It has been an exciting start this this half term.Already this week we have made and erupted some volcanoes, created a new display board in each of the classrooms and performed in some drama workshops. 

We have lots of things coming up which we wanted to remind you of:

  • Tomorrow (22nd Feb) is World Thinking Day, so all children who are a part of Brownies, Cubs or Scouts are allowed to wear in there uniforms if they wish
  • Dogs Trust is coming in on the 27th Feb to run some workshops on how to be safe around dogs
  • 1st March is World Book Day, so the children have been invited to dress up as a character from a book that they have read. Please do not feel like you have to run out and buy a costume, the Year 4  team are dressing up as the characters from the Wizard of Oz, so if the children want to wear something green then they can join in with us.
  • We are underway with our Easter Production and are intending to get costume letters out by the end of the week, so please look out for this in your child’s school bag. On the letter is a reply slip which we need back, regarding the evening productions and timings. Please return this as soon as possible as we have given the children lines already.

We are looking forward to this half term,

The Year 4 Teachers

Introducing Rockstars Times Tables to St Mark’s!

A Guide to RockStars

We are very excited to be introducing a new tool which will help children learn their times tables – Rockstars!

Why is learning Times Tables important?

As you know, learning multiplication and division facts are key fundamentals of mathematics and are used and applied to so many other areas of maths; knowing these facts will help children to make progress in their learning. The National Curriculum expectations are that children should know all these facts by the end of Year 4. We appreciate that this is a hard task for some children so Rockstars is yet another tool to help them achieve this.

What is Rockstars?

Rockstars is a website where children take on the role of a Rockstar – their Avatar. They give their Rockstar a name, decide what they are going to look like and of course, choose which instrument they are going to play.

How do the children practise their tables?

Once they log in, there are different ways in which they can practise their times tables. 

Your child’s teacher will have set up specific times tables for them to focus on which will be highlighted when they log in. When they play in the ‘Garage’ or ‘Arena’, they will be solely focusing on the tables set by their teacher. In the ‘Studio’, ‘Festival, and ‘Rock Slams’, they can practise all their times tables. They children can practise independently by trying to improve their speed and accuracy but if they fancy playing competitively, in the ‘Festival’, they compete against other children from around the world and in the ‘Arena’, they can play against other children in their Year Group. In the ‘RockSlam’ area, this is where children can choose another peer in their Year Group to challenge! Additionally, sometimes teachers may set ‘Rock Battles’ where children can compete against other year groups, for example there may be a battle between Year 3 and Year 4 as to who can earn the most points over a week’s period. 

What rewards do they get for playing?

Each time the children practise or compete, they gain credits which are used in leaderboards but they can also use these to buy new accessories for their avatar.

Every few week, teachers will be awarding certificates to children who have the most credits and also to those who make the most progress in learning their times tables. The more they practise of course, the more progress they will make!

How do they know if they are making progress?

There are a number of tools on this platform which allow children, parents and teachers to see how they are progressing. They can view and compare their initial baseline speed to how fast they are now and continue to strive to improve this.

Also, by using colours, it show which tables they are confident with in green and the tables which need more practise will be in red.

How do they log in?

Rockstars is available from Year 2 – Year 6. By the end of this week, all children will have been shown this website by their teachers and all children will have username logins in their Learning Logs. Additionally, we’ll send home a parent letter which explains in more detail how to log on.

Now and again, we will play in school but primarily, this is a resource to be used at home. Rockstars is available through WebBrowser but can also be accessed through the app on a mobile, ipad or tablet.


We are very excited about this fun learning tool and already the children are showing such enthusiasm to learn their Times Tables. If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to see your child’s class teacher.

Many thanks,

The Maths Team



Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Year 4 team. We hope you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

This is going to be a really busy half term for Year 4, with swimming and Planet Education coming in to help us develop our gymnastics. Therefore it is essential that all children bring in their PE kits on a Thursday and their swimming kits every Monday and some Wednesdays. The Wednesdays sessions are on the 17th Jan, 24th Jan and 7th Feb.

PE kits must include t-shirts, shorts (not trousers please due to health and safety on apparatus), hairbands for long hair and tape to cover earrings, along with trainers for Golden Mile. PE kits will need to be in from tomorrow as Planet Education starts for 4C and 4G tomorrow afternoon, and Friday afternoon for 4T.

