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Welcome to Year 4 2019-2020

PGL Final Information - Meeting with Parents, Tuesday 28th January

PGL Information for Parents from the Meeting on Tuesday 22nd October

Please may we remind you that next Monday 24th February, the first day of the new half term, is Fun P.E. Day. Children are encouraged to come in dressed in colourful sports attire in support of Wheel Power, in exchange for a pound.

Year 4 will also be holding a celebration of Carnival as an opener to our topic on Brazil, so colourful masks and headdresses are also encouraged!

Learning Week Beginning 10th February 2020

The final week of the first Spring half term saw a lot of finishing off work on our topic and science units about plant and animal habitats, classification keys and different biomes.

In maths, we completed the unit on shapes, looking at reflective symmetry in a range of 2D shapes, while also focusing on the properties of quadrilaterals and what makes a shape regular or irregular.

Our work in English looked at the use of persuasive language.



A reminder that this week is Feeling Good Week in Summerswood and Year 4 will be holding our Open Morning for parents on Wednesday between 8:40 and 9:10 a.m.

Learning Week Beginning 3rd February 2020

In Maths this week, we have been investigating the properties of 2D shapes, paricularly relating to quadrilaterals and parallel and perpendicular lines. The children have done a lot of work sorting, recognising, making and drawing shapes.


The focus in English has been for the children to plan, write, edit and improve their own version of "The Wolves in the Walls".


Our topic work has involved looking at how much we are still dependent on plants for so many of the things we use in everyday life, and where all these plant-based products come from.



Learning Week Beginning 27th January 2020

In English this week we have been reading and analysing the well-known fantasy graphic novel The Wolves in the Walls. The children have enjoyed reading and acting out parts of the story and have written some good responses to it.


Maths has focused on investigating perimeters of rectilinear shapes and how to work out the perimeter of a rectangle, even if we only know the length of one or two sides. As this was the last unit corresponding to the Autumn scheme of work, we have also been testing the children on their learning in maths this academic year - very generally very encouraging results!


Our topic learning has focused on where our food comes from and considering which foodstuffs we are self-sufficient in as a country and which we need to import and from where. It may be interesting for families to have this kind of conversation at home and raise children's awareness of where their food comes from by looking at food labeling at home and in the supermarket.


Learning Week Beginning 20th January 2020

This week in Maths we have been looking at data handling, interpreting data in pictograms, bar charts and line graphs, as well as collecting data and presenting it in the most appropriate ways. We have also revisited what perimeter is and how to calculate the perimeter of rectangles.


In English, the children have planned, drafted, re-drafted, edited and then written up their own versions of a survival story for publication in a class book. They have worked hard on this, taking the re-drafting and publication stages very seriously.


Science has again focused on classification keys for animals and plants, but this time linking to different habitats and looking in more detail at the characteristics of different creatures. Alongside this, the children have researched in books and on the internet and written about extreme desesrt environments, hot and cold, and the life forms that exist there.

Learning Week Beginning January 13th 2020


Everybody has worked very hard this week to live up to expectations and move forward with our learning.

In topic and science work, we have looked at the different biomes that make up our world, including researching examples of the plants and animals that may be found in a particular biome in our computing time. We have also learned how all living things may be classified according to their characteristics and how to use questions to classify animals in clasification keys.


In Maths, we have concentrated on time and ways of adding and subtracting hours and minutes, as well as problem-solving duration using different methods of calculation.


English has focused again on real-life survival stories, this week looking at one man's experience on the slopes of Mount Everest. After picking out the vocabulary and language features of the story, the children have planned, then written their own version of the story of Lincoln Hall using a recounting format.


Learning Week Beginning 6th January 2020


Firstly, may we wish a belated Happy New Year to all? This week we have got quickly into our stride, although a little creakily at times after the Christmas break!

In maths, we have been comparing, measuring and estimating using different units of measurement, including time. The children have responded well and part of their homework is to look at measures around the home.


Our topic this half term is habitats, looking at the conditions in which plants and animals grow and thrive. This week in science, we have looked at the processes that all living things share and the children have enjoyed sorting animals according to different criteria.

