Year Four

Teachers: Mrs O'Neill & Mrs S.Strain
Teaching Assistant: Miss Dewdney

Class Rules

In Year 4 we follow 3 simple rules:

Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe


In Year 4 we believe in 'catching children doing the right thing'.  We instantly reward children for:

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Class Dojo rewards have been generated by our pupils and include things like:

Wear your own clothes to school

Seat Pass

Pen permission for the day

We are always open to new ideas!

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  • You will be reminded of our class rules.

  • You will be warned and asked to make the right choice.

If poor conduct continues you will receive time out where you​ may:

  • Repeat or complete unsatisfactory work

  • Write a letter of apology

  • Write out the school rules

We will record your behaviour​ on a Behaviour Sheet

  • We may inform your parents so that they can support

you to make the right choices​

  • We will always support you to make the right choices.

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In Year 4, we use Power Maths as a basis of our maths lesson. This is an exciting class mastery approach, which has been recommended by the DfE, that works for every child.  It is based upon the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. 

Every lesson is divided into sections that involve plenty of discovery, sharing, collaboration, practice and reflection. Children are encouraged to solve problems each day through the use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking.  

At the heart of this programme is the idea that all children can achieve and be successful mathematicians with the right growth mindset.  It promotes five child friendly characters, each with their own positive skillset, to inspire and motivate children.  These characters are:

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A Parents' Guide 

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Here are the books that will inspire you in Year 4.....

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Whole Class Read

Letters from the Lighthouse is our class read. 

It is an historical novel set in World War 2.

Have a think about.....

Why Esther Jenkins is such an angry character.

Where Sukie might be.

What does the secret code mean?

How would you feel if you were an evacuee?

What would you pack in your suitcase?

Do you think Olive and Cliff will feel safe living in a Lighthouse?

Where would you hide a secret note? In your sock drawer or somewhere else?

Whole Class Read

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is our Spring Term class read.  It is a fictional novel with a fantasy genre.


Our Learning Project is Chocolate and so this timeless classic seemed an obvious choice.

  • Who is your favourite character and why?

  • What lengths would you go to to get a golden ticket?​

  • If you were a lucky winner who would you take​ with you?

Spelling Punctuation and Grammar

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar

In Year 4 one literacy lesson per week is for the explicit teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.  The children will learn how to use:

  • Fronted adverbials

  • Paragraphs

  • Appropriate choice of pronoun or noun across sentences to avoid repetition

  • Inverted commas and other punctuation to mark direct speech

  • Apostrophes to mark singular and plural possession

Spellings are taken from the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling lists and are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those that they often misspell.  We will also explore the origins of some spellings.



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Children are encouraged to practice the Letter-join style of handwriting.



A Pen Licence is given to children who can consistently demonstrate a fluent, cursive style of writing.

For writing this year we will be using the Literacy Company's Pathways to write Scheme.

Pathways to write is a proven methodology built around units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach.  The units are linked to high quality texts which means lessons are engaging and purposeful.

Learning Project 'Discover' World War 2


Learning Project 'Explore' Chocolate


Learning Project 'Create' The Tudors




  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity

  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers

  • Identify whether a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery

  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.


  • Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating

  • Recognise that vibrations from a sound travel through a medium to the ear.

  • Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it

  • Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.

  • Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.

States of Matter

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases

  • 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)

  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

Living things and their habitats

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways 

  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment 

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Animals including humans

  • Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans

  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Independent learners.....

  • Visit the library to find out more about the science topic being covered or look for information on the Internet

  •  Visit parks and woodlands and look at habitats of squirrels, birds, rabbits etc.

  •  Discuss the effects of electricity in lights, computer etc. and emphasise the safety aspects – no fingers in sockets, no wet hands.

Class News & Events

Ranger Visit Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Following on from our visit to Chester Zoo last month we were lucky enough to welcome Laura the ranger to our classroom.  She taught us about endangered animals, why they are endangered and what we can do to help.  Laura brought her passion of animals and her real life experiences of protecting some of our most endangered animals in the wild.  The session was thought provoking.  We asked Laura anything we wanted to about endangered animals and she did her best to answer them all.

Laura was very impressed with the children's knowledge and understanding.  The children approached some of the upsetting discussion points in a mature and sensitive way.  

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Lego Circuits

Yesterday, Tuesday 5th November, our school hall became a hive of activity.  We brought our Science and Design & Technology Curriculum to life.  By applying our skills and knowledge we built electrical circuits to light up street scenes.  We had to be creative thinkers, problem solvers and team- workers.

Thank you to Philip and Maria! We hope you can come back soon! 

On Wednesday 9th October we left school wearing our evacuee labels and escaped to our local museum, Norton Priory. 

We discovered what life was like for people living during World War 2.

We explored World War 2 artefacts and immersed ourselves in 1940's Britain.  Thank you Susan for helping to bring our Learning Project to life.


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Gallery of Great Work

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