Welcome to Year 4!

Our Teacher is Miss Newson and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Dannatt.

Hello and welcome to Year 4!

Key Information:

We begin the day at 8:45am and finish at 2:45pm (plenty of time to be historians, artists, mathematicians, scientists and so much more).

We enter and leave school through the main playground doors.

Our PE days are Tuesday (outdoor) and Thursday (indoor) but please make sure you bring both your indoor and outdoor kits every Monday morning.

Spellings will be set every Friday and tested the following Friday.

What we will be learning this half term:

English: Our English lessons this half term will be linked to our History topic. We shall be reading a book called 'Romans on the Rampage'.

Maths: We will be focusing on Number and Place Value and practice our times tables as much as possible.

Science: States of Matter

History: Romans

Geography: Planning a Journey

RE: Creation of the World

PSHE: Relationships

Art: Printing Onto Different Materials

DT: Designing and Creating a Catapult

ICT: E-Safety

PE: Gymnastics


Times Tables: It is really important that your child knows all of their times tables so please practice at home.

Reading: Please read regularly with your child and make sure to bring their reading books and diaries into school everyday for Book Club.

Spellings: Your child will be tested on their spellings every Friday.

History: The image on the right is the history homework for this half term. This is not compulsory but feel free to be as creative as possible!

history hmwrk website.docx

Please Take a look at our classroom

we hope you love it!

Remember to use Espresso at home.

Your login details can be found in the front of your reading diary.

What is Espresso?

Espresso is the UK's leading educational digital content company. It is available for parents and children to use at home. The aim is to transform learning at home by providing high-quality educational resources. Espresso Primary is an easy-to-use and constantly growing library of digital educational resources. Everything on Espresso supports the National Curriculum and the classroom work which we do here at Shafton Primary. Children can log on to this resource at home by using their log in details given to them by their teacher.

Just a little reminder to keep playing on Times Tables Rock Stars. It is a good way to keep practising those tables and keep your speed up in answering questions. Your username and password are in the front of your reading diary.

Also if you play in the studio area and earn a certificate keep a look out in your school email for it. Keep TT Rocking!

Miss Newson x

Take a Look At Some Of Last Year's Learning!

Remarkable Competitions

Our academy trust AET have set up various competitions to celebrate how remarkable we are. So far we have entered; photography, art, dance and innovations. Mrs Kelly was particularly proud of our inventions. Take a look at some of our work.

Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas from Year 3/4.mp4

We are really enjoying our Christmas celebrations in school. We had a lovely Christmas dinner, fun was had by all; pulling cracking, singing and eating a wonderful meal. We have also been preparing a practising our Christmas songs and dance moves in preparation for this video! Enjoy!

In our last week on term we will of course be continuing our hard work but also enjoying a Christmas party in class. So watch out for more photographs being uploaded of the special afternoon!

We had so much fun at our Christmas Party. We enjoyed singing along to music, playing games and sharing tasty treats. We loved our little party bags filled with Christmas toys from Mrs Kelly too. Thank you to those parents who also donated treats for the children. It was very kind of you!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Love Mrs Kelly, Miss Sands and Mrs Martin x


Electricity has been one of our favourite topics so far. We have learned about the dangers of electricity, circuits and why a circuit may not work, sources of electricity and conductors and insulators. We've had lots of fun making our own circuits with switches and investigating why they don't always work.

Remembrance Day

11th November 2020

Remembrance Day Celebrations.mp4

Remembrance day is such an important time in Britain.

A time to show respect and give thanks to all those who served in the war.

Take a look at some of the wonderful pieces of work year 3/4 have completed to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Jacob and Bennie have written their own versions of Flanders Fields and have blown me away with their compassion and thoughtful choice of words throughout.

Black history month

October 2020

October is Black History month in England. It is a time to recognise that people haven't always been treated equally, just because of the colour of their skin. We have been learning about key people, such as Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Mary Seacole, who have helped to change the future lives of black people and brought racial equality to our world. We also chose Bruno Mars to find out more about and created a fact file about him and his life. We learnt that he supports lots of charities linked with children. Here is our display in the corridor which shows our wonderful work.

Bonfire Art

In our Art lesson on the 5th November, we created firework pictures. We cut out a stencil of a skyline and used pastels to create the smoky fireworks. We smudged the colours to make it look foggy and when we lifted the stencil it looked very effective! We had lots of fun doing this.


On our harvest day, we looked at poems about harvest and autumn time and performed some of these aloud using actions too. We then used these to help us create our own acrostic poetry. Inspired by the romans, we created beautiful leaf mosaics in autumn colours. We also decorated pumpkins in autumn colours and printed golden leaves on one using a stencil.

National Recycling Week

21st September - 27th September

We have a brand new Eco- team in our school and we are proud to announce Tommy and Maisie, the representatives for our class. Well done! Both children gave an excellent speech about why they should be chosen and showed they were passionate about recycling!

This week we learnt about the importance of recycling. David Attenborough has a great TV program that talks about the realities of waste on our planet and the devastation it is causing. We found out some SHOCKING statistics! After watching this, Year 3/4 wanted to make more people in school aware of what was happening and encourage them to recycle more. We created posters to inform people about why they should recycle and help them to understand how to recycle particular materials.

The Romans

We have already been fascinated with learning about The Romans and their invasion of Britain. We LOVE our Roman area where we can dress up, role play using the Roman Small world figures and research more about their lives.

States of matter

In our science lessons, we have been learning about Solids, Liquids and Gases. We have learnt how each state behaves and properties of states of matter. We really enjoyed investigating melting points of different types of chocolate! We made sure we kept the test fair by using the same temperature of water, the same timer and the same amount of chocolate. We only changed the types of chocolate. It was so much fun and we even got to eat some chocolate afterwards! We found out that white chocolate melted first so must have a lower melting point than milk and dark chocolate.

Henri Matisse

Our art topic is printing. We have been looking at a famous French artist called Henri Matisse. We have taken inspiration for our harvest art work from a piece called Sheaf. We draw leaves and cut them out on polystyrene. Then we used these to print our designs onto our page. We used autumn colours and think they will look great when finished!

This is the Famous Sheaf piece created by Henri Matisse in 1953.