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Times tables

At the moment, we are focusing on our 11 and 12 times tables. Please watch the videos with us to help us learn our tables at home.

11 Times Table Song

12 Times Table Song

Summer 2

Thrive - 16.06.21

Today we have been looking at using "tapping" to regulate our emotions (calm ourselves down). We watched this video and we came up with a list of sentences that we can say to ourselves while we are tapping. The video that we used today is below.

Reading - 16.06.21

We started off the lesson today by watching the clip below and discussing the stage directions that were used and what we would write if we were the play write. Then we worked in small groups to act out scene one and using the stage directions to help us. We have really enjoyed using Oliver Twist as our reading text over the last two weeks.

Reading - 09.06.21

Our reading text for this week is Oliver Twist which was written by Charles Dickens. We are looking at chapter 2 where the children are in the workhouse. We started the lesson by watching a clip of Oliver! and we gave our impression of the boys, the building and the food. We then moved onto looking at the meaning of words and phrases because the author has used language that we don't use today. The clip that we watched is below.

Writing - Non-Fiction - 09.06.21

This week we have started our new unit of writing which is a newspaper report. We have watched the video below which shows how people have tried to help an undiscovered creature that has been washed up on the beach. We are going to be watching this video during a lot of our sentence staking lessons. 

Sensational Starter - 08.06.21

Today we started off our History unit of work with a Victorian afternoon tea party. We made our own cucumber sandwiches for the tea party and we designed our own brooch or tie to wear because we were part of the upper class. In the afternoon, we practised folding napkins in the same way as Victorians and we went outside for our afternoon tea. We tried a lot of typical Victorian food which included our cucumber sandwiches, cheese seftons, carrot sticks, Victoria sponge cake and brown bread ice cream. We finished the afternoon off by playing some parlour games in the classroom. We have enjoyed the afternoon and we really liked the brown bread ice cream! We have been asking Miss Vickers for the recipe which we can see by using the link below.

Summer 1

Science - 28.05.21
today we had a whole day dedicated to plants. This was the unit of work that we did not cover in Year 3 due to the lockdown. We looked at the different parts of a plant, we looked in more detail at flowers, we learned what plants need to survive, how water is transported through the pant and we even planted our own Dwarf French Bean.

Art - 27.05.21
Over the past few weeks, we have been working hard on our final piece of art work which is a tolerance flag. Today we finished them off and Started a second flag. We have made two different types to show tall of the new skills that we have learned during this topic. We used a brayed to apply the paint to our styrofoam pieces and then placed that onto a piece of card. We are really happy with the final products. 

Writing - 27.05.21

Today we had our class discussion. We looked at the for and against arguments that we created in previous lessons and used these to help us. We really enjoyed the discussion and Miss Vickers was really proud of all of us. 

Writing - 19.05.2021

We have started a new unit of writing today. We played a tolerance game where we had to decide what we can tolerate and what we can’t tolerate from a list of different things. Some of the things we looked at were vegetables, films and behaviours. Next, we had to place the, on the tolerance line that was in the middle of our classroom. The final part of the lesson had us placing a why card and a reverse card next to statements on the line. We had a go at discussing our reasons why we placed the item there and our own opinions for where it should go. This is going to help us over the next week with our writing.

Drumming - 18.05.2021

Today was our last drumming lesson and we had a brilliant time. We had to split the class into two and we played different parts of a song. Clare was really impressed with us and knew that we could challenge ourselves. We then had a go at increasing the tempo (playing it faster) and everyone was really impressed with how fast we were able to play. We also tried playing another song as a round and we also had a go at creating our own class song using any rhythm from our previous lessons. 

Song 1

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Song 1 - increasing the tempo

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Song 2 - round

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Song 3 - class composition

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Reading - Week 5

Our reading lessons this week have changed to what we normally do. We have a special visit from Jenny McLachlan (author of The Land Of Roar) on Friday and we have been doing some work that links with her book.


