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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to Year 4.


Miss Ruddock is the class teacher and Mrs Murrill is the classroom assistant and will be supporting in class every morning.


Year 4 is the second year of Lower Key Stage 2 and we continue to build upon the foundations developed in Year 3 whilst preparing the children for Upper Key Stage 2.  The children will be encouraged to continue to develop their independence and further develop their responsibility for their personal belongings, learning in school and with their home learning.  


Year 4 is a very exciting and busy year where children will be continuing to develop a range of skills and knowledge alongside discovering and learning lots of exciting new things.  The children will be encouraged to develop their 'Behaviour for Learning'.   We will   work very hard but also have lots of fun learning together.


This year we will cover a variety of skills, knowledge and understanding including the following topics:

  • The Ancient Egyptians
  • The Anglo-Saxons
  • Digestion and teeth
  • Persuasive writing
  • Pablo Picasso


The children will continue to have the opportunity to be involved with many pupil groups around the school.


We look forward to helping Year 4 develop and grow.



Welcome to Year 4 Parent Presentation

Year 4 Curriculum Overview Summer 2022

Week Beginning Monday 20th June 2022 - LI: To compare analogue and digital times

This week was year 4's third and final week learning about time. They participated in 'maths of the day' by racing to match times on an analogue clock, times written in words and times on a digital clock together. 

Week Beginning Monday 13th June 2022 - LI: To investigate gases

This week in Science, year 4 carried out a variety of investigations to find out about gases. We squashed bottles with the lid on and then off to prove that gas is inside the bottle, we weighed a balloon before and after it had been inflated to show that gas does weigh something and we investigated how the smell travels. We also arranged ourselves as the particles in a solid, liquid and gas. 

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June 2022 - Wymondley Wood Residential Trip

This week, the children went to Wymondley Wood on a residential trip. They arrived at Wymondley Wood at 4:30pm on Tuesday 15th where they began activities straight away, starting with a hunt around the field for some leaves with a letter on to unscramble. The children participated in a range of activities including parachute games, den building, camp fire songs, rounders, running noughts and crosses, tree rubbing and natural art. They enjoyed 'Granny's pasta' for dinner on the Tuesday night and then went to bed after a hot chocolate around the camp fire. They were then suitably exhausted and picked up at 2pm on Wednesday. The sun was shining throughout the whole trip and the children behaved beautifully! 

Week Beginning Monday 16th May - LI: To write a poem in the style of Roald Dahl 

Over the past two weeks, year 4 have been learning about poetry in English, focusing particularly on poems written by Roald Dahl. This week the children were able to write their own alternative ending to 'Little Red Riding Hood' in the style of Roald Dahl. They then wrote their poems up neatly and illustrated them in the style of Quentin Blake. 

Week Beginning Monday 9th May 2022 - LI: To add money 

This week in maths, year 4 have been learning about money. They have been converting money from pounds to pence, ordering amounts of money, adding money, rounding money and solving problems. They have worked really hard and are trying hard with their presentation as well as deepening their reasoning skills. 

Week Beginning Monday 3rd May 2022 - LI: To use classification keys to identify living things in the local environment 

In Science, year 4 have been using classification keys to help them identify different types of invertebrate in the nature area. They found lots of different creatures including ants, worms, slugs, snails, beetles and even a green stink bug. 

Week Beginning Monday 25th April - LI: To locate Europe on a world map and find out about it's features

In Geography, year 4 began their new topic about Europe. They started by locating Europe on a world map and were able to name the other 6 continents too. Around the classroom were lots of facts about Europe which the children collated onto a fact file. 

Week Beginning Monday 18th April 2022 - LI: To design, make and evaluate an electrical circuit to create a steady hand game

This week, year 4 have been working hard in DT to make their own steady hand game. They have applied their Science skills of making circuits to use metal wire to make a buzz game. 

Week Beginning Monday 28th March 2022 - LI: To practise times tables up to 12x12

This week in maths, year 4 have been working really hard to improve the speed of their recall for their times tables. They have played a variety of times tables games, made flashcards to remember the difficult calculations and practiced completing the times tables check. They have made excellent progress this week! 

Week Beginning Monday 21st March 2022 - LI: To prepare a savoury quiche 

This week in DT, year 4 were learning about making quiche. They looked at different photos of quiche and used these to help plan which ingredients they would use in their own quiche. They then used their cutting, chopping, mixing and grating skills to make their design. The finished quiches were delicious! 

Week Beginning Monday 14th March 2022 - LI: To open and close a circuit with a switch

Year 4 have been learning about electricity in science and this week focused on the use of switches in a circuit. They discussed why switches were needed in some circuits and experimented with making their own circuit with a switch. 

Friday 4th March 2022 - World Book Day

For World Book Day 2022, year 4 dressed up as characters from any of J K Rowling's books. We read the potions chapter in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and learned about the potions Harry had to make. Then the children decided what potion they wanted to create and the ingredients that would be needed for their potion. 

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 - Ancient Egyptian Day

Today year 4 came into school dressed as Ancient Egyptians. In the morning, Stevenage museum provided us with a workshop where children were able to practice mummifying a body, being archaeologists, writing hieroglyphics and carrying out the weighing of the heart ceremony. Children then spent the rest of the day learning about canopic jars. They learnt about the four canopic jars that were used and looked at different pictures of how they have been created. They then planned and sketched their own canopic jar, choosing an animal to guard their internal organs. Following their sketch, the children then used clay to create 3D models of their canopic jars. They were really proud of how they turned out. When the jars are dry they will be painted and decorated. 

