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Year 4

Year 4 is in the middle of Key Stage Two. As they are now in the upper half of the Junior Department, Year 4 pupils are expected to become more responsible and independent. 

Three Year 4 girls will be selected to be ‘House Captains’ and another three will be selected to be ‘Sports Captains’ each term, based upon their qualities as role models. During the year, we hope that Year 4 will join Year 5 to participate in a team-building trip, involving outdoor challenges or a residential experience.  

Year 4 pupils are taught mainly by their class teacher but are taught more lessons by different teachers every year in preparation for the Senior School.  

Examples of our Knowledge Rich Projects include: 

Invasion (History) 

Your daughter will explore the effects of the Roman withdrawal and the chronology and geography of subsequent invasions. They will study the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in detail, examining their reasons for invading, their settlements and their everyday life. Your daughter will also look at monasteries and the Anglo-Saxon legacy. They will consider how we know about life in this period and investigate the Sutton Hoo ship burial. They will learn about Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon king, and what happened after his death, before ending the project by learning about the Norman invasion of 1066. 

Interconnected World (Geography) 

This essential skills and knowledge project teaches children about compass points and four and six-figure grid references. They learn about the tropics and the countries, climates and culture of North and South America. Children identify physical features in the United Kingdom and learn about the National Rail and canal networks. They conduct an enquiry to prove a hypothesis, gathering data from maps and surveys before drawing conclusions. 

Sound (Science) 

This project teaches children about sound and how sounds are made and travel as vibrations through a medium to the ear. They learn about pitch and volume and find out how both can be changed. 

Tomb Builders (Design and technology) 

This project teaches children about simple machines, including wheels, axles, inclined planes, pulleys and levers, exploring how they helped ancient builders to lift and move heavy loads. 

Warp and Weft (Art and Design) 

This project teaches children about the artform of weaving and how it has developed over time, including the materials and techniques required to create woven patterns and products.