‘Nurturing Individual Excellence’

Year 4 2021 - 2022

Miss Hilditch


Summer Term 

Miss Hilditch

This term, our topic is:

The Victorians

Click on the picture to find some Victorian games!

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We will discover:

  • Who Queen Victoria was and why she became such a popular monarch
  • What famous inventions came from the Victorian period
  • What the industrial revolution was and how it changed Britain
  • What the Victorians thought of the railways and how they changed travel and trade
  • What life was like for working Victorian children
  • How Lord Shaftesbury improved the lives of Victorian children
  • What Victorian schools were like
  • What kind of clothes Victorians wore
  • What Victorian crime and punishment was like and how it compares to the current justice system



In year 4 it is really important that you know, and practise, your times tables up to 12x12. Times tables are important to help you with lots of other aspects of maths - practising for 5 minutes a day can work wonders!

Below are some fantastic links for you to practise your times tables, number bonds and other maths skills:

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Why not try learning the times table raps?


In science this term we will be looking at sound and electricity.

For sound we will look at how to:

  • Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating

  • Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear

  • Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it

  • Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it

  • Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.

For electricity we will look at how to:

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity

  • Construct a simple series circuit, identifying/naming its basic parts, including cell, wire, bulb, switch and buzzer

  • Use their circuits to create simple devices

  • Draw the circuit as a pictorial representation (not necessarily using conventional circuit symbols) about precautions for working safely with electricity.

  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit/

  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.


Reminders and Information

Staff in Year 4:

Miss Hilditch - Class teacher (Monday am, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and  Friday)

Madame Leydon – French teacher (Monday pm)

Mrs Woodcock – Teaching assistant



Our regular PE days for this term will be Tuesday and Thursday. Pupils are asked to come to school in their PE kit on the appropriate days. Please make sure that your child wears the correct Excalibur PE kit.  A list of the full PE kit is on our website.


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Pupils can come to school in their tracksuit bottoms for PE if it becomes too cold.  I would be grateful if you could make sure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are removed or covered with micro-pore or similar on PE days. Any earrings will need to be removed for a PE lesson.


Start and Finish Times

The school gates will be opened at 8:50 to all children.   The school day will end at 3:15 pm. 



Due to considerations regarding the transfer of monies, there will be no snacks for sale at break times. Therefore, could you please send your child in with a healthy snack for their midmorning break.


Water Bottles

It is important for children to drink water throughout the day.  Therefore, children may bring in bottles of water each day so long as the bottle has a secure lid. It is also really helpful if every bottle is clearly labelled.  Please can you remind your child to take their bottle home every night for washing and refilling.  



Every week, your child will be set the following tasks: 

  • Maths - Set each Friday on MyMaths, to be completed for the following Friday.
  • Guided Reading - Questions set from a short text every Friday. 
  • Spellings - Either a spelling rule or words from the statutory Y3/4 spelling list. Given on half termly basis, tested on a Monday.


Home School Planners

Reading records planners should be in school every day and children are encouraged to make comments about what they are reading in them. I encourage the children to read at least 5 times a week!


If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact through our contact email address (contact@excalibur.cheshire.sch.uk) or you could leave a note in your child's planner. 


I look forward to a fabulous year working with you and your child.

Thank you for your continued support.


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