The children have also been finding out about plant life around the world, including some weird and wonderful species and where they grow, as part of our geography focus.


In English, too, we have been following our topical theme as we have been reading and producing writing about real-life survival stories set in different challenging environments - the Amazon rainforest, and the Sahara desert.

Learning Week Beginning 9th December 2019

Firstly, please accept our apologies for failing to update this page last week! What follows is a resume of the last two weeks in Year 4.

In maths this week, we have been looking at the effect on numbers of multiplying and dividing by 10 or 100. As well as appreciating the size of the change when numbers are multiplied or divided by powers of ten, the children have been learning how the numbers are written down - how the digits of a number move a place or two places to the left when multiplying, and to the right when dividing. This means that the children have also learned about decimals and tenths and hundredths as well as how these are written.

These are important steps and the children have applied themselves well to the learning.

The previous week, we looked at solving word problems of increasing complexity using bar modelling and solving problems using all four operations.

Our focus in English over the past two weeks has been on free-verse poetry and what makes this different from rhyming and more rigourously structured poetry. We have looked at "Words are Ours", by Michael Rosen, and contrasted this with the free-verse of "The Magic Box", by Kit Wright.

The children have enjoyed this work, particularly the opportunity to write their own free-verse poems.

At this time of year, as Christmas approaches, some lessons necessarily have to give way for other activities, and on Monday the children were treated to a pantomime performance of Cinderella.

However, we have continued with science and the children have been experimenting with electrical circuits to find out which materials are conductors of electricity and which act as insulators.

Learning Week Beginning 25th November 2019


Another busy week has drawn to a close, so busy that some of the children did not receive their weekly spellings this week! Please accept our apologies; the spelling lists are included below.

In Maths this week, we have been working on solving word problems involving all four operations using bar modelling to help understand the problems. The children have worked well, demonstrating good learning skills, but again we should stress the importance of them learning and memorising times tables facts.


English has involved pulling together the learning about Greek and Roman myths as the children have planned and written myths of their own.


We have continued to compare our local area with that of Sheffield in topic learning. This week we have looked at land use in the two areas with the help of Google maps and satellite imagery. The children have been learning about how land is used for agriculture, industry, retail, housing, sport and services.


Our topic in science is electricity and this week we have begun looking at electrical circuits and how these work.

Learning Week Beginning 18th November 2019

The children have worked hard again this week, including follow-up work on our St. Albans trip looking at how the physical features of our local area compare with another UK locality, Sheffield.

This week was also Road Safety Week and Year 4 were visited by the HGV Road Safety Programme sponsored by Gist. Both classes were given a very informative presentation focusing on safety around HGVs, but also on staying safe on and near the road in general. This included the chance to sit in the driver's seat of the cab of an articulated lorry and appreciate both the size of the vehicle and how high up the driver sits and the limits to his or her range of vision.

English this week has focused on grammatical features of texts such as the use of expanded noun phrases and how to punctuate direct speech, all in the context of the topic focus of understanding Greek and Roman myths.

In Maths, we have continued to work on multiplication and division facts, including finding the factors of numbers and how to work out scaling and correspondence problems.

Miss Summers also held a meeting this week to inform parents about the times tables testing that all Year 4 children will be expected to take next June. Unfortunately, the meeting was not well attended, but we should emphasise the importance of children practising and learning their times tables facts in preparation for the test.

St. Alban's Visit

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Learning Week Beginning 11th November 2019


This week was Anti-Bullying Week and the children were introduced to a company called Shogun Karate, who came in to help the children understand what bullying is, the different types of bullying and how to cope with and confront bullying through the concept of " change starts with us".


In Maths, we have continued to work on gaining confidence with multiplication facts and the patterns they produce, again through working with arrays, but also understanding how division is the inverse of multiplication.

We have also looked at the rules of divisibility and how to work out what numbers a number is divisible by.


Our learning in English has again focused on Roman mythology, continuing the story of Venus and how she became enamoured of a mortal, Anchises of Troy and how their son, Aeneas went on to found Rome.


