Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

2022/23 Academic Year

Welcome to year 4! In year 4, we want to create the opportunity for all children to immerse themselves fully into Key Stage Two and the exciting challenges that it will bring. The year 4 team consists of Miss Danks and Miss Steward, the class teachers, who will be supported by Mrs Ashton, Ms Ealey and Mrs Haywood. We are very excited about the new academic year and look forward to fantastic fun-filled year which will pave the way for future success. Together, we are passionate about providing a positive learning environment for the children, where they are engaged and supported in their learning so they can reach their full potential.

In year 4, we will encourage your child to become more independent, not only in their learning but socially too and we look forward to watching them grow and flourish as the year progresses.

Y4 The Oakes Residential: Wed 26 - Fri 28 April 2023

The Oakes Holiday Centre is an action packed, fun filled centre at Norton, Sheffield, based on Christian principals. It is a Georgian house set in acres of woods, lawns and a lake surrounded by parkland with all activities on site. There are a variety of activities for children to choose from including: archery, a ropes course, the ‘tough mudder’ obstacle course, a climbing wall, zorbing, foot golf, arts and crafts, team challenges, camp fires, radio control cars, wide games and raft building. All activities are led by The Oakes team and they have full insurance cover to do this.

As well as the above activities, there is also a daily meeting time, a little like the daily assembly we have at school, whereby talks around the Christian faith are given in a clear, exciting and relevant way. There is no pressure for children to respond to what they have heard, just as there isn’t at school. However, as we are a C of E school the children will be very used to the messages they are hearing.

Please follow the link and complete the electronic form to let us know whether your child wants to go by Friday 9th December, even if you do not wish your child to attend.

We will then set up the facility for you to pay online for those children wanting a place. We really do want all children to have the opportunity to go to the Oakes. They payment system will allow partial payments to be made in order for you to spread the cost. The cost of the residential is dependent on numbers attending, we are hoping that this will be no more than £125.

10th November 2022

On the run up to Remembrance Day and linking to their French lessons, children learned what they did in France to remember those who fought in the war.

They learned that although the red poppy synonymous with Remembrance Day in the UK is not used, instead the symbol of remembrance in France is the bleuet, or cornflower.

It was chosen because cornflowers have traditionally symbolised “pure and delicate” sentiments, while blue is one of the colours of the French flag, and was also the colour of many soldiers’ uniforms in the First World War.

Afterwards, we created a piece of work which is now on display in school.

11th November 2022

Some children have been busy making remembrance day biscuits today.

They look delicious!


This year we are continuing to focus on improving standards in reading and in particularly building on our love of reading and the enjoyment that it can bring. If you can encourage a child to read for pleasure, they will reap the benefits. Research has clearly shown that reading for pleasure can be directly linked to a child’s success throughout their education and even into adulthood. Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters. Interestingly, reading for please also improves children’s well-being and empathy. It helps them to understand their own identity, and gives them an insight into the world and the

views of others.

This year, we will not be sending home daily reading record books but instead we will focus on recording and monitoring pupils’ current reads, and celebrating the books that children have read. Children will be coming home with a book they have chosen from their class libraries.

Please encourage your children to read their book regularly at home and also remind them to bring this to school with them every day so they can read their book during daily reading time.

They will have already recorded this book into their own Reading Log books which will remain in school so that we can monitor what they are choosing and celebrate the books they have read.

We have invested in Reading Challenge Trees for each class with new high-level texts to expose the children to a greater diversity of books and challenge even the most able of our readers.

Every Friday, we will be holding a ‘Book Club’ in each class to encourage reading for pleasure. We will spend time exploring and discussing the books we have chosen, give recommendations of books to our peers and listen to the class reading book.

We have invested time and money into re-organising and updating each Class Library but we need your help to improve these areas further for our children.

If you have any books at home that your children have read and loved but no longer read, please consider donating them to school so that we can keep our Class Libraries up to date and well-stocked for our children.

Thank you so much to the parents who have already donated books both this year and last.

Thank you for your continued support.

A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills.

Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increase in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes.

We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child.

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.

To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns.

2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.

3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle.

4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good.

5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone.

6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond.

7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery.

8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.

9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child.

10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words.

Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.


We set homework in both maths and English each week. The homework maybe followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. Spellings will be sent home on a weekly basis for your child to practise at home.

Homework is usually sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it.

Times Tables

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out.

TT Rockstars is a carefully sequenced program of daily times table practice. This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools. Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home.

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, just speak to your child's class teacher.

Full details of the Curriculum can be found on our Teaching and Learning page of our website.

2021/22 Academic Year

Summer Term

In science, Year 3 and Year 4 have been learning about the life cycle of flowering plants.

We are very fortunate to be able to do this through visiting our very own orchard. We have made regular visits through the seasons to observe first hand the changes and discuss what stage of the life cycle the tree is in.

In September, when we return to school , we are very much looking forward to harvesting the fruit and sharing it with our school community.

Friday 2nd July 2022

Today, children across the school have had a fantastic time during our 'Maths Measures Day'. The intention of the day was to help children become more hands-on and familiar with measures whilst having loads of fun!

