Year Groups: Year 4
"I feel safe,
and we do our work to the best of our ability. We do
lots of art!" Class 4H
"It's really fun because there's always a new
subject to learn!" Class 4M
"Year 4 is exciting, lots of the lessons are really
fun." - Class 4WD
Click on the images to
see slideshows of photos from our recent
residential trip to St Briavels.
residential to St Briavels, Year 4 stopped at
Caldicot Castle for lunch. As always we thanked them
for their hospitality, and they responded via email:
Anne Bull and all the delightful children who
came to Caldicot Castle
I would just like to take this opportunity to
say a huge thank you for the beautifully written
and eloquently composed letters that the
children have sent to us.
We appreciate the time and trouble they have
taken to write and decorate them.
I do hope we get the chance to welcome your
school to the castle again in the future.
With very kind regards
Events at Caldicot Castle Country Park
Year 4 have been learning
about the Tudors, Henry VIII, and his warship the
Mary Rose. The Mary Rose sank in a battle against
the French in 1545 and we have written a recount as
one of the 36 sailors to survive from the 700 people
on board. This is a great example of our writing, by
Rhiannon in 4H:
It has been a
surprisingly awful night. I was trying to be
brave about going to battle on the magnificent
Mary Rose, a warship, but even the great King
Henry had come to see us! I was telling the
other gunners to be brave and heave the heavy
iron cannons out through the low cut wooden gun
ports, but my heart was beating so loudly that I
couldn’t even hear the low murmuring of the
rolling waves, or the fast running feet and
scared squeaks of the diseased vermin. It is
extremely hard to think in the dark, damp depths
of a ship.
Smoothly, a sharp
silence spread like poison on the calm sea. I
felt like the worst was about to happen.
Suddenly a jolt rang through me. Next the deck
was alive with racing people, shouts, and
escaping cannonballs. Sprinting over to the
heavy metal cannons, I nearly broke my twisted
spine in my haste to reload. It was life or
death in a sea battle and I felt I could teach
those repulsive and vile French. “Fire!” I
called, and we plunged our knobbly fingers in
our small ears and the shot boomed out over the
The angry captain
screeched, “Turn!” Fearfully, my eyes widened
nervously as we swung around. Horrified, I saw a
trickle of water stream in over the creaking
wood. Suddenly, piercing screams hit the air.
The small trickle of water had slowly turned to
a torrent rushing in at the sides. A scramble to
the swaying ladder shocked me awake. I was
absolutely terrified, so terrified I couldn’t
think properly. All I could hear was screams and
cries of pain. I tried to wade through dead
bodies to the crowded ladder. A giant gust of
wind had blown the heavy boat over and now it
was sinking! The sea was rising in the boat like
a fountain and as I tried to wade through bodies
to the rickety ladder I rose up in the grimy
water. Frantically I struggled towards the hatch
but it was too far away! Suddenly, with a boom,
the gun sprang out of the rusty gunport!
Petrified, I wriggled down towards it,
frantically pushing dead bodies and alive but
drowning ones out of my way. I could still hear
muffled shrieks but as I scrambled up through
the hatch they were silenced suddenly.
Coughing loudly on
the surface, I devastatedly watched the last
mast of the Mary Rose splinter and be swallowed
by the rolling waves. As I slowly paddled round
in circles I was nearly ran over by the
impenetrable helm of another ship. With
unbelievable strength I scrambled up the side
and flopped on the wooden planks. I was safe!
Dear Dr Bull
Harry A from class 4H just
wanted to say thank you to you and the teachers who
accompanied them to St Braivals. He has had the most
exciting, amazing time. For his first overnight stay
with the school he could not fault it. He managed to
take over 300 photos as he wanted to capture every
moment. He was so pleased it didn't rain as the best
part was doing archery.
Thank you for a great
school trip and for taking care of our children so
Wow! Year 4 did really well in
the MidSomerset Festival for writing this year. We
entered poetry based on migrating animals and all
entrants created some fantastic work.
- Dan P from Class 4H -
awarded 1st place with an outstanding
certificate, a trophy and £10 book token.
