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Welcome to Year 4!

The finest students in all the land


We love a challenge and will be solving many through the course of the year. We are going to strive to be the best musicians, mathematicians and artists we can be as well furthering our skills across the curriculum.  Our studies will take us back to the Iron Age and to the sunny east coast of California, to the bottom of a molten volcano and to the ecosystem of a rainforest! We are looking forward to the journey throughout Year 4 and preparing for step into Year 5.


We will be posting regularly with updates from Year 4 life so keep an eye out!


Mr Murtagh and Mrs Herbert

Hi everyone. Just wanted to say how lovely it was to see you all last week. I Can’t believe it is the last week of Year 4!

However, you are not escaping so easily as if you don’t have me as your teacher next year I will just be through the wet area in Miss Brown’s class. Mwahahaha!!

See you all soon and have a fantastic summer!

Mr Murtagh

End of Year 4 pics

Hi Year 4.

Hope you’ve had a lovely week and again made the most of more amazing sunshine. I've been delighted to be able to talk with you over the past weeks and it has been great to hear what you've been up to and that you're keeping so well. 

I can't wait to taste the results of these fantastic baking skills! It is great to hear of all the other skills you have been developing such as learning the guitar, wood working, learning another language, writing in Arabic and much more. I have had some more time to spend on the guitar and it is a great time to pick up a new skill. 

Keep it up and even better send us a picture!



Music- Exciting Music Scholarship Opportunity


We are really excited to inform you all that Side By Side Arts have managed to secure funding from the Big Local to allow them to provide 8 weeks of music scholarship to children in the Big Local Area. This will be for either piano, guitar or vocal tuition.

Side By Side Arts would like to offer up to 25 of these places to our pupils on a first come first serve basis.


Please find the Scholarship Agreement below – if you would be interested in securing a place for your child after reading this then please contact Stuart at


This is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new and a valuable way to fill in time during these weeks away from school and is an opportunity not to be missed so get in quick!


Scholarship Agreement


Scholarships available

·      Piano

·      Guitar

·      Vocal


About the scholarship

·      This scholarship will last for the duration of 8 x 30 minute group lessons which are scheduled on a weekly basis with the same teacher

·      Lessons will be held online via Zoom

·      For piano or guitar an instrument will be required at your home to enable you to practise and also to take part in the lesson. This does not have to be a full sized piano or of really good quality, a keyboard will be more than adequate

·      Vocal tuition will not require any instrument, just your voice

·      Before the scholarship commences and after the 8 week term you will be required to complete a short questionnaire



·      It is expected that each student will practise for a minimum of 10 minutes every day between lessons

·      Each student must be prompt to their lesson as lateness will not be made up at the end of the time slot.

·      If you can not make the lesson time please email to inform us. If you give more than 12 hours notice the lesson will be rescheduled to a different time. Less than this the lesson will be forfeited no alternate time will be offered.

·      Failure to attend two consecutive lessons without a valid reason will result in your scholarship being terminated

You've made it to half term! What a surreal time it has been but we have loved looking at all of your home learning photos over the last few weeks! It really does put smiles on our faces. As it's half term, we will not be setting any home learning tasks. We want you to rest, spend time with your family and make more memories during lockdown! In addition to this, we will not be speaking to parents next week and will continue making calls home week commencing 1st June. As you all know, we love making these phone calls to check to see how you and your family are so we'll look forward to speaking to you all again soon! We hope you have a fabulous half term! Keep safe and continue smiling!

Week 9 Learning at home!

It's a new month Year 4. Let's see what you've been up to!.

Home Learning Snaps. Keep them coming!

Happy Easter everyone. Have an egg-cellent time. Stay safe, stay home!

Calling all KS2 Eco-Team members!


Even though we cannot meet with Riddhi and our fellow team members, we can still think about our Eco-Team project and looking after our fantastic planet.

With this in mind, how about making an Ecobrick? Here’s some reasons why:

  • An Ecobrick can be used for furniture, walls and even full scale buildings!
  • An Ecobrick uses materials that would otherwise not be recycled.
  • When made correctly, it can be re-used itself and contains plastics which might otherwise end up damaging the environment.

So, are you ready for the challenge? Then find an empty plastic drinks bottle, (less than 600ml capacity), wash it out, leave it upturned to dry and start collecting some materials.