Monday - We made a prediction for what we think will happen in Return to Roar which is going to be our next class book. We have also created some questions that we would like Jenny to answer on Friday.

Tuesday - We had a go at drawing our own map for Roar and Miss Vickers is going to send some of them to Jenny to see what we have been up to.

Wednesday - We had a go at creating our own villain for Roar. We drew pictures of 3 different animals and cute them up. Next, we put the different parts together to create our own creature. Miss Vickers made one called a Lshwasp which was part lion, shark and wasp.

Learning Journey - 14.05.2021

Our lesson today focused on learning a new art skill. We practised using tracing paper to transfer an image into out sketch book. Miss Vickers told us that we will be using this on our final piece of work in a few weeks. 

Drumming - 11.05.2021

During the lesson today, we created our own class composition. We really enjoyed making this and Miss Vickers is very proud of the hard work that we have done over that last 7 weeks. Have a look at part of our class composition below.

4V’s song

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Reading - 07.05.2021
We looked at our class book today. We read some more of the book and we also created the gist of the story so far. This is when we look at who is in the story, what has happened so far, when the story is set, where the story takes and place and why some things happen. We also discussed what words we could use to describe Podkin and we discussed why we would use these words.

Music - 06.05.2021

During our lesson with Mrs Marsh today, we used bells to play Mamma Mia. We were using our music reading skills to play the right notes in the right places. We have really enjoyed using different instruments in our music lessons.

Mamma Mia with bells

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Drumming - 04.05.2021

We really enjoyed the lesson today because we were creating our own drum beats for different food that we like. We also played a game called switch and two of us were the leader this week. We can’t wait for our next lesson.

Our amazing drumming

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Music - 29.04.21

During our music lesson with Mrs Marsh today, we played our glockenspiels to Mamma Mia by ABBA. We have been working on this over the past few weeks. Mrs Marsh and Miss Vickers were really proud of our hard work. Watch our videos below to see us playing our instruments. 

Mamma Mia

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Writing - 27.04.21

We have started our sentence stacking lessons for our new story unit today. Our book is a picture book called Journey by Aaron Becker. We can’t wait to find out what happens in plot point 2 tomorrow!

Writing - 23.04.21

This week we have been learning all about Haiku poems. They are a Japanese poem that has a total of 7 syllables. We wrote our own poems about a dog, a cat and the summer and published them today. Have a look at our fantastic Haikus below.

Learning Journey - Sensational Starter - 20.04.21

Our topic for this half term is British Values and Jasper Johns. We started off our learning by looking at what it means to be British. We discussed what makes us British and what it actually means to be British. We then worked with our partner to make a collage to answer the question: What does it mean to be British? We used lots of different pictures that show British life. Have a look at our work below.

Drumming - 20.04.21

During the lesson today, we found out that the Djembe drum is used in Africa as a way to communicate (talk) to each other. We had a go at having conversations with a our partner using the drum. Our drumming teachers and Miss Vickers were really proud of how hard we worked today.

Writing - 20.04.21

We started a new unit today which is all about Haiku poetry. We learned about what a Haiku poem is and we then looked at syllables. We had a go at finding syllables in our names and given words. Miss Vickers then gave us Haikus with missing words which meant we had to figure out how many syllables were missing from each line. 

Spring 2

Writing - 01.04.21

Our lesson today was centred around poetry. We looked at a poem written by Michael Rosen called “Don’t”. We started the lesson off by watching the video below and practising the poem with our partner in a similar style to Michael Rosen. After, we had a go at creating a list of dos and don’ts for our parents, a teacher or a sibling. We used these lists to create our own Don’t poem. We really enjoyed our morning and can’t wait to look at poetry when we come back after Easter.

Drumming - 30.03.21

Clare gave us all some sticks as part of the lesson today. We used them to tap out the rhythm of a song that we have been learning. This helped us when we were using the Djembe drum. We also spoke about the pulse of a piece of music and identifying rests. 


