Year 4

Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

Who’s Who?

These are the people you will meet in Year 4

Teacher: Mr Smith (Mrs Hayes and Mr Glover on Tuesday)

TAs: Mrs Powell

Key information:

PE will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Useful Links

Times table speed test practice:

Term 4

This term we will be finding out about the Anglo Saxons. We are reading a fantastic book about this history called Anglo Saxon Boy by Tony Bradman. It is filled with adventure and intrigue. This will give us a window into Anglo Saxon life and culture which we will explore throughout our inquiry lessons. We will be finding out about how Anglo Saxon culture and looking at how they changed Britain as a country.


In PE this term we will be learning skills for hockey. The children we gain skills in dribbling, passing, shooting and controlling the ball with the hockey stick. After school clubs are again available with the Bristol Sport coaches for children who want extra hockey experience.

Term 3

This term will be focused on science and we will be exploring the different states of matter, such as solids, liquids and gases. We will be trying to find out how we can change matter from one state to another by conducting experiments. Our book this term will be George’s Marvellous Medicine, which will hopefully inspire Year 4 to get experimental with their science! 

MOD Engineering Workshop

Members of staff from Filton Abbey Wood Ministry of Defence have visited Year 4 this term to look at designing and engineering fan boats. Year 4 had to design a boat which would float while also carrying a battery pack, motor and fan to propel it. They worked in small groups to create a design which took into account balance and surface area. They then had to construct their design using recyclable materials, and finally put it to the test to see if it would float. We lots of different designs and approaches to the problem with some exciting results!

Bristol Bears

This term Bristol Bears are visiting Year 4 each week to put our rugby skills to the test. We’re learning about rugby as a sport and about healthy living. We’ve planned the perfect meal for a rugby player and learned about passing and working as a team.


This term we will be developing our football skills with the Bristol Sport coaches. The children will be learning dribbling skills, controlling the ball with both feet, passing and shooting. There are also afterschool football sessions available for those that want some extra opportunities to hone their skills.


We are exploring different states of matter and asking the question: Why does matter change? We have looked at how matter is made of particles and how they differ in solids, liquids and gases.


Year 4 had a go at combining different substances to make slime. Just like in George’s Marvellous Medicine, things didn’t quite go according to plan. We ended up with some very gloopy, but still marvellous, mixtures. 

Term 2

This term we will be journeying to the Ancient Mayan Civilisation in both writing and our enquiry work. Our book is Rain Player, which tells the exciting story of Pik, a young Mayan, who has to use all his wits to beat the Mayan god Chac at a game of Pok-a-Tok. We will be learning about Mayan history and culture as well as exploring the geography of Central America. 


This term we are learning basketball with the Bristol Sport coaches. Year 4 will be developing skills in dribbling, passing and shooting.

History and Geography

We have been exploring Ancient Mayan Civilization. We have questioned how they survived in the jungle, how they worshiped their gods and what sort of food they may have eaten. We have tried these different foods to get into the Mayan mindset!


Year 4 had a go at playing the Ancient Mayan sport of Pok-a-Tok! This involves hitting a ball with either your hip, elbow or shoulder. One way to win a game is to get the ball through a hoop, so we practiced in class aiming the ball. We definitely have some natural born Pok-a-Tok players in our midst!

Term 1

This term we are reading the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and are investigating how electrical circuits work. We will be writing our own character descriptions and action scenes of the Iron Man, before using those skills to write about our own gigantic monsters.


In PE we will be working with Bristol Sport to develop our rugby skills. We will learn about passing, moving with the ball and working as a team.


In science we are looking at how electricity travels in a circuit and are using this knowledge to wire up a light-up model of the Iron Man’s head. We worked in teams to plan and design our heads with the electrical circuits in mind. Once we had created the frame (using a cardboard box), we inserted the circuit and secured it with two lightbulbs and a switch to control the lights.


We started our journey with The Iron Man by creating our own scrap people in a junk modelling activity. We thoughts about how best about the junk which could be used to create all the different parts, then we created a word bank to describe how our Junk Giants looked and how they might move if they came to life.