Year 4


Autumn 2021

Firstly, I’d like to say a warm welcome to all of Year 4 and their parents. I am looking forward to this term and it is already looking like it will be one which  captures the children’s interests! I am already looking forward to making some great memories with them and teaching them some new skills! This term is already looking to be a very exciting (and busy) one. This year has been inspired by Ezra and we will be  challenge to “Rise Up, Have Courage and Do it!” and our first topic, focused on life in the dark ages, will get the ball rolling in great style!  The children will be given many exciting learning opportunities throughout the term— both in the classroom and further afield. I hope they are ready for the challenges which await them!

What can we learn about life in the Dark Ages?

As a class we are learning to ’Be the Light’ so, as a result, we’ve decided to cast some light onto what life was like in the times of the Anglo-Saxons!  In support of this, we will be reading the stories of Beowulf and Roald Dahl’s The Witches to  inspire our writing in English. We will be journeying back in time as we learn about these early settlers and the lives they led. We will also learn more about key people from this time, such as Alfred the Great. In Geography we will be using studying different types of settlements whilst learning more about how and why the Anglo Saxons chose to settle in the British Isles. In RE, Art and D&T the children will be working alongside Miss Ferrara.  In RE the children will be learning about important people in the Bible and in our own families. They will also be learning how Christians are called by God and we prepare for Jesus’ coming during Advent.  Our scientific investigations will be inspired by this period in history as we generate light ourselves! We will learning more about electricity as we construct electrical circuits, learn about insulators and investigate materials which conduct electricity! We will even have time to learn how we see light and how shadows are formed in the second half of term. In Mathematics we will be working hard to develop our understanding of place value and to perfect our addition and subtraction strategies. We will be improving our knowledge and recall of our multiplications facts up to the 12 x table and we will be using both Times Tables Rocks Stars and Mathletics on a weekly basis to hone these skills further at school and home. In RE, Art and D&T the children will be working alongside Miss Ferrara.  In RE the children will be learning about the important people in the Bible and in our own     families and  how we prepare for Jesus’ coming during Advent through the topics of People, Being Called and Gifts. In Art, Ben Mosely will be our focus artist and through exploration of his work, the children will learn about using a variety of pencil grades to sketch with more accuracy.  In D&T the children will be designing and creating a variety of Anglo-Saxon inspired structures fit for purpose! Hymn Practice will restart on a weekly basis, as will music lessons.  In MFL we will  be learning to ask and answer simple questions in French whilst learning to write some words and phrases in French from memory.  During our Forest School sessions we will be using we will be learning about basic bushcraft skills and how to construct shelters both in the classroom and in the forest.  When we are in the Computer Lab, we will be learning about internet safety. We will also be using our time in the lab to learn more about maps of local settlements over time.

How you can help… supporting your child.

I have had many parents come to me asking how best to support their children with us here at BRW. As a result, here are a few key things which can prove invaluable in supporting your child.

1) Check homework newsletters which go out each Monday. This will have up-to-date information on the children’s activities too.

2) Regular use of Times Tables Rocks Stars, Numbots and Mathletics will help the children master recall of their multiplication facts up to 12×12 by the end of Year 4.

3) Encourage your children to read at home and ask them questions about what they are reading.

4) Ensure children are wearing the correct uniform, have full PE kit and are on time for school.

All your support makes such an enormous difference!

 Mrs Henderson


  1. It had always been there.Many people passed without hesitation never looking at the dragon.I took my second look and the dragon moved his head slowly. Then the next day I heard the dragons claws scrape on the bandstand. I thought It was more than just a statue.Each day I would freeze on the way.I grew goosebumps as I went closer to the statue. I thought I was imagining it or being incredibly crazy. As I went to my classroom desk I saw my best friend Joanna and I told her about the creature. How would she believe me?Amazingly she did. As the sky darkened the dragon went to hunt when people were asleep.

  2. She went to her classmates and said that she heard a suspicious noise from the dragon and then the classmates paused like frozen ice.Then the classmates said “Did you just say that you heard a noise from the dragon “Yes I did hear a noise from the dragon? Then she sneaked out onto the playground and she gazed at it one more time. She got caught out on the playground looking at it . Soon it was the end of the day. She told her mother what happened. Today for a split second . It’s claws had moved then a blazing hot bolt came out of the sky. Like a rocket. Then it was bedtime she was sleeping with her family. She was scared that it was going to come back. The next morning I was very tired because of that busy day. I was sleepy and I hesitated doing the work at school.

  3. I love doing work and I cant wait for the next weeks of the witches and learning about
    the stone age and doing more and more homework and I can wait for more spellings and work. My favourite subject is engilsh because I love writing.

