Year 4


Welcome to Year 4

In Year 4 there is Miss Stephens and Mrs Lacey and our 30 fabulous children! Mrs Sweeney also comes to help our learners grow every Thursday afternoon. I hope you are ready for our Year 4 adventure: we have so many exciting topics, challenges and opportunities ahead of us in the coming months. I am looking forward to working together with you to ensure you have a happy and memorable year. In order to achieve your potential, I ask for two key things from you: always try your best and believe in yourself. Trust me, if you believe in yourself anything is possible. Every day is a new challenge.

Our Curriculum in Year 4

At St. Mary’s we go above and beyond to ensure that the firm foundations of knowledge are put in place in order for our children to achieve their full potential actively, creatively and holistically.

We have built our curriculum so that it is sequential so that children’s learning can build both depth and breadth ; it is purposeful in order to make learning here meaningful for children living in Rothwell whilst being spiritual at all times in order to fit with our Catholic Ethos Statement.







Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page (2020-2021)

Autumn 1 Newsletter: AUT1-Newsletter-2020-2021

Our continued journey through electrical circuits!

Today in Year 4 we continued our Science enquiry into electricity, in particular electrical circuits.  We explored the different symbols used in a drawing of an electrical circuit and explored what a ‘complete circuit’ meant to us. We made predictions on different circuits and whether they would successfully light up our lightbulb or not, the children were confident in their answers and could explain their answers scientifically!  After making our predictions we then tested them out by creating each of the circuits, we had so much fun and loved testing out the circuits using all the different components! 




Special Mentions: 

A special mention this week goes to our ‘Rock Star of the Week’ Zavier! He continues to WOW us with his dedication to learning his timetables and his passion at being such a maths whizz! Well done Zavier. (11/9/20)

A big well done this week goes to our ‘Rock Star of the Week’ Xanthe! She has been practicing so hard at home on TT Rockstars and always helps anyone who is finding their timetables tricky, thank you for being so kind Xanthe. (18/9/20)

A special mention this week also goes to ‘Miss Stephens’ Sunshine of the Week’ Henry! Henry is someone who is always doing the right thing and is such a kind, polite boy and a credit to his Mum and Dad! You are such a lovely member of our class. Well done Henry! (18/9/20)

Electrical circuits

Today in Year 4 we looked deeper into our Science topic this half term of ‘Electricity’. We spoke about the different things we would like to find out about electricity and the things we already know (Miss Stephens was very impressed!). The children were introduced to currents and all made predictions on what they thought would happen in our mini experiment with our ‘energy stick’. We then went outside and had lots of fun making our own complete circuit by touching different body parts with our energy stick. We experimented what would happen if one of us left the circle, this prompted discussion on what is meant by the term ‘a broken circuit’. The children loved experimenting and playing around safely with electricity! It is so lovely to see them all so enthusiastic about Science!



Spelling lists:

Spelling tests will take place every Thursday Morning.

Please make sure your child is practising them as much as they can at home. 

Stone Age cave painting:

This week Year 4 have explored further into life in The Stone Age and have spent time studying a number of different sources. We looked in depth at Stone Age paintings that have been discovered over the years in France, Spain and Argentina. We discussed the similarities and differences and explained which cave was our favourite and why. We looked in depth which colours were used in each cave and spoke about how the different paintings may of been created. We then created our very own Stone Age cave paintings, the children produced the most beautiful work!

Dot Day

Today in school we celebrated ‘Dot Day’, we came to school dressed in dots and became artists for the day. In Year 4 we began by reading the book ‘The Dot’ by Peter H.Reynolds, we discussed the importance of believing in ourselves, our abilities and having resilience to never give up. Throughout the day we took part in lots of exciting activities, we designed our own dot, created our own story from just one simple black dot, tackled lots of tricky dot-to-dots and even made our own Year 4 Rothwell St Mary’s badge using our finger prints and paint as dots. We spoke about the importance of being unique and how everyone has different ideas of what ‘art’ means to them. We have had so much fun and the children can not wait to tell you all about it!






