Year 4 2020-2021

Welcome to the Year 4 class page. Here you will find news and photos about the learning in Year 4 during 2020-2021.

Year 4 Curriculum Leaflets

Our 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. Curriculum leaflets are emailed to parents via our ParentPay system.

Click on the links below to download the Curriculum Information Leaflets for children in Year 4.

Year 4 Knowledge Mats

Please click on the project titles below to see the 'knowledge mat' for each project. Your child has their own personal copy of the knowledge mat for each project and these are used in class to help your child remember some of the key facts being taught. Knowledge mats are also posted in children's Seesaw accounts and are emailed to parents via our ParentPay system.

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 2020-2021 by viewing their long term plan here.

Our 'Quick Links' page provides quick links to a wide range of school information, including links to school routines, links to information about our delivery of different curriculum areas etc.

Home Learning in Year 4

All our home learning tasks are shared via our Seesaw app. At the beginning of each half term, the home learning challenges grid will be uploaded to Seesaw. The grid contains a range of activities and specifies the number of each type of activity (maths, writing and creativity) to be completed. Children may complete the tasks at any time but must have completed the specified number by the end of the half term. All completed work (or work in progress pictures!) can be shared via Seesaw so achievements can be celebrated. At times, teachers may ask children to bring their work in to school. The learning challenge grid for each project is shared below, as well as some examples of the fantastic work completed by the children. The 'hall of fame' gallery is updated at the end of each project to celebrate the children's achievements.

To view the Year 4 Home Learning page and see our home learning grids and examples of some of the children's fantastic work, please click here.

Our Class News


Our Aquamarine and Emerald classes for 2020-2021. So happy to be back at school!

Times Tables Rock Star Launch 2020-2021

Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2020-2021. Teachers 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. Teachers also 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'!

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

Examples of children's home learning projects to find out about their class gem stones, Emerald and Aquamarine.

News from our 'Raiders and Traders' Creative Learning Project

Viking Attack!

On Friday 18th 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!

See how quickly our Viking guards move!

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.

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.

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 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. 

Children learned about Viking runes and then used their knowledge to translate letters they had written from English into Viking runes.

As part of the home learning for their project 'Traders and Raiders', Year 4 pupils had the choice of many engaging home learning tasks. They could choose to write a diary account as if they were a Viking on their voyage across the sea to raid and invade Britain; create a leaflet or PowerPoint presentation about Viking gods and goddesses; research interesting facts about the history of the Vikings or find out about the life of Alfred the Great. Children could also get involved in the creativity home learning tasks by creating a Viking longboat; children could choose to research and create Viking embroidery patterns; find out about real treasure discovered from the period or make small Anglo-Saxon charms and thread with other materials to create a personalised necklace.

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

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 we sent home 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.

Children learned about the symbolism of totem poles and designed their own.

Children researched information about Native Americans and then chose how to present their findings.

For their creative learning project 'Road Trip USA', children could choose from a range of home learning projects including creating a fact file about a famous American; designing and making a totem pole; creating a dream catcher; producing a leaflet about a famous American geographical or human landmark and creating a traditional American dish!

Please click on the first picture 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 and what happens when more components are added to circuits.

R.E. Lessons

As part of their R.E. unit of study on why Jesus is inspiring to some people, children created designs for stained glass windows using oil pastels.

P.E. Lessons

We have used our Sports Premium funding from the government to buy a new climbing frame, mats, a springboard and other equipment for our P.E. lessons. Year 4 have really enjoyed using the new apparatus.

Harvest Festival – Thank You!

Thank you for your donations to the charity ‘Water Aid’.

Children from each class contributed to our online Harvest Assembly with different presentations on the theme of water, including ‘Why is water so important?’, ‘The beauty of water’, ‘How can we get energy from water?’, ‘Save our oceans’, ‘The work of Water Aid’, ‘Why is hand washing so important?’ and ‘Zeitu and Zahra’s walk for water’.

The children enjoyed wearing their non-uniform clothes with a ‘blue’ theme for Water Aid, so thank you to everyone for your support.

Intra-School Cross Country Tournament

The children in our Sports Council decided to organise our own intra-school Cross Country Tournament, as we were unable to take part in our usual Doncaster Schools' Tournament because of COVID-19 restrictions.