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Learning Journey - 26.03.21

Our lesson today was looking at clay techniques. We rolled and cut the clay in a square shape to create a plaque for our work. We then used different tools to create the shape of the Arc de Triomphe which we decorated to look like it was in front of The Peak District. We really enjoyed the lesson and Miss Vickers was extremely proud of all of us.

Drumming - 23.03.21

Today we played a call and response game by following the video below. We also looked at creating our own rhythm as a group by clapping output positions in a line. We also used our Djembe drum in the lesson to learn a new song.

Learning Journey - 22.03.21

Today we looked three artists who are well known for their work in France. They were Georges Seurat, Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gough’s work after he moved to Paris. We then applied Seurat’s pointillism technique to our own art work. We drew a picture of The Peak District and coloured it in using felt tip pens. We really enjoyed the lesson today.

Writing - 22.03.21

We have spent our writing lesson today planning a story that we are going to be writing this week. We had to draw a picture of the 6 plot points, make notes to help us when we write and think of interesting vocabulary that we want to use in our story. The picture below is a WAGOLL plan.

Red Nose Day - 19.03.21

We have really enjoyed dressing up as superheroes today. Have a look at our costumes below.

Writing - 19.03.21

Today we had an experience day that will help us with our independent writing next week. We went outside to look at different objects in nature and we created a bank of adjectives to describe them. We came into the classroom and created a bank of thoughts and feelings before we drew our animals that we are going to include in our own stories next week. 

Maths - 19.03.21

Our learning object today was I can draw and measure lines accurately so our lesson included measuring lines in cm and mm along with drawing lines of different lengths. We then compared our answers to the answer of our partner. We enjoyed the lesson today.

Writing - Our Class Sentence Stack

Science - 15.03.21

Today we were looking at classification keys for different animals. We worked in pairs to create our own classification key and we used key questions. We really enjoyed making our classification keys and we especially enjoyed writing on our tables!

Drumming - 15.03.21

Over the next few weeks we are going to be having drumming lessons on a Tuesday afternoon. We started the lesson today by looking at the rhythm of some songs and identifying the beat. We were able to help our teachers with a song using different parts of the drum.

Drumming - Lesson 1

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Science - 09.03.21

Four our lesson today, we went into forest school and along the trim trail to find different creatures. We managed to find worms, beetles, woodlice and other invertebrates. We then tried to identify which type of invertebrate we had found.


Thrive - 08.03.21

During our last whole class video call, we all told Miss Vickers that we were a little worried about coming into school. For our Thrive session today, we talked and out who we can talk to when we are worried and made a worry doll. We are going to use these whenever we are worried.

Writing - 08.03.21

This half term we are going to be looking at the book Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf. Today we had a day where we were making predictions about the book. We know that it is a wishing tale so we also looked at what wishes the children in the story could make. 

Spring 1

Welcome back to school in this Spring Term. This term in certainly going to be a term that no one expected but children are still going to make the best progress they can and we still have lots of exciting things planned for them. Lessons are going to be slightly different but we still plan to teach children all the things they would have had in school. Each and every child in 4V has made a fantastic start and they have done amazingly well at adapting to online learning. I am very proud of you all so well done to all the children and families at home for this. 


Keep an eye out on the Year group page to see our amazing work through online learning. 


Miss Vickers

Autumn 2

Elfie visiting 4V

1st December We found out that Elfie had been really naughty in the North Pole because she wasn’t social distancing from the other elves. Santa sent her for a Covid Test before she came to visit us. She used her elf magic to leave a note on one of our chairs.

2nd December - When we came in this morning, we couldn’t find Elfie because she was hiding. It took a long time for us to find her.

3rd December - Elfie was very naughty last night. She moved to our bookshelf and has scribbled all over the song Santa Claus is Coming to Town. She said that it was rubbish! We are not happy with her.

