Year 4

Mrs J Patterson

Class Teacher

Miss C Payne

Teaching Assistant


Welcome to the Autumn Term in year 4, we are really looking forward to an exciting term of learning. This year the children will be taught by Mrs Patterson. Year 4 will also be supported by our fantastic Teaching Assistant, Miss Payne.


Below is what we will be learning...

Maths:  We will be really focusing in on mental maths, especially times tables and developing our knowledge of the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

English:   This links to Inspire so we will be learning about writing fiction and non-fiction texts, writing letters, reading poetry and also focusing on word classes for our grammatical understanding.

Science:   This term we will be focusing on our digestive system, healthy eating and our different types of teeth. Mr Costello will teach Outdoor Learning and Miss Pedley will be teaching children about animal care.

R.E. The children will be learning about the teachings and life of Jesus. We will also have a visit from Daya who will be teaching Islam.

Inspire Themes:   We have a scheme called Inspire, which fits in with the National Curriculum (2014) that the children will be taught in. It links all subjects, except maths, P.E & R.E.

Our themes this term are: Where does my food go? Were the dark ages dark? Batteries Included. Further information can be found on the sheets attached.

French:   The children will be learning languages weekly with support from Camborne Science and International Academy.

P.E.  will be taught on a Wednesday afternoon, except for 4 weeks this term when we are swimming on a Monday afternoon as follows:

12 November, 19 November, 26 November and  03 December

Other information: 

Welcome to Year 4 for what already looks a fun term of learning. We shall be looking at how our digestive system works, learning about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and how to construct an electrical circuit.

As Year 4 staff we are all working closely together and are available for you should there be any questions or concerns.

What's been happening in class this week?



What a great week in year 4! As well as fantastic music performances of Revolting Children and some of our children performing Defying Gravity, we have been very busy in all of our other subjects too.


In English, we are learning all about the Epic poem, Beowulf. Children read the abridged version, chose their favourite character to draw and describe, using a variety of rich vocabulary including similes and metaphors. Children then responded to the poem by planning a newspaper report about the terrible attack on Hrothgar's great Hall.


In maths, children have been learning how to estimate their answer before working out the calculation. 


In History, we have been learning about Viking invasion and settlement in Britain. 


In P.E. the children are building upon their new rugby skills and learning how to run and pass the ball back. 



It has been a lovely week in year 4. We have been very busy rehearsing for our music performance next week, learning how to sing, act and dance at the same time!


In English/history, we have been learning how to write a biography about King Alfred the Great. The children have learnt the features of a biography and used their research from the previous week.


In response to Halloween, the children have answered comprehension questions about the history of Halloween and how it is celebrated around the world. 


In maths, the children have been working very hard subtracting up to 4 digit numbers using the column method. 


In art, the children have studied and learnt about the Bayeux Tapestry. They have used this model to create their own version based on events in their own lives. 



This week in year 4...

We have had such a busy week in year 4, here's what has been happening...


In English, we have innovated a popular fairy tale, Cinderella. The children were asked to plan and write the Cinderella but each group was asked to innovate in different ways, from changing characters to the ending of the story and even writing it from a different viewpoint (i.e. from the perspective of the Fairy God-Mother). The children learnt how to use a range of exciting vocabulary in their writing and edit and improve to make their sentences even better. 


In maths this week, the children have been learning how to add and subtract using columnar methods, together with solving one step and two step word problems. There has been some fantastic team work and problem solving in the classroom this week.


In PE, we are putting our new tag rugby skills into practice as the children are learning how to find space and steal the ball.


We have launched our new topic this week, 'Were the Dark Ages Dark?'. We have already starting learning about Viking Longships and the brilliant story of how King Alfred was in charge of the cakes but let them burn as he was not concentrating on his given job! The children acted this out brilliantly and enjoyed telling off King Alfred for not paying attention. The children were given an opportunity to 'hot-seat' the three main characters of the story, asking open questions. 



In English - we have read together the fairy tale, Cinderella and responded by writing a set of instructions on how to conjure up the perfect carriage and horses for a princess. We have also started to plan a formal letter to the King thanking him for a wonderful Ball!

In maths, we have been very busy finding 1000 more or less than a number, rounding to the nearest 10,100 or 1000 and we have also started to look at Roman Numerals. 

Linked to our topic 'Where does my food go?', we had a visit from Mrs Davies, who is a Dental Hygienist. The children learned all about the different types of teeth and their function, together with how to look after their teeth with regular brushing and visits to the dentist. In order to show the appearance of plaque on their teeth, the children chewed a disclosing tablet, which showed where plaque was present. After a good brushing of teeth, the plaque disappeared leaving the children with a beautiful white smile! 

A great big thank you to Mrs Davies for taking the time to share her knowledge and expertise with our children.

In R.E. we are learning about Hajj, the fifth pillar of the Islam religion. Hajj is a pilgrimage that Muslims undertake at least once in their lifetime. We read a diary entry about a young girl's Hajj experience and answered comprehension questions in response. 

In French, we are learning all about food and how to say what our favourite breakfast food is - most of us certainly enjoy a pain au chocolat, especially Mrs Patterson! 

In P.E. we have thoroughly enjoyed the Daily Mile and have started learning how to play Tag Rugby. 


We have had a fantastic week in Year 4. 

In maths we have been learning how to recognise the value of each digit in a 4-digit number and learning how to order and compare numbers beyond 1000.

In English we have enjoyed reading all about our amazing digestive system and what happens to our food once it goes down the oesophagus into our stomachs. Our bodies are incredible! The children have read all this and answered comprehension questions in full sentences. 

In art this week, we have been learning about Giuseppe Arcimboldo who was an Italian artist best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made up of fruit, vegetables, trees, plants and flowers and even some made out of ocean life. The children then created their portrait heads based on Arcimboldo's paintings. 

We have thoroughly enjoyed the launch of the daily mile and are getting out every afternoon to walk, jog or run our laps of the field. 

We are looking to next week and another fun filled week in Year 4.