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Class 4

Welcome to Wilma Rudolph Class!

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Curriculum Overview

Please click here to access the curriculum overview for Year 4

Rudolph class is taught by Mrs Eaves and supported by Mrs Minnette. We might be a small class, but we have the biggest heart -making up for our small size with our super kindness, care and support of each other!

Year 4 is an exciting year as we move into the second year of Key Stage Two. The development of our learning attitude and independence is a central and crucial part to this year; we continue to develop our understanding of ourselves as a learner, reflecting on the importance of feeling safe when within a challenge, which we refer to as ‘the learning pit’. We work hard to master and rapidly recall all of our times tables, ready for the Multiplication Tables Check in the summer term.

Class Blog

17th March 2023

We are working very hard on our production – learning our cues and building up to knowing our songs off-by-heart. Please can all speaking parts be learned off-by-heart by the end of the Easter holidays.

We have been nearly finished our Recorder lessons. We have had great fun learning to play different songs, and taking part in other musical activities.

As part of Science Week, we have been learning about greenhouse gases warming up our planet, and how sound travels. We recieved a message from year 3, using morse code, and then passed the message onto Year 5, using string cups.

In Computing, we are learning about data. This week, we explored data loggers, and we had great fun moving around the classroom and outdoors to take readings in different locations.

3rd March 2023

Class 4 have been busy starting new units of works. In Maths, we have started to explore fractions. We have been engaging with our new topic by exploring the concept of the whole and practically dividing up the whole into equal sections by folding paper and dividing up squares and hexagons as equally as we can. We have played a game in ordering fractions up to and beyond the whole. 

In History, we have begun to explore our new theme of Invaders and Settlers. We have been ordering events from the Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions/settlements of this country. We reenacted events and wrote persuasive letters to the Anglo-Saxons, trying to convince them to join us to support us fighting against Pict and Scot invasions. 

As you will know, we have carried out our auditions and allocated parts. Rehearsals are now in full swing! Please support your child in learning their lines at home. 😊 

10th February 2023

Our final weeks in this half term have been filled with lots of learning and fun! We had our Geography Experience afternoon, focusing on natural disasters and the water cycle. As part of this, we watched the reaction between vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to recap on our learning about volcanic eruptions. We built our own towers out of wooden blocks, and watched the effects of earthquakes on these. We then looked into the details of the Haiti 2010 earthquake. After this, we built towers out of Lego bricks, and we talked about ways that countries, like Japan, prepare for earthquakes and building regulations used to minimise damage and help buildings move with the tremors. We finished our afternoon by creating our own water cycles in a zip lock bag with water and food colouring.

In Maths, we have been learning about written multiplication and written division methods. We have loved the challenge of learning and applying new methods. In English, we have been having great fun using Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as our stimulus. This has included inventing and explaining in writing our own sweets!

27th January 2023

We have had a superb fortnight in class 4! We have been finishing our writing based on Narnia, and we all enjoyed planning and writing our own beginning for the story.

In Maths, we have been working on our written multiplication methods. Our times tables we know off-by-heart have been a good help for this.

In Geography, we have begun looking at our topic of water. We started with atlases and naming up the main seas surrounding the United Kingdom and the main rivers in England, Scotland and Wales. We have been learning about the water cycle and making our own diagrams for this in groups.

We have continued with our recorder lessons with our visiting recorder teacher. He is really impressed with how quickly we are progressing, and we have been playing lots of different pieces with the notes B, A and G.

13th January 2023

In Class 4, we have had a great start to the term! In these few days, in Maths, we have explored factor rainbows and also learned how to make numbers 10 and 100 times bigger. In English, we have been continuing with Narnia, and we have looked at learning similes, metaphors and punctuating direct speech. We had a visiting teacher from Essex Music Schools to teach us recorder. We had great fun, and the teacher was impressed that he can go straight into pieces of music with three notes! 

