Ferney Lee Primary School

Great things happen here

Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848


Welcome to Year 4!

Watch the slideshow to see some of the fantastic learning we have done so far this year... 

What are Year 4 learning about in Summer 2?

In our final half term, our Historical enquiry question is: 

'How did Britain change under Anglo-Saxon rule?'

In our History lessons we will learn where the Anglo Saxons come from and why they came to Britain, what key events took place in Anglo Saxon Britain, how Anglo Saxon Britain was divided and ruled, what an Anglo Saxon village like, what crime and punishment was like in Anglo-Saxon times, what information about the Anglo-Saxons we can take from the Sutton Hoo burial site and why King Alfred so 'Great'.

In English, we will base our writing on the class text: 'Anglo-Saxon Boy' by Tony Bradman. We will then spend the final half of the Summer term focusing on grammar and punctuation in preparation for Year 5. 

In Maths, we will learn about Decimals. We will learn about tenths and hundredths as decimals, recognise and write decimal equivalents, divide a one and two-digit number by 10 and 100, round decimals with 1 decimal place to the nearest whole number, compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to 2 decimal places and solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to 2 decimal places. We will finish the year by having focus days on Shape, Measure and Time. 

In Science, we will explore 'Animals and their habitats'. We will begin by recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of way, explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment and recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

In PE, we will continue to learn new skills in the water in our weekly swimming lessons and will also learn new Athletics skills in preparation for Sports Day and learn how to play rounders. 

In Art, we will create animal masks which we will wear in our KS2 end of year production, 'The Lion King' which we will also enter for the Todmorden Country Fair. 

In Design and Technology, we will finish making our pencil and glasses cases. 

In Music, we are learning about Brazilian Samba through song and drumming. We will also be learning songs from 'The Lion King' for our KS2 end of year show.

In PSHE/RHE, we are completing our  'Coping with Change' unit by answering the question, 'How and why do our bodies change as we get older?'

In Computing, we will complete a coding unit using Scratch to create our own times table quiz.

In French, we will be completing our unit ‘Yum Yum’ or ‘Miam, Miam’ which is all about French food, cafés, ordering and menus. 

In RE, we will finish learning all about Sikhism and why Gurus are at the heart of Sikh beliefs. 

Our Learning in Summer 1... 

In Summer 1, our Geographical enquiry question was: 

'Could you survive a natural disaster?'

In our Geography lessons we learnt what a natural disaster is, where and why they happen, how we measure them, how climate change is impacting disasters, what natural disasters we've experienced in the UK and how we prepare for them. 

In English, we based our writing on two class texts: 'Flooded' by Mariajo Ilustrajo and 'Rainbow Grey' by Laura Ellen Anderson.

In Maths, we finished our unit on Area and then learnt about fractions. We explored families of common equivalent fractions, counted up and down in hundredths and tenths, recognised that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten and learnt how to simplify fractions and find fractions of an amount.

In Science, we completed our unit on 'Sound'. We found patterns between the pitches of different sounds, recognised how sounds get fainter and planned an experiment on how to reduce sound.  

In PE, we continued to learn new skills in the water in our weekly swimming lessons, and learnt new rugby skills every Friday.

In Design Technology, we learnt about different fastenings. We then used this knowledge to design and make our own pencil case or glasses case. 

In French, we learnt weather phrases, sentences to convey the weather of a given place and how to give and understand directions in French. 

In Music, we combined different versions of a musical motif to perform as a group using musical notation.

In PSHE/RHE, we explored 'Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds' and answered the question, 'Why are choices important for our health and wellbeing?'

In Computing, we focused on basic computing skills. We learnt new touch typing skills and used these skills to type up a piece of our English work and then learnt PowerPoint skills to showcase some of our Geography learning. 

In RE, we began our unit all about Sikhism and why Gurus are at the heart of Sikh beliefs. 

Our Learning in Spring 2... 

In Spring 2, our Historical enquiry question was: 

'How did the Romans change Britain?' 

In our History lessons we learnt how and why the Romans invaded Britain, why there were three different invasions, what Roman towns in Britain were like, who Boudicca was and why she is remembered, why the Romans left Britain and what legacy was left here. 

In English, we based our writing on two class texts: 'Revolt against the Romans' by Tony Bradman and 'Roman Invasion' by Jim Eldridge. 

In Maths, we finished our Multiplication and Division unit by learning written methods for multiplication and division and developed our problem solving skills using what we have learnt. We then started our unit on finding the Area of different shapes. 

In Science, we finished our unit on 'Electricity'. We continued to construct different electrical circuits, learnt about switches before making our own switches and explored common conductors and insulators.

In PE, we continued to learn new skills and grow in confidence in the water in our weekly swimming lessons every Wednesday and had Badminton lessons every Friday. 

In Art, we explored Roman based artwork and complete Roman Centurion paintings. 

In PSHE/RHE, we focused on 'Families and other Relationships' and answered the question, 'Why are relationships important in our lives?'

 In French, we learnt about the different food and drink delicacies of the country. 

In Computing, we completed different projects using Microbits and Makecodes. We used coding skills to make algorithms and animations to create different games. 

In RE, we finished learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam. 

Our Learning in Spring 1...

In Spring 1, our Geographical enquiry question was: 

'Why do our seas and oceans need protecting?' 

In our Geography lessons we learnt where the oceans and seas are, what lives in the ocean and where, why the oceans matter, what is harming our oceans and what we can do to help save and look after our oceans. Linking to this topic, we went on a trip to The Blue Planet Aquarium. 