In our topic work, the children have located Sheffield, St. Alban's and Borehamwood on the map of Britain before looking in more detail at some of the features of Sheffield and St. Alban's on local maps. This of course, we followed up with our visit to St. Alban's Cathedral on Friday, which was a great success, with the children learning the story of Alban, Britain's first Christian martyr and taking part in a mosaics workshop.

Learning Week Beginning 4th November 2019


A short week due to Friday's INSET day, but it has been a busy start to the new half-term nontheless.

In English, we have begun a new unit looking at myths, linking back to our Romans topic. In particular, the children were introduced to the story of Venus - how she was formed out of sea-spray, appearing fully formed as an adult and the effect she caused on the other gods of the pantheon. The children wrote notes on their initial impressions before completing diary entries from the point of view of the goddess herself.


The focus in Maths has been on understanding multiplication and learning times tables facts through constructing arrays. This is a particularly important aspect of the children's learning this year, especially since they are expected to have a good command of all times tables facts up to and including the 12 times table by the end of the year. We encourage regular practice of times tables at home and welcome parents' help in encouraging and supporting the children.


Our new topic centres on Saint Alban's in the context of comparing and contrasting localities in the UK. We will also be looking at Sheffield as part of this topic.


Science learning is focusing on electricity and this week we have explored children's initial ideas about what electricity is, the devices that use it and how it is generated.

Fearsome Roman Legionaries

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Learning Week Beginning 21st October 2019


This week we have been rounding off our topic work on the Romans, researching Roman Gods and Goddesses, making mosaics and parading the magnificent shields that children made for homework. A big thank you goes out to mums and dads for their help in configuring and getting homework sent in.


English this week has focused mainly on grammar, spelling and punctuation, as well as focusing on effective strategies for finding information in reading.


Our maths focus has begun to look at multiplication, understanding that this is repeated addition, counting in 6s, 7s, 9s and 25s and looking at the patterns these sequences produce. We have also looked at arrays and how more difficult multiplications can be re-grouped using the distributive law.


Overall, this has been a long half term in which the children have worked hard to become acclimatised to the expectations and challenges in year 4. There have been a lot of successes and we hope that the children have also enjoyed their learning.


A reminder that parents' consultations are on the Wednesday and Thursday (November 6th and 7th) of our first week back after the half-term holiday.

Learning Week Beginning 14th October 2019


Maths this week has focused on formal column subtraction of up to 4-digit numbers, a tricky concept which the children have nevertheless handled well and gained confidence in. They have also continued to practise and improve their skills of estimating and then checking their results.


In English, we have continued our learning on newspaper recounts, looking at newspaper articles in guided reading, going over the features of journalistic recounts and planning newspaper stories related to the children's experiences.


Our topic work has looked at Roman roads, mapping out the important roads in Roman Britain, the routes of which continue to be important highways to this day. We have also begun to design the patterns for our own Roman mosaics.


In science this week, we have looked at the processes of evaporation and condensation.


Finally, please note that there will be a meeting in 4 Dahl classroom at 3:30 on Tuesday 22nd October to introduce and explain our Year 4 residential trip to the PGL centre at Marchants Hill, Surrey, which will take place over 3 days in the last week of the Spring Term (30th March to Ist April).



Learning Week Beginning 7th October 2019


The centrepiece of a busy week was when children carrying shields and dressed as Romans became acquainted with the fearsome Celtic Queen Boudica. She proceeded to drill the children into an effective fighting machine, before teaching them about the pantheon of Roman Gods as well as the kind of things they would find on a Celtic and a Roman menu. We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and the children learned a lot about their topic.


In English we have begun a unit on newspaper reporting and the children's experiences in the workshop on Wednesday provided the stimulus for some very good pieces of report writing.


Maths this week has focused on formal written column addition with 3- and 4-digit numbers. Many of the children have shown that they are comfortable using this method, although we still have work to do on estimating answers before beginning the calculations.


This week, too, following their planning for a fair test last week in Science, the children got to test which of a number of materials including bubble-wrap and foil would be the best at keeping an ice cube intact. The results were interesting, although not necessarily conclusive!


