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Year 4

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Our teacher is Miss Towlson


Year four are taught by Miss Towlson and Mr Nicholls. Mrs Marsh also supports learning in our class and Mrs Gillaspy teaches Science each Monday afternoon.

Class Four have been finding out all about plastic pollution and the DEVASTATING effects it can have on our oceans and wildlife. Shockingly, 100,000 marine animals are killed every year by the plastic in our seas! We took part in a BBC 'Blue Planet' Live Lesson which encouraged us to think about the importance or Reducing, Re-using and Re-cycling the plastic that we use. With this in mind, we sent out letters to ever child in school asking for their unwanted plastic rubbish. We used this to create these amazing sculptures which send a powerful message about the impact of this pollution and we hope that they make people think twice about the amount of plastic they use in the future. 
Magnificent Magna!
In Science this half term, Year 4 have been learning about states of matter and the water cycle. To help develop our understanding, we visited Magna Science Park to learn more about the Four Elements: Water, Air, Fire and Earth. We enjoyed exploring the interactive activities in the museum and took part in exciting workshop about how to clean water. We were shocked to find out how quickly diseases like cholera can spread through dirty water and realized how lucky we were to have clean water supplies in our country. 
A welcome visitor to Class Four!
Today we enjoyed a visit from Mr Nicholls' new puppy - Orla! At just 9 weeks old, she was incredibly cute and very curious. She had a great time exploring our classroom and meeting new people and we loved meeting her and finding out just how much hard work goes into raising a new puppy! 
Hunting for Maths!
Today, Class Four have been busy on a mathematical treasure hunt. They worked in teams to find and solve a range of really tricky problems. We thought about factors, place value, patterns and sequences and even square and triangular numbers! We used lots of different methods for solving problems and found that using pictures to represent the problems and making systematic lists were both really helpful strategies. We showed excellent perseverance throughout the lesson when faced with some really challenging tasks. Well done Class Four!
Getting Arty with Area!
In Maths this week, we have been learning about the 'Area' of shapes. We learned that area is measured using squares, and we know that we can find the area of a rectangle using the rule: length x width = area. Some of us were inspired to create our own arty creations, using the squares to help us calculate the area of each element in our pictures. They've brightened up our Maths display nicely! Good job guys no
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A Visit from Mr Saddique! 
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This week, we welcomed Saad's Dad into class four! This half term, we are learning about Islam and Mr Saddique kindly agreed to come and answer some of our questions. He told us all about the 5 pillars of Islam, which are really important to Muslims. They are: Shahada (Belief in Allah and the prophets), Salaah (Praying 5 times a day), Zakhaat (Giving to the poor), Sawm (Fasting during Ramadan) and Hajj (a pilgrimage to Mecca). We found it really interesting, learning more about the faiths within our community. Ask us all about much do we remember?!  
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Nottingham Homework Projects
This half term, the children were challenged to research and present information about famous people from Nottingham. We had lots of excellent projects completed, including posters, fact files and even powerpoint presentations! Well done to all of those children who stood up to proudly and confidently present their findings to the class. Below are an example of just some of the completed projects. Did you know these people were from Nottinghamshire? 
Exploring Our Local Area
This week, we've been out and about exploring our village of Trowell. We took photographs to keep track of all of the key landmarks and buildings we saw on our journey. Back in the classroom, we used these to help us create our own sketch maps of the village, using a key and symbols to show all of the locations we visited. Do you recognize any of the places we visited? 
What a brilliant way to kick off 2019...Class Four have written some amazing setting descriptions inspired by this image of Nottingham during the industrial revolution. Everyone did a brilliant job of using ambitious, powerful vocabulary to reflect the 'hellish' atmosphere! We loved using the thesaurus' to 'up-level' our words. Read some of our favourite examples below: 
Spring Term

Welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year. We have lots of exciting learning lined up this half term! 


We will be working on letter and diary writing this half term as we explore what it was like to live in Nottingham during the industrial revolution. We will be comparing similarities and differences between Nottingham then and now, before we become time travellers and imagine what Nottingham might look like in the future!

Our class text will be: The Grisly History of Nottinghamshire by Michael Cox

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This term we will continue to deepen our understanding of multiplication and division as we begin to use formal written methods to calculate. We will also learn about area and perimeter.


This term’s topic is geography based and we will be exploring land use in our local area. We will be creating sketch maps, giving directions using using an 8-point compass and conducting our own land use surveys to compare the differences between urban and rural areas.


We are continuing our work on electricity this term, before moving on to learn about changing states.


We will continue our work on Understanding Christianity this term as well as exploring the religion of Islam.


Our work this half term will be inspired by Arthur Spooner’s famous Goose Fair picture. We will work collaboratively to recreate this artwork using a range of different techniques. This painting will also inspire our diary writing as we put ourselves in the shoes of a visitor to Goose Fair in 1926! 

