Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'

"Pupils enjoy coming to school. They feel well cared for and they want to achieve well." OFSTED report, 2017

Year 4 JS

Friday 17th December '21

Friday 17th December '21


What a wonderful term we have had in 4JS! I think the children have particularly enjoyed all our work on volcanoes. When the children sculpted their on volcanoes, it was lovely to hear them discussing the different features of their chosen volcano; being able to name location, height and tectonic plate position!


The children sang beautifully during our church service on Friday 10th December, which was wonderfully introduced by our team of Year 4 readers. It was lovely to hear Christmas carols inside a church again after all this time. 


In other areas, the children have been learning how to play a series of pieces using the glockenspiels, which has sounded beautifully, even more so at this time of year. Throughout this term, the children have developed their understanding of the internet including the use of routers, data bases and web browsers. We also celebrated our recent work on Italy by developing our cutting and chopping skills by making salsa for bruschetta bread. 


Well done to all the children of 4JS.

I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


See you all in January,

Mr Souch

Friday 3rd December 2021

We are getting closer to Christmas everyday and we have still been learning lots of different things.  As you will have heard from your children, we are looking forward to our church service and have even recorded our own version of Silent Night.


Alongside all this, we are continuing with our learning on Volcanoes. Our focus has been on Mount Vesuvius and Mount Etna - as part of our Autumn Term learning on U.K. v Italy.  This week we have finished our stories on "Escape from Mascali" inspired by the historical story Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit.  We will then focus our learning on creating a chronological report of the events in Pompeii from 24th-25th August 79AD.


In our Maths work, we are continuing our learning to calculate the perimeter using our understanding of the properties of shape and mental addition to help us.  Our computing learning is about the internet and computer networks as well as staying safe on the internet.


We look forward to sharing some more photos of our learning soon!

Wednesday 20th October 2021


Over the last few weeks, 4JS have been learning all about different Italian rivers to support our understanding of comparing the UK with Italy. The children firstly explored our local river, The River Exe and were excited to learn about its source in Simonsbath on Exmoor. and where its mouth was. They also were able to identify different tributaries along its course. Following that, the children explored different rivers across the United Kingdom. 


The children were excited to examine the map of Italy and discover lots of different rivers, mapping them on their map of Italy. The Po River is the largest river and runs through many major cities and towns. The children found that many smaller rivers were in fact tributaries of the Po River. 


Whilst looking at rivers this term, we are reading The Wind in the Willows as our class text, which the children are loving hearing all about the adventures of Rat, Mole and others.


This week during our RE session, the children enjoyed exploring artwork related to our learning. 

4JS have been focussing on States of Matter for Science. We have discovered all about particle formation for solids, liquids and gases. Our investigation into the weight of gas in different fizzy drinks saw us making predictions and carefully recording our results. I think all the children particularly enjoyed learning about the reversible changes involved in melting chocolate finding the optimum temperature for this. We have now moved on to understanding the processes involved with the states of water. 


Our story writing is improving all the time with a particular focus on magical words. We have been engaging the reader with using high level expanded noun phrases and appropriate prepositional phrases. 


In our Maths work, we have been focussing on understanding the place value of 4 digit numbers, which has extended into numbers up 10,000! We are now exploring negative numbers including temperature and sea level.


In our French work we are becoming great at recalling numbers. In our Music work, we are particularly enjoying learning different dance moves to 'Mamma Mia!'

Welcome to 4JS Class!


Friday 10th September 2021


My name is Mr Souch and I am teaching 4JS this year. I am a new teacher to Castle Primary School and I am very much looking forward to the year ahead.  I originally grew up in Devon, living locally to Exeter and following some time living and teaching in Wiltshire, I have returned to this wonderful county!

I love teaching and inspiring young minds, believing learning is a life-long process. Learning can truly take us places! My favourite subjects are History and Maths. Life can be full of adventures and many challenges. The current challenge I have set myself is to complete the London Marathon in October for a charity called Whizz Kids.  


Our class has 21 pupils and we are very lucky to have the support of both Mrs Davies and Mrs Croaker as our teaching assistants. We have a fun-packed year ahead with all the different topics we have planned. We have had a great start to the new year with the children settling well on their return to school. It is wonderful to be able to get back to some kind of normality. As well as some getting to each other activities, this week we have been recapping some areas of Place Value in Maths and been covering some story telling activities in our English work. We have also starting learning some of the dance moves and lyrics to ABBA’s ‘Mammia Mia!


Our PE days will be Monday and Thursday but we would encourage the children to leave their PE kits in school.


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Mr Souch