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Year 4 Archive: 2016-2017

Welcome to the final summer term!

I hope you had a restful half term break. This half term our topic is ‘One World’, which will run throughout all of our subjects in class. Here is a brief overview of what the children will be learning about.


In science and geography, we will be exploring living things and their habitats. We will find out how all living things can be classified and go outside to identify plants and animals in our local environment. A big focus will be to recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things. As part of this, the children will find out about both positive and negative ways that humans can impact other animals living on the planet. We will discuss critical issues such as climate change and deforestation as part of this and the effect that these have on different habitats and the animals that live there.

Year 4 Summer 2 newsletter

Swimming notice- Wednesday 21st June

Dear Parents,

Next week, it is Drowning Prevention Week. In light of this, on Wednesday 21st June, year 4 will be taking part in a practical water safety session during our swimming lesson time. This will be led by trained lifeguards, as usual. As well as their normal swimming kit, the children are also required to bring extra clothes to wear over the top of their swimming kit: T-shirts and shorts would be ideal. Please ensure that these are packed for next Wednesday!

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.


Many thanks in advance for your help.


Miss Cairns

Deforestation: Palm Oil Investigation- we looked at everyday products to check for palm oil...

Martin House art morning with artist Sarah Jane!

Year 3 and 4 rugby tournament- led by Leeds Rhinos!

Here are useful websites to help your children at home: 


Interactive numeracy games


Mathletics -




Other Useful Websites

English, Maths, Science, ICT, RE, PE, Music, French, History, Geography.

English, Maths and Science

English, Maths and Science


I will update this list as the year progresses.


Welcome to the Summer term!

Our talented guitarists!

Whitby forms- reminder!


Dear parents,


Please ensure that you return the EVH2 consent form and meal choice by Tuesday 2nd May.


I need to inform the youth hostel of our meal choices ASAP, so require this information promptly.


Many thanks for your help and cooperation,


Miss Cairns

Geography board games!

I hope you had a restful Easter break. This half term our topic is ‘Map Madness’, which will run throughout all of our subjects in class. We will be exploring the world through maps! We will recap the continents and oceans, before moving onto investigating how the Earth is defined (including the role of the equator and northern/southern hemispheres).  At a smaller scale, we will use local OS maps to investigate features of the landscape and the use of keys. We will also conduct a comparative investigation between the coastal settlements of Whitby and Vancouver. As part of our research about Whitby, we will learn about a significant figure from the past, Captain Cook. We will also be reading an exciting adventure book called, 'Kensuke's Kingdom' about a little boy who gets washed up on a desert island...but is he alone?


Whitby Payment Cards


We gave out blue Whitby payment cards today (19.04.17). This details the remaining balance and will act as a record between home and school as you bring money in towards the trip.

You may pay the remaining balance in as many installments as you like, we just ask that the full balance has been paid by Friday 5th May 2017.

Please bring any monetary payments in an envelope. The payment card also needs to come back to school with each payment. The payment card will then be sent back home with your child as a receipt.    


Many thanks for your cooperation.

Welcome to the Spring Term!

Anglo-Saxon necklaces! Made with salt dough, paint and felt tips to add detail!

Terrific Scientific! Testing our reaction times- 24th March

Science: we investigated how we can change the pitch of sounds using elastic bands.

Science: We conducted comparative tests to find the link between the volume of sounds and the size of the vibrations that produce them

Homework Help- our class plan for our persuasive writing about the isle of Berk:

Sound! We made string telephones today to find out how sound can travel through different mediums (including the air and solids, like string!)

Incredible India! Today, we started to learn a model persuasive text off-by-heart. We used pictures and actions to help us learn the text and performed the first 2 paragraphs at the end of the lesson!

Science- today we investigated how sound is made. We made vibrations with tuning forks and watched what happened when we put them into water....

We designed and made Viking longboats in Design Technology! The children really paid attention to detail.... Well done!

