Class 4L

Welcome to class 4L!

Our class teacher is Mr Lumsdon. If you have any questions or you would like to talk to him about anything, he is on the KS2 playground before and after school every day,

We started the year reading ‘The Machine Gunners’ by Robert Westall, which is a story set during World War 2 in our local area.  We chose this book, because it linked to our Enquiry question ‘Why is the River Tyne so important to Newcastle?’. We completed a lot of writing in role and we had some inspiring examples when it came to performing some of our writing.

We have used the power of song and dance to link our Science and Enquiry themes.  Our learning has been engaging, exciting and it has been both inside and outside of the classroom. There will be many more investigations, art, singing and dancing in the year ahead.  Thanks to Miss Smith in the other Year 4 class, who is an avid gardener, all Year 4 children will be involved in the POLLI:NATION project, which means we will be improving a part of the school environment to attract more pollinating insects.   STEM projects like this will hopefully help us think about what we might want to do in the future for a career!  Mr Lumsdon has used his knowledge to help the children understand how a river helps us today, how it has helped people around the world and how it has helped people in the past. Hopefully Mr Lumsdon’s knowledge of history will help us next half term with our new topic; Romans!


To find out what we are learning about each half term, the Year 4 curriculum plans can be found here.

Each half term we have a learning reflection event to celebrate the work we have been doing. Our parents and carers are invited into school so that we can show them what we have been learning.

In Year 4, we also work on developing good learning habits. You can see them all by clicking on this link: GCPS Learning Habits. Mistakes are a part of life and when we make them in our lessons, they usually lead to learning! Having a Growth Mindset, Going for Gold and thinking of ways to improve our work ensure we try be the best we can be and earn lots of Greenfield stars and house points!


Important things to bring to school:

Water Bottles – children can bring their own water bottle into school and store it by the sink in the classroom. Please make sure that water bottles only have water inside.

Reading Folders – children need their reading book and reading diary in school every day.

PE – children need their PE kit in school every day. PE kit consists of a white t- shirt, black shorts and plimsolls/sand shoes.

Homework – Homework is sent home every Friday and needs to be completed and returned to school by Wednesday morning.


Please visit our Twitter page @GCPSyear4 to follow our regular updates of the children’s learning and important information.

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