Merton Bank Primary School

'Never less than our best'

Merton Bank Primary School, Roper Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ


Welcome to Year 4 

Caring          Respect          Empathy          Courage          Resilience 

Our Year 4 Team

Teacher - Mr N. Bullough and Mrs I. Milburn

 Our dedicated team is committed to providing a learning environment that promotes respect, responsibility, and independence. We understand the significance of nurturing each child's well-being while fostering a modern, friendly atmosphere.

We believe in creating a caring and inclusive atmosphere where every child feels valued and respected. Our goal is to equip them with the necessary skills to become responsible and independent learners. In Year 4, we aim to ignite a passion for learning and encourage critical thinking.

Our approach to teaching and learning is rooted in promoting a modern and dynamic educational experience, ensuring that our children are well-prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. We prioritise the holistic development of each child in Year 4, reinforcing the importance of emotional and social well-being alongside academic progress.

Moreover, our friendly and approachable team are dedicated to fostering a positive and supportive relationship with both the children and their families. We believe that a strong partnership between home and school is essential for the overall development of every child.

We look forward to nurturing and guiding your child on their educational journey, and we are committed to ensuring that they thrive in our Year 4 class!

Times of the school day

Doors open 8:45am, registration closes at 8.55am.  Your child must be in school by 8.55am.

The school day ends at 3:15pm

Your child will enter and leave school via the Roper Street Gate entrance.

Safeguarding is high priority at Merton Bank so please understand we may need to check if someone else is picking your child up.  Please always inform the office if someone new is collecting.  Thank you for your understanding with this.


This term (Spring 1) we have PE and swimming every Wednesday, please ensure that your child attends school on these days in their PE kit.  On these days children must wear the following PE uniform: white polo shirt/ t-shirt, black shorts and trainers/pumps. We expect high standards of PE kits, please contact one of the team if you require any support. 


In Year 4, we learn to play the ukulele every Tuesday with Mr Garner!

Learning to play an instrument is a valuable and enriching experience that stimulates the brain and provides numerous cognitive and emotional benefits. The ukulele, a versatile and accessible instrument, offers a unique opportunity for our children to develop essential skills while discovering the joy of music.

Studies have shown that engaging in music education improves cognitive functions such as memory and abstract reasoning, which are crucial for success in subjects like mathematics and science. Playing the ukulele also fosters skills in leadership and team-building, as our children learn to collaborate and communicate effectively in group settings. Moreover, it instils a deep appreciation for the rewards of working with others towards a common goal.

Embracing music as a regular part of life has the added benefit of promoting emotional well-being. Music has the power to soothe the mind and keep individuals calm, helping them navigate through the challenges of everyday life. In addition, mastering a musical instrument, such as the ukulele, instils a sense of pride and achievement, boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Furthermore, the process of learning to play the ukulele encourages individuals to express themselves creatively, fostering a deep sense of self-awareness and confidence. It also requires the use of both sides of the brain, enhancing memory power and cognitive abilities.

Multiplication tables check (MTC)

Learning times tables is a crucial skill for every child in their mathematical journey. That's why, every week, we dedicate time to practising and mastering our times tables. By using fun and interactive tools like TT Rockstars on the iPad, we make learning times tables enjoyable and effective. The regular practice helps children to build fluency and confidence in their numerical abilities.

The weekly times tables practice is not just about assessment, but also about identifying areas of improvement and providing individualised support to each child in Year 4. By consistently revisiting and reinforcing times tables, we ensure that children have a solid foundation for tackling more complex mathematical concepts in the future.

With dedication and regular practice, our children are able to develop a deep understanding of multiplication and division, setting them up for success in their academic pursuits. So, let's rock those times tables and conquer the world of maths!

Autumn term learning

Spring term learning

Summer term learning


Coding, Programming and Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Computing has become an integral part of the modern society, permeating nearly every aspect of our lives. In our classroom, it plays a vital role in preparing students for the digital age.

One valuable aspect of computing education is the incorporation of software and tools such as Tinkercad and Computer-Aided Design (CAD). These tools provide our children with opportunities to develop their creative thinking and problem-solving skills through hands-on experiences. By designing and creating their own virtual models, our children gain practical knowledge in a stimulating and ambitious environment.

Coding, another crucial component of computing education, empowers our children to become creators rather than mere consumers of technology. Platforms like Scratch, which is widely used across Merton Bank, enables students to design and code their own interactive stories, games, and animations. This fosters critical thinking, logical reasoning, and collaboration.

Furthermore, computing education encourages our children to explore computational thinking, which involves breaking down complex problems into logical steps and building algorithms to solve them. These skills are not only essential for computer science but also transferable to other subjects and real-life situations.

