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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Year 4



What a busy start to term - the first two weeks have flown by! We have been looking at a book called Escape to Pompeii in our English and Reading lessons, and learning all about the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. We have been writing diaries as if we were a child during the eruption - the writing the children have produced so far is great, with lots of fantastic description in it, and we are looking forward to reading the rest of their writing next week! 


 In our Topic and Science lessons, we have learnt more generally about volcanoes - how they are formed, why they are located where they are, and the different types of volcanoes. The children have absolutely loved this topic so far, and are excited to find out more. We then drew some beautiful pictures of volcanoes in our sketchbooks, before designing and beginning to build our own. We will complete our models next week, and hopefully take them outside to get them to erupt (cross your fingers for us that the weather stays dry!) 




We have also had some great homework in so far - in particular, I was impressed by Lucas' model of Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius in the background. He cleverly added a pop up element to it, to show it erupting! 




Have a lovely and restful weekend everyone, ready for another busy week next week. 


Mrs Allcoat and Miss Shah 




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Welcome back to a new term and a new year! We hope you all had an enjoyable break and are coming back to school feeling refreshed and ready to face new challenges.


There will be no parent reading morning on the first day back, we will resume on Tuesday 14th January 8:50-9:05.


Please remember your PE kits as we have our PE assessment on the first day back (7.1.2020), you will need your wellies for OAA from Tuesday 14th January.


Mrs Allcoat & Miss Shah



It has been another busy couple of weeks in Year 4! In English, we have been learning about Greek myths this term, ready to write our own versions. Earlier this week, we planned out the key characters and events in our stories, before then having a drama based lesson where we acted out our myths in groups. The drama was brilliant and the story lines were great, with the heroes defeating some terrifying mythical beasts! We can't wait to read the children's work as they write their stories over the next week. Linked to our Greek topic, we also created some Greek pottery in Art last week, thinking carefully about their shape and the designs we etched onto them. They are looking fab! 


Just a quick reminder about the Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 18th December, from 5.00-6.30pm. Please speak to your children about it so they can let us know early next week whether they are able to come, so we have an idea of numbers. Please also encourage the children to practise the songs and the actions at home too (they are all further down on this page of the website). 


Thank you in advance for your support!


Miss Shah and Mrs Allcoat




YR3 and YR4 Christmas Concert
We would like to invite you to a Christmas Concert on Wednesday 18th December from 5.00pm-6.30pm in the Junior Hall. Here are some of the songs we will be singing so please encourage your child to practise the songs at home.



SING (sing along track)

It was on a Starry Night

Uploaded by Wendy Moses on 2013-12-06.

Hosanna Rock

Uploaded by Mersey Park Primary School on 2017-12-11.

Wise Men are we

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Wise Men are we

Welcome back! 

Wow, what a wonderful and busy first week back! In Maths, we started by reminding ourselves how to measure accurately with a practical lesson using rulers and metre sticks, before moving onto calculating perimeter for the rest of the week. We have also started our new topic, the Groovy Greeks, and the children have loved researching and finding out about the Ancient Greeks in our English and Topic lessons - it has been great to see so much enthusiasm. Did you know, the Greeks invented the Olympics? Ask your child to share some other interesting facts they have learnt! 



PE and Outdoor Learning

Please make sure that PE kits are in school all week as they may be required outside of regular PE slots.

  • Koala Class will have PE on a Monday and Friday
  • Lemurs Class will have PE on a Monday and Thursday


Outdoor learning will be continuing this half term for Year 4.

  • Koala Class will have Outdoor Learning on a Thursday afternoon
  • Lemurs Class will have Outdoor Learning on a Friday afternoon

Please bring kit that you don't mind getting muddy and dirty as well as warm layers with the weather getting colder. We will endeavor to go outside every week even as the temperature gets colder so please make sure that you have suitable clothing.



Year 4 Autumn Term Mind Map

Year 4 Autumn Term Mind Map 1

 Why not join us for our Reading Mornings?


These will be every Tuesday from 8.50am until 9.10am, starting on 05.11.19.  Come and read with your child and maybe find out a little bit more about what we are

learning in class! 







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Another great week from year 4. All the teachers were very impressed by your ability to take notes and turn these notes into great writing.  Your work on column addition was aslo very good and we hope that you are as successful with column subtraction next week.  Thanks to everyone who has seen us outside of parents evenings to discuss your child's progress. It was really good to able to share about your child in school. Just a reminder about PE kits (Lemurs - Monday and Thursday, Koalas - Monday and Friday), this week handball will be on Wednesday and not Monday.


Mrs Allcoat, Miss Shah and Mr Hepworth


What a week we've had this week. The standard of descriptive wiritng was very good - your use of adjectives has improved dramatically since the start of the year. In maths, we are now moving on from our place value topic to addition and subtraction. We've also been looking at the history of Beeston - Did you know that Bronze Age canoes have been found in the Trent near Beeston? 