Today, we were joined by Mr and Mrs Hepp from HEPPDT. They specialise in offering primary schools bespoke workshops in DT and STEM. They have had a great day learning how to emboss in metal and then making a frame for their work. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Hepp for fantastic day.

Tuesday 24th May

Today, children in year 4 have had an Art Day, where the children have learnt about the different types of sketching pencils and techniques such as stippling and cross hatching.

Afterwards, they observed the lines, tones and textures of different flowers and then had a go at some observational sketching. They all tried really hard and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere as they worked.

The Oakes - 2022 - Memories to treasure and keep have been created over the last two days. We have all had a fabulous few days of fun.

27th April 2022

Today, we are off to The Oakes. Our first residential at St John's. We are going to have a fantastic time!

Spring Term

30th March 2022

Yesterday, we made our own 'nid de paques' in the French tradition, hoping that the 'lapin de paques' would visit them early!

30th March 2022

Yesterday, we became embalmers for the morning - mummifying tomatoes as if they were bodies of Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs!


Tuesday 22nd March

Flight is a movement in gymnastics, where the child's body has no point of contact with the ground. Numerous sports use this technique; basketball, football, long jump and volleyball to name just a few.

Today, children in year 4 have been practising the three points of flight - starting position, flight and finishing position.

17th March 2022

Today, we were lucky enough to listen live to author and illustrator Rob Biddulph. They even had a go at drawing along with him live! Rob has a new fiction book out called Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City, which is a great adventure story filled with fabulous illustrations.

The children have loved being able to listen live to real-life authors and ask them questions about their books and ideas.

On Monday 14th March, we arranged for Imagining History to come into school to deliver ‘Ancient Egypt: A Time Travel Tour’ to the children.

In this drama-history workshop, the children got to construct a timeline of Ancient Egypt, visiting all of the important monuments and figures, such as Tutankhamun, Cleopatra and Howard Carter.

They joined Pharaoh Khufu as he struggles to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza and uncover the ancient rites of embalming within Egyptian Mummification.

Jumping through time, the children got to recreate and compare the kingdoms of some of the most famous Pharaohs of Egypt in a Time Line Challenge.

What a fabulous way to learn!

Tuesday 15th March

Today, children in year 3 and 4 took in basketball tournament at All Saints Links City finals.

They won! Finishing in first place, they are now the Links City Champions and will now be representing our school in the South Yorkshire finals.

Well done year 3 and 4. We are so proud of you all!

8th March

Yesterday, children from year 3 and 4 took part in a basketball tournament at Stockbridge High School.

They were excellent role models through out and played their hearts out. One of the teams finished in first place and will now be going on to play in the finals next Tuesday at Totley All Saint’s.

World book day - 3rd March

We have had a fabulous day! The effort and imagination that has been put into their costumes has been fantastic.

Thank you for all your support.

As part of World Book Day yesterday, we invited children to take part in a whole school homework competition.

Their task was to decorate a toilet roll as a book character of their choice.

We have had some brilliant entries, which were judged after school yesterday and the winners announced in Collective Worship this morning.

Well done to everyone who took part and to our winners, who were allowed to choose a new book from a huge selection chosen by Miss Danks and given £5 gift voucher.

On World Book Day, we based our celebration of reading all around the book, ‘The Barnabus Project’.

During the day, children have taken part in activities based on this wonderful book. The book is all about a secret lab which is hidden deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered "perfect" creatures. After reading and discussing the book, children across the school have created their own perfect pet.

Here is a selection of some of their work.

11th February

This week, the children have been writing Non-Chronological Reports about Cornwall.

To celebrate all their hard work, the teachers thought the children would enjoy making scones for their own Cornish Cream Teas. What a delicious treat!

Autumn Term

Music Lesson!

This morning, we enjoyed a virtual meeting with children's author Cat Welden.

She writes funny fantasy stories with a particular interest in fairy tales and world mythology. Her debut novel How to be a Hero was published in January of this year.

During the online workshop she talked about being an author, her books and the children had the opportunity to ask questions.

A great way to inspire children with their writing.

Miss Steward's class have been using bilingual dictionaries to help them write colour poems in French.

Here is a selection of their finished work.

11th November 2021

Miss Danks' class have used In Flander's Fields as a basis for their Black Out Poetry.

Blackout poetry is when you take a written piece of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and redact words, in order to come up with your very own poem.

We will remember them.

21st September 2021

In science, we are learning about the importance of a healthy diet.

In our last lesson, they learned about the different food groups; carbohydrates, fats, protein, fruit and vegetables and dairy. Afterwards, to consolidate our learning, we created an Eat Well Plate.

Wednesday 8th September 2021

Today, Y3 and Y4 children enjoyed an Immersion Day to start their Thematics topic of Europe.

They focussed on France and during the day, the children had a continental breakfast and got to experience tasks relating to French daily culture.

To fully engage in the day children could come to school dressed in blue, white and red or other French themed clothes.

Thursday 9th September

Children have at least two PE lessons a week at St John's. One of the lessons is Dance.

We use the Imoves program, which links the dance to the Theme that the children are learning about in class.

Today, children in year 4 started to learn 'The Flamenco' which is connected to their topic of Europe.

During the first few lessons, it is important for children to learn to recognise the beat in the music before starting to add actions. These actions are then built up over the half term to help them complete the dance.