The inclusion of computing in the classroom offers our children an invaluable opportunity to develop essential skills for the digital world. Through the use of tools like Tinkercad, CAD, ambitious coding projects, and platforms like Scratch, our children become active participants in the digital landscape, equipped with the expertise to thrive in an increasingly technology-driven society.

Mark Rothko and Michelangelo inspired creations

Art plays a vital role in the educational journey of our children in the classroom. It provides a platform to engage with creativity and self-expression, allowing young minds to explore and communicate ideas in a unique way.

One influential artist who showcases the significance of art in our classroom is Mark Rothko. His abstract expressionist paintings encourage our children to delve into their emotions and interpretations of colour and form. By studying artists like Rothko, our children develop critical thinking skills and learn to appreciate the diverse perspectives that art offers.

Art also provides a gateway to history and culture. The works of Michelangelo, for example, allow our children to connect to the Renaissance period and understand the rich artistic heritage of Europe. Through studying great artists, our children develop an awareness of how art shapes and reflects society.

Within the art curriculum, concepts such as tone, shading, and sketching are taught. These techniques enhance observational skills and attention to detail. Our children learn to appreciate the use of contrasting light and dark tones, offering depth and realism to their artwork.

Implementing art in the classroom not only enhances creativity and self-expression, but also fosters skills such as problem-solving, resilience, and innovation. It provides a holistic education that caters to the diverse needs and talents of students.

Take a look at some of the exciting learning in Year 4 during Spring Term 2024


Creating myths and legends

This term, we have been exploring the exciting world of Talk 4 Writing, a powerful approach to developing writing skills. In this particular unit, we dove into the epic tale of Beowulf, as retold by renowned author Michael Morpurgo.

Within our lessons, we placed a strong emphasis on developing not only writing skills but also on fostering a deep understanding and appreciation for the English literary heritage. By using Talk 4 Writing, we engaged in exploring Beowulf through various creative activities, such as drama, role-play, and story mapping.

We dedicated time for the development of impeccable handwriting and presentation skills throughout our lessons and we believe that by instilling a high standard of presentation, it not only enhances the visual impact of our work, but also helped to develop a sense of pride and ownership of our writing.

By immersing ourselves in the world of Beowulf, we fostered our creativity, critical thinking, and literary analysis skills. Through Talk 4 Writing, we provided a platform to explore the themes, characters, and language of this timeless tale, enabling us to produce outstanding written pieces that showcase our growth as confident writers.



Our RE this term focuses on the key question, 'Is sacrifice an important part of religious life'. It encompasses a diverse range of engaging and thought-provoking topics. We delve into the investigation of the person of Jesus through the profound concept of sacrifice, exploring deeply rooted beliefs and values. We also gain insights into living religious traditions, understanding the importance of shared human experiences and the eternal search for personal meaning in a rapidly changing world.

Moreover, we explore the impactful life of Oscar Romero, drawing inspiration from his selfless acts of courage and service to others. We actively participate in creating informative posters to support our Merton Bank Food Bank, fostering a sense of community and empathy.

In addition, we immerse ourselves in the compelling story of Jesus in the wilderness, analysing how he conquered temptation and stayed true to his beliefs. This narrative serves as a powerful example of resilience and faith, guiding us towards a deeper understanding of personal challenges and triumphs.


Body parts and plurals

We have been engaging in a diverse range of Spanish language learning activities this term, focusing on parts of the body and face. Throughout this term, the focus has been on expanding vocabulary related to the parts of the face and the body, as well as mastering Spanish plural rules.

In addition to vocabulary building, we have been actively involved in creating and practising yoga sequences in Spanish, which not only enhances our language skills but also promotes physical well-being. Furthermore, we have delved into the realm of creativity by crafting written and spoken descriptions of imaginative aliens solely in Spanish.

These activities aim not only to strengthen our language proficiency but also to cultivate our creativity and critical thinking skills. Through practical application and cultural immersion, we are not just learning a language but exploring a new world of possibilities.

By integrating these varied approaches to language learning, we strive to provide a comprehensive and engaging educational experience that equips us with the linguistic skills and cultural understanding necessary for success in an increasingly interconnected world.


Teaching Live from Pie Corbett, John Sutton, and Deputy Mitchell

In Year 4, we place a strong emphasis on providing a high-quality writing education. In recent months, we have engaged in a variety of enriching learning experiences facilitated by renowned educators such as Teaching Live's Pie Corbett, John Sutton, and Deputy Mitchell.

