Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

Year 4     

My Byron

Class Information

Can you please ensure your child comes in with a coat everyday. Sometimes it is raining a little and we still need to get outside and get some fresh air.


We will be doing PE on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for the rest of this term. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school.


We are starting to use a new spelling system. The children will soon receive a log on and password for Spelling Shed. This will allow them to practise the spelling rules we have been learning at school through a range of games and challenges. There will no longer be a weekly spelling test.

Times Tables

We will continue to rote learn out times tables as the children started last year. We will work together as a class learning a couple of facts a week. We will do a timed test three times a week.

Times tables are a vital part of anyone's mathematical toolkit. Please help your child by regularly asking them about the times table facts that we are learning in class. Each week, I will post our new facts on the web page.


We will teach reading through a mix of whole class reading and small group guided reading. Please read with your child four times a week. Reading fluency at the end of Primary school is  a big indicator of future academic success.

Information on the upcoming Times Table Check

Term 4 Curriculum Map

In a bid to save the environment, I will post the curriculum maps on the web page rather than print them and send them home. However, if you would like a paper copy, please ask.

Weekly Updates

Term 4

Week 3

This week we have been learning about the four layers of the rainforest. We found out which animals lived where and recorded our findings with a combination of picture sand words. From this, will will start to think about how different plants and animals are classified.

In English, we continued to use our AFOREST structure to plan a travel brochure for Brazil. We tried to think about the best way to convince someone to take a holiday in Brazil. We used alliteration, emotive language and rhetorical questions.

As we continued to learn about Sikhism, we found out about the 5 Ks. We did some research to find out the meaning behind each one and even had the opportunity to handle some real examples of them.


Week 2

This week we have been learning using an atlas to find out about Brazil. We learnt about the equator and the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. We found out about why the rainforests lie between the Tropics.

We thought about persuasive writing and thought about what we would write in a letter to President Bolsanaro to convince him to act to save the rainforests. 

In maths we have done more work on fractions. We have been using our division skills to find fractions of a number and started adding fractions with the same denominator.

This week's times tables

7 sixes are 42

8 sixes are 48

9 sixes are 54

Term 3

Week 6

This week we decided to use our scientific skills to test how sound travels as vibrations. We made string phones which proved that the sound of our voices traveled down the string and to the cup on the other end. We tested what would happen if we held the string in the middle or if we added more string and cups.

We also finished off our topic by trying to answer the question 'How do you build a human?' We made posters showing everything we had learnt about the human body during this topic. 

Below are some of this term's Word Aware words. Why not see if your child can use them in sentences?

Below, highlighted in blue, are the times tables facts we have learnt so far. 

Times table need to be practised at least four times a week. To do this, the facts should be said out loud. You could say to your child, "7 threes are?" and your child should answer, "7 threes are 21." If you do this with a few facts a day it will have a profound effect on your child's maths progress.

Week 5

This week we have been working on writing non-chronological reports. We used language like "Reports say" and "Scientists believe" to add impact to our reports on Frankenstein's monster.

The children have been working really hard on understanding division as either "divided by" or divide into groups of". It has really shown the importance of learning our times table facts. If you know you tables, division is easy. Without them, it's very tricky!

In our topic lesson we learnt about sound. We found out that sound travels in waves and is transmitted by the vibrations of air molecules. We also learnt about the human ear and how it collects sound and turns the vibrations into nerve impulses that travel to our brain.

Week 3

The children have really wowed me with their mathematical thinking this week. They have worked hard at problem solving using trial and improvement strategies. They have been using their reasoning skills to make conjectures and test them as well as discovering mathematical generalisations.

We finished off our egg experiment. We used our observations skills to see what had happened, record it and then think about why it might have been that way. The classroom smelt suitably gross after this event!

Forced Perspective Photography

 We had a go at working in groups and creating some forced perspective photography. Here are some of our most successful results.

Week 2

This week we started to think about using some of the skills needed to work scientifically. We learnt about the different types of teeth we have and decided to conduct and experiment to see how what effects different liquids might have on our teeth. We used hard boiled eggs (hard outer shell and a soft inner  a bit like our teeth) and we put them into jars of coke, water, orange juice and vinegar. We will leave them for a week and them observe and record what has happened.

