Welcome to Shackleton Class !

Year 4 is taught by Mrs Duckworth

who is supported by Mrs Bain and Mrs Nelson.


Our class page will be updated regularly to celebrate the learning and achievements of the class. We hope you enjoy reading about all the exciting things we get up to!



Year 4 Curriculum

Please use the links below to access key documents relating to Year 4 learning.

    Reading       Writing       Mathematics 



Letters home to parents/carers



~~~ Year 4 Class of 2019-2020 ~~~

Friday 13th September

This week we started our Music lessons with Mr Fitton and we are learning how to play a range of percussion instruments - noisy but fun!

In English we used our powers of persuasion to write a letter to Mr Shackleton convincing him that we deserved to be a crew member on his expedition. We also started our Geography topic, exploring the icy cold world of Antarctica through lots of different maps.

Well done to our Stars of the Week - Max and Lilu.


 Friday 6th September

Our first week has flown by and the children have started Year 4 with a super attitude and fantastic work ethic! We are all looking forward to a happy and successful year together.  

We have jumped straight into a busy week exploring place value in Maths and have begun our book for this half term 'Shackleton's Journey'.

I look forward to meeting lots of you at our Parents Information Meeting on Wednesday 18th September but if you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Congratulations to our first Stars of the Week - Ben G and Sam.






Friday 14th June

We have had a very busy week completing our Summer Term assessments and the children have worked so hard to show all they have learned this year.

In Science we have investigated the effect that different liquids have on teeth, and discovered that vinegar caused the most damage to the boiled eggs we used for our test. We have also explored the digestive system with a very messy but very fun practical demonstration involving a pair of tights!

Friday 3rd May

This week we have started Music lessons with Mr Fitton on a Wednesday morning where we are learning to play percussion instruments.

In Maths we are revisiting a tricky topic - fractions and decimals!

One of our favourite things this week was Art. We have been practicing pencil sketching and each drew our own elephant which are going up on display in the classroom.

Friday 26th April

We hope the children have had a lovely Easter break and we can't believe we have already finished the first week of the Summer Term!

Our topic for this half term is 'When Sparks Fly!'. We have started a new book called 'Until I Met Dudley' and in Science we will be exploring how electricity makes everyday things work.

Lots of our Year 4 children have also started taking part in our speed stacking club - which means lots of noise but lots of fun.


Friday 5th April

Thank you so much to all the parents and carers who joined us for our Year 3/4 showcase this week. Some of the children were very nervous about presenting their work but did a fantastic job showing everyone what we have been learning about this year. We were so proud to see their music, writing, artwork and so much more on display for everyone to admire.

Friday 8th March

We have had a very busy week in school this week, it is wonderful to see all the Year 4 children making brilliant progress as we continue our swimming lessons. Also, we had a brilliant time dressing up for World Book Day!

Friday 21st December

We have come to our end of our first term and what a wonderful first term it has been! The children have worked so hard and are ready for a well deserved Christmas break. Over the last couple of weeks we have been celebrating Christmas in lots of special ways. We started with our Enterprise 'Sock Snowman' and Christmas baubles, and since then we have made Christmas cards and learnt about Christmas traditions around the world. Alongside Christmas activities we also finished our 'Vicious Vikings' topic with a full workshop day - Matthew was our warrior winner for the boys and Georgia our Viking maiden victor for the girls. 

Merry Christmas to all our Year 4 children and families!


Friday 16th November

What a FANTASTIC week we have had in Year 4! We took a break from our normal lessons to dedicate this week to the centenary of World War One. We visited the War Memorial, took part in an interactive 'Soldier Workshop', wrote letters from the trenches, built our own remembrance memorials and wrote a Haiku poem.  A huge thank you to the families who spent time talking to their children about their personal connections to service men and women in WW1 and other conflicts, it really brought the subject to life for our class in a personal way.

Our Stars of the week for excellent teamwork are Brooke, Verity, Arabella W and Taylor - well done girls!


Friday 2nd November

We have started the new half term with a brand new topic and class book. This half term our theme is VICIOUS VIKINGS and we are reading 'Odd and the Frost Giants' - the story of a Viking boy who goes on an epic adventure. We will continue learning about the Vikings in our topic lessons which will focus on History and Design Technology skills and in P.E we will be exploring Viking Dance!


Our Booths Award winner for October was Brooke - a huge congratulations, we are all very proud!


Friday 19th October

We have had a wonderful last week of the half term and everybody is ready for a well deserved break. As well as our normal lessons, we have made time this week to think about the Harvest festival, with lots of children bringing in generous donations for the food drive and a special assembly to think about all the ways we can be grateful and give thanks for the things we have.


Friday 5th October

In Literacy this week we held a press conference and met Mr Ernest Shackleton! We asked him lots of questions about his journey in our role as journalists to research for the newspaper article we are going to write.

In Science we have been continuing to explore solids, liquids and gases and this week we made Oobleck!

A special thank you to the children who returned to help with our open evening.


Friday 21st September

This week we have been continuing our journey to Antarctica with Ernest Shackleton and his crew. We have been writing a diary entry as a crew member, imagining what life is like stranded on the ice. Alongside our English work, we have been exploring maps of Antarctica in Geography and learning how to read maps using a key.

Our stars of the week this week are Thomas and Georgia - well done!


Friday 14th September

All the children have had a fantastic first full week in Year 4 and are settling in nicely. A special congratulations to our first Stars of the Week - Matthew and Arabella B for showing a fantastic attitude and working so hard!

This week we have been concentrating on place value and rounding in Maths, and have started to explore our book - Shackleton's Journey.


Friday 7th September

Welcome to our Year 4 class page, we hope you enjoy reading about all the exciting things we will be getting up to this year!