Welcome to Year 4

Year 4

Welcome back to spring 2 . We hope everyone had a lovely and restful break.

Who is who

Your year 4 team are;

Miss Nock is the teacher in Bronte.

Mr Pickering is the teacher in Pankhurst.

Miss Hedges (TA) works with children in both classes.

Additionally, this half-term we welcome to year 4 two trainee teachers from Nottingham Trent University, Mr. Baker and Miss Siembida.

Who are our classes named after


Welcome to Bronte Class. Emily Jane Bronte was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature.


Welcome to Pankhurst Class. Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement. She helped women win the right to vote.


This half term, we will be learning how to write a recount. First, we will study a fictional recount of a visit to a Roman forum by a soldier named Brutus before moving on to writing our own recounts of our trip to Wollaton hall (see details below).

Follow the link below to listen to author Michael Rosen explaining for the BBC how to write a successful recount.



In maths this half-term, we will be covering topics; multiplication and division, addition and subtraction, shape and decimals.

During basic skills, we will be mainly focusing on learning our times tables so we can rapidly recall them up to 12 x 12 (ready for the times table test in the summer). We will be working on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Children should be able to reason about maths and explain their thinking through words and drawing. They will hear 'prove it' and 'show me' a lot this year.


This term's topic is on The Romans. This topic will be linked across mainly history, geography, MFl and art. The end goal is for the children to do a class assembly to parents demonstrating everything they have learnt about the Romans.


We have a booked a trip to Wollaton Hall Tuesday 3rd March to learn more about the Romans. There will be two workshops where the children will look at Roman artifacts, experience life as a Roman child, discover where the Romans invaded, dress up as Romans and take part in a banquet . Don't forget to take money in an envelope to the office. Thank you.



Please support your child by reading with them every evening for about 15 minutes.

Reading regularly will also:

  • Build confidence
  • Build a wider range of vocabulary
  • Help with spelling
  • Build a rich imagination

Don't forget to record it in your diary. Reading =Dojo points.

Homework Task Booklet

The children will each receive a booklet containing a small maths and English activity to be completed each week. The booklets will go out every Monday and to be returned the following Monday with tasks completed. For the Maths tasks children can pick either bronze, silver or gold. Bronze being the easiest and gold being the hardest. The tasks are designed for children to be able to complete them independently. If any problems please ask. Happy homeworking.

Times Tables

Please practise times tables up to 12 x 12. Children are expected to recall all these times tables and know the division facts. At the end of year 4, children will be completing a times table test on the computer. They will only have 6 seconds to answer each question so they must know them well! Also, the times tables are in the back of the reading diaries. The children's new times table books will continue to be sent out on a Monday with the next weeks work out to be completed.

Words of the Week

Please practise them at home with you child ready for the spelling test on Monday morning. (Children will write the 10 words in their diaries)

  1. Can you read the word?
  2. Do you know what the word means? Look at the prefixes and suffixes- how do they change the meaning of the word?
  3. Can you spell the word? How have you learnt to spell it (phonics, chunking, rhyme)?
  4. Can you use it correctly in a sentence.
  5. Do you know more than one meaning of the word> Does the meaning depend on how the word is used in the sentence (verb, adjective, noun, adverb)?


This half term, Physical Education will take place every Monday afternoon, we will be building on the rugby skills tuaght by Gemma last half term. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school as it is part of school uniform.


This half term only children who still need to achieve their 25m badge will continue to go swimming for the rest of the year. Children who have achieved their 25m badge will receive a letter and will no longer attend swimming lessons.T hey will stay at school with either Miss Nock or Mr Pickering for PE.

Children are expected to go swimming every week (unless of a medical reason). They must bring their swimming kits EVERY FRIDAY . If your child wishes to wear goggles, please pass on your permission to their class teacher.

We walk to Portland leisure centre and swim from 2.30-3.00. You can either pick your child up from there at 3.10 or from school. We aim to arrive back at school around 15:35. Please inform Miss Nock or Mr. Pickering if your picking up arrangments have changed.


This section will keep you up to date with important dates and events such as trips

Autumn 1

Well done to the year 3/4 football team who beat Wellbeck 5-4 at Portland center.

Well done to Mohammed and Josh. The first children from Bronte class modeling our new 'work hard' and 'be kind' medals.

Today we had the BBC weather reporter and director in with their recording kit. The children had great fun learning about how to present the weather.

Autumn 2


What a fantastic day to kick start our topic!

Parents evening

Wednesday 27th November 2:00pm-4:30pm

Thursday 28th November 3:30pm-5:50pm

Please return your preferred time slips to your class teacher for parents evening. Just a reminder if you have an earlier slot on Wednesday you are not allowed to take you child home early.

We are looking forward to see you all.

Christmas decorations

Spring 1

The children had a fantastic time on our trip to Nottingham University. They applied skills from their previous learning on electricity, to build their own Robot Duck. The children concentrated, problem solved and asked thoughtful questions throughout the day.

Final Visit from Nottingham University

The children reflected on their trip to the university and looked closely at the range of courses they offer. They loved making their graduation hats to end the project with the university. We want to thank Nottingham university for their fantastic project they offered our children for free!!

Spring 2

Well done Josh for creating an amazing powerpoint presentation on the Romans. You have put in a lot of effort. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Examples of children's work

This section will contain examples of the children's learning throughout the year.

Spring 2

The children have been 'creative cats' designing their art work based on friendships. Here are a few examples.

Spring 1

Examples of the children's writing on Boudicca's Rebellion. They did a fantastic job!

The children came up with lots of interesting questions they want to find our during our topic on the Romans.

Autumn 2

Maths week- fractal patterns

This week the children in maths are looking at perimeter.

Autumn 1

The children had great fun racing their cars they made. Here are a few photos :)

Cians went the fasted.

Rhythmic Gymnastics with our gymnastics coach David.

They predicted and then tested materials to see if they were conductors or insulators.

Today, Bronte Class have made their car prototypes. Here are a few;

They have learnt lots about making their cars and it has informed the deisgn process ready to make their actual cars.

This week we have been working towards an dependent- retelling the story Rocketeer. Here are some examples below of some great pieces of work for the start of year 4. Well done.

Ready for making our cars, we practised making circuits and switches.



Gymnastic- balances

A few pictures from our trip to Nottingham Industrial museum.

February 2020


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