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Year 4

Welcome to the Year 4 page.  Here you can find important information about the curriculum your child will be following this year.  Click here for the Year 4 Information PowerPoint from the zoom meeting on 29/09/20.  Alternatively click here for the Welcome to Y4 Letter 2020.

On PE days, children will need to come to school in their PE kit and they will be staying in it all day.  PE will be outside, so please ensure they are dressed appropriately for the weather.

Mr Botwright

Mr Botwright 4SB

4SB PE days

Monday - Trainers only

Tuesday - Full PE kit

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Miss Vanner 4RV

4RV PE days

Tuesday - Full PE kit

Friday - Trainers only

Mrs Thiem 4LT

4LT PE days

Tuesday - Full PE kit

Friday - Trainers only

Science Day - Forces & Magnets

This week 4SB and 4RV had their forces and magnets science day.  Children had the opportunity to:

  • Measure the force required to pull different wood blocks up ramps with different surfaces - comparing how things move on different surfaces.
  • Experiment and notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance.
  • Describe magnets as having two poles and predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.
  • Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others.
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.

All of the children had lots of fun and agreed that it was a great way to end the half term.  Don't worry 4LT, you will have your day in the next half term.

Autumn Term

We follow the national curriculum for mathematics, incorporating number sense, geometric reasoning and multiplicative reasoning. In literacy, we study the Romans and the legend of King Arthur as part of our Kings and Kingdoms topic.  We begin the term looking at instructions for making a CHocolate Roman road.  The children then have a go at writing their own instructions for becoming a Roman gladiator.  Different Arthurian legends will inspire our story writing in week 4 and then the children learn about newspaper reports to recount the story of the Battle of Hastings. Following this, we look at how to write narrative poetry and information texts, using ‘Beowulf’ as a starting point for writing.

In geography, the children investigate their local area and how Wickford and Basildon grew into the towns they are today.  In art, the children will be creating individual mosaics before creating a Roman God mosaic with a partner.  In Science the children will be taking part in a Forces and Magnets day at the end of the first term to catch up on learning missed in year 3.  After the half term, the children look at electrical lighting and creating circuits, before making an electric torch as part of their DT.  In computing, the children learn about communicating in the digital world and how to keep safe on the internet.  In PSHE we consider our safety in the wider community and in RE we begin our study of Islam.  In PE the children will complete a unit of orienteering, combining their geography skills with fitness.