- Romilly from Class 4H
- awarded 2nd place with a distinction
- Ben and Poppy from
Class 4W/D - both awarded a distinction
- Jasmine and Sam from
Class 4M - both awarded a commended
The winning two poems are
Year 4 enjoyed learning about
various countries during Multicultural Week and were
excited to share their learning with other classes
and parents! 4M learned about important people from
Poland, 4WD explored the Commonwealth island of
Cyprus, and 4H cooked up some watercolour plates
using ingredients from Thailand. The children
appreciated the chance to find out about a place far
from home, and have produced a wonderful display.
Year 4 Viking Day
On 24th January 2017, British
shores were once again raided by those vicious
pirates known as the Vikings! One made his way
overland to Bath, where he taught our Year 4 classes
all about the life he led. As well as tales of the
Norse gods and a chief’s funeral, the children
learned all about the laws and society of the
Vikings and how they fought in battle. A short trip
outside provided the perfect opportunity for our
visitor through time to explain how the Vikings
would have made a fire to cook and camp, and there
were lots of opportunities for the children to be
involved in activities throughout the day. By the
end, they had learned a lot and were excited to
discuss their new knowledge with everyone who would
These pictures show Yr4
enjoying tag rugby. Mark from Crusader rugby came to
the school to give us a taster session which was
thoroughly enjoyed by all children who took part.
Times Tables Challenge
On Monday pupils across
Upper WASPS took part in our NSPCC Sponsored
Challenge Times Table Challenge. Pupils
enjoyed a variety of activities aimed at
honing their times tables skills, and they
impressed us with their enthusiasm and
focus. Special congratulations to Jackson,
Fergus and Morgan who were Y4’s top scoring
times table champions!
Solids, Liquids and Gases
Wow! What a great day Friday
was for Year 4. We were delighted to welcome Mr
McAdam and Mr Norris into school to bring to life
our science topic of ‘Solids, Liquids and Gases’.
The children had an experience of science used in a
real world profession which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Radio Drama Based on the Life
of Rudyard Kipling
On the 8th of March, 4H
performed a radio drama based around Rudyard
Kipling. It was written as a class, using the facts
we had learned about him to explore some of the key
parts of his life. There were lots of great ideas
and we used the program Audacity, which we
had been learning about in IT, to record some sound
effects and use them in the show, just like the
professionals do! Those presenters, readers and
reporters who took part practised hard and delivered
their performance with confidence and style, which
the watching classes thoroughly enjoyed. It was a
fantastic show, well done once again!
Free Style Dancing with
Wow! What a great time Year 4
have had. Yesterday, each class took part in a free
style dancing session with Debbie Bellinger. All the
children loved it and had smiles on their faces.
Luis 4H "It was
Gemma 4H "It was active and entertaining".
Hrothgar the Viking
On the 26th of January
W.A.S.P.S was raided by Hrothgar (Roger) the Viking!
He spent the day with year 4, teaching them about
Viking laws and beliefs, how the warriors fought in
battle, and told them stories of the gods and
heroes. They got to dress up and try on armour, form
a shield wall and generally have a wonderful time
learning all about these fierce people that form an
important part of Britain's past.
Year 4 have been really busy
We’ve had some great success
in Devizes Eisteddfod! We entered some poems and Amy
in 4WD won! Here are the entries…
by Amelia 4WD
Weston All Saints Primary School, Bath
Sometimes you can
And sometimes you can feel catchy.
Or sometimes you can feel sad,
Or sometimes mad.
Also, sometimes you can feel left out
And it’s OK to feel that way.
But never use your actions in a bad way.
by James 4WD
Weston All Saints Primary
whizzing round the trees,
Leaves swaying in the lovely
Large sky is so blue,
Setting the morning dew.
Children go to school,
While some people swim in the
English life is so good,
And at Christmas we eat nice
by Amy 4WD
Weston All Saints Primary School
Buzzing around are
Flapping about are birds in trees.
On the ground is lots of grain,
Hoping like mad it will not rain.
Leaves are silver, amber and gold,
All the animals have been sold.
Yay! Halloween is drawing near,
All the ghosts are what you will hear.
We thank you, Lord, for all this food.
It’s put us in a lovely mood.
We held our very own Year
Group Bring and Buy sale in aid of Send a Cow whose
work in Africa we studied in class. We also made
some beautiful Autumn Poems which we decorated with
watercolour paints and turned them into gift cards.
