Our Year 4 team



Vicky Duncan


Beth Atkins


Rochelle Butterworth



Teaching Assistants

Alex Pollard



Have a look at what we will be learning this term....

Summer 2018


To begin with this term children will be reading the amazing book 'Leon and the Place Between' and will be using this as a stimulus to create their own wonderful stories based on the world of magic. To make sure their stories are engaging for the reader children will be introduced to some different sentence types that they could include as well as creating some great descriptions to paint a picture in the reader's imagination. We will also recap how to correctly structure and punctuate direct speech. Next children will continue using the same book however this time they will write a newspaper report based on the main events. Within this children will become journalists and will interview some of the main characters to find out more information. They will learn to structure a newspaper report correctly including using fun headlines, orientations and reorientations.


Within our daily Maths lessons children will be learning the effect of dividing a 1 digit or 2 digit number by 10 and 100 and looking at the place value of the digits in decimal numbers.  As well as this, children will also learn how to count up and down in 100ths, convert between different units of measure e.g. km to m, hrs to mins) and read and write coordinates. Children will continue learning how to use both mental and written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Daily reasoning lessons will also take place where the children will explore their learning to a greater depth.


Our next Science unit is ‘How could we cope without electricity for one day?’ which is all about electricity. Here children will learn how to construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers, recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit and also investigate some common electrical conductors and insulators. Throughout this unit children will be working scientifically to plan and carry out their own investigations.


This half term children will be looking at a local history topic of ‘The Heywood Family’. They will learn the names of some of the most famous members of the family and discover some of the events which took place in their lives. They will look how the family have impacted on the lives that we live today and will compare the lives of the rich and wealthy around the time the Heywood family lived.


Spring  - 2018


Already this term, children have begun looking at the book ‘Paint me a Poem’ and have explored how art can be a stimulus for writing poems. Children will be selecting another piece of art work which they will then use to help them create their own poem that includes a range of poetic devices. Next, we will move onto the story ‘The Paperbag Prince’ where children will read the book and then write their own version of the story about an abandoned familiar setting. Within this some of the things children will learn include; how to write in paragraphs, how to correctly punctuate direct speech, using fronted  adverbials and creating different sentence types.


Within our daily Maths lessons children will be learning how to find and represent equivalent fractions and how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.  As well as this, children will also learn how to read and give coordinates, find the area of rectangular shapes and solve problems based on this. Children will continue learning how to use both mental and written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Daily reasoning lessons will also take place where the children will explore their learning to a greater depth.


Our next Science unit is ‘How would we survive without water?’ and is all about solids, liquids and gases. Here children will learn to group and compare different materials based on their state of matter. They will plan and carry out investigations to see what happens to materials when they are heated and cooled and will discover how temperature plays a part in this. Also children will learn what the different phases of the water cycle are and what happens within each phase.


This half term our Topic is ‘Temples, Tombs and Treasures’  and within this children will learn about the history of Ancient Egypt. They will  begin to build a timeline of the main events that occurred during this period, compare the lives of both the poor and wealthy and learn how life back then was different to our own. As well as this, children will also find out about some of the most influential people of that time and what impact they had upon the ancient civilisation.


Autumn 2 - 2017


We will begin this half term by reading sections from the Roald Dahl book Boy and discussing how this has been written in the style of an autobiography. Children will then research different famous people and create their own biographies based on what they have found out.

After this, children will have lots of fun entering the Premier League Premier Stars writing competition. Together we will discuss what the term resilience means and children will then create their own poem based on all the attributes and skills needed to show this.

Finally, children will be looking at persuasive writing. They will make their own persuasive advert for a Christmas item and will then create a persuasive sales pitch to try and sell their product to others. Children will learn how to use emotive and persuasive vocabulary to support their writing.



Over this half term children will learn a range of different skills within our daily maths lessons. They will find out what factors are and how to find factor pairs are and how they need to use their timetables to support them. They will learn how to use column multiplication as a written method which they can then use if they cannot answer a question mentally. As well as this they will also be learning how to find the perimeter of rectangular shapes and how to read and interpret bar and time graphs. Children will also recap how to convert analogue time into the 12 and 24 hour digital clock.

Also, children will continue to take part in daily Reasoning lessons where they will deepen their understanding of what they have been looking at in maths and also begin to explain how they have worked out an answer.



Our topic for Science this half term is 'What Happens to the Food That We Eat?' Within this children will learn all about the digestive system and how food travels through our bodies. We will also learn the names for the different types of teeth that we have in our mouth and what job each of these has.  Finally, children will look at different food webs and food chains and will have a go at creating some of their own.


Autumn 1 - 2017

All children have settled well into year 4 life and have made a fantastic start to the school year.  Already they have produced some brilliant  work and show great potential for the year ahead.


To being with this year the children have started looking at the book 'Rough Guide to the Rainforest'. Throughout this unit of work children will be creating their own non-chronological report based on the rainforest. Within this they will be learning how to; retrieve information from a non-fiction text, use fronted adverbial and how to extend sentences using a range of both coordinating and subordinating conjunction.

