Year 4


to Year 4

In Year 4 there is Miss Stephens and Mrs Lacey and our 29 fabulous children! I hope that 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. 

Meet the team!


Miss Stephens loves anything sports related, she spends lots of her time watching football with her family! Her favourite teams is Leeds United. Miss Stephens LOVES rounders and plays in a team outside of school. She has two very cute golden retrievers, they are called Steve and Angus! Her hobbies are going to the gym and eating out with her sister and friends. 


Mrs Lacey loves spending time with her family and watches her children play a variety of sports every single day! She loves arts and crafts and makes so many fantastic things. Mrs Lacey is very creative and is often found making weird and wonderful things for our classroom. She has a rabbit called Caramel that lives in her home! She takes great care of our class hamster Marcello.




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 (2021-2022)

Autumn 1 Newsletter: AUT1-Newsletter-2021-2022

World Mental Health Day!

Today we celebrated World Mental Health Day and what a fantastic day it was! We begun the day learning all about ‘positive affirmations’, we discovered positive affirmations are all about talking positively and kindly to/about yourself. Together, we had a go at chanting positive affirmations out loud to create a positive atmosphere within our classroom environment. Then, we got to work on our own positive affirmations, it was fantastic to see the children tell themselves ‘I am bold, I am courageous, I am loved…’. In the afternoon, we got to work designing our bags for the NHS. As a school community, we have all donated toiletries and sweet treats to donate to those who have helped us the most over the last few months. The children wrote letter of thanks and shared their appreciation for their hard work. An all-round fantastic day!

We are caring!

This half term, Hattie, Heath and Poppy have taken on the role of caring for our class hamster Marcello. Each day, they check he has enough food and water and that he is ok. On Wednesdays, they get to work cleaning him out and ensuring he is happy and safe in his cage. They have blown me away with their kind, caring nature and the love they have shown towards Marcello. Well done you stars!

Stone Age Art

Today we continued our discovery into our Humanities topic ‘The Stone Age’. We observed the different cave paintings that have been found around the world, we concentrated in particular on Cave of Altamira (1880), Lascaux Cave in Spain (discovered in 1940) and Cuevas De Las Manos (Cave of the Hands) in Argentina. We compared the different artifacts that had been found and had a go at our very own Stone Age art!

We are Timetables Rockstars!

In Year 4, we start preparing for the multiplication check from day one! Each week, we concentrate on a different timetable, this week was our 4s. Together we discuss any tips and tricks we can learn to help us remember them and help us to be fluent. We then ‘rock out’ chanting our chosen timetables. We spend time throughout the lesson on TT Rockstars and Maths Frame, continuing our preparation, building on our knowledge and recall speed.

Terrific Teeth

Today we have been learning all about the teeth in our mouths. We learnt 4 very important names, incisors (front and bottom 4 teeth), canines (the two sharp teeth next to our middle teeth), pre-molar (the first sets at the back of our mouths) and molars (the last sets at the back of our mouths). First, we bit into an apple to see the imprint our teeth left. We discussed the different types of teeth we could see and predicted what their jobs would be. We then learnt all about their special jobs. Finally, we got to work creating our own mouths using marshmallows! We took into consideration the different size and shapes that we have. We did a fantastic job!!

A trip to Neverland!

This half term we have been exploring the novel ‘Peter Pan’. This week, we began our recount of a trip to Neverland. We used the text to create our very own sketches of what the journey to Neverland would look like, we focused on selecting colours for mood. We took inspiration from different artist impressions and pictures of famous London landmarks at night, our finished art was fantastic!

Life in the Stone Age- Murton Park

Yesterday we visited Murton Park to live a day as a Stone Age child! We began the day with a talk from our pre-historic leader Berry, she took us on a journey through the Stone Age. Blake and Lily helped us put into perspective just how long ago this period of history was. We learnt all about homo-sapiens and homo-erecutus and how humans have developed over time. We then go to work in our Stone Age settlement, we became the flame tribe and completed numerous pre-historic jobs. We began hunting for food using spears and special hunting techniques, we made pottery from clay and used wood to carve designs, we worked hard farming for crops and used seeds and a stone to create our flour for bread. We looked further into Stone Age art and had a go at our very own Stone Age cave paintings. We finished the day in the tepee and heard a story all about artefacts that have been found from this period of time, we explored the story of Urtsy the Ice Man and got cosy around the fire. We had the best day and we are all now fit to survive life in the Stone Age!

Collective Worship 15.9.21

This week, we planned and delivered our first whole class collective worship. The children read their reading clearly and with confidence and created a beautiful reflection point in the middle of the floor. We reflected on the plethora of amazing things Jesus did for us and shared our own thanks to Him. The children showed such calmness and reverence throughout and I look forward to future collective worships planned and delivered by the children.


