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Welcome to Year 4 2023-2024!

Welcome to Year 4!

We are going to be having an amazing year together and I am looking forward to teaching you all.

In the Autumn Term we are learning about the Groovy Greeks.

We are lucky to have drama this half term and a music specialist.

Below is some information for you all, as well as a link to some recommended reads for Year 4.

We have had a great start to the year!

Miss Lee



Spellings, Times table grids and Learn its will be given out every week on a Friday. We will also add them to this webpage each week. 



PE days are Thursdays and Fridays, children may wear PE kit to school on these days. 

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Times Tables

In year 4 times tables are vital, especially in light of the year 4 national times tables test at the end of the year.

We have been and will continue to teach the times tables in a variety of ways. 

We have been using flashcards (on Powerpoints), rolling numbers and times tables rockstars. 

We have also been using songs to help us.


Here are some to help but others are avialable too. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_BJjR9rdwA  (8 times table)

6 Times Table Song (Cover of Shake It Off by Taylor Swift!) - YouTube

7 Times Table Song (Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran) Laugh Along and Learn - YouTube

9 Times Table Song (Brave by Sara Bareilles) Laugh Along and Learn - YouTube

11 Times Table Song (I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas) Laugh Along and Learn - YouTube



Joseph and his dreams

In RE, we then looked at Joseph, Jacob's son. This was over two weeks, with looking at his relationship with his brothers and his dremas, before moving onto when he was in Egypt.

The children role played and freeze framed key parts of the story, before writing in their books. 


Year 4 are very lucky to be having drama this term with Pixie.

They've been working in groups and have developing their dramatic skills, as well as playing a range of games to support their learning. 

Week 25th -29th September

In RE we moved on from Abraham and Isaac and started to look at Jacob- Isaac's son. We acted out his dream and then drew our own interpretations of it. 


In maths we were working on flexible partitioning of 4 digit numbers.

4356= 4000 + 300+ 50 + 6

       = 3000 + 1300 + 30 + 26

Week 18-22 September

In RE we had been learning about creation and how we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Now we've moved onto the Bible stories of Abraham to Joseph. This last week we have looked at Abraham and God's promise to him, starting from how he was named Abram and moving onto the story of Abraham and Isaac. Below are some examples of the story maps and written work by a few children on this Bible story. 

October prayer

In October we were saying the rosary. As this is the month of Mary but also as our class prayer were the sorrowful msyteries. 

(In September we had learnt the Act of Hope and the Guardian Angel prayer.)


In Literacy as part of our grammar and sentence writing, the children worked in pairs to etend sentences using a range of conjunctions. We looked at becuase, therefore, since, so, amongst others. We moved these around from the middle to the front, and discussed the effectiveness of this. 

Jesus in the temple

As we moved into our new unit of "Jesus teaches us to pray" we acted our the Bible story of Jesus in the temple at age 12. The children were in small groups acting out the story, before later we unpicked in more detail the feelings of Mary, Joseph and Jesus; as well as looking at the different ways Jesus still need to grow before he could start his ministry.

Poppies for rememberance

As we came closer to November 11th we designed our poppies, using a range of artistic writing, such as bubble, graffiti, bold to write key words linked to the soldiers, such as brave, hero, love. Here are just a few examples of what we did. 


This week we were looking at Hinduism. We satrted the week by recognising everyone is an unique individual, we should all be respected and treated with kindness. From this we drew images and wrote owrds inside head silhouettes, showing what is personal to us, e.g. religion, nationalities, interests, families, etc.

We were also incredibly lucky and blessed that Aadhya sang a song for us in Hindi. It was incredu=ibly brave to stand up in front of the class, and she translated the story afterwards. AMAZING! 



Over the last couple of weeks we've been adding to our corridor displays. 

In November our prayer for the month was Eternal rest, as we ware in the month of Holy Souls. From this we each created rememberance flowers, writing down the names of those in our families who have passed away. These were then laminated and added into a rememberance garden.

We've also, linked in with our liturgies been thinking about the actions, choices and words we can use to show that our "Hands do the work of the Lord" as well as following in the fotstpes of Christ. We thought and designed hands and feet to reflect this. 




In music the children have been using a range of percussion instruments to devise small group pieces reflecting a painting as inspiration. The children were in split into 6 groups and given different parts of the painting to translate into music. They were inspired by the circular shapes, the colours and/or mood their part invoked to them as a group. Below are their first compositions. 


Odd Socks Day

As part of national bullying week, we had Odd Socks Day. We used the morning to understand what is bullying and how we must speak up about it, if it's happening to us or we witness it. The class completed different activities; such as: sorting statements about it, what we can do, who we can trust and turn to; as well as an activity to remind us to stop and think before we speak and the importance of kindness. 


In Geography the class has been learning about earthquakes, how they are caused and what happens. 

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