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Welcome to Year Four's section of the website. Look out for regular updates to find out what the children have been learning and experiencing.


Routine and Information

  • PE kits should be brought into school on Monday and taken home on Friday.
  • Homework will be set on a Wednesday and handed in the following Monday.
  • Spellings form part of the homework. However these will be set on a Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday.
  • Please listen to your child read five times a week and comment in their reading journals.


Our topic for the Spring Term 2018 is 'From Bean to Bar'. We will be using 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' to support this topic.A curriculum map can be found under 'Parents- our curriculum- curriculum maps'.

Year 4 have begun work based around a book called Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz. The book is set in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in the 1950s where coal mining was the most common job. To understand what it might have been like in this environment the classroom was transformed into a mine and the children were visited by Harper Davis (a time-travelling 1950s coal miner from Cape Breton) who was able to answer their questions.
Year 4 travelled to Bournville in Birmingham today for a fascinating visit to Cadbury world. The children learnt how cocoa beans are harvested in Ghana, shipped to the UK, processed into our favourite chocolate bars and advertised and sold. We also had a chance to experience the 4D cinema and taste some of Cadbury's lovely chocolate!
Year 4 kick-started 2018 by visiting the Elderberries today, singing a few songs and talking to the ladies and gentlemen there. The children sang Mamma Mia, We must travel home, Who put the colours in the rainbow? and We'll meet again. We had some lovely comments about the children's behaviour and politeness and I was an immensely proud teacher. Thank you year 4 and well done!

Nazareth Line Dance

Year 4 perform the Nazareth Line Dance in Strictly Come Nativity.

Cotton Eye Joe

Year 4's dance to Cotton Eye Joe in Strictly Come Nativity.

As we hurtle closer to Christmas, it has been extremely busy in Year 4. The children have entertained audiences with dances, singing and acting in the Key Stage 2 production (Strictly Come Nativity), celebrated Christmas day with games and Christmas crafts and made models of Joseph and Mary for the Methodist Chapel's Festival of Nativities. Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas!
Year 4 enjoyed a visit to the Theatre Chipping Norton today to see Sleeping Beauty with the rest of Key Stage 2. They had a wonderful time. Oh yes they did!

Wimshurst Generator

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James Wimshurst time travels to demonstrate his invention.

Franklin's Bells

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James Wimshurst uses his generator to demonstrate Benjamin Franklin's bells.

Static Electricity

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James Wimshurst uses his Wimshurst Generator to show what happens when hole punched paper and static electricity meet.
Today, as part of Year 4's learning about electricity, they visited the museum of the history of science, the Pitt Rivers museum and the natural history museum. The children were joined by a time travelling James Wimshurst who demonstrated his Wimshurst Generator (a machine which generates static electricity). The class asked some very insightful questions and were brilliantly behaved. 
Year 4 walked to St Peter's and St Paul's church in Church Hanborough today where Reverend Tyler gave them a tour of the building. He also spoke to them about symbolism in the Christmas story. The children had fantastic questions and learnt lots about the church itself. Thank you Reverend Tyler for a marvellous morning!
Year 4 teamed up with Year 3 today to raise money for our school charity, The Brain Tumour charity. The children organised their stalls brilliantly and earned lots of cash. The soak Mrs Miller stall proved very popular, Mrs Bayliss was seen, clipboard in hand, having a go at the treasure hunt and Mr Eaglestone (nearly) hit the crossbar on Crossbar challenge. Well done guys!


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A fantastic crayfish straight from the river Evenlode.


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These wonderful little fish love fast flowing water and live under stones.
To kick off Year 4's learning about rivers, we visited our local river, the Evenlode. The children discovered how deep and fast it is and also what lives in and around it.

Iron Man Cam Mechanism

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Emily shows her working cam mechanism.

Iron Man Cam Mechanism

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Elspeth shows her cam mechanism depicting the Iron Man walking into the sea.
Year 4 have been designing and constructing mechanisms based on the Iron Man. They have used cams in their mechanisms so that when they turn a crank handle a rod moves up and down. Great work guys!

Mamma Mia!

Year 4 sing Abba's Mamma Mia!

Year 4 have been learning about Abba songs in music. They have looked at similarities and differences between Abba's Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen, what instruments are in both songs and how the songs differ structurally. The children have also been practicing to perform Mamma Mia.

Harvest Character Sketch

Year 4 perform their harvest character sketch at St. Peter's and St. Paul's.

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It was Harvest festival at St Peter's and St Paul's today and the whole school walked to church to give thanks. Year 4 performed a Harvest character sketch based on Camille Pissarro's painting "The Harvest".
Year 4 learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot today which is currently being celebrated all over the world. Jewish people build Sukkahs (booths or tabernacles) to remember their journey to Israel after escaping slavery in Egypt. The children built our own class Sukkah and enjoyed a light meal of a sweet under its open roof. 

Year 4 had the opportunity to visit BeSpace today which has been set up in the library. Children thought about how they pray before visiting the Sorry Sands tent where they could write about things they are sorry for and wipe them away. Then, they made models of things they want to say Thank you for. After that, they considered where God could help in Our World and finally they wrote on post-its what they would like in the Please tent and sent them to god via a bubble tube.