Welcome to Year 4

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Traders and Raiders 

Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land. Make a Saxon sword or a Viking brooch and decorate it with intricate patterns. Choose to be a Saxon or Viking and trade your crafty goods. But let’s keep it cool – we don’t want a fight breaking out! Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages?


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Half Term... Art and outdoor fun!

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Next Week is May Half Term! (Week commencing 25th May)

Remember to take a break, but here are a few things you could be getting on with:

1) University of the Arts London are running FREE ART  short courses

Remember to photograph and email any of the wonderful things you create! 

2) Storytime at the Barn with Michael Morpurgo:

3) Hay Festival: Cressida Cowell, author of how to train your dragon is among the authors sharing stories and inspirations.

4) Chelsea Flower Show: Make a seed bomb pinata

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Things to do with A4 Paper- and a pencil!

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1) Make a scrabble board

This could work for older or younger children. Younger children could practice their handwriting by writing letters on the tiles, while older children try to make words out of the various anagrams created. The board itself could be a joint project. No need to use coloured paper squares like the picture below. You could design your own drawing a grid with squares the size of your tiles.

2) Re write a story you know from memory

Pick a story you have read, could be a reading book, fairy tale or a book we have read as a class. Write the title and then re write the story in your own words. Don't stop if you have forgotten something just make something up to fill any blanks in your memory. You are now part of the 'oral tradition'. This is how stories used to be passed down through the ages.

3) Make a times table poster for the back of the bathroom door

Write all your times tables out and design into an eye-catching poster. Stick it on the back of the bathroom door, then challenge yourself to memorise another question each time you're in there. This should lead to regular practice!

4) Write a menu for the evening meal

Make dinner time more exciting by asking what you are having in advance and drawing menus for everyone in your household. -Try and give them a restaurant experience. Remember to only write down what you are having- you could call it the 'specials menu' or in French the 'Plat du Jour' (Dish of the day...)

5)Create an art exhibition

Have you been drawing? Why not create an exhibition of all the art you and your family have been up to over the last few weeks? You could even commission siblings to draw things and offer them space in your exhibition. Remember to have a selection of portraits and landscapes. You could even write little descriptions where you give details about the artist and the day it was drawn. Remember to write invitations to let your 'patrons' (people in your household) know when the exhibition is on and take photos for the school website...


6) Create a family newspaper/newsletter with jokes and a quiz

Fold a piece of paper in half... write news from the house, what has everyone been up to? You could write a column from the cat/dog/rabbit- imagining their diary and how they feel about everyone being home.

Fill the back page with jokes and a quiz for your family to enjoy.

7) Write the alphabet A-Z can you name an author for every letter? Can you name a story for every letter?

 8) Create an aerial map of your bedroom/ house

 9) Make a nature trail

Collect things (leaves etc.) when you go on a walk. Stick them on the paper to make a 'nature trail journey'

 10) Write a maths text book

Draw methods and examples for everything you know about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You could also explain how to read the time!

1) Imagine there was a bus or train that goes to all your favourite places. Draw a bus route, plan a timetable, make tickets. Take siblings on a journey.

 12) Make a dolls house

 Complete with characters and furniture.

13) Free writing

 Find an object in your house write everything you know about it: where it comes from, what it looks like and how it makes you feel. Don't plan, just write!

14) Acrostic poem.

Write a word vertically, write a sentence beginning with each letter about the vertical word

15) Weaving

Cut paper into strips and weave into different patterns.








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Spelling Games!

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Hello Year 4!

Spelling Games with Scrabble

I hope you all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend and got a chance to enjoy some of the good weather before the Arctic winds that we seem to have had today. 

All the Year 4 teachers were really impressed by how many of you logged into times table rockstars last week. Keep up the good work- we want to see super speedy (and accurate!) times table champions ready for year 5! 

Usually, we do a spelling and times table check at school. If you are missing weekly spellings, have no fear...

Lists are available here:

You could also have a go at some excellent spelling games:

Most of these games could also be made offline, either by using a scrabble set or by making your own with paper...

Happy spelling! 

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Some resources that you don't need to be online for....

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Network Anomaly Detection: Online vs. Offline Machine Learning

Hello Year 4!

It was wonderful getting the chance to speak to some of you over the phone last week. One of the things  you and your parents shared with us was that you need some work off the computer that you can print out, so here are some great online-offline resources:

Packs for all year groups:

You might recognise some of these, especially the maths:

And for comprehension:

*Remember you can take a picture of your work and send it to the the Year 4 email!

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Bring Bring.... Year 4 teachers calling

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Hello Year 4!

Some of you may have received a call this week. We are trying to all you all over the next week just to catch up with how you and your family are doing and to answer any questions you might have about home learning. 

It has been great speaking to you so far... some of you have moved house, started gardening and are racing ahead on times table rockstars! 

Well done!

A few things to be aware of this week:

  • Miss Bridger and Miss Spencer's Sunflower challenge! Watch the video on the school website home page. There are some spare sunflower seeds, so if you would like to join in, let us know and we will plant some seeds for you.  Just send us a message to or use your year group email address.
  • Times table Rockstar Championship! Play against other children in your class and your teachers! Log in to times table rockstars to find out how:

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Book Change 

Tuesday – Emerald

Wednesday – Violet

Thursday- Indigo


Every Monday 

Our Teachers

We have three classes in Year 4:

Emerald Class, Indigo Class and Violet Class

They will be supported and guided through this important year by class teachers and support staff. 

Year group leader

  • Miss Faransis 

Class Teachers

  • In Emerald Miss Faransis 
  • In Indigo Mr Gordon
  • In Violet Mrs Kelsey

Support Staff

  • Mrs MacWilliam
  • Mrs Vakada 
  • Mrs West-Beard

Click here to read our leaflet which outlines learning expectations for the end of Year 4

50 Recommended reads for Year 4

Age 7-9: Books for reading together at home
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If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with us then please do drop into the office to make an appointment to see us, we are more than happy to meet with you to discuss any issues

We have been very happy to see so many of the children wearing their full correct school uniform and setting such a brilliant example for the rest of the school, thank you.

We would like to remind you that all children should have a school PE kit to change into as we will have regular lessons each week.

We encourage all children to bring a water bottle to class, which they can refill at regular intervals during the day in order to keep themselves well hydrated and to keep their brains working to the best of their ability.

In Year 4 homework is vitally important for the children, as it helps to reinforce the learning that has gone on during the week.

We urge you to support and encourage your children with their homework and do let us know if the homework is too difficult or indeed too easy! 

We will provide your child with a book in which to complete homework, and stick in any sheets.  We encourage the children to keep their homework book in pristine condition, taking pride in, and celebrating, their home learning.  We do not allow children to draw on the cover of any of their books.


Spellings will be given out every Friday and a test will take place the following Friday.

In addition all children should continue to read at home, at least three times a week with an adult, and then have their reading records signed.

Children should have their reading records and reading books in school every day, but reading records will be checked by one of the Y4 team once a week.