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

Year 4

WC 02.03.2020

Another incredibly busy week! Key highlights include:


Orienteering – Koalas spent some time on Monday morning at Bramcote College taking part in the Broxtowe Orienteering Festival. They did really well and had a fabulous time!


Outdoor Learning – On Tuesday afternoon, both Year 4 classes spent the afternoon outside with Mrs Mitchell making Roman Roads. They worked well in their teams, and built great roads that passed the test of being jumped on! Great engineering skills Year 4! J


Learning Leaders – Wednesday afternoon saw two groups of volunteers from Nottingham University working with Year 4 on their Romans topic. Each class took part in different activities discovering all about power in Rome and the Roman Empire. They will be working with us every Wednesday afternoon until Easter, to teach us lots more about the Romans.


Move & Learn – Friday afternoons for this term are our Move & Learn sessions with Notts County Football in the Community. We have a 45 minute practical PE session to get moving, and a 45 minute classroom based session, in which the children learn about how to keep fit and healthy. They have really enjoyed both weeks so far, and this will also continue until Easter.


Have a great weekend! J


Year 4 Team

Welcome back to Spring 2!

We hope you all had an enjoyable half term break and are ready and raring to go for an exciting term ahead! Please see our Year 4 mind map below which highlights all of the things we will be looking at this half term.


Team Year 4 :-)

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Year 4 Multiplication Table Check


Please find all the information you need on the upcoming multiplication table check by clicking on the link below.


A big thank you to Mrs Mitchell for our OAA sessions this week (and every other week!) The children always enjoy OAA but they were particularly engaged with this week’s challenge: in pairs or small groups, children were given a colour card and they had to try and find something in the outdoor learning area that matched the colour/shade on their cards – preferably something natural, rather than man made. Some colours were trickier than others, but as you can see from the photos, there were some great successes!


The enthusiasm wasn’t just limited to OAA though; in English, we have been looking at poetry this week, and in particular, Haikus. We looked at a variety of poetic devices before working together to build a bank of words and phrases we could use for our own poems. On Wednesday, we had a go at producing our own Haiku poems about Mount Vesuvius – the creativity was great, and we’ve had some beautiful poems written this week. We are also creating some volcano art work to go on display along with the Haikus and other poetry we will be writing and publishing next week – look out for the pictures, which will be coming soon.


Miss Shah and Mrs Allcoat





What a great end to the month! This week has been busy, as always. In English, we have been writing letters to the people of Pompeii as Tranio or Livia (the main characters in our book for this term, Escape from Pompeii). We explained how we escaped and survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and told them about our lives after that eventful day. Last week, we finished painting our volcano models, ready for our very own eruptions in the JC playground this week. I'm sure you will agree, they look fabulous and the children have really paid attention to detail in their creations. We tested three different combinations of ingredients, to see which would produce the most effective eruption - ask your child which they thought was best!

Year 4 Spring 1 Mind Map

Year 4 Spring 1 Mind Map 1



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




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.

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