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Year 4

Message from class teacher

Welcome to Year 4 with  Mrs Plumb and Mrs Wilson.

Year 4 is a safe, fun and happy environment, where pupils grow in confidence and independence as they strive to achieve their full potential.

Facts about the teacher

    • Mrs Plumb loves singing and everything Disney.

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Throughout the year, Year 4 cover a range of work. Where possible links will be made with Literacy and Numeracy.

In the Autumn term we will be heading back in time, as we focus on the Anglo Saxons and Vikings during our Invaders and Settlers Topic. We will look at the Saxon way of life; investigating and exploring their homes, clothing, food, weapons and much more!  In Science we will be looking at living things and their habitats. We will use or DT lessons to create our very own Saxon village and in Geography we will uncover the mystery of Sutton Hoo.

Our Spring topic is the Tudors. We will be looking at King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth, and what it would have been like to live in the Tudor times. We will use a number of stories set in the Tudor times to help with our Literacy work, including Shakespeare and Oliver Twist and look at the Roman numerals that were used by the Tudors as part of Numeracy.  In D&T we will be making and inventing some of our own Tudor food recipes and be creating a Tudor Dance piece, in our PE lessons. We will continue to work with Durham Music Service to work on our singing and recorder skills, whilst also looking at some music from the Tudor times.

Our Summer topic is the much loved children’s author David Walliams. We will be delving into a number of his books, and creating our own humorous stories, including an escape plan for Grandpa in Grandpa’s Great Escape! We will be inventing our own Billionaire making inventions, like the BumFresh toilet roll. In Geography we will be taking part in a political discussion with the heavily fragrant Mr Stink about community environmental problems and what can be done about them.

Term Curriculum


In our Maths lessons this  term we will be concentrating on the following topics:
    • Measuring mass by converting between different units
    • Converting time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks
    • Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to 2 decimal places and writing their decimal equivalents
    • Multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout
    • Recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations 
    • Subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate
    • Solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why


In our English lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following topics:
    • Reading and writing our own Shakespeare inspired play scripts
    • Writing biographies of famous Tudors Henry VIII and Elizabeth I of England
    • Reading and writing their own Tudor Odes and Insults
    • Learning about stories in familiar settings related to the Tudors – King Henry VIII’s Shoes The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King (Terry Deary)
    • Children will also focus on improving punctuation, sentences and vocabulary in all aspects of their writing
    • Improving the legibility of their handwriting, ensuring letters are consistently accurate in size and formation. progressing to an accurate joined-up style


In our Science lessons this  term we will be concentrating on the following topics:


    • How sounds are made and how they travel?
    • How we can change the pitch of sound?
    • Can all animals hear sounds?
    • What is an echo?


    • How do circuits work?
    • How can you light a light bulb?
    • What type of materials conduct electricity?
    • How are electrical conductors and insulators used?




    • History – History of the Tudors, War of the Roses, Henry VIII and his wives, Spanish Armada,
    • Geography – Local geographical Tudor history
    • Design Technology – Tudor embroidery, design and create a jousting game
    • Art – create portraits of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth
    • How to win a jousting duel podcast
    • create and video a Henry VIII dating advert

    Religious Education

    • What do Christians believe about Jesus?
    • What is Lent?

 Trips and Events

Trips and Events
    • Every Tuesday pm – Ukulele music lesson led by Durham Music Services
    • 16th Jan – Destination Judo taster session
    • 24th Jan – School Photographer 
    • 20th Feb – Sports Skills Event, Alun Armstrong Centre
    • 9th Feb – Wind in the Willows Production
    • 9th Feb – break up for half term
    • 20th/21st March – Parent’s evening
    • 28th March – KS2 Talent Show




      • Tuesday – Reading books handed in and given out
      • Wednesday – Children will be given a short task to complete/discuss, in preparation for WOW writing on Thursday
      • Friday – spellings to learn and short piece of homework given, related to the week’s work.

    Things to remember

      • PE Kit –  Monday & Friday
      • Ukulele – Tuesday
      • Pocket Reader – signed and returned every Tuesday
      • Homework by: WOW – Thursday am, Spellings – Friday, Topic activity – Tuesday