Year Four Blog May 2017

It is going to be a very exciting Summer Term in Year Four, as we start our new topic ‘Inventors and Inventions’.  The children will be learning about some of the most important inventors and inventions that have shaped the way we live today. As well as learning about lots of cool inventions, the children will also have a chance to design and make their own inventions, which will be judged in a Dragons’ Den style competition at the end of the year. The Inventors and Inventions topic will also involve a trip to London, to visit the Science Museum, where the children will be able to find out first-hand about some very clever inventions.

In English, we will be looking at Stories from other Cultures, Persuasive Writing, and Instruction Writing, as well some different types of Poetry. We are both really looking forward to exploring these different areas with the children!

As has been the case all year, PE will continue on a Monday afternoon, and we ask that all children bring their full Place Farm PE kits. Violins will also continue to be taught on a Thursday afternoon, so please ensure that your child has their violin in school every Thursday.

The children will also continue to be given a piece of homework each Friday, which should take approximately 20 minutes. This will need to be completed and handed in by the following Tuesday. As well as this, they will also be given some spellings and timetables to learn each Friday, to support their in-class learning. They will be tested on these the following week. Their spellings will be stuck in their planners.

We continue to place a strong emphasis on reading and greatly appreciate your support in listening to your child read every evening. Please record that your child has read in their planner, as this is an excellent way to ensure continuity of approaches between home and school.

Please do let us know if you have any queries or concerns: we will be happy to help.

With our Best Wishes,

 Mr Gudgeon and Mrs Feakes  



It’s been an exciting half term with year 4 leading up to Christmas.  In November we visited Colchester Castle where the children were engaged in a wide range of activities including building a roundhouse and a Roman house, learning about the castle whilst we were deep in the vaults below and seeing the many, varied exhibits which included trying on costumes and chariot racing.

During December we have visited St Mary’s church to find out about symbolism and explored the building and asked lots of interesting questions.  The children made some Christingles as part of an RE lesson, learning about the symbolism of Christmas.  Christmas week was rounded off with a tasty Christmas lunch and Carols on the playground.  A fun time was had by all.  We would like to take the opportunity of wishing everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

It has been an extremely busy and productive half term in Year 4.

We have all enjoyed learning our Autumn Poem, known as ‘Autumn Days’. All of the children learnt the poem and then had a go at writing their own versions. We have also enjoyed learning about Aesop’s Fables and we even got to write letters to one of the characters from the Fables.

Year 4 were also very lucky to be visited by Miss Fischer, an oral health practitioner, who came to visit both classes to talk about how we should be brushing our teeth. Year 4 enjoyed a visit from Vulpus the Roman, who taught all the children about lots of different facts about the Roman way of life.

We are now very busy preparing some fantastic Roman art ready for the Art Exhibition in December. This will include the creation of some Roman Mosaics, as well lots of other different types of art work. 

A big welcome back to all of our year 4 pupils. 

We have a fun packed term ahead, where will be taking part in a wide range of activities such as learning about the Romans,

going swimming and playing the violin. 

The teachers: Mrs Feakes, Mr Gudgeon and Mrs Warburton are looking forward to the new term too and have made their

classrooms look bright and colourful for the start of what is going to be a great autumn term.