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We would like to wish you all a lovely half term and looking forward to seeing you on Monday 2nd November!

Year 4


Teaching Team 

Mr Beeson (Picasso class)

Miss Blundell (O'Keeffe class) with Miss McLintock (student teacher)

Mrs Herbert ( Target group teacher)

Mrs Mason ( Teaching Assistant)



Class information

Year four PE lessons will be on Thursday afternoons.



Home learning

Home learning tasks (spellings, my maths and maths fluency) will be set on a Friday. We encourage children to read daily and this can be recorded in their reading records. 



Year 3/4 Statutory Spellings: 

In the link below, you will find the National Curriculum Year 3/4 Statutory Spelling List  document. On page 16 of the document, you will find the Year 3/4 spelling list. The previous pages of the documents also explain the spellings rules that we teach in our weekly spelling practise. Each week, alongside a spelling rule, we send home two statutory spellings from the list to keep children practising them regularly.

Children are assessed on all the words from the list each term, throughout the years. The document also contains the Year 5/6 Statutory Spelling List and rules which children will move onto next year. 


This week in science we explored sound absorption. We tried using various materials for sound proofing a music speaker such as towel, foil, plastic and cotton. We used an app that measured the decibels.



In Miss Blundell's English group we looked at relative clauses as our grammar focus. Some children went on to use these in their English writing about Peter Pan.
In science we explored how sound travels from the source to the brain. The children created presentations to explain the process.
During our art learning this week, we explored how various brush techniques would create different desired effects.

Picasso welcome video.wmv

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Welcome to O'Keeffe

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Goodbye to our lovely year four cohort!

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Goodbye to our lovely year four cohort.
You have made us very proud this year with all your achievements and the maturity you have shown with how this year has turned out.
Have a well deserved summer break and we wish you all the best for your year 5 experience.
Miss Blundell, Miss Mitchell, Mrs Herbert and Mr Haig

2019 - 2020

Week beginning Monday 20th July 

Home learning week commencing 20.07.20

Week beginning Monday 13th July 2020

Home learning week commencing 13.07.20

French Listening assessment .mov

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Week beginning Monday 6th July 2020

Home learning week commencing 06.07.20

Week beginning Monday 29th June 2020

Home learning week commencing 29.06.20

Week beginning Monday 22nd June 2020

Home learning week commencing 22.06.20

History task 2

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Pets in French | Beginner French Lessons for Children

Week beginning Monday 15th June 2020

Home learning week commencing 15.06.20

English 1

For learning your spellings this week you could...
- Write them in melted chocolate or shavingfoam
- Write them on a family members back using your finger
- Create a rap using as many of them as you can

- Write silly sentences with them in 

Steps and what it looks like (rounding to estimate and using the inverse to check)

Rounding, estimating and inverse

Pandora's Box | The Greek Myth of Pandora and Her Box | Greek Mythology Story

Pets in French

Week Beginning Monday 8th June 2020

English 1

For your spellings you could do the following activities...
- Write them in sentences

- Rainbow writing

- Pyramid writing

English 2

How To Make A Cardboard Sword

Week beginning Monday 1st June 2020

Diversity posters

Message to Year 4

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Recommended Texts

Hi Year 4,

We had a few requests for book recommendations during our phone calls so we have compiled a list of ones we love! There is a range of levels here as we know you are all on different book bands. 


Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers



The Lorax by Dr Seuss

The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt

Slime by David Walliams

The Peski Kids by R.A Spratt

Percy Jackson By Rick Riordan 

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi


Week beginning Monday 18th May 2020


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States of Matter | Educational Videos for Kids

Did you know that matter, can be in three forms? Solid 🔲liquid 💧and gas 💨! We can also change from one to another, here's how! 👉SUBSCRIBE TO HAPPY LEARNING! ...

How to Draw Stonehenge Step by Step

Week Beginning Monday 11th May 2020


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Forts and tribes in Iron Age Britain

Week beginning Monday 4th May 2020

Rainbow fractions

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Primary vs Secondary Sources

Week 1.MP4

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Art - A Street Through Time

Week beginning Monday 27th April

Parallel ascenders

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Reminder about rounding rules

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Miss Mitchell chose to do a dragon for her St. George inspired piece!

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Dans ma trousse il y a

Week Beginning Monday 20th April

Home Learning overview Year 4 WB 20.04.20

The grid method

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Bus stop method

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Maths 3

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Commutative law explained

Example of rainbow factor

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Hi Year 4,


This is just an idea for your second week of Easter holidays if you are looking for something to do. In The Spiderwick Chronicles, a family encounter a world of creatures around their new home and find a field guide, detailing all the ones Arthur Spiderwick has found. This links to what we were doing in Science before Easter (Living things, classification and keys). If you want to, you could create your own field guide of imaginary creatures that may be living in your house, garden or even the darker creatures in a shed! This is not a compulsory task, just a fun activity that links a lot of learning. Remember, when creating your creatures you have to think about what kind of habitat, diet and characteristics they have. Below are some examples of a field guide and the audio book for the first novel in the series.