One of the key focal points of our writing curriculum has been the exploration of the captivating book Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy. This text has served as a rich source of inspiration, allowing us to delve into the world of skyships and embark on literary adventures reminiscent of the story.

Moreover, our emphasis on spelling, punctuation, and grammar has significantly enhanced our writing skills. By honing these essential aspects of language, we have been able to craft more articulate and coherent pieces of writing.

In order to further enrich the writing process, we have incorporated a range of drama activities into our curriculum. These activities have not only stimulated our creativity but have also provided us with valuable tools for planning and structuring our writing effectively.


A visit to the famous Clonter Opera Theatre

As part of our enriching curriculum at Merton Bank, we had the unique opportunity to engage in a variety of creative tasks that maximised our learning potential and fostered a love for the arts. One standout experience was our visit to Clonter Opera Theatre in Congleton, where we were immersed in the world of performing arts.

We delved into the literary world by creating a silhouette frame inspired by a scene from "Brightstorm" by Vashti Hardy. This activity not only honed our artistic skills but also deepened our understanding of the text and its themes.

Furthermore, we showcased our musical talents by collaboratively composing a suspenseful song with a pianist, incorporating our own lyrics and music. This activity not only nurtured our creativity but also promoted teamwork and communication skills.

A highlight of the programme was the collaborative effort to bring a scene from "Brightstorm" to life by moving stage furniture whilst our silhouette was projected onto the stage. This hands-on experience allowed us to immerse ourselves in the world of theatre and visual storytelling.

We had the opportunity to work closely with a costume designer to design a costume for a character from a famous play. This task encouraged us to think critically about character development and the importance of costumes in bringing characters to life on stage.

Overall, these engaging experiences not only enhanced our creative and artistic skills but also fostered a deeper appreciation for the performing arts.

Take a look at some of the exciting learning in Year 4 during Summer Term 2024


Perseus and Medusa

Year 4 have stepped into a world of enchantment and intrigue as we dove into the captivating realm of myths and legends. With a focus on the timeless tale of Perseus and Medusa, we immersed ourselves in a journey of discovery through the power of storytelling.

Through the art of inverted commas, similes, and alliteration, Year 4 embarked on a creative exploration of language, enhancing their writing skills within the ethos of Talk for Writing. From crafting independent narratives to constructing intricate storyboards, Year 4 developed their ability to weave compelling tales that captivate the imagination.

Delving deeper into character development, we learned to create emotion graphs, breathing life into mythical figures with depth and complexity. Through role-playing activities, we were also able to embody the essence of Greek myths, bringing ancient narratives to life in the modern classroom.

With a rich tapestry of Greek myths and legends at our fingertips, Year 4 were transported to a world where gods and monsters coexist. By engaging with these timeless stories, we cultivated a love for storytelling, honing our creativity and critical thinking skills along the way.

Join us on a journey through the annals of time as we uncover the magic of myths and legends, igniting a passion for storytelling that will endure for a lifetime.


Decimals, money, time, shape, statistics, position and direction

In the Summer Term, we cover a range of essential topics such as decimals, time, money, shape, statistics, position, and direction.

At Merton Bank, we place a strong emphasis on nurturing metacognition in our children, encouraging them to reflect on and take ownership of their learning. Through a combination of guided practice and independent exploration, Year 4 will develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts while honing their problem-solving skills and reasoning abilities.

We are proud to incorporate the renowned White Rose Maths approach into our teaching, ensuring that our children benefit from high-quality resources and pedagogy. By linking with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), it enables us to stay at the forefront of innovative teaching practices and methodologies.

As advocates of STEM education, we integrate STEM sentences into our lessons, fostering cross-curricular connections and helping children see the real-world relevance of mathematics. Our focus on maths fluency ensures that children in Year 4 develop speed and accuracy in their mathematical calculations, setting a strong foundation for further learning.


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Here come the Vikings!

Year 4 are embarking on an educational voyage through the exciting era of the Vikings! We delve into a time when Norsemen, renowned for their fearless exploits, navigated the seas in powerful longships, leaving an indelible mark on British history.

We are stepping back in time to Lindisfarne, where the Viking raid of 793 AD shook the Anglo-Saxon world. We are comparing and contrasting the differing lifestyles of the Anglo-Saxons and the Viking settlers, examining primary and secondary sources to evaluate the historical narratives.

Year 4 are going to witness the clash of cultures as Alfred the Great of Wessex defended his kingdom against Viking invasions, shaping the course of English history. We re going to explore the impact of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, a pivotal moment where Norman forces triumphed over the Anglo-Saxon army, forever altering the landscape of Britain.