The journey of food

Today, we continued our learning on the digestive system. We created our very own digestive system to gain a deeper understanding of the different functions of the organs involved. We used crackers and bananas to represent the food we eat, orange juice as the acid in our stomach and water as our saliva. The plastic bag acted as our stomach and the bowl was the body, the paper cups acted as our rectum and anus. In our groups we took ourselves on the journey of food and our understanding and enthusiasm was outstanding! One proud teacher.

We are scientists!

Today we began our topic ‘Animals Including Humans’, we began by exploring the different organs that make up our digestive system. We worked together in teams to build our own digestive systems using our memory and teamwork skills. We spent time ensuring that each organ was in the right place to make it an accurate representation was created. We learnt lots of new challenging vocabulary such as rectum and digestion, but the word ‘Oesophagus’ was our favourite.

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

Autumn 1 Newsletter: AUT1-Newsletter-2020-2021

Autumn 2 Newsletter: AUT2-Newsletter-2020-2021

Spring 1 Newsletter: Spring 1 Newsletter 2020-2021

Spring 2 Newsletter:SPR2 Newsletter 2020- 2021

Summer 1 Newsletter: SUM 1Newsletter 2020- 2021

Summer 2 Newsletter- SUM 2 Newsletter 2020- 2021

Class of 2020-2021
It is the time of year that we must say goodbye as you all continue your journey into Year 5. Teaching you all this year has been a pleasure, I hope you have lots of memories that you will treasure forever. The year now ends and we must part, always know you have a special place in my heart. One thing I have tried to teach you to last your whole life through, is to know that you are so very special, just because you are YOU!
Mrs Lacey and I are wishing you all the success and happiness in the world in Year 5. We can’t wait to see you all shining so bright.



We have spent time in class reflecting on the important topic of racism after the racial abuse Sancho, Saka and Rashford received following the Euro 2020 final. We reflected on the success of the tournament and celebrated the successes of each of the players. We then looked deeper into the reasons all 3 men received racial abuse, we challenged the beliefs of many and discussed with confidence, compassion and pride our thoughts on racism. The children then wrote a letter to each of the players, they discussed how proud of them they were and pledge to help make a stand towards a more positive future. The children blew Miss Stephens away and reduced many adults in school to tears with their letters. At 9 years old, to be able to write such passion and pride makes us all truly believe the future is going to be a very bright place to be with these children in it.

“Never believe a few caring people can’t change the world, for that’s all that ever have.” – James, Aged 9.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

On Tuesday we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park! We got the chance to see the lions be released into their habitats and got up close and personal with so many amazing animals. We spent time looking at the different animals, we were deciding whether they were mammals, reptiles, fish or amphibians- herbivores, carnivores or omnivores and Vertebrate or Invertebrate. We had the best time and we felt so lucky to see so many fantastic animals!

Below are the spellings for this half term. The children will continue to be tested each Thursday morning.








The Song of a Dolphin Boy

Last half term we read the magnificent book ‘The Song of the Dolphin Boy’. This half term, we are spending time revisit the text and writing setting descriptions using all of our fantastic Year 4 English skills. We were unable to go to the beach from the book as it is based in Scotland, so we brought the beach to Year 4! The children loved feeling the sand and water between their toes and looking at all the different shells that can be found on a beach- we could even hear the sound of the waves!

Magnificent Magnets!

This half term Year 4 have spent time learning all about magnets. They identified the different forces that act on object and the effect friction has on different surfaces. They carried out a variety of different scientific enquiries and made brilliant predictions. Year 4 were able to conduct experiments to sort magnetic and non-magnetic materials. They had SO much fun!

Sikh signs and symbols

Over our time in Year 4, we have been learning all about our other faith Sikhism. Today we were learning all about the signs and symbols that you would see within their religion. We learnt about the 5ks and their meanings, we even had a go at making a khanda using clay- it was great fun!

Suffragette Day!

Today we had a Suffragette Day and we had so much fun! We began the day cracking a code, by cracking the code we found out that a Suffragette campaign would take place at 2pm on the playground. We then were split into two groups ‘The Suffragettes’ and ‘The Anti-Suffragettes’. We spent the rest of the day preparing for our campaign, we made placard board, rosettes and sashes to show who we were fighting for. We talked about why the Suffragettes were so passionate, what they were fighting for and the different things they did to show their passion for women’s suffrage. In our groups, we then wrote a speech for the campaign highlighting the reason for our fight. We had the best day and have so much fantastic knowledge on The Suffragettes!


