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Welcome To Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Meet the Year Group Teacher, Miss Gray…

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Hello, I’m Sharon Gray. I have been a teacher at Oxclose Primary for over 30 years and have had the pleasure of teaching many of our parents, but no grandparents yet!

Most people know that I love teaching a ‘Creative Curriculum’ and children who have been in my class will have taken part in many themed days and events linked to our topic. I believe they give children the chance to write for a real purpose and some of my favourites in the past have included: organising a fashion show, opening a minibeast museum, training C.S.I. officers to solve a murder, running a Victorian school and opening a French bistro!

At home, I have a large family with two sisters, eight nieces and nephews and four (so far!) great nieces and nephews – the youngest, Orla, was born this July and is gorgeous! As you can imagine family parties and events are always large, always noisy and always great fun! I love gardening and hunting around antique fairs, but my main ambition is still to become a dog owner! (Ex pupils still ask me about my Jack Russell, Dog, the unofficial Oxclose mascot for many years and I miss all those long walks!)

Year 4 Curriculum Overview
Year 4 – Autumn 1 Topic Overview

Snow Day




String Telephones

String Telephones

Skipping Festival


Skipping Festival

Anti – Bullying Week

Children In Need

Press Day

Press Day



Minibeast Hunt

Minibeast Hunt

School Council Vote

School Council Election



Koby’s Man of the Match Award

Miley’s Dance Award

Libby’s Dance Award

Art Day

Art Day


Durham University

Durham University – Science










Design and Technology Day

Oompa Loompa Day








Mad Scientist Day

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Skipping Festival


Science Week

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Inside our space station HabTierans winning rocketThe Wonder of 1VSorting the planetsMaking the Hab











Making planets







Year 4 Puzzle Day

Thank you so much to all the parents and grandparents who came to help! We had a great morning learning to play new games and applying all the skills we have learned in maths lessons this year.

Everyone, including adults, had a go at using strategy activities and puzzles, mental maths challenges and board games (although Miss Gray just couldn’t win in Number Bond Snap!)



World Book Day

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Christmas in Year 4

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Roman Day Games

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Anti Bullying Week – Blue Friday








Puzzle Afternoon

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Armistice Day

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Roman Day

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Red Riding Hood – The Trial

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Roald Dahl 100 Day

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Tortoises – Speedy and Rafa

Speedy and Rafa are Katie’s Horsefield Tortoises. Speedy first came to see us and then returned with his friend, Rafa, to show us his ‘tortoise table’ (his home!)
Speedy (darker markings) liked being handled, but Rafa (paler markings) was much shyer and didn’t leave the corner of his home all day.
The table has a light bulb to keep the tortoises warm as they are reptiles, so cold blooded animals.
Tortoise-Eye View!
“I’m not moving!” (Rafa)
“Well I love my grub!!” (Speedy)

We all had a close look at the tortoises and their home:














Hockey Festival

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Ben purchased some Red Admiral eggs and hatched them out at home.  They hatched as caterpillars, then turned into a pupa before finally emerging as fully grown Red Admiral butterflies.  The butterflies have been fed sugar water and fruit, but Ben will release them this weekend, now we have all seen them.
















Devil’s Wood

We will be visiting this area throughout the year to study the changing seasons and how plants and animals adapt.

On our first visit we found lots of autumn nuts and fruits such as blackberries, rose hips, acorns, conkers and pine cones.

We were lucky enough to see some squirrels perform acrobatics high in the trees, a pair of magpies having a dust bath and a feral cat stalking a mouse.

Sadly, however, we also found lots of evidence of how people have damaged the woodland environment by littering, graffiti, and setting fires.

We have decided to form the Green Planet Group to try to improve things for this local habitat. We are inventing a logo and setting up a plan of action to improve the local habitat, so look out for news of our plans soon!





Year 4 Press Day

Thank you so much parents for supporting your children in dressing for work today!

The offices of The Fairy Tale Times was busy today as we tried to get the paper to press!

We started by checking out the competition and seeing what they were offering their readers, then had an editorial meeting where the paper’s owner S. Gray and its editor, E. Thornton, set out their expectations for the latest issue.

Staff wrote front page reports on the recent arrest of Goldilocks Smith and local news stories such as Miss Muffet’s story of how she overcame her agoraphobia, the mystery surrounding the death of A. Giant, who fell when a beanstalk was unexpectedly cut down, the sad experience of Mrs Pig who lost two of her sons at the hands of B.B. Wolf and the plight of Mrs Hood, a 78 year old grandmother who no longer feels safe in her own home! The advertising department were also keen to make sure all companies who support The Fairy Tale Times had their adverts placed correctly.

The editor, Emily Thornton and her deputy, Alannah Taylor made sure the paper got to press on time and staff enjoyed a welcome break in the staff canteen!




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