Year 4

Year 4



Brilliant Me

Click on the link below to download a pdf  ‘Brilliant Me‘ to help you, through movement, play, stretching, massage, breathing, affirmations and visualisation notice how amazing your bodies are!


For the visualisation at the end of the session, click on the sound file, VISUALISATION below to help you use your imagination and visualise a story – helping you feel calm and relaxed.

(Please be patient, it may take time to download)

VISUALISATION: Aladdin (mp3 sound file)

Then give yourself a ‘New BRILLIANT Name‘ to remember how special you are! Click on the ‘Brilliant Me New Name Generator’ below to find out how to give yourself a new name.


Then why not make a dice, write a letter, use the conversation starter to talk with someone at home, write all about how ‘BRILLIANT’ you are or write words around your face!






Friday 20th March

We have set work for your child on Google classroom ‘Year 4 Home Learning’.

If you are having difficulty accessing this please let us know by Friday morning so that we can sort out any problems before closure.

We will continue to add activities and suggestions to the Classroom and your children will be able to keep in touch with their teachers who will be monitoring the work completed.

Can we please request that parents do not communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. If you need to contact the school, please email office@hartleyprimaryacademy.org.uk as you would normally do.

Keep checking this page for further resources or links to further resources to support your child’s home learning.



Term 4

“Make an Impression!”

Sharing the Planet: Humans may make an impression on their environment.

Forest School!

On Friday 13th March 2020, Donna, our ranger, came in to work with Year 4.

We discussed lots about different types of habitats and pollination. We explored the woodland; climbed trees; made mini beast habitats and much more!

We had a wonderful session as you can see.

A Heads Up!

During Term 4, whilst we will continue to focus on our times table knowledge, we will also be exploring the following areas of maths:


  • rounding
  • related fractions
  • adding and subtracting
  • multiplication and division


Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 4.

Term 3 

“Food for Thought”

How We Organise Ourselves: Most food goes through several stages of production before it gets to homes.

11th February 2020

This term, as part of their Learning Journey, Year 4 children were asked to complete a home learning project about their favourite food. The children explained where their food originated from; any factory processes and where it was purchased from.

The children produced some wonderfully creative pieces of work as you can see below.

An insight into the digestive system.

Wednesday 15th January 2020

As part of our learning this term, we have been looking at the digestive system. Amazingly, we have been able to recall some of our knowledge from Year 3.

We decided to create our very own model digestive systems using a few household items. It was an insightful learning opportunity that made us all giggle and at some points, squirm. Nonetheless, we have incredible knowledge of this bodily function and can use accurate terminology too!

Growing Plants!

Tuesday 14th January 2020

This term, we are looking at ‘Food for Thought’ which has made us question how food is grown.

In order to experience growing a plant ourselves, we have made our very own ‘grass heads’. These will be looked after in school this term and will be the children’s own responsibility.

It was a really fun activity and we’ve even written our own sets of instructions to inform others how to create one.

A Heads Up!

During Term 3, whilst we will continue to focus on our times table knowledge, we will also be exploring the following areas of maths:

  • angles (understanding, measuring and turns)
  • squares and rectangles
  • decimals (reading, comparing, rounding and related fractions)

Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 3.

Term 2

“A Famous Legacy”

Where We Are in Time and Place: Journeys through the ages shape civilisations. 

Tuesday 10th December 2019

Today, the children have been busy making their own Tudor houses after learning about how they were made. Did you know these interesting facts about Tudor houses?

  • Tudor houses were made with wattle and daub
  • Richer families had symmetrical houses to show their wealth
  • The more windows you had, the richer you were
  • Chimney stacks tended to be tall and ornate on larger houses but poorer families had a hole in the roof.



Amazing start to Term 2!

Over the past couple of weeks, the children have been amazing us at how engaged they are in their learning all about the Tudors.

We have looked in great detail at how The Battle of Bosworth allowed Henry Tudor to become King Henry VII after the death of King Richard III.