The Suffragettes 

Today we spent time looking at the key events that took place during the Suffragette movement. We were split into groups to take part in a ‘key events scavenger hunt’. We had to take in turns running around the playground looking for each of the special events, we then had to work as a group to put them in chronological order. We did a fantastic job! We were blown away with some of the life changing and special things that took place during that special period of history.

Roman Desserts 

Today we became bakers! We researched and found two Roman desserts that we wanted to make, honey oat biscuits and gingerbread cake. We began by collecting the ingredients that we needed and checking it against our list. We then took turns weighing the ingredients out, we had to make sure that we measured the ingredients with the correct measure. We then got to work making our delicious desserts, we followed each of the instructions in the correct order and created the most delicious desserts!! We also have the most FABULOUS, helpful and kind children that even wanted to do all the washing up. 

Marvellous Maps

This half term we have spent lots of time looking at maps, we have loved it! We have secured our knowledge on 4 figure maps references and we even worked on 6 figures too!  We have worked on the skill of map drawing and plotting co-ordinated on a map. This week we have been working on measuring straight line distances using an appropriate scale. We loved being practical in Geography and we are now map experts!


Life after lockdown!

We are all over the moon to be back together at school, there is no feeling quite like seeing all 29 smiling faces so eager to be back at school. This morning we spent time discussing our plans for ‘life after lockdown’, we decided to look forward to the happier times. The children shared their excitement to play in the street, hug their grandparents, meet new born cousins and to just be CHILDREN! We will remember these times forever, I am sure of it. 


Rebellious Romans!

This half term we will continue our journey through Romans by writing a non-chronological report all about them! Today we discussed our potential audience, why the Romans are so important and interesting and what we will need to find out. We began mind mapping and creating posters on lots of facts all about the Romans. Ava, James and Zavier all blew me away with their beautifully presented posters full of so many amazing facts. You really are super stars and I am so proud of you!


Happy News

Over lockdown Miss Stephens subscribed to ‘The Happy Newspaper’. It is simply a newspaper full of happy news- just what we all need at the minute. Eddi and Ava have had so much fun reading each day and finding a piece of happy news that they want to share with us each day. I think by their faces you can tell the news they are reading is making them very happy- we love to see it girls!

Sound Survey

Today we began our topic of ‘sound’ in Science. We spent time looking at different instruments and exploring how sounds are made. We then went on a sound survey around the school grounds. We visited the hut, the playground, the field, the car park, the corridor and even Royds Lane where we were lucky enough to see our friend Henry! At each point on our survey, we closed our eyes and focused on what sounds we could hear on the journey. We rated each place 0-5 (5= very noise and 0=silent). We even brought our friends at home along with us via Zoom!!

Marvellous Maths!!

Today in Maths we have begun looking further into division and remainders. At home and at school we all found 21 of an item (pens, pencils, coins, lego, etc…) that would aid our understanding of remainders. We spent time making shapes and groups that would allow us to fill in our stem sentence – I have ____ groups of ____ with ____ remaining. All children tried so hard and gained a fantastic understanding of division and remainders using different physical resources. I continue to be so proud of the resilience, determination and hard work the children are showing at what we all know is such a challenging time. Well done Year 4- a very proud teacher indeed!

Slime Time!!

We have had SO much fun in school and at home making slime together. We spent time looking at states of matter and how they change under different temperatures. Together, we made our slime and then observed the changes that take place when you are stirring it and when you are holding it in your hands. The slime appeared to be a solid when it was in the bowl but once we had picked it up to play it instantly turned to a liquid. We made lots of mess but had so much fun and laughter today and that is all that counts.



This week we began our very special and much needed well being sessions with Mrs Sheldon-Price. All children and home and those key worker children in school were able to come together and reflect on all things ‘lockdown’. The children confidently shared their highs and lows and were able to give each other advice on what to do when things may get a little tough. The children loved being together talking and sharing their experience. We can’t wait for our daily well being sessions to begin, this week we will be meeting each other’s pets via zoom and having lots of fun.




PSHE: Democracy- Year 4 2021 Elections

Today in PSHE we have been learning all about democracy. We learnt what is meant by the word’s ‘democracy’ and ‘dictatorship’. We explored the different rights we have as human beings living in Britain and learnt all about our government and the different political parties. The children were the split into 6 political parties (Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party and the Green Party). The children had to work together and write a speech persuading their class (future voters) why they would be the best party to fill the different roles within our classroom. The parties then came to the front and presented themselves to the rest of the class, the children then cast their votes- we explored what is meant by a private ballot. The votes were in and the Conservatives took the win!  