A great site to visit is

This gives lots of information on how to make the perfect Ecobrick!

Ecobricks in action

Please remember:

  • All plastics used within your Ecobrick must be first cleaned and dried.
  • They may need to be cut smaller to fit in the neck of your bottle; make sure this is done carefully and ask an adult for help.
  • You need a stick or wooden spoon handle to pack your bottle as tightly as possible.
  • Use only non-recyclable plastics that your local Council collection will not accept.
  • Ensure the correct weight (minimum 200g for a 600ml bottle); this is a long term project which takes weeks to complete.
  • Enjoy the project!

Wednesday 11th March 2020


The Y4 children were visited this afternoon by members of staff from St George's Church.  They came to discuss with us 'Would Mary have called the day Jesus died Good Friday?'

To help our understanding, Matt and Katie introduced the Holy Week Story and focused on the events of Maundy Thursday.  We discussed the Last Supper, what was said between Jesus and his Disciples and what some of the foods represented.  The childern took part in a sorting activity and a question and answer activity to help the children's knowledge.

Maddi then came to see us to suggest the importance of Good Friday.  Maddi read more of the Holy Week Story in relation to Good Friday and the events that took place that day.  The children created a stained-glass cross to represent the bridge between Christians and God. The children then proceeded to come up with a range of questions that they would like to ask in relation to Jesus, God and Easter.

Our last visitors were Rich and James.  They asked the children questions about what had happened so far within the story.  James read about Easter Sunday/Resurrection Sunday and stipulated it was a day of celebration.  The children then came up with a list of activities they could do to celebrate Easter Sunday within the church.  They also made an Easter egg design or a bracelett using Easter words or images.  

Thank you so much for visiting us today. We had an amazing time, take a look at what we made!

Friday 7th March: The children explored making adjustments to circuits and the uses of conductors and insulators.

Friday 6th March: World Book Day at Brighton Avenue. The children worked with members of Seven Stories to complete reading activities.

Friday 28th February: Investigating properties of shape during our structures lesson.

Friday 14th February: Parents History Morning building Norman Motte and Bailey Castles

Friday 7th February: Judo sessions from Dunston Impact Club

Friday 31st January: Researching the Battle of Hastings through the Bayeux Tapestry. Storming Normans!

Creating textures with charcoal

Friday 24th January: Year 4 used their knowledge of the Dewey decimal system to trace books and record information.

Friday 17th January: The children will be learning how to dribble and pass in hockey this term.

Friday 10th January: A local trip to Newcastle's Norman Castle Keep

Friday 13th December: Tis the season for Christmas co ordinates! Look at these crackers... Get it?

10th December 2019

Within our PSHE+C lessons this term we have been learning about our health and wellbeing. This week we were looking at situations that we thought were risky or not so risky. Take a look!

Friday 6.12.19: Year 4 Christmas crafts and festive caroling in the community.

Pastel art images to capture our dark winter skies

Rain in Summer by Henry Wadsworth

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Year 4 meet Pudsy

Orienteering / map reading and a little getting lost.

Spooky Stories

This week, Year 4M have been working hard to create stories around the theme of Dracula's Castle. We watched a video to help us create the vocabulary we would use in our stories (see link below). We then spent time building suspense-filled sentences, using a range of subordinating conjunctions. I'm sure you will all agree that the children have created some amazing short stories that could chill you to the bone...


Cautiously, I snuck into the cold night. I had spine-chills! I looked around I looked around and saw flowed facing down as if they didn't like me. Why wasn't anyone there? I looked over the edge and saw an ancient haunted ship in the angry, choppy sea. 



Quietly, I walked towards the castle doors. My heart heart was pounding very fast. I shivered with fear. Slowly, I opened the creeky, rusty door. I looked around one was there. 



As I walked through the spine-chilling castle, I felt like I was being watched. But by what? Even though I was terrified, I still walked in. Then I saw two eyes and two blinding white fangs. I ran as fast as I could...


Sport for Champions: A visit from Great British Athlete David Smith

Bring your adult to school : Iron Age Art

Working up a sweat with circuits

A little Samba before winter hits!

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Brighton Beatmeisters - Exploring rhythms digitally using Garage Band

Following in Cezanne's footsteps- Mont Saint-Victoire

Segedunum - Iron Age Trip

Creating Gods! Fine Motor Skills.

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