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Year 4


2021  2022

Meet the team:

Class 9 teacher - Mr Hill

Class 10 teachers - Mrs Tindsley & Mrs Black

Team Leader – Mrs Tee

Teaching Assistants – Mrs Ross and Miss Ryan



Meet the children

Things to remember

PE Days

Wednesday -  Outdoor PE - PE uniform required

Thursday -  Indoor PE - PE uniform required




Children need to read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Diaries will be checked on a Monday for the previous week.

Summer term 2!

Summer 2 Maths and Topic Knowledge Organisers

Below are the knowledge organisers for our Summer 2 maths and topic work. These give details about what the children will be learning throughout the term and what they may need help with.

Week beginning 27th June


RSE Star

On Thursday, to celebrate RSE day the children spent time making an RSE Star. This involved them thinking about themselves and what makes them happy or proud. The children really liked doing this and they had lots of reasons to be proud of themselves. 

Year 4 Dance 

The children had a fantastic dance lesson this week, they learnt a number of moves and put these in a sequence to music. We had some fantastic performance. 

Week beginning 20th June

Multiplication Tables Check

A BIG well done to all of the children in Year 4 who have completed their multiplication tables check this week. You've all worked super hard to learn your times tables and you all did a great job. We are very proud of you. Well done!



The children have taken part in different Spanish themed activities today. They have explored Spanish artists Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro's work and enjoyed creating pictures in their style. They have chopped different fruit and helped prepare our own (alcohol free!) Sangria which they enjoyed trying along with tasting olives and Manchego cheese. 

Week beginning 13th June


We had a FANTASTIC time!

The children had the opportunity to work as a team to stay a float on rafts, steer canoes as a group as well as individual kayaks and ride the water slide. The children were fantastic in their tents and proved to be great team players and extremely helpful around camp. We had a BRILLIANT talent show where the judges crowned D and A as our winners and had lots of time to play with friends and make memories around camp.

The children were fantastic, we know what a huge deal it was for some of them, especially having missed their Year 2 and 3 camps due to Covid. Well done Year 4, we are very proud of you!


WALESBY continued...

What a fantastic time we have all had! Well done Year 4, we are so incredibly proud of each and every one of you for completing your first residential and being so BRILLIANT! Well done!

More photos to come!😃


We’ve had a great first day, the children have loved the activities & playing on the campsite. We’re now just getting ready for the talent show, which we’re all very excited about! All the children have been fantastic☺️

Week beginning 6th June

Schools Tennis Festival 2022

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Schools Tennis Festival at the Nottingham Tennis Centre on Wednesday. We had great fun taking part in lots of tennis coaching activities and even got to meet Katie Boulter, who is a British tennis player. We had a super day!

Shakespeare Week

This week we have been celebrating Shakespeare week and had a visit from Martha Toogood. She introduced us to A Midsummer Nights Dream and the children got to act out various parts of the story. We had lots of fun!

We also created our own chalk based art on the enchanted woods from the story and wrote a description of this.

Summer term 1!

Summer Term 1 Creative Homework

Below is the creative homework for this term, this is linked to our current topic of Rumble in the Jungle.

Completed homework needs to be handed in by Monday 16th May, this will then allow children to share their work with their class before the half term break.

Summer 1 Maths and Topic Knowledge Organisers

Below are the knowledge organisers for our Summer 1 maths and topic work. These give details about what the children will be learning throughout the term and what they may need help with.


Here's what we've been up to this half term...

It is the first half of the summer term and we have been learning about Rumble in the jungle. In Art we have been using oil pastels to make a masterpiece of a colourful rainforest animal by blending oil pastels together. We gathered some items from inside and outside to make a diorama out of a card board box. Finally, we modelled clay to make a rainforest snake and we painted the rainforest snake. In reading we are reading a book called Fire Girl and Forest Boy set in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru .  In Literacy we are learning how to write a persuasive letter. In maths we have been doing fractions, decimals and most importantly we have practicing our times table ready for our test.

By Cahmah

Week beginning 23rd May


Platinum Jubilee Celebrations


We've had great fun celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee today. Miss Ryan kindly made us some scones, which we enjoyed with jam and cream at our Jubilee party. We also played some games and watched the Queen's Coronation.

End of Term Topic Quiz

The children put their knowledge of the topic work we have completed to the test this week in our end of term quiz. A big well done to the winning team who got nearly all of the questions correct and walked away with the trophy for this term. You should be very proud of your efforts.


Me v Me Challenge

This week, we took part in the 2nd Me v Me Challenge. The children previously completed 6 activities and were give a total score for this. The challenge this week was to beat their own previous score. The children did really well and lots of children received a gold wrist band which means that they beat their previous score. There were also gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to children who achieved the greatest improvement in their scores. Well done everyone!

