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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Class Teacher: Miss Wainwright

Teaching assistant: Miss Ellams



A very warm welcome to Year 4 children, parents and carers. I am delighted to be teaching Year 4 this year as there are so many exciting learning opportunities and experiences ahead. After speaking to the children, I know they are very excited about swimming lessons! I look forward to seeing each an every child grow and achieve their potential.

If you have questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact me. 


Miss Wainwright 

Year Four welcome prayer


Thank you for the gift of education in every form. 

As our children prepare to start a new year

may confidence be their foundation, 

May grace be their guide and

may hope be their compass toward a bright future. 

I pray they show empathy and understanding to others

and a heart full of love.

May they face each day with positivity

knowing that no matter

what comes their way,

they do not have to face it alone. 



General school information

  • School starts at 9:00am with the school gates opening at 8:35am
  • Breakfast club starts at 8:00am and the gates will be closed at 8:15am for breakfast club attendees.
  • Please inform the office if your child is absent. 
  • All children need to be in the correct school uniform each day, including black school shoes. 


Year 4 key information

Reading - Reading is at the heart of all our learning at Holy Family. To support this at home, please could all children ensure that they read their school reading book every night and that the planner is signed by an adult. Children will need to bring their reading book and planner back to school each day. 


Spellings - Every Monday, all children will receive a new spelling list based on spelling rules/patterns which will have been our focus in class. Please can all children learn the given spellings ready for our Friday spelling tests. 


Homework - All children will be given weekly English or maths homework. This is to be completed and returned to school as required. 


PE - PE will take place every Monday and Thursday. All children must have the correct school PE kit of white t-shirt and black/ Navy shorts and trainers. (Track suits may be worn as the weather turns colder). Please ensure that all children have trainers to enable them to fully participate in this key subject. 


Key information about the Multiplication Tables Check

The above information has been produced by the DfE and has information about the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) for 2024. If parents or carers have any questions about the up coming MTC, please see Miss Wainwright. 

In Year 4, the children have cooked corn tortillas and made spicy hot chocolate to inspire their instructional writing for an Ancient Maya recipe.

In this topic, Year 4 have developed knowledge of habitats and how the environment must be cared for. The children have built on their knowledge of food chains from Year 2 by looking at food webs in Year 4. The children have also explored what organisms are and their characteristics.

Science - States of matter

Year 4 have studied states of matter. They have investigated how changing the temperature can change the state. They have also explored the water cycle. 

RE- Self-discipline

In this topic, Year 4 have built on their knowledge of self-discipline and how important it is. The children have recognised how celebrating growth of new life occurs through self-discipline. 

RE - Other faiths: Islam

The children in Year 4 enjoyed learning about the Islamic faith. They were able to understand the the name of the Islamic God and how Muslim people worship their God. 

Music- Body Percussion

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Music- Body Percussion

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Music- Body Percussion

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In Year 4, the children have studied 'body percussion'. They have created simple tunes about each layer of the Amazon Rainforest. Then, they have then built and improved their compositions through peer feedback. 

Year 4 have taken part in a fitness circuit this week. They have worked on squats, sprints, sit ups and press ups. The children also learned how to stretch after exercise and the importance of this. 

French- getting dressed in French

Year 4 have studied the names for different items of clothing in French. They have used these words in spoken and written French.

Reading for pleasure in Year 4!

Year 4 have a new spotlight author this half term! Our author is C.S Lewis. The children have been ‘getting lost’ in one of his famous fantasy narratives, ‘the lion, the witch and wardrobe!’.

The children have also recommended books to one another and given reasons for their recommendations.

During the season of Advent, Year 4 have learned that God’s gift of Jesus is a gift of love to all people and that Jesus reveals God’s love for humanity.

Music - Body and tuned Percussion

Year 4 have explored how they can make music with their bodies. They have worked in teams to compose and perform musical rhythms about the Tropical Rainforest.

Music - Body and tuned Percussion

Year 4 have rehearsed and performed ‘boom, snap, clap’ to their peers.

Music - Body and tuned Percussion

Year 4 have listened and appraised pieces of music made through body percussion. The children have identified the structure of the music and identified the number of layers they heard in each piece of music.

Scotty's Heroes

PE- gymnastics

In PE, Year 4 have developed control in performing and landing rotation jumps.  

Art- Mixed media: light and dark

Year 4 used the knowledge they had gained last lesson in tinting and shading, to paint an object. The children used tint and shade to create a three dimensional appearance.

PE - Gymnastics

In PE, Year 4 have  developed individual and partner balances.

Year 4 - The Amazon Rainforest

Year 4 have been using atlases to locate the capital cities of countries in South America.

Literacy- persuasive presentations

Year 4 have created persuasive presentations using PowerPoint. The children had to use persuasive vocabulary in their presentations so that the audience would be swayed towards their point of view.

Year 4 have continued to learn about fitness in PE. They have developed their balance through standing reaches, stork stands and alternating floor oblique twists. 

