Year 4

Easter Activity Bingo

We have put together a list of activities for you to complete over Easter. Remember you can share your photos with us! 

Activity ideas

We all loved our trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards! The Mary Rose Museum, which is located just next to HMS Victory has created some activity ideas. There are some great Lego models to build as well as science experiments and printable artefacts. We would again love to see your creations! Email them to and they will be passed on to us!

Covid-19 Time Capsule

Miss Barnett has kindly sent us this time capsule pack for you to print off and fill in to keep a record of what was going on during this time. 

Home Learning

Thank you Rylee, Anabel, Flossie and James for sharing these photos of your home learning with us! It is lovely to see how you are all doing! 

Activity Ideas


Parents, we understand that it can be tricky to come up with new ideas to keep your children engaged with their home learning.  If you are looking for some extra ideas, the PDF file attached below has got lots of different activities to complete and some useful links to follow. It also has some suggestions of how you can keep some structure to your child's day if they are finding things a little bit difficult. 


We hope this helps. 


Miss Cunningham and Miss Wiltshire smiley


Amazing Art!

Well done to Heidi who is working hard creating some bright, beautiful pictures for our special NHS workers. We are sure that your artwork will put a big smile on their faces!

Please make sure you are all sending your artwork to: 

We can't wait to see some more of your amazing pictures for our key workers! Well done Year 4 smiley

David Walliams Fans!

As some of you may know, just like Joe Wicks, David Walliams is trying to keep your home learning fun! Everyday at 11am, David Walliams is reading a different story from his collection, that you can listen to.


We have attached a copy of a book review, that you can fill out after listening to each story. We would love to hear which book you have enjoyed most and we will take some of your suggestions for our new class story for when we are back at school! 


01.04.20 - Some happy news!

Breaking news - Google have solved one of humankind's biggest problems.They have devised an app which can work out what animals are saying.


This is very new technology, not yet available to buy or download in the UK, but schools have been emailed vouchers for ONE pupil in each class to trial it on their home device - free of charge.


To be considered, you must write a persuasive letter explaining your reasons as to why you should be considered and get your parents to help you send them to adminoffice@bidbury-jun.hants.sch.ukPlease include your name and class.


Entries will not be considered after midnight tonight!


Thank you NHS!

Let's celebrate our fantastic NHS staff and other key workers who are working very hard at the moment. If you can, why not print out one of these pictures and colour it in or you could have a go at creating your own! You can put these up in your windows too to put a smile on the faces of these amazing people who working hard to keep us safe and well! 


We would love to see some photos of your art work you have made and put them up on our Year 4 class page for everyone to see. 

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15 Card Challenge! 

Here is a Maths challenge for you to have a go at. Remember as this is a problem solving task, you may not get the answer straight away - be resilient - you may need to have a few attempts before you find the solution! 

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(Even more!) Home Learning 

Wow! Year 4 are smashing it with their home learning and fun activities! Well done everyone (adults you are doing an AMAZING job!) 

Home Learning

We have been sent some great pictures of the Year 4 children and their families participating in various activities! Well done! It's lovely to see you enjoying quality time together and getting some sunshine. We are missing you all lots, but are glad you are staying safe. 

Creative Writing Ideas.

If you're looking for some inspiration to write a narrative, then these images might help. Remember to think about who your reader will be and what language features you want to include. Attached is a handy guide to planning your writing as well as a reminder of those all important language features. 

See you soon! 

We are very sad that we won't be seeing all of you for a little while. However, we hope you all stay healthy and enjoy not having to get up early for school! We have found some useful websites that can help you with your learning at home and have also made some activties for you to have a go at. We have also sent home a book for you to record all of your learning that you do at home. On the inside cover of your book, we have put your Times Table Rock Stars and Bug Club Login, incase you have forgotten them. 


We look forward to seeing you all very soon. 


Miss Cunningham, Miss Wiltshire, Mrs Sharp, Miss Rodgers and Mrs Goodchild. 



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Useful websites to help you learn at home

BBC Bitesize - 

This website has multiple different curriculum areas. It also has some online games. 


Twinkl -

Twinkl is offering a free subscription whilst schools are closed. Your just need to use an email to sign up and then you can access lots of different tasks. 


Bug Club - 

We have put your log-ins to Bug Club in the books that your child took home. On this website there are lots of books they can read and then they will be asked questions about what they have read. 


Times Table Rock Stars - 

We have put your log-ins for Times Table Rockstars in the books that your child took home. On this website they can practice your times tables. 


Phonics Play - 

This is a good website for anyone who has phonics interventions with Miss Kerridge. 


Nrich -

There are lots of problem solving and mathematical reasoning tasks for your child to have a go at on this website. 


Literacy Shed -

There are lots of creative writing activties on this website and pictures to help inspire your child's writing! 


Oxford Owl -

There are lots of free e-books to read on this website and its free to register. 


Spelling Shed -

 Your child can use this website to help learn spellings by playing lots of different games .An email will be needed to sign up, however it is free of charge. 


Children’s wellbeing is considered a great importance and we would like to help you support your child with this during any period of isolation. The following documents contain resources and links to support your child’s wellbeing and mental and physical health. Keeping active, getting outside (this can just be in the garden), being creative (e,g. baking, art), mindfulness time (e.g. mindful colouring, yoga, meditation), can all help support your child and yourselves.

Useful Resources


Maths Arithmetic Challenges  -

We have attached some maths papers. A list of answers are at the end of each test paper. 

Living Things

Today we went outside to the field and pond area to explore the habitats in our school grounds.  Before we went outside we made a prediction about what we would find. We found lots of different species and were able to classify what they were. 