We also learnt about how the brain works and thought about the importance of having a growth mindset. We found out about some famous people who had failed a lot but never gave up and went to to become top of their field.

This Week's Times Tables

7 fours are 28

8 fours are 32

9 fours are 36

Week 1

The children have had a fantastic first week back. We introduced our new topic 'How to Build a Human' with a day of fun activities related to the human body. We started by drawing around each other and trying to map the organs on to the human body. We then did a messy experiment to show how the human digestive system works. Finally we made model lungs that show how the diaphragm helps us to breathe. In the afternoon with made collages representing the internal organs of the body.

We also started reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein- the ultimate story about building a human! We looked at the use of language in the first chapter and discussed how it created an eerie atmosphere.

This Week's Times Tables

4 fours are 16

5 fours are 20

6 fours are 24

Term 2

Week 5

This week we had our first trip to the forest. The children had a great time making boggits, cutting wood and using mirrors to sketch the tree canopy. They also got some fire cooked toast and a chance to play some of their favourite forest school games. 

In maths this week we have been using our knowledge of the distributive law to help us multiply by two digit numbers. We also started using the area model to display our mathematical thinking rather than taking time to draw out arrays.  

Week 4

This week we have been using our scientific skills to test materials for conductivity. We made predictions about each material. We then created a simple circuit with a gap in it. We were able to place each material in the gap to see if it completed the circuit. We carefully observed what happened and then recorded our results.

In maths this week, we have been learning about the distributive law of multiplication. We realised that if we had three groups of 4 and 2 groups of 4 then altogether we had 5 groups of 4. This enables us to work out multiplication  facts that we don' t yet know.

This week's times tables:

All facts learnt so far.

All 2s

All 3s

All 5s

In English, we have been thinking about explanation texts. We looked at causal conjunctions which show cause and effect. We thought about using phrases like 'as a result', 'consequently', 'because' and 'therefore'.

Week 3

This week we learnt about how electrical circuits are represented in circuit diagrams. We practised making circuits and then drew diagrams of them. We also wrote instructions on how to make a circuit.

In English this week we thought about explanation texts. We read some examples and looked at the features. Next week, we will look at writing our own explanation texts.

This week in maths, we looked at using bar models to help us understand the structure of word problems. We draw out the problem and are able to see what operation is needed to solve the problem. We looked at some numberless problems to help us understand them.


This week's times tables:

3 threes are 9

4 threes are 12

5 threes are 15

7 threes are 21

8 threes are 24

9 threes are 27

Week 2

This week we have been learning about Nikola Tesla and electricity. We had a go at making our own circuits. We learnt that electrical current only flows when there is a complete circuit. We worked in groups and managed to make a circuit that would light a small bulb. Some groups were able to move from making a series circuit to having a go at making a parallel circuit.


We had a fantastic anti-bullying assembly and workshop where we thought about different types of bullying and what we can do to prevent them. We also thought how we had all be affected by negative experiences in the past but that small things can make people feel better. We set a small changes challenge with a range of things we would try to do next week that could make someone else feel a little happier.

This week's times tables:

7 threes are 21

8 threes are 24

9 threes are 27

Week 1

The children have settled back in to term 2 really well. We have continued to look at changing technology. We have learnt about how innovations in science led to the development of steam power. This meant boats could travel further faster and it opened up an era of international trade.

We also started to think about electricity. We thought about its many uses and learnt a bit about Nikola Tesla. We will be working towards writing a biography of him.

In mathematics, we turned out attention to subtraction. We learnt how many of the strategies we learnt in Year 2 and 3 can be used with numbers in the thousands.


Week 7

This week we started to think about innovations in ship building that led to sails. This meant people could travel further and build bigger boats. The Vikings used sail power to get all the way from Europe to North America. We made fictitious adverts talking about the benefits of sail power.

In English, we thought more about expanded noun phrases and extending our sentences with conjunctions.

In maths, we have been learning about column addition and thinking about methods for doing mental addition. We have also been working on our problem solving skills.