In English, we based our writing on two class texts: 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner and 'Song of the Dolphin Boy' by Elizabeth Laird.

In Maths, we began our Multiplication and Division units where we learnt our times tables up to 12 x 12, how to multiply and divide by multiples of 10 and 100, multiplying by 0 and 1 and written methods for multiplication and division.

In Science, we began our topic on 'Electricity'. We explored common appliances that run on electricity, constructed simple electrical circuits, and learnt about switches and common conductors and insulators.

In PE, we continuing to learn new skills in the water in our weekly swimming lessons every Wednesday and took part in creative dance lessons every Friday, which involved us choreographing and performing our own dance routines.  

In Art, we developed ideas for 3D work through drawing and visualisation and used more complex techniques to shape materials in 2D. We will explored how shapes can be formed and joined in wire and considered the effect of how sculpture is displayed. Using these skills, we created wire ocean animals and made soap fish sculptures.

In Music, we listened to changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics and related it to something tangible and familiar. Linking to our geography learning, we represented different stages of the river through vocal and percussive ostinatos, which will culminated in a final group performance.

In PSHE/RHE, our focus was 'Caring and Responsibility' where we answered the question, 'What are our rights and why are they important?'

In DT, we are linked our activity to our Science learning by creating 3D Angler fish with an electrical circuit which allowed our model fish to light up. 

In RE, we started the unit 'How do the ‘Five Pillars’ guide Muslims in life?' We expanded and developed our learning about the Five Pillars of Islam as a way of focusing on key beliefs for Muslims. We also learnt about some key teachings and considered how these reflect and affect the values and lives of believers.

In Frenchwe learnt French numbers 1-31, the days of the week, months of the year, dates and seasons through maths and songs and class surveys. We also researched dates of French festivals and revised the unit by having a traditional French birthday celebration in the classroom.

Our Learning in Autumn 2...

In Autumn 2, our Historical enquiry question was: 

'Why were the Romans such a successful ruling empire?'

 In our History lessons we learnt how Rome was founded, what life was like in the Roman Empire and what it was like to be a Roman soldier. 

In English, we based our writing on two focused texts: 'Romans on the Rampage' by Jeremy Strong and 'Empire's End: A Roman Story' by Leila Rasheed.

In Maths, we completed our units on addition and subtraction by using different skills and strategies to add and subtract within 4 digit numbers. 

In Science, our topic was 'Animals including humans' and we answered the enquiry question, 'What happens in our digestive systems?

In Art, we developed skills in colour mixing, by focusing on using tints and shades to create a 3D effect. We then experimented with composition and applied our painting techniques to a personal still life piece.

In PE, we continued to be confident swimmers every Wednesday and learnt new gymnastic skills every Friday. 

In Design and Technology, we designed, made and built different structures which lead to then making our own pavilions. 

In Music, we drew upon our understanding of repeating patterns in music, and were introduced to the concept of motifs. We learnt a musical motif based on the Romans and performed it.

In PSHE/RHE, we explored similarities and differences and answered the enquiry question, 'Why is identity and diversity so important?'

In French, we learnt vocabulary to describe items of clothing, along with the different forms of the indefinite article. We incorporated previous learning about colour into our descriptions of clothing and expressed our opinions about outfits in French.

Our Learning in Autumn 1...

In our first half term, our Geographical enquiry question was:

'How would living in Italy compare with living in England?'

In our Geography lessons, we compared the climate, crops, physical geography, settlements, landmarks and capital cities of each country. 

In English, we based our writing around two focus texts: 

'Journey' by Aaron Becker, and 'The Boy who Biked the World, Part One: On the Road to Africa' by Alastair Humphreys. 

In Maths, we built on our knowledge of Place Value of numbers up to 10,000. 

In Science, we explored the unit, 'States of Matter' by answering the enquiry question, 'Can a material change from being a solid, a liquid or a gas?'

In Art, we created 'Power Prints' where we used drawing and a combination of mixed media images for effect when developing a drawing into a print. 

In PE, we had weekly swimming lessons on a Wednesday and learnt how to play as part of a team during Tag Rugby lessons every Friday.  

In Music, we used a mixture of body percussion and tuned percussion instruments to create own rhythms of the rainforest. 

In PSHE/RHE, we explored the question, 'How can we make and maintain a good friendship?'

In RE, we completed the unit called, 'How are important events remembered?' where we explored festivals of light from Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Paganism, Chinese New Year and Ancient Civilisations.

In French, we learnt adjectives for describing people’s physical appearance and their personality. We then created simple sentences ensuring that the adjectives agreed with the gender of the noun.

In Computing, we learnt how to stay safe online. 


Our Class Assembly 

We were the first Year group to deliver a class assembly to the rest of the school and our parents. We shared with everyone what we had learnt about Italy and England over the half term and then our parents came into class for the afternoon to do some activities with us. 

Keep checking our individual Learning Journeys on Seesaw for photos of us enjoying our learning!

Meet the staff...

Miss Blanchard (Class Teacher)

Miss Bury (HLTA)

Mrs Morisson (Teaching Assistant)

Ms Dumville (Science and Music Teacher)

Welcome to our Library...

Below are the some of texts and literature we will be using in Year 4 to support the delivery of our curriculum. 

Below are the some of texts and literature we will be using in Year 4 to support the delivery of our PSHE and RHE curriculum. 

Throughout the year, we add the books we read as a class to our beautiful Class Reading tree on the wall outside our classroom. 

Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848