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


As part of our Change topic, Year 4 are looking at the book Window by Jeannie Baker which shows how the view from a window changes as a boy grows up. There are many differences to spot in the pictures, as well as prompting us to think about the reasons for change and how it makes us feel.


Roman Battle
On the last day of term, 4.1 and 4.2 had a Roman battle. We had made shields and weapons, and had practised our marching and defensive formations. Once the battle lines were drawn, the attacks commenced, with each side also defending their commanders. Both sides claimed victory, and taunted the others in Latin!


Romulus and Remus
In Year 4, as part of our Romans topic, we have been learning the story of Romulus and Remus. We created a text map to explore and retell the story. Each table created puppets and acted out the story while a narrator retold it.



St Faith’s Year 4 Maths Challenge
Congratulations to our Year 4 teams of mathematicians who competed in the St Faith’s Maths Challenge this term. With over 120 children attending, the Queen Edith pairs did really well to come 4th and 9th in the final placings. The challenge included a wide range of activities, needing quick thinking and mathematical reasoning, and the children were great representatives for the school.



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.




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