Homework Showcase

We were treated to a showcase of the homework that children have completed this term. We were blown away by the quality of the homework and the wide variety of projects we saw. We had videos, artwork, information posters and a rain stick instrument. Fantastic effort everyone!

Rainforest Video

Still image for this video

Week beginning 15th May

Times Tables 

We are busy practising our times tables using the 'Times Table Rock Stars' website ready for the Year 4 times table check next half term. The children are working really hard to answer the multiplication questions in just 6 seconds! It would be great if the children could continue to practise at home on a regular basis, they have their usernames and passwords stuck in their diaries. 

The Water Cycle

This week in topic, we have been learning about the water cycle. We made 'mini rainforests' in plastic cups showing how the water cycle works. We are enjoying watching our cress grow. 

Week beginning 9th May


We have had a busy week in topic learning about deforestation. We created a poster and a piece of drama in small groups about the effects of deforestation. We have filmed the children's super acting in front of a green screen so that they look like they are standing in a rainforest. Here is an example of one of our videos. 


Still image for this video

Deforestation Drama Practise


We have been learning how to use Microsoft Excel in computing and have been creating graphs to show the amount of rainfall in the Amazon Rainforest. 

Week beginning 3rd May

Me v Me - Sporting Superstars Challenge

 Mr Robb from School Sport Nottingham visited Year 4 today. Every pupil took part in 6 different activities (speed bounce, shuttle run, hoop challenge, target throw, chest push, long jump) to achieve their personal best score. All of the children worked really hard at the activities but a big well done to all of the children who received a medal for being the highest scoring boys and girls. Also a great big thank you to the 12 children who volunteered to lead the activities for us for the children to enjoy. Mr Robb will be visiting again in a few weeks time where the children will be attempting to better their own scores. 

Painting our clay models

The children have done a great job of painting their clay snakes and very carefully added some beautiful patterns to them. 


This week we have made snakes, which live in the Amazon Rainforest, out of clay. We're sure you'll agree the children made them very lifelike! 

Week beginning 25th April


We have been using oil pastels to create pictures of animals which live in the Amazon rainforest. Miss Ryan, Year 4's resident art expert, gave us a super lesson on how to use oil pastels to blend colour and creature texture on our art work. We are still in the middle of completing them currently, but check back soon when we will have some finished photos to share with you. 


In maths we have been learning about tenths and hundredths. We had great fun playing a game where we had to convert between fractions and decimals. 

Week beginning 18th April

Rainforest Diorama

As part of our Rumble In The Jungle topic, we have spent this week designing and making our very own Rainforest Diorama (a 3D model). The children have used a variety of materials to create these and we have been really impressed with how good they look. These have helped the children understand the four layers of the rainforest and the different animals that live in each.

Dancing with Miss Shannon

Year 4 are very lucky to have dance lessons this term with Miss Shannon, we will be learning a range of contemporary dances through the term. The children loved their first lesson and trying to learn some new moves!

Year 4 Handball Superstars

On Thursday some our Year 4 children took part in a Handball Festival at Harvey Hadden, competing against a number of other school. The children loved this experience and being given the chance to play a new sport. Well done everyone! 

Spring  term!



Spring 2 Maths and Topic Knowledge Organisers

Below are the topic organisers for our Spring 2 maths and topic work. These give details about what the children will be learning throughout the term and what they may need help with.

Viking Topic Creative Homework

Below is the creative homework for this term, this is linked to our current topic.

Completed homework needs to be handed in by Tuesday 29th March, this will then allow children to share their work with their class before the Easter holidays. 

For any children who complete the homework, they will be awarded 5 proud points.

Children will also be bringing home a paper copy of this homework task, so keep a look out in their bags for it.

We can’t wait to see what you create.

Week beginning 28th March

Viking Homework

We have been blown away by the children's Viking homework this half term. A big well done to all of the children for their efforts, we've had models of Long ships, Long Houses and even a video with a re-enactment of a Viking battle! Enjoy looking at our photos below. 

End of term double page spreads

Well done to all of the children for their double page spreads showing everything they have learned this terms about the Vikings and Anglo Saxons. We were really impressed with the quality of these and how much the children had remembered. 

Great Orchestra Experiment

On Thursday afternoon we were invited to take part in the Great Orchestra Experiment! This was an exciting online concert with performance opportunities and interactive elements, led by the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra. The children really enjoyed this experience.