Music - Caribbean instrumental - Calypso quavers

Year 4 have found out how and why percussion instruments can be used in Calypso music. The children have played a four-note repeating pattern and then progressed to playing this in time as a class. 

Music - Caribbean instrumental - Calypso quavers

Year 4 have used the glockenspiels to perform quavers from staff notation. The children were able to listen and perform for each other and offer helpful feedback to improve their performances. 

Reading- Matt Lucas author event

Year 4 took part in an author event with Matt Lucas. The children heard Matt Lucas reading aloud his latest book, 'The boy who slept through Christmas!' Matt Lucas asked the children for ideas of what could go wrong at Christmas and Matt loved our idea so much that he read it out to the other schools! 

Year 4 have focused on developing speed and strength. They have practised squats, sits ups, press ups and bridges. The children also put their strength to the test by chest passing a ball as hard as they could and then testing their speed through running relays. 

Year 4 have inputted data from record cards to a database so that they can understand that information can be stored as numbers, texts and choices (yes/no). 

Inter-School Basketball Tournament

Year 4 have attended an inter-school basketball tournament. They performed well and showed great sportsmanship. Great work Year 4!

During Enterprise Week, Year 4 have conducted product research, assessed their budget, created a projected profit and created products for a purpose. The children created Christmas bookmarks and Christmas tree decorations that were sold at the Winter Fair. 

Anti- Bullying poetry

Creative Writing - Anti Bullying poetry

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Creative Writing - Anti Bullying poetry

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Creative Writing - Anti Bullying poetry

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Creative Writing - Anti Bullying poetry

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Creative Writing - Anti Bullying poetry

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Year 4- Anti Bullying poetry, Year 4 wrote their own creative poems about friendship. The children then performed their poetry to others Please take a listen to the children's amazing poems!

Computing- Sorting data

In computing, Year 4 have sorted record cards using field names. 

In DT, Year 4 have prepared and baked cookies. The children weighed out their ingredients and combined them to create cookies. Next, they will adapt this simple recipe to create their own cookie recipe. 

Year 4 have tested out their speed, strength, agility and balance through different activities. The children have shown:

  • Speed through sprinting on the spot with high knees.
  • Strength through controlled squats.
  • Agility through sitting on the floor and standing up as quickly as possible.
  • Balance through standing on their tip toes.

The children have applied these different skills in shuttle runs, stork stands, chest throws and beanbag flicks.

Literacy - Explanation presentations

In Year 4, the children have created explanation presentations using powerpoint. They have then presented these to the class. 

Remembrance Service

Year 4 held a Remembrance Day Service in the Prayer Garden where they paid their respects to those who sacrificed themselves during the war. The children joined together to pray for peace and held a minutes silence. 

Computing- binary coding

In computing, Year 4 have looked at binary codes. They have discovered that computers represent data as numbers and count using switches of 'on' and 'off' (0 and 1). Children have then encoded their own names! 

RE- Topic 2: Called

In this topic, Year 4 have learned that through Baptism and Confirmation people are given the gift of the Holy Spirit and are called to respond in their lives. 

Portraits- describing in French

In French, we have learned how describe a person's height, personality, eye colour and hair colour. 

Black History Month

During Black History Month, we have learned about famous black athletes and we have celebrated their amazing accomplishments. 

Year 4 worked collaboratively to plan a Roman shield design. They then worked together to print their design using different printing techniques. 

Art- Drawing power prints

In art, Year 4 have created their own compositions. The children have used wax resist to create shading using pattern and contrast. 

Computing- iProgram

During iProgram, Year 4 have detected errors and debugged them. They have also used the 'backpack' feature to recreate and remix codes, which then create new codes. 

Computing- iProgram

In computing, the children have learned how broadcasts can be used to change scenes in scratch. 

Computing- iProgram

In computing, we have learned how to synchronise actions on scratch. 

Computing- iProgram

In computing, we have created blocks on scratch. In this lesson the children discovered the need to reuse code in programming. 

RE- Topic 1: People

Our first RE topic is 'people'. In this topic we have learned about our own family and Jesus' family. In this topic, we have studied confirmation and the response to being chosen. 



Year 4- Diary entry learning journey

Year 4 have immersed themselves in the topic of Rome. They have analysed the features of diary entries so they understand the genre and it's purpose. The children have learned key skills and then applied this to write their own Roman diary entries. 

Literacy- Roman soldier drama!

The children acted in the role of a Roman solider and took it in turns to interview the 'soldiers'. We used this first account of a battle for our Roman diary entries. 

History - Roman invasion

In history, we have learned about who ruled Rome and how Roman life was. We have also learned about how and why the Romans invaded Britain. 

PE- Basketball

In Year 4, we have used the skills and knowledge taught and applied this to a competitive game of basketball. 

In PE, we have developed the attacking skill- shooting. 

RE- People

In our topic ‘People’, we explored what family means to us and that all families are different. We discussed and explored scripture explaining how God is a loving parent and we are his children.

