Year 4

Curriculum Overview

Meet the Teacher 2020

Meet the Staff

Mr R Medwell

Team Leader

Miss R Porter
Miss K Bland
Mrs L Dobson
Termly News

Please click on the links below to access the latest newsletter and topic web.

Year 4 Newsletter Spring 2021

Year 4 Topic Web Spring 2021

Year Newsletter Autumn 2020

Year Topic Web Autumn 2020

Poetry Slam 2021

Autumn Term 2020

Well what a great term it has been so far! After a very long break for many, the children in Year 4 hit the ground running! Keen and eager to get started, Year 4 have had a fun-filled return to school.  Let’s take a look at some of their highlights…

Creative Day – Our topic this term is the Ancient Greeks. We clearly have some budding historians in the year group as the children have been fascinated in finding out about life in Ancient Greece and how they have impacted our lives today. The children had a great time taking part in our Ancient Greek Creative Day, where they got to dress up in Ancient Greek attire and also had the opportunity to take part in a range of Ancient Greek-themed creative tasks. These activities included translating Ancient Greek messages, creating olive leaf crowns and decorating Ancient Greek plates with images from Greek mythology! Overall, the children (and adults) had a fantastic day!

Harvest Assembly – Our Harvest Assembly this year needed to be virtual! However, this didn’t stop Year 4 creating some amazing offerings, including a collaborative vegetable themed super hero movie trailer and some lovely poetry!

(the other class Harvest Celebrations can be found under latest news)

Story Time – Like every year, reading is an integral element to the Westfields curriculum. After lockdown, it has been so important to get all of our children engaged in telling, reading and listening to stories. Some of our favourites this half term have included ‘Hercules and his 12 labours’ – a choose your own destiny book, as well as Icarus and Daedalus, a children’s version of Troy and the Odyssey!

What we are looking forward to – The fun doesn’t stop there! This second half term is just as jam-packed as the first! With Christmas around the corner, we will be making winter decorations to brighten up your tree using our sewing skills! We also have 4RM’s Radio Show and 4RP’s Class Assembly this half term to look forward to!

Spring Term 2020

We thought it could not have got better after the Autumn Term, but how wrong we were! Our theme for this term has been ‘Water Water Everywhere’, and what a theme it has been! The outstanding cross curricular learning has enriched our understanding of the importance of water in our lives this term.

For many of our lessons this term we have taken on the role of geographers, learning all about the water cycle, how rivers are formed and how we can filter dirty water to make it (reasonably) clean. Our Guided Reading this term has been incredibly exciting as we have had the opportunity to take part in the Hampshire Information Book Awards. We have reviewed five information books, exploring each one in depth through Guided Reading and then writing reviews. The texts have been excellent as many of them link with climates and weather around the world. One of our standout books though has been The Problem with Plastics. A book relevant for today and tomorrow, this really taught us how we humans are negatively affecting the environment around us and as result we are sure many of the children at home have spoken about your recycling habits!

In Science we have been exploring states of matter and how and why changes of state happen from solid to liquid and gas. There has been lots of hands on exploration and we have been developing skills to accurately use of a range of scientific equipment, including data loggers. After the half term break, we have explored sound and how sound waves travels. At the end of the term we will be learning about pitch and frequency and how these can be changed.

In English, we have written beautiful stories about a young girl in Africa, trying to save a tree with the last of her villages water. Hopefully you had a chance to read them while you were at Parents’ Evening!

Autumn Term 2019

What a fantastic Term we have had! Year 4 have been learning all about the Greeks this term. From developing our historical skills to enhancing our Ancient Greek knowledge we have had so much fun! As the term has gone on, we have learned all about the religion of Ancient Greece, structure of Ancient Greek society as well as the differences between Athens and Spartan. This amazing topic was topped off with a Creative Day where we created pitta bread, enjoyed a real Greek play and made laurel leaves.

Some of our most memorable lessons have been in Science where we have learnt about how scientists classify and group plants and animals by observing common features and characteristics and using keys. Following on from this topic, we explored humans and animals, developing an understanding of food chains in nature and how the digestive system works. We had a fantastic time creating a digestive system using tights, plastic bags, bananas and orange juice!

We finished off the year with a fun-filled project where we created a Christmas decoration. We developed our sewing skills, creating elaborate decorations from felt and fabric; we even learned how to sew on buttons and ribbons. What a fantastic way to end the term!

Summer Term 2019

In the Summer Term, Year 4 have been busy exploring Roman life and legacy and acting as history detectives. This began with us exploring an artefact collection and making explanation videos and also included a residential visit to the fabulous Ufton Court where we were able to feast at a banquet, learn military manoeuvres to apply to a battle between the Celts and Romans and develop skills such as archery, wattling and soap making. We even used our teamwork skills to make and launch giant trebuchets!

As part of our Design and Technology this term we completed a ‘Mission Impastable Project’. We evaluated and learnt about different pasta designs before making our own dough and shaping original shaped pasta designs. It was bellissimo even if we do say so ourselves!

Autumn Term 2018

In the Autumn term Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed developing their understanding of Ancient Greece. As well as our fabulous Creative Day, we have enjoyed learning about the Gods, legacies and even had a message from Doctor Who who needed advice on whether to land his Tardis in Athens or Sparta! In Maths we have developed our written methods for addition and subtraction, moving on to more formal methods. We have been treated to some amazing writing as we explored the fantasy lands of Pandora and the children created their own non-chronological reports, including information about different animals and landscapes on this mysterious moon.


