Year 4 – Esther

Welcome to Year 4 2017.


We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday. In Esther class this year your teacher will be Mrs Mattholie and your teaching assistant will be Mrs Pollard.


Please click Year 4  to read our class newsletter for this autumn term 2017. In this newsletter you will learn all about our new class name, the learning we will be focusing on this term, routines and reminders for homework and spelling plus important dates for your diary. Keep checking back for some more new learning as we progress this term.


Romulus and Remus

This new term Year 4 are looking at the Romans! We have already created our KWL grid saying what we already know about them, and what we would like to know!

We are going to be learning all about Roman Gods, soldiers and the invasion into Britain!



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In Year 4 as part of our Theme we went to visit Slimbridge. We learnt all about mammals, in particular beavers and otters, and even got to see a real beaver skin! We had a chance to explore different clues about beavers and use this and our knowledge from our Theme lessons to guess what adaptations it has and why they have them!

We also had a chance to walk around the center and feed a wide variety of different birds! To show our excitement and enthusiasm about such a wonderful trip we decided to create our own mannequin challenge to capture this. Please click on the movie link to view.


Sea Life Centre Trip!

In year 4 we went to the Sea Life Centre as part of our Theme learning! We had a chance to explore many parts of the underwater world, including rock pools where we could touch and feel real starfish!

We also had a chance to explore different types of coral and learn about how they are becoming an endangered species, as well as looking at a variety of different water creatures such as jelly fish, octopus’s, eel’s, otters and penguins!

We will be using our experience from the Sea Life Centre in our Theme learning throughout the end of this term.

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Theme Learning in Y4

… The Jabberwocky

Through the Autumn term our theme is based around Lewis Carroll’s famous poem ‘The Jabberwocky’, we will  be exploring different biomes focusing on the ocean and coral reefs. Later on in the term  we will be looking closely at rivers and their journey they take from source to sea.

Within out Theme we had a look at different habitats that animals live in and how they are adapted to them! In year 4 we looked at ‘The Jabberwocky’ and tried to imagine what kind of habitat it lived in! We created our own Jabberwocky masks to show what we think it looks like from it’s habitat!


We have also started looking at rivers and using Atlas’s to find different rivers around the world.

Year 4 theme – Term 5 and 6 2015

… Kensuke’s Kingdom

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‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ is the theme in Y4 this term. Through the exciting book by Michael Morpurgo, we will be exploring the different biomes around the world and how the creatures and plants in each are adapted to their environment. Later on in the term, we will be looking at rivers and the journey they take from source to sea. We will even be making our own river basins. Much of our artwork will be based around camouflage, water and the work of artist Claude Monet. As the weather continues to improve, we will be venturing into our school grounds and looking at our local habitat. We are excited to be finding out more about the amazing world in which we live!


Y4 Attend the Science Festival

When we went to the science festival, we learnt a lot of interesting facts that we didn’t know about. Our favourite thing was about the angler fish and how its special light works to see in the dark. A lady called Fran Scott asked children what was the best way to get ketchup out of a glass bottle. Fallon said whack it and Pierce said scoop it out with a knife. They had a race and to whack it was the best method. We had lots of fun and we thought it was the best trip ever! By Fallon Beeson and Robyn O’Loughlin Y4


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Year 4 theme – Term 3 and 4 2015

… James and the Giant Peach


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Y4’s theme this term is based around the much-loved book, “James and the Giant Peach,” by Roald Dahl. In this story, various insects swallow the magic crocodile tongues and your child will discover what happens when they put food in their mouths and where it goes once they swallow. They will learn all about animals and the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. After half-term, they will investigate food chains and explore what many of these animals eat. Having studied what animals eat, the children will investigate human food and what happens to things when they are heated or cooled. We will end our theme by looking at healthy eating and the children will have the opportunity to design and make their own smoothies!

Year 4 theme – Term 3 and 4 2014

… Savage Earth!


This term year 4/5’s them is Savage Earth. We will be looking at where our world is in space and why it is unique. We will move on to study the importance of the water cycle on our planet, learn about day and night and our seasons.

After half-term will be using chocolate bars to show what our world is made of, erupting volcanoes and creating tornados! We will use maps to discover where these natural phenomena occur and why.

We will also be reading the book, ‘Journey to the centre of the earth,’ to accompany our theme and inspire our writing. We shall have a lot of fun learning about our amazing world!


Year 4/5 theme – Term 1 and 2

…Vile Victorians


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Our theme this term is based upon the excellent CBBC Horrible Histories series. We will be using Vile Victorian clips at the start of each new area of learning. During this theme the children will be discovering more about Queen Victoria, envisaging life as a poor Victorian working child and crime and punishment. Further into the term we will concentrate on Isambard Kingdom Brunel and other Victorian inventions that have changed the way we live today.

After half-term we will be visiting the Folk Museum in Gloucester where we will be able to experience life in a real Victorian school classroom and undertake a maid’s laundry duties!

All aspects of our theme will be linked into our literacy work and we will be studying Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Our Victorian trip

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