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Year 4: Swifts

Welcome to Swifts!


Teacher - Miss Monk






PE will be on Monday alternating with Forest School. This can sometimes be changed so we suggest you keep your child's PE kit in school all week.  


Swifts will be going to the gym every Wednesday. They will need their P.E kits including suitable shoes

Forest School

Forest School will be on alternate Thursdays. Wellies and coats are needed as we will go out in all kinds of weather. 

Home Learning 

Homework activities will be sent home every week. We expect at least 1 piece of home learning each week. Feel free to do more with your child. 

Times Tables

By the end of year 4, the children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12. Please support your child with learning their times tables. If you need advise on how to support your child, please arrange a chat with me. Each week the children will be focusing on a specific times table that is suitable for them to allow for them to develop their rapid recall. 

Key dates;

Monday 16th April- Back to school

Tuesday 17th April- Sparkling Start  

Monday 23rd April - St Georges Day!

Monday 23rd April - Shakespeare's birthday.  

Monday 23rd April to Friday 27th April- St Margaret's Sport Relief week

Tuesday 1st May - Class photo Day

Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday. 

Monday 14th May to Wednesday 16th May- Residential to Kingswood

Friday 25th May - Last day of Summer 1. 

Tuesday 5th June- Back to school. 

Summer 1


Our learning project during the Summer Term is 'Road Trip USA'. We are excited to become explorers of both geography and history. Year 4 are excited to travel through time and learn about the Iroquois tribe and how they have an impact today. We now have a new topic book to help us with this topic! We will also investigate human and physical features of American states in order to compare it to Lowestoft and the UK. This topic will allow us to delve deeper into British Values and SMSC as we consider democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of others. 

We are very excited for our Sparkling Start where we have some Native Indians in school to join us! Remember your attendance matters and you need to be in to experience the Sparkling Start! 



Year 4 have returned from a successful residential to Kingswood and we are very proud of every child for what they achieved. These children showed that they were St Margaret's Great Learners the minute we left school. 

The children were respectful to the instructors, other schools and to their peers as they worked collaboratively. 

During Kingswood, we completed many different activities. Have a look at our experience below. 



For Caving, we had to venture below ground and explore a Pillbox and many different tunnels. Many of us faced our fears of the dark and were curious about the different posters seen. 




Night Walk:

We took a walk to the top of a hill to watch the sunset. The children were resilient as they climbed the hill. After our walk, we settled down for the night with hot cocoa! 




We had a go at archery, and never once gave up! We were resilient and confident about our technique. For most of us, we were very sleepy, after a few late nights and early mornings, but that didn't stop us from giving 110%. 




Team Tech

We became competitors for 'Dragons Den', where we had to construct different objects such as a moving vehicle. We had to work collaboratively as we found that if we didn't, our designs didn't look or work as well as they should! 


St Margaret's Sport Relief week


The children have been resilient this week with a full week of different sports, including a Sponsored run, skip, obstacle course, H.I.I.T and hula hoop. The children gave it their all and had fun in every sport. Some have even learnt how to skip and hula-hoop successfully as they ‘competed’ against Miss Monk. Well done Swifts!

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Sparkling Start- Native Americans!


To start off our topic, we had a visit from American West, who shared stories, songs, and artefacts from Native America. The children were engaged from the start and were very curious throughout- they said we were the most curious children!


Did you know if your hair was in 2 plaits, it meant that you were single but if you had a single bunch at the back of your head, it meant that you were married! 

Another fact that we learnt is that Native Americans would not kill, but in fact would just harm. In order to win a war, they would play a game of lacrosse although this isn't like the game we're use to! It could last for up to 7 days, a playing field of 2 miles by 7 miles, no referee and as long as the teams were equal it didn't matter. Again, you weren't allowed to kill, however to win, your team needed to be the last one sleeping! If the other team had all fallen asleep, or you were holding down a few people, it means you'd win! 


See some pictures of our experience below! We can't wait to apply some our new-found information in our learning this term. 