Science - Teeth and digestion learning journey

Year 4 have learned all about human's teeth and animal's teeth. They have learned how to look after their teeth and what could happen if we don't! The children have enjoyed investigating the digestive system and explaining what happens at each point. 

Science- Investigating the human digestive system!

Year 4 have used materials to replicate the digestive system. The children were able to describe what was happening using scientific vocabulary.

Year 4 have visited Stainforth Library where they explored different text types. They read to their peers and listened to library staff read a chosen text to them. 

Year 4 took part in #Take10ToRead

Year 4 took part in #Take10ToRead. The children listened to wordsmith, Suzie Dent, who discussed how taking time out to read can be beneficial for our mental health as well as our reading miles. 

Science - Teeth and digestion

Year 4 have discovered that our teeth are made from a similar material to an eggshell. Therefore, the children have set up an investigation with eggs and different high sugar and acidic liquids. Over time, they have made observations on what has happened to the eggshell and concluded why they think. 

PE- basketball

Year 4 have developed skills in protecting the ball when dribbling against an opponent and they have 

developed passing skills so that they keep possession of the ball. 

PE - basketball

In PE, the children have developed attacking skills through dribbling a basket ball. 

The learning below is for the Academic Year 2022-2023

Year 4 have taken part in Sports Day 2023! They showed great sportsmanship throughout the afternoon, particularly when blue team won. The children also enjoyed playing on an inflatable assault course. 

Live music at Holy Family!

Year 4 had a lovely visit from the Music Hub! We listened to live instruments being played and we even had the opportunity to ask lots of questions. It was great fun and we even had the opportunity to dance to some of our favourite songs!

Maths - telling the time and converting units of time

History - Who were the Ancient Maya and how successful was their civilisation?

RE- New Life

During our topic on New Life, we retold the story of Penetcost through art. The children used water colours and annotated the story with speech bubbles and captions. 

RE- New life

Year 4 have learned about what New Life means to a Catholic at this special time of the year. The children read and discussed key scripture and discussed how this influences our way of life. 

Celebrating King Charles III's Coronation!

Holy Family celebrated the coronation by writing biographies about King Charles III life and creating magnificent pieces of art and even a sculpture of King Charles III himself! 

Year 4 have written their own Ancient Maya recipes! They started the learning journey by playing barrier games where one partner had to give clear, precise instructions to the other partner to create a given model. Before writing their instructions, the children all made chilli hot chocolate and corn tortillas. Some children enjoyed the Ancient Maya diet... but not everyone!

Year 4 - Ancient Maya recipes learning journey

Royal Opera House Ballet workshop

Year 4 took part in a workshop from the ‘shaping Stainforth project. Ballerinas from the Royal Opera House taught the children a ballet routine where children built a ‘snowflake’ through movement.

Through the project, Shaping Stainforth, Year 4 had an author visit from Philip Sheppard. He shared books he had written and illustrated and even gave us a sneak peek into the new book he’s currently working on. The children completed a draw along with Philip Sheppard, which shows we may have some future illustrators at Holy Family.

Geography- What is the Amazon, why is it significant and should it be protected?

Year 4 have shown their creative talent when completing our geography unit- What is the Amazon, why is it significant and should it be protected?

Year 4 worked scientifically during Science Day as they focused on chemical reactions.

Experiment 1- The children built and decorated their own rockets, added vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and saw their rockets fly into the sky!

Experiment 2- The children discovered that when bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice are combined together, they release carbon dioxide. This gas then blew up their balloons!

Science- classification and environments

Year 4 have completed a unit of work on classification and environments and produced amazing work!

Year 4 have drawn and printed their own Easter card design. They have then used water colours to create a mixed media piece of art. 

Prayer Liturgy

Children in Year 4 planned and delivered a prayer liturgy about our whole school virtue 'love'. They wrote their own prayers, which they shared with the class and took home to their families. 

World Book Day!

We created 3D portraits of famous books that we have enjoyed reading. Can you recognise some of the famous titles? 

Liturgical Prayer

Year Four have planned and delivered their own Liturgical Prayer. They decided how they wanted to gather, what word they wanted to share, how they wanted to respond and what the mission was. The Prayer Leaders then shared a prayer they had written.  

Roman research!

In English, Year Four have started to research what impact Romans had on Britain. Soon, they will create their own Roman Non-chronological reports. 

Roman soldier sculpture

In art, Year Four have created sculptures of Roman soldiers using wire and modroc. They have carefully considered the stance of their sculpture so that they can convey an action. 

Interviewing a Roman soldier!

In English, Year Four have interviewed a Roman solider so that they can fully understand what life must've been like while battling on the front line!

RE topic- Domestic Church- People

Our topic is ‘People’ and we have explored what family means to us and that all families are different. We have discussed and explored scripture explaining how God is a loving parent and we are his children. 

Liturgical Prayer

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We have planned and delivered a Liturgical Prayer about love.