4th December - This morning, we found Elfie hiding inside the pile of volcanoes at the back of our classroom and she had done something very naughty. She went into our trays and took one of our pencil cases. 

7th December - When we walked in the classroom today, we saw that Elfie had written us a note to say that she had cancelled all of our lessons. Miss Vickers told us that this was a trick because we actually had a reading test.

8th December - This morning, we saw that Elfie had been trapped inside the fan by Timmy (4R elf). He even made a note to asking for help! Poor Elfie!

9th December - All of the elves in Year 4 decided to decorate our corridor with tinsel. It looked amazing and we really liked it.

10th December - Elfie decided to hide from us today because it took us a long time to find her. She was inside the big volcano book that is on our bookcase.

11th December - When we got to school this morning, we found Elfie hanging from the washing line in the classroom.
14th December - Elfie was hanging in our word net this morning and had written a definition for herself. She said that she was the best thing alive. We know she is wrong!

15th December - Today we saw Elfie riding a huge unicorn on top of the cupboard in our classroom. We thought it was Miss Vickers’ unicorn but she told us that it appeared overnight.

16th December - Elfie had been naughty last night because she was sat in the glitter tub at the back of the classroom and she had thrown glitter all over the side. Miss Vickers wasn’t very happy.

17th December - Today is our last day with Elfie (thank goodness) and she did the naughtiest thing we have seen her do. She wrapped our trays and bookcases in wrapping paper. She also threw paper all over the tables in our classroom and told us that she has stolen our presents. We really hope she hasn’t!!

Christmas Week

We have been doing a lot of different Christmas activities this week like making cards, calendars and decorations. We have had a lot of fun and we are really excited for Christmas! Keep an eye out for our calendars and decorations.

Learning Journey - 07.12.20

We looked at tsunami today in our lesson and we learned about how they happen and what damage it causes. We now know that the word tsunami is a Japanese word that means harbour wave and it is a giant wave that travels from the middle of the ocean to the shore. We looked at what happened during the tsunami in Japan on 11th March 2011. We watched the video below to have a look at the damage that was caused.

We had a go at recreating a mini tsunami in the classroom using mud, water and a whiteboard. Have a look at the pictures below to see how we did this.

Magical Middle - 04.12.20

We had a really exciting morning today because we had the man from Prime VR come into school. We used the VR headsets to explore volcanoes and look at the different types (active, dormant and extinct). We looked inside a volcano at the magma and we were able to share our knowledge of the different parts of a volcano with or visitor. We really enjoyed the experience. 

Learning Journey - 02.12.20

Today we finished off our volcanoes by painting them. We tried to make it look like they had erupted and we are really happy with the final result.have a look at our pictures below to see us as brilliant artists.

Maths - 01.12.20

In maths today, we were measuring the perimeter of different objects in the classroom. We measured all of the sides of the object and then added them together to get the perimeter of the objects. Have a look at the pictures to see our measuring and to see an example of how we found the perimeter.

Learning Journey - 30.11.20

For our lesson today, we have learned how to use papier-mâché and we used this to make our own volcanoes. We tore up pieces of scrap paper first and then we tore up some kitchen roll to make our final layer. Some of of us decided to make a stratovolcano and some of us made a shield volcano. Look back here on Wednesday to see what they look like once we have painted them.

Maths - 24.11.20

Our LO in Maths today was I can find equivalent lengths and we were looking at cm (centimetres) and mm (millimetres). Our task included measuring different objects around the classroom and converting them from cm to mm. We really enjoyed this lesson today.

Learning Journey - Week 4

This week we are writing a poem based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We learnt about what happened on 24th August 79AD and we learned a lot of new words too. We watched an animation that shows what the people in Pompeii saw and heard on that terrible day. We asked Miss Vickers to put it on here so we can watch it with you at home. Check back here for some of our wonderful poems.