Year 4 Spring Achievement Assembly

On Monday, Year 4 got to celebrate all the amazing work they have done this term and share this with parents. The children shared some of their Kenning Poems and their fantastic freeze frames based on the Viking invasion of Lindisfarne.

The children also collected their certificates and badges to celebrate all of the proud points they had earned this term. There was a range of Bronze, Silver and even Gold awards handed out which just shows what a brilliant term it has been in Year 4! Well done everyone.

End of term Topic Quiz!

The children absolutely LOVED completing our end of term topic quiz on Kahoot! They could choose whether they worked independently or in teams and quickly found speed as well as accuracy was crucial! Our winners, who confidently named themselves 'The winners KKM' (a risk that paid off!) incredibly got every question correct and were also the overall quickest in answering the questions! Well done boys - class 10 sadly (but graciously) had to hand over the trophies from last term!

Week beginning 21st March

World Maths Day

We had great fun on World Maths Day solving Tangrams, which are ancient Chinese Puzzles. We also enjoyed the times tables head to head assembly where James and Joseph did an amazing job of representing Year 4. 

PROUD Assembly Practise

We have enjoyed practising for our PROUD assembly in the sunshine this week.

Outdoor PE

We had great fun playing Tennis in outdoor PE this week with Mr Marks. 

Week beginning 14th March

Viking Attack!

We used drama to help us learn all about the Vikings first raid of Britain in 793AD at Lindisfarne. The children created freeze frames for each of the various parts of the raid and considered how the people in each scene would be feeling. We were really impressed with the empathy that the children showed as part of this work. 

Comic Relief Day

We had a wonderful day for comic relief, we got to dress in something silly, eat cake and watch the OBS talent show! Well done to all the Year 4 children who took part in the talent show, 

Shared Reading

We made use of the fantastic outdoor learning space and the lovely weather to continue our shared reading text, Viking Boy. We followed Gunnar on his journey to busy town where he was hoping to find someone to help him on his journey to Valhalla. We then worked in groups to create a drama scene of what we had read, the final performances were superb!

Week beginning 7th March

Year 4 Reading Parent Workshop 

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who joined us at our reading workshop this morning. We were blown away by the amount of you who turned up! We really enjoyed sharing our learning with you and hope that you found it useful.

Week beginning 28th February

World Book Day

We have enjoyed celebrating World Book Day today by sharing our favourite books with each other and taking 'Shelfies'. We have redesigned the front covers of our favourite books and enjoyed a 'Booknic' with the children in Foundation 2. We were also lucky enough to have a story read to us by Miss Wardle and Mr Ross.

Visit to the JORVIK Viking Centre

We had a FANTASTIC time at the JORVIK Viking Centre on Wednesday. We enjoyed looking at lots of Viking artefacts in the museum including Viking coins, skeletons and even a Viking ice skate! We had great fun on the interactive ride where we find out about Viking life. We learnt lots about Viking weapons during our workshop. The children were all beautifully behaved and a great day was had by all! 

Week beginning 21st February

Wow Day!

On Monday we started our new topic for the term, which is all about the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings.

The children enjoyed designing and making their very own Viking Shield, these were very well made and Viking like!

We also design a Viking purse, these would have been used by Vikings to hold all of their gold and silver! The children not only designed the purse but also used their sewing skills to make them. Great work!

Rock and Roll stars!

This week we also continued learning to play the guitars with Mr Meller. The children learnt to play the chords for the classic Oasis song Wonderwall. The children were fantastic at this and we think there may be a few children who could be the next Noel Gallagher in Year 4!

RE Pilgrimages

Our RE this term is all about religious Pilgrimages. This week we learned all about Hajj. The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims. 

The children had to find out all about the different aspects of Hajj and why is it so important. All of the children really enjoyed this and can't wait to learn more about different religious pilgrimages.

Teeth to Toilet

We have had a great term learning all about teeth and the human digestive system, Ashvin (Class 10) and Adam (Class 10) have written all about some of the things we have learned below:

Our topic this half term was called ‘Teeth to Toilet.’ First, we started with a gruesome experiment where we squished crackers, bananas, water and orange juice together to demonstrate how food moves through the digestive system. We have also learnt about the different teeth, some are called canines, which we use for ripping and tearing. We also did an experiment with egg shells to see how different liquids affect your teeth. Thanks to Mrs Tindsley’s family for eating lots of scrambled eggs that weekend to provide the egg shells! In PE we have been playing hockey, we started off by learning to dribble first. Every Tuesday we go on a bus to Harvey Hadden Sports Centre to learn how to swim, it’s great fun! In R.E we learned about Hinduism and different places of worship. We visited our local Gurdwara which was very interesting. We were taken upstairs and listened to some instruments being played. We were also lucky enough to be given orange juice and biscuits.