After that, we began looking at his son, King Henry VIII and we wrote some incredible pieces of biography. This week, based on the children’s interest surrounding Henry’s six wives, we began looking at the lives of each of them. The children have been thoroughly enjoying this – be sure to ask them for some facts!

We are looking forward to the rest of the term and the learning that it will bring with it.


We are really excited to announce our Year 4 Residential Trip to Suffolk from the 19th to the 21st of June 2020.

All Year 4 children have now received letters detailing the trip and payments. Deposits should be paid in by Friday 8th November 2019.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all children to experience new challenges and adventures. A trip not to be missed!

If you have any questions then please see your child’s class teacher.

Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 2.

Term 1

“Diverse World”

Who We Are: Perspectives often originate from humans’ differing backgrounds.

Friday 4th October 2019

On the afternoon of Friday 4th October, Year 4 headed outside for some outdoor learning. We had a fantastic time searching for, identifying and then classifying unique objects from the woodlands. Afterwards, we enjoyed a ‘banging’ hot chocolate which was prepared by Miss Galinis over the fire on a kelly kettle. We then had some time to explore, enjoy and be creative in the woods using tarpaulin, ropes, wool and many more resources.

Unfortunately, we got so carried away having fun that we didn’t take any photos.

Thursday 19th September 2019

Before lunch, Rowan class had so much fun in the outdoors. Donna, the ranger, came in to do a variety of activities with us. We started by listening to our rules and ways of keeping safe before having time to explore the woodland with a range of different materials. Some of us used the rope provided to make swings, see-saws and climbing ropes whilst others took time to climb trees, build shelters and dens or make decorations out of wood and wool.

Many of the children disagreed on the best part of the morning because their were just so many amazing parts! One of the highlights though, had to be conquering fears of climbing ropes and drinking the delicious hot chocolate that Donna made on a fire in the fire pit. Everyone wanted more tasty treats and more time outside so we were disappointed when the session came to an end.

Have a look at the wonderful photographs to see just how much fun we really had.

Additionally, thank you to all of the adults that were able to attend, we really appreciated your support.

This morning, Year 4 children from Rowan and Willow classes headed outside. They were tasked with building a sculpture from natural materials and they didn’t disappoint. The children were all so creative and thoroughly enjoyed building their masterpieces whilst working well as part of a team.


Tuesday 17th September 2019

Today, Year 4 spent time outdoors. As part of their outdoor learning they were given a brief that required them to make a suitable habitat for a bird. As you can see from our photos, we had lots of fun creating our designs with many of us deciding to build a nest.


Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 1.

Welcome back and welcome to Year 4. Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.




Welcome back and welcome to Year 4. Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter.



We’re going on a sound hunt!

How we express ourselves: Sound often helps people understand the world and communicate ideas and feelings.

Year 4 Residential: Day 2 More morning activities and lunch…

Thursday 13th June

‘I want to do art as a career and create paintings for the future’. 

‘Everyones art work is unique and individual like the person who created it’.

‘I am shocked I made this myself’. 

This term Year 4 have been studying sound and this has influenced the art that has been created. We investigated, Wassily Kadinsky, a soundscape artist who created work from listening to particular sounds and instruments.
We mimicked the way in which Kandinsky created his work by listening to a chosen song. The students listened to Bjork crystalline, listening to the invisible world of how a crystal grows, brought to life through music, which they portrayed through their artistic work inspired by the style and method of Kandinsky.








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“Start Your Engine”

How we Organise Ourselves: People use different forms of transport for different reasons

Wednesday 22nd May

We made ‘Twig Towers’ in our outdoor learning session this week. We trialed lots of different methods and found that the most successful towers were made using a criss-cross technique. Look at some of these impressive towers!

Tuesday 21st May

Year 4 had further adventures today by taking the train from Longfield Station to Rochester. We spent time walking down the historic high street, spotting the many Dickens references. We went to the Guildhall Museum, carried out a traffic survey and then spent time in the amazing castle grounds. After this it was back to the station for the journey home. We were lucky the weather was very kind to us and everyone had a great day.

