Year 4 Miss Betournay



It’s safe to say that Year 4 had a spectacular time at the ‘Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter’.

From the moment we arrived the children were absolutely blown away and in awe of their surroundings. Their experiences ranged from seeing a terrifying dragon, walking into the Great Hall at Christmas, finding horcruxes in the Lestrange vault and running through Platform 9 3/4. It truly was a magical experience that we will never forget.

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of the parents and staff who helped us on the trip and we know that there were lots of disappointed parents who wanted to come. We just could not have done it without you.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the kind donation of the tickets from Councillor Cathrine Russell. The staff and children of year 4 will never be able to put into words just how grateful we are.

Most importantly, we’d like to thank the children. They were absolutely superb and members of the studio staff and teachers from other schools commented on their fantastic behaviour and manners. It was an absolute honour to share this amazing experience with them.

Below you will find a small selection of the 1217 pictures that were taken that day.

Armistice Day

Our school has been studying World War One in the run up to Armistice Day. The children have looked at the causes of the war and the effects it had on the people who foght in it, as well on the widere impact it had on people at home. Today everyone listened carefully to some readings and a pome in a special assembly to mark two minutes silence. The wreaths of poppies they had made were laid in a procession and showed the care and respect the pupils have for those who were affected by war.


This year has truly started with a bang. The students arrived and were given a letter inviting them to join Kingsley’s answer to Hogwarts. They had to make their way through Platform 9 3/4, through Diagon Alley and on to Hogwarts!

The students have taken part in a sorting ceremony and have been sorted into one of four houses; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Every week the houses compete for housepoints and a house cup.

As I’m sure most of you know, the students have been given tickets to attend the ‘Harry Potter Studio Tour’ on the 20th November. We would like to take a moment to thank all of you who have volunteered to come with us, we wish we could take all of you! Letters for the trip will be given out imminently.

Subject Focus:

Maths – This term we will be focussing on place Value, addition and subtraction. Times tables will be an ongoing focus throughout the year as Year 4’s are required to take a times table assessment at the end of year 4. Students will be given their weekly times table to practise with their homework.


English – We will be using ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ as our focus text. The students will be working on creating settings and characters in order to produce their own short story at the end of the term. Spellings will be based on the Year3/4 Statutory Spelling lists and will be practised in school. We will provide each student with a full list to take home and practice at their leisure.


Science – States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases

Topic – How has ‘Crime and Punishment’ changed over time?


Homework – Given out on Wednesday’s to be completed and returned on the following Monday.

PE – Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Please make sure jewellery of any kind is not worn and that long hair is tied back.


Thank you,

Miss Betournay & Miss Dean





PLEDGES 2018/2019

Well we’ve had a very busy and exciting year in year 4. Over the last few months the pupils have worked hard to fulfil the pledges they made in September 2018.

They have had lots of fun exploring outside trying to make bug hotels and had a fun afternoon making pizzas from scratch.

In the summer term the pupils worked hard on creating their own songs in their Notivate sessions and they were so proud of them that they decided they wanted to put on a show and perform in front of an audience. A lot of the pupils found this a very nerve-wracking experience but really made the teachers, their families and themselves extremely proud.

The pupils have had great fun tie-dying their own t-shirt as well as taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine. We hope they take their t-shirt home as a reminder of all of the fun experiences they have had in year 4.

The following link will take you to the pupils’ songs that they wrote and performed together.

Finally, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the children for the hard work they have done this year. We hope you all have a fantastic summer and we wish you all the best in year 5.

Good luck!

All of the Year 4 team










Year 4 have been busy delving into Viking history over the last term. We are learning to analyse historical sources and their reliability and using this to answer the question 'Were the Vikings vicious or valiant?' As the pupils begin to find out more about Viking life we are then building up an evidence bank in order to produce a balanced argument.

On July 11th year 4 will also be having a Viking day where we take part in different Viking crafts such as; garment dying, lucet braiding and making Viking oat biscuits. We hope to immerse the children in Viking culture and encourage a love and an appreciation for history.



Please can we remind pupils that they are required to practise their times tables at home. We will be participating in the Year 4 Times Table test in June and we would like to continue to encourage pupils to further their times table knowledge. They have worked hard on their times tables all year and with an extra push ,we have complete confidence that all of year 4 will make great progress.


As part of our Viking topic we would like you to make a Viking longboat out of things you have at home or create an information poster about Viking longboats.




This term year 4 are looking at animal habitats and food chains in Science. On the 28th February the pupils learnt about the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. They were asked to consider what kind invertebrates we might find in our school environment which led to a fun (although rather drizzly) exploration on the school grounds. 











This term year 4 are studying the Amazon Rainforest. As their creative project we would like them to recreate a rainforest environment/habitat in a box of some form. The children are encouraged to consider what sort of things we find in a rainforest climate such as rocks, vegetation etc. In previous years some children have decided to place small plastic insects or other various creature creations.

We look forward to seeing your creations.

Please feel free to contact any member of the year 4 team if you have any questions.


Miss Betournay & Mrs Cumming


  • PE days for Year 4 are Tuesdays (indoor) and Wednesdays (outdoor – please make sure they have warm kit)
  • New spellings are handed out at the beginning of week and tested the following Monday.

Times table tests take place on Fridays and the pupils receive new times tables on the same day.



Welcome back to a new term! We hope you all had a lovely break and found some time to relax.

This term we are beginning our new topic: The Amazon Rainforest. We will be spending the next two terms learning about the rainforest environment and the creatures that live there.

