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Welcome to Year 4

Last update: 5.02.18


Please see the link at the bottom of the page for this weeks star learner and the homework sheets.


                                                   4JH                                                                  4W



The class web page is a great place to come to for information about what is going on in class. It also explains what things you need to be doing, both at home and at school to get the best out of your time in Year 4.


The page is updated each week with new homework sheets, spellings etc. You can also find the IPC Topic homework tasks, photos of things we've done and reminders - such as letters and important dates.


Keep checking back regularly and any questions please see one of the Year 4 team. Here's to a great year!


Staff Members


4JH: Mrs Halpin/Mrs Jones - Class Teacher                4W:  Miss Walker - Class Teacher 

             Mrs Midgley - Teaching Assistant                                   Mrs McAndrew - Teaching Assistant

             Mrs Barron/Mrs Hodgson - Learning Support                Mrs Crowther - Learning Support

                                                                                                            Miss Khan (maternity cover)



Key Information about Class Routines:

  • School starts at 8.50am and children should line up on the playground with their class. They will then be escorted to class by the class teacher and the TA. 
  • All Year 4 pupils should wear their Blue PE kit on Mondays for when they participate in their enrichment activities.
  • Year 4 will have PE on Tuesdays, for 4JH this will be swimming until Feb Half Term. After half term they should wear their blue kit on Tuesdays as well as on Mondays. 4W should come in Blue PE kit on Tuesdays until Feb Half Term. After half term they will begin swimming lessons on Tuesdays.
  • Library books will be changed as and when children finish their books and complete their quizzes, any lost library books will incur a £5 charge.
  • Home work will be sent out each Monday for completion by the following Monday & a spelling test will be completed on Monday mornings.
  • The alloctaed year 4 Class will go swimming each Tuesday at 1pm please ensure your child has their swimming kit with them on this day.


Key Dates for Year 4:

Tuesday 2nd January - Spring Term 1 starts

Wednesday 17th January Year 4 Cyber Awareness session - to be rescheduled (due to snow)

Thursday 25th January NSPCC assembly

5th - 9th February E Safety Week

Friday 9th February - Close for half term holidays

Monday 19th February - Spring Term 2 starts

4W start swimming lessons after the half term holidays

4JH will visit Buckden house on 19/3/2018 more information will be given nearer the time.

4W will visit Buckden house on 21/3/2018 more information will be given nearer the time.

Thursday 29th March - Break for Easter Holidays

Monday 16th April - Summer Term 1 starts.



Current Topic: Land, Sea and Sky

Start date: 22.1.2018


The Big Idea

Plants and animals can adapt to living almost anywhere on our Earth. Wherever we look on the land, in the sea and in the sky, we find living things that have evolve


Explaining the Theme

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

How water plants are different from other plants

How fish have adapted to living in water

How birds are adapted to flying

How to create a classification key to group animals

About different kinds of rocks and soils

How fossils are formed

About food chains in different world habitats

About the life cycles of plants and animals

About different kinds of rocks and soils

How fossils are formed


In International, we’ll be finding out:

How environmental changes are a threat to the world’s coral reefs

About Earth Day and how we can help our planet


Previous Topic: How Humans Work

Start date: 6/11/17


The Big Idea

Your body is like an engine that never stops working. By knowing how your body works you can learn to look after it better and stay healthy. 


Explaining the Theme

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

That we need light in order to see

How human teeth compare to animal teeth

How our body uses food and water

How our heart works to keep us alive

All about skeletons and muscles

About the human life cycle

Why exercise is good for us

How tobacco and alcohol harm the body

Which foods keep us healthy and why


In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

How to plan and prepare a healthy meal


In International, we’ll be finding out:

About people’s health problems

If we can improve the health of the world's children




In Maths this half term we will be looking at adding and subtracting fractions using terms, symmetry, units of measure, word problems and powers of.



In Literacy this half term we will be working on recounts, recipes, leaflet writing, story writing and persuasive writing. We will also be covering a range of spelling, punctuation and grammar including present perfect tense, using speech marks, plurals and much more

Previous Topic: Temples, Tombs and Treasures

Start date: (19/9/17)


The people who helped create the first great civilisations were not unlike you and me. Today we can learn a lot about these people and their way of life through the things they left behind – from everyday objects to magnificent and rare treasures.


In History, we’ll be finding out:

Why rivers were important to ancient civilisations

What daily life was like in Ancient Egypt

How to write using Egyptian hieroglyphics

About the different rulers of Egypt

About Ancient Egyptian religion and burials

How the Ancient Egyptians might have built the pyramids

About the treasures discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb

How to use different sources to find out about Ancient Sumer

How to compare life in Ancient Sumer with life in Ancient Egypt


In Art, we’ll be finding out:

How to plan and create our own tomb wall painting

How to make an Ancient Egyptian headdress


In International, we’ll be finding out:

How to plan an Ancient Egyptian celebration to share with friends and family


Previous Topic: Brainwaves

Start date: (4/9/17)


Over 2-3 weeks Year 4 will be thinking about ‘The art of learning’. During this unit we will be focusing on tasks that explore positive learning. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups.In this unit, children will be learning about:

How different people learn

the importance of practice when learning a skill

 how the brain works

how to make connections between our learning

 How we can share our learning with others

Why it is important to learn from other children and cultures around the world

How positive thinking can help us to succeed

How to look after our brain


During the Brainwaves unit our English lessons focus on creating posters and leaflets all about the brain as well as handwriting, spelling and comprehension.


We have now finished topic 'Brainwaves' and have learnt all about how our brains work and how we learn best. We enjoyed producing some fantastic leaflets, posters and teaching others our wake up shake up routines. Let's hope we can use our amazing brains in year 4 and be fantastic learners!