This involved every child in school competing for their House, with children in Years 3 and 4 undertaking a one mile course in the school grounds and children in Years 5 and 6 completing a 1.5 mile course. The total distance covered, by totalling the distance completed by each child, equals 265 miles (equivalent to one person running to Exeter or Stirling in Scotland).

Featured below are our medal winners in Year 4. The 2020 Intra-School Cross Country Tournament results were as follows:

1st - Darwin House

2nd - Hawking House

3rd - Einstein and Hodgkin House

I wonder which House will win our next intra-school sports competition? Good luck, everyone!

CSA 'Spooky Spoons' Competition

Our parent-teacher CSA group organised a fun competition for the children over half term. The children demonstrated amazing creativity with their 'Spooky Spoon' creations! Well done to our winners in Year 4 - Oria and Amelia.

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

National Anti-Bullying Week

As part of our Anti-Bullying Week, Year 4 pupils created their own link in the paper chain to share their anti-bullying and positive friendship messages with each other. Great work, Year 4!

Odd Socks Day

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors invited all children and staff to wear odd socks to launch our Anti-Bullying Week – as bright and oddly matched as possible! We used this theme to celebrate our individuality and to reflect that being different is ok.

Lots of children in Year 4 entered our Anti-Bullying poster competition, and our Year 4 winning entry is posted below.

Wonderful WellBeing Days

As we are keeping within our year group protected bubbles, our Year 6 Mini Life Coaches were not able to run their usual lunchtime wellbeing sessions, so they met with Miss Wright, our Emotional Health and Wellbeing leader, to discuss what they could lead to support pupils across school at the current time.

The Mini Life Coaches decided they would hold 'Wonderful Wellbeing Days' when all pupils across school would have a health and wellbeing focus. At the end of the first half term, children took part in a year group cross country competition, they had a yoga and relaxation session, took part in mindfulness colouring and designed wellbeing shields to consider what 'powers' they already have to support their wellbeing.

At the end of the second half term, the Year 6 Mini Life Coaches designed another timetable for a day of wellbeing activities and they shared their plans via the weekly newsletter:

"Before the end of term, all of the children in school will be taking part in the second ‘Wonderful Wellbeing’ day of the year. We have organised a day of relaxing, fun and creative mindfulness activities with the help of Miss Wright. Now, more than ever, it is very important that we all take time to look after our emotional health and wellbeing and we are proud to support other children at Copley to do this. The day will involve a House mat ball competition with Mr Henry, mindfulness colouring, Christmas star guided meditation, an outdoor elf hunt, wellbeing photo booth and more. We hope you will all enjoy it very much. "

from the Year 6 Mini Life Coaches

Santa Dash

During the first week of December, thanks to our CSA group, the children enjoyed taking part in Copley’s first ever Santa Dash.

All children took part in a run in their year group bubbles within the school grounds as part of their timetabled P.E. lessons. The Santa Dash events looked very festive, with children wearing their Christmas jumper/t-shirt or a colourful top and a Santa hat.

Following the Santa Dash year group events, the CSA kindly organised for children to be presented with chocolate gold coins and a certificate of achievement. Well done everyone and thank you to the CSA (and also Santa, who completed eight laps of the course as he led each Santa Dash!).

Crossing the finishing line

To make the event even more fun, the CSA placed many festive decorations within the school grounds. There were so many hidden surprises for children to spot, it was very fortunate that our Santa Dash involved two laps of the course!

Father Christmas Visits Copley

We had a most fantastic surprise when our Teams reading reward assembly was interrupted by a special visitor, Father Christmas!

 Father Christmas arrived in his vintage sports car, his elves had transformed our P.E. container into a magical grotto and in his sacks, Father Christmas had a present for every child. It even snowed on this special occasion! This was a truly memorable experience for children and the excitement and joy on children’s faces was wonderful to see.

Thank you to parents/carers for your support for this event and to our amazing CSA team for all their work to make this such a fabulous occasion.

More photos from Year 4's Father Christmas Visit...

Christmas Party

Our Year 4 Christmas Party was a lot of fun, with traditional party games, a disco, jelly and ice-cream. A good time was had by all!

‘Polar Express’ Extravaganza

Our final Friday together of the autumn term was one of the most magical school days that could ever be imagined! Without doubt, we have the most amazing CSA team in the World, as their time, dedication, creativity and imagination in bringing the ‘Polar Express’ experience to the children has been exceptional. After weeks of preparation, a very long evening and an early morning start, the preparations were completed to give children a truly memorable experience.To see the full gallery of photos, please click here.

