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Year 4 - Oak

Welcome to Oak Class

Mrs Cousins and Mrs Hanley would like to welcome you all to our Oak Class web page. We will keep you up to date with our class learning, trips and photographs. Remember to check in regularly!


Important information

Class timetable:

Monday: Humanities and French

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Science 

Thursday: Library, Art/Design and Technology

Friday: PE


All children in year 4 will have daily maths, literacy, reading, spelling and handwriting lessons. 

  • PE kits should be in school everyday, children will be expected to wear the school PE uniform during PE lessons. Jewelry must be removed and long hair should be tied back for safety. 
  • Our class library session will be on Thursday afternoons. Children will need to bring their library books to school to change on a regular basis. 
  • We will be able to change children's Accelerated Reading Books during afternoon sessions. Children are expected to go to the school library independently to change their book once quizzed. 



The class expectation is that children should be reading at home on a daily basis. The children will have a 'Reading record' book, this should be signed by an adult at home each time the child reads. Children will also read with adults in class. It is important to encourage children's reading as this supports their literacy development, writing style and use of interesting vocabulary in writing.


At the beginning of each topic, children will bring home a homework grid. This will give the children a range of choices as to how they would like to present their topic related homework. This could include: art work, research, fact finding, reading, walks, posters, writing a song, etc. The children would have the half term to produce their chosen work and to bring it into school to share and present to the class. 

Children will also have regular spelling and handwriting homework to complete. 


All about year 4...

This is a year in which teachers will work to nurture and encourage the feelings of independent thinking, learning and decision making. 


The children were keen to learn about the year 4 topics on transition day - some may remember some of the activities we spoke about. 

Our topics are as follows:

Blue Abyss


Burps, Bottoms and Bile


Misty Mountain Sierra

Road Trip USA

I am Warrior


We have some great science topics such as: the digestive system, teeth, electricity and ocean life.We will learn about mountains, regions and oceans in geography and Romans and Egyptians in history. These lessons will engage the children's imagination and will get them talking at home. Perhaps this is an opportunity to share some learning activities together, research countries or creatures, complete mini projects or use recycled materials to construct something linked to learning in class.  

Daily maths, spelling and literacy lessons will develop confidence and ensure that children know and understand the key skills. Apostrophes, commas, times tables and key spellings are just some of the things children in year 4 are expected to use accurately. There will also be a particular emphasis on the children's presentation of their work and handwriting throughout the year. 


How to help your child at home...


One of the most important things you can do is to hear your child read. 

'Good readers make good writers because they are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and style.'

Take time to discuss the text your child is reading, ask about the book, what do they like about it? Share reading at home - you can be a good role model by reading too! 

By the end of year 4, all children are expected to know their times tables and to be able to use them fluently. The children will complete a test towards the end of the year. Anything you can do to help that knowledge go in and stay in is fantastic! 

Autumn Term 1 Learning

Autumn Term 1 Learning  1 We have been critiquing seascapes
Autumn Term 1 Learning  2 We chose our preferred media
Autumn Term 1 Learning  3 We created our own representations
Autumn Term 1 Learning  4 We tried to capture the shapes
Autumn Term 1 Learning  5 We created texture
Autumn Term 1 Learning  6 We used shading for effect
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Picture 1 We had a surprise visitor!
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Picture 3 Our Yr 6 teacher is an assistant diving instructor
Picture 4 Mrs Sullivan told us about her equipment
Picture 5 The diving suit was very heavy!
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Picture 8 The tank was very heavy! Poor Mrs Cousins...
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Picture 11 This is called the Octopus
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Picture 16 Mrs Sullivan told us some diving stories
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Picture 18 She answered some of our questions
Picture 19 We told Mrs Sullivan about our learning too!
Picture 20 food chains and adaptations.
Picture 21 Researching the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
Picture 22 Drama in Literacy and Language
Picture 23 Researching the Great Barrier Reef
Picture 24 Is tourism a good thing?
Picture 25 This sparked a lot of discussions...
Picture 26 So many species to learn about!
Picture 27 The corals are beautiful and all very different
Picture 28 Using Google Earth to locate seas and oceans
Picture 29 Where is the Great Barrier Reef?
Picture 30 We are developing our writing style in literacy
Picture 31 Jaxon's angler fish
Picture 32 Clay sculptures of sea creatures
Picture 33 It's a sea turtle
Picture 34 We used tools to add details.
Picture 35 Lillian has made a clown fish!
Picture 36 Look at these pearls...
Picture 37 We chose our creature before modelling the clay
Picture 38 We got a little messy!
Picture 39 Oak class are bringing in lots of homework!
Picture 40 We have puppets, facts, jokes, games and posters..
Picture 41 adaptation group work
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Picture 43 We are learning to play the 'Kookaburra' song
Picture 44 We are learning about the layers in the ocean
Picture 45 Some creatures are able to survive in the trenches
Picture 46 We have been investigating how submarines work
Picture 47 Programming a 'sprite' on Scratch
Picture 48 We have been learning about the oceans
Picture 49 We held our own election in Oak Class
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Picture 51 We had a very interesting day out!
Picture 52 We have a lot of questions for our topic!
Picture 53 This is me!
Picture 54 This is me!
Picture 55 rounding to the nearest 10 or 100
Picture 56 number lines in maths
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Picture 60 My shout outs!
Picture 61 I want you to know about me
Picture 62 These are important things about me!
Picture 63 My shout outs!
Children need to be in school and on time every day ~Make sure you read the Privacy Notice on the Key Information Page~ The results of the Parent Questionnaires are attached to the 8th November 2019 Newsletter