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

We have had a great week so far celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. The decade we have enjoyed learning about is the 70s. The children completed some research into this decade and discovered lots of interesting information. Here are some facts for you, to take you back in time:

To kick off our Jubilee celebrations we have been designing and creating crowns using clay and making Jubilee bunting using various designs to mark the occasion. Take a look at the children in action and some of our lovely creations.

Take a look at some of our bunting designs below:

On Thursday, the children had a go at writing some 'Free verse' poetry about the Queen, to celebrate 70 years as the longest reigning Monarch.

'God Save the Queen!'

What’s the story of Easter?

On Wednesday 30th March, we went into the hall to meet some very special visitors from St peter’s Church. They came to share with us ‘What’s the story of Easter?’

When we arrived in the hall Mark Cannon, the Vicar of the Church took us on a journey around the hall, so that we could hear about the different special events that took place during Holy Week. As we went around the hall, our different visitors shared with us the different stories which included Palm Sunday, Jesus’ agony in the temple, the last super, Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross and finally when he rose again on Easter Sunday.

 For each of the different events of holy week, there were miniature displays, with different objects and artefacts that brought the story to life for us. The donkey was a particular hit!

At the end of our journey around the hall Mark Cannon gave us all bracelet, with images which represent the Easter story, so that we too can share it with our friends and family.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Mark Cannon and all of the ‘What’s a story about Easter’ team.  

Science Day

On Thursday 17th March, Catherine and Mike from the Yorkshire Dales River Trust came in to talk to us about the water in our becks and rivers. Catherine said that some rivers are polluted, but luckily our beck is nice and healthy, and they had found lots of living things.

After that, in groups of seven, we went into a van outside, whilst the rest of the class completed different class-based activities looking at the water cycle.

In the van, there was a table model of a rives journey to the sea. There was a water pump that Catherine used to put water in it, sot make it look like a real river was flowing. The model showed us how water went from the source out to the sea. As the water travels down the river, we learnt about how it moves and might cause erosion and meanders. We also talked about the riverbank and the riverbed. 

When we had finished looking at the model of the river, we looked at some water insects that had been collected from the beck. We poured a little water into a container and then collected a water creature, and put it into the small container, these little water creatures are invertebrates. We looked at them closely using a microscope or a magnifying glass. Next, we had to answer a series of questions to find out what the Invertebrates were. Some of the ones that were discovered in our beck included: water beetles, water worms, leeches, and mayfly nymphs.




International Day of Mathematics

Monday was the third International Day of Mathematics which is a worldwide celebration. We celebrated by exploring where angles can be seen in the real world focusing on a sporting context. We got into different sporting poses and tried to find acute, right, obtuse and reflex angles.


The Water Cycle

We have been learning about the water cycle. We followed a set of instructions to make our very own water cycle in a bag.

We could see the water vapour on the side of the bag to show that it had evaporated. As time went on, we could also see water droplets on the side of the bag showing that the water vapour had condensed.  


The first week back after half term, the children had lots of fun celebrating World Book Week.

At 11am on Monday 28th March, the children watched live readings by famous authors, including a performance from Roald Dahl's, Matilda; Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the Author of 'The Broccoli Boy,' some live drawing from book illustrator Chris Riddel,' and much more. The children learnt about the lives of each author and what inspired them to be writers. Alongside this the children brought into school their favourite books to share with their friends, and promoted this by creating a designing a front cover and blurb to match.


During World Book Week, we have been setting up a cosy new reading corner, to promote reading for pleasure.

Here are some of our favourite reads and books!

Outdoor Learning


On the morning of Wednesday 26th January, we went outside to do some outdoor learning with Ruth, a Forest School practitioner. To start with, we looked at ice and discussed the properties of it. As these melted during the morning, we continued to examine it and discuss it’s properties. This links nicely into our new science topic ‘changing state.’ We got into groups to explore how solids, liquids and gasses particles work. We worked together to collect wood to make a fire in the kelly kettle. We were able to use this fire to boil the water and have a hot chocolate. To finish the morning, we used firesticks, which are very similar to flint and steel, to create a mini fire.


This half term we have been studying the Ancient Egyptians. In English we looked at writing instructions about the mummification process. To finish the week, we had fun turning each other into mummies.

Life Education

We enjoyed a visit from Juliet who was from the Life Education Centre. She came to talk to us about our physical and mental health and wellbeing.

At first, we discussed what makes us different and that there really is only one amazing ‘you.’

We then talked about what we need to be physically healthy including: oxygen, sleep, food, exercise, and water. We learnt about the human body systems and what vital role they play in keeping us alive and the amazing things they do to help our bodies to work.  

Next, we talk about ‘Mental Health’ and how important it is to look after our minds as well as our physical bodies. For us to be happy and healthy we need to connect with other people, be active, get creative, give to others, and always try to be mindful.

Finally, we looked at the importance of friendships and how we can make compromises when we may have a difference of opinion.

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.