Swimming kits should include swimsuit, one piece swimsuit for girls and fitted trunks for boys, not baggy swimming shorts style. They will also need a towel and goggles or swimming hats if they have them. Please remember no deodorant, sprays or talcum powder. Children are welcome to come into school with their swimming costume under their clothes on the day of lessons, however please remember to pack their underwear in their swimming bag.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and hearing all about your holidays.


From the Year 4 team.


Hello from the research base that is year 4.

Over the last couple of days, we have been conducting our own research about life in Ancient Egypt. To do this we have been using iPads, information books and fact sheets. Then we created a poster or leaflet to present what we had uncovered to others. 

The children have been wowing their teachers with their exciting and imaginative stories that they have been writing in English. They have created some really interesting characters, and we cannot wait to see how their stories unfold. Once they have finished their draft, we would like to share these amazing stories with you, so will be sending home a copy home for you to enjoy.

We are in full caroling mode, and preparations are underway for our Christmas Carol Concerts, the first of which is next Thursday. Please can you encourage your children to learn the words of the carols which were sent home on Friday. The evening performance is on the Monday 18th December at 7pm, so we would like the children to arrive between 6.30pm and 6.40pm. We are expecting all the children to attend, so please let us know if your children are unable to make it, as we will be handing out readings and acting parts soon.

Thanks for your continuing support

The Year 4 Team.

Walk Like an Egyptian

We have had an exciting first few weeks back, which started with the delivery of a mysterious package which contained a strange statue. We are in the process of trying to discover what this statue may have been used for in Ancient Egypt. The children have had various ideas, such as a statue of the god Horus or a servant to cook the Pharaoh’s dinner in the afterlife.

On the first Monday back, we became archaeologists and explored tombs in 4T, when we needed to try and work out whose tomb it was based upon the artefacts we found within. We think that one of the tombs belonged to a Pharaoh and another to a servant or worker.

In English, we have been writing diary entries and newspaper reports about Howard Carter, the most famous tomb raider of them all, and his amazing discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Look out for our life size God pictures outside the main hall and our Egyptian displays in the Year 4 corridor. The children and teachers are all very proud of these.

Thank you for all the amazing homework we have received. We have enjoyed sharing what we have learnt together.

Coach Fletcher is in on Wednesday afternoon’s for a 45 minute rugby session, so please make sure that your child/children have a warm tracksuit and jumper for this.

Year 4 Team

Happy Half Term

What a busy half term we have had in Year 4. We have had a lot of fun learning about the UK, its capital cities and its landmarks. This afternoon we finished the half term by holding a Year 4 fete in the small hall. We tasted the bread that we made, listened to a traditional story and enjoyed some country dancing. 

Please remember that the children have some homework to tell the class about the life in Ancient Egypt. It can be as elaborate or simple as you would like, as long as it tells us  about life in Ancient Egypt.

Have a safe and happy half term.

Year 4 Teachers

Year 4 Update

In the last couple of weeks, Year 4 have been very busy learning all about Edinburgh Castle. There has been some fantastic descriptive writing using lots of exciting words, which many of the children are very proud of. They can’t wait for you all to read it at parents evenings.

During foundation subject session, we have had the opportunity to do some rapping in music, numbers and days of the week in French, and learnt and choreographed Irish and Country Dancing.

Just a quick note, if your child has music lessons please make sure that their instruments are clearly labelled with their full name and class. We have had some confusion over instruments and as there are many around the school, a name and class would be greatly appreciated.

As always, thank you for your co-operation.

The Year 4 Team

Welcome to Year 4!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Curriculum Evening last week. We hope you found it useful.


We are well underway with our first topic of the year, in which the children have shown us their knowledge of UK and world geography. We have enjoyed exploring a variety of maps and using them to locate countries and cities. We are now moving on to look at well known UK landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle and the Houses of Parliament. So if you have any pictures of places you have visited that you would be willing to share please bring them in.


In science, the children have thoroughly enjoyed making circuits using wires, bulbs, batteries, buzzers and motors. They are looking forward to designing and creating their own circuits over the coming weeks.

Just a quick reminder, please remember to label all children’s clothing clearly so they can find their belongings easily.

The Year 4 Team.

