St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA

Welcome to Year 4

Autumn 2 2021

We have had such an exciting Half-term. In History we learned about the Victorians, and in art we studied and painted in the style of L S Lowry. Used a variety of implements to paint with just like the artist himself, including our fingers!

The highlights of the half-term were our trips. We went for a one night residential trip to Brockhole and Grasmere to enhance our learning about sustainability and habitats from last half-term’s Geography and we had an amazing day out at Beamish to support our learning about the Victorian s. In Beamish, we experienced a Victorian lesson, went down a mine and walked the streets of a Victorian town.

Generation Green Residential Trip

We had such a lovely time on our one-night residential trip to Brockhole and Grasmere.

We had a fantastic time learning about our local nature and habitats. Our trip really helped us to extend our Geography work on sustainable development and habitat creation.

Autumn 1 2021

What a lovely start to the year! We were lucky enough to to have Mass in school and we dodged the rain to complete our sponsored run.

in English we collected autumn items from the school field and used them to help us write and perform our own autumn poetry.

We learned to sing ‘Lean on Me’ in music and performed it for another class.

On art day we studied the artist Wassily Kandinsky. We learned about his life and art and then produced our own version of one of his paintings.

Summer 2 2021

The end of a difficult year was great fun and action packed.

We visited Furness Abbey and borrowed some monk costumes to support our learning about our local history.

We were lucky enough to be allowed back into church for Mass and some of the class went on an orienteering morning at the local zoo.

The highlight of the half-term was our trip to Manchester where we visited Old Trafford, went to Chill Factore and had our evening meal at Pizza Hut in the Trafford Centre.


Summer 1 2021

We had a lovely first half to the summer term. On Art Day we planned and made a Roman coiled pot, and painted them.

We had a lovely pyjama day ending in a bedtime story with cushions and teddies.

We learned about why deserts are dry and jungles are wet by learning about climate zones. And we enjoyed getting outside for our PE and other learning as the weather warmed up.

Spring 2 2021

What an amazing half term! We started by welcoming our new student teacher, Miss Watkin, to our class. Next, we welcomed three new class members to our class, and then, to top it all off, we welcomed our whole class back into the classroom! It was so lovely to all be back together again and Mr McGoldrick treated us all to an ice cream!

We had a fabulous interactive internet safety session provided by Internet Legends. We have all been very excited about our writing this half term. It has all been based around the book 'When the Crayons Came Home'. First we wrote a letter in character as Maroon Crayon and then we wrote a narrative based on the book.

In DT we have planned and made a Roman Bulla to hold Roman coins and lucky charms to be made on Art Day. Also, in History we learned about why the Romans invaded Britannia.

Spring 1 2021

This half term we came back to school with only some of our pupils in class. It has been lovely to see our classmates on Zoom, but it just hasn't been the same as being able to talk and play together like normal. We continued with all our usual learning, using Zoom and Showbie to support our learning.

We started our fabulous new book Roman Quests: Escape from Rome, ready to support our Romans topic next half term. We had fun with our teachers doing a masked reader event, and we wrote letters to our friends who we couldn't see in person because of the lockdown.

Autumn 2 2020

It has been another strange term, but we have managed to stay in school for the whole half term. We continued our Victorians topic and used our knowledge to write a report about conditions in workhouses in English. We did a lot of work on multiplication and division in Maths.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t go to Beamish for our Topic trip as they were in a Tier 3 area, so we reorganised and went for a more local trip to Muncaster castle. We were given a tour by a Victorian maid and met a Victorian school inspector. We finished with a Victorian craft session.

Autumn 1 2020

We had a lovely start to the term in our brand-new, enormous room. Things have been different in school because of COVID-19, but we didn't let that stop us!

We began our topic on the Victorians and found out about the artist L S Lowry. He didn't actually paint in the Victorian era, but his subjects of Victorian urban areas helped us to understand what Barrow looked like in Victorian times. We painted an urban scene in his style of "match-stalk men and match-stalk cats and dogs" while singing the song about his life.

We had planned to visit Barrow Archives and Local Studies Centre to find out about the |Victorian Railway system and how it affected Barrow. Restrictions meant that we couldn't go, so Susan, one of their archivists had a virtual visit with us via Zoom, helping us to use primary and secondary sources.

For our second English unit, free verse poetry, we took a wonderful autumn walk to the old quarry and How Tun woods. We used our senses to discover what autumn is like and collected items to inspire our poetry.

"Wow, that view is amazing!"

In the last couple of weeks, we unfortunately had to go into isolation. We didn't let this stop us! We continued our learning from home, meeting every day for all our normal lessons and assemblies using Zoom and Showbie.

"It's really nice seeing everyone on Zoom"

Summer 2 2020

This half term, we continued to work hard at our home learning while staying safe at home.

All the time we were looking forward to our end of year events: home camping and our socially distanced 'Brighter Days are Coming' event.

At our 'Brighter Days are Coming' event, we arrived in our bright clothes to see all of our teachers and many other school staff. We took part in craft activities themed around each colour of the rainbow. We also had the chance to pay our respects to our well-loved bus driver, Ronnie, who tragically died while we were away from school. We were pleased to dedicate our new school bus to him - 'The Ronnie Bus' as the children had always known it. Finally, we had a free ice cream as we left to return home.

We look forward to the brighter days when we can return to school to spend time and learn with our friends and the school staff.

Summer 1 2020

Not being in school has been strange this half term. We have continued our home learning, but we have taken the opportunity to spend quality time with our families, doing new things together that we might never have done otherwise. Luckily we have been blessed with the beautiful weather.

As well as our home learning, Mr McGoldrick's daily challenges have had us doing some very strange things!

Spring 2 2020

Our Topic learning was enhanced with a wonderful visit to Hadrian's wall. We visited the remains of the Roman fort, Vindolanda, and the Roman Army Museum.

Book day was great fun and we dressed up in a huge range of fabulous costumes.

Spring 1 2020

This half term we began our Topic learning about the Roman occupation of Britain. We learned about the extent of their empire and when they invaded Britain. We learned about their relationship with the British tribes such as the Iceni and learned and recorded a poem about Boudicca.

Autumn 2 2019

In the second half of Autumn Term we continued our Topic work learning about WW2 and began to focus our learning on the local area and the 'Barrow Blitz'. 

We visited the Dock Museum and took part in a workshop about WW2 in Barrow, and then walked back to school using original War Department maps to identify which areas had been bombed. We noticed that where buildings had been bombed there was either still a gap in the Victorian buildings or newer buildings had been built.

We also had great fun building our bomb shelters in DT and creating videos to describe our building process using our iPads.

Autumn 1 2019

We have had a wonderful start to the year. Year 4 began their learning about World War II with some beautiful silhouette artwork depicting the drama of the Blitz.


Along with Year 3 we led a hosted a beautiful Mass in school celebrating God's gifts to us in the harvest, including a blessing of our collections for the food bank. We also prepared for our parish Novena with a Mass at St. Mary's where we lit candles and asked Mary, Our Mother in heaven to intercede for us through praying the Hail Mary.


We had an inspirational workshop led by Desiree from CAFOD. We learnt about the Rights of the Child, and how many children in the world have their basic rights denied.


We were excited to get our one to one iPads and beginning to learn hour we can use them to enhance our enjoyment of learning.