Welcome to Year 4
Welcome to our page and thank you for visiting! Here, find out what Year 4 are up to, view some of our amazing work and keep up-to-date with notices and dates important to our year group.
Welcome to Year 4
On this page, we will share important dates and information for reference throughout the year, as well as celebrating the fantastic learning happening in Year 4.
Year 4 Staff Team:
Mrs E Bennett (4EB Class Teacher)
Miss B Sharrock (4TL Class Teacher)
Mrs N Carr (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs K Leicester (Teaching Assistant)
Here, we will post important dates and information.
This half-term, children will require their PE kits on Fridays where PE will take place in the afternoon. Please ensure children are equipped with kit for both indoor and outdoor lessons. Where children have ear piercings, they must remove these for PE and be capable of taking out their own jewellery. Please see our uniform policy for further information. Year 4 will be swimming on a Wednesday this half-term.
November 2023 - Autumn Term
Welcome back to Year 4’s class page! The weeks are flying by as we creep towards the Christmas break. We are thoroughly enjoying our work on our first Year 4 Unit ‘Anglo Saxons and Vikings’. The children have loved reading ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell and have adopted the role of Dragonologists very well. The children produced some fantastic non-chronological reports on their individualised dragons alongside their remarkable sketches of dragon features.
To add context to our novel, we have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in our History lessons. Year 4 have loved identifying the areas of Britain which were named by the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings that still exist today. We are amazed at how absorbed the children are by this unit this year and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the extra learning that children have been doing at home. In Design and Technology lessons, children have been busy creating design criteria for a Viking longship sail which they then used to plan prototypes for a longship sail in small groups. In the coming weeks, the children will spend a whole day creating the base and sail of a Viking longship and assemble them to withstand the conditions of the North Sea. The children will then test their sail designs and identify strengths and areas which they would like to develop. We cannot wait to see the children’s prototypes come to life!
Already this year, Year 4 have faced place value, coordinates, the four operations, methods of multiplication and shape! Utilising our ‘orange retrieval’ approach, children have been recalling previous learning to help them with new. We are very impressed with the children’s determination and perseverance in all lessons to fill any gaps in their learning. In order to ensure the children are fully prepared for the multiplication check in the Summer term, and to ensure they are sufficiently developing their mental maths skills, we have a discrete mental maths lesson each Friday. This lesson works on a bi-weekly focus. One week the children complete an MTC and revise all their timestables whereas on the alternate week, a new table is introduced. So far this half term we have revisited the 6x from Y3 and introduced the 7s and 9s. We are also encouraging the children to continue practising their times tables on TT Rockstars at home and are regularly checking the children’s engagement with this.
Finally, we have begun our Animals Including Humans unit in science by looking at teeth. We completed a comparative test to look at the effect that different liquids have on our teeth over time using an egg and a variety of drinks. We enjoyed watching the eggs change every day, and the milk… well that was a science experiment in itself! A very strong stomach was required. We then, quite literally, delved deep into the digestive system completing a practical re-enactment of food travelling through our bodies. The children thoroughly enjoyed mimicking this messy process and learning about how the body breaks down the food into substances that the body can use. We are now focusing on food chains, food webs and grouping animals into different categories such as diet, habitat and classification. Again, it is wonderful that the children have such enthusiasm about this unit.