Christmas 2020

Life was a little strange this year and the world seemed so unsure but one thing we learnt was that we couldn’t love and appreciate each other more. We lived a moment in history, our lives changed beyond doubt, but we learnt the true meaning of what our Rothwell St Mary’s family is about. Although Christmas may be different to the ones we once knew. Our families will soon be back together because love will see us through.

From all of us in Year 4- Wishing you a very happy, healthy, safe and Merry Christmas.



Christmas festivities

We have had the BEST last week together in school. We began our week creating baubles for our homes using lots of different materials and the initials of our first names. We then spent time talking all about the different seasons that we experience living in England, using this as inspiration we created our calendars using paint and our fingertips (we loved being hands on!!!) We went on a lovely wintery nature walk where we collected sticks to make our Christmas tree baubles- we loved using natures gifts to make something special for us to keep. We all came to school everyday in our lovely Christmas jumpers and on Thursday we all dressed as a character from the nativity- The children looked phenomenal and Miss Stephens was blown away!! The children the preformed their beautiful Christmas carol ‘silent night’ that we had been practicing in choral singing every Tuesday, the children sang beautifully and there was not a dry eye in the house. We even had time to throw a Christmas party, where we sung, danced, ate and had so much fun!! The week ended with a beautiful collective worship led by Zavier, Florence, Xanthe and Henry- they reminded us of the most important reason we celebrate Christmas and helped us prepare for the birth of baby Jesus. This last week together has reminded all of how important it is to love one another, be kind and be grateful for every single day we get to spend together in school happy and healthy. From all of us in Year 4- Merry Christmas.

Special Mentions

The lovely Ethan is our Sunshine of the Week this week for being the definition of a sunshine. Ethan arrives to school every single day with the most lovely, warm smile on his face- he can turn anyone’s bad day into a good one with his smile alone. Ethan keeps us all entertained with his funny jokes, Elf quotes and overall bubbly personality- he really is the life and soul of our classroom. Ethan is such a lovely little boy that spreads kindness without even having to try. We are so lucky to have a lovely little boy like him with us in Year 4!

Callum is our TT Rockstar of the Week for his continue efforts and dedication to TT. Callum has not missed one night of TT Rockstar’s since the beginning of this half term- that really is phenomenal. Callum has shown real perseverance and refuses to ever give in, even when things may be a little tricky. We feel so lucky to have been able to see Callum’s confidence grow since beginning his journey in Year 4, his determination is admirable. Keep up the hard work Callum- our little super star!!

Collective Worship 

Thank you to our superstars Mason, Isabelle, Ava and George for their beautiful and very reflective collective worship on the season of Advent. The children gave us all time to reflect on a time that is so important to us as Christians. They discussed with us the different ways families in our community are celebrating Advent and allowed their friends to share collectively the different ways they were preparing for the birth of Jesus. Going forth, Isabelle has asked us all to reflect on what Advent means to us, Mason would like us all to promise to do something good each day, Ava would like us all to have fun and be kind and George has wished for us all to stay safe and happy over the Christmas period. The wishes that the 4 children shared reflects just how thoughtful, kind and amazing you all are. We are so lucky to have the most amazing children here with us in Year 4.






Spelling Autumn 2 Week 6: Statutory Spellings- Challenge Words

  1. interest
  2. experiment
  3. potatoes
  4. favourite
  5. imagine
  6. material
  7. promise
  8. opposite
  9. minute
  10. increase

Special Mentions:

This weeks Rockstar of the week goes to the very determined, lovely and hardworking Nathan. Nathan has given his all to TT Rockstars since beginning in Year 4 and we could not be prouder of him. He has persevered when he may have found things a little difficult and he continues to show such resilience. Nathan continues to be a fantastic role model to the rest of his class, and we have loved seeing his confidence grow. Keep up all your fantastic hard work you super star!!

Our Sunshine of the Week this week goes to our lovely, kind and gentle Maxwell. Maxwell is one of Miss Stephens’ ALWAYS children and is a shining star in everything he does. He shows such a positive and mature attitude to learning and we are so lucky to have him. Maxwell is always making sure that his friends are ok and that they are included, and we all know just how important this is. Thank you Maxwell for guiding the way for so many of your friends you super star!!

Spelling Autumn 2 Week 5: Words with ‘ough’ to make a long /o/ /oo/ or /or/ sound

  1. though
  2. although
  3. dough
  4. through
  5. breakthrough
  6. thought
  7. bought
  8. brought
  9. fought
  10. ought


Our Stone Age Hunt

Today in English we took part in our very own Stone Age hunt. Miss Stephens read a model diary entry and we acted out each event that took place. Throughout our acting we had to consider how we might feel throughout each point and how we could show this through our actions. At different points of the diary, we created freeze frames that reflected both the event taking place and the emotions we would feel. We got into character fantastically and loved being Stone Age children!!


