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Year 4


2020 2021

Mr Hill (9) - Mrs Tindsley & Mrs Heywood (10) - Mrs Cocker (TA)



Today we started our new topic topic with a bang!

The children explored how vibrations are used to create sound using cup telephones, bottle xylophones and the guitar. They also loved creating their own lollipop stick harmonicas and discussing how the sound is created and how they can change the pitch.


Our colour project:

We have had a lot of fun over the last two weeks basing our colour theme projects on these fabulous stories:

The children have created their own wonderful colour monsters and spent time thinking about their different emotions and which colours may represent different feelings. 


They have also created their own patch work pieces to tell their own story or represent things that are special to them. Again thinking about the impact of the colours they are using in their art.


Finally they have written some fabulous letters of complaint in the style of the 'The day the crayons quit'. The children loved watching this version of the wonderful book:


Reading at home - Our new 'Rainbow Reading' reward scheme

Please watch this video to find out more about our new 'Reading Rainbow' reward scheme:




We can't wait to see you all again and share the fun things we have planned for this term!

Like the rest of the school, we have some amazing work planned on the theme of COLOUR.After that, our topic will be Flashes and Bangs - linked to our Literacy book 'The Iron Man.'



Tuesday - Outdoor PE - PE uniform required

Wednesday - 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.


Meet the team:
Class 9 teacher - Mr Hill, 
Class 10 teachers - Mrs Tindsley & Mrs Heywood
Your child will have reading, writing and afternoon topic lessons with their class teacher but will be streamed for Maths therefore they may visit the partner class for these lessons. 
Mr Hill: Class 9
Mrs Tindsley: Class 10
Mrs Heywood: Class 1o
Mrs Cocker: The Hive
Mrs Hodson: The Hive
Mrs Tee: Assistant Head Teacher & Head of Y3 & Y4

OuMemorieto treasure from


World Maths Day and World Book Day


As part of world book day and world maths day, the children dressed up as (TT) rock stars and brought in their favourite books to share.

In year 4's case, it was to share their books with year 2 and it was lovely to see the two year groups read together. Take a look at some pictures below! 


As part of our P6P network, we have hosted our 4th Science fair in KS2 this year.  We were lucky enough to have the University of Nottingham, Basford Hall College and a founder of the charity Ignite at our science fair. Year 4 took part in 3 different activities about sound including using confusaphones, special waterproof speakers and a lot of fun with slinkies! The afternoon was really enjoyable with all of the children learning new facts about vibrations and sound waves. We then offered a drop in for our year 4 parents after school where we were really pleased to see lots of families sharing the interesting things they had learned.

Viva España

We kicked off our new topic Viva Espana with a WOW day. We looked at the work of the artist Pablo Picasso and also had a go at making a Spanish Omlette which we were then able to taste, it was really delicious . We've had such a fun day and are looking forward to learning more about Spain and Spanish Culture. 

The Merchant of Venice


The first week back after half term was an exciting one! We had Shakespeare week in which Year 4 looked at his famous play, the Merchant of Venice. We did a variety of activities linked to the play including acting out parts of the play, artwork based on Shylock, writing a diary as some of the characters and much more! Needless to say, the children knew the play inside out by the end of the week! Take a look at some of the photos below of the year 4's practising their drama!


'All that glisters is not gold'

(Morocco, Act 2 Scene 7)



The Viking Age is over!


With the end of our exciting invaders and settlers topic, we will be moving onto a new topic next term after a week-long siesta. We can't tell you what it is now, but here is a big clue...

 Creative Homework


As usual, year 4 have really impressed with their creative homework projects. We have had all sorts of pieces come back including Viking bread, cakes, fact files, models, paintings, IT presentations and many more! Take a look at some of the projects below. Well done year 4! 

Reading with Year 1


As part of our topic this term, year 4 made some amazing fact files about the Vikings. Those fact files were put to use when they shared them with the year 1's. It was lovely to see the year 4's teaching the younger children about their topic and hearing the year 1's writing in return. They are already looking forward to the next piece of writing to share!  

