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Picture 1 Mr Elliot
Picture 2 Mrs Questa


Welcome to Year 4


Thank you for all your lovely Christmas wishes, cards and gifts. We hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


I hope that you all managed to wind down and relax over the festive period! Having had a chance over Christmas to mull over the Autumn Term, I can but look back upon what was a fantastic first term in Year 4 with an extremely enthused, hardworking and lovely group of children. I am hopeful that working with such an enjoyable bunch in the New Year will help me to keep my many planned resolutions!


During the Spring Term, it will be important to both consolidate and build upon progress made thus far and continue to aid the children in continuing to become confident, happy and well-rounded people. Having enjoyed a thoroughly successful opening few days, we are all excited about the Spring and Summer ahead!


Any concerns or queries that you may have are hugely valued so please feel free to approach me after school. Additionally, I am available for more formal meetings by appointment which can be arranged by emailing the school office or by catching me outside.


Please take the time to read our class page.

Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.


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 Shaw and Mrs Questa. Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Friday mornings. Mrs Questa will teach Year 4 on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. PE will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please continue to scroll down for further information regarding our PE coverage.


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:


Thursday 26th April 2018 - First swimming session of the Summer Term.

Thursday 26th April 2018 - Internet Safety event at school. 6pm. 

Monday 7th May 2018 - May Bank Holiday. School Closed

Tuesday 8th May 2018 - School Reopens

Tuesday 15th May 2018 - Year 1 and 4 school trip to Tropical World

Friday 25th May 2018 - Break for Spring half term

Monday 4th June 2018 - Staff Training Day

Tuesday 5th June 2018 - School Reopens

Wednesday 20th June - Sports Day

Thursday 19th July - Final Swimming Session



Latest News:


Visit to Tropical World

On May 15th the Year 4 children visited Tropical World as part of our Rainforest topic. We wanted to find out what it would feel like to actually live in a rainforest and what animals would we come across.

We also had an activity in the woods at Roundhay Park. We investigated food chains and we looked for bugs on the woodland floor. We discussed how they were specially adapted to their habitat.

We had a fantastic day out, the children really enjoyed themselves and it would not have been possible without our fantastic parent volunteers!


Tennis Competition

Last week 20 children from years 3, 4 and 5 participated in the Boston Spa Mini Tennis Competition. The children who took part played with passion and pride whilst representing the school and their attitudes and commitment was rewarded by finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Year 3/4 competition and 2nd and 4th in the Year 5 competition. I could not be any prouder of the children who took part as they gave it everything and had a fun and successful afternoon.



Thank you for supporting the school so brilliantly once again. It was great to see everyone in their sports kits last week and a HUGE thank you to our school families for the donations and the mountain of buns! The sports leaders have done an AMAZING job of organising this event . We have all been impressed with the way the sports leaders have supported classes today – encouraging, coaching and supporting the children through the obstacle course. Sports leader have set all of this in the context of the school RESPECT code and development of courage, resilience, trust, friendship and joy. Well done to Eva and the sports leader team! Amazing!



Year 4 travelled back to the Viking times this week 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 were some amazing drama scenes 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! The children also had the chance to hold and ask questions about interesting artefacts including Viking weaponry, drinking horns, battle shields, clothing and deer furs. I think the most enjoyable part of the day came towards the end as the children were able to recreate the famous Viking invasion on Lindisfarne Monastery. Luckily Year 4 arrived back to the present day just in time to go home! The visit gave our children a lively and inspiring enrichment to their history topic on Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Keep a look out for the amazing photos from our day, which will be displayed on the year 4 class page.


Under 9’s Football Tournament

Well done to the 10 children from year 4 who represented the school this week at the Under 9’s Leeds United Foundation Kids Cup. The boys and girls showed great passion and pride representing the school and Mr Moore and I were proud of their team and individual achievements. Unfortunately they just missed out on place in the semi-final. Well done!

Under 9’s Squad: James H, Lydia A, Isobel N, Joe H, Dominic B-H, Daniel H, Charlie S, Jasper C, Hollie K and James T.


Year 4 tooth ‘Egg’speriment

In science this week, Year 4 wanted to investigate the effects of different liquids on our teeth. To find out which liquid does the most damage to our teeth we had to use an egg. We used an egg as its shell and our teeth have something in common; both can be weakened by acid. The liquids we chose to investigate were: coke, water, milk, orange juice, Lucozade and vinegar. The eggs were then placed in a container and they will remain there for 2 weeks. We will find out the results of our egg-citing experiment after half term and write up the results for the next newsletter.



Year 4 have been investigating teeth and their importance as part of our science topic, 'Excuse me are these your teeth?' The children had to work together and create a clay model of their teeth. Using mirrors and their tongues to feel the shape of their teeth the children worked carefully to produce their models. From their models the children were able to identify the different types of teeth and their functions. After been inspired by their learning a number of children went home to share their learning with parents and created their own models out of play dough. A fantastic start to their new learning. Well done Year 4. 


Sensational Learning Logs

Last half term , Year 4 blew me away with their exceptional attitudes towards their home learning tasks. Children created Anglo - Saxon helmets and shields, carried out science investigations and continued to w ork hard on their times tables and reading. Their thirst for knowledge - combined with their passion for learning - has made for some amazing projects being brought into school. The learning shared in class has benefitted not only themselves , but also thei r peers. Well done Year 4!   


Exciting Learning Opportunity

After a successful taster session last week in which the children gained so much learning we are pleased to announce that for the rest of this half term year 4 will take part in orienteering sessions on a Monday afternoon. We ask that children come in PE kit as this is an outdoor sports activity. This not only links in with our PE curriculum but also our Geography curriculum. A fantastic link to allow the children to put their map reading skills into practice. 


Fantastic start to the new year!

WOW! I cant believe this is the start of our 4th week together as a class. In those 3 weeks we have achieved so much, the children have taken part in our orienteering sessions, started our weekly swimming lessons at Wetherby Leisure Centre, improving our skills in dance with our fantastic coach Nicola 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 Shaw and Mrs Questa could not be any prouder of their commitments and efforts. Well done Year 4!

Homework Expectations:

Please see documents below for learning log homework expectations. 

Curriculum this Term:




Art objectives:

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing with a range of materials
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including painting with a range of materials
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including sculpture with a range of materials
  • To learn about great artists in history


Computing objectives:

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and pres


Design & Technology objectives:

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]


Geography objectives:

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
  • 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
  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied


Science objectives:

  • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey



Our English lessons for the next few weeks will focus on the Beowulf saga by Rob Lloyd Jones. The children will learn to: 

  • create a mythical character

  • use superlatives

  • describe contrasting settings

  • use ‘power-of-3’ to expand noun phrases

  • use powerful verbs

  • draw inferences from details in a text

  • use ‘show-not-tell’ as a writing technique

  • describe how tension builds in a story structure

  • create tension in my writing

  • prepare a group performance

  • identify conventions in mythical literature

  • make a plan for my writing

  • write my own hero myth

  • find words in a dictionary

  • organise paragraphs around a theme

  • edit and evaluate my writing and proof read my writing for spelling and use of punctuation

  • present my story to an audience

  • use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech e.g. The conductor shouted, 'Sit down!'



Read Write Inc. Spellings

  • Unit 7 - 12
  • 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. 



During the Summer term the children will be taught:

  • Compare and order numbers beyond 1000
  • 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.
  • Convert between different units of measure (e.g. km to m; hr to min)
  • 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 decimals 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
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs
  • Solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number.
  • Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places.
  • Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size.






Our PE day for Summer term 1 will be Tuesday. 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. 
  • Athletics

Year 4 World Book Day