We sold them at the sale and, altogether, we raised
We were particularly delighted
when the team at Send a Cow brought a visitor from
Ethiopia to our school. He told us loads about his
country and more about the work that the charity do
Here are some of our poems.
In year 4, we
LOVE Roald Dahl and we especially enjoyed studying
‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. We wrote our own
character descriptions of Grandma and came up with
some revoltingly marvellous medicines of our own.
These included things like dried-up toothpaste,
metallic marbles, cats’ vomit and … diarrhoea (and
we even learnt a revolting mnemonic to help us
remember how to spell it!). We used watercolour
paints and pen and ink to create medicine bottles in
the style of Quentin Blake. Here are some examples
of our work, click to read them:
Year 4 have been
studying the different denominations of the
Christian church and we wrote non-chronological
reports about them. Here is an example of one from
Lyra in 4WD.
There are many different types of Christians in the
United Kingdom. This report tells you about some.
When the Roman Empire split up, the Christian Church
was based in Rome, in Italy so became known as the
Roman Catholic Church. It is led by the Pope. Roman
Catholic Churches are ornate with silk tapestries as
red as ruby. Some people thought that the Roman
Catholics should give more money to the poor and
spend less on the church buildings so they founded
the Protestant Church.
Another denomination, which was founded by Martin
Luther in 1520, is called the Protestant Church. As
a consequence of not getting a divorce from the
Pope, Henry the VIII made England protestant and
formed the Church of England (also called the
Anglican Church). This branch of the protestant
church is led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The money from the church was given to the poor,
instead of spending it on the building, so the
churches are plain with no statues or things like
that. Sometimes you can find men or women as
ministers or pastors which goes against the Roman
Catholic beliefs. The Roman Catholics only allow men
to be ministers or pastors.
different types of Nonconformist churches. The
different types are Quakers, Methodists, the
Salvation Army and the Baptists.
Viking for a Day!
Year 4 had a fantastic time
when a Viking came to visit for the day! The
children wore clothes from Viking times, heard about
the how the Vikings mastered the seas and the land
and their way of life; we also handled some typical
Viking weapons and enjoyed some tales about Viking
Gods, which they were then able to act out. Thank
you to Hrothgar (a.k.a. Roger Berry) and our school
PTA for such a wonderful experience.
St Briavels Trip
Year 4 recently stayed in St.
Briavels Castle, a wonderful medieval structure that
was used as a hunting lodge by King John – the very
one who signed the Magna Carta 800 years ago! As
well as staying overnight in the castle, the
children had a fantastic medieval banquet,
particularly enjoying the lack of cutlery, and tried
their hands at archery in the grounds! We also
visited Chepstow Castle, Caldicot Castle, the Forest
of Dean Sculpture Trail, Hopewell Colliery and
Newport Transporter Bridge, among other attractions
during the trip.
A wonderful time was had by
all and here is a small selection of extracts from
the thank you letters written by the children:
Dear Chepstow Castle
It was my absolute pleasure
to visit Chepstow Castle, it was a phenomenal
historical structure. So, to let you have my class
and I visit this castle was thoroughly delightful. I
particularly appreciated going to the top of the
keep, the wind blowing in our faces and seeing for
miles and miles around.
thoroughly enjoyed seeing the different rooms that
are still standing and I also loved the beautiful
rose garden. I would definitely come again and I
would recommend it to all my friends.
I loved seeing the awesome
ruins of the marvellous Chepstow Castle. I was very
happy when I went up to the crenulations as I
conquered my fear of heights; there were amazing
views and I really enjoyed the super experiences.
found it very interesting that we are a school from
Bath and in your castle there are the same type of
stones as we have in our city – as well as some
stolen bricks from the Roman remains nearby! It was
a fun and educational trip and I would like to come
Mr Williams led an attack and
4WD wrote about the various ways to put a castle
under siege! You can feel the tension, apprehension
and drama in these extracts written by Esme, Anna
N, Jack N, Olivia, Jacob J, Jacob B, Mia, Katherine
Dear Second in Command,
I am sorry but I am afraid
I will not be able to attend the battle; one of my
archers accidentally got me in the stomach! I am
sending you this letter as I cannot be there. You
will take my place until I get better. I expect
exceptionally good work. These are top secret plans
so keep it to yourself and your army!
