Welcome to Year 4 with Mr Clark, Mrs Samtaney-Roberts and Mrs Waterhouse 

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African Pyramid Sunset!

On Monday 17th January, the children had a go at colour mixing and matching different tones and shades of colours on the Dulex paint samples. This skill enabled the children to then create their own African sunset background. Once the paint had dried, they transformed their painting with a pyramid silouette. We were so impressed with the children's skills and abilities to mix colours, using a range of thin and thick brushes. Here are some examples:

Manor House Visit!

As part of the Romans topic, the children in Year 4 were able to visit the Manor House in Ilkley for their school visit. The visit was led by Carry Lynott and Mr and Mrs Cockshott (who are part of the Ilkley Heritage team). They led two sessions and talked to the children about the Roman links to Ilkley and why Ilkley was such an important location for the Romans to settle. In the Manor House, the children explored artefacts, Roman armour and learnt about the Roman fort and the remains of the fort that is still there today. In All Saints’ Church, the children had the opportunity to see some of the Roman stones that were used to build the Church itself and some of the Roman altars. At the end of the session, the children followed and spoke Latin commands, whilst marching and wearing Roman armour. It was a great day!

Odd sock Day!

To begin Anti-bullying/Friendship week we came to school wearing odd socks or stripy tights as this was a great way to celebrate what makes us all unique and different and respect each other’s individuality.

 This year’s theme for Anti-bullying Week is ‘one kind word.’ One Kind Word can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and make someone feel much happier. Best of all, one kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. What kind words can you say to each other today? 

Art in Nature

On our walk to the bird hide we collected lots of different natural objects that we found on the ground. When we came back to class, we used all the different things that we had found to create a piece of artwork. Some are of animals and others are patterns, flowers, or trees. We tried to use our great imaginations! 

Bird Hide

As part of science week, we went on a nature walk to visit our new school bird hide. We had lots of fun along the way learning about the different trees we passed as well as the different types of birds we may see from the bird hide.

Exciting Electricity

To begin our new science topic on electricity we explored different electronic games as well as looked at some wires, batteries, and bulbs. We carefully thought about and discussed what made the remote-control car move or the buzzer to sound. We also explored how the wires, batteries and bulb could be connected for the bulb to light.

Music  - Mamma Mia

This half term we have been listening and appraising music to Abba. We have particularly enjoyed learning to sing ‘Mamma Mia’. We have also learned how to play key notes on the glockenspiel to the ‘Mamma Mia’ music. It was important that we listened to the beat and were able to keep count so that we could all join in at the correct time.  In the end we gave a great performance.

Making the digestive system

In science this week we had lots of fun making and describing the functions of the human digestive system.

We used a sealed plastic bag to represent the stomach. We added a banana and a couple of crackers to represent food. Next, we poured in orange juice which was our acid and water which acted as our saliva. We crushed the contents that were in the bag together as if the food was being broken down in the stomach, until it becomes a sloppy soup.

After that, we poured the contents of the bag into some tights which acted as our intestines. We did this over a tray which was our body. The juices that came through the tights and into the tray were the good nutrients and minerals that would be absorbed by the body. The remaining food would move through the intestine (tights) by peristalsis.

We then cut a hole in the foot of the tights and poured the remaining semi-solid waste, into a cup with a hole in the bottom. This was our rectum, where the food is stored. Finally, we used another cup to help push the remaining food through here into the anus. These are the final contents of waste that are not needed by the body, your stool.  


To begin our Roman topic, and understand when in History the Romans were, the children worked together in groups to sort the historical dates in chronological order from the stone age, Iron Age Britain to Roman Britain. We recapped on previous learning about the Stone Age and Iron Age Britain and discussed the connections between the Celts and Iron stores.

We also looked at the dates BC (before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini – the year Jesus was born)

The children learnt how events in the B.C. era are dated in descending order, whilst those in the A.D. era happen in ascending order.

The Start of our Digestive System

In Science we have been learning about our digestive system. The first part of the digestive system is your mouth. We put a cracker into our mouths and thought carefully about what our teeth and tongue did before we swallowed it. After that, we throughout carefully about how long the cracker would take to go from our mouths, down the oesophagus to the stomach. We found out that it would only actually take 6 seconds.

We then had a go at cutting out and labelling the different parts of the digestive system to see if we could get them in the correct order.




The children in Year 4 took part in their own mini Roman invasion, in order to understand how the Roman Empire effected people and what changes were made in Britain. The children learnt some Roman army commands in Latin. Latin was the language spoken by the Romans. The children imagined they were part of the Roman Army and followed the commands and actions to match.










About turn


Get ready

Equaliter ambula

March forward



Tooth Decay Investigation


For our first unit in science this half term we have been looking at ‘Animals including Humans’.

To begin this unit, we started to look at our teeth. We carried out an investigation to identify which drink/liquid causes the most tooth decay.  

We used a duck egg to act like our teeth and then we tested a variety of liquids including: coke, fruit juice, fresh orange juice, milk, water, Ribena an energy drink and even vinegar. Over a week, we found that all drinks except water caused some damage to the eggshell, by cracking it, changing the colour, or making it extremely soft.

The drinks/liquids that would decay your teeth the most were vinegar, coke, energy drink and Ribena. Therefore, you should try and avoid these drinks where possible and stick to water.

Keep learning your spellings, here are your 3/4 list and some ways to learn. 




To start the year, we have have been improving our place value knowledge. We have then moved onto recapping and developing our knowledge of addition and subtraction. Can you see the progress in our work?


We have also been learning our times tables by a memorised song pattern which is helping us in our quick fire 2 minute tests. 


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Learning your multiplication facts to 12 x 12 is a very important Year 4 objective. Below are posters to support your learning.





With Mr Storton, we have moved on from athletics to start looking at benchball. We have started to look at throwing and catching skills whilst working as a team and thinking tactically.