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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4




Miss Higginbotham, Mr Hicklin, Mrs Walta,

Mrs Josephs, Mrs Hart, Mrs Sylvester, Mrs Hicks and Mr Davies


Our PE days this year are Tuesday and Thursday





Our Topic this half term is “From the Flames.” We will be thinking about how fire changes materials and how Flames have changed the fortune of our local area. We will also look at how Dragons have entered popular culture and write stories about them - as well as guidebooks for their care.

We are currently reading The Hobbit, to see how quest stories begin.


Some videos you might enjoy:


How glass is made

Supermovers times tables

Daily Ten great for lots of maths, but we use it for quick fire tables questions.






Doing a bit of extra work at home can really help with our work in class.

Try to read every day at home. If your child is good at reading independently, you can ask them for a summary of the plot on the days you don’t hear them read. Talk about what you have read and have a competition to guess what might happen next. It is fine to work as a team - it can be fun to read a sentence or page each if it is a challenging book that they are desperate to read.

Books are collected in on a Friday and new ones chosen on a Monday. Be sure to do your online Reading Planet quiz before Friday.


Spelling- Spellings will be set on Spelling shed




Children each have a Mathletics account. The tasks always compliment class work, and are usually set on a fortnightly basis. If you  have a mobile device, there is a free app to download. It is also available through most web browsers. There is a computer club one dinner time a week which will allow your child to practice on school equipment if you are suffering from technological problems.


This year we will be concentrating on counting and tables facts. We will be learning and testing these each week. For a challenge, you can even learn the division facts to match! You might like to try this website for a different way to learn your tables. Update: Try this fab new app! My team of tables novices have been trying this out, and the verdict- it is great! It's called Ten Minutes a day Time Tables from DK- here's a link. You can download it on android link and Ios (link).

 We also now have the exciting times table rock stars



Suggested additional learning activities



Card games can be a really good way of practicing counting. Why not try one of our new favourite games? Arrange your cards into a spiral. Take turns to roll a dice, and advance by the number of cards you rolled. To stay there- you need to calculate the value of the card by the value on the dice. If you get it wrong, you need to go back to where you were before you last rolled- or if you like a challenge- to the start! If someone else lands on your card and completes the calculation successfully, you are sent back to the start! Enjoy!



Dice gamesThere are lots of different variations or dice games. It can be really fun to multiply the scores on two (or even three) dice together. Another favourite in Year Four is to write 0-12 and cross off the numbers as you roll two dice- for example 6 and 2 could make 8 (6+2), 4 (6-2) 12 (6x2) or 3 (6 divided by 2). This one makes a fun two player game as you can see who has crossed off most squares once they have all gone, or you can have a set of numbers each and see who gets all of the numbers first. For advanced players you could also include 4.5, 3.5, 2.5, 1.5 etc for halving odd numbers.


We love throwing three die (or one dice, three times) to produce a three digit number and rounding it to the nearest ten or hundred. For something simpler, try two dice and for a challenge, add a decimal point! We like to use a game board and challenge each other to cover up the rounded numbers as this also lets us practice place value (the digits 2,3,4 could round to 230, 240, 320, 340 420 or 430 if one of the other variants has been taken by our opponent)​.





Here are some videos you might find useful


The excellent Newsround


Fraction matcher


Monty's math wall

and our old favourite, Daily ten!


Place value- using numberlines

                  - ordering three digit numbers



Please note- these links will take you away from the Oldswinford CE Primary website- we urge you to check ahead for unsuitable adverts on YouTube.


Here are some videos you might find useful

For a nice walk through time:

try this 


for the Stone age:



for electricity:




If you fancy a more practical approach to history, why not go on an outing. There are lots of old hill forts in this area including Wychbury Hill, British Camp (at Malvern) and the really interesting rock houses at Kinver.

If Romans are more your thing.....Don't forget Wall, Roman site and Wroxeter (with recreated villa) as well as Chedworth in Gloucestershire (amazing mosaics). Miss H went to Bath in the summer holiday in 2019 (the place not that once yearly thing!) she had a fabulous time looking at the range of artefacts there. If you fancy wider travels- the Ashmolean Museum and British Museums were her regular haunts at university. If you want to blow the budget, why not head straight for Rome (Miss H hasn't made it there yet)!




Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.