Week Commencing Monday 7th February 2022 - LI: To ask and answer questions about playing respectfully online

As part on internet safety day, year 4 created their own fortune tellers to question each other about how to be safe and respectful online. Some of the questions included: 'Why do games have age restrictions?', 'What does SMART stand for?' and 'What information should you not share online?' 

Week Commencing Monday 31st March 2022 - LI: To find out about the people of Ancient Egypt from artefacts

In history, year 4 were using images of artefacts to solve a crime. They were told that 4 people's tombs had been raided and had to use what was left in the tombs to find out who each tomb belonged to. 

Week Commencing Monday 24th January 2022 - LI: To understand how ears hear sound

In Science, year 4 learnt about the structure of the ear and how it hears sound. They wrote descriptions explaining how the ear works as if they were travelling through the ear canal. Lots of the children chose to be very creative with their writing. 

Week Commencing Monday 17th January 2022 - LI: To explore how the 10 commandments show commitment 

In RE, year 4 learnt about the 10 commandments in Christianity and how Christians choose to follow these to show their commitment to God. They ordered the 10 commandments into the diamond 9, placing the commandment that they thought was the most important at the top. The children then came up with their own 10 commandments deciding their own rules that they believe people should follow. 

Week Commencing Monday 10th January 2022 - LI: To perform using stage directions

This week, year 4 have been reading and writing play scripts. They acted out a scene from James and the giant peach ensuring that their character followed the stage directions carefully. 

Week Commencing Monday 13th December 2021 - LI: To conclude from an observational experiment 

Over the past week, year four have set up an experiment investigating which drinks effect the enamel on your teeth. This week, they took the eggs out of the liquids and observed the changes that the drinks had made. They then concluded which drinks are best for your teeth. Water and milk came out on top! 

Week Commencing Monday 6th December 2021 - LI: To make a Christmas stocking

This week, year 4 have been working extremely hard to create their own stocking for Christmas. They looked at designs of existing stockings before practising different stitches and decorations. The children then planned their own stocking and spent two mornings bringing it to life. 

Week Commencing Monday 29th November 2021 - LI: To understand and describe how settlements are connected

Year 4 enjoyed using the maps to identify which roads linked different towns and cities this week in Geography. They identified different A roads and motorways which would get them from a specific place to a different destination. 

Week Commencing Monday 15th November 2021 - LI: To practise times tables

In maths, year 4 have been practising their times tables. Today they used purple mash to play some times tables games. They enjoyed playing monster multiplication, 2race and using the multiplication times tables check. 

Week Commencing Monday 8th November 2021 - LI: To identify different types of teeth

This week in Science, year 4 began to learn about teeth. They learnt about the 5 different types of teeth - incisors, canine, pre molar, molar and wisdom teeth. They then used mirrors to identify which teeth they have and which teeth they are missing. 

Week Commencing Monday 1st November 2021 - LI: To understand how different countries celebrate festivals (Diwali focus)

This week, year 4 have enjoyed performing a play about Diwali to the rest of the school and to their grown ups. They retold and acted out the story or Rama and Sita being sent into exile for 14 years. Year 4 also spent their RE lesson learning how different countries celebrate Diwali and compared the similarities and differences. 

Week Commencing Monday 18th October 2021 - LI: To write a non-chronological report 

This week in English, year 4 have been writing their own non-chronological report about an animal of their choice to link to our science topic 'Animals and humans'. The children have research lots of information about their animal and included a front cover, contents page, subheadings, paragraphs and lots of pictures. 

Week Commencing Monday 11th October 2021 - LI: To interpret Picasso's art

This week, year 4 began learning about Pablo Picasso in art. They looked at the blue period, rose period and abstract period and interpreted some of his paintings from these times. They also looked at drawing faces using the correct proportions and had a go themselves. 

Week Commencing Monday 4th October 2021- LI: To write a myth

Over the past 4 weeks, year 4 have been learning about different Roman myths and the features included in myths. They spent a week writing their myth and then published them as their own myth book with a front cover and detailed pictures. 

Week Commencing Monday 27th September 2021 - Yoga - LI: To practise different yoga balances

Over the past five weeks, year 4 have enjoyed taking part in weekly yoga sessions. This week they were practising different yoga balances including the flying flamingo and tree pose. 

Week Commencing Monday 20th September 2021 - LI: To understand how Hindus celebrate Diwali

Year 4 have been learning about the story of Rama and Sita. This week we focused on the Hindu festival of light 'Diwali' and what Hindus do to celebrate their new year. 

Week Commencing Monday 13th September - LI: To increase confidence in dance

In dance this week, year 4 were practicing their straight leg kicks across the hall. Then they were encouraging each other during confidence circle where one child performs a move in the middle of the circle for the others to copy. The lesson was finished off with some theatre dance where the children had to use their bodies to become different objects or people including Venus the goddess of love. 

Week commencing Monday 6th September LI: To label the main parts of the digestive system

In Science, Year 4 have begun our Animals including humans topic. We looked at the organs involved in the digestive system and labelled the outline of our own bodies.