Carlton Junior & Infant School

Carlton Junior School
  • "The headteacher, governors and senior leaders are highly ambitious for all pupils."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The Reception provision is good. Outdoors and indoors, children access interesting and well planned learning experiences."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Pupils from different cultural backgrounds, including those at an early stage of learning English, achieve well."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Pupils behave well, enjoy their lessons and are proud of their school. They say how safe and well cared for they feel."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Parents are positive about the school's work. They value the ways in which staff prepare their children for life in modern Britain, and in their local multi-cultural community."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The school is led by an inspirational headteacher. She has high expectations of all pupils, and is highly regarded by parents, and by all who work alongside her."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The quality of teaching in Reception is good. Children from different cultures and heritages happily play together. They display overall positive behaviour and attitudes to learning.."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The quality of pupils' learning is good. They cooperate well together in groups, persevere well as individuals, and make good use of opportunities to share and refine their ideas with each other."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Teaching is good because most teachers plan interesting activities that encourage pupils to think for themselves."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The school's motto 'dream, aspire, achieve' underpins pupils' good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Staff help all children to become confident citizens of the future."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The school promotes exceptionally well the fundamental British values of freedom, law and, equality of opportunity."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Partnerships with parents are good. Parents express confidence in the work of the school, and the impact that it has on their children's lives."
    OFSTED 2015
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Year 4

Hello and Welcome to Year 4

 Mrs Kamal is our class teacher; Mrs Audsley and Mrs Mahetar are our support staff.

We hope that you will support us and your child to enhance their learning this year. Please feel free to come and speak to us if you have any questions. 



Year 4 did some spectacular work about volcanoes. In small groups they had to research facts about a volcano and present this information on a poster.

Children used laptops, Ipads, books and newspaper articles to carry out their research. The work produced shows great team work and excellent learning.

On Monday 13th February, Sam Paetcher, a Science expert from Boffin Projects to come into school and work with Year 4 children, on the ‘Science of Sound’.

During the morning, Sam worked with the children to help them understand,

  • How sound is made
  • The difference between high, low, loud and quiet notes
  • How sound travels through the air and many other media
  • What kinds of materials conduct and amplify sound and which insulate and dampen it
  • How sounds are produced, amplified and pitch altered in a variety of brass, wind, string and percussion instruments.

 A big thank you to all our parents who came in the afternoon to support us in making a musical instrument using a variety of tools and materials.


Bring a Parent to School Week

This week in Year 4, we invited our parents into our classroom. Our parents worked with us to learn about Chinese New Year. First we had to mind map what we already know, then after learning facts from a Power Point, we added our new learning to the mind map.  We also completed questions involving negative numbers, and we wrote a character description of a character from our class novel- The Iron Man.

Our parents were amazed to see that we are very confident in applying fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and similes to our writing based on our character description.




This week in Year 4 we had a visit from Irie Steelpan Workshops (Junior and Marcel). We found this experience educational and entertaining. This workshop gave the children an opportunity to experience live music, to learn about the history and how the steel pans are made and played. Junior and Marcel used picture illustrations, tools, and gave children opportunity to ask them questions.

Junior commented that Year 4 children asked them questions that were challenging to answer and very thoughtful- Well done Year 4!!

Year 4 are busy preparing letters to share with the children from Fieldhead Academy. We are very interested to find out about the school environment of Fieldhead Academy. We look forward to our first meeting, where we will have the opportunity to ‘get to know’ our new friends from Fieldhead Academy. 

We had a lovely time meeting our friends from Fieldhead Academy. We look forward to welcoming them to our school in March.



Creating and describing a character has been our focus in English this week. We have used super adjectives, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and our imaginations to write a super character description about the appearance and behaviour of our character. We have started to use our character in our imaginative story writing task.


In Science we have started our new topic which is Sound. This week we engaged in a ‘Sound Walk’ inside and outside our school. We were amazed to hear so many different sounds in our surroundings.

In Maths, most children in our class have moved away from learning about 4 digit numbers to 5 digit numbers. Most of us have a super understanding and a very confident in reading, writing and comparing 5 digit numbers. We have also completed Maths challenges on 4 and 5 digit number.

Children have been working with Ben, from Huddersfield Giants to develop their rugby skills. This is a 6 week programme, which will teach children the basic skills in rugby. The aim of this learning is to encourage children to participate in more rugby and enjoy it!

Year 4 have loved their first session with Ben, and look forward to the next week.


In Design and Technology we designed a pencil case or a phone holder for a person, taking into consideration their preferences. We used felt squares, which we had to sew together by using and applying our previous knowledge of stitches. Part of the design was to ensure that it fastened with a button.

In English we had to create our own fictional character which we will use as part of an independently written adventure story. In order to create an imaginative character we studied characters created by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl’s work inspired us to be imaginative with our character design.

In Maths, we are learning to read, interpret and solve problems using information in bar graphs, including reading scales on axis. As part of our learning we collected data and presented this information in a bar chart.


In English we have been studying and writing Haiku poems. A haiku is a Japanese poem with three lines, and each line has a certain number of syllables. We used powerful verbs, adjectives, similes and metaphors to write our own haiku poems about Autumn and Winter. We are now converting our haiku into tanka poem. We are trying hard to use personification in our poetry.


