Redcastle Family School

Redcastle Family School

Year 4 Blog


Welcome to our Year 4 blog. We hope you enjoy

seeing what we have been up to...

 We would like to  wish you all a good Easter Break and hope you and your children all enjoy some family time together.

This half term has been a very busy time for the children. We would like to share a few of their experiences with you. 

Science Week 25th March

Year 4 had a great time learning about, and investigating Sound during Science Week.

The children began the week learning all about how the ear works and how sound travels.

 Then they went on to investigate musical instruments to find out what part of the instrument vibrated and how they could make different sounds. They recorded their findings make sure they used their best hand writing and neatest presentation.  

Later during the week the children made their own phones, exploring how sound can travel along a piece of string.

The children explored different materials to investigate which were good insulators of sound. 

The look of disappointment as they discover felt is not a good insulator of sound. 

The look of satisfaction when they discover bubble wrap was a better insulator of sound. 

On the Friday Year 4 were able to share their understanding of Sound to the rest of the school.

The Year 4 and Year 3 Visit to Norwich Castle Museum. 20th March

Understanding how Vikings tied knots proofed to be challenging.

Some children enjoyed dressing up as Vikings.

We then went to explore the castle... The children had great fun.

Well we have made it to the end of the Spring half term. The last few weeks have been filled with lots of hard work and amazing learning.

Our topic, 'The Anglo Saxons' has provided the children with the opportunity to produce some wonderful writing and art work.

Thank you to all the children and their families for the amazing Anglo Saxon homework produced.

I would like to share their display with you. 

Monday 11th February

Today we cooked heart shaped biscuits with a glazed centre.  It was fun because we cooked with the Reception class. We helped the younger children to measure and weigh out the ingredients then together we made the biscuit dough. At times it did get a bit messy!

It's a serious job weighing out flour!  


It's fun cooking with your big brother.

Sisters enjoy cooking together.

We hope everyone enjoyed their biscuits.

Wednesday 6th February

This afternoon, Years 3 and 4 had their Reading Cafe. They began with a selection of children reading the Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf.  This was then followed by the children and their parents having fun, demonstrating their skills on a variety of activities.  

It's a shame the microphone broke down at the last minute, but I think you will agree the children read well, even though some have very soft voices that do not travel well in such a big hall. (Hopefully we will have a new microphone for next time).


Sorry about the quality of these pictures... they do get better though. 


Children were able to create Anglo-Saxon broaches and badges . 


Some children made bookmarks, writing their names using Anglo-Saxon Runes. (the biscuits were tasty too!)

Some parents were very creative  painting Anglo-Saxon patterns on faces.




Weaving proved to be a rewarding activity... the finished picture turned out amazing.   Well done to all.

Thank you for  the support given by the children, parents  and other adults in making the Reading Cafe a success.

Monday 4th February

Today, Julia Edwards the author of The Scar Gatherer series, (a sequence of seven time-travel adventures for 8 to 12 year olds) visited us in school.

In a special assembly, she told us many interesting stories of how she began writing. We were able to ask her lots of questions about what it was like being an author and about the different stories she has written. We all sat quietly as we listened to an extract from one of her was really exciting!

The children thought it was great being able to talk to a 'real' (as the children described her) author

Tuesday 29th January  

Year 3 and 4 had a very successful visit to the Anglo Saxon Village in West Stow today. As you can see by the pictures we were very lucky with the weather, although it was a bit cold, the snow and rain kept away.

The children enjoyed looking around the different houses in the village and meeting Elfridge, an Anglo Saxon man.

This gave the children a better understanding of what it may have been like to live in those times.

In the afternoon the children enjoyed looking around the museum and handling Anglo-Saxon objects.

Thank you for all the support the parents give in making these trips possible.