Today (30/11/20) we took part in our whole school DT day. We were given the nativity character Joseph and the virtue of Hope. We spent time in the morning planning how we were going to bring our 3D Joseph to life, we were all given different body parts to plan and these would be the parts that we later created. We discussed the importance of planning and  the different materials we were going to use and the reasons to why we would use them. We then got to work creating our Joseph- we used lots of different materials and mediums to make our body parts. The head team used a balloon, paper mache and paint, the body and legs team used an old jumper and trousers and stuffed them with newspapers to create a body shape, the hair and beard team used cotton wool balls and painted them brown to create a real life beard and hair effect and the cloak team used felt, sponges and brown paint to create rustic effect. Finally, we discussed our virtue of hope and what the word hope meant to us, we then all wrote our hopes for this Christmas.  Our finished product looks fantastic and we have all worked so hard!

Spelling Autumn 2 Week 4:

  1. statistican
  2. dietician
  3. electrician
  4. politician
  5. magician
  6. mathematician
  7. technician
  8. beautician
  9. clinician
  10. musician

Special Mentions

Bradley is our Sunshine of the Week this week for his positive attitude to learning and school life. Bradley arrives to school every morning with such enthusiasm and it rubs off on those around him. He shows such determination and persistence to achieve fantastic things every single week. He blows us away with his maths knowledge and his ability to celebrate the success of others before his own. We are very lucky to have such a kind, gentle and caring young man like Bradley in Year 4 with us, never change!

Thomas L is our Rockstar of the Week this week for his consistent dedication to TT Rockstars. Thomas has logged on to TT every single night for last 8 weeks- that really is phenomenal. Since starting his journey with us in Year 4, Thomas has lost 12 seconds off of his average speed and this increases each week. Thomas is the perfect role model for the rest of his friends and we are so so proud of him and all of his efforts. Keep up all of your hard work Thomas, it does not go unnoticed.

Terrific Teeth!

Today in Science we have continued our journey of our topic Animals including Humans. We have been learning all about our teeth and how important they are. We explored our mouths and found we had 4 (sometimes 5) different types of teeth- Canines, Molars, Premolars, Incisors and Wisdom Teeth. We discussed their functions and where they were located in our mouths. We then used mini marshmallows and a mouth to build our own mouth and teeth and we labelled it to show our newly learnt knowledge. We had a fantastic time!

Special Mentions:

This weeks Rockstar of the weeks goes to our lovely Maya! Maya has been working so hard over the past months to get her average speed down and has shown such dedication to her timetables. Maya has managed to lose a whole 16 seconds off of her average speed and now has an average speed of 2.26 seconds- That is absolutely fantastic!! She continues to show a mature and dedicated approach to everything she does not just in Maths but in every single lesson and we could not be any prouder of her if we tried. Well done Maya our little super star!!!

This weeks sunshine is our amazing Xanthe! Xanthe is another child who defines the word sunshine. She comes to school every single day with a smile on her face that brightens up the whole classroom. We are so lucky to have a little girl like Xanthe that shows such maturity and determination in everything she does. She is another child in Year 4 , that is an advocate for kindness. Xanthe goes above and beyond to ensure that her friends are happy and feel appreciated and at such a young age these are fantastic qualities to have. Well done Xanthe- you make Mrs Lacey and I so proud.

Our Rockstars!


A huge congratulations to Maxwell, Henry and Xavier on their success in last week’s TT Rockstar’s ‘Rock Battle’. All three boys placed in the top 10 in the whole school- this week they received their certificates to mark the special occasion and their fantastic achievements. Well done boys we are so proud of you and from your faces I can tell you’re all really proud of yourselves too!


Spelling Autumn 2 Week 3: Words with a /shuhn/ sound, spelt with ‘tion’

  1. invention
  2. injection
  3. action
  4. question
  5. mention
  6. attraction
  7. translation
  8. devotion
  9. position 
  10. solution

Marvellous Maths

Today in Maths we have been learning all about the word perimeter. We discovered that the word perimeter means the length around a closed 2D shape. We had so much fun working in small groups finding the perimeters of different 2D shapes, we used string to measure the perimeter and then we measured the string against metre rulers. We are now professionals at finding the perimeter of any 2D shape!

Treat Time!

Today (13/11/20) we celebrated winning golden time! Last week we had 27 out of 29 children on gold – more than any other class in the school! We spent the afternoon at the ‘cinema’, we watched Incredibles 2 and Miss Stephens treated us to  hot chocolate and biscuits- WE LOVED IT! We can’t wait to win Golden Time again!