Have fun explorers!


What children have done in Easter

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide Audiobook

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide Audiobook



Hi Year 4,


We hope you are all keeping well and have enjoyed the last two weeks of learning. We will not be setting any new learning over the Easter holidays but have found a wide range of activities you can do while you are at home over the next few weeks - 65 fun things to be precise! We wish you a happy, fun Easter break and hope to see you all soon!


The Year 4 Team



Hello Year 4 parents,


Due to the upcoming school closure on Friday 20th March, we will now be providing learning through the website. This will be learning for the children to complete over the next two weeks at home. We recommend children continue in a daily routine to ensure a sense of stability and to allow them to continue to progress in their learning. 


Below we have structured a two week time table which will allow children time to practise their maths fluency, spelling, reading, creative writing and topical learning.


If you have any questions regarding this learning please email


Keep safe and healthy & we will see you all soon. 


The Year 4 team

As well as our learning below, Twinkl have offered free resources for the next two weeks.


Year 4 Timetable Week beginning 23.03.20

When writing your setting descriptions, you may find the following website useful for inspiration or for settings to describe.




Friday Resources

Please see Monday's timestables activity.

Year 4 Week 2 Week beginning 30.03.20

Wednesday resources
Please refer to Wednesday from week 1 for spelling practise


We braved the cold in maths this week and went out to create human grids to plot different coordinates. 
We then created a range of different polygons on these grids.


Year 4 spent their science lesson hunting the playground for invertebrates! 
We carefully searched in different microhabitats to see what we could find. The children did observational sketches and described the microhabitat the living things were found in. When we got back into the classroom, we tried to classify some of the invertebrates and we identified that we had found annelids, insects and arachnids. 

Year 4 have had a fantastic week full of Alice in Wonderland learning. Today, Miss Blundell's English group wrote their own birthday poems inspired by 'A Very Merry Unbirthday" from the animated film's tea party scene. We went on to have our own little tea party with some yummy biscuits!


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Computing has been really enjoyable over this term as the year 4 children have had great fun creating their comic strips!


The children have shown a great progression of skills over the year so far. They started off in Autumn developing their understanding of editing fonts and formatting images. This has now allowed them to insert images onto publisher and edit the sizes of these images to suit their comic strips. They have then used their knowledge of editing fonts sizes when writing a range of speech bubbles and thought bubbles.


Have a look at some brilliant examples:

In Science, we have been learning all about the different endangered species in the world and how humans contribute to the declining amount of certain species. 

We researched in the poison dart frog and then wrote a non-chronological report on this particular animal. This week, we created a charity advertisement to share our knowledge from across this unit.

Micah and Kevwe's charity advertisement

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Cross-curricular link to computing

In Geography this week, we compared the French Alps with our local area. We then went on to create documentaries based on this topic. We used the ipads to record different scenes.

Computing FUN!
This week we planned storyboards for our comic strips we are planning to create in computing. 

We went on to take pictures which we will go on to insert into publisher.

24.01.20 - History

During this week's history learning we wrote letters to show the societal changes between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
During our science learning this week we researched into a range of habitats and the species that live there. We found out about certain adaptations of species which allow them to survive in certain circumstances.

In PSHE, Year 4 have been thinking about the different ways of being healthy. 
We had fantastic discussion about certain things we should always be doing to keep healthy, certain things we should have here and there as a treat and the things we should avoid!


We went on the talk about the different food groups and why they are important in their own way.

08.01.19 Happy new year! Year four had a fantastic RE lesson today and learnt all about the founder of our new focus religion, Sikhism.

They retold the story through drama performances.

20.12.20 Eggciting experiments!

This week we have carried out an observation over time experiment. We submerged eggs into a range of liquids including coke, milk, orange juice and blackcurrant squash and observed the impact on the shell of the egg during the time it spent in the liquid. We then related this back to the damage certain liquids can have on our teeth. Blackcurrant caused quite a lot of damage!

13.12.19 Can you solve the winter riddle?

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We have been comparing religions that we have learnt about and finding similarities and differences.

29.11.19 - Common Exception Words to Practise


O'Keeffe wowed Miss Blundell with their excellent behaviour and improvement with their steel pans playing.

Tuesday Steel Pans

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This week in English the children read aloud to build on their fluency and intonation.

LOOK AWAY IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH! This half term year 4 are learning all about the digestive system. In this week's science lesson the children watched the teachers demonstrate what it would look like for food to travel through the different digestive organs. After the demonstration, the children then went outside and we had a cross-curricular link with PE as the children carried out a circuit that represented different parts of digestion.
Year 4 had a fantastic day on Wednesday when Tim and Bridget came in to carry out our Egyptian Drumming and Dancing Workshop. A huge thank you to all the adults who joined us for our Year 4 open afternoon. It was lovely to see you interacting with your children and having a dance yourselves!

