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Welcome to Year Four

Our teacher is Mr Brearley Ince

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Important information 


PE is on a Thursday with our new Sports Coach, Mr Harris and Fridays with Miss Atkin. However, this can change so please ensure PE kits are in school all week. The children need a white t-shirt, blue or black shorts and trainers as well as blue or black jogging bottoms if it is cold.

Each half term homework will be given out on a menu. The children are to choose a piece each week and hand it in on Friday mornings. The homework menu will relate to this term’s topic, ‘Is Fearlessness a Form of Bravery?’ and will include a diverse range of options for the children to choose from.

Spellings will be put in your child’s reading diary on a Monday and the children will be tested on these the following Monday. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings.

Please also encourage your child to use Times Tables Rock Stars to practise their multiplication skills. Every child has their login details glued in their reading diaries. TT Rock Stars can be found here:


Fun websites to help with your learning




Is free will real or just an illusion?


Key Driver: Geography


Key Concepts: trade, region, environment, settlement, location, resources, population, migration


In Art and Design we 


In History we will be learning 


In Geography we will be learning 


In Science we will be learning 


In RE we will be learning 



We are lucky to have our specialist sports coach Mr Harrison teaching all of our PE lessons.


Find out more about our curriculum here


This week in English, the children have written stories about being lost in the city. This linked to our project work in which the children have been researching some significant cities throughout the World.

The stories were awesome and epically emotive! They really painted the scene of an anxious misadventure, lost among the shadows and eerie noises. Fortunately the stories reached a cheery resolution, leaving their protagonists safe and sound... Phew!


In maths this week we've been exploring different ways of dividing large numbers. Year Four came up with a multitude or strategies, but in the end decided that the 'short division' method was the best!

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In science this week we began to look at solids, liquids and gasses. We had a huge pile of common items and had to decide how to split them up into groups, representing items that were solid, items that were liquid, and items that were gases. We then had to justify why we chose to place each item in each group. This proved difficult for some items, especially the bottle of lemonade... 
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As we wave good bye to Autumn Term, these Viking longboats sail away, seeking adventures in the great wide world! The children in Year Four created some amazing homework throughout this project, which they should be very proud of.

With that in mind, we're looking forward to our new project, 'Is Free Will Real or an Illusion?'. Only time will tell on that front, but what is for sure is that it'll be an incredible journey to the answer!

This week in Year 4 we reached the end of Gunnar's tale. The young Viking had cut a swathe through his enemies, while travelling back to his homestead; to the place where it all began. Upon arriving home, Gunnar faced his mostly deadly challenge. Skuli, his father's murderer, was waiting, ready for a fight to the death! Did Gunnar win or was he sent off to Valhalla? You'll have to ask the children of Year 4...



Science Day


Science day in Year Four was a load of old poo- literally! We started the day off by examining some 'perfectly preserved' Viking poop. This gave us lots of clues about the sort of food Vikings might eat, thus allowing us to build a more robust image of Viking life. But this did leave us with a lot of questions. For example, why wasn't everything (like the fish bones) digested?


In order to answer this we had to explore the human digestive system, and what better way to explore something than to build it! So that's what we did! We built our own digestive system and watched what happened to the food as it travelled from A to B. 

Viking Poo

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Perfectly preserved Viking poo from Denmark.

The End Result

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The digested food reaching the end of its journey, having travelled from A to B.

Mansfield Museum


Year Four had an awesome time at Mansfield Museum this week. Upon arrival, we were ushered into the museum's classroom where we learned about the Viking way of life! We tried on Viking clothes; we drank some of the Viking's honeyed 'wine'; we learned about how Vikings were given their names; and we even learned what board games they like to play. We especially enjoyed the latter (although all of it was fun) and we discover that we have a few tactical geniuses in our midst! 


In the afternoon we went raiding, sailing off to countries near and far. We imitated what it was like to be on a Viking long boat for long voyages and then we raided Lindisfarne. 

We've just hit the half way mark in our Viking Boy story and the children can't get enough of Gunnar's adventure. As the story continues, Gunnar has found himself in a rather sticky situation with seemingly no hope of escape! What will our young protagonist do? 




In English, the class have turned their hand to a bit of persuasive writing. Sadly, Heorot is being ransacked by a vile creature known as the Grendel. The children are writing to the Norse legend, Beowulf, in an attempt to enlist his help. If they're not successful, the doom of Heorot will surely be upon us!


As historians we are putting ourselves in the shoes of a Viking Jarl. Due to the change a climate (a topic we're investigating in Science) we have got to move our village further south. We're surveying the land about us (which we're learning to do as Geographers) in order to find the perfect spot to establish our new dwellings. Once we've picked the perfect piece of land the building work can begin. As the Jarl, we're going to write a diary entry about the development of our village, including details on how the structures are put together, how the farm tools are made and how the warriors' barracks are set up to train our raiders.



Is Fearlessness a Form of Bravery?

This term we will be looking at the big question ‘Is Fearlessness a Form of Bravery?’ In order to help us mull over this conundrum, we will be learning about courageous people throughout history; spanning from the Viking raiders all the way to modern day heroes who fight for civil rights.

Look back with pride and forward with confidence