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Picture 1 Mr Elliot
Picture 2 Mrs Questa
Picture 3 Mrs Grange

Welcome to Year 4


From all of year 4 team we hope you had an amazing Easter break and we look forward to welcoming the children back for another exciting term. Please continue to read our class web page and find out all the exciting learning taking place this term.


A very warm welcome to Year 4.  We hope you enjoy reading our class page, especially finding out about all the wonderful things we have and will be doing throughout the year; latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.


Your teaching team will be Mr Elliot, Mrs Grange and Mrs Questa. Mrs Grange will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Friday mornings. Mrs Questa will teach Year 4 on a Thursday and Friday afternoon. 


Our PE days for the summer term will be Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster.


So that you can take your learning as far as possible, this page will be updated regularly with all the learning and events that will be taking place. Each half term our learning objectives will be put up so that you know what we will be doing and fortnightly we will be updating you on all the latest news from class and any upcoming events that you need to be aware of.


We are really looking forward to our time in year 4 this year, and hope that you are too!

Mr Elliot and the Year 4 Team

Upcoming Events:


Tuesday 18th April - School opens for the summer term. 

Thursday 27th April - First swimming session of the summer term.

Thursday 11th May - KS2 EPOS Rock Band

Thursday 11th May - Friends of Collingham School Boden Night.

Monday 22nd May - Assessment Week

Wednesday 24th May - Sports Day

Friday 26th May - School closes for half term.






Latest News:


What an amazing time we had at Temple Newsam and were very lucky with the weather!.  During the morning we undertook the sports and outdoor PE part of the day. The children really enjoyed the orienteering through the grounds and forests of Temple Newsam. After lunch, the park rangers demonstrated how we use compasses correctly and accurately (including cardinal and ordinal compass points). The children were then left to create their own challenges for another group to follow. A fantastic day learning in the outdoors. Photos to follow soon.....  



WOW! I cant believe this is the end of our 4th week together as a class. In those 4 weeks we have achieved so much, the children have taken part in our geography field trip to Temple Newsam, started our weekly swimming lessons at Wetherby Leisure Centre, improving our skills in gymnastics with our fantastic coach Becky and we have been working really hard in Maths and English. Our class have shown great courage and perseverance in their learning but they have approached everything with great positivity and bundles of enthusiasm and myself, Mrs Grange and Mrs Questa could not be any prouder of their commitments and efforts. Well done Year 4!smiley 


Year 4 EUREKA! Explorers

Year 4 had a great day when we visited EUREKA! the children’s museum, as part of our science topic, ‘What goes in, must come out!’ The children took part in very hands on and ‘interesting’ workshop which was called ‘From the chew to the poo!’ This really helped to consolidate an exciting terms learning on the human digestive system. The children also had time to explore the many fantastic galleries on offer at EUREKA! Thank you to all the parent helpers as without you we can’t have these wonderful learning experiences.


KS2 Christmas Performances

For this years performances we would like the children to dress in black. Black top, bottoms and shoes. We have tried to keep it is as simple as possible. We ask that the children have this in school, in a named bag by Monday 5th December. This will then come home with your child/ren after the final performance on Wednesday 7th December. 


Friday 3rd February 2017

Year 4 have hit the ground running since coming back from Christmas, so much so that I can't believe we are breaking up for half term next week. We have had the pleasure of Alesha from the Leeds  Rhinos dance group the Rhinestones, teaching us Street Dance this half term. We look forward to sharing our dance with the school on the last Friday of this half term. We have also enjoyed learning all about electricity and the Anglo-Saxons in our new topics. We look forward to welcoming all our parents into school at the start of next half term to show you some of our amazing learning which has been taking place in our classroom. 


Year 4 Viking Day

Year 4 travelled back to the Vikings times today with the help of a very fierce and fascinating Viking. The children (and staff) fitted in very well as they had the perfect Viking outfits for such an occasion. They were able to handle weapons and stand in battle lines. In fact you could probably hear their battle cries from home!