Spring Term Creative Homework

Below is the creative homework for this term, this is linked to our current topic of teeth to toilet.

Completed homework needs to be handed in by Wednesday 9th February, this will then allow children to share their work with their class before the half term break. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Week beginning 7th February

Double Page Spreads


The children have created some super double page spreads for our topic this half term. Here are a few examples. 




The children have created some super homework this half term. An extra big well done to Ashvin, Gurdeep and Sarah who made an excellent videos. 

Week beginning 31st  January

Learning to play Wonderwall by Oasis:

Results of our science experiment:

Week beginning 24th  January

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

We have been studying the famous artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo and have had a go at recreating one of his paintings. Here are some examples. 

KM Club

Year 4 have been taking part in KM Club over the year and are really starting to pace themselves so that they are able to run continuously for 5 minutes. Well done children!

In Science we have been learning all about our teeth. Today we have set up an experiment to see whether water, orange juice, milk or diet coke are best or worst for our teeth. 

Week beginning 17th January

Gurdwara Visit

On Friday, we were lucky enough to be able to visit our local Gurdwara on Percy Street. We found out all about the Sikh religion and got to look around the Gurdwara. 

We were then treated to some drinks and biscuits, these were yummy.

All of the children really enjoyed the visit.

Bikeability Certificates

Having completed the Level 1 Bikeabilty, the children were presented with certificates and badges this week. We were really pleased with  all the lovely comments the instructors made about how hard the children worked and how much they improved their cycling skills. Well done everyone.

All about Teeth

This week we have found out all about the teeth that we have and what their function is. We really enjoyed finding out about this and then creating some fantastic work to show what we had learnt.

Week beginning 10th January


This week the children have the opportunity to take part in cycle training. They've had great fun learning how to complete simple bike maintenance and ride a bike safely.

An extra big WELL DONE goes to Raaina, who before her bikeability training couldn't ride a bike, but managed to learn how to in just an hour! Wow!

Coding Club

The Year 6 Digital Leaders have been kind enough to offer to run a coding club for some of the Year 4 children on a Thursday lunch time. The first session started this week and the children had great fun. 

Practical Maths!

Week beginning 4th January

Beauty and The Beast Pantomime

On Friday, Year 4 were lucky enough to go to The Nottingham Playhouse and watch Beauty and The Beast (Oh yes we did!!).

The children absolutely loved the experience and enjoyed singing along to lots of the songs.

Tooth Collages

We have been learning about the structure of the tooth and have created collages to represent the structure. 

Outdoor Learning

As part of our new Jigsaw topic, Dreams and Goals, we used natural materials to create our own dream catchers. 

Digestive Experiment 

We had great fun during our Wow Day where we completed an experiment to show how food passes through our digestive system. 

Spring Term

The Spring term will start by looking at the human digestive system and teeth. The children will use scientific enquiry skills to investigate both of these things. Our literacy work will be linked to this topic and we will be reading The Demon Dentist.


We will start the Spring term in maths by looking at multiplication and division, below is a maths knowledge organiser linked to these concepts. These show the methods and vocabulary we will be using to help us teach the children so you may find these helpful if you want to help your children with any maths work.

Autumn term!

Autumn Term 2 - Rampaging Romans


We have had such a busy term learning all about the Romans, Phoebe (Class 9) and Evie (Class 10) have written all about some of the things we have learned below:

This term our main focus has been on the Romans and what Roman Britain was like. We learned about how Roman roads were made and the different layers to them. There was rubble, smooth stone, dirt, mud and pebbles. They built the roads so that they could move things from place to place easier and quicker. We also learned about Boudicca, she was a Celtic Queen in the Roman times. She was part of the Iceni tribe and got a big army to fight the Romans. Then she drank a bottle of poison rather than being captured by the enemy.

We have also learned about Hinduism in RE. The temple that Hindu’s worship in is called a Mandir. When they get in the Mandir, they take off their shoes to show respect to the gods and then they ring a bell to announce that worship has started. After this they will pray to one of their gods, one of which is called Shiva.

Our literacy work has been linked to our Roman topic, we have written an adventure story involving a Roman solider and a newspaper report about the Roman invasion of Britain.

Christmas Party

We had great fun at our Christmas party. We played lots of games and had a dancing competition but Mr Hill's raft game was definitely one of our favourites! 

End of Term Topic Quiz

The children thoroughly enjoyed our end of term topic quiz using the app 'Kahoot' on the iPads. It was a close contest but a big congratulations goes to our overall winners Evie and Laila. 

Christmas Jumper Day

We have really enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers today and having a Christmas dinner. We are all very excited for the last week of term and lots of festive fun!