These shoes show the different beads from UK (dark) and France (shinier and brighter).      






Easter Holiday Home-learning! 


We know that holidays are a time for family, but we would appreciate keeping Swifts' brain ‘ticking over’ during the holiday so that they don’t forget anything. This will support their learning next term by ensuring they continue to make the progress they are currently! 


We would like your continued support with your child's learning. Thank you! Miss Monk :) 

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Easter Holiday home-learning

Spring Newsletter

Spring 2:

We are still continuing with our learning project-Potions. We have learnt lots over the last half term and cannot wait to apply more of our knowledge of states of matter to this half term! Swifts will continue to put on lab coats as they become scientists, alchemists and even begin to experiment with food! Continue with us on our learning journey as we venture forward with our learning! 


Fabulous Potions Party


We celebrated our learning this term by creating Lava Lamps and having a mini party! This term, children have looked at areas of science including mixtures, chemical and physical reactions, and reversible and irreversible reactions. 

The children found it interesting to see how the oil and water do not mix due to the density. 




Creative Home-Learning


Luna has shown amazing creativity in her home-learning this week. She has used all sorts of materials included dyed rice to produce the Big Tent! Well done Luna!



Mystery Under the Big Top


Swifts have finished their stories and presented them in their best handwriting. This is now laminated and we have a class book which other children, parents, and visitors can read! 




Developing our writing;


Wow! Swifts are becoming amazing writers this week! Here, we learnt the importance of editing and improving our work and how we can do this from advice from authors!

The children took on the advice have produced beautiful pieces of writing! 



St Margaret's Primary Academy Circus. 


We joined the circus! We were fortunate enough to spend time inside the Big Top building upon our circus skills. We did an amazing job and will be an expert in the circus after no time!



St Margaret's Primary Academy Circus. 


Wow! What can we say? We had an amazing time watching the circus in the Big Top. We smiled, laughed and loved every minute! Some of us even got to join the circus at this point- Logan is on his way to becoming a juggler! 




St Margaret's Primary Academy Circus! 

The circus is coming and Swifts are very excited about being able to watch and even learn some skills! This week we will be focusing on our writing, so keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and here to find out all about Swift's experience in the Circus! 

Weather Reporting


This week we have been making sure our home-learning is purposeful by continuing the learning within our English lessons in school. Swifts worked collaboratively in groups, just like a real television show! We had a director, a recorder, a news reporter, an interviewee and a weather forecaster. After creating our scripts, we then used Green Screen technology to pretend that we were in the studio. The children were curious (asking questions about their learning including green screen), responsible (staying on task), creative (using a different form of media to present their work), resilient (never giving up even though weather reporting is tricky), collaborative (working with their groups to produce a script accurately) and reflective (editing and improving their vocabulary and stage directions). 

Next week, we will be using our understanding of play-scripts, screenplays and news scripts. Enjoy watching our weather reports below, I'm sure you'll be impressed like us! 

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Snow Day Home Learning


With the "Beast from the East" making it difficult for staff and children to get to school, we would like the home-learning to be linked to our learning next week. A message has gone out on Marvellous Me, but please see the attached home-learning for the activities the children need to complete for next week's learning opportunities. 

Thank you for your support. 


This week year 4 have been learning about “Changes of State” within solids, liquids and gases. We have used our scientific knowledge of melting and freezing points and worked collaboratively to produce our own sample of Fair Trade chocolate. In preparation for this session, year 4 were curious as we discussed “Where does chocolate come from?” and “what is it made from?” We identified Ghana as a main supply of cocoa beans and observed the lives of Fair trade farmers from the Kuapa Koko cocoa bean farm. The children were fascinated to learn about the average weekly wage of non-Fairtrade farmers compared to the average British child’s weekly pocket money!


This week has been a wonderfully creative and reflective week as the children have been able to discuss their ideas with one another, creating debates and posing opinions. The children also had a great time using their scientific knowledge to melt and mix their own ‘brand’ of delicious chocolate!


