Year 4 Class News

We made amazing magnet games!

Posted on Friday 26 May 2023 by Miss Gledhill

To finish our forces and magnets topic, Years 3 and 4 created some games using magnetic force.

Their favourite was the fishing game where they put some magnetic tape onto a rod and a paperclip inside a fish. They explained they knew that the tape would be attracted to the paper clip, so we could catch some fish!

As we did such a great job, we went and showed Reception our work.


Help at home: Can your child explain how they created their game? Can  they explain what we mean by magnets and how they attract and repel?

Meeting an author

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2023 by Mrs Freeman

Tom Palmer virtual visit

Today, the children had a virtual visit from Tom Palmer (and his dog Finn) who is an author that writes children’s books.

About Me | Tom Palmer

Tom began by talking about how he got into writing…

As a child, Tom didn’t enjoy reading, didn’t think he was any good at it and didn’t like it until his mum tricked him into it by using football! He began to read comics and newspapers about football and this helped him practise his reading. Tom found that the more he read, the more he enjoyed it!

His love for reading then inspired him to become an author and his ideas for different books come mainly from football, animals and war. “Write about what you love,” said Tom.

Question time!

Some of the children had the opportunity to ask Tom a question such as;

How long does it take for you to write a book?

It depends! Some books take 6 weeks to write and some take 6 months… it depends what I’m writing about and how long the book is.

What gave you inspiration for ‘Arctic Star’?

My wife used to work on HMS Belfast so her stories about the ship inspired me to write about a warship.

Why have you set some of your stories in Leeds?

I set some of my stories in Leeds because I’m from Leeds! Writing about somewhere that I know makes it easier as I can add more detail to my stories.

Have you travelled to the places you have written about?

Yes, I have been inspired by the different countries I have visited. However, travelling around the world is very expensive!


Help at home by researching Tom Palmer’s website. Find out more about the author and explore some of his fantastic books.




Living and Learning: I know the importance of staying hydrated.

Posted on Wednesday 03 May 2023 by Mrs Freeman

Year 4 have been discussing the importance of hydration.

The children were asked – What do you, the trees, and a hamster have in common?
You all need water. All living things must have water to survive, whether they get it from a water fountain, a rain cloud, or a little bottle attached to the side of a hamster cage.
Without water, your body would stop working properly. Water makes up more than half of your body weight, and a person can’t survive for more than a few days without it.
How do our bodies lose water?
How do we know when we are dehydrated?
  • dizziness or light-headedness.
  • headache.
  • tiredness.
  • dry mouth, lips and eyes.
  • passing small amounts of urine infrequently (less than three or four times a day)
  • Water is good for the body – keeps joints, bones and teeth healthy, helps the blood circulate, and can help kids maintain a healthy weight into adulthood. Being well hydrated improves mood, memory and attention in children. Check out our learning below.


Choose Water for Healthy Hydration -

Help at home
Tips to help your kids stay hydrated!
  • Pack a water bottle for school and when you go out. Try a frozen water bottle in summer.
  • Encourage your child to drink water before, after and during physical activity.
  • Always offer water with meals and snacks.
  • Encourage your child to drink water, even if they don’t like it!

Year 3 and 4 went down to the woods today…

Posted on Saturday 29 April 2023 by Mrs Valentine

This week, along with Born of the Forest, Year 3 and 4 ventured out to a classroom with no walls! Check out how we got on exploring, investigating and learning all about St James’ Woodland.

Be sure to scroll through our time outdoors and chat to your child about it – what did they think of their time outdoors? Did they learn anything new? What was the best bit of their session?

Each Friday, your child will be spending 90 mins in the woodland, whatever the weather – please ensure they bring appropriate clothing. 



Carnival Music Day

Posted on Friday 28 April 2023 by Miss Gledhill

We were so excited to be able to meet Dave who came to do a workshop with us around our new history topic, carnivals!

We started by doing some call and response using clapping. We learnt we had to have group cohesion to ensure we were all clapping at the same time and could really feel the rhythm we were creating by using our bodies.