How To Manage Our Emotions

This week we have had a mental health charity in to talk to us about managing our emotions. We worked in small groups to look at cards with different emotions and practice pulling different facial expressions. We then had a discussion about what makes and good friend by looking at different scenarios we may experience in school, on the playground. We then wrote these onto strips of paper and made paper chains to display in our classrooms. 

Information for Parents - Year 4 Multiplication Check

World Book Day! 

Last Thursday was World Book Day! We loved dressing up and seeing all the wonderful costumes. We had some great vocabulary and story telling throughout the day. It was lovely to have parents in after school to share some stories with the children too. 



This Week...

This week in English we have been reading our new book called 'Journey to The River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson. During our English lessons we have explored the vocabulary in the text and practiced reading a chapter of the book aloud to our partner, practicing our fluency. We also debated whether we believed Maia should go to The Amazon Rainforest. 


In Geography we have been continuing our topic on volcanoes! Have have used the computers to research the impact of a volcano in Puerto Montt. Keep a look out for our excellent newspaper articles that we will be writing next week. 


Persuasive letters.

Today we published our letters to the Army General, persuading him not to blow up the Iron Man. Here are some excellent examples of the children's writing that they worked so hard on. Well done to everyone. 



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In geography, we have been learning all about volcanoes. Today we created a poster to show our knowledge and to inform others. We had some great examples.


Poster by Connor Toner-Linegar

Guess my job

Today we had a guess my job day where Year 4 were tasked with asking questions to each employer and then trying to guess their job! Both classes were amazingly behaved and so respectful. They asked some great questions too! 



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Solid, Liquid or Gas?

This term we have been learning all about states of matter and how they can change. This week we went to the cooking area to test what would happen if we increased the water temperature. We ensured it was a fair test by only using 500ml of water and then watched to see what would happen. We found out that as the temperature increased, the more steam was created and the liquid evaporated into a gas! 




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First Aid 

As part of our Bidbury University, Year 4 had to undertake a first aid course. Beverly from St John's Ambulance kindly came in to help us out! 


She showed us how to help someone if we find them unconscious, how to put them into the recovery position and how to tie a bandage. What a great afternoon! 


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Non-fiction texts.

This term we are reading two non-fiction texts about space. We have been exploring the conventions and yesterday we looked at how other non-fiction texts compared to them. 


Diary Entries

As Christmas comes closer, we have taken a look back at the recent diary entries the Year 4's have produced over the last term. They have really improved their writing stamina and are adding some great vocabulary to their writing! Here are just a few examples...


Image 1 & 2 - Oliver Jones

Image 3 - Flossie Gray

Image 4 - Nicole Hortop


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HMS Victory

Wow! What a fantastic day visiting HMS Victory it was! Despite a train delay, we managed to get to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and take part in lots hands on activities. We were able to see what life was like on board the ship for different sailors and had a guided tour of HMS Victory herself! We asked some great questions and showed the leaders how much we had learned in our History lessons!


The children's behaviour was excellent and a big thank you to all our parent helpers! We couldn't have done it without you!




Internet Safety

In computing this term, we are learning all about internet safety! We know that you must never share personal information online, you should not share photos and you must tell a trusted adult if you are unsure about something. 


To show the children how far posts and photos can be shared, the Year 4 team are going to be posting a picture (see below) on their social media accounts. Keep a look out and share it if you can! 





L’argent de poche (Pocket money!)

In between our swimming sessions with Mr Marsh, we started our new French topic all about pocket money! We matched the prices to the correct object and then created our own games to teach the Year 3's. The children were so creative and came up with some brilliant posters and games. 


Celebration of Learning!

Wow, what a fantastic half term we have had! Today we celebrated all the children's learning by welcoming their parents, carers and family members in to see their work. The children were so well behaved and loved sharing their learning.


Year 3 and 4 Author Visit

Years 3 and 4 have been busy ticking of parts of their Bidbury University this term! 


Both year groups were lucky enough to have Elle English, a local author, come and visit. She told them all about her book 'California' and even helped them to write their own adventure story. They were amazing!


It was lovely to hear all about her travels and how she became a self-published author. Some of the children even bought one of her books. 


Playing Pooh Sticks!

As part of our Bidbury University, Year 4 went to a local stream to play Pooh sticks. Despite the wet weather, both classes had an excellent time throwing and watching their sticks float under the bridge. They then discussed how they might dam the stream if we were to head back there another day! 


On y va! (All aboard!)

In French, we have been learning all about different types of transport and weather. 

Today we took turns to ask what the weather was like on the map of France and then our partner answered using the French we had learned. 


Both Year 4 classes did an amazing job! 

Artist in Residence

While watching Newsround today, Henley very kindly offered to do his own summary drawing of the headlines (just like Mr Devine!). Birch class thought it was excellent and we loved his drawing of a whale!


Well done Henley!

Careers Fair

This morning, Bidbury Junior School were lucky enough to have visitors in for a careers fair. Year 4 loved taking part in finding out all about different types of careers and the skills needed for each job. They asked questions to each employer and had a go at different activities on each stand. The children loved this experience and some have lots of new and exciting ideas on what they would like to be when they are older. 

Conductors, insulators and switches!

This week we have been investigating what conductors and insulators are. We predicted whether different materials would allow electricity to flow around the circuit and then tested to see if we were right!


We also created our own switches and used them on the circuits!

Super Science!

In science we have been learning all about electricity! From where it comes from to how to build a circuit! Both Birch and Horse Chestnut class have had lots of fun and are looking forward to learning about switches, conductors and insulators in our next few lessons. 


Welcome to Year 4!

The Year 4 team would like to say a big hello to all the children and parents this year. The children have settled into Year 4 life well and are trying hard to show all the values. 


Keep an eye out on our page for some AMAZING work!


We are looking forward to a great year ahead!