Special Mentions:

Sunshine and Rockstar of the Week

A huge well done to our lovely, kind and very funny Sunshine of the Week James. James is such a kind, caring and loveable child that brightens all of our days by just being in the classroom. He tries his hardest to keep our spirits high and provides us with so much laughter every single day. James creates such a lovely, fun and exciting atmosphere within our classroom and we feel so privileged to have him in our class. He is the definition of the word ‘sunshine’ and we are so proud of him!

This week’s Rockstar of the Week is our lovely, funny and energetic Mason! Mason has shown such dedication to his timetables since he began his time with us in Year 4 and continues to grow in confidence. It is so lovely to see Mason believe in his own ability and continuously aim to do his best even if sometimes he finds them a little tricky. Keep up all of that hard work Mason, we are so proud of you!!

The Human Digestive System

We have had so much fun in Science today learning all about the digestive system. We constructed our very own human digestive system using crackers and bananas (the food), orange juice (the stomach acid), water (saliva), a plastic sandwich bag (the stomach), a pair of tights (the small intestine) and a paper cup (the anus). The children were able to give a detailed description of what is meant by the term ‘digestive system’ and what happens to our food once it has been eaten. The photos Mrs Lacey has taken are just brilliant and show just how much of a fantastic time we are having together in Year 4- long may it continue.

Maths Week!

Year 4 have made a fantastic start to ‘Maths Week 2020’! We have been learning all about famous mathematicians, our mathematician of the day today is Ada Lovelace. We have also been competing in the TT Rockstar’s competition and Maxwell is top of the leader board for the whole school!! We are determined to get into the top 100 in the Country!!



Special Mentions:

This week our ‘Rockstar of the Week’ goes to the lovely Joe! Joe has worked super hard since starting his journey with us in Year 4. He has shown such determination and dedication inside and outside of school towards TT Rockstars and he continues to blow us all away with his fluency and confidence. Joe is a fantastic role model to the rest of the children in Year 4. Keep up the good work Joe, we are very proud of you!!

Our ‘Sunshine of the Week this week is Eddi. Eddi is one of the most kind, gentle and polite little girls we know. Our motto in Year 4 is ‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’ and Eddi is the perfect advocate for that. She is always there to offer a helping hand or a few words of kindness and encouragement to whoever may need it and we feel very lucky to have her! Keep up the fantastic work Eddi, we are super proud of you!!


100 Word Challenge and the MYSTERY box!

This week in Year 4, we have begun our journey of the 100 Word Challenge. We are learning all about what the challenge is and how we are going to complete it. Year 4 found a mysterious box in their classroom and we have no idea of the contents! We have used our own thoughts and feelings of the unknown and mystery to talk about suspense. We have brainstormed how it is created and discussed using our senses to create suspense! We have had so much fun and can’t wait to continue with our challenge!



Spelling Autumn 2 Week 1:

  1. expansion
  2. extension
  3. comprehension
  4. tension
  5. corrosion
  6. supervision
  7. fusion
  8. conclusion
  9. persuasion
  10. suspension

Choral Singing:


This week we have come back together as a whole class for our choral singing lessons with Miss Kitson and we have loved it! We have begun learning songs for Christmas and we cannot wait to show you all!



Slumber Day!

On the last day of half term we celebrated our love of reading with a slumber day! We had a wonderful day of reading and poetry and what fun we had! After break time we returned to class to find a crime scene and it was our job to use the clues to find out who had broken Miss Stephens’ photo frame. After lots of exciting discussion we found out it was Macavity the Mystery Cat! We read a poem all about him and then learned the poem ‘Macavity the Mystery Cat’ off by heart and performed it using actions and our greatest performance voices. We then wrote a review of our chosen non-fiction books that we had chosen from the school library. On the last week of term, we began reading ‘The Worst Witch’ and we loved it! During slumber day we were able to finish the book and create fantastic front covers to decorate our classroom door. We had such a wonderful last day of a very successful half term and we were all ready for a  well deserved break!

Special Mentions:

Well done to the lovely Iona who is this weeks ‘Sunshine of the Week’. Each day Iona arrives to school with a positive and mature attitude to learning and a lovely warm smile on her face. Iona goes above and beyond to help in class and has made Miss Stephens feel so welcome in Rothwell St Marys. Iona is such a lovely little girl with such passion and enthusiasm towards everything she does. We are very proud of you Iona.