Reflection of the week beginning 19th February 2018:


Year 4 have been curious this week by asking questions of where chocolate comes from and what it is made from! We looked at the changing of state of solid, liquid and gases and what causes the change, which is the temperature. Today, Year 4 have been creatively applying their knowledge to create their own brand of Fairtrade chocolate. In Maths, we have been looking at equivalent and simplifying fractions. However, we are finding that our times tables are letting us down in order to be successful. Therefore, please practise daily at home with them so that they can make the progress (2, 3, 4, and 5). In English, we have been looking at play-scripts focusing on the features, setting description and dialogue

Spring 1 

Our learning project during the Spring Term is 'Potions'. We are excited to

put on our lab coats as we become scientists, alchemists and even artists! Journeying back to study the history of modern medicine and jumping forward to investigate chemical and physical reactions, conducting our own fair tests, observing the viscosity of properties and much more!

Science Week!

It's that time again where we put on our safety goggles and lab coats and become scientists for the week!  

Swifts have been learning about sound, what it is, how it travels and how we could possibly absorb the sound within the changing rooms at the pool. We identified whether sounds travel easier through solids, liquids and gases. From our previous knowledge, we decided that it travels easier through solids because of the vibrations! We looked even further into the ear and learnt new vocabulary such as the cochlea, auditory canal, hair root cells and the Ossicle (the small bones in our ears)! We even made string telephones and investigated how they worked, the children loved them!

During our final day of science week we investigated how to soundproof a room using various materials. The children worked collaboratively to
produce some wonderful ‘rooms’ aka boxes, and we tested the experiment using music from the iPad. We found that materials such as bubble-wrap work best, which we compared to the insulator in our houses! We found that paint is the worst material to absorb the sound. 

Family Cafe!

This half-term Swifts focused on E-Safety and discussed with their loved ones how they stay safe on the internet. The children were very aware and insightful about the possible dangers and rules we abide by in order to stay safe online. Thank you to all the family and friends who attended this term's family cafe. We couldn't have done it without out you and we hope to see you next half term!


(Taken from slide from Safer Internet educational pack

Click on these links to learn more about e-safety. 


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Childnet- The adventures of Kara Winston and the Smart Crew

R.E day

This half term we looked at inspirational people within Islam by focusing on Muhammed.

"God chooses for Himself who he pleases and guides to Himself those who turn to him." The children looked at what it meant to be a prophet and he reasons as to why he was chosen. "He was chosen by Allah because of the kind of person he was!".

The children came up with some examples of his character when reading his stories, such as that he was responsible, caring, friendly, generous and truthful. They even had a chance to write Muhammed's name in Arabic. "I can't believe I actually wrote in Arabic!". 

We also took an interactive tour around a real-life mosque. "A mosque is a holy place, like a church, they pray for 5 times a day!" From this, we created our own silhouette pictures of mosques. 

The children were responsible and understanding of different religions and cultures throughout the day! 


26.1- Reflection of the week:

Year 4 have been developing curiosity by carrying out science investigations on viscosity. They were able to work collaboratively with their groups to test how viscous liquids were. From this, we were able to create a bar graph from their results. We found that Ketchup was the most viscous because it was the slowest liquid. We have been concluding our maths this week by peer-teaching our friends short division and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. This helped us to consolidate our learning for our hot task. We have been introduced to letters this week in English, with a focus on embedded clauses and apostrophes!



19.1 Reflection of our week


Year 4 have been incredibly resilient this week by completing tests to see our areas for development! We have all made exceptional progress since the start of the year and both Miss Monk and Miss Kennedy are very proud of us! In our Learning Project, we have been looking at particles in solids, liquids and gases. We have also been introduced to viscosity, where we are going to investigate what liquid will make the most mess down our t-shirt! We have just finished writing instructions in English and our focus in computing will be how we can present our instructions in fun, engaging ways to the reader!


Have a look at our instructions below:


Art Week!