We identified animal tracks on the playground today! This is to help us with our 'How to track a monster' explanation texts in literacy.

Arts week- Spring-themed dance workshop!

Tag Rugby!

Our 50 word Viking Sagas

In science, Year 4 have been really busy making and designing their own switches to make a bulb light up in order to complete a simple circuit.

It's Viking longboat time!


For our design and technology  project, Year 4 have started to make their longboats using different materials.  Once they're finished, we hope to put them in a water tray and see which travels the quickest.

Information about this half term - The Vikings are Coming!

Year 4 have been multi - tasking this week making Viking shields as well as researching and sketching ideas in order to make their Viking long boat. I'm sure you'll agree they're very creative!

Year 4 loved their first try on the trim trail! 

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their problem solving lesson and can't wait to have another go!

Year 4 tested different objects to see if they were conductors or insulators - they were surprised by some of the results!

Improving our Reading Area

We're in the middle of improving our classroom reading area. So far we have: 

  • Changed the layout 
  • Added RIC posters and questions we are working on in class
  • Added fairy lights 


Our next step is to add animals that we've drawn and painted and hang them from the ceiling!


Our theme this half term is all about Keeping Safe


This week, Year 4 began to test electrical circuits to see if the bulb would light up.  They even learnt  some of the common electrical symbols

Our Wonderful Viking Day

We had fantastic day today learning all about the Vikings from a Viking called Njal.  We focused on many activities such as:

  • Making a Viking Long Ship
  • Invading Lindesfarne 
  • Playing traditional Viking games
  • Learning about Viking daily life (making food)
  • Learning about the role of thralls (slaves)
  • And so much more!


This half term, we're focusing on a Beowulf, a very well known Viking legend.  So far, we've written descriptions of:

  • Beowulf (the hero)
  • Grendal (the villain)
  • Heorot (the setting)

Next week, children will choose one of their descriptions to edit and improve. Then they'll produce a final draft.  Watch this space as I'm going to upload some my favourite written pieces! 


Here are some rough drafts so far.

Vicious Viking Portraits

In Art this week, Year 4 learnt how to correctly sketch a portrait of a face focusing on using accurate proportions.  Here is one of my favourites so far!

We're trying to improve our spellings!

This week, we've been trying to improve our spellings by playing 'Word ships'.  Children have focused on words with the 'sc' family such as: fascinate, scenery and scientist.  Hopefully, they'll get their spellings correct next week!

Welcome to Autumn 2

This half term, children will be learning about volcanoes and other natural disasters.  They'll be making erupting 3D volcanoes, writing shape poems and even become journalists reporting on the disaster at Pompeii.

    Over the holidays, Year 4 worked really hard on their volcano project.  Here are some examples of their work displayed in class.

Our 3D Volcanoes


Year 4 finished their volcanoes and I hope you all agree, their models were fantastic! Children gathered all the ingredients they needed to make their volcanoes. Unfortunately,  only two volcanoes erupted but afterwards we completed an evaluation and thought about what we would do better next time.  Here are some of their suggestions:

  • The plastic bottles were too big
  • They didn't use enough ingredients
  • The coke was stored in a warm place and therefore went flat

Hot Chocolate Reindeers

Christmas is fast approaching and we needed to start preparing for our Christmas Fayre. We made delicious 'Hot Chocolate Reindeers' and hope to sell them for £1.00. In our Literacy lessons, we're also going to write a set of instructions explaining how we made them.


I think they'll sell fast so come to our stall as quick as you can!





Dice Frenzy!


In P.E, last week, Year 4 had a fun, active lesson playing a game called 'Dice Frenzy'. Children had to work in teams to think of six high intensity activities. They then had to roll the dice and complete the activities.


The team to roll all six numbers were the winners!

3D Volcano Making

The children were so excited making their models!  They brought in all their equipment and followed their plans.  They did make changes along the way if they thought it could be improved in some way.