News from the first half of the spring term 2021 and our 'I am Warrior' Creative Learning Project

In January 2021, as news broke of the new national lockdown owing to COVID-19, we moved to a hybrid model of learning, with just under 50% of pupils in school, (with places given to children of key workers and those judged as vulnerable), and just over 50% of pupils learning from home.

Our Remote Learning Offer is shared in full on the website, so please click here to access this. This page hosts our 'Parent Guide to Remote Learning'; the weekly timetable for Year 4; our Zoom Code of Conduct; and details of how pupils' work and Zoom links for maths, English lessons and Friday celebration meetings are uploaded to our Seesaw app.

Weekly Highlights from Aquamarine and Emerald Classes

Please scroll through our PowerPoint sharing highlights of the work this week from the children in Aquamarine and Emerald classes. Alternatively, you can download the class PowerPoints by clicking on the links below.

Well done everyone!

News from our 'I am Warrior' Creative Learning Project

Children used information from 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.

We found out that the Roman army wasn't always at war - they spent most of their time training for battle. We learned about legionaries and auxiliaries. Soldiers were well trained and had the best weapons and armour. When the Romans invaded Britain, their army was so good that it took on armies ten times its size and won!

One of the main reasons Rome became so powerful was because of the strength of its army. It conquered a vast empire that stretched from Britain all the way to the Middle East.

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

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.

We learned about Hadrian's Wall, a stone barrier built to separate the Romans and the Picts tribes in Scotland. Hadrian's Wall was 73 miles long and took around 15 000 men about six years to build. Hadrian's Wall was built so well, that you can still go and see parts of it today, nearly 2000 years after it was made!

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.

We created pictures of what we imagined Boudicca might have looked like...

We considered different historical evidence to find out about the challenges of being a Roman gladiator.

We found out about Roman cursive script that was used in ancient Rome and we wrote messages in ancient Roman cursive script and also in English!

Children at home and at school enjoyed undertaking research into aspects of life in Roman times and choosing how to present this.

Roman Food

Click on the picture link below to view one of the children's PowerPoint presentations about Roman food and drink.

Roman Emperors

The Roman Army

Roman Gladiators

Roman Baths

Roman Mosaics

We thought about how much of today's Britain has been influenced by the Romans - many of our buildings and how they are heated; the roads we use; some of the words and language we speak; the way we get rid of our sewage; access to clean water; numbers; street stalls and 'food on the move'; our calendar and coins to buy things with, to name just a few!

We moved our music lessons online and, at home and at school, children learned more about rhythm and pulse.

E-Safety Week

During Internet Safety Week, children at home and at school considered the theme of: "An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world."

During E-Safety Week we watched and discussed online e-safety assemblies, including the national 'Safer Internet' assembly; we took part in an e-safety quiz to test our knowledge and understanding; we took part in the 'Detective Challenge' and joined in the live Safer Internet event with Manchester United to help us think about reliability in the online world.

Children were challenged to undertake the 'Detective Challenge' to see how many e-safety challenges they could complete.

Acts of Kindness

Well done to all the children in Year 4 who took part in our 'Acts of Kindness' challenge. We saw reading with younger siblings; cooking for the family; litter picking; thank you notes to parents; feeding the birds; and helping siblings with their homework.

Easter Fun at Copley! 

As part of our Easter celebrations, we were joined in school by Peter Rabbit! Excited to meet him, Year 4 dashed outside and on to the playground to meet the special visitor. They enjoyed dancing along to a number of popular songs before receiving an Easter gift of a Cadbury's Creme Egg from their House Leaders. We finished the afternoon by finding out who had won the many Easter competitions. Tesco was very kind and donated lots of Easter Eggs as prizes. Yum!

News from our 'Potions' Creative Learning Project

We launched our science-based project on materials by launching our own aromatherapy companies. We were fascinated to learn how much science is involved in the job of an aromatherapist as they blend essential oils (the pure essence from plants) to make products to support people's health and wellbeing. The children enjoyed making bath salts and presenting these as attractive products to represent their company brand.

In our science lessons children learned about the properties of liquids, solids and gases using visual and physical representations to show that particles are tightly and uniformly packed in solids, are able to move more freely in liquids (this is why liquids can take the shape of any container they are poured into) and that particles are further apart in gases and occupy all the space available.