Before the beauty of the
sunrise, when the moon is still glistening bright,
you must start a siege. To begin with, you must
build a camp around the castle walls and make sure
that no food nor water gets into the castle and no
messages get out; if they come anywhere near you …
kill them! Burn the peasants’ crops and food; poison
their water with berries, poisonous leaves, mud and
salt and kill all the animals surrounding the
At the crack of dawn, cut
down all the trees in the area to build your siege
towers. A shiny, strong, wide oak trunk which has an
amazing height would be the best because it burns
really slowly. You will also need miles of the
strongest rope you can find.
If you make a siege tower,
you can have blacksmiths and carpenters near the
bottom making shields, swords, bows and even arrows.
On the second floor your men-at-arms will be waiting
for the drawbridge to fall down and they’ll run
across, onto the wall and attack. Last but not
least, your archers will be on the third and last
floor shooting down to protect your army.
Archers are the best
weapons you could ever use; you might want them to
stand on a high place. When they fire their arrows,
they go so fast – faster than a galloping horse. The
best archers are the Welsh so try and get most of
them in your army; they’re better than us, they’re
amazing! They shoot one arrow every 3 seconds. You
would not like to get hit by an arrow.
In the misty cloud of
darkness, you need to start building other siege
engines like trebuchets, battering rams, perriers
and mangonels. Used for oil and rocks, the mangonel
is a weapon used to knock down walls. The Perrier is
used for throwing stones and dead things into the
castle so a disease will spread. A trebuchet is the
most dangerous catapult ever. Even though it is
heaver, it’s the best one at firing.
You need you strongest men
to fire the big crossbows made from yew wood. Build
rafts with a cover and oars so you can paddle across
the moat. Bring a siege ladder with you to climb the
castle walls. Send the battering ram men in first to
break through the portcullis. Next, send in the
siege towers and soldiers. Once all your men are
over, you go in yourself.
When several of your
soldiers are in the enemy’s castle, you should steal
their gold. Run to the castle keep and try to smash
it down. Keep doing that until they surrender… or
Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box
The Shoe Box Appeal is very
important, and Samaritan’s Purse is a fantastic
charity. They ask people for a shoebox filled with
toys and for us to contribute a few other things
like tooth brushes, toothpaste, soap and flannels.
We send them to children that are less fortunate
than us. We are asked to wrap the shoe box to make
it look like a present and when a child opens it,
imagine their astonishment when they see all the
lovely things inside.
It can be expensive to fill up
a whole shoe box, so at W.A.S.P.S. we said that
people could bring in a few things and Mrs Notice
and Mrs Harding filled up boxes with contributions
from different people. The whole school was involved
and boxes came in from every class.
Class 4H was lucky enough to
take the boxes to the Samaritan’s Purse van, and the
men counted them as the van filled up. W.A.S.P.S.
donated 78 boxes in total!
By Emily and Sara 4H
Some examples of
the fantastic bridges created by Year 4 children as
part of their family learning project. We were
seriously impressed! Thank you to all the family
members who helped.
Class 4WD have
recently put on an amazing assembly in Weston All
Saints Church all about their class Christian value
- Hope! They expressed their feelings about Hope
through dance, drama, poetry, singing, artwork,
prayers and music. The children made their teachers
and parents very proud! Here is the PowerPoint
presentation which contains the class's amazing
download a copy
On Wednesday 14th
January 2015, Freya, Isaac, Flo and Bronwen
took part in a Year 4 Maths Challenge at
King Edward's Junior School. Although we
didn't win, they all worked very hard and
enjoyed the challenge!
Abbey Music Workshops
Year 4 recently took part in a
fabulous day of musical workshops at Bath Abbey. To
tell you all about it, Jack and Joshua have written
We have written some fantastic
crime stories for the competition organised by the
Bath Chronicle. Here are some examples by Josh and
On Wednesday 5th December 4FL
went to Woodland Grove Care home to sing Christmas
carols. We were accompanied by the wind band made up
from Yr 6 pupils, their teacher Mr Green and Mr
French on keyboard.
The children sang a variety of
carols and songs some of which the residents joined
in with. It was lovely to see the children perform
confidently and with such enjoyment.
The band played 4 pieces. The
rendition of When Santa got stuck up the chimney was
The children took the
opportunity to chat to the residents and we were
impressed by the way they confidently spoke and
behaved. The care home were so delighted that they
have already booked us for next year!