We had a great art week, first starting off with a visit from the art teacher, Jack Brown, who taught us how to use paints and brushes responsibly. We learnt how to control a brush and about primary, secondary and tertiary colours. 

We were inspired by the French artist Yves Klein, an important figure in European art. We wanted to use our skills of mixing paints, to develop our own colour just like Yves Klein's 'International Klein Blue'.

We experimented with mixing different colours to find our favourite mix before organising our potion bottles in order to print! We are proud of our potion bottle sketches and colours. They were on display at the art exhibition for everyone to see. 



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Sparkling Start!

We have had an exciting couple of days to kick off 2018. We invited 'Mad Science' Dr. Dee Enay and Prehistoric Paul in to introduce our 'Potions' topic with a Bang!

The children were amazed by the chemical and physical reaction experiments they were able to collaboratively participate in. They were curious learners as they developed their understanding, asking and answering questions set forth by Dr. Dee Enay herself! Our 'sparkling start' has inspired our writing and upcoming Art Week.






Christmas Carol Service

Swifts were amazing at our Christmas Carol and were responsible for their behaviour by representing the school. After practicing for two weeks, we were finally able to sing Jingle Bell Rock! Well done Swifts. 

Creating Seascapes

Swifts used an image from our trip to the beach to create a seascape painting. We mastered our watercolour painting techniques and didn't drown our paper with water. Swifts were successful in mixing colours to create a texture and shading to different areas of our paintings. Have a look at our pieces of art! 


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Beach Trip

As part of the Cousteau Ambassador programme, we have been researching our local habitats. We were fortunate to go to our local beach- Gunton Warren. Here we explored and sketched habitats and began to discuss how we can protect the environment! 

Swifts were St Margaret's Great Learners on this trip as they used our learning values! 

Cousteau Ambassadors! 

From our fascination with Jacques Cousteau, we now have the opportunity to become Cousteau Ambassadors. We have four aspects that we need to cover. 


  • Reporting and presenting where we come from and what natural habitats surround us! 


  • Showing what nature has to offer us around our local environment. 


  • Researching how to protect the natural habitats and what can be done to protect it better! 


  • Producing a poster with the information we have learnt, to share with everyone. 

Art week

We have been focusing on our sketching skills and how to add detail using shading and colour. We looked at different techniques and developed our art work through the technique of Austin's Butterfly. Here are some examples of our work. 



Investigating submarines!

We have been looking at the first submarine invented by Cornelius Drebbel. We then investigated how submarines work using a bottle of water, blu-tac and straws. From this, we found that the pressure determines whether it sinks or floats! 


Marina Theatre trip

Year 3 and 4 attended a trip to the theatre to see Jessica Souhami! The children were very responsible for their own behaviour and learning. 

Sea Monkeys

We looked at Brine Shrimp, also known as Sea Monkeys, in science week. We made close observations of the eggs and began to see some hatch before we broke up for the holiday. Have a look at the Sea Monkey's below in the video. 

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Family Cafe


During our family cafe, we were collaborative with our classmates and our parents to create a Non-Newtonian fluid using cornflour and water. We were very creative, creating a sticky mess, and curious, asking lots of questions about the science behind it. Thank you for joining us with our learning! 


Science Week;

To introduce Science Week we were lucky to meet Doctor D.N.A, who demonstrated many scientific investigations. This was a fun start to our science week as we learnt all about change. 

Royal Albert Hall

We were very fortunate to go to the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Primary Proms. Year 4 was praised for being responsible, through their behaviour and their engagement, throughout the day. Although it was a long day, we enjoyed listening to music from around the world from people not much older than us! 

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Grow it!


We had a great time out in the garden with Jim, harvesting the potatoes we planted in year 3!





We have been completing observational drawings of fish. We were very creative, using new sketching techniques and curious, asking lots of questions about what we could see.


The Body Coach


We have had a fantastic week completing a HIIT workout every day as part of the Body Coach schools challenge. It was hard work but we stayed resilient and completed 30 minutes of exercise everyday. 

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