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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4



Welcome to the Spring Term. We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas.


Our topic this term is based around the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings.

  • Who were the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings?
  • Where did they come from?
  • Do the Vikings really deserve their blood-thirsty reputation?

 These are some of the questions Year 4 will be considering this term in our new topic 'Raiders or Traders'.

To begin our topic with a real wow, we have invited the Freshwater Theatre Company to introduce the topic and immerse the children in myths such as 'Beowolf'. Prepare to be scared!


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Year 4 enjoyed their first ukulele lesson!

We really enjoyed our drama workshop with Etheldren from 'The Freshwater Theatre Company'.

We found out how Anglo-Saxons built their houses and what jobs they did. We also learnt about what they did in their leisure time. We loved re-enacting the story of Beowulf. It was quite gruesome!!



Our theme for the Autumn term is

"The Gift of the Nile".


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We will be taking a journey along the River Nile, learning about its features and finding out why it was so important to the success of Ancient Egypt. We will join Howard Carter's expedition as he discovers the "wonderful things" in Tutankhamun's tomb. We will also be learning about pyramids and pharaohs, gods and the afterlife and what life was like for the ancient Egyptians.  
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Investigating Artefacts


Mrs Walsh borrowed some Ancient Egyptian artefacts from the loans museum. We enjoyed talking about them in groups and trying to work out what they were used for. Some were easier than others!

On Tuesday 7th November Year 4 went to Waitrose. We had a great time making cheesy soda bread. It was delicious!

We also completed a survey asking Waitrose customers whether they preferred white or brown bread. Most customers said they preferred brown bread.

Thursday 19th and Friday 20th October

Students from the University of Gloucestershire visited Year 4 this week. They did some interesting work related to our Egyptian theme.

Salem Baptist Church Drama Production

Year 4 had the opportunity to visit Salem Baptist Church to watch them perform some drama. They travelled back through time to listen to stories from the Bible. 

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017

On Friday 13th October, Year 4 went to Cheltenham Literature festival to listen to the performance poet Joshua Seigal. He was really inspiring and made us laugh a lot!

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017

On Tuesday Year 4 listened to the author and illustrator Shoo Rayner. He talked to us about his new series of books about dragons and he taught us all how to draw dragons. He was amazing! We really enjoyed the book signing as well!

Shoo Rayner teaching us how to draw dragons and signing our books.

Egyptian Death Masks.

Year 4 have been making Egyptian Death Masks out of Modroc. The children worked in pairs to sculpt the mask, apply a base colour and then decorate it in an Ancient Egyptian style.

Decorating our Death Masks

Our class value this term is Thankfulness. We will be thinking about what it means to be thankful. We will consider nature’s gifts of the harvest and the River Nile, God’s gifts, such as our beautiful world, as well as considering different ways we can be thankful.

Autumn 2017 Welcome to Year 4 letter

Autumn Term Theme Overview

Helping your child with reading

Cursive handwriting guidance