Dave taught us about the instruments used by the Yoruba tribe in West Africa. This tribe were invaded by European countries and transported as slaves to the Caribbean. This was known as the Transatlantic Slave Trade. We will be learning more about this in the upcoming weeks.

The Drums were hollow so the sound can vibrate and get out of the bottom. Tight rope is used to hold the top in place which is made from goat skin.

We learnt the best way to hit a drum so we did not hurt ourselves.

After splitting into four groups, we used our drums in different ways to create a thunder storm.

We then looked at some serdo drums which were much larger and much deeper.

In the afternoon, we created a performance for the whole school using different instruments. Check out our performance here.

‘Loidis Ledes Leeds’

Posted on Thursday 27 April 2023 by Mrs Freeman

Year 4 have begun a new class novel called ‘Loidis Ledes Leeds’ written by Tom Palmer. This five part story follows the adventures of three pupils across Leeds and across time.

Iron Age     Romans     Anglo Saxons     Vikings     Now

The characters travel through historical periods and uncover some VERY exciting facts about the city of Leeds. The historical finds can be visited today, if you fancy an afternoon out.

There are two ways to enjoy this story. These are via a PDF document and online. The children have really enjoyed listening to the author narrate the first few chapters.


The first historical adventure ends in Barwick in Elmet, Leeds where the children discover the remains of a large Iron Age hillfort.

Help your child by sharing this story and read (or listen to ) the next chapter at home. Encourage your child to research each historical find and the period of history they originate from.

Barwick in Elmet, West Yorkshire » Brigantes Nation


Writing money as decimals

Posted on Monday 24 April 2023 by Mrs Freeman

Year 4 have been learning how to write a given amount of money in decimal notation. The children explored the use of pounds and pence notation and this helped to  develop their understanding that the digits following the decimal point represent part of a pound.

Help at home

Next time you go shopping keep the till receipt or use the ones below.

Ask your child some of the following questions.

  1. Which is the most expensive item?
  2. Convert £1.99 into pence.
  3. How would you write 13p as a decimal?
  4. Which item has the most tenths?
  5. What is the total cost for two pizzas?
  6. Which item has no tenths and no hundredths?
  7.  How many pounds and pence in 474p?

Money - Shopping Receipt | Teaching Resources

History: What is a carnival?

Posted on Sunday 23 April 2023 by Mrs Valentine

We’ve kicked off this topic’s learning in fine style! This history driven topic will explore carnivals from around the world but also closer to home – The Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Why not search online about carnivals – we looked at carnivals in Rio de Janeiro, Venice and Leeds. Quiz your child on what things make up a great carnival!

Be sure to chat to your child about the key vocabulary we’ll be using throughout…

Chat with your child about what these words mean. Unsure? Why not Google or even ask Alexa!

We are physicists!

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2023 by Mrs Freeman

Physics is the study of forces and energy and this half term Year 4 are being physicists in their science. The main focus of the sessions will be forces and magnets.

On Monday, the class learnt what a force is and explored different forces. What is a force?

A force is an action that changes or maintains the motion of a body or object. Simply stated, a force is a push or a pull. Forces can change an object’s speed, its direction, and even its shape. Pushing a door open, pulling it closed, stretching a rubber band—all of these actions require force.
Facts About Force: Push and Pull (All You Need to Know!)
Outside, the children investigated which forces they used for different actions.
I am PULLING myself up the ladder.
I have to TWIST to move the hoop.
I PUSHED the ball into the net.
I PUSHED my body off the ground.

Help at home.

A push, pull and twist are all contact forces. Discuss this with your child. Can they tell you why the word contact is used to describe the force?

Explore these forces at home and please send in any photos of your child doing this task. We love to celebrate extra learning done at home!

Easter Church Service

Posted on Wednesday 29 March 2023 by Miss Gledhill

We enjoyed a trip to St James’ Church earlier today for our Easter service.

Years 3 and 4 read our poem ‘Easter In My Hand’ beautifully. Many children could recite their line from memory!

In case you missed this, please follow the link  below to watch the recording.

Easter In My Hand 

Well done Years 3 and 4!