Year 4

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Welcome to Class 4

Miss Hayley Bates

Class Teacher

Mrs Lesley Crowther

Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Class 4's page!

World Book Day


Class 4 have loved World Book Day! We have had such a fun day dressing up as characters from our favourite books! Can you guess which books inspired our costumes from the pictures above and below?


Our World Book Day activities consisted of: drawing a Roald Dahl character with watercolours in the style of Quentin Blake; writing a fact file about our favourite book; creating a new front cover for our favourite book; a fun library trip and a lovely reading session with Mrs Perry.



Snow maths!


In maths, Class 4 are learning about the different types of measure (mm, cm, m and km) and how to measure accurately. So when the snow started to get thicker on February 28th, we wanted to know how deep the snow was! Armed with our rulers and warm clothes, we went into the deep, fluffy snow to measure in centimetres how deep the snow was! The deepest we measured was 9cm!!! Here we are enjoying our time in the snow!


Amazing Africa!


Spring term is in full bloom in Class 4! Our topic ‘Amazing Africa’ is making our classroom burst with colour. In Art, the children had to draw an African animal but in 4 different perspectives, zooming in and out on the detail of their skin and facial features. We used oil pastels to make our drawings really pop! When the children had finished all 4 perspectives were put together and to produce a breath-taking final piece.



In addition, we have also created some African weaves using paper, pens and thread! The children were inspired by traditional African weaves and their patterns and colours. The finished product looks absolutely stunning and the vibrant colours certainly grab your eye when you walk into the classroom!




Yorkshire Wildlife Park


On February 1st, Class 4 adored spending the day at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park where they learnt all about African animals! We spent the day exploring the park, observing animals such as: lions, tigers, lemurs, giraffes, monkeys, zebras, antelopes and leopards. We also attended a workshop where we found out that the whole of Class 4 is as loud as one lion’s roar! Also, in the workshop we were able to hold some smaller African animals: snails, beetles and snakes! The children were very brave when holding the animals. At the end of the trip, the children loved playing in the adventure playground – they certainly tired themselves out after an action-packed day!

This trip was also a stimulus for our literacy learning, as later in the week we argued whether it is fair for animals to be kept in zoos. Class 4 were extremely passionate about this argument and produced some amazing persuasive writing – I was very impressed!

The book that we are studying this Spring term is ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. Class 4 are engrossed in the book and have been doing lots of cross-curricular work that has been influenced by it! One of these activities has been scone making because in the book, an old lady bakes scones for the main character to eat as she tells him the story of the butterfly lion. The children used a variety of maths skills to bake these delicious scones and the children were extremely satisfied with the end result! This task also influenced us to create a set of instructions of how to make mouth-watering scones.

Welcome Year 4!


I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and you’re recharged and ready for an exciting new term in Year 4!


This autumn term our creative curriculum topic is The Iron Man, linked closely to all of our subjects. Throughout this topic we will be learning about states of matter, the history of the steelworks and creating a 3D model of the Iron Man! We will also be going on an exciting trip to Kelham Island museum where the children will learn about Sheffield’s industrial history. They will discover how steel is made and have a go at making a spoon of their own. In Art/DT we will be using aluminium cans to create a spectacular mini Iron Man, please could you send in empty, rinsed, un-squashed cans e.g. cola can.


The Literacy units that will be covered this half term are: recounts, character description, poetry and newspaper reports; all linked in with Ted Hughes’ novel ‘The Iron Man’. In Maths we will be covering place value, addition and subtraction, shape and multiplication and division. We will also investigate the dimensions of the Iron Man and will attempt to measure his size on our school field. In Year 4, children have to know all of the times tables (up to 12x12), therefore it is very beneficial if you can assist your child in practising these at home regularly (the ‘TT Rockstars’ website is fantastic!).


It is important that you read at home with your children for at least 10 minutes every night. I would be grateful if you could write in your child’s reading record every time that you read or discuss a school banded book from school with them. We will check reading records weekly.


General Reminders…

•Please ensure your child has their indoor and outdoor PE kit in school all week and that all items are clearly labelled.

•Any letters or reply slips, which need to be returned, can be put in your child’s book bag. The children are encouraged to check them each morning and give things in after the register. Any money needs to be in an envelope and given to myself.

•Complete homework and spellings weekly, and ensure these are handed in each week by Wednesday.

•Small hair accessories are permitted in school colours. Large JoJo bows are not acceptable for school attire.

•If your child has their ears pierced they will need to remove their piercings for P.E and swimming lessons.


We are aiming for a happy and successful year ahead, with every child fulfilling their individual potential and I hope you are looking forward to the new term as much as I am! Should you wish to speak to me about any issues regarding your child the best time to call in is at the end of the school day. Thank you for your welcome and your support.


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