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Year 4

Summer Term 2018


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Welcome to the Summer Term and (hopefully) the warmer weather! This is always a particularly exciting term for Year 4 with the Deanfield residential, a science festival trip, fieldwork with university students and lots more!


This term our topic is 'Minibeasts'. Please see our overview below and encourage your child to explore this topic further at home and in the wider community. We will send out further ideas as to how you may do this. Here are a few links to start off with:





Summer Overview and welcome back letter


Year 4 decided they wanted to raise money for the RSPB - a fantastic wildlife charity which we learnt about on our residential in The Forest of Dean. They opted for the game 'Beetle Drive' and decided to teach the other classes how to play. We all had great fun. There was a winner from each class and they were awarded a prize and certificate in assembly. We will let you know how much money we raise.

We were invited to Gloucestershire University to solve a variety of mysteries, for example, where had the space rocket crashed? Who was the thief and where was the treasure hidden?

To solve these problems we had to be able to follow maps, read co-ordinates and use G.P.S tracking systems.

The amazing trainee teachers at the university taught us how to master these geographical skills. We had a brilliant morning and learnt a lot. 

Our Minibeast Hunt

To begin our topic on minibeasts we went on a minibeast hunt in the school gardens. We recorded the type of minibeasts and where they were hiding.

We discovered that most minibeasts liked dark, damp conditions to live in. We made sure that we searched carefully and always returned the creepy crawlies to their natural habitat.


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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Sports Relief Day

On Sport Relief Day, Year 4 enjoyed running a mile (9 laps). As well as keeping fit and healthy we raised a lot of money for charity. Well done Year 4!

Long Boats

In D.T we designed and made our own Viking Long Boats out of clay. First we had to research how Viking boats were made and then we had to follow a set of specifications in order to make them. Finally we had to name and evaluate our boats.

Ukulele Concert

We have been learning how to play the Ukulele. We have been practising every week and put on a concert for our family members.

Viking Long Boats

We had a D.T day designing and making Viking long-boats out of clay. We had a set of specifications given to us to follow.

We also designed a sail and shields. We were pleased with our results!

World Book Day

March 1st was World Book day! All the children dressed up as different book characters. Don't they look fabulous?

Some of the children participated in the extreme book reading task. The results were hilarious! You can see the photographs on display in the corridor.  We also buddied up with the children in Reception and enjoyed some quality time reading to them.

Our 'Take One Book' was 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt. The children imagined they were a crayon and they wrote letters to Mr Cook complaining about either being used too much or not enough. Mr Cook had lots of laughs reading them!

Year Four Assembly

Our class assembly was on the theme perseverance.

We read the book 'Amazing Grace'. Some children did some acting and others read poems or prayers. They did themselves proud!

Thank you to everyone who came to watch us perform. 

I Sing Pop

Year 4 have loved being involved with the I Sing Pop project. Shell taught us some really catchy songs praising God and being thankful for our world.

We are really looking forward to our performances in church.

Please come and listen to us.

We visited The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum and looked at lots of Anglo-Saxon artefacts. We also learnt how to write out names using runes and designed and engraved our own Anglo-Saxon brooches. We learnt a lot and had great fun.

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