Year 4
Durham Castle

Dance Mat competition

Year 4 took part in a Dance Mat competition. Children and teacher got really involved in the activity, showing great dance moves and fantastic coordination. So fun!​




Santa Claus game

As part of ICT, Durham castle designed a video game that everyone should play at Christmas time! We drew our own script, Santa Claus flying his sleigh. We set it up, so we could help Santa deliver his presents. But be careful! Avoid the nasty clouds or get ready for the collision! Our Deputy Head also got involved trying our games!​




No Electricity

No electricity? What should we do?

We designed a game that doesn’t require electricity, so that we would always have something to do and be kept entertained. We included the rules, number of players  and more importantly, what would make our game a success.​








Creating circuits

We learnt about circuits. We saw the differences between complete circuits (closed) and incomplete circuits (open). We saw that only with complete circuits the energy flows and the circuit works. We worked together to create different circuits with a buzzer, a switch or a bulb. We made comparisons using different components in our circuits. We realised that the more components we use, the more batteries were required for them to work. We also saw that a circuit with 1 bulb and a battery works fine, but if we add another battery, the bulb shines even more. Goodness, this was hard work, but great fun. ​






The Houses of Parliament

We visited the Houses of Parliament to learn about the law and how it works.  Did you know that in Parliament, there is The House of Lords (with red benches) and the House of Commons (with green benches)?. While the House of Lords debates new laws, the House of Commons makes decisions about money. We also learnt that the Queen visits the Houses of Parliament once a year.  This trip was an incredible learning experience! We even got to see a debate in the House of Commons!​




Simon de Montfort

Durham Castle made a freeze frame about important events of Simon de Montfort’s life, understanding how an event from the past impacted on our lives:

King Henry takes hostages to make people pay taxes.


The barons meet in secret to elect a leader.


The King’s sister, Lady Eleanor, encourages Simon to go to war.


The rebel army defeats the King’s troops and the king is captured.


A parliament is formed of people from across the country including nobles and knights. ​

How important were the Romans?

Year 4 went to the Museum of London to learn more about the Romans. We enjoyed experiencing how Roman life was and being able to put into practise everything that we have been learning in the classroom. We could appreciate that wealthy people had a very different way of living, which would have impacted upon their health and education. We also learnt about Roman soldiers, their Gods and the really strange routines they had to keep themselves clean!

We continue our learning in class by writing a powerful Rallying Speech in which we put ourselves in Boudicca’s shoes (the Queen of the Iceni Tribe). With our words, we could have definitely convinced anyone to fight with us against the Roman’s oppression!​





Roman Shields

As part of our learning about the Romans, our class designed Roman shields using lines of symmetry. We investigated the most common symbols that were part of their armour to use in our designs. After that, we marched as Romans, ready to fight!​







We explored our mouth using mirrors to see how many teeth we have and how many different ones. We came up with the conclusion that we have 4 different types of teeth and over 20 teeth in total. Surprisingly, our teacher has more! We discovered that when we grow up, we will have some extra ones called Wisdom Teeth, which apparently, they are useless! We discussed about why do we have 4 different types of teeth. By giving a bite to a pear, we realised that the mark left by our teeth was different! We started thinking about how we bite, chew, tear, crush or grind food. That is when we realised that each type of tooth has a different function!​

Durham Castle took part in an investigation about teeth. We carried out a fair test to see how different drinks damage our teeth and gums. We know now what drinks we should avoid!


Creating a model of the digestive system

As part of our learning about the digestive system, we worked together to create a model that would be useful to teach someone that is not familiar with the process of digestion. There was a lot of discussion to come up with ideas that would help our product to be a success. We thought about the appearance and functionality, taking into account other’s ideas and improving ours. We thought about materials to use, steps to follow and the importance of labelling the different organs involved in digestion. The result? A masterpiece!​



Durham Castle Class was learning about what happens to a piece of chocolate once you swallow it. We traced the journey of food through the digestive system.

After that, we investigated what happens in each organ involved in digestion. We reproduced the different functions of the organs to see how food changes and everything that our body does to absorb the nutrients and get rid of waste. ​






Houses of Parliament

Sustainable City of the Future

Year 4 have been planning and building a sustainable city for the future.



Look at some of our sustainable features.




Educational App

We have been using a new educational app to help us with out learning. It’s a tablet task and we love it! We have been practicing our Maths and English skills on it.






Sustainable Living

We have been learning about different sources of renewable energy.

We got to test out solar panels and examine how exactly they work.




City Planning

Houses of Parliament are very excited to be planning a sustainable city of the future.




Exploring the Thames, Greenwich

As part of our Topic, we got the opportunity to go to Greenwich and explore the River Thames.

We were guided by our lovely guide, Neill. He told us everything we needed to know and challenged our thinking.

The first half of our day, we had a workshop indoors. We explored and compared maps of the local area. We discussed how the area had changed over time and the reasons why.

We sorted materials under different catagories and identified what period of time each material may have come from.

Then for a spot of Lunch!

The second half of our day was spent on the foreshore.

We tested the water for pollution and guess what, it’s pretty clean!


Measuring in Year 4

We have been learning all about measuring this half term. Look at what we’ve been up to.

We measured the length of KS2 coridoor with metre sticks and a measuring tape.

We worked in teams!

