Friday.
Our science topic this half term is Grouping Living Things so we were lucky enough to make a worm garden. The children absolutely loved looking for worms in the playground and with all the rain we have had over the past week the children were able to find loads! We are making sure that we put leaves and water inside the worm world for the worms to eat.

Roll on the Wall

This is an activity where the children had to focus on a characters thoughts and feelings. We focused particularly on the character Wilbur who is the pig in Charlotte's Web. On the outside of the drawing they had to write what other characters think about Wilbur. On the inside the children had to write how Wilbur feels about himself. This aided children with writing a paragraph afterwards.