Here are a range of games that can be played at home to help children with their times tables.


There are also good songs on Youtube where popular chart music has been adapted by an Australian teacher into times table songs. This is the link to his page:


Year 4 have been exploring shape over the past few weeks. They carried out lots of activities such as classifying 2d shapes and making their own 3d shapes with play dough!

11.10.19  -  18.10.19

Over the past couple of weeks we have been making canopic jars. We moulded the jar lids with modroc and then painted them using typical Egyptian colours.

In year 4, we created our own panpipes. We had to carefully follow instructions to ensure our panpipes worked. Whilst we were making them, we were considering how we would be able to make them create different pitches.


In PSHE, we discussed different emotions we feel. The children draw the expression you might show when feeling this emotion and added a the name of that emotion.

20.09.19 Mummification in Year 4!

A great start to our new science unit!
This week to introduce our science unit of 'Sound' we did a sound survey of the school. We stopped in a range of different places around the school and listened carefully to what we could hear. We considered what caused the vibration the made the sound travel to our ears.

E-Safety in Year 4!

Year 4 got straight into their E-safety learning this week and we looked at how our internet activity leaves us with a digital tattoo. We symbolised our online actions with the toothpaste being squeezed out of the container and then Miss Mitchell and Miss Blundell attempted to put the toothpaste back in the tube - with great difficulty! This has shown us that once we put something online it is very difficult to take it back.


Miss Millard's Maths group have enjoyed applying a range of skills learnt over the year to solve the mystery of the mixed-up football shirts! We are happy to confirm the case has been resolved and the culprit was...


Picasso class have had a fantastic time during our cross-curricular days enjoying visits from the Emergency services, learning about aid agencies and how they support people during natural disasters, writing a charity song, researching significant Scientists and filming their own documentary. 
Picasso class had great fun this afternoon creating a persuasive advert for a new wife for Henry VIII. The classroom was filled with laughter!


Year 4 enjoyed our visitor today, as part of their RE learning about sacred texts. The children had the opportunity to ask many questions about the bible and were keen to find out lots of information. 
Year 4 spent a lovely afternoon together today. Firstly, we made the most of the weather and headed outside for a science investigation to explore gasses in fizzy drinks. After that, we rehearsed our performance for the Summer Music Festival during our Music lesson. 
We had a fantastic time during Maths today, using the Geoboard app to create a range of 2D shapes. 
Year 4 had a fantastic time this morning playing games they had created using their Roman numeral knowledge.


In French this week, we have been learning about classroom stationary. We had to match the image with the french phrase and then we played a game and we had to mime the objects for people to guess. 
Picasso have been busy sharing their home learning projects in class this morning. Thank you all for the amazing effort you have put in to these projects. It has been great fun hearing about the different methods used to create a model rainforest, the fascinating fact finding and the poems. 


Year 4 had an egg-cellent time solving mathematical problems to crack the code of the missing Easter bunny costume!


A few children have asked for the website address of the site we are using in computing so here it is;




The whole of Year 4 enjoyed getting out in the fresh air today to conduct a mini-beast hunt in the school grounds. We found lots of invertebrates and then used a classification key to classify our findings. 


Year 4 have enjoyed a wonderful 'World Book Day'. We shared the story of 'The Giving Tree',  and then we set to work on making our own tree, by creating branches and writing messages on leaves of what we could give to others. We also reflected on who in our life gives to us and wrote thank you notes to let them know how much we appreciate what they do for us.   


As part of our new RE topic, we have been learning about food and religion. Each table was given a different religion and was challenged to design a meal following their food rules. 


Picasso enjoyed a passionate debate this afternoon about the Amazon rainforest. They worked in groups and took on different roles to represent a range of views and opinions.


Year 4 had a fabulous time at Mini-Olympics and enjoyed a variety of different sports activities. A fun time was had by all and even the adults joined in a bit as well! 


Year 4 traveled back in time today and the only way they could get back to the future was to solve addition and subtraction word problems. Luckily, we all returned safely!


Happy New Year! Welcome back to a new term packed full of interesting and exciting learning opportunities. We are excited for our new topics, The Rainforest and Living things and their habitats, and hope the children are as well. Attached below is the curriculum map for the Spring term. 


The Year 4 Team 

Year 4 had a great time this morning exploring 'The Kapok tree' text and applying our Maths learning to solve a mystery! 

In French, we have been learning songs to help us count in tens to one hundred.

On Thursday 22nd November Year 4 had a fantastic time at their Egyptian dance and drumming workshop. Check out a few of the highlights below!

In Maths we have been learning about coordinates and how to plot 2D-shapes. Today we applied our learning to find the hidden squares plotted. 

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