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4SS - Mrs Shires


*** You can access Home Learning for your class here ***


Welcome to 4SS


Whilst in our fantastic year 4 classes, we will go on an amazing learning journey. We delve into the ancient Stone Age lands, visit islands around the world, compare our lovely home town of Horbury with Whitby and battle with the Vikings. Be prepared to be immersed into new adventures and learn new skills. We look forward to taking you on this exciting chapter of your education.



We begin to work with numbers in to the 1000’s, up to 10,000. Roman numerals play an important part in year four’s learning. We also consolidate knowledge of our arithmetic skills practising the column method for addition and subtraction. Times tables are important in year as they help us with longer multiplication and also help us to access the bus stop method for division. Parents can help at home by encouraging children to regularly access their Mathletics learning on tablets and laptops. Prizes are given every week for the best Mathematician in Friday’s assemblies. Every child has a log in for Mathletics- please encourage your child to use the programme even just for 15 minutes a day. All the activities are differentiated for your child’s needs- meaning they provide just the right level of challenge according to their level and depth of mathematical understanding.


Year 4 Multiplication Test

As of 2020, children in Year 4 will be sitting a Year 4 Multiplication test set by the government.  This test will test all the times tables up to 12×12. As a school we are taking part in the ‘Times Tables Rock!’ challenge.

Every child also has a tt rockstars log in and can practice getting quicker on line so please support them in accessing this.



Our school is currently undergoing a reading journey, with exciting things coming.

Home reading books can be changed as they are finished. It is important that parents read with their child every day, reading for short sessions everyday will greatly increase reading fluency and stamina.

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.

2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.

3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.

7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

8. Reading is a fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.


100 books to read in Y3/4

Click below to view the full list :-


We will be immersed in texts relating to our topics journey with us through Stone age stories, Christmas poetry and vicious Viking non-fiction battles. We will learn to use fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and subordinated clauses to making our story writing more interesting.  We will make sure our hand writing is neat and work is well presented.


Foundation Subjects

All the rest of our learning involves Art and ICT, Geography, Music and History. We learn French and RE too. To see us in action look at our pictures below, we will try to add more each week.



Important information



Spellings are given out every week and need to be learned in preparation for the spelling test the following Wednesday. Please support your child with learning these.


Physical Education

PE kits need to be available in school on a Monday and Tuesday. Monday sessions require an indoor kit and Tuesday sessions require an outdoor kit.

Kit required for P.E:

Boys - White T-shirt and black shorts and trainers or pumps for outdoor games during summer and winter months. Warm tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games during the winter months.

Girls - White T-shirt, black shorts or cycling shorts (not nylon or lycra) and trainers or pumps for outdoor games during summer and winter months. Warm tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games during the winter months.

Please note earrings must be removed for PE or covered by tape provided by the parent.



We follow the ‘good to be green’ behaviour management system. Every child starts the day on the green card; if they make bad choices (e.g. shouting out, not listening etc.) they will move down the chart onto the yellow warning card or red consequence card.


If your child arrives home on Friday without their good to be green sticker, it means that at some point in the week they received a yellow warning or red consequence card; it may be worth a gentle discussion with your child about how they need to make things better for the following week.


We love rewarding good choices and hard work; we offer certificates for English and Maths as well as lots of House Points and stickers if they are working well.

Today we have had an eggciting day, all the children in school have joined together to make a huge rainbow. After lunch we have made an eggcellent zoo!

We have drawn pictures for HMS Nightingale in London, to decorate the wards walls when it opens.



Sparkle & Shine 4SS!

4SS are the best! I have had such an amazing start to teaching in Year 4 because of these stars. I'm sure they'll continue to shine at home and I'll see you all soon. Sparkle and shine 4SS!


Reasearching Galapagos animals

I am very impressed with the amazing holiday home work that my class has done in researching Galapagos animals.


We are mighty Stone Age folk!

Stone Age dwellings

Look at our stone age dwellings, out of a lot of mess these amazing houses were built. 



Our 1st week!

What an amazing start to  the new year school year, I could not be prouder of my class. Look how busy we have been.
Enjoying the new reading area and developing a love of books.
In science we dissected plants and looked really close at the inside of a flower.


Speedy - our new pet!

Meet our class pet, Speedy the African land snail. He is now settled into the classroom and doing well with plenty of big juicy lettuce that we got from the Junk Food Project.


Music Lesson

We had an amazing first Ukulele session with Mr Wells.