Welcome to Year 4
Here you will find our termly topic sheet, the Year 4 information booklet and copies of Year 4 letters on the Information page. You will also be able to see samples of the children’s work, as well as photos of them taking part in a range of activities in school. You can also meet the Year 4 team, by clicking on the Staff link, so you can put a face to the names your child mentions.

We are on duty on the Key Stage 2 playground after school on Thursday. Do catch us if you would like a quick chat, or, if you want to talk in more depth, you can also arrange an appointment by sending in a note, or contacting the school office.

Mr Blower & Ms Bowen

Topic Overviews

What's been happening recently


The gardening work outside the Key Stage 2 classrooms is continuing in all weathers! After the Christmas holidays, a few children from 4.1 were on hand to help the PSFA with their work. Here you can see them planting some elephant garlic in the raised bed outside their classroom.


Christmas Concert
This year, our KS2 Christmas Concert was titled ‘Christmas Times’. This history themed production showed our audience how Christmas has been celebrated over different times. In both Monday and Tuesday’s performance, we found out about the first Nativity from the hilarious (and very cute) Year 3s as well as the introduction of the Christmas tree from a particularly knowledgeable Year 4 cast. Next, Year 5 told the story of the Christmas Day truce in World War I and Year 6 finished by looking to the future as they imagined what Christmas may be like a hundred years from now. It was a hugely enjoyable performance on both nights and both casts performed to their best ability – what a wonderful way to start our holiday celebrations! 


Keith Haring
In Year 4, we have been looking at some of Keith Haring’s work. It has inspired us to create our own figures showing emotions or relationships. We took photographs of ourselves in the pose we wanted, and learned how to draw and make human figures in proportion. We are now creating 3D models with wire and newspaper, which we will paint in a colour that reflects our emotion.



Year 4 Gymnastics Competition
Year 4 from Queen Edith joined with Queen Emma Year 4 for a gym competition between the different house colours. We each performed a sequence we had learned, and some Year 6 children acted as scorers. It was great to see how well everyone had progressed in their ability to do forward and backward rolls, arabesques and cartwheels.


Middle Years Cross Country
Everyone from Years 3 and 4 walked over to Queen Emma school to take part in a cross country run around their field. We ran with the Queen Emma children, collecting a rubber band for our wrist after every lap. Lots of children ran more than a mile without stopping!


In PE this half term 4.2 are learning more gymnastic moves such as forward rolls and arabesque shapes. We will be competing in gymnastics competition with Queen Emma.


Time graphs
We have been looking at different types of graphs. One type is a line graph which is used for continuous data. An example is a time graph like these. The graph measures how far the shepherd is from her sheep. We tried to predict what the graph would be like for different walks the shepherd made, as well as trying to suggest what walk the shepherd should make to get a particular line on the graph.


Addition Puzzle
In maths we have started the year by consolidating our knowledge of place value and using mental and written methods to add numbers together. We also put this knowledge into practice as we tackled a puzzle, trying to sort the numbers from 1 to 20 into six groups with equal totals.

"Beware Beware" Conscience Alley
The book "Beware Beware" shows a girl exploring a nearby forest. As she walks deeper, she begins to imagine shapes, faces and animals amongst the trees. To help us write about the girl's feelings, we acted out part of the story where the tension builds, using a technique called conscience alley.

Author Visit
Years 4, 5 and 6 were delighted to meet authors Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler who came to school to talk about their new book series ‘Defender of the Realm’,  a fantasy adventure books series for 8-12 year olds . Both guests are Emmy award winning scriptwriters of top children’s shows such as Danger Mouse, Thunderbirds Are Go, Peter Rabbit, The Octonauts, Shaun the Sheep and more.
The writers discussed their career as scriptwriters for television and revealed their writing processes.  We were even taught some Norse, a language used by the Vikings, which features  in the book. Afterwards, the children asked thoughtful questions which helped them to gain an insight into an author’s life.




Magic Boxes
In class today, Kyle was defying gravity with his amazing magic boxes! Why do you think they don’t crash to the floor? It took a lot of patience and balancing skill to create these brilliant illusions.


First Aid Training
Year 4 had a great opportunity to learn something this term that could potentially save someone’s life. Dan from St John Ambulance trained us how to do an initial check, how to put a patient in the recovery position, and how to perform CPR. The sessions were very enjoyable with the chance to practise on each other and the CPR dummies!


As our Middle Years production get closer and closer, we have been busy with rehearsals. All of the children are feeling really proud of themselves as they have learnt their lines and no longer need a script on stage. We are working on perfecting expression, as well as choreographing dance routines to the catchy songs! Everyone is excited for the performances on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March.

St Faith’s Maths Challenge

Four children from Year 4 represented Queen Edith at an exciting maths challenge held at St Faith’s school. Along with over a hundred other children from Cambridgeshire schools, they enjoyed trying to solve a wide range of maths problems while Year 7 pupils from St Faith’s acted as markers. Finally, a tasty tea with squash, sandwiches, cakes and cookies rounded off an excellent afternoon!

Year 4 have really enjoyed the opportunity to have Bikeability training this week. The instructors checked their bikes and then led the children in various cycling activities on the playground. As you can see from the photos, the weather was amazing!


In Year 4, we drew some apps that we use or know about. We talked with our partners about whether you can have “friends” in the apps, or if you could see messages from other people.  Then we talked about ways we keep safe when using those apps. These included making sure our parents knew about what we were doing; only making friends with actual friends and family; ignoring comments from strangers; and telling an adult we trust if something goes wrong.


Winter Vegetable Soup
Year 4 have completed our DT project on Winter Vegetable Soup by preparing, cooking and eating the soup! We used some potatoes from our garden as part of the recipe – we planted them when we were in Year 3. As part of our project we also talked about healthy eating and the advantages of using locally grown food. The soup was delicious!


Year 4 Art Afternoon
Year 4 ended our art project inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s work with an afternoon of natural Art with our parents, family and friends. Together with our visitors, we created leaf sculptures, pencil sketches and pastel drawings. We have made a special art project book to celebrate our work.

Mathematical thinking
In Maths, we tackled a problem from the nrich maths website (nrich.maths.org). We had cards with numbers 1 to 15 printed on them. We then had to lay 7 of them in a row, with rules about their sums, like “The numbers on the first two cards add to 15”. As you can see from our faces, it certainly stretched our maths brains, but we got there in the end, trying different ideas and find all the solutions.


Author Visit
Years 3 and 4 were delighted to meet author Gillian Overitt in a special assembly. Gillian read a chapter from Max’s Magical Dream and talked about how she planned the characters for her books. The children asked lots of interesting questions about how, when and where Gillian wrote her books, as well as the illustrations and how a book is put together when it is published.


Beware Beware
The book “Beware Beware” tells of a girl exploring a spooky forest. To help us imagine the girl’s feelings, we acted out part of the story, where she walks between the trees.


As part of our Explorers topic, we tried to sort some maps of the world into chronological order – oldest first.



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