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Summer Term 2017

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter holiday.

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Literacy Focus

This term the children will be introduced to a story which is set in Victorian times: Runaways! by Jim Eldridge. In this unit they will explore this historical setting and use it to immerse themselves in the story. The setting and period will then provide inspiration for their own writing.


In the non-fiction unit, the children will broaden their knowledge of the Victorian period by looking at journalistic texts that are typical of the period. They will learn about the features of newspaper articles and entries. Then they will write their own entry for a class newspaper set during the Victorian era.


Suggestions for wider reading


Hetty Feather - Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt


Smith - Leon Garfield


Street Child - Berlie Doherty


Cecily's Portrait - Adele Geras


Lizzie's Wish - Adele Geras





Science Focus    




This term we will be focusing on  comparing and grouping materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (◦ C). We will be identifying the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature. 

World Book Day March 2017

We had a fantastic day and the children looked brilliant in their costumes. 


Literacy Focus

This half term we are exploring playscripts. We are looking at the characters and exploring the differences between how they see themselves and how others see them. At the moment, the children are writing an ending for a new play based on the traditional tale 'Rumpelstiltskin'. 

Some books which are recommended to support our literacy work are:-

Children of the Dragon:Selected Tales from Vietnam - Sherry Garland and Trina Schart Hyman

Stories from Around the World - Heather Amery and Linda Edwards

Illustrated Stories from Grimm - Ruth Brocklehurst, Gill Doherty and Raffaella

Brothers Grimm Folk Tales - The Brothers Grimm, Michael Foreman and Brian Alderson


In our non fiction unit the children will read an explanation about how the police use different sorts of evidence to prove who has committed a crime. Next they will look at several pieces of evidence and evaluate them, choosing two to present to a 'court'.










Happy New Year! Mrs Colley, Miss Harvey and I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas holiday and that everyone is ready and eager to continue their Year 4 learning journey and achieve the best that they can.

        Literacy Focus

This half term we will be reading 'The Bogey Men and the Trolls Next Door' by Kaye Umansky. It is a story told in rhyming narrative verse. We will be using drama and discussion to explore the humour in this engaging tale. We will pick out strands from the story to form the basis of the children's own writing.


Recommended Reading

In order to support and enhance our literacy work, we recommend these books as wider reading for the children in their spare time.


Trolls Go Home ( Troll Trouble) - Alan MacDonald

The Secret Book of Trolls - Danny Willis

Troll Wood - Kathryn Cave and Paul Hess

Jabberwocky and other Poems - Tig Thomas

Night of the Gargoyles - Eve Bunting and David Wiesner

Science Verse - Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith  



We are learning new vocabulary from the story. Please encourage your child to use these words with friends and family so that they can be embedded in your child's own spoken and written vocabulary.

fateful  - very important, often in a disastrous way

desolate - bleak and depressing

indignant - annoyed, outraged

destination  - place of arrival, journey's end



This term Year 4 will study the Egyptians including the pyramids, the Rosetta Stone, hieroglyphs, wall art, the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, famous Egyptians, mummification and the importance of the Nile. Visit the library to see what you can find out about the Egyptians.  




This term the children will learn to describe the simple function of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. They will look at different kinds of human teeth and understand their functions. They will plan, set up and report findings when investigating the effects of different drinks on teeth.

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Well Done Year 4!


The children have made a brilliant start to year 4. Mrs Colley, Miss Harvey and I are really proud of them all. They have been trying really hard to focus on their learning, make good behaviour choices and get along with their class mates. During our first week, the children have produced some superb writing about Billy's dilemma. Billy is a character from the book we are reading - 'The Minpins' by Roald Dahl. In Maths, we have been working out place value of 4 digit numbers. We have also begun our science topic all about electricity and our history topic finding out what we know about the Romans.



Our significant author for this half term is Dr Seuss. We have already read ' The Lorax' and will be reading more books by this author. Please visit the library to borrow some books by Dr Seuss and take a look on his website - Seuss.  
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In Maths we have been learning about place value of 4 digit numbers. Here is a challenge for you!


Using these 4 digits  1, 6, 3, 8   can you make 24 different 4 digit number combinations.  Some examples could be 3,681    or      3,168.  What is the highest number you can make using these digits? What is the lowest number you can make using these digits?



Learning timestables is really important. By the end of year 4, your child should know all of their timestables. Each week the children will take part in a x table challenge. Challenge 1 will have questions linked to the 1x, 2x, 5x, and 10 x tables. The children will have 5 minutes to complete the challenge. Once completed, they will receive a maths certificate and then they will move onto the next challenge. A huge well done to Jake Slama who has completed challenge 1!




In Science we have started a new topic on electricity. We have created some super posters about keeping safe with electricity and we are going to be learning how to construct circuits, trying out different components for example, bulbs, buzzers, motors and switches.



Our History focus is based on the Romans. We will be investigating the question ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ Visit the library to see what you can find out about this topic.


    Work to Bee Proud of

Each week I will be awarding someone in the class a 'Work to Bee Proud of' trophy. This work will either be a piece of writing or a piece of maths work. The winner of this award will take home a trophy to keep and a copy of the work which will also be displayed in the classroom. Well done to Jessica Norris for winning the first trophy for her fabulous writing about 'Billy's dilemma'.    

Important Messages



P.E. will be every Monday. Please ensure your child has their kit in school. No jewellary should be worn on this day.



Planners need to be in school every Thursday as this is when they will be collected by me. They will then be sent home with the children on Friday. Planners are an important form of communication between the teacher and parents so please make sure you take the time to look at and sign your child's planner.

Thank you. 



The children will be given homework every Tuesday. This will either be a piece of English or Maths homework. This homework will need to be returned on Friday. Please ensure you child completes this work and hands it in on time. If there is any part of the homework they don't understand they must come and see me so that I can support their needs.