Spelling lists:

Spelling tests will take place every Thursday Morning.

Please make sure your child is practising them as much as they can at home. 

PSHE: How Year 4 feel about their return to school

The children have made a fantastic start to their time in Year 4. We have spent time discussing how we all feel about being back to school after being at home for so long. We spoke about the different worries we might have and the positive feelings we felt about all being back together again, the children then created their own thought cloud to record exactly how they were feeling to be in school.

Your entrance into school September 2020:


Year 4 Class 2019-2020

Spring Term

The children started our Jesus the Saviour topic in RE by looking at Bible quotes to decide whether they showed evidence of Jesus being truly human or truly God. Year four were able to pick out key examples and could justify their answers. They should be proud of their really mature responses.

A super start back to Spring 2 by year four making  improper fractions and mixed numbers by using base ten blocks and unifix. The children then drew part whole models in their book to show their understanding.

The children have had an excellent first week back at school! They made a great start to our History topic ‘Boudicca’s Rebellion’ by placing key events about the Romans on the timeline. We were very impressed with them applying their numberline skills from Maths to the timelines to help them place both BC and AD events!

Autumn Term

In Science the children worked in groups to create their own food chains. They did a brilliant job learning and applying all the new scientific vocabulary to label their food chains!

1960s Theme Week! 

Year 4 worked so hard all week to create some incredible pieces of art, music and dance as well as diving into the history of the 1960s! They should be so proud of the high quality work they produced!

The children looked fantastic in their fancy dress! Everyone had made so much effort!



We placed important events from the 1960s on a timeline to practise our chronology skills and learn some key facts about the decade.

We combined music and history to study some artefacts and sources from the 1960s. The children practised their enquiry skills asking questions about each item. We had a lot of fun exploring the record player and comparing it to how we listen to music today!

Music and Dance

The children took inspiration from Yellow Submarine by the Beatles and created their own lyrics. The children showed great teamwork thinking about how many syllables each line had and whether their words would fit the melody. The performances were super!
We also took part in two very exciting workshops. On Thursday we learnt a 1960s dance to Let’s Twist Again learning key moves from the 1960s era. On Friday we took part in a samba drumming workshop. We were so impressed with how quickly the children picked up the rhythms and managed to perform a piece in 3 parts!

Art and Design 

After a study of 60s patterns and colours, the children used their knowledge to design either a wallpaper pattern or an outfit. Each child had to think carefully about the functionality and purpose of their design and evaluate the work they had produced.


Year 4 have been thinking about the importance of promises in RE looking at the story of Zechariah and reflecting on how he showed trust in God. The children made posters depicting key parts of the story and then practised their presentation skills retelling the story and explaining the key messages in groups.


The children have done some fantastic work during our Mavellous Maps topic in Geography. They built up their geographical skills over the half term learning about compass directions, grid references, coordinates and different types of maps. Working in pairs, they drew their own maps complete with OS symbols (plus a few of their own!) and grid references.

Building further on these skills, Year 4 really impressed their teachers with their use of string and maps of the local area to measure distances. A challenging and sometimes fiddly geographical technique, which the children showed their understanding of by writing how to guides.

Year 4 have been absolutely brilliant this week during their DT and PSHE food project! The children had to design a healthy and sustainable meal that included all the food groups as well as considering whether their products were plastic free, local, seasonal, fair trade and had high levels of animal welfare. On Monday the children began to research each of these issues and why they are important for our environment and the wellbeing of those producing our food. On Tuesday they planned which food items they would choose against our sustainability and healthy food points system and planned how they would cook them. Wednesday morning, we went to Morrison’s to buy the food, carefully filling in their project packs as we went around the supermarket. Then on Thursday, we cooked our meals. The children did a brilliant job of preparing the food and cleaning up after themselves. Many of the children tried food they were unsure of or had never tried before showing an excellent attitude! The children should be so proud of their hard work and the amount of careful research and thought that went into their projects!

