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Welcome to Year 4

Last update: 11.06.18


Please see the link at the bottom of the page for the star learner information & 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 Naylor - 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 Feb half term 4JH 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 Feb half term they will begin swimming lessons on Tuesdays until we break for summer.
  • Reading books will be changed as and when children finish their books and complete their quizzes, any lost 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:

Monday 16th April - Summer Term 1 starts.

Friday 20th April - Winning house Non uniform day

Wednesday 2nd May - Class Photos

Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday

Tuesday 15th May - indoor athletics competition

Friday 25th May - close for spring bank hols


Monday 11th June - school opens

Wednesday 4th July - transition morning

Wednesday 4th July - meet the teacher evening

Wednesday 11th July - sports day

Wednesday 25th July - close for summer



Current Topic - Living Together

Start Date 20-06-18


In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
Where cacao trees are found
About the factors affecting the growth of cacao trees
About other cash crops

In History, we’ll be finding out:
Who first discovered chocolate
Who took the first chocolate to Europe
About the importance of cocoa beans for trade

In Science, we’ll be finding out:
About the ingredients in chocolate
If chocolate causes tooth decay
Why chocolate wrappers are made from special materials
What the melting point of chocolate is

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
How to make our own chocolate
What we can add to chocolate

In Art, we’ll be finding out:
How to design a wrapper for our chocolate bar

In International, we’ll be finding out:
What fair trade chocolate is
What other fair trade products there are
How important chocolate is

PreviousTopic - Living Together

Start Date 17-04-18

finish date 15.06.18


The Big Idea

We all belong to many different communities – family, friends, sports teams, activity groups, etc. However, there is one thing that every community has in common – people. We must learn how to respect, support and work with other people if we hope to become valuable contributors to the communities that we are a part of.


Explaining the Theme

In Geography we’ll be finding out:

How our school meets the needs of the community

About the buildings and services in our local area

How to identify the places and areas of interest in our local area


In History we’ll be finding out:

About the history of schools and its community

About someone who has been significant to the local community


In Art we’ll be finding out:

How to make a community sculpture for the school - homework task

How to represent ideas about community through art


In ICT & Computing we’ll be finding out:

How to use search engines, collaborative software and infographics to research and report on online digital communities


In Society we’ll be finding out:

About the different groups, that make up our community

Why rules are important for different groups


Previous 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!