Year 4 will journey into the world of monasteries, both sanctuaries of knowledge and targets of Viking raids. We will dig into the archaeological evidence of Viking settlements, unravelling the mysteries of their daily lives and societal structure.

Join Year 4 as we being unravelling the tapestry of the Viking Age, where history comes alive through engaging content and interactive learning experiences. We will discover the allure of the past and gain a deeper understanding of how these ancient civilizations have shaped the world we live in today!

Art and Design

Clay sculptures 

Inspired by the great masters of art, Year 4 have been incorporating a wide variety of artistic techniques and styles, from sketching to clay sculpting. We have explored the world of art through hands-on experiences, developing our skills and knowledge in a supportive and engaging environment.

One of the highlights of our topic is the opportunity to create clay sculptures and busts, drawing inspiration from myths and legends such as Medusa. By integrating our art projects with writing tasks, Year 4 have been encouraged to think critically and express their ideas through both visual and written mediums.

In our lessons, children will not only learn about art history but also engage with the works of iconic artists such as Michelangelo. Through studying their techniques and styles, Year 4 have developed a deeper understanding of art and its impact on society.

Religious Education

Islam and Christianity 

At Merton Bank, we take pride in offering a comprehensive Religious Education (RE) programme. Our topics this term provide Year 4 with a deep understanding and appreciation of various faiths, including Islam and Christianity.

In our RE lessons, children delve into the teachings of Islam, exploring the core beliefs, practices, and rituals that shape the lives of Muslims around the world. They learn about the significance of Islamic festivals such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, gaining insights into the cultural and religious customs associated with these celebrations.

Moreover, our topics extensively cover Christianity, with a specific focus on the parables of Jesus. Year 4 will examine these powerful stories to glean moral lessons and ethical teachings that are still relevant in today's world. By studying the parables, children develop critical thinking skills and moral reasoning while exploring the key messages embedded in these timeless narratives.

Through our RE programme, children are encouraged to engage in respectful dialogue and reflection, fostering tolerance, understanding, and mutual respect for diverse beliefs and cultures. We believe that by equipping all our children with knowledge and empathy towards different faith traditions, we are nurturing global citizens who are capable of contributing positively to an increasingly diverse society.

Join Year 4 on this educational journey as we explore the rich tapestry of world religions and deepen our understanding of humanity's diverse spiritual heritage.


Ukulele and famous artists!

Merton Bank is proud to offer a vibrant and diverse music programme that celebrates a wide range of musical genres and artists. As part of our music offer in Year 4, we honour legendary musicians through our "Musician of the Month" feature. Children have the opportunity to delve into the lives and works of iconic artists such as David Bowie, Nina Simone, Ethel Smyth, Elton John, Florence Price, Reem Kelani, Mozart, Joni Mitchell, Fisherman's Friends, Aretha Franklin, and Guarinder Kaur Kainth.

In our weekly music lessons, we continue to engage in ukulele classes, exploring the sweet melodies and rhythmic tunes of this versatile instrument. Our dedicated music teacher, Mr. Garner, provides expert guidance and support, nurturing children's' musical talents and fostering a lifelong love for music.

In Year 4, we believe that music plays a vital role in enhancing creativity, improving cognitive abilities, and promoting teamwork. Through our music programme, children develop essential skills such as communication, collaboration, and self-expression.

Come with us and experience the joy of music as we explore the rich tapestry of musical traditions and celebrate the timeless legacy of legendary musicians. Let the power of music enrich your life and expand your horizons!


animales de la selva y más!

At Merton Bank, and in Year 4, children not only learn the foundations of the Spanish language but also develop a deep understanding of the culture and traditions associated with it.

In our Spanish lessons, children explore a variety of exciting topics ranging from discussing jungle animals to learning about the weather in Spanish-speaking countries. We believe in creating a dynamic learning environment where children can engage with the language through fun and educational activities.

Our learning focuses on the importance of speaking and listening skills in mastering a new language. Children have plenty of opportunities to practice their pronunciation and develop their vocabulary through interactive exercises and group discussions.

In our writing sessions, children craft sentences that include plurals and focus on achieving accuracy in their grammar and spelling. We encourage creativity and critical thinking to ensure that we are confident in expressing ourselves effectively in Spanish.

To fully immerse ourselves in the Spanish language, we focus on cultural events, such as ordering traditional Spanish ice cream and celebrating Spanish festivals. These experiences not only enhance language skills but also foster a strong sense of appreciation for different cultures.


Living sustainably 

At Merton Bank School, we pride ourselves on offering a holistic education that not only equips our children with academic excellence but also fosters an environmentally conscious mindset. Situated in the beautiful county of Lancashire, our school embraces geography as a fundamental pillar of our curriculum, encouraging children to explore the world around them and understand the importance of sustainability.