Making 3D Models

Some children in Year 4 have been making 3D models this week  finding properties such as: faces, edges and vertices.

Using Conjunctions


As part of our newspaper recounts, we've been trying to use more ambitious conjunctions to extend our writing.

Tectonic Plates


In our geography lessons, we've been learning all about tectonic plates and we now know they look like huge jigsaw pieces! So today, we made a jigsaw puzzle putting the tectonic plates back together, we used an atlas to help us put it back together!


In maths, this week, Year 4 have been learning all about the different properties of quadrilaterals.  They worked in groups to match the:

  • Diagram
  • Name
  • Property


We're going to make an erupting volcano!


In our design and technology lessons this half term, we're going to make an erupting volcano. Today we began to research ideas of how to make them. Then children worked in groups deciding the method in which they would make their volcano, which materials they would use and finally what they want their volcano to look like.


Watch this space to see how Year 4 get on!

It's Election Day!


In Year 4, children had the opportunity to write a manifesto to become a member of the school council.  The children spoke so confidently and clearly; I was very impressed!  It was a very close vote but in the end, our new members are:

  • Amogh
  • Risha
  • Eesa



                                                  Melting Investigation

In science, children worked in pairs to complete an experiment focusing the rate of ice cubes melting in different places in the classroom. We worked as a class to discuss how we could make it a fair test and came up with predictions of which ice cube would melt the quickest/slowest and gave reasons why.


One child said, "If we put it near the radiator, it will melt quicker due to the heat."


Another said, "The ice-cubes will melt the slowest if we put it near the outside door because it feels colder."


Their predictions were correct! 




States of Matter

In Science, children will be learning about solids, liquids and gases. Yesterday, Year 4 focused on finding properties of each state. They also became particles practically showing the difference in each state.

We are solid particles.
We are liquid particles.

Year 4's Greek Day

Today, we've had a very busy day completing activities based 'It's all Greek to me!'  

We've used Greek numbers, Greek words, painted Greek pottery and even tasted traditional Greek food!  We finished our day with an assembly and parents were invited to come and watch.  At the end of the assembly, we showed parents a traditional Greek dance and they even joined in!

Clay Pottery Making


We loved making Ancient Greek pots this week and next week, we're going to paint them using traditional colours.


We have been learning about the importance of democracy.

Factors, factors and more factors!


We made finding factors fun by creating factor rainbows.

We know how to find the perimeter of shapes!


Today, children worked very hard to find the perimeter of shapes.  They know they must:

Measure the sides

Add the sides together to find the perimeter

Add the unit of measurement (cm/mm/m)

History through drama

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed themselves today learning about the Trojan War the drama. They worked in small group completing different freeze frames at stages of the historical story.  They really immersed themselves into the lesson and now they're going to write in first person as either a Greek or Trojan soldier!

Stephen Pass

Year 4 were very lucky today as they received a visit from a children's author, Stephen Pass. He read a number of chapters from his book, 'Madge the Mermaid' asking them questions about the characters and plot.  He also shared a number of his poems, which they loved.


Stephen gave Year 4 tips and techniques of how to become a better writer and children are hopefully going to put them into practice.



The Golden Mile


Year 4 have taken part in a P.E initiative called, 'The Golden Mile'. The aim is to get children as active as possible!

Year 4

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Leeds City Museum and learnt so much about the Ancient Greeks.  They made Greek theatre masks, studied real life and replica artefacts and even made Greek coins.

P.E in Year 4

This week in Year 4, children had the opportunity to devise their own obstacle course and then find different ways of travelling around the course.  Children decided to skip, hop, jump, move from side to side and balance carefully across different benches.

Parent Session pdf

Homework Time Table:


Handed Out:

Due in:




Maths (Mathletics)


Following Wednesday



Following Thursday



Following Monday


Every night


P.E Days

Wednesday (swimming kit)  and Friday (P.E kit)