Year 4: 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Year 4 class page is displayed to provide an overview of provision during the academic year up to 23.3.20 when schools were closed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our latest Curriculum Leaflets will keep you informed about the Cornerstones projects being studied, including the learning activities that are planned and important day to day information. They will also give information about how you can help your child at home (linked with the taught curriculum) and weekly schedules for activities such as P.E. and home learning.

Click on the links below to download the latest Curriculum Information Leaflet for children in Year 4. Parent Curriculum Leaflets will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.

Raiders and Traders  Road Trip USA I am Warrior
Potions Misty Mountain Sierra


Click on the links below to download the 'Knowledge Mat' for each project. Knowledge mats are used in class to help your child remember some of the key facts taught during the project. Knowledge mats will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.

Raiders and Traders   Road Trip USA I am Warrior Potions Misty Mountain Sierra

You can download Copley Junior's Recommended Reading List for Year 4 by clicking here.

See the overview of what Year 4 will be learning during 2019-2020 by viewing their long term plan here.


Our Class News

News from our 'Raiders and Traders' Creative Learning Project

Viking Attack!

On Thursday 12th September, Year 4 went on an exciting trip to Murton Park, to fully experience what it was like to be a Viking. The children were greeted by a strong Viking woman named Runa, who prepared them for the day ahead. The children dressed as Vikings and, for one day only, the adults dressed as the children’s slaves! They then made their way to the Viking village where they met ‘My Lord’. Once My Lord had accepted them into his village, it was time to get to work!

Throughout the day the children got to be craftsmen, shaping and decorating their own individual pots, farmers, preparing the land to ensure the crops would grow, they ground the flour for bread-making and collected wood, and they also learned how to be powerful Viking guards. It was a perfect, fun-filled day that helped kick start our Traders and Raiders topic. The children were wonderfully behaved and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from our visit to Murton Park.

Vikings Attack!

Please click on the video clips to see our fierce Vikings in action!

In their history lessons, Year 4 learned about significant Viking events and historical figures, such as King Alfred and Eric Bloodaxe, and placed these  in chronological order on a timeline using dates. Children used dates and terms to describe events, including BC, AD, century, decade, after, before and during.

During their project 'Raiders and Traders' Year 4 used maps of Europe to identify the countries that the Viking raiders came from. The children started by locating the world’s countries, using maps and atlases to focus on Europe, including the location of Russia.

The children then identified the different continents of the world and created a key.

Children then annotated maps to find out where the Vikings came from and where they settled.

As Year 4 learned about where the Vikings settled, they looked in more detail at a map of our local area. Viking words can be found in many English place names and indicate the key feature of the local area where the Vikings settled e.g. -ton=hedge or fence, later a farm (Branton); -by=farmhouse/dwelling (Cadeby); -thorpe=hamlet/village (Armthorpe). Children looked at a map of our local area, produced a colour key and identified place names of Viking origin, locating these on a local map and recording their findings in a table.

We also learned about Viking runes and wrote messages for our friends to decode.

We delved into an Anglo Saxon world of danger and suspense through the story of 'Beowulf' which inspired the children to write a description full of suspense.

As part of our history work Year 4 were given the choice of finding out about an aspect of Viking life they wanted to know more about. The children used library books, primary internet websites and information gained from their visit to Murton Park to research information and make notes. The children then chose how to present their learning. 

Year 4 Express

It was lovely to welcome so many parents/carers and relatives to Year 4’s Viking express event. The children showcased some of their fantastic project work, they demonstrated how to defend a Viking raid and even invited the parents to join in!

Year 4 demonstrated to the parents and relatives how the Vikings would defend themselves.

Then, very much to the children's delight, it was time for some of the parents to have a go!

There was high drama and excitement when the Vikings were surprised by a couple of Saxon intruders!

To read some of the comments from parents/carers and relatives about our express event, please click here.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 4's fantastic home learning work.

Year 4 Vikings Display - great work, Year 4!

Times Tables Rock Star Launch 2019-2020

Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2019-2020. Miss Mellor explained how important learning times tables is and that, with lots of practice, children need to aim for instant recall of all times tables and division facts. Miss Mellor explained how the times tables rock stars programme works. To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'. You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'. Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!

Our launch event finished with a teacher challenge - five brave (and very competitive) teachers tackled 100 instant recall questions against the clock. Miss Havercroft was victorious with a time of 1 minute 24 seconds!

You can find out more about 'Times Tables Rock Stars' by clicking here.

'Godly Play' at the Methodist Church

Members of the Methodist Church work closely with Year 4 pupils each year. The 'Godly Play' sessions include visits to the Methodist Church and workshop sessions in school. The sessions are very lively and engaging and encourage children to explore their values and beliefs. Below are some of the photographs from a 'Godly Play' session at the Methodist Church, when children found out about all the different jobs undertaken there. Then, the children learned about all the different and important features in the church and took part in a quiz! In the second Godly Play session, Godly Play visited the school and taught the children all about the 10 Commandments. The children had fun learning about these and then enjoyed discussing some of the rules that they have to follow.

Click on the first image below to browse through our gallery of photographs.

Year 4 classes visited the Methodist Church for a Christmas workshop led by Mr Banks. Children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a variety of craft activities and learned more about the Christmas story.