Comparing and Grouping Liquids, Solids and Gases

In Science, we conducted an amusing ‘Wacky Races’ experiment to investigate the viscosity of different liquids such as lemonade, washing up liquid and tomato ketchup. We also learned all about solids, liquids and gases, making scientific predictions that resulted in much debate about whether certain materials should be classed as solids or liquids due to their specific properties. Children set up their practical enquiry, chose their equipment, considered fair testing, made systematic and careful observations, took accurate measurements, recorded their findings using simple scientific language and tables and used their results to draw conclusions.

Year 4 posed the question, 'Does gas weigh anything?

Let the investigations begin!

Within their aromatherapy companies, children read instructions and measured carefully to make body scrubs. The lemon scent was so refreshing!

Children worked in their aromatherapy companies to create product boxes, product information and advertising materials to tempt purchasers. I am sure you will agree their body scrub products look very appealing!

Children enjoyed creating their own magical potions in English lessons and the creativity continued at home as children created their own magical spells!

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

News from our 'Mountains' Creative Learning Project

Mountain Explorer Academy

To launch their geography project on mountains, Year 4 entered the Mountain Explorer Academy for an action packed day of learning and activities. Delivered by an experienced mountaineer and expedition leader, the workshop was a mixture of short, interactive presentations (full of photos, videos and stories from recent mountaineering expeditions) and hands-on activities in small teams (e.g. mapping exercises, mountain-themed problem solving challenges, a quiz on the hazards of mountain travel, a wildlife identification competition etc).

The children learned about green-screen technology to bring their adventures in the mountains to life!

During their mountains project, Year 4 found out where in the world the most impressive mountains are located using an atlas and its index. The children located mighty mountains such as K2, Ben Nevis, Mount Olympus, Ararat, Everest, Kilimanjaro, Kenya, Kosciuszko and Aconcagua and ranges such as the Himalayas, Alps, Andes, Rockies, Karakoram and the Pyrenees and labelled these on maps.

Year 4 pupils found out facts about mountains, used Google Maps to choose images and snipped these to create their fact files.

Year 4 children used the sixteen points of the compass, maps and globes to describe the location of significant UK hills and mountains in relation to Doncaster, including examples such as Dartmoor, Exmoor, the South Downs, the Cotswolds, the Mendips, Grampians, the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District and Snowdonia.

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

Sports Day at Copley!

Mr Henry planned a morning of sports for everyone to enjoy, including seated throw, cricket, basketball shot, hockey dribble and javelin to name a few! We all had a wonderful time developing our skills and demonstrated great sporting attitude by cheering and encouraging our team mates!

Our Sports Day afternoon continued with a very active theme with the track events, which included: sprint, hurdles, skipping, egg and spoon, football dribble, bat and ball, potato race, bean bag on head, sack race, relay races and Copley's very own spoke relay races as the grand finale. Our Sports Day gave all children so much opportunity to be actively involved. Well done to all the children for trying so hard in their events and for cheering on team mates with great sporting spirit.

2021 Sports Day Results:

4th place: Hawking House - 400 points

3rd place: Hodgkin House - 421 points

2nd place: Einstein House - 466 points

1st place: Darwin House - 503 points

Congratulations to Darwin House who will have the yellow ribbons on our Sports Day trophy until next year.

A lap of honour from Darwin House, our 2021 Champions.

Reptile Rendezvous

Using funds raised through the year, the CSA organised an educational experience with a difference! Year 4 found out so many fascinating facts about invertebrates, habitats and adaptation whilst handling a variety of creatures. There were so many great moments captured that we couldn't choose which ones to upload! Year 4 were all very brave and stepped out of their comfort zones to try new things. Well done everyone!  

Copley Junior Spelling Bee 2021

A huge well done to our Spelling Bee competitors and also to our enthusiastic pupil audience. We saw a very tightly contested competition between the year group! 

Please click on the first photograph below to view the gallery of photographs from the 2021 Spelling Bee.

Congratulations to our 2021 Spelling Bee bronze, silver and gold medal winners!

Thanks to your support and the children’s hard work, we have seen some truly amazing improvements in spelling scores for the statutory spellings. This will support children greatly in their independent writing. 

A special well done to children in the photographs below who achieved the most improved spelling results over the course of our Spelling Bee initiative!