 Inspired by the beautiful nature themed artwork and wonderful poems in ‘The Lost Words’ the children created some beautiful watercolour paintings and acrostic poems based on their favourite plants and animals.


Year 4 came back to school with a brilliant attitude to learning this week!

We started our work looking at ‘The Lost Words’ poetry book with a nature words treasure hunt. The children did a fantastic job reading and interpreting some really high level language in the poems and writing some wonderfully descriptive nature poems of their own!





Year 4 2018 2019

Spring Term


All the children in Year 4 should be really proud of their fantastic writing during theme week!

Lots of the children brought in underwater creatures they had made from recyclable materials they found at home. The creativity the children showed was very impressive! We had everything from jelly fish made from shower-caps to water bottle fish, and even a mini aquarium in a jar. The sea creatures helped to make our theme week classroom even more exciting!

We explored some of the more unusual under water creatures and wrote descriptive love poems to them.


The children wrote some wonderful narratives from the perspective of a sea creature. They thought really carefully about the descriptions of the under water setting and the various dangers sea life face. All children did a fantastic job editing their work to make it even better!


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. To show their commitment to this important time in the church’s year, each child in Year 4 made a Lenten promise. They added these to a stain glass window display in our classroom, as a daily reminder of the special promise they have made.






The children created some beautiful pages for their picture book project! We have been looking at picture books with a strong moral message in English this week. The children have planned their own books with a message to create over this whole spring term. In this particular piece the children were challenged to look at man made and environmental patterns and incorporate them into their designs. The results were brilliant!


What a fantastic first week back! The children began the week with their Mindmate and PSHE work. The start of a new year brings the opportunity to set a goal for the coming year. But the children didn’t forget to reflect on all the amazing accomplishments that have made them who they are today! Year 4 looked back on all their fantastic achievements from 2018 and wrote about them around the trunk on their trees. They then wrote their goal for 2019 on the leaves. These beautiful trees will be displayed in our classroom this term!





Autumn Term

We’ve been using Maths equipment in our Maths lessons on multiplication. This has helped us understand and explore what our multiplication statements really mean. We have been using the language of ‘groups of’ to make multiplication and division statements about our 6, 7, and 9 times tables!


The children have made some excellent Winter crafts to add to our The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe themed classroom including; snow ball garlands, woodland creatures, 3D trees and paper icicles!


We have started a new topic of SOUND in Science this half term.

We used our scientific skills to make predictions about the different types of sounds we would hear in various areas of school. Then we took a walk around school to see which areas were the loudest and explore the different sounds we could hear.
































Year 4 Long Term Curriculum Plan: Year 4 LTP

Autumn 1:

Our RE topic is:The Bible


Our class topic is: The Stone Age


Half RE Term Planning: RE MTP Year 4 AUT1 2020


Half Term Planning: Autumn 1 MTP



Year 4 Class 2019-2020

Dividing using Bus Stop Method 

Multiplying using Column Method

Multiplying using Grid Method

Adding Mixed Fractions

Want a challenge? This video also shows converting mixed fractions to improper fractions.

Subtracting Fractions

Adding Fractions has never been simpler!

How do I subtract using column subtraction? Watch this to find out.

How do I add using column method with carrying? Watch this to find out.

Helping at Home

End of year expectations:

To support parents in knowing what is expected of Year 4 pupils at the end of the year, we have put links below to documents which detail in child speak. These are here as an aid to support and give guidance only.

Band 4 Pupil – Maths – Number

Band 4 Pupil – Maths – Other

Band 4 Pupil – Reading, Spoken Language

Band 4 Pupil – Science

Band 4 Pupil – Writing

Following our Maths information evening for parents, we have shared some useful documents to see how Maths is taught in school. The most effective way for you to help would be to practise the ‘progression in number facts’ and times tables.

Rothwell St Mary’s Calculation Policy

Progression in number facts

Parents’ Information Evening Nov 18