In our English lessons we will be using the knowledge we have learnt during our topic lessons to create our own non-chronological report based on a rainforest animal of our choosing. The book we will also be focusing on over the next few weeks is 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell.

Maths lessons will be focusing on fractions and shapes over the next term. Pupils will be learning to recognise equivalent fractions and how to find fractions of amounts. This will then develop into the pupils applying their knowledge to problem solving and mathematical reasoning problems.

In our science lessons we will be finishing our work on states of matter and then beginning to look at food chains and habitats. This links nicely with our rainforest topic.

The Amazon rainforest allows us several opportunities for creative projects and this is the focus of our art lessons this term. We are fortunate to welcome Piper into our class this term to help us to create some fantastic rainforest inspire art.

This term promises to be fun and creative and we look forward to seeing what the pupils produce.


Miss Betournay & Mrs Cumming




After assessing during the first term, we are now starting our spelling sessions. The pupils are divided into 4 groups and have a weekly spelling test every Friday based on the spellings they are given on a Monday. 

Here are the spellings for Mrs. Cumming's, Miss Betournay's and Ms Grey's groups. 

Week 2

Mrs C & Miss B












Ms G













Year 4 were fortunate enough to take part in a WW2 roleplay day at Holdenby House. The children took on the role of evacuees who were taken to Holdenby as part of an emergency evacuation. They took part in activities such as; cooking with rations, learning how to make do and mend and how to survive an air raid. 



YEAR 4 - 2018/19 - Autumn Term 1

Welcome back to another school year and the beginning of Year 4. 

Our topic this term will be based around the Second World War. In particular we will be looking at how home life and children were affected. To enhance our learning we will be taking part in a WW2 day based at Holdenby House in October. 

Our English lessons will be heavily influenced by our topic work. We will be look at literature such as 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' In particular, we hope these texts will allow the pupils to learn how to empathise with characters and their situations. 

During our maths lessons we will be focusing on number and place value. The pupils will be using previously taught methods and applying them to 3 and 4 digit numbers, as well as representing numbers using different resources. 

In science our topic is the Human Body with a large emphasis on the digestive system. 

Over the next couple of weeks we hope to establish a homework system where the children will be given times tables and spellings to learn. They will be given these on a Friday and will be tested on the following Friday. 

We hope the children have enjoyed the beginning of the term and please speak to any Year 4 staff member if you have any concerns. 

Miss Betournay and Mrs Cummings




Yesterday Year 4 were able to seize the opportunity to fulfil their second pledge. The children were very successful and had a great time.

Our last two pledges are to be completed in the last 2 weeks of term. 




Here are few pictures from our trip to Duxford. It was an amazing experience for all and one the children will remember I'm sure. They had the opportunity to go into a Concorde plane and see many planes and vehicles that were used during WW2. We were very lucky to grab ourselves a tour of the 'Battle of Britain' exhibit, from  a very kind man who was a young boy during 'The Blitz'. Both Mrs Cumming and I hope the children were able to get a lot of out the trip and would like to thank them all for their fantastic behaviour. Many thanks also to the staff and parents who came along to help. 


Relationships and Sex Education

Thank you to all the parents that attended the meeting before half term.  As promised, here is a list of books that might be suitable to share with your children.

Let’s talk about the birds and bees – Molly Potter

Hair in funny places – Babette Cole

Secret Girls’ Business - Fay Angelo, Heather Anderson & Rose Stewart

Secret Boys’ Business - Fay Angelo, Heather Anderson & Rose Stewart

Puberty Girl - Shushann Movsessian  

Puberty Boy - Geoff Price


For older children

 It’s perfectly normal – Robie H Harris

The Period Book - Karen Gravelle

What’s Going on Down There - Karen Gravelle


Pledges - Release the Butterflies!!

Over the last 3 weeks we have raised caterpillars and watched them metamorphose into butterflies. Today we had the pleasure of releasing them. They thoroughly enjoyed all of the beautiful flowers and plants grown by the gardening club.  



For the final two terms of the academic year, the students in year 4 will be studying World War 2. Specifically we will be learning about being a child during the war. Around mid June we will be taking the children on a trip to Duxford Air Museum.

In maths we have been studying shapes and angles. During the final summer term we will be moving on to statistics. The pupils are also having a fantastic time practising their times tables on the new programme 'Times Table Rockstars' which each pupil is able to access from home too. 

During our English lessons we will be looking at war related literature such as 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe', as well as some extracts from the 'Diary of Anne Frank'. We feel these texts will enable the children to access the curriculum but will also help to enrich their topic work. 

In terms of science, the pupils will be exploring sound and electricity. The pupils will be taking an investigative approach to both topics, allowing them to explore scientific processes in depth whilst being guided by the teacher. 

The children have been working especially hard during the first summer term during their Notivate sessions. These sessions are based around the children writing their own songs in groups and learning about the music industry. Pupils will then be taken to a recording studio where they will get an in depth look at the process and record their own songs. After the process has finished, each child will be gifted a CD of their efforts. 

We hope this term continues to be a warm and exciting one.

Mrs Cumming and Miss Betournay

Sponsored bounce in the sun




Your homework is to find out about a plane that was used during the second world war. We would then like you to draw a detailed picture of the plane or to build a model.





Over the last few weeks we have been looking at money and time. It would be really helpful if students could practice telling the time and working out the correct change when at the shops etc.

Students should also be learning their times tables. This can be done through the TTRockstars website.


Students should continue to read as much as they can at home.


Please let us know if any support is required.


Mrs Cumming and Miss Betournay