Writing - 20.11.20

In writing today, we were looking at compound and complex sentences. We know that a compound sentence uses co-ordinating conjunctions and complex sentences use subordinating conjunctions. To help us with our learning, we played a conjunction game which was really fun. 

Reading - 13.11.20

To start our lesson today we developed the gist of our class book. We then further explored the book by thinking about what we like about the book, what we don't like about the book, the themes that are explored and we wrote a list of questions. We also made a prediction about what we think is going to happen next. Have a look at the gist we created below.

Maths - 13.11.20

Today we were looking at finding fractions of amounts in Maths and we used counters below. We found the counters useful and Miss Vickers wrote on the table to help some of us. Have a look below at how we used the counters with our learning.

Writing - Week 1

We are looking at poetry this half term and we are focusing on using 3 of our senses. We watched videos to help us with what we see and what we can hear during an earthquake. 

Our see video.

Our hear video.

Alliteration - 05.11.20 

Today we looked at alliteration and we found out that this is when we use two or more words together that have the same sound at the start. We enjoyed watching the video below where we looked at what happened to different objects during the earthquake. We then thought of adjectives that started with the same letter as the noun.


Everything everywhere ended up on the floor. 

Three words in this sentence all start with the letter e.

Reading - Week 1 - Alice in Wonderland

This week we are looking at Alice in Wonderland and we have really enjoyed this text. On Wednesday, we developed the GIST where we answer: WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? Our class GIST is below.

Sensational Starter - 02.11.20

Today we had a great start to our Geography unit of work - How deadly are natural disasters? We were part of the Crisis Response team and had to investigate the damage that happened after the earthquake. We then learned about the different layers of the earth and how an earthquake happens. We also learned about drop, cover, hold on and created a safety video for our friends and family. Have a look below at our pictures from today.

Safety Video

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Safety Video

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Autumn 1

RE - 05.10.20

In RE, we are learning about the special relationship between God and Jews. This week we looked at how Jews remember the promises that they have made with God by using a Shema (a prayer) and a Mezuzah which is placed on the doorposts of Jewish homes. We designed our own Mezuzah that could be used by a Jewish family.

Writing - 05.10.2020

We have started off our new writing unit today which links to our class book. We had a visit from Violet Baudelaire who answered our questions. We asked her about how she felt when she met Justice Strauss and Count Olaf and how she felt when Mr Poe left them with Count Olaf. We found out that she really doesn't like him and neither do we!

A visit from Violet

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Magical Middle - 30.09.2020

Today we made Roman amphitheaters as part of our Magical Middle for Learning Journey. This was our first DT project of Year 4 and we really enjoyed our day. We have learned how to use a craft knife and hot glue gun safely and developed our cutting skills. Have a look at the pictures below of our work.

Miss Vickers was really proud of how hard we worked today and proud that we had no major injuries!

Writing - 24.09.2020

In writing, we are looking at writing a rhyming poem about Roman weaponry coming alive at midnight. One of the features that we have learnt about today is personification. Miss Vickers told us that this is when an object (like a shield) does something that a human can do.


Example: The shield stood proud in the middle of the campsite while the flames danced in the fire.


We also watched the video below which is really catchy. We have been singing it whenever Miss Vickers mentions personification!

Reading - 23.09.2020

Today we looked at our second Non-Fiction text which was all about Boudicca. We looked at what she was like as a leader and we all decided that we would prefer to follow her rather than the Roman emperors that we looked at on Monday (Claudius and Hadrian). We watched the video below to start our lesson.

Sensational Starter - 08.09.2020

Today we had a visit from Lee who came in to tell us all about Roman life in Britain. While he was here, we looked at what the Romans brought with them to Britain, battle strategies and we looked at real Roman artefacts. We also looked at the different weapons that were used in battles between the Celts and Roman soldiers. We really enjoyed the day and it was a great way to start our Learning Journey. Have a look at the pictures below of our awesome day.