Our topic this term is designed to cultivate a deep understanding of the world around us, with a strong emphasis on living sustainably, utilizing renewable and non-renewable resources responsibly, and conducting detailed environmental reviews.

In Year 4, we believe in engaging children in real-world issues. Through a hands-on approach, we will delve into the fascinating realm of renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, hydroelectric power, and wind farms. Our lessons not only educate but inspire our children to become environmentally conscious global citizens.

Through interactive activities and field trips, children will gain practical insights into the importance of sustainability. With a focus on both theory and practice, our topic encourages children to conduct environmental reviews of our school premises, fostering a sense of responsibility and care for their immediate surroundings.

Come with us and embark on an exciting journey where geography isn't just about maps and landmarks, but about shaping a sustainable future for generations to come. Let's explore, discover, and make a difference together!


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Programming and Data Handling

In Year 4, we take pride in offering a cutting-edge educational experience that integrates programming, computational thinking, and coding with real-world applications. Our children delve into the world of algorithms and explore the fascinating realm of creating and implementing computer programs that solve intricate problems.

One of the focal points of our curriculum is investigating weather patterns. Through hands-on activities and research projects, children deepen their understanding of meteorology and its impact on our daily lives. From analysing data to predicting weather phenomena, our children undertake a comprehensive study of weather science.

In our state-of-the-art facilities, children unleash their creativity by designing and constructing weather machines using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. They engage in practical projects that challenge them to apply their programming skills in innovative ways, fostering a profound appreciation for engineering and technology.

Moreover, children are given the opportunity to shine as they step into the role of meteorologists, crafting and presenting their very own weather forecast. This unique experience not only hones their presentation skills but also instils confidence and fosters a passion for scientific inquiry.

Join us in Year 4 and embark on a journey where computational prowess meets meteorological mastery, preparing our children for success in the digital age and beyond!

Design Technology

Cooking up a storm!

In Year 4, we believe that teaching children essential life skills, such as cooking with multiple components, is paramount in their educational journey.

In our class, we are dedicated to fostering a love for culinary arts among our children. As part of our curriculum, we teach children the importance of cooking meals that involve more than one component, encouraging them to explore a variety of flavours and ingredients.

During our Health and Wellbeing Week, children have the opportunity to put their culinary skills to the test with our guests, Classroom Kitchen. One of the highlights of this week is the creation of a delicious vegetable paella, where children learn the art of preparing a nutritious and flavourful dish from scratch.

By incorporating cooking activities into our curriculum, we not only teach our children how to create delicious meals but also instil in them the importance of healthy eating habits and culinary creativity. These hands-on experiences not only enhance their design and technology skills but also promote teamwork, independence, and confidence in the kitchen.


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CELLS Project

Year 4 recently had a visit from the amazing and inspiring team at the CELLS Project. Please feel free to read about this outstanding service by following the hyperlink below.

"Our mission at the CELLS project is to educate and support vulnerable young people in our community to prevent both initial and reoffending behaviours. By empowering children to realise their potential, we believe we can significantly reduce their likelihood of engaging in criminal activities and violence. In turn, this contributes to creating a safer community for all residents.

Our curriculum focusses on addressing crucial themes such as criminal involvement, gangs, exploitation, bullying, and the criminal justice system. Through our approach of engagement, empowerment, and education, we aim to foster a positive environment that encourages personal growth and deters young people from negative influences.

At the CELLS project, we are dedicated to equipping the next generation with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices and lead fulfilling lives. Together, let's engage, empower, and educate for a brighter, safer future."

Cells Project CI0 - Behavioural intervention Merseyside


Deva Roman Experience

We recently immersed ourselves in the rich history of the Roman Empire with a trip to the unique DEVA Roman Experience. We stepped back in time as we marched around Chester, chanting authentic Roman army commands and experiencing the thrill of creating a testudo formation just like the ancient Roman soldiers!

We uncovered the culinary treasures enjoyed by the Romans, including flamingo tongue and peacock brain – a true feast for the senses.

Year 4 navigated the treacherous waters and learned how to row in perfect harmony to evade mythical sea creatures like The Kraken, testing both their physical skills and teamwork abilities.

We were able tp deepen our understanding of history as we dove into the reasons behind the Roman invasion of Britain, using our knowledge to engage in thought-provoking debates and discussions.

Year 4 even got to witness the spectacle of Mrs O'Brien in action, as she showcased her prowess in the arena, slaying a gladiator with precision and skill!