Trips and Events

For the following trips and events, further details will be communicated to parents in due course.

September 2020

07.09.20                   First day of term

14.09.20                   Whole School Reading Matters Week

15.09.20                   Virtual PAWS Welcome Meeting

17.09.20                   Cardwell & Simmons individual pupil photos

18.09.20                   Year 4 Virtual ‘Meet the Teacher Meeting’ live on website

October 2020

05.10.20                   Walktober (Walk to School Week)

07.10.20                   Year 4 PAWS Film Night

08.10.20                   Year 4 Greek Creative Day

09.10.20                   Cardwell & Simmons (for children absent on 17.09.20)

16.10.20                   Christmas Card Order Deadline

23.10.20                   PAWS Mufti Day

 November 2020    

03.11.20                   Whole School Charity Fun Run

04.11.20                   Whole School Flu Immunisations

11.11.20                   PAWS Virtual Committee Meeting (7.00-8.00pm)

13.11.20                   Time to Shine – be bright non-uniform day and road safety

16-20.11.20             Anti-Bullying Week (Theme – United Against Bullying/16th Odd Socks Day)

16-20.11.20             Road Safety Week

25.11.20                   Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

26.11.20                   Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

 December 2020                                    

03.12.20                  PAWS Christmas Pop-Up Shop

10.12.20 – tbc          Year 3 Christmas Production

15.12.20                   Year 3 & 4 Christmas Lunch

18.12.20                   Last day of term

 January 2021                                         

04.01.21                   Inset Day

05.01.21                   First day of term

14.01.21                   Virtual Year 3 & 4 Parents Maths Workshop – tbc

 February 2021

1/2/3.02.21             Auditions for Westfields Has Talent

03.02.21                   Year 4 PAWS Film Night (3.15-5.00pm)

09.02.21                   Safer Internet Day

12.02.21                   PAWS Mufti Day

12.02.21                   Westfields Has Talent

 March 2021           

04.03.21                   World Book Day – dress up

09.03.21                   Year 3 & 4 Virtual Parent SPaG Workshop – tbc

wc 22.03.21              Potted Sports Afternoon

26.03.21                   Whole School Poetry Slam (World Poetry Day – 21st March)

30.03.21                   PAWS Easter Raffle

30.03.21                   School Spring Disco (Year 3 and 4 is from 5.00 – 6.15pm) postponed

31.03.21                   Last day of term

April 2021

01.04.21                   Inset Day

22.04.21                   Year 4 Roman Creative Day

26.04.21                   Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

28.04.21                   Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

30.04.21                   4RP Radio Show

May 2021                                               

05.05.21                   PAWS Virtual Committee Meeting (7.00-8.00pm)

07.05.21                   4BD Radio Show

14.05.21                   Inter-house Debating Challenge

20.05.21                   PAWS Film Night – tbc

28.05.21                   Inset day

 June 2021                                               

18.06.21                   4RM Class Assembly

25.06.21                   4BD Class Assembly

28/29.06.21            Year 4 visit to Dapdune Wharf/River Wey tbc

 July 2021                                                

06.07.21                   Sports Day

07.07.21                   Celebration Evening (3.30-5.30pm )

13.07.21                   Reserve Sports Day

15.07.21                   School Summer Disco (Year 3 and 4 is from 5.00 – 6.15pm)

16.07.21                   Year 5 Business Fair (3.15-4.15pm) All Welcome

23.07.21                   Last day of term



Whole school letters and newsletters can be found under the Parents tab (link to whole school letters)

Year 4 Newsletter Spring 2021
Year 4 Topic Web Autumn 2020
Year 4 Newsletter Autumn 2020

Home Learning

Year 4 Home Learning

During school closure all home learning can be found under the menu Pupil\Home Learning, then select the appropriate Year Group.  Click here to go direct to page.  The home learning link can also be found on the home page under useful... read more

Year Group Spelling List

The National Curriculum set out the spelling rules and patterns as well as spelling lists children in each year group need to learn. To help you spell these words, we set weekly spellings for you to learn and we provide spelling booklets which contains all your weekly spellings for the year.

Each week, you will learn a set number of spellings that follow a spelling rule or pattern and then you will have additional words which are words children in your year group should to be able to spell. To help you with your spellings, your teacher will teach you the rules and patterns and in your booklets, there is space for you to carry out the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ strategy at home. This will help you learn your spellings; you can also practise rainbow writing (writing out your spellings on top of each other in different colours, spell them out to an adult, be tested by an adult, write sentences with the spelling word in and you can also make mnemonics e.g. because – big elephants can’t always use small exits.

You will be tested on a Monday and on Tuesday, after your teacher has checked your spellings, you will tick the words you have spelt correctly in this booklet so you can keep a record of your progress. At the end of each half term, you will have a spelling test of selected words from the previous half term to see what you can remember!

Remember…Practise makes perfect!

Spelling Booklets will be handed out at the beginning of the academic year and need to be in school every Monday and Tuesday. If they are lost, please see your classteacher. You will need to bring 50p in for a replacement booklet.