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? - Spring term



WOW! What an exciting week in Year 4. We have thoroughly enjoyed special events including World Book Day and West End in Schools visiting and teaching us how to perform a scene in Shakespeare's play, Hamlet. Also in English this week, we have completed a comprehension task on World Book Day.


In maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract 2 or fractions and find fractions of amounts. The children are enjoying this topic and particularly enjoy the reasoning and problem solving activities. 


As part of our topic, 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly', children have been learning all about crimes that we committed during World War 2. (History).


In art this week, the children have been learning how create a painting in the style of renown artist Wassily Kandinsky. The children have produced wonderful paintings of concentric circles using bold and beautiful colours. 


WOW! What a fantastic week in year 4. This week we have been learning all about the story of Dr Crippen and the terrible crime he committed. His case was made famous  as he was the first criminal to be caught using radio technology. The children were asked to re-tell the story using Pie Corbett's method of story telling. Next week the children will be innovating this story, changing characters and settings.


In maths, we have launched our new topic - Fractions. The children have enjoyed finding out what a fraction is and then finding equivalent fractions.


In R.E., we have been learning all about the world that Jesus wanted. The children have learnt how important it is to be kind to each other and respect one another. 


In Geography, the children have learnt how to find counties. cities and countries in the U.K. They have used atlases to find and record this information onto a giant map of the U.K. 


In P.E. (Dance) this week, the children have been learning how to act out the story of Dr Crippen. Working in groups, the children were allocated characters from the story and then asked to put dance moves together to re-tell the story. 


Year 4 have had wonderful week. Here is what has been happening.


In English, the children have read through and enjoyed the poem, The Jabberwocky. They have noted the nonsense words and have even made suggestions on what these words could mean. The children then had an opportunity  to re-write the poem in standard English, keeping the structure, ryhme and rhythm. 


In maths, the children have been learning how to find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares or using a formula. 


In PE this week, the children have learn how to balance and had a go at roly-polys. The children are gaining in confidence in this area and remembered their new skills in gymnastics work from the previous week.


The children had a fantastic French lesson on Monday learning how to say if they like or dislike a particular sport. The children have learnt how to say a variety of sports. 



What a wonderful start to the Spring term! This week we launched our exciting new topic: Dragons - Fact or Fiction? The children have already enjoyed planning and writing the opening and build up for their dragon fantasy stories. Also, in English, the children have read and responded to text relating to how New Year is celebrated around the world. 

In maths this week, we have been learning our x11 and x12 tables, how to multiply three numbers together and how to find factor pairs for a number. The children are growing in confidence with their times tables and any extra practice at home would be extremely valuable. 

In Art we have sketched our dragon in readiness for modelling our own dragons out of clay. Year 4 cannot wait to have a classroom full of dragons. 

What's been happening in class this week?




It's beginning to look like Christmas...


What a lovely week we have had in Year 4. Here is what has been happening:


In maths, the children have been multiplying and dividing by 6, building their skills in preparation for their Multiplication Table Check in 2019. 


In English, the children have been learning about Christmas around the world, how it is celebrated and countries different traditions. We have also been reading a book called 'Coming Home' by Michael Morpurgo. This is a story about a Scandinavian robin who travels to England to find warmth, food and his lady love.  We talked about the word 'home' and what it meant to us and have started planning our own version of the story which will write next week.


We have been busy practising our song for our Carol Concert and the children are sounding angelic and we look forward to performing at the church on Monday.


We have had a wonderful term in school and we are looking forward to the spring term. The staff and children in Year 4 would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 



We have had a fabulous week in Year 4, this is what has been happening:


In English comprehension, we have read an extract from the much loved novel, Peter Pan, and answered questions on the same. The children are remembering how to answer questions using full sentences and a range of punctuation. This week, we have launched our new topic, 'Batteries Included' and the children have watched and responded to a news report about a power cut in India in 2012 that affected 6million people. The children discussed how their lives would be affected if there was a power cut at their homes. They have started to plan a story in which a young boy wakes up one morning to discover that all the power has been cut from his house, town and school! The children were asked to write about what could have caused the power cut - was it aliens? a troll? Father Christmas? Only the children know the answers and Mrs Patterson will find the answers when they write their stories.


In maths, the children have been learning how to divide by 1, 10 and 100 together with learning the 6x table. The children have also had regular practice on the computer with their Multiplication Table Check activity. The children are growing in confidence completing their times table test, improving their scores out of 25 each time. 


On Monday, the children enjoyed their last swimming session. They have had a wonderful four weeks of swimming and learnt new skills along the way.


In science, the children have been learning about electricity, noting how a simple electrical circuit works, identifying and naming its basic parts. 


In DT the children have designed and chosen their Christmas decoration to cut from felt and some children have even started to sew the fabric together. 


In music, the children have begun practising their songs for the KS2 Christmas Carol Concert - they are sounding angelic, filling the classroom with beautiful sounds! 



Year 4 have had a great week in school. In English, this week, we have been learning how to change the middle part of our class book, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter.' The children referred to their toolkit to edit and improve their writing, noting where to add punctuation and rich vocabulary.


In maths, the children have focussed on and visualised making a number ten times bigger. The language of ‘ten lots of’ is vital to use in this step. The understanding of the commutative law is essential because children need to see calculations such as 10 × 3 and 3 × 10 are related. The children have then used this knowledge to help them to make a number 100 times bigger. In order to help the children represent this, they have been using place value counters and base 10 blocks. On Tuesday, we welcomed parents into the classroom and the children had a wonderful morning, playing times tables games and even creating their own game which they thoroughly enjoyed playing.


Children had another fantastic swimming lesson on Monday, where they are growing in confidence and learning new swimming strokes. 


In science, the children have been learning all about electricity, how it is made, stored and how it is used. The children read through a comprehension text and answers questions on the same.



In English/geography this week, we have been learning all about the Eyjafallajoekull volcano in Iceland. The children have learnt about the positive and negative effects of volcanic activity, read a newspaper article and answered comprehension questions on the same. Children have also written their own descriptive poem based on a volcano as a response to our class book 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. 


In maths, the children have been busy learning how to find the perimeter of a rectangle and also how to find the area of rectangles and other rectilinear shapes. 


As part of our topic, 'Were the Dark Ages dark?' year 4 had a fantastic day out on Tuesday at the Maritime Museum where we learnt all about Viking trading, transport, battles and settlement in Britain. The children had a brilliant day and thoroughly enjoyed having a go at steering their own boats on the boating pool, using only wind power. 



Year 4 have had a wonderful week of learning. Here is what has been happening...


In English, the children have been learning how to write a newspaper report. After studying the poem 'Beowulf', the children have planned and written a newspaper report in response to how Beowulf 'saved the day' - defeating the ferocious monsters that had been terrorising the people of Denmark! The children noted the features of a newspaper report and have enjoyed being journalists for a week! 


Our comprehension has tied in with our topic, 'Were the Dark Ages dark?'. The children read about Viking invasion and settlement and answers questions on the same. 


In maths, the children have been learning how to apply their knowledge of multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 and the relationship between metric units to convert from larger to smaller units and beginning to explore how to do the reverse process.


In P.E., the children had a fantastic swimming lesson, growing in confidence and practising new swimming strokes. We are looking forward to our next lesson on Monday.


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.