Roman Invasion - Newspaper Reports

This week, in literacy the children have been writing a newspaper report about the Roman invasion of Britain. The children have really enjoyed doing this and the final pieces of writing are fantastic!

Comic Life

This week we have completed our comics using the Comic Life app, have a look at some of the front covers we made.

Boudicca Paintings


We used water colour paints to create our Boudicca artwork. 

Newspaper articles


We have been looking at the key features of newspaper articles this week and drawing story maps. We look forward to writing our own newspaper article next week. 

Marvellous Maths


We had lots of fun using cubes to make shapes with different perimeters.

Circuit Training in PE

Mr Hill put us through our paces during PE this week where we did lots of different exercises as part of our circuit training. It was great fun! 

Comic Life

The children have used Comic Life on the iPads to create their own comics about Roman Britain.

Book Fair

The children enjoyed previewing some of the books that are for sale at the book fair and sharing them with each other. 

Roman Adventure Stories

This week, the children have written their own Roman adventure stories. They have done a super job and included lots of description to make their stories exciting. All of the children have included direct speech within their writing which they have correctly punctuated with inverted commas. 

Children in Need


We have had a great time raising money for Children in Need. We have had a Pudsey drawing competition, a Pudsey code breaking maths lesson and a cake sale. We also enjoyed coming to school in non uniform. 

Anti-Bullying Week 


This week we have been doing lots of anti-bulling activities, we have made posters, thought about how we could prevent bullying in school and completed some anti-bulling drama. 




All of the children this term have been working hard on their handwriting, ensuring it is fluent and joined. Well done to the children who have been awarded their pen licenses so far.

We love active learning!

Indoor Active Maths!

Romans Wow Day

We had a fantastic Wow Day to start our 'Romans' topic for this half term.


The children started the day by looking at Roman mosaic patterns and then made their own mosaic. We were very impressed with how creative the children were.


We then spent time making our very own Roman headdress and a Roman soldier's shield, once again the children worked really hard on both of these activities and as you can see from the pictures below these looked fantastic.  

Our Topic Double Page Spreads


We were very impressed with the learning that has taken place during our topic lessons this half term. Have a look at some of our double page spreads to find out all about our 'Flashes and Bangs' topic. 

We have had a busy half term in Year 4! Here are a couple of quotes from pupils about their highlights of the term so far


'We found some mysterious things on the bank like metal tubes and lots of other things. I like how we re wrote the ‘Iron Man’ because it was really fun changing it around. We also made an Iron Man model out of boxes. In Spanish we learnt how to write a description of a monster.'

Class 10

'This wonderful half term has been brilliant! We have learnt and read about someone called The Iron Man. We even made him out of boxes and made circuits! We have experienced how to make a bulb light up with just batteries, wires and a bulb.'

We have also been learning to play the guitar and we are really enjoying our lessons.

Class 9

Building The Iron Man

Year 4 had a great morning using recycled material to make their very own Iron Man. The children worked in small groups to design and then make their very Iron Man model. We were really impressed with how well the children worked together and how creative they were. 


World Mental Health Day


Today, Friday 8th October, we have raised awareness of World Mental Health Day by having a dress down day. We have created posters about the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' and enjoyed taking part in yoga. 

The Iron Man

Building Electrical Circuits

This week we have been continuing our work on FLASHES AND BANGS (light and sound!)


We went outside to investigate what happens to different kinds of sound the further we move away from them. We counted our steps to see when we could stop hearing our teacher bang a drum, play the triangle, clap and whisper. We discussed why the sound got quieter and found out that it was because the sound waves lose energy the further they spread from the source so they make smaller vibrations.


As part of our topic on light, we got to make electrical circuits. The children loved investigating how electricity travels and how to make the bulb light up: 


We had lots of fun discovering that sound is made through vibrations. We used a drum and some rice to demonstrate this. We also discussed that the vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to our ear. 


We had a brilliant Wow Day to start our 'Flashes and Bangs' topic for the autumn term.

The children made their own harmonica and learnt to play this, they were very tuneful.  They then designed and made an instrument using recycled materials, we had a range of different instruments such as guitars, drums and even a piano! This started to get the children thinking about how sound is made and how it travels.

We had a great day and can't wait to learn all about sound and electricity over the coming weeks!

'Someone Builds The Dream'

We have really enjoyed reading the book 'Someone Builds The Dream' by Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long. We have taken part in lots of exciting activities based on the themes of the book including, building towers made out of spaghetti, making dream catchers from natural resources and painting the Eiffel Tower. We have also written our own poems called 'OBS Builds The Dream'.