Year 4 Miss Betournay

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