Well done to the very funny and hardworking ‘Rockstar of the Week’ Maxwell. Maxwell shows such enthusiasm and passion towards his Time-Tables and always gives 100% during our rock battles in class. Maxwell has shown such determination with becoming fluent with his Times-Tables and now has an average time of 2.55 seconds- that is just phenomenal, and we are all so proud of him. He is another child that brings such warmth and enthusiasm to our classroom.  Well done Maxwell.

School Council:

Well done to all of the children in Year 4 that put themselves forward for school council, the speeches and posters you presented were fantastic.  

Today the elections took place and after each child had presented their ‘campaign’ to their classmates, the children had to vote for who they would like as their school council representatives. After a fair vote George and Odre were chosen as our representatives. I am sure they will do a fantastic job and we cannot wait to see them shine!



Creative Assessment: Science

This week we have been collating all of our learning from this half term on our science topic ‘Electricity‘, the children have blown me away with their retention of knowledge! On Tuesday the children created a ‘Did you know?’ poster to tell the children in Year 3 the important things we have learnt about electricity- the children showcased their knowledge of switches, conductors and insulators, complete circuits and electrical appliances. Their finished pieces are just fantastic! 



Special Mentions

This week our Rockstar of the Week goes to the very hardworking and lovely Abigail. Every single week Abigail tackles her timetables with such resilience and determination and is going above and beyond to ensure she knows as many timetables as she possible can- she has been on TT Rockstar’s every single night for the past 4 weeks!! What an achievement. Abigail is becoming more and more confident and is a superstar for her team during our rock battles in class! Well done Abigail you are amazing!

The lovely, kind, and polite Isabelle is Miss Stephens’ Sunshine of the Week this week. Isabelle is one of Miss Stephens ‘always children’, she is always doing the right thing and is one of the politest and kindest children Miss Stephens and Mrs Lacey have ever met. Isabelle brings such positivity to our classroom and is always the first to cheer on her friends for their achievements and encourage those who might need it. Isabelle is a pleasure to have in Year 4 and we truly are so lucky to have her. Well done Isabelle!



Well done to Ava, Henry, George, James H, Florence and James B who have all been awarded with pen over the last 7 weeks! They have all been working super hard to ensure their handwriting is beautiful and I know they are very pleased to be joining some of their friends on pen. A huge well done you superstars! Miss Stephens is very proud of you all.



This week Koen, Maxwell, Bradley and Eddi lead our collective worship, they chose the theme ‘hope’. We spent time calmly reflecting on what hope means and how hope may have different meaning for different people. Koen, Maxwell, Bradley and Eddi shared the things they were hopeful for in their lives and then asked their friends to share their thoughts too. Maxwell and Eddi then shared some inspiring quotes about hope and we discussed what the quote might mean. Thank you children for your lovely, mature and thoughtful collective worship.

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. 

Special Mentions

This weeks ‘Sunshine of the Week‘ goes to our lovely Charlie. Charlie is such a kind, caring and hard working boy who comes to school with such a grown up and enthusiastic attitude to learning. We have been so proud of Charlie’s resilience so far in Year 4 and he makes Me and Mrs Lacey smile every single day!

This weeks ‘Rockstar of the Week‘ goes to the very hardworking Max! Max has shown such enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to his times tables ever since start in Year 4! He has managed to lose 7 seconds off of his time, that is just fantastic Max! Well done, you should be so proud of yourself!


What a fantastic week we have had in Year 4 ! Miss Stephens has been overwhelmed with all of the hard work and dedication that has gone into the children’s work. They all continue to make myself and Mrs Lacey proud! A huge well done to the 18 children that achieved their triple P (Perfectly Published Piece) today, what a fantastic achievement.  

Marvellous Maths 

Year 4 have had so much fun learning all about the number 25 during one of our maths lesson this week! The children began by sharing all the facts they could think of about our special number 25– they thought of 18 different things! The children then used base 10 to help them counting in 25s, the children were able to spot the pattern and continue counting in 25s! Maxwell reached the number 1525! Well done Year 4 for trying so hard!

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. 

Collective worship

The theme of this weeks collective worship was our virtue of the week ‘Thankfulness’. Joe, Maya, Eliza and Max planned and delivered our collective worship and they did such a brilliant job! We explored the meaning of thankfulness and had time to reflect calmly and peacefully on what we are thankful for in our lives. The children shared with each other what they were thankful for and how they could show their thanks. Going forth the children have been asked to thank those who care for them at home for all the things they have done for them.


The Lost Words

This week we have spent time observing our chosen Lost Words nature object. We have also begun writing our very own Lost Words poem and we continue to be inspired by MacFarlane and his work. In art this week we sketched our chosen nature object, we carefully studied each part of the object and looked at the fine details. Once we had sketched our objects we then added water colours to bring our drawings to life. The children took such care picking the colours and the techniques they would use represent their object, Miss Stephens was blown away. 