Anglo-Saxon Settlements


Today we had a look at what Anglo-Saxon settlements had in them. We also learnt about the different jobs people would have had as well as how they lived. If year 4 had the choice... most would not have chosen to live in one (especially after explaining there was no internet back then!) After that, we had a go at designing our own Anglo-Saxon settlements. 

The Anglo-Saxons and The Vikings have arrived

We had a WOW day to re-create some Viking and Anglo-Saxon inspired artefacts We designed and made Viking shields, made broaches and necklaces and had a go at writing out own names in Viking runes. 


Invaders and Settlers

It's 410AD the Roman army have left Britannia to help protect their empire and Rome who are under attack. We've now got no protection.. who's coming to invade and settle next?

Take a look at our plans for the year below.

Topic Quiz



At the end of the term, year 4 had a very competitive topic quiz to find out who knew the most about our topics so far this year. It wasn't easy as the questions weren't just based on the Romans but ALL of the topics we have looked at. The winner in class 10 was Amy and class 9's joint winners were Eleanor and Jasmine. Well done! Will they be able to retain their title or will someone else become champion when we do it again in the spring term?


Labor omnia vincit

Roman Creative Homework


Like with our previous topic, we have had all sorts of AMAZING creative homework returned to us ranging from pictures to delicious Roman cakes! Take a look at some of the incredible work below.


luceat lux vestra

Building Roman Aqueducts


In DT, year 4 had a go at building aqueducts. All they had at the start was a list of objectives and some materials they could use. The results were amazing, with ALL of the aqueducts fulfilling the design criteria! This success was down to both the excellent teamwork and creativity of all groups. The Romans would have been proud, well done!


Aqua vitae

Roman Day


We were very lucky to have a real archaeologist come in and work with us all day. We looked at a variety of amazing Roman artefacts (lots of them being REAL!) including pottery, coins, jewellery, weapons, armour and many more! It was such a fantastic day. The amount of knowledge we have learnt about the Romans both during the term and today is incredible with the children's love of the topic being obvious! 


sapientia et doctrina

What's cooking?

As part of our design and technology work this year, Year 4 designed, created and cooked their own pitta bread pizzas. They also designed some packaging and made a mini pizza box prototype. Here are some photographs of the children showing of their skills and delicious creations - some of them were even brave enough to try an Olive.

Roman WOW Day


This week year 4 had their Roman WOW day where we officially introduced our new topic on the Romans. As part of the day, we designed and made some mosaics of our own. I am sure the Romans would have been very impressed by the craftmanship shown!


Rampaging Romans! 


Our topic for the second half of the Autumn term is all about the Roman Empire as well as its impact on Britain. We will be looking at how the empire expanded, the awesome Roman army, Roman roads, the 3 Roman invasions of Britain, life in Roman Britain, Boudica's rebellion and much more! Take a look at our knowledge organiser to get a head start!


Carpe Diem



Year 4 had an amazing day building the robots they designed in class with parents and carers.  The amount of creativity unleashed was incredible with all sorts of designs being made WITH working circuits inside then! The day really brought our topic alive and many thanks to all the adults who attended as well as all who sent in materials we could use. After the skill and creativity shown, I think we definitely have some future engineers and electricians on our hands! 


See you at the next one!

We explored Pitch and how to change the pitch on a string instrument. We also created a water Xylophone, investigating how to change the pitch a glass jar makes using water.

The children were challenged to be electrician and chose some equipment to use to try and make a lightbulb light up. It was fantastic to see some real life 'lightbulb moments' During Thursday's lesson the children created a simple circuit and explored which materials were conductors and which were insulators.

The secret is out.. our topic is ..................FLASHES AND BANGS!
This half term our topic is going to be 'Flashes and Bangs' we are going to be learning all about electricity, light and sound. As learners, Year 4 are going to experiment with sound and circuits by being both musicians and electricians! It is only the third day back but lots of the children can talk about pitch, that sounds are made from vibrations, describe an electrical circuit and test to see if materials are insulators or conductors. We are so impressed. Have a look at some photographs of our super science investigations below. 

Autumn Term 1 2019

Welcome to Year 4's web page for the 2019-2020 academic year. 


Have a look at the clues below about our new topic... What could it possibly be?