After this, children will then move on to fiction writing where they will be read the Balaclava story and then use this as a basis to box up their own story of a similar structure. Children will learn how to write in paragraphs and how to write direct speech correctly as well as much more.   



Within our daily Maths lessons children will be learning how to; count forwards and backwards through zero into negative numbers, count in multiples of 25 and 1000, add and subtract 4 digit numbers using written methods and how to check these answers using estimation and rounding and finally how to convert between analogue and digital time on a 12 and 24 hour clock.

As well as this, children will continue to take part in daily Reasoning lessons where they will deepen their understanding of what they have been looking at in maths and also begin to explain how they have worked out an answer.



Our Science topic this half term is 'Which wild animals and plants thrive in your locality?' Within this unit children will be learning how to identify, group and classify different living things found within our locality including both plants and animals. They will begin to see that over time environments and change and recognise how this can impact the living things.



Our Topic for this half term is 'Saving the World'. This unit focuses heavily on geography and the children will be finding out; about where in the world rainforest are, about the lives of the people who inhabit the rainforests and how they compare to our own lives, how rainforests are being destroyed and the impact this can have on plants and animals found there and how people are trying to save and protect the rainforest.

Summer Term 2017

What we are learning in class:

Our topics this term are 'Switched On' and 'Shake It'


This term we are looking at the topics ’Switched On’  and 'Shake It'.

In 'Switched On', we will be using control systems to develop our knowledge of the different uses of technology in the world around us.

In 'Shake It' we will be looking at the molecular structure of solids, liquids and gases by making butter, cheese and milkshakes. 



As part of our 'Shake It' topic this term, we will be finding out about solids, liquids and gases; how we can change milk into a solid; what happens when butter is heated; about the behaviour of gases in liquids; and which solids will dissolve in a liquid.



In our Numeracy lessons we will be learning; Converting different units of measure; Translation; and Time. This term we will continue in our Reasoning sessions, for 30 minutes everyday, to increase our knowledge of calculation and improve our mental strategies and ‘reasoning’ skills. To help your child with their maths work you could: Practise times tables, complete reasoning homework and practise any of the skills taught in class this half term.



In our unit of work in Literacy this term will be looking at newspaper articles. We will be reading 'Leon and the place between' and our work will involve reading and analysing the text and writing an exciting, informative newspaper article on the events which take place in the book. Our fiction unit of work will also be based on ‘Leon and the place between'. After immersing into the text we will use it to create our own stories following a similar journey of the main character. The children will continue to develop their sentence structures, vocabulary and spelling.




Spring Term 2018

Thermal Insulators Investigation

In science today Hazel class planned and carried out an investigation to see which of the material would make the most effective thermal insulator and would keep our hot chocolate warm for the longest.




Mad Science Assmebly

To kick off Science Week we had the Mad Science Company come in and perform a special assembly for us based on the Olympics. They showed us some really fun and interesting things and even got some of us up to take part.


Window to the World - China

This term as part of 'Window to the World' the children learnt all about China. In year 4, we learnt some interesting facts about the country and culture and compared this to our own lives in England. We also learnt a Chinese Dragon dance based on Chinese New Year celebrations and created our own Chinese puppets. The children had a fantastic day! Take a look at just some of the things we got up to.





Freddy Fit

Freddy Fit came back to visit us today and we had a fantastic time. A circuit training session was set up and the children spent two minutes on one activity before moving on to the next. By the end we were all tired and ready for a rest! Take a look at us in action...






Wow what a wonderful time year 4 have had this week visiting Castleshaw. The children have learnt what life would have been like during the Victorian times and they had a go at making their own bread and butter. 





Today the children in year 4 enjoyed their first cricket lessons of the year.


Autumn Term  2017

Parent Craft

Hazel class had a lovely afternoon with our parents enjoying some fun Christmas craft. The children and parents made some great Christmas cards.



A Tigers Tale

Year 4 were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to watch the M6 theatre companies' production of A Tigers Tale. The children loved the show and really enjoyed the story behind it.



Window to the World

This half term we kicked of our 'Window to the World' work by looking at Poland. The children had a brilliant time learning some traditional polish dancing. In Hazel class, the children looked at some Polish folk art and had a go at recreating a whole class piece.




Freddy Fit

As always, we have loved having Freddy Fit come to visit us. The children have such a fantastic time and get involved in lots of great activities. Take a look at some of the things we got up to this time...



Summer Term 2016/17

Magic Measures!

We have been creating our own Woodland Potions by using our skills to accurately convert measures from L to ML. Each group was given a list of ingredients and had to ensure that their potion matched the criteria given. Better be careful, a little too much of one thing and who knows what might happen...





Spring Term 2016/17

Freddie Fit

Freddie Fit came into school - the children had to work in teams and hula hoop.



Autumn Term 2016/17

Egyptian Trip

We took the children to the Manchester Museum to spend a day handling and observing Ancient Egyption artefacts. The children had to find them in the museum, take pictures and then present their findings to the rest of the group.




Topic Entry Point

For our entry point we introduced the children to Ancient Egypt. Each class had a different activitiy to help engage and excite the children into their learning for the term. In Juniper the children looked at mummies, in Elm they made a sphinx and in Hazel they went Tomb Raiding.