In Maths we have been doubling and halving two digit and three digit numbers. We are also working hard to double and halve odd numbers. We have started working with numbers involving decimals.




On Monday, we had a visitor in Year 4. His name was Mr. Mahmood. Mr Mahmood bought into our class weapons that were used in World War 1 or World War 2.  We looked at mortars, rifle- MG42, shotgun, German and English grenades. We looked at the helmets soldiers wore during the War. Mr Mahmood told us that many soldiers came to fight from India.

In our topic lessons, we have been using the model of trenches that we made at home over half term holiday to help us write a diary entry. We have been writing from the perspective of a World War 1 soldier, living in the trenches and experiencing the Christmas truce. Mrs Kamal said our written work is ‘exceptional and outstanding’.


This week in English we have been discussing the meaning and impact of metaphors in poetry. We worked in small groups to mind map and discuss our ideas. We now understand the impact metaphors have.



In Maths we have been learning about the different triangles. We are confident in drawing and labelling different triangles. Some children are able to add right angles and line of symmetry to their triangles.


This week in Year 4 we have been learning about imagery poetry. We analysed a poem about Bonfire Night, by looking for features like rhyming, repetition, alliteration, similes, onomatopoeia and interesting vocabulary. In Art we have fun producing Firework pictures using paint, chalk and glitter.

In Maths we have been learning about regular and irregular polygons. We later applied this understanding to help us sort out shapes using a Carroll Diagram. We will also look at 3D shapes and sort these shapes out using a Venn diagram.


Year 4 went on a visit to Lotherton Hall as part of their WW1 topic. They took part in a workshop where they had to prepare forthe wounded soldiers arrival and be able to administer basic first aid.

They had to be able to assist in bandaging, using slings and the stretcher. The children worked really well and were very focused on all the activities, we were very proud of them all.

Week Commencing 10.10.16

This week in Year 4 has been an exceptionally busy learning week. On Monday in our English lesson, as a class we made Fruit Salad. The purpose behind this activity was to increase our vocabulary and understanding on the different types of imperative verbs and adverbs that were taking place as Mrs Kamal was showing us how to make fruit salad. Mrs Audsley supported our learning by making a list of the imperative verbs and adverbs that were taking place, this helped us to increase our vocabulary and later on we will apply this learning into our writing.


Also on Monday, Mrs Kamal arranged a visitor to come into our Science lesson, to increase our knowledge and understanding of dental hygiene and the importance of regularly brushing our teeth. Ms Shukrana from Batley Carr Dental Surgery came into school. She modelled to us how to brush our teeth. Ms Shukrana also carried out an experiment with us to help us understand how many spoons of sugar there are in certain types of drinks. Did you know a 330ml of cola can has 8 teaspoons of sugar in it? A big thank you to Ms Shukrana for visiting us and giving everybody in our class a tube of toothpaste.


In English we have completed our unit on non- chronological report. As a final piece of work we had to research a country and use the information from our research to produce a non- chronological report about a country. As a class we have learnt many facts about different countries. Mrs Kamal is very impressed with the quality of work produced from most children in Year 4, as our work has features expected from a non- chronological report like sub headings, detailed paragraphs, topic words and a range of punctuation.

We would like to share with reports about Egypt and India. What facts have you learnt from our reports?

In Maths we have been adding 2 and 3 digit numbers, using the schools calculation policy. At first some children in our class found this tricky but over the week we have worked extremely hard. We are now able to solve word problems with 2 or 3 digit numbers and some children are adding a 3 digit number to another 3 digit number.

In Art we have been looking at landscape drawings and how artist use one-point perspective. We discussed what the horizon, foreground and background was and how artist use a vanishing point. Take a look at how we are creating our own landscapes.



In Topic we are looking at the causes of World War 1. This week we learnt about how Europe was divided during 1914, and we learnt about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Our task was to write a newspaper report on this event. Take a look at our work!


In English we have been studying how to write a non- chronological report. As a class we researched some factual information about Sharks and presented this as a non- chronological report.

We all worked exceptionally well, Ismaeel exceeded expectations and wrote an outstanding report about sharks. Ms Mahmood was so impressed with Ismaeel’work and he received a Head teacher's Award' and a special prize! Well done Ismaeel!

Can you see all the features of a non- chronological report in Ismaeel’s work?

What have you learnt from this super report about Sharks?


This week in English Mrs Kamal made our work challenging by asking us to research a country. We used books and the internet to make notes on our chosen country. We will be using these notes to produce another non- chronological report, this work will be done independently and show our skills and progression in this unit of work. We look forward to sharing some reports with you.



In P.E our unit for this term is Gymnastics and Dance. This week we are learning how to balance with our partner's help. We are also looking at mirror imaging and constructing a routine in pairs.


In Year 4 our Science topic is Teeth and Healthy Eating.

We have been using a dental mirror to investigate our teeth, with the help of our partner. We then completed a dental chart which shows the number and types of teeth we currently have. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our learning in Science this week.

In Maths we have been working on place value. Our objective was to compare pairs of 4-digit numbers using the symbols < and >. We all worked exceptionally well and understood the objective. Take a look at Zain’s work.  Well done Year 4!


As part of our topic on World War 1 we have been looking at the continents and oceans of our world.

 In English we have been writing an adventure story.

Our target was to write independently and to use VCOP to make stories interesting for our readers.