St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

Year 4

New! Welcome Video September 2020

September 2020

Here We Are Topic Web - Year 4

Year 3 and 4 Spelling List

Year 4 Recommended Reads

LKS2 Reading Bookmarks

Times Tables Guidance for parents

Year 4 Multiplication Times Table Online Practice

The children can complete the test either on a laptop or an IPAD - have a go and enjoy the challenge! 
BBC Super Movers - Help to learn your times tables through singing and dance    


Today we travelled to Egypt to explore some of the famous sites.  During our whistle stop tour we had time to write a letter home - we hope that you enjoy reading them.
We also learnt how to use Kung Fu punctuation - take a look at our photos to see if you can figure out what punctuation we were doing...


Today we stepped back in time again to begin to explore our science topic of torches, tombs and timekeepers.  We learnt about light and sources of light and investigated reflective surfaces.  We created a pic collage of our findings, and whilst all that we included was not necessarily accurate, we now know the difference between a light source and something that just reflects light.  Did you know that mirrors are brilliant at reflecting light?  Did you also know that ancient Egyptians had 'mirrors' made of metal? The mirrors we use today were not invented until 1835!
Working scientifically we solved the mirror challenge set by the guards of Thutmose III.  Take a look at some of the photos to see if you can work out how we did it!  In the afternoon we took part is STEM challenges - we had to work hard within our teams, working together we all succeeded-building our very own pyramids.  Daniel, Zach, Charlie Bo and Jayden built the tallest pyramid - which was an impressive 43cm tall.  Other designs were hugely intricate.  We hope you enjoy the slide show of some of the things we did today.
Today we had a taster day on Ancient Egypt.  As Egyptologists we started by examining artefacts.  We moved on to Ancient Egyptian codebreaking to solve the curse of  the mummy using Hieroglyphics.  After that we became scientists, examining Ancient Egyptian Poo shipped over from Cairo, having been excavated from a newly found tomb!  We had to use all of our senses to work out whose poo belonged to whom - needless to say we succeeded in our mission just in time for lunch!
After lunch came our mummification challenge - we found our bandage substitutes were sub standard - but that did not stop us! Finally, we were rewarded with an Ancient Egyptian taster menu...imagine cheese from 1300 BC, cured hedgehog (aka beef) and delicious honey cake - YUM.
Some quotes from our fun packed day:
"I enjoyed looking at the poo because it helped me understand the difference between rich and poor peoples diet." Saffron
"I loved mummifying Ruby, it was fun." Lucia
" I enjoyed looking at the poo because there were bones in it! " Ollie
" The food was amazing, mainly the cake!" Zach
We hope you enjoy looking through the pictures.


This week’s ‘Roving Reporters’ have given us feedback on how they found writing in Year 4 this week.


‘I am proud of my writing this week and I have written more than I did in Year 3.’


‘I am an independent writer and I am SO proud of myself!’


‘I am really proud of the presentation of my learning – my handwriting is incredible!’


‘Thank You Mrs Wickens and Miss Oakley – your WAGOLL (What a Good One Looks Like) was inspiring….. I was able to ‘magpie’ ideas from your writing!’ ‘The WAGOLL helped me to stay on track this week – sometimes I am not sure what to write.’


‘I just loved the picture of the door.  Having a picture really helped me because I am a visual learner.’


‘I am starting to love writing now!’ ‘I have written more this week than I have ever written before!’   


‘I just LOVED the amount of time we were given to write this week’


As a team, we are incredibly proud of our Year 4 Crew.  They have all worked extremely hard, showing great focus, concentration and a sheer determination to achieve!      

25.09.2020 - Last week we asked the children to tell us about 'Life in Year 4 so far....' Please ask your child about some of the items on our mindmap below.  Fingers crossed they can tell you about some of the activities they have enjoyed!   

We are an 'Awesome' Crew and we had great fun creating our own 'Awesome' Stones!  

Year 4's Celebrating Humanity are in the middle of creating a Gallery of Greatness and Passing on Wisdom...
We have researched someone from history that inspires us and have drafted and up levelled mini bio's of them to accompany their portraits.  We plan to publish our work next week, along with our own mini bio's.  In the meantime we hope you enjoy our Picasso inspired self portraits -which will of course be added to our Class Gallery.

11/09/2020 - Welcome back!

The children are all so excited to be back with their friends and we are so pleased to have our Year 4 Crew altogether – ready and raring to go!    

Our Year 4 Roving Reporters would like to tell you about life in Year 4 so far….

“I had butterflies in my tummy on the first morning but when I got into the classroom and I saw my friends and Mrs Wickens I felt happy.”  

The children have enjoyed a variety of different activities since coming back both inside and outside the classroom. 

“I felt a little worried about coming back but learning about how my brain works with Mrs Hanson and Mrs Heaney was great fun and I found it really interesting!”

“It is good to be back in school!  The bubble experiment has been my favourite so far - I loved popping everyone’s bubbles outside!”

“I really enjoyed tasting food and guessing what it was.  My favourite was pineapple – I got it right.”

“I’ve been so excited to be in Mrs Wickens’ class and it has been really interesting so far.  The Maths challenge inside and outside was great fun.”

“Mrs Wickens, Mrs Hanson and the team never let the fun end - it is going to be a brilliant year!”

 We are really proud of the start the children have made in Year 4 and we can’t wait to see where next week’s adventures will take us…