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Year 4 ~ Ms. Elliott & Mr Robinson

Welcome to Year 4!

VE Day Summer Term

In Year 4 there is Mr Robinson in Class 3 and Ms Elliott in Class 4, along with our wonderful teaching assistant Mrs Smith. You will also find Mrs Blockley and Mr Emmerson for part of the week. We are a fun-loving bunch, who aim to make your child's learning experience at school as fun and enjoyable as possible! If you ever have any questions or worries about any aspect of your children's learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher - our door is always open.

Our Classrooms

Invaders and Settlers

Anti bullying week November 2020

Science investigation



Home Learning

Have a look at some of the home learning links. Have a go at the Hamilton Trust packs. These are updated every week and there is one sheet per day.

Week beginning 30th March 2020

Please see below for this week's home learning tasks. We have included a separate Maths and English task for each day (from Hamilton Trust), as well as a research project, linked to our Italy topic.


The research and the activities that go with it, will last for the next 3 weeks.

Research Project - Sculptors



Useful website links on how to stay active whilst at home.

Week beginning 23rd March 2020

Topic Overviews

Spring Term

Spring 2

Welcome back! We hope everyone has had a lovely half term break!

This half term, as part of our learning, we are undertaking a European study and have chosen to focus on Italy. The children already have some knowledge of this beautiful country from when we learnt about the Romans, back in the autumn term. We also have British Science Week to look forward to, as well as visits to our local church and Time Travelling at Southwell Minster! For all other aspects of this half term's learning, please see the learning overview and knowledge organisers that are above and will also be in your child's homework book.

Spring 1

Welcome back and we hope you have all had a lovely Christmas! We have lots planned for the spring term and for the 1st half of the term, we will be continuing our Invaders and Settlers topic. As we have already learnt about the Romans and the Anglo Saxons, it's now the Viking's turn!! Up until half term, we will be carrying out a science investigation to answer the question: Why were the Viking longboats the shape they were? The children will then go on to research, design, make, test and evaluate their own longboats. Alongside this, we will be reading and studying the book Beowulf and in English, we will then write a sequel to the legend of Beowulf and Grendel. As if this isn't enough, the last week in January is our Diversity Week in which we will be celebrating and embracing the diversity within our school and community. It's going to be a very busy half term!

Our finished Viking longboats!

Our learning journey so far this half term...

Active French

We have been learning the months of the year. During our lessons, we grouped ourselves in seasons, as well as ordering the months in chronological order. We also ordered the months based on the number of letters each month is made up of - all of this was done IN SILENCE!! 

Autumn Term

Autumn 2

Christmas party games in the hall.


During the 2nd half of the autumn term, Andy came in to coach all of Y4. He taught everyone a variety of skills needed to play squash, including: ball control, racket skills and being light on our feet to dodge and reach returns from opponents.

Methodist Christmas Workshop - 12th December 2019

Members of the Methodist Church came into school and spent the morning with Y4, doing a selection of Christmas activities. Each class rehearsed a puppet show, depicting the Christmas story (with a twist!). In the afternoon, the whole school went to All Saint's Church, Clipstone for our Christmas service and Y4 performed their puppet shows.

Science - electrical circuits.

We investigated how to make complete circuits, how to make switches and how to make a bulb light up. This knowledge really helped when we went on to make light up Christmas cards!

Myths and Legends at Garibaldi - Thursday 28th November 2019

Y4 spent a lovely afternoon down at Garibaldi College, learning how to write myths and legends.

Jingle Jog at Sherwood Pines

On Wednesday 27th November, We all took part in the Jingle Jog and had a fantastic time - even though it had been raining throughout the previous night and meant it was VERY muddy!!

Visit to The Collection Museum, Lincoln - Tuesday 12th November 2019.


As part of our learning about the Romans, Y4 spent an immersive day at The Collection, learning about all things Roman!! We had a tour around the museum and looked at the Roman artefacts, we made Roman brooches, marched in the Roman army and even took part in an archaeological dig!

