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Year 4

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We are looking forward to an exciting year with lots of great learning opportunities and fun activities for the children to get involved with.  You can find out more about what Year 4 are learning, taking part in and enjoying further down this page in our curriculum section.  If you have any questions about Year 4, please speak to the class teachers at the end of the day who will be happy to offer support and help where needed.

The Year 4 staff team is made up of class teachers:

Miss Clarke, Miss Laxton and Mrs Nundy

We are also very lucky to have additional support in class from

 Miss Watson, Mrs Sacks, Mrs Smith and Mrs Toothill

Our current School Council Representatives.



Return homework

Spelling Test

Bring in PE kit - PE is in the afternoon. Children will change into PE kit.




Reading Records to be sent home

Bring in PE kit - PE is in the afternoon. Children will change into PE kit.



Swimming kit



Library books to be in school

Send in any certificates/trophies to celebrate in our Key Stage 2 Celebration Assembly



PE kit (for Golden Time if required)


In English we will be reading 'The Iron Man' which is a story with a dilemma. We will be developing our comprehension skills  as well as writing a variety of text types including setting descriptions, character descriptions, dialogue, diary entries, and newspaper articles. Our aim this half term is to include paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme, to use nouns instead of nouns to avoid repetition and to continue including fronted adverbs to vary sentence structure.


This term we will be focusing on a variety of different maths topic over the course. Below is the overview Year 4 will be covering this term. 



This half term we are studying mountains. 

After finding out about how mountains are formed children will investigate, through research, other places in the UK, Europe and the wider world that have similar physical environments i.e. mountains. Using different sources the children will then focus on their individual choice of mountain range and consider what the advantages and disadvantages of living on a mountain might be. They will investigate weather patterns and how these change over time (seasonally and a longer duration). They will consider how these changes impact on human activity – link to tourism and climate change. 

We will end our exciting topic with the creation of a information booklet about living on a specific mountain range.


Below is our knowledge organiser.



Switched on

In Science, we are focusing on understanding and making complete circuits using light-bulbs, buzzers and motors. We are learning about materials that conduct electricity and materials that do not (insulators). We have made a variety of complete circuits and created breaks in the circuit to see what would happen. When looking at the light-bulb we have investigated the filament in the bulb and understand that when this is broken it causes a break in the circuit.  After lots of investigation, we will focus on circuit which are not working and think about how we can make these complete.

In D.T. this half term, we will linking our Science topic 'Electricity' to our DT topic to design a game similar to 'Operation'. We will be using our knowledge of circuits to wire up the game and our design brief to make a fun and interactive game for an 8 year old child.



Our new topic is inspired by our class novel Aladdin by Philip Pullman and our trip to watch the live action film at the Town hall last week. We were very fortunate to have a visit from Mr Sacks, an oriental rug dealer and expert. We looked very carefully at the rugs he brought in and learnt so much! We are looking forward to making our own Aladdin Magic Carpets in Art over the next couple of weeks. 


This term in Year 4, we will be looking at a whole host of different books whilst also studying our significant author Philip Pullman.  He is a very well-known, award winning author and we are looking forward to learning a lot more about him and comparing his different stories. In Autumn Term 1, we will be reading 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'.

In Year 4 we read through a variety of activities. In the morning, the children read with a buddy. After listening to them read, they ask their buddy a 'VIPER' style question. We also read a class novel daily during our English lesson. We then either answer 'VIPER' comprehension questions or use our reading to enhance our writing sessions. At the end of the day, we read for pleasure. 4ZC are currently reading Philip Pullman's book 'I was a Rat' and 4VL are currently reading 'The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe'. Throughout the week, children may have an opportunity to read 1:1 with an adult in class. We even manage to find time to read during our topic lessons too! 

Summer Reading Challenge!

Useful documents

Useful Links

Lineham Farm

Year 4 had a fantastic time at Lineham Farm developing their team work skills, perseverance and outdoor learning. 

Maths - 11 and 12 times table.


During Maths we have been looking at arrays and how we could represent the 11 and 12 times tables. We then looked at part whole models to help us with our 12 times tables before representing it with base 10 and multi link. 



In our Science experiment we have been looking at the important role of toothpaste and how it helps to keep our teeth clean. We then looked at how different types of drink can effect our teeth. 

Making sewn Christmas decorations

Design Technology - Mince Pies 


Today we have been making Mince Pies. We have been learning all about where mince pies come from, the history of them and whether they are healthy or not. We then thought about a creative design that would help sell our mince pies at the Christmas Fair. 

Year 4 P.E 


In P.E we have been developing our throwing skills. We then played a competitive games with different challenges and rewards 

Forest Schools

Today we went into the local woods and played team games and made a skeleton using the objects found in the wood.

Now Press Play - Mental Maths 


Today in Maths the children went to Central Park on Christmas Eve! They took part in a murder mystery to help solve the case of a suspicious death of a homeless man. They had to solve many problems to find out who the murderer was! 


Superhero Challenge 

We have been taking part in the 'Storytime Competition: Draw a Superhero'. We talked about different superheroes and what it is that makes them a superhero. We were then given time to draw our superhero before writing a description underneath! 


Mountain Climates 

We have been investigating what life would be like on a mountain. We have been learning about the different climates and how it is effected. We then used our information to create a poster to help other children learn about mountain climates.

Geography - Oddizzi 


We have been using Oddizzi to find out what a mountain is and how it is different to a hill! The children went looking for answers to some tricky questions before completing the UMBUZO quiz - Mountains.

Today in English, we created a scene from the book ‘Firework Makers Daughter'. After reading a section of chapter 1, we used paper to bring the scene to life. Children made different characters and parts before coming together to make a town. We then discussed some of the things we could see, smell and hear when we were there.