9th December 2022

Class 4 have had a super busy couple of weeks! We have had so much fun! We have been making our PowerPoints about natural disasters, adding animations and fancy effects to what we have learned so far. In English, we have been focusing on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We have been miming parts of the story and using this to help us develop our writing skills. We have been adding different openers to our writing to make it more interesting. In Maths, we have been looking at recalling times tables more rapidly. We created times table flowers that we can peg our answers to – we had great fun laminating our flowers to make them last longer! We have been able to share books together as part of our book club.  In DT, we have been working towards making our own pencil cases! We have explored our own pencil case designs from home and have begun working on developing basic stitch techniques. Watch this space for our progress towards our pencil cases.  

25th November

We have started our new topic of Natural Disasters. We have learned about volcanic eruptions and earthquakes already! We learned about the different parts of volcanoes by making collages of them and labelling them. We have learned about the causes and effects of earthquakes too. In Computing, we have been learning how to make a PowerPoint presentation, and we are making these based on natural disasters.

We also had out wonderful trip to the park as our class reward. We had great fun playing together!

On decoration day, we started by looking at Floating Ice by Monet. We explored Monet, some of his art and the painting style of impressionism. We moved onto looking at Monet's Waterlilies and used this to inspire some hanging clay flowers, using the skills we developed in Art. We moved onto experimenting with origami with some help from Mrs. White.

11th November 2022

In Rudolph class, we have been focusing on our sculpture project. This has built on from our recycled materials models. We started by looking at sketching a person in proportion. We used this to design our own Greek sculpture. We had to work hard to persevere with producing an armature out of wire. We used this as a basis for our clay sculpture (maquette). Super perseverance Year 4 and a super start to learning how to use clay and how to sculpt. 

In Maths, we have been learning how to use and apply our written method for adding and subtracting. Ask us to show you what we have learned! 

7th October 2022

In year 4, we have been so busy as we have continued our learning about the Ancient Greeks. Our English has been linked to this as we continue reading ‘Who let the gods out?’ This has inspired our non-chronological text planning around the Greek god, Charon. We have researched about him, planned out our text and are getting ready to write and present this work. In maths, we have worked up to understanding numbers up to 10,000, reading Roman numerals and begun to learn about rounding numbers to the nearest ten. We have been learning to count in french. In science, we have been learning about local habitats and recording potential environmental dangers.

Friday 23rd September

What a super start we have had in Year 4! We have had lots of hands on and real life maths activities. We have used lots of resources to help us understand place value up to 10,000. As part of this, we looked at scales on a variety of measuring resources, looking at what the scales were counting in, and what value would be halfway between the intervals. We have begun to explore poetry and myths as part of our study about the Ancient Greeks too. 


Reading is crucial to our ability to engage with the world around us. In Year 4, we ensure that reading is central in all of our learning, through activities including daily independent reading, echo and choral reading whenever the opportunity arises across all subjects, sharing and enjoying Week Junior and kids’ National Geographic magazines weekly to name a few! We are thoroughly enjoying sharing our class book, ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ under our visualiser - Elliot and Virgo just keep getting themselves into trouble! Through discussion, we love unpicking the events, identifying vocabulary used skilfully, exploring character’s motives and behaviour and making predictions.


As always, homework will be set on Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday. Homework will be set online each week. Every week children will need to do the following:

· Complete any assignments set on Freckle.

· Practise spellings either on EdShed or in your LSCWC books.

· Read at least 4 times a week with this being logged in Reading Records and signed by an adult

· Play on TimesTableRockstars to practise your multiplication facts

P.E and Forest School

Our P.E. lessons are taught on Thursdays (by Mr Crudgington) and Fridays (by Premier Sports). For all these lessons, earrings must be taken out and long hair must be tied up.

We have the great opportunity to learn and explore in the safety of the woods, once every four weeks. We enjoy learning and discovering in our sessions with Mr Mooney. Please keep a watchful eye on the newsletter for the dates of our sessions. We come into school in old clothes suitable for going to the woods on these days.

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