Year 4

Welcome to Year 4! On this page you will find information about our learning and photographs of us at work. You will also find links to useful materials which give you more information about what we are learning in class and about special events.

Mr Donovan and Mrs Hughes

Water Aid Assembly

On Monday 8th January, Geoff Moulton came into assembly, to share with us the amazing work Water Aid complete around the world. During the assembly, he make us aware that many people across the world do not benefit from clean water and decent toilets. With the help from donations, Water Aid have transform millions of lives every year in 28 countries with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

On Friday 12th January, we are having a Non-uniform day to raise money for Water Aid by bringing in a £1 and wearing blue and white.

Year 4 Festive Feast!

Today Year 4 had their Christmas parties. We had great fun playing some games in the hall before setting up our tables and eating our delicious food.

The children had got in groups prior to the event, working well to create a balanced, festive feast for all those at their table; ensuring that everyone in the group was considered and making compromises when necessary so that everyone was happy with the choices.

As you can see from these pictures, the children had a lovely time.

INTO Students visit CJS to share their ideas around our assembly ‘Magic Maths’

Students from the A Level Newton Programme enjoyed the opportunity to pass on some of their experiences of maths and the importance of maths in their lives and intended future careers.  All the students are studying A Level Maths and they presented some of the methods and tricks they were taught as children in their respective countries – China; Hong Kong; South Korea; Turkey; Russia; Georgia; and Malaysia.  They were very impressed with both the maths ability of the children and their excellent behaviour. A big thank you to Ms Smith for this and all our Community Engagement activities at Colman Junior School.

written by Bob Parsons

Year 3/ 4 Bikeability

On Wednesday 22nd November 30 pupils from Year 3 and 4 undertook cycle training through Pedal Power. The bikeability course is designed to give the children the skills and confidence to ride their bike including:

  • prepare yourself and your bike for cycling
  • get on and off your bike without help
  • start off, pedal and stop with control
  • pedal along, use gears and avoid objects
  • look all around and behind, and control the bike
  • share space with pedestrians and other cyclists

The children completed level 1 of the course and in future can undertake level 2 to prepare for on road riding. The children learnt many things and had a great time in the process.

Year 4 Change 4 Life Event

On Friday 3rd November 10 children from Year 4 went to a Change 4 Life Festival at the UEA sports park. This involved them participating in a carousel of activities. As you can see from the photos below, the children had an excellent time and had a fantastic attitude towards teamwork and perseverance.

Year 4 Anglian Water Day 2017

On Tuesday 31st October, Year 4 were visited by Richard from Anglian Water. He came to demonstrate how important it is not to waste water and suggested easy ways to prevent us from doing so.

We had lots of ‘hands on’ activities which included seeing how much water is wasted if we leave the tap running while we clean our teeth, trying to clean paint from some pots, using the least water possible and finally, making a cocktail of  sewerage from fat, water, ‘wee’, ‘poo’, washing powder, baby wipes, toilet paper and t-bags; the worst ingredient of all is when people put cotton wool buds down the toilet as they are hard to filter out and end up in rivers etc.

Hopefully, we have all been inspired to save water, energy and money by using water wisely and becoming ‘sewer-wise’!’

Keeping Safe is …

Our theme this week is ‘Keeping Safe is …’, so in assembly today, we had PC Barton and PCSO Meri come in to assembly to share how we can keep safe in our community.

They talked to us about ‘unfamiliar strangers’ and ‘safe strangers’, recognising and handling dangerous situations and when to use “No, Go, Yell, Tell”.



Diwali is the Hindi Festival of Lights and is celebrated by millions of people around the world. This year it falls on October 19th 2017, so in assembly today, Sushma shared with us the reasons why it is celebrated and ways in which it can be celebrated.

She presented her PowerPoint with confidence and enthusiasm.

thumbnail of Diwali assembly

A fantastic assembly.

Well done Sushma.

For further information see the BBC website

Year 4 Oobleck Science Investigation

This week, Year 4 have been investigating the state of Oobleck. They were asked to discover whether it was a solid or a liquid. These are some of their comments:

“We were surprised as it started off as a solid and ended up as liquid.” – Daniel and Jesse

“It felt like slime, but solid slime!” Ruth and Maja.

“I thought it would have been just like a liquid and not a solid.” – Frankie and Ahab.

“Playing with it was hard, fiddly and fun, plus it was hard to work with and if people punched it, it would turn hard but if we gently rest your finger on it, it would be a liquid.” Esmae and Ahi.

“We used Ooblick to squish about with the states of matter. Squishy, slimy and fun!” Noah and James.

“It was like a solid at first, but a bit afterwards, it was like slime. Ours dried up very quickly.” Kane

“It felt hard but really gooey, you could roll it up in a ball, but when you let it go it would turn into slime.” Ella and Lilly-Rose

“It was strange because it was squishy, gooey and fun!” William

“It was all gooey and slimy but when I touched it with my fingers, it was hard to get off again.” Harley.

Someone even cried out with excitement – “IT’S MAGIC!”

What they discovered was that it is a substance that acts like a liquid which can be poured, but that acts like a solid when you apply force to it by pushing it or squeezing it. It’s made by mixing cornflour with water. Oobleck is a non-newtonian fluid.

Year 4 visit St John the Baptist Cathedral

On Thursday 5th October, it was the Year 4s turn to visit St John the Baptist Cathedral. The children enjoyed two learning walks around the interior of the cathedral, learning about what makes it a cathedral and what the ikons mean to Catholics. We also studied the beautiful stained glass windows and discovered the stories hidden in the glass pictures.

Year 4 Roman Day at Norwich Castle

On Thursday 28th September, Year 4 spent the day at Norwich Castle learning about the Romans and the Iceni tribe. The day was set some twenty years after Boudica’s revolt, and the children got to meet Roman and Iceni characters as they explained and reflected back on their two very different cultures.

The children made an Iceni torcs with a character called Ketha whilst Marcus let us handle some real and imitation Roman objects. The children also met Marak, an Iceni tribe member who taught us about life when the Romans were invading and settling in Norfolk, bringing their own way of life. The children particularly enjoyed meeting Brutus, the Roman solider who presented his arguments for the invasion of the Iceni and taught us about how disciplined the Roman army are.

We hope you enjoy looking at the following pictures of our time there.

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

On Tuesday 19th September, Mrs Carpenter, a parent and member of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation Synagogue came into school to share the ways Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish Day of Atonement mark the Jewish New Year. Mrs Carpenter explained why this is a time to be sorry, and make a fresh start. Instead of January the Jewish New Year begins in autumn. It is important at New Year to repent, turn from bad behaviour and set your course to good in the coming year. Mrs Carpenter also demonstrated and explained why celebrations include food: apples and honey, time spent in the synagogue and the blowing of the Shofar (it is a ram’s horn. One of the world’s oldest known wind instruments)

Below are some great photos and a link to the BBC webpage.