Special Mentions

‘Rockstar of the Week’

This weeks ‘Rockstar of the Week’ is James B! James has tried so hard with his timetables not just this week but every week since joining Year 4! He shows such enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoys helping others who may need that little bit of support on TT Rockstars. James is a role model to his friends in Year 4 and he should be very proud of himself.

‘Miss Stephens’ Sunshine of the Week’

This weeks sunshine of the week is Odre, Odre could be given this award every single week. She is such a kind, polite, gentle and happy little girl that brings such love and warmth to our classroom. Odre is ALWAYS doing the right thing and trying her best to encourage others to do the same too. She is a shining star and we are so lucky to have someone like her with us in Year 4, everybody definitely needs a friend/someone like Odre in their life!

Our Journey through the Lost Words

This week in Year 4 we began our magical journey through the ‘Lost Words’ (a poetry book written by Robert MacFarlane). The children learnt that the Lost Words were poems written about an object from nature or an animal, the words were chosen after been omitted from the children’s dictionary as they were not used enough in children’s writing. Inspired by MacFarlane’s work the children in pairs wrote their own poem based on one of the ‘Lost Words’. Next week, the children will be writing their very own poem based on an object from nature that inspires them. In order to emerge the children in their writing, we went on an Autumnal walk around the school grounds, we had so much fun looking for an object that we were inspire by. The children found horse chestnut, elderberry, fern leaves, acorns and much more! The children cannot wait to write, draw and paint about their chosen object.



Styling the Stone Age

This week in Year 4 we have been very creative!! We spent time learning all about the different types of clothing worn in the Stone Age. Together we explored where the clothing came from, the purpose of the clothing, the materials used and how the clothing was made. We discussed the importance of animals for food, clothing and even jewellery! The children then designed and made their very own Stone Age costume, they took such care in carefully planning which material they would use, how they would join the material chosen together and what they wanted their clothing to look like. The finished products are FANTASTIC! The children should be so proud of all their hard work and dedication to this task, their sewing skills blew me away and I am sure anyone from the Stone Age would be overjoyed with what they have created.


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. 



Special Mentions

A huge well done to our ‘Rockstar of the Week’ George! George’s continued dedication to TT Rockstar’s has not got unnoticed, he continues to try his hardest and shows such resilience with the timetables he might find a little more tricky. He has a fantastic attitude to learning and should be very proud of all his hard work. Well done George.

Another special mention this week goes to ‘Miss Stephens’ Sunshine of the Week’ Ava! Ava comes to school everyday with a fantastic attitude to learning and with a lovely smile on her face. Ava’s loving, caring and polite personality fills our classroom with such warmth. Her confidence and independence continues to improve each week and we are so proud of her. Keep up the good work Ava!


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. 

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 2021-22

Autumn 1

Half RE Term Planning: RE MTP Year 4 AUT1 2021
Half Term Planning:Autumn 1 MTP
Our Humanities topic this term: Stone Age and Map Skills!


Helping at Home

TT Rockstars:

In June, all children will sit the mandatory Multiplication Check.

In order to prepare the children for the Multiplication Check, we ask that ALL children log on to TT Rockstars frequently (a minimum of 3 times a week) Checks will take place daily to ensure children are accessing the site and participating. I will challenge the children each week to beat my time and our very own ‘Rock Star of the Week’ will be crowned each Friday. Additionally, children can participate in mock tests on Maths Frame –

The MTC is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. Your child will answer 3 practice questions before moving on to the official check and will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help us to identify pupils who may need additional support.


The children will bring their reading book and reading records home every evening.  Whilst we appreciate that everyone’s personal circumstances at home are very different, we do encourage all children to be reading every evening where possible.
It is important that the children are reading at home, but we are looking for quality of reading not quantity. It is vital that the children are understanding what they have read and that you are questioning them throughout. I have attached a VIPER’s questioning sheet to guide you through the different types of questioning required to ensure all elements of reading are covered. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.



Each Thursday we will have a weekly spelling test. The children will be sent home with a new set of spellings each week and they will be given a week to learn them, they will be then tested the following Thursday. Spelling tests will follow the same format as Year 3, where children will be given a prefix or suffix. Children should be aiming to include their weekly spellings in their writing in class (across all subjects and where appropriate). We ask that children are practising their spellings at home frequently as many of these spellings are on the statutory Year 3/4 spelling list.

An overview of each half terms spelling lists can be found below:

Autumn 1 Spelling Overview