As part of World Mental Health Day, we also read and talked about the book A Huge Bag of Worries, by Virginia Ironside. The children were invited to write down their worries on a post-it and place these on our own Bag of Worries. We then looked at these and sorted them into categories so that children could see how there are strategies for managing our worries, and we spoke about what we have in place as a school to help address individual children's worries.


World Mental Health Day and the Huge Bag of Worries

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Rockin' Roman Recruits

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Learning Week Beginning 30th September 2019

This week in English the children finished writing their stories set in Roman times and again practised proof-reading, editing and peer-marking their work.


In maths, we have continued to focus on mental strategies of addition and subtraction in preparation for more formal, written methods.


The focus in science has been to design a fair test to find out which method is the best to keep an ice cube from melting as long as possible -"Save the Ice Cube!" More on this next week.


Finally, a reminder that next Wednesday afternoon the children have their Roman workshop and are encouraged to bring in something withwhich to dress up as a Roman.


Learning Week Beginning 23rd September 2019


Our focus in PSHE (Physical, Social and Health Education) this week has been on friendships and the games we play on the playground. We have also spoken about the class Worry Monsters and how it is OK to feel upset or frustrated but it is important to talk about our feelings and there are always people in school who we can talk to. Also, in assembly, we spoke about random acts of kindness, linking with our school rules - Be Kind, Be safe, Be involved.


We have continued our work on historical fiction in English, with the children acting out, planning and beginning to write their own stories set in Roman times.


Our learning in maths has focused on mental calculation strategies and skills, including rounding and estimating and the strategies of "think 100" and "think 1000", which involve re-grouping two, three and four digit numbers to make calculations easier to deal with.


In Science, we have been investigating the presence of gases around us, while our topic work has involved designing Roman shields in readiness for our forthcoming Roman workshop.

Learning Week Beginning 16th September 2019


It has been another busy week in Year 4!

In maths we have been estimating the position of numbers on different number lines. Later in the week we learned about rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 where we have used our previous learning of ordering numbers and place value to support us.

In English we have continued looking at the book ‘Gladiator Boy’ and have focused on using our senses to describe a setting. We watched a video to help us get into the role of the character and imagined how we would feel.


In 4V we started to create our door display for our classroom. As our class is named after Queen Victoria we have sketched pictures of her. However, we were only given half of the picture each and so had to work carefully to make sure ours would match our partners half.


Exciting visitor!

This week in assembly, Anthony Ogogo came to visit us and spoke about why it is important to work hard and stay motivated.

Summerswood is also participating in the Aldi scheme: if a family spends £30 or more in Aldi they will get a sticker to put on our school poster.  If we fill the poster we could win £20,000 worth of PE kit.

4D Da Vinci-inspired artwork

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4V Queen Victoria sketches

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4V Queen Victoria sketches 2

Learning Week Beginning 9th September 2019


Hello, and welcome to this year's Year 4 page.

After a week of "Getting to know you" activities, including our Art Project looking at Leonardo Da Vinci, the children have begun the year's learning in earnest. All have settled in well and we have begun by introducing this half-term's topic of The Romans. Linked to this, in English we have begun reading and doing work on the historical fiction story "Gladiator Boy", looking initially at how characters in fiction are presented.

Maths has focused on place value in 4-digit numbers, how to compare and re-order 4-digit numbers, and what happens when adding or subtracting with numbers including crossing the barrier between hundreds and thousands.

We have also begun work on the changing states of materials in Science as well as other areas of the curriculum such as computing, French, PE and RE.

Please be aware that PE lessons are now on Tuesdays and Thursdays. PE kits should be kept in school throughout the half-term so that children always have their PE kit ready.


Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every Monday, so it is ready for whenever it is needed as our timetable changes weekly. 

Please also ensure that your child brings their yellow spelling book into school each Friday, ready for the new spellings to be given. 

Thank you. 


Reminder about PE kit:

Plain white T-shirt

Tracksuit top

Tracksuit bottoms




Please make sure you have everything in your child's PE kit.

Resources to support learning

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