There was some amazing drama from a selection of children who acted out the story of when Thor’s hammer was stolen by Loki. We clearly have some stars in the making!

As well as that the children had the chance to hold and ask questions about interesting artefacts to study including Viking weaponry, drinking horns, bowls, combs and deer furs.

Luckily Year 4 arrived back to the present day just in time to go home! The visit gave our children a lively and inspiring ending to their history topic on Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Keep a look out for the amazing photos from our day, which will be displayed towards the bottom of the page.

Homework Expectations:

Please see documents below for learning log homework expectations. 

Curriculum this Half Term:



Our topic will be launched on the first Tuesday back. Once the topic has been launched, we will update you with further information. 



READING (Word reading)

  • apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) as listed in Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word.


READING (Comprehension)


  • listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
  • reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these
  • identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning
  • retrieve and record information from non-fiction
  • participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say.


WRITING (Composition)

  • discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discussing and recording ideas
  • composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures
  • organising paragraphs around a theme
  • in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices such as headings and sub-headings
  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, e.g. the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors


Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

  • use and understand the grammatical terminology in Appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing and reading.



  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and build vocabulary and knowledge
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • give well-structured descriptions and explanations
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances and debates
  • gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
  • consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
  • select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.



Read Write Inc. Spellings

  • Unit 12 - 15 focuses on adding a suffix and prefix to root words.
  • Alongside these will be the orange words, these are spellings on the word list for Year 3 and 4. A copy of these can be found in the back of their spelling logs and at the bottom of the class page. 



Summer Maths Coverage

2D Shape: -Identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes presented in different orientations.
-Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry

Decimals: Find the effect of multiplying a number with up to two decimal places by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths.

Compare and order numbers beyond 1000

Decimals: Find the effect of dividing a 1-digit or 2-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths.

Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise from dividing an object into 100 equal parts and in dividing numbers or quantities by 100.

Length/ Mass/ Capacity/Time: Convert between different units of measure (e.g. km to m; hr to min)

Position & Direction: Describe positions on a 2D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant
-Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down
-Plot specified points and draw sides to complete given polygon

Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths
Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼, ½ and ¾.

Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000


Science Planning – Chemistry – States of Matter.

Can I classify materials into solids, liquids and gases?

Can I explain how water changes state?

Can I explain that temperature determines evaporation rate? 

Can I explain that different solids have different melting points (and explain why – most able) ?

Can I predict and test which solids are soluble and insoluble? 

Can I decide how to separate solids/liquids?

Can I explain which changes are reversible and irreversible? 




Where Are the Rainforests? To locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities in the context of rainforests.

• I can identify areas of the world containing rainforests. To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied in the context of rainforests.

• I can use maps and atlases to locate rainforests


The Rainforest Climate To identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night) in the context of rainforests.

• I can identify areas of the world containing rainforests. To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle in the context of a tropical climate.

• I can describe the key aspects of a tropical climate


Layers of the Rainforest To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle in the context of the layers of a rainforest.

• I can describe and understand the features of the layers of a rainforest.


Life in the Rainforest To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle in the context of rainforest inhabitants.

• I can describe the animals and plants living in the rainforest.


The Amazon To understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America by comparing the Amazon rainforest and Sherwood Forest.

• I can compare the Amazon rainforest and Sherwood Forest.


Protecting the Rainforests To describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water in the context of rainforest conservation.

• I can explain the effects humans are having on the rainforests.




Our PE days for the Summer term will be Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster.

  • Swimming - Children will take part in a year long scheme of work lead by qualified swimming coaches from Wetherby Leisure Centre. 
  • Summer 1 - Cricket
  • Summer 2 - Football



Learning Log Homework Sheet

Year 4 Viking Day

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Mr Elliot and Mrs Grange show us their Viking outfits.

D-Side - Internet Safety

Temple Newsam - Geography Field Trip