My Body

In their study of 'My Body', Year 4 took part in practical work to learn about the parts of the digestive system.

Year 4 are really good at brushing their teeth and the disclosing tablets enabled children to see this. Children identified the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions. They soaked eggs in different liquids for a number of days to investigate how the acidity of different liquids affected the shells and related this to the effect that different liquids have on our teeth.

News from our 'Road Trip' Creative Learning Project

Year 4 children launched their 'Road Trip USA' creative learning project by using their geography and map reading skills to navigate their way to locate famous American landmarks.

Year 4 found out the name, location and state capital for each of the 50 states in the USA, using a range of sources.

Children used a range of resources to find out the names and capitals of the 14 states where Native Americans settled and used maps and atlases to locate these.

As part of their learning about Native Americans, Year 4 used websites to research into Native American symbols and their meanings.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 4's fantastic 'Road Trip USA' home learning work.

In their science lessons Year 4 children constructed simple series electrical circuits, identifying and naming the basic parts. Children used their knowledge of circuits to predict and then test whether or not a lamp would light in a simple series circuit and next they incorporated switches in their circuits too. Children then investigated common conductors and insulators of electricity.

Anti-Bullying Week

In Year 4 children wrote their own anti-bullying messages on a paper strip before putting them together to make a paper chain.

Year 4's message for Anti-Bullying Week:

Each and every one of us fit perfectly into the chain

We stand linked together in our anti-bullying campaign! 

Year 4 watched and discussed anti-bullying presentations and took part in discussion groups around key questions such as 'How is bullying different from conflict?'and 'How would bullying make you feel?'

Learning about Sikhism in Year 4

Many thanks to Harpinder, who visits school to support our R.E. teaching about aspects of Sikhism in Year 4. In the gallery of photographs below, children learned about the 5Ks and what is special about a Sikh wedding.

News from our 'I am Warrior' Creative Learning Project

We started our project with a Roman day provided by museum staff from Murton Park with a Roman Centurion who taught us all about life as a Roman soldier. We learned all sorts of brilliant facts (one of the facts children like to remember the most has something to do with Roman toilet paper…I will say no more!). Children enjoyed an exciting day full of activities including a themed presentation and interactive talk, illustrated with a wide range of authentic artefacts. This was followed with craft and artefact handling activities and an active session practising preparations for a Roman battle. By the end of the day, all children successfully passed their Diploma and are all now fierce members of the Roman Army!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from our 'I am Warrior' workshop day.

As part of their workshop day, Year 4 handled authentic Roman artefacts.

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from our 'I am Warrior' workshop day.

Children used information from their workshop day, library books, picture cards and ipads to research information in order to compare Roman soldiers and Celtic warriors in terms of armour, weapons, appearance and footwear.

The children found out about ancient Celtic hill forts, drew a sketch map of one of these, explained why the Celts chose to build their forts as they did and considered the geographical features of Britain that would have hampered the Romans as they invaded.

In their history lessons, Year 4 learned about significant Roman events and historical figures and placed these in chronological order on a timeline using dates.

As children learned about Boudicca's rebellion against Roman rule, they presented their interpretation of Boudicca's feelings and thoughts as different events unfolded.

Children then looked at different visual representations of Boudicca and used the source evidence from Cassius Dio to identify which image of Boudicca was most historically accurate.

Children carried out research projects about their chosen Roman topic and used different layouts in Word e.g. headings, bullet points, bold, underlining, inserting text boxes and adding images to improve the presentation of their work.

In their maths lessons, children found out about Roman numerals and then worked out problems using them.

'I am Warrior' Parent Express Event

After an exceedingly busy few weeks learning (nearly) all there is to know about the Romans and Celts, we were finally ready to share all of the exciting activities and brilliant work we have done! Our express event was jam-packed (much like the Colosseum) with parents, ready to see what the children have been learning about.

First, the parents were invited into a Roman and Celtic camp on the night before battle where children shared their descriptive soliloquies. They were then transported through the medium of drama to the day of the final gruesome battle between Boudicca and her Celts and the Romans. The children made fantastic use of their impressive Roman and Celtic shields to recreate the battle and after the battle was over, the Romans then demonstrated the different formations: the wedge and the tortoise.

Suddenly, the hall transformed again into the colossal Colosseum and we were able to witness a highly entertaining and dramatic gladiator fight between Maximus, the Samnite and Crixus, the Retarius. Once the battle was over and Maximus was victorious, parents were then challenged to beat the children in a game of Tabla Lusarius; to translate and write in Roman script and explore the fantastic work the children had done for their ‘I Am Warrior’ project.

We have all had a fantastic time during this creative learning project and we were exceedingly proud of how well the children did during our exciting and busy express event! We would also like to thank all parents who helped their children with their Roman and Celtic shields – they looked brilliant!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from our express event.

E-Safety Awareness

Year 4 have learned more about how to keep safe online with the 2020 national e-safety theme of 'Together for a better internet'. Children then produced a paper chain with messages about e-safety showing how together we can create a safer internet. Great ideas and work, Year 4!

'Godly Play'

The lovely team at 'Godly Play' visited us in school and we went to the Methodist Church for a session of Bible stories, reflection, discussion and crafts.