Finally, parents evenings. Thanks to all of you who have made an appointment. If you've still to make an appointment then please see on of us. Also, if you can't make either if the evenings, please let us know and we'll sort out a convenient time.


Mrs Allcoat, Miss Shah and Mr Hepworth



Another good week has been had by all. Please remember to book your parents evening appointment slots online. This week we're looking forward to writing some superb descriptive writing about the feast in Fantastic Mr Fox. We've also learnt to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. Thanks again for reading mornings  - it was really to good to see people enjoying reading with their children. We would encourage you to read with your child and would ask that you read at least 3 times a week.

Reminder - outdoor learning for Koalas is on Thursday; Lemurs on Friday. PE for Koalas is on Mondays and Fridays and Lemurs is Mondays and Thursdays - please bring the correct kit into school.


Mr Hepworth, Mrs Allcoat and Miss Shah           

Enjoying Outdoor Learning

enjoying outdoor learning




Year 4  -What a good start to the year we've had.  Thanks you for all your hard work.  A big thank you as well to all the parents who came to the reading morning.

Fanstastic Mr Fox is a very enjoyable book and we're looking forward to our big debate on Friday - Is Mr Fox really a criminal?

In maths we are continuing to look at place value - well done for your hard work in this vital area.

Can we remind you that outdoor learning for Koalas in on Thursday and Lemurs is on Friday - please remember to bring in your outdoor learning clothes.


Jason Wade Education Sounds and Syllables Example

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The word imagine broken down using the Jason Wade Education Sounds and Syllables approach that we are using in school.

© jason wade education ltd, 2018 all LSK2 words broken into sounds and syllables - copyrighted

smiley Welcome to Year 4smiley

A very warm welcome from all of the Year 4 team.


Meet The Team

Mrs Allcoat & Mrs Hawker - Koala Class Teachers

Mr Hepworth and Miss Shah - Lemurs Class Teachers

Miss Adcock - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hosker - Teaching Assistant







Welcome back!


We all hope that you have had a fun and enjoyable Summer break. We all have to say that all of the children have come back looking very smart in their new uniforms and rearing to go! We've seen some great enthusiasm already! 


Please look through the information on this page for important updates about what we are doing in the classroom, key dates for your diaries and ways that you can help your child at home. We aim to update this page regularly to keep you as informed as possible. 


PE this term will take place on Mondays for both classes, Thursday for Lemurs and Friday for Koalas. Much of this will be outdoors. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit of black shorts or jogging bottoms, plain white t-shirt and trainers for these sessions. All jewellery must be removed for these sessions. Please supply plasters for earrings where appropriate. 


This half term we will also be taking part in an afternoon of Outdoor Learning. This will be on a Thursday afternoon for Koalas and a Friday afternoon for Lemurs. Clothes that you don't mind getting muddy are essential.


Please could we also ask that all school uniform, including coats, are labelled so that we can reunite lost items with their owner. As the weather is unpredictable, please send children with a coat or waterproof, as we will spend time outdoors wherever possible.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak to us on the playground or contact the school office where will get back to you as soon as we are able. 


We look forward to working with you all this year. 


The Year 4 Team 





      Weekly Routines




PE will be every  Monday and Thursday (Lemurs) / Friday (Koalas). The children will also be taking part in daily exercise both inside and outside. Please can you ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school all week. PE kit includes a plain white or white JC t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers. Please send socks if your child is wearing tights. Children will need to have earrings removed for PE lessons. 


Water Bottles

Water is available to the children throughout the day in the classroom. Please provide them with a named water bottle. These will be sent home daily. 


Communication Diaries

Your child has been issued with a Communication Dairy. We ask that all children read at least three times a week at home and have their diary signed by an adult at home. If you have any questions or queries, please use the diary and ask your child to let us know that there is a message for us. 



Each half term, your child will be sent home with a 'Homework Grid' sheet. Our expectation is that the children complete the grey boxes weekly, and choose one other piece of homework each week as an optional piece of work. Completed homework will be checked each week to see how they are getting on.



Just a reminder that toys should not be brought into school. 


Meet the Teacher

Thanks to all who attended the meeting. If you would like a copy of the presentation then click on the link at the bottom of the page.


Reading Morining

Reading morning is on Tuesday Morning. Please come and join us - it's a good opportunity to enjoy reading with your child and will be great fun too.



This is what year 4 will be studying this half term .




The Year 4 classrooms are fully equipped with the stationery that the children will need. We encourage children not to bring anything to school that is valuable to them, as we cannot account for things going missing. 


You have all been given your Time Tables Rock Stars login.


Make sure that you log on using lowercase letters!

There is a leader board on your maths wall to show who has collected the most coins this week!

Good luck Rock Stars!


Homework Links:

Year 4 National Curriculum


Useful websites to practise your maths skills:

  • Hit the ButtonHelp to practise your maths skills including times tables and number bonds.

  • Top Marks maths gamesA variety of fun maths games looking across the curriculum to help support your child with their maths skills.

Meet the Teacher 2019