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Welcome to Year 4's Learning Page

Here, you will find out about all our magnificent learning and educational escapades! This year, we will be gathering knowledge on a diverse range of topics, producing creative and engaging pieces writing, securing our times tables and delving deeper into the world of problem solving!

There are some handy documents for you to view to give you a little more detail on our termly and yearly plans!

Here are a few links to websites for a range of English, maths  and other curricular activities which you can use to practise the skills we teach at school or even to just delve into other subjects!


Term 5

Raging Rivers

Our next topic is an exciting topic all about rivers! In this Geography unit, we will begin by looking at major world rivers before focusing on the River Severn, as this is the largest UK river and runs into the Bristol Channel. The Frome and Avon are also tributaries of the Severn so we will also be studying these rivers.
In English, we will be looking at a beautiful narrative poem by Marc Martin, as well as looking at a whole range of information texts about rivers. We will be creating our own poems and journey stories, as well as an information text based around our experiential learning.
In Maths, we will be revisiting mental and written strategies for all four calculations as well as focusing on our times tables.
We are so looking forward to seeing the children and can't wait for an exciting new term!

Please click on the links below for useful learning resources.

BBC Rivers

BBC Teach Rivers

BBC Electricity

RiverCraft (developed by the makers of Minecraft to teach about flood defences)

Times table speed test


Term 4

St. Vincent Grenadines 

This term, our topic was based around the beautiful Caribbean islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We have learnt about the geographical location, the climate and the most important industries on these islands. We also learnt about La Soufrière - the active volcano on St. Vincent, and what it means to live on a volcanic island.

In English, we have focused on the works of the brilliant poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Valerie Bloom. Additionally, we read the story of Gregory Cool who visits the Caribbean of Trinidad. We then compared life in the Caribbean with life in Bristol and wrote persuasive brochure to convince the residents of St. Vincent to visit our brilliant city. In addition, we wrote a biography about our key author, Benjamin Zephaniah, as well as reading a range of his entertaining poems!

In Maths, we have worked really hard to develop our knowledge of area and perimeter. We have also developed our understanding of time including analogue, digital and 24 hour time and ended the term learning about coordinates and translation.

Take a look at some of the exciting activities we have been up to and the gorgeous examples of work from our wonderful pupils!

Term 3

Stone Age Survival

Ancient cave art may be origin of modern language – Science & research news  | Frontiers

This term, we have learnt all about fractions and decimals. We deepened our understanding of equivalent fractions and fractions of amount, before moving on learn about tenths and hundredths. We also developed our understanding of rounding by applying this to decimals and have increased our ability to reason and problem solve through a variety of challenges. We have continued to practise our times tables are getting super speedy at these!

 In English we have used some wonderful texts as inspiration for our own writing. We began by reading “Ug, boy genius of the Stone Age,” and created our own comic, as well as writing to Ug to tell him all about our lives in 2022. We then went time travelling with the wonderful, “Stone Age Boy” and wrote our own time slip stories by developing characters, setting and plot. Next, we used our Stone Age survival workshop as inspiration to create instructions for how to survive in the Stone Age. We finished the term by once again travelling back to prehistoric times, following the journey of a pebble inspired by Meredith Hooper’s, “Pebble in my Pocket”. We wrote beautiful poems full of figurative language and powerful adjectives.

In History, we learnt all bout prehistoric Britain! We improved our chronological understanding of prehistoric Britain by creating a time-line and looked at their key inventions. We looked at a range of artefacts and developed our inference skills by identifying what they were and how they were used. We then created our own research questions about the Stone Age, before carrying out research in groups on a variety of topics such as Stonehenge, jewellery and clothes.


Term 2

Wonderful Wildlife 

We've had a wonderful term and are as always, incredibly proud of the children for all the efforts and the wonderful work they've produced! We were so grateful to be able to go on a school trip again and we had a brilliant time visiting the Wild Place Project where we saw lynxes, cheetahs and wolves. We also had a great time celebrating Diwali!

In English, our learning has been based on the books Fantastic Mr Fox and The Wild Robot. We wrote our own narratives all about Mr Fox breaking into Whitehall to steal food. We have also taken part in debates and created some wonderful artwork. We have enjoyed reading a non-chronological report about the Arctic yeti and writing about our own imagined arctic creatures.  We have had a great time using persuasive techniques and language to create leaflets for the Wild Place Project which we were lucky enough to visit in November.

In Maths this term, we have developing our knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division. We have been focusing on learning our times tables, using factor pairs and developing a range of mental strategies to help us multiply. We have also been looking at formal methods for multiplication and division such as the grid method and short division. We have developed our problem solving and reasoning skills through a range of Wonderful Wildlife inspired problems!

This term in Science, we have been learning about living things and their habitats. We learnt about the seven life processes that determine if something is a living organism, before moving on to look at different species of animal. We created classification keys to classify the species we found. We then learnt about food chains and how one change in the food chain can impact all the other connected species. We finished the term looking at adaptations and creating our own creatures especially adapted to their environments.

Our Topic in Term 1 is: Quests and Conquests
The Saxons fight the Carolingians in open battle. by RobbieMcSweeney on  DeviantArt | Wojownicy, Powstaniec

We've had a fantastic term and we are so proud of the children for all their hard work and how well they have settled back to school!

In English, we explored different myths and legends involving quest such as Beowulf and Robin Hood. We looked at the skills need to create action, suspense and dialogue and used these in our own narratives. We then put together our own brilliant drama performances and enjoyed performing these to the class. We also created our own monsters, heroes and settings. We then focused on non-fiction and wrote our own information texts on the Anglo Saxons by researching and presenting on different topics.

In Maths, we began by recapping place value, developing our understanding of four-digit numbers. We used a range of practical resources and methods to explore the value of 4-digit numbers, ordering and comparing them. We explored negative numbers and rounding to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand. We also had fun playing rounding bingo. We then moved on to look at mental strategies and written methods in addition and subtraction before developing our estimation and checking strategies. 

In History, we learnt about the Anglo-Saxon period. We developed our understanding of chronology by looking at when in history the Anglo-Saxons controlled England. We looked at Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms. We also looked at Anglo-Saxon traditions and ways of life as well as taking part in a fantastic Anglo-Saxon themed day. The children dressed up and took part in a range of art and craft activities. 

This term in Science, we learned about states of matter. We understood the properties of the three main states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. We planned and carried out lots of experiments to help us explore this topic further. For example, we tested which drink was the fizziest out of three options by weighing them all, shaking them to make them flat and then weighing them again. The difference in weight showed us how much carbon dioxide was in each drink to start with! We also learned about the processes of melting, freezing, evaporation and condensation through other fun investigations. Throughout all of our lessons, we have been practising the skills of making predictions, writing conclusions and ensuring that we are always conducting a fair test.

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