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Christmas Creations!


Class Four have been getting into the Christmas spirit in Mrs Gillaspy's Science lessons this week. They applied what they have been learning about circuits to create these really effective Christmas tree lanterns. 

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Pretty Impressive Projects!
Look at the quality of these amazing Viking Longship homework projects! Many hours of work have gone into these creations and they look FANTASTIC. Thanks for all the support from family members and friends! 
Viking Portraits
This half term we have been working on portaits and shading. Check out our awesome Viking warrior portraits. Be warned...they're a pretty scary bunch! 
This week we have been celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali and heard the story of Rama and Sita. We learned that Diwali is known as the 'Festival of Light' and it celebrates the triumph of light over darkness or good over evil. To celebrate this, Hindus light diyas. We made our own using clay and decorated them using bright, colourful materials.
A Viking Visitor
We kicked off this half term with a visit from Storri - a Viking Trader from Denmark. He taught us all about what life was like during the Viking Era and we even got to take part in some shield training. We learned how to form battle formations to protect us from enemy attacks! Can you remember any interesting facts you learned? What does the word 'Viking' mean? Did the Vikings have horns on their helmets? Why did they decide to come to Britain?
We spent this half term learning about how to stay safe online. This is especially important as we get older and spend more time on the internet, mobile phones or video games. We learned about the SMART rules which told us 5 simple ways to keep ourselves safe online. We worked in teams to create our own Powerpoint presentations to explain these rues and teach others all about e-safety. We hope they help you!
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Sutton Hoo Helmets
We were lucky enough this half term to have a visit from Harry's Mum who shared her amazing art skills with us and helped us create these fantastic replica Sutton Hoo helmets. We had a lot of fun making them and designing the patterns on the metal work and they looked FAB with our costumes!

Anglo-Saxon Homework Projects


This half term's family homework project was to create an Anglo-Saxon shield. We were absolutely amazed by the fantastic effort that was put into these creations! Have a look at some brilliant examples below:
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Building an Anglo-Saxon Settlement
In Year Four, we had a great time designing and making our own Anglo-Saxon settlements. First, we did a lot of research to find out what life was like in the Anglo-Saxon times. This gave us an idea of what to include in our village designs. We then worked in teams to bring our design to life. We made sure we included all of the essentials of an Anglo-Saxon village, including: wooden houses with thatched roofs, animal pens, farm land, churches, open fires for cooking, woodland for collecting firewood and building materials and rivers for washing and transporting goods. Have a look at our finished creations below:  

Class Routines:

PE – Thursday afternoon

Please ensure that children have both their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school on this day as plans may change depending on weather.

Swimming – Will take place in the Summer Term


It is really important that children have their reading folders and diaries in school every day. Diaries are checked each Monday and value points are awarded if children have completed four reads at home during the week. Please remember to sign your child’s diary each week.


Homework will be given out each Friday, with the expectation that it is completed and returned to school by the following week. Homework will consist of a Maths or English challenge, alongside children’s weekly spellings. Children also have logins to online activities on TimeTables Rockstars and Spelling Shed, both of which will complement the work we are doing in school arithmetic and spelling lessons. Individual logins for these websites can be found in the back of your child’s diary and links to the website are at the bottom of this page.

Each week’s homework tasks will be set in their homework books. Your child should be able to complete these tasks independently, but may need a little guidance. Please support your child to complete each task to a high standard and encourage as much creativity and imagination as possible!

In addition to weekly homework tasks, I will aim to set a half termly ‘Family Homework Project’. This project will be an optional activity, building on what children are learning about in their ‘Our World’ lessons. The aim is to encourage creativity and enthusiasm about our Topic work, and participation from the whole family is welcome! Last half term you created some AMAZING Anglo-Saxon shields! This half term’s project is still to be announced so keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks!

Our Curriculum:
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English – This term we will be learning about Myths and Legends and have lots of exciting opportunities to develop our story writing skills. We will be retelling the Anglo-Saxon legend of Beowulf, designing our own mythical beasts and imagining wild adventures alongside Norse Gods!

Maths – Throughout the Autumn Term we will be building on our knowledge of place value of 4 digit numbers. We will continue to develop our understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and will have lots of opportunities for problem solving and reasoning. We are getting really good at noticing patterns and relationships between numbers and are working on explaining what we know and how we got our answers.

Topic – This term’s topics are the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will be learning about when and why these groups of people invaded Britain and the impact they have had on our History. We will also use atlases and maps to understand where the Anglo Saxons and Vikings came from. There will be lots of opportunities for art activities throughout this topic.

Science – We will be learning about food, digestion and teeth with Mrs Gillaspy in Autumn 1. After half term we will begin to learn about Electricity.

RE – Jesus’ Parables and Exploring Light and Dark (Including Hinduism and Diwali)

ICT – This term we will be focussing largely on E-Safety and how to behave safely and appropriately online.