Monday 20th May

Year 4 meet the Teslas!

Friday 10th May

We have been learning about electricity this week, and how it can be used to power different forms of transport. We powered bulbs, motors and buzzers using a simple circuit and switches, which we made ourselves!


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“Weather Alert!”

How the World Works: Using patterns to predict changes in the world influences decision making


Tuesday 2nd April

Day 2 STEAM WEEK: Robot wars comes to Year 4 and Year 5

Monday 1st April

Beat The Flood challenge. We had to build a flood proof house to combat the effects of climate change. Some were very successful!


A lovely piece of descriptive writing by Pyari

A really clear explanation text about the seasons by Abi

Year four French outdoor learning!


Tuesday 26th March

Year 4 and Year 5 participate in the ‘Blue Planet – Live Lesson’

Friday 22nd March

We learnt about hurricanes this week and found out that some people actually chase hurricanes for fun! Look at these fantastic diary entries of storm chasers, written by Ralph and Ella.


Thursday 21st March

Meet three of our newer members of Year 4!

Rose, Daisy and Bluebell…


Thursday 14th March

It has been very windy recently! We learnt about how the wind is measured and had a go at making our own anemometers to measure the speed of the wind. We’d say that they worked quite well!


Thursday 7th March

Willow Class joined the BBC World Book Day lesson online!

Look at these fantastic costumes for World Book Day! We had great fun completing book quizzes and taking part in the BBC World Book Day show.

Tuesday 5th March

Look at this fantastic description of the warm weather we experienced last week – well done Olivia!

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“Under Threat?”

Sharing the Planet: Human behaviour has positive and negative impacts on ecosystems.

Wednesday 6th February 

Enjoy the work of three of the Star Writers from Rowan Class: Harriett’s report on the oceans, Jessica’s setting description and Trinity’s balanced argument about plastic usage.


Last week Year 4 enjoyed making their own paper!

Who said maths cannot be fun?

Look at these pictures, particularly the one where the paper breaks!

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“A Journey Through Time”

WHERE WE ARE IN TIME AND PLACE: Moments in History have shaped the world we know today.

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Some more wonderful examples of Rowan class writing. This time, Virtue and Seth.

Monday 16th December

Some of the amazing Year Four home learning challenge projects. The children had to pick an area of history and present their research.

Friday 7th December

After learning about a range of Victorian inventions, Year 4 were inspired to power their own electric light bulb using lemons! We found that the lemons weren’t able to power a bulb by themselves, although when we put them altogether in to a circuit, they created a very dim light.


Tuesday 4th December

Read the amazing Egyptian Adventure story written by Elizabeth!

Tuesday 4th December

Best Model – Our winning Year 4 Team!


#LeighIdeas Final

Monday 12th November

#LEIGHIDEAS2018 with Year 4 and 5

Wednesday 7th November

To start our ‘Journey Through Time’ learning journey, our first mini topic is the Ancient Egyptians. We have looked at farming methods and irrigation techniques. A Shaduf is a piece of equipment used to transport water to otherwise dry land. We made our Shadufs in pairs, using wood, hammers, nails, glue guns, string, cable ties, saws and sandpaper. When they were completed, we tested them using the sink to see if they could transport water! We were largely successful!


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“Keeping Healthy. A Piece of Cake!”

WHO WE ARE: Knowing how the human body works, allows us to better care for ourselves.

9th October

A balanced argument linked with Year 4’s Learning Journey this term. The teacher is obviously ‘tickled pink’ with Summer’s writing!

Week 4 Summer

19th September 

On Wednesday, Year 4 took part in an exciting cookery workshop where they prepared and cooked vegetable stew and bread twists. They learnt about how to stay safe whilst preparing food, why it is so important to eat a balanced diet, and two different ways of cooking food. They even had a chance to taste their creations!

Some amazing writing from Year 4:



Investigating the digestive system….

Year 4 Term 1 Newsletter