Week 6

This week we have been thinking about improving our writing with extended noun phrases and similes. We also thought more about fronted adverbials. We also thought about how to extend our sentences using subordinating conjunctions. We realised that we could use a subordinating conjunction at the start of a sentence to make a fronted adverbial.

In maths we have been using the make ten strategy that we learnt in Year 2 to calculate with 3-digit numbers. We have also been working hard on using the correct language. We have learnt the phrase, "Addend plus addend equals sum."

In topic we used some of our sketching skills to and learned how to sketch a boat. We also thought about how boating technology enables immigration. We learnt about how the Windrush bought people to Britain after the war. As part of Black History Month, we learnt about the Bristol bus boycott when people protested the fact that the Bristol bus company would only hire white bus conductors.

Week 5

This week we finished off our posters about early boats. We also started to learn some sketching skills.

In maths we started to think about additive reasoning. We examined calculations and looked at forming generalisations about adding. We also thought about the different ways addition stories are told.

In English, we wrote our own ending to the Tilly story. We thought about the 5-part story structure and made sure we thought about what punctuation we would need in our story. We also had a go at some peer marking. We checked our friends work for paragraphs, fronted adverbials, exciting adjectives and the 5-part structure.

Week 4

This week we have been making posters about early boats. We used the internet to research and thought about how we could evaluate different sources of information. We made notes so that next week we can  present the information in poster form.

In English, we learnt about the features of a newspaper article and had a go at planning and writing one. We also learnt about extending our sentences with subordinate clauses. We learnt that if we put the subordinate clause at the start of the sentence it can be a fronted adverbial.

In maths this week, we thought about estimating numbers and putting them on a number line. We also learnt about Roman numerals, building on last year's work in their Romans topic.

This week's times tables are:

5 threes are 15

5 fours are 20

5 fives are 25

6 fives are 30

7 fives are 35

8 fives are 40

9 fives are 45

Week 3

This week we have been think about the rules for punctuating speech. We wrote a dialogue between Tilly and her dad. We tried to ensure we punctuated the speech correctly and then thought about varying the verb we used for said.

In maths, we have been learning about rounding numbers to the nearest 1000 and 100.  We learn that to round to the thousand we first have to look at the hundreds digit. We used a little rules to help us. Five or more raise the score. Four or less let it rest. We then used this knowledge to help us work out how to round to the nearest 10.

As part of our topic, we continued to look at boat. We thought about the design process. We learnt that when designing something we have to follow a brief. In this case we were designing boats that could carry an playmobil man and a glue stick. We learnt about the importance of our boat having a large surface area for the bottom of our boat.

We then tested our designs. We looked at the results and thought about what made the designs work and what could be better.


This week's times tables are:

7 fives are 35

8 fives are 40

9 fives are forty-five


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Week 2

This week we started to think about how technology affects our life and how it changes over time. Our first step was to think about chronology. We created time lines of our own live. We then looked at a range of boats and tried to think about what features would help us place them on a time line.

In maths, we have been learning how to partition 4-digit numbers. We have been partitioning them into thousands, hundreds, tens and one.

Our times tables for this week are:

5 threes are 15.

5 fours are 20.

5 fives are 25.

6 fives are 30.


In English we have been thinking about extending our sentences with fronted adverbials. These are words or phrases that go at the front of a sentence and describe the verb. We thought about the three main types of adverbial- manner, time and position. We wrote diaries as if we were Tilly.

Week 1

The children have been fantastic this first week back. They got used to school routines well and are on their way to forming a great little learning team. 

We thought a lot about the school values and how best we can embody them. We also thought about class rules. We managed to list 17 class rules but then boiled them down to three that cover everything!

This week we thought about problem solving skills in maths. We looked at how to model problems with objects and worked on our resilience with a bit of modular origami. We also saw how we can use our knowledge of the numbers 1- 10 to help us with numbers to 1000.

In English, we thought about what makes a sentence and recapped some of our prior learning from year 3. We also started reading 'Tilly and the Time Machine'. This links to our topic but the details of that are under wraps at the moment. We will be launching the topic next week at which point I will add the curriculum map to the web page.