Close Reading

We have been working together to improve 3 mark questions (using APE) and show our understanding of the text we have read.

Autumn 1

Harvest Festival at All Saints Church, Clipstone - Tuesday 15th October 2019.

Today we all walked down to our local church to celebrate harvest. It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents, celebrating with us and it added to a wonderful, family feeling of saying thank you to God for our food and being grateful for what we have. All donated food will go to the homeless - thank you for all of your donations.

Grandparents Morning - Friday 11th October 2019.

We had a lovely time this morning when we were joined for an extended D.E.A.R. session (Drop Everything And Read) by some of Y4's grandparents. The children found it a very rewarding experience and many wanted their grandparents to stay for the day! After reading with their grandchildren, everyone who had joined us gathered in the hall for bacon sandwiches and tea/coffee. Thank you everyone who came and see you next time!

#HelloYellow - World Mental Health Day Thursday 10th October 2019

We all took part in raising awareness of mental health by coming to school in something yellow. Our learning involved us designing our own superheros to combat mental health. We discussed which qualities a mental health superhero might have, then decided which ones our own superhero would have, based on how we sometimes feel and what makes us feel better. Have a look below at our amazing superheros!

Welcome to Year4


In Year 4 there is Mrs Boulton in Class 3 and Ms Elliott in Class 4. Our wonderful teaching assistant is Mrs Smith and Miss Dawes joins us for part of the morning, 3 mornings each week. We are a fun-loving bunch, who aim to make your child's learning experience at school as fun and enjoyable as possible! If you ever have any questions or worries about any aspect of your children's learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher - our door is always open.

Learning Overviews

Spring Term 2

After a week off, everyone has returned full of energy and ready to learn! There's lots happening this half term: a Y3/4 athletics competition next week, lots of practical investigations in our topic lessons and in two weeks, it's British Science Week - this year the theme is 'Journeys'. After that it won't be long until it's Easter!

Close Reading

We are continuing to study our class book, The Accidental Prime Minister, in Close Reading. This week we have learnt how to answer questions which require us to find evidence from the text to support our answers - we were set a paired challenge to complete all of the comprehension questions set, in any order, in the time given - all of the children rose to the challenge and loved the competitive aspect!

Dance - Zumba!

It is important for us all to take part in plenty of exercise to ensure we stay strong and healthy. In school, we have a wide variety of different PE topics and we welcome many different instructors. This half term we are lucky enough to be learning Zumba, including designing our own routines which we will then teach to the rest of the class!

Daily 30 active minutes - Super Movers

As part of our daily 30 active minutes, we use Super Movers to practise our times tables together with our grammar and punctuation knowledge. The children love it (and so do the adults!).

Spring Term 1

This term is going to be a busy one! We will be learning about our capital city: London, and looking at why people choose to live there and also visit its many tourist attractions. Our Close Reading book (The Accidental Prime Minister) links to our topic and is all about a young boy who finds himself becoming our Prime Minister! We will also be writing our own mystery stories, which might be set in one of London's famous landmarks. This half term, Year 4 have a coach in (Andy) who will be teaching them how to play squash.  

Performance Poetry

This week we have been reciting poetry. We worked in groups to rehearse and perform our poems to the rest of the class. Our performances were peer assessed - we had a great time!


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We have been learning about Banksy and how he creates his artwork. We have investigated various mediums, designed our own names using graffiti lettering, tried to replicate one of his famous pieces and then we designed and created our own piece of Banksy inspired artwork. Some of us even decided to turn ourselves into a 'Banksy'!


Over the last 4 weeks, the children have been taught how to hold a rally at the squash wall, together with controlling the direction of the ball to make it tricky for their opponents to hit a return. All the children have thoroughly enjoyed the squash lessons and many have expressed an interest in joining a squash club.