WebRep Report Y4



In Year 4 we are learning about the digestive system, it has been very interesting. To go with this, we watched some videos. The first video was Operation Ouch. They showed that the mouth, nose and stomach are all linked together. The second video that we watched was a cartoon. It showed us how our food and water travels through our bodies. The third clip was another Operation Ouch clip. What they did was that Doctor Chris swallowed a camera tablet. This showed the inside of Doctor Chris’ body.
This is how the digestive system works:

We learned that when you eat the food it flows into your mouth and then drops through your oesophagus. It then passes your liver and then lands in your stomach. It then travels through your small intestine. Then through your large intestine.  After that, it finally comes through your rectum.



In Year 3 and 4 we performed our Easter production, ‘He’s Alive’.  Most of Year 4 had to act on the stage and on the sides of the stage were Year 3, singing all of the songs with us. For this show we had to do lots of rehearsing and the first time we performed it was in front of the entire school but after that we had to do it three whole times in front of parents. The show was based on the Easter story, when Jesus died and came alive again.  I think all of Year 4 and 3 really liked taking part in this performance!



In English we have started a new topic called “The Boy who Swam with Piranhas” it is actually a book by David Almond. We are doing lots of writing about it in our English lessons. In the story there is an abandoned factory and so we sketched our own thoughts of what the factory looked like. We weren’t allowed to use any colour because it was supposed to be a sad drawing of the old factory. The story is about a boy’s life which is turned around completely, but in the wrong way. His parents had died and he was left working in a fish canning factory.



In art we have been thinking about volcanoes and we have drawn our own but we didn’t draw them with felt tip pens instead we drew them with chalk and crayons on black sugar paper. We all really enjoyed this task but we got very messy and the chalk was quite hard to wash off.
Here are some of our drawings, I hope you like them.


English in year 4 has been very exciting because we are now moving on to designing our own chocolate bar. The first thing we did was testing some chocolate and gathered adjectives to describe what it tastes like. The four chocolates we tasted were milk, white, dark and mint my favourite one was the white chocolate because it tasted creamy and delicious. After, we tried different types of chocolate we had to list all the adjectives we could think of.



In Year 4 we are having swimming lessons at QMC. We have the swimming lessons on every Monday and Wednesday for 6 weeks. To get to QMC we had to go on a coach that was so long that it had more seats than the whole class!  We had to sit next to our lovely talk partners on the bus.  When we had got there we had to take a test to see how well we could swim and which level we were on e.g. shallow end or deep end. After we had done that the people in the deep end had to get into groups of 3 or 4.  Over the next few weeks we will be practising our strokes.    When we had got back from school everybody had 5 minutes break to have a snack and to let our hair dry.  We had lots of fun!



In year 4 we have been learning about mountains and volcanoes and how they work.  First we learnt about the earth and what it is made from such as the inner core, outer core , mantle and crust.


The inner core of the earth is 800 miles thick, the outer core is 1,400 miles thick, the mantle is 1,800 miles thick and the crust is 5-20 miles thick. The crust is what we walk on and where we live. The mantle is made from molten rock, the outer core is made from liquid, nickel and iron, and the inner core is made from solid, nickel and iron!


For the volcano to erupt the mantle shoots out then breaks through the crust causing an explosion. The magma flows out of the volcano and turns rock solid.



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In Year 4 we are learning about the Ancient Egyptians. It is really interesting to learn. On the first day of term we all brought in our homework that we had worked on during the holidays. Everybody had to include Ancient Egyptian facts in their homework. Everyone showed their homework to their class.



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In art we have been learning about landmarks in the UK and first we did a blue sky backwash either a dark and stormy sky or a lovely blue sky then we  sketched a landmark, for example Edinburgh Castle! After we had drawn the landmark we had some pictures up on the board so we could paint them in the correct colours.  Once we had done our work we were allowed to paint any landmark in the UK we liked. I did Stonehenge and I think it was quite good.  When we had finished our paintings we let them dry, they looked really nice.  These pictures will show you just how nice they were!


In Year 4 we are learning about Paddington Bear. For our lessons in English we are helping Aunt Lucy find out which three landmarks in Hampshire she is going to visit. We all thought of three exciting places in Hampshire and then we wrote all about them in our work books. Some of them were:
Sea City Museum
Also we are helping Paddington Bear not crash into the Needles in computing.  To help him we are going to try and make the old and broken lighthouse flash on and then flash off. First of all we made the light come on.  It took a lot of teamwork with our talk partners. It was really hard to do. Then we made the lighthouse’s light come on and off again and again. It was harder than making the light come on but then our teacher finally helped us. We are also helping Paddington in maths by making different ways of getting to the jar of lovely marmalade. We all made ten or more ways of helping him. It was great fun!