Year 4 - Hawthorn, Poplar and Elm Classes

Welcome to Year 4!

Class teachers: Miss McKay, Miss White and Mrs Oakman

Teaching Assistants: Miss Holewell and Miss Featherston

Additional teachers: Mr Davies (Sport), Mrs Pepper (French)

In Year 4, we are keen for the children to become independent learners, and to edit and improve their work with increasing confidence as the year goes on. Children have the chance to earn their pen licence when they demonstrate consistently good handwriting, and their times tables badge for fast  recall of multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.

We have a rich curriculum with many creative opportunities, for example during our Ancient Egypt topic the children create artefacts from clay and pewter, as well as a scale model mummified Pharaoh, complete with his own sarcophagus! The children also benefit from specialist teachers for several of their subjects throughout the year.

Activities that children will enjoy in Year 4 include:

  • living History Workshop
  • visit to Hastings Museum
  • Forest School
  • Swimming lessons

Parent meetings will be arranged twice a year to set your child’s targets, and discuss progress.  If you would like to speak to us at any other time, please feel free to pop in and see us by making an appointment on the dojo app.

Have a look on the tabs below to see what we have been learning about in each term…


Term 1

Term 1 has been a lot of fun!

Our theme for Term 1 was ‘Robin Hood’ and the children enjoyed learning all about the legend and writing their own retelling of the Robin Hood story. Just like the outlaws of old, Elm Class have enjoyed spending time in our woodland area! During their Forest School lessons, they have learned all sorts of outdoor skills including den-building and making fires.

In storytelling week, the children studied the story of the Wizard and the Hopping Pot. They retold a section of the story, and created artwork to illustrate it. We then made this into a film.  At the end of the week, the children enjoyed sharing their work with Year 2 classes.

The children also enjoyed a Unity in Diversity focus week, learning about what makes us different and how we all work as a team. As part of this, we welcomed Paralympian Darran Challis to Sandown, who spoke to the children about the importance of giving 100% and never giving up. The children raised lots of money during Darran’s Olympics challenge which will go towards new sports equipment for the school.

Many children from Year 4 took part in the Cross Country event held at Sandown, and lots of our children qualified for the Finals – well done to them and to everyone who took part.

We look forward to a fun-filled Term 2 packed with wonderful learning experiences!

Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Term 5
Term 6
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