Miss Murphy timed us  and then the winning team was the team who got the closest measure to what Miss Murphy had measured with another group.

We then converted metres to cm.

We measured each other

We measured different lengths of things in our classroom using whatever equipment we thought would suit best.

We then we worked in pairs to apply our knowledge and solve some tricky problems.




Museum of London, Docklands

Houses of Parliament have visited the Museum of London,Docklands as part of our topic learning.







Houses of Parliament



Merry Christmas from all the children and adults in Houses of Parliament class.


Houses of Parliament Courtroom

To begin our Autumn 2 History learning , we researched the Early Law Makers who were ‘The Anglo Saxons’.

We learnt shocking facts about how laws back in those times were made and what punishments were given.

So we decided to have our very own Anglo Saxon Court Room.

First on the Stand: Miss Karen

She didn’t stand a chance , with no money she could not afford to pay for her crime, so unfortunately Miss Karen had to loose her nose!

Next: Lord Luis

What could he have done?

Murdered a slave!

No big deal , he had enough money and oath witnesses to bail him out.

You're Free to go Lord Luis

After our court hearing , we looked at the differences and similarities of Laws back in Anglo-Saxon times and Laws now.

Many laws are still the same today; however our punishments are VERY different!


The Houses of Parliament

To finish off our topic learning about “The Law”, we got to visit The Houses of Parliament.

Firstly, we were lead into the Great Hall where we were briefed about the emergence of Parliament and got to show off our knowledge about what we had already learnt in class.

After, we were brought on a guided tour of the building.

We got to see a real live debate in the House of Commons , where we sat in the galleries as spectators, listening to the government and opposition discuss political problems.

Then we had an amazing workshop where we first had a quiz.

Then we got to disucss and debate our own ideas that we believe would benefit the UK and should be made Law.

We even had our very own speaker ‘Ibrahim’ keeping order.

We discussed and debated.

We gave ideas and opinions.

And everybody vote now!

We had such a busy day , we needed a rest before getting the tube back to school.



To begin our learning about Electricity we…….

We brainstormed why electricity is so important and what we might do if we had to survive without electricity.


Making Circuits

We have been exploring circuits and how they work.

We have made simple circuits…and some not so simple circuits.

We have changed the different electrical elements to see what affect they will have on the circuit.

We added batteries, bulbs and motors to see what would happen.

Can you create a game that does not require electricity?

Exploring our wet play games!

Identifying what makes a good game and what components are needed.

Brainstorming our ideas!


Playing and Evaluating. Does this actually work? How can we make this better?


African Drumming Parent Workshop

We were delighted to have some of our parents in to join in our African workshop. Miss Bex, our African drumming teacher lead the session where children got to show off their musical skills and help parents put a solo together to share with the rest of the class.










Anti-Bullying Week in our class

We had lots of discussions about what bullying actually is. We sorted and classified the different types of bullying. We looked at case studies for people who have been bullied and identified the effect bullying had on them. And then, we set up our very own Anti-bullying helpline where we go to advise people who have been bullied and give them advise.



Advising on our very own
Bully-free helpline.


Dance Mats

Nothing like a dance morning workout to wake us up!




Investigation time!

What is the affect of sugar and acid on our teeth?




Roman Weapons

To complete our learning in Topic , we designed and made our very own Roman shields.
We explored shields from roman times and noticed that there were symmetrical patterns on them all. So as part of our success criteria , we needed to ensure our own shields also had symmetrical patterns.

Making sure our patterns were symmetrical  was a tricky task!



But we got there in the end.

Meet Legionaire Angel!
You definitely wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of him.

Let’s put these to the test:
The famous Tortoise formation  that the romans used in battle!

We are a force to be rekoned with!


The Romans

Houses of Parliament Class have been busy learning all about ‘The Romans’ this half term. We started our topic off by being invaded by year 6, this gave us some understanding of how the ‘Celts’ may have felt when The Romans invaded Britain in 43AD , and how many people today ,whose homes and villages have been invaded or those who are forced to leave their country, may be feeling .

Roman Timeline:

Next , we had to identify what major roman events happened during history.

First,we needed to know how to sequence numbers! Easy for us lot, as we are experts doing that in maths at the moment.

Next, we got to put roman dates in order from the beginning to the most recent. This allowed us to find out about important historical roman events and when they happened. Then, we each had to take a part to present and explain our timeline to the class.

Best teamwork


Close second!

We love a bit of healthy competition in Houses of Parliament!

As part of our Learning , we visited the Roman Galleries at ‘The Museum of London’.

We had so much fun finding clues to answer questions we had.

And of course we couldn’t leave without visiting the shop!



In scienc this half term we are learning all about ‘The Digestive System’.

First, we had to eat some chocolate and predict what we thought might happen to it and where it might go.



We identifited the digestive organs and then followed the journey that we thought the chocolate might take. After this, we experimented to see exactly what happens to that tasty malteeser!

Investigation Time!




We learnt how food is broken into its tiny pieces in order to travel through our body and give us energy.We learnt about how different organs produce special juices to break down the food further and help it get absorbed into our blood.Then,the waste leaves the body at the end of its journey.


Miss Murphy wasn’t sure we really knew our stuff on this, so we had to prove it! We were given the task of designing and making our own digestive model to help the younger ones understand what happens our food.

Planning and designing


Making and Evaluating


At the end, we evaluated our design and presented it to our class.



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