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smileyWelcome to our Year 4 class page smiley


 I hope you all had a restful half term break, I can hardly believe we are already into our Spring 2 term. We have an exciting and busy term to look forward to.


Our topic this term is science based all about sound, details are below on the knowledge organiser. 


Our class reading text this half term is Varjak Paw by S.F. Said.  A modern classic of an adventure story, Varjak Paw is a  Mesopotamian Blue cat who has never been outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. Varjak is forced out into the city when a sinister gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home.  The story also considers what it is to be persecuted for coming from a different culture, and, at the same time, find strength in the wisdom passed down from our ancestors. We will continue to develop our reading comprehension skills using VIPERS - I have placed details of this on our page, please scroll down to read more and use to help your child. In R.E. we will be thinking about salvation as we look towards Easter. Our computing unit is all about making music and links to our science unit on sound. In design and technology we will design, make and evaluate a musical instrument - again linking to our science unit.  In our French lessons we are learning all about shopping in France. Our PE lessons will focus on multi skills indoors and net and wall skills (tennis) outdoors. Please ensure P.E. kits  are kept in school all half term, including outdoor trainers, as we may have other opportunities. 


Homework will be given on Friday and collected the following Friday.  We often mark together in class so the children can learn from what they have done.  Please do not stress over homework, if your child is struggling please come and talk to me.


 We have a very busy and exciting half term planned, should you at any time need to discuss anything please do contact me and we could meet after school, alternatively please leave a message on the class e-mail account or with the school office.


Mrs Lowe



Spring 2 Science knowledge organiser

Our Spring 2 class text

What is Vipers?

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.

VIPERS stands for






Sequence or Summarise

The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc. 

VIPERS question stems to help you child with comprehension

Our class accountability code

20 things to do in year 4

Year 4 long term plan

Spring 1 history knowledge organiser

Our text for Spring 1

Autumn 2 Knowledge Organiser

Our class text for Autumn 2

Anglo Saxon honey shortbread

I know many of us enjoyed making - and eating- this shortbread on our Anglo Saxon launch day and have since requested the recipe:


225g plain flour

50g corn flour

175g soft butter

125g honey


Put all the ingredients in a bowl

Mix them together

Mix well, until you have a dough

Place in a round tin and flatten

Score runes across (or any pattern)

Bake in the oven for 30 mins at 130 degrees celsius

Remove when golden brown, cool and enjoy!



Knowledge organiser Autumn 1 American Road Trip

Our class text Autumn 1

We used our science knowledge to make steady hand games

We joined in the Santa dash to raise funds for those less fortunate than ourselves

Children in Need Day

Anti-bullying week - we celebrated our differences on Odd Socks Day and we learned and performed an anti-bullying rap