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Monkshouse Primary School

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Mr Bullock Year 4 - Curlews

Welcome to Curlews!


Class Teacher: Mr Bullock
Teaching assistants: Miss Wilkins and Mrs Samuoliene

Hey there, thank you for stopping by! We hope you enjoy finding out about all the exciting things we learn and do together in our class. Make sure to come back every week for regular updates. smiley

- Mr Bullock

Useful links

Take a look at some of these useful links below (links in blue).



We use DoodleMaths as our online homework for Maths. It's a great tool for children to learn a range of new skills, and this AI software changes difficulty levels depending on how they find the questions. A 10 minute, short, sharp approach works perfectly for this!

Doodle Maths


Spelling Shed

Children are given their weekly spellings on Spelling Shed.  They practise these at home using online games 5 times a week gradually increasing the difficulty of the game each time.   

Spelling Shed



Children are able to test themselves on their times table knowledge using this website.  The 'Soundcheck' option will allow children to test themselves on a random selection of questions with a time limit of six seconds per question which mimics the Year 4 test later in the year.


Term 3 - Plastic Fantastic?

Week 4

Speech mark practise

To help learn how to punctuate speech, we have been creating our own sceneries using picture cut outs. We then punctuated them using Seesaw.


This week marks the start of learning how to play plastic trombones!

ICT week - Scratch

The children have had great fun this week using Scratch to create their own maze games.

Week 3

Drama and writing

Today, the children have started learning our suspenseful text through acting out each scene.

Friday dress up!
Today, we all came in dressed as a famous artist/musician. Later on, we then explored and enjoyed a range of music genres.

Week 2

Haiku poems

This week, the children have been exploring and creating different haiku poems. Finishing off the week, they all created a haiku based on planet Earth before adding a Japanese art style (semi-e) onto it. They turned out great!


This week, we have had lots of fun using Padlet to help our writing. 

Week 1

Creating circuits
Kicking off our electricity topic this week, the children have begun constructing different circuits in order to make a bulb light up.

Term 2 - Invaders

This term, we will continue our topic of 'Invaders' and learn more about the Vikings. We will be investigating whether Alfred the Great really deserved his title.  Finally, we will learn more about our views and the Battle of Hastings.  In Geography, we will begin by naming rivers in the UK.  We will also take about their impact on human and physical geography. Finally, we will plot a route on a map.  In DT, we will create and evaluate our own healthy pasta sauce.  We will evaluate a range of sauces and test different food combinations.  We will then make our own sauces.  In PSHE, we will look at our rights and responsibilities.  We will also discuss what it means to be a good citizen.



We will begin by revising area. We will then work out the area of 2D shapes by counting squares. After that, we will use our times table facts to solve the formal methods for multiplication and division.  It is important that the children practice times tables at home too.


This term, we will begin by learning and performing the poem History of Vikings by Paul Perro.  We will then create our own creature based on the story Krindlekrax and use this to create a character description.

Week 7

Christmas cards
As we came towards the last few days of the term, the Children created their Christmas pop-up cards with some brilliant designs of their own.

Cooking up our sauces in food tech
Following their recipe designs from last week, year 4 now had the chance to cook their sauces from scratch. They worked in groups to cut their vegetables and, following close supervision by an adult, took turns to cook their sauce. The results were brilliant and the children were very happy with the results!

Week 6

Godly play
This week, the children had a brilliant time learning about the nativity story. Following a reading of the story by Mr Bullock, all of year 4 then retold the story in a variety of ways, such as through art, Lego, reading, role-play and writing.

Week 5

Taste testing for food tech
today, Curlews got to take part in a taste test - what a treat! Later on this term, the children will be making their own pasta sauce recipes. To prepare themselves, they explored some different sauce flavours and evaluated them to decide which flavours they liked and didn't like.

Getting our Christmas decorations ready for our tree

A visit from Ash Randall
What a fantastic experience the children have had this week: they received a visit from Ash Randall, known for being one of the best football freestylers in the world! Following our morning assembly, year 4 took part in a workshop where Ash taught them all how to do some football tricks. Take a look at the photos below.

Getting artistic with French

This term, we are learning all about how to say different types of fruit in French. To help us remember these, the children drew their own fruit bowls using soft pastels and labelled the fruits in French.

Week 4

Viking non-chronological reports
Over the next few weeks, the children will begin to explore non-chronological reports - with a focus on the Vikings! To introduce this, the children worked together to piece together an example NCR  followed by creating their own text maps to help them remember parts of it.

Week 3

Science Day - Light

This week, the children had a great time exploring light in lots of different ways. They then finished the day off by creating their own shadow puppet theatre!

Week 2

Our poem performance - The History of Vikings by Paul Perro

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Viking Day

Wow, what a fantastic time Year 4 have had this week with their Viking Day! With a visit from Erik Erikson, the children were taken on a journey through the Viking times as they learnt about Viking clothing, weaponry, the justice system and much more. Take a look at the photos below!


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Bringing art and writing together
The mysterious creature of Monkshouse has returned - Mr Pritchard caught glimpse of it on video! Following this, the children have begun to reimagine the creature and what it looks like in their own way. Starting this off, they explored a variety of painting techniques before using these to paint and describe certain parts of their own creatures.

Week 1

Creating Viking fact files with Publisher
This term, Curlews are learning about a fantastic warrior tribe from many years ago: the Vikings! Starting it off, the children worked in pairs to research information about the Vikings and put it into a fact file using Microsoft Publisher. Take a look at their finished fact files below!