  4. i loved doing work because i want to go back to school and have fun and i wanted to do my homework and it was so much fun so i wanted to do more school homework and it was nearly fun as my head burst right now because i liked my work i loved being at school i can be at school so learn i go to school to work i go to school to do my English and maths and science and come and see so i kept on doing my mathletices to earn points
    so i kept doing my mathletices so i kept on doing and doing and doing and doing until i win all the points

  5. I love working about witches I can’t wait to write The last paragraph I also love learning about the Stone Age and the world I love doing education city and times table rockstars and Mathletics I also love learning about the skeletons and all the Bones in our body the best thing I learned in this month is that we got to measure different people and we also got to work together
    I can’t wait for what’s next

    • WOW Taylor! I love your enthusiasm! I’m so pleased that you are enjoying our work in class! Keep the energy up – you are a super star 🙂

  6. I love this class but sometimes it gets hard and I go in the pit but I always work it out in the end.🙂🙂🙂🙂

  7. My sister is on the the top of this page and she saw the post and had deja by its the Paddington comment

    • I’m pleased that you are enjoying life in Year 4 Taylor! We love teaching you! Don’t forget to have a read of The Stone Age Boy – it’s on the blog ready for you 🙂

  8. 1. The boy was relieved when he met someone because he thought they might help.
    2. She had animal skin as clothes, she went up to a stranger as a child which is something children today would not do and did not wear jewellery with gold or jewels but with shells and stone.
    3. Om was different because she used stone knives, she had shells and rocks as jewellery and used fire to scare animals.
    4. I think they yelled at the reindeer because they wanted to scare it.
    5. Everybody had a party because they had caught a creature that could run fast.
    6. I think they thought it was strange because they didn`t know what a guitar was as the boy was from the future and since the boy didn’t have a real guitar, he pretended to have one.
    7. She started a fire by strucking flint stones together.
    8. He felt small when he saw the bear because it was a big, furious cave bear, a bear in its perfect environment.
    9. I think the boy became an archaeologist when he was older because he wanted to find Om.
    10. The experience he had was a dream because he said he was gone for weeks but everybody else said that he had gone for a few hours.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Thank you for your message and the answers to all the questions. I’ve really enjoyed reading them and seeing the detail and effort you have put into each answer. Each answer includes words from the question and your accurate punctuation is a real strength! Well done. It sounds like you enjoyed the book.
      Have a wonderful rest of the half term. I’ll see you Monday!
      Mrs Henderson

  9. I can’t find the maths sheet for the 9th of November and I can’t find it on the blog
    Can you please help me.

    • Hi Taylor, it’s on the Year 4 Blog, called Homework. There are always sheets in the drawer too.

  10. Mrs Henderson, when I try to go on the maths and English sheets it won’t let me and I am really trying to get on it every time but it wont let me!!! 🙁

    • Hi Joanna,
      I’ve now removed last week’s resources from the page and will post this week’s today. I’m also sending a help sheet to your parents which you might find useful.
      I’ll upload today’s resources in the next hour.

      Log into Team, click on the ‘Files’ section at the headings section. Once there, click ‘Class Materials’ and you’ll see our files. You will need to find the … and right click on it. Then click the button to download each one.
      See you later 🙂

  11. Mrs Henderson my education on my lap top dosen’t seem to be working
    should I keep trying? or should I just do something else whilst I wait for it to work like numbots or times tables rock rock stars

  12. On the table stood some chocolaty, delightful cookies as chocolaty as chocolate itself. Around the cookies sat delectable, tasty Chinese egg-fried rice. Throughout the banquet lay stacks of dry, yummy biscuits. Along the edge of the banquet table rested watery, emerald cucumber as watery as an ocean. On the corners of the table perched some fresh, raspberry cheesecake as fresh as a growing flower seed

    • Hi Maci! A great effort at creating your own banquet. It made me quite hungry! You used propositions well to describe where the food was.
      Top tip for next time – when using a simile try to compare the subject to something new i.e. you could compare chocolate to rich treacle! 🙂

  13. Ezra had always been interested in many things. One day when Ezra was on a walk with her dog and she was pretending to fly (with her arms out) and her hand was in a different world. Then she went in.

    When she got in it was a world full of yummy snacks and treats such as biscuits, pizza, cheesecake and party food. She looked all around the banquet and she saw a penguin serving food, and the penguin said, “If you want to eat a treat you will be my raw meat!”.

    Ezra carried on exploring around and she had forgot what the penguin had said and found a delightful, delicious chocolate bar. Her mouth was watering so she took a bite. Then she had remembered what the penguin had said.

    She ran across the hall but she couldn’t find her way back so she kept on running as fast as she could. Ezra ran one way then she ran the other, she ran up and down and side to side then she found the way out.

    Ezra got out of the mess and went back to her home. She brought back something a little special… she brought back the rest of the chocolate bar and she ate every piece of it and it was delightful in her mouth.

    Sadly, Ezra went back to go through again to get another chocolate bar but the couldn’t go through again so it was like a one time offer to Ezra. She went back home and could tast the chocolate still in her mouth.

    • Hi Maci,
      Well done for posting your first three paragraphs. I’ve enjoyed reading it and hearing about the banquet.
      Top Tip – Try to use more description in each paragraph so that you have 5-7 sentences per paragraph. Perhaps add a simile or expanded noun phrase to interest the reader 🙂

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