Year 4

Welcome from staff


 Hi I'm Mrs Ellis and this is my 4th year teaching at Saint Mary’s and I am very pleased to be teaching year 4 this year. I am Maths lead/NQT Mentor/DDSL / Designated teacher for LAC/Assessment lead and Y4 class teacher.  Outside of school, my favourite things to do are spending time with my husband and two daughters, reading and playing netball.


Hi I’m Mrs Szlapanska , I was in year 2 last year and am very happy to be working in year 4 this year. Out of school I love spending time with my husband and boys.


Both Mrs Ellis and Mrs Szlapanksa are very excited to be teaching this class and we have been working extremely hard to plan some amazing topics for you this year. Our classroom has a very 'homely' feel to it with lovely, soft rugs and cushions and beautiful lighting, so it's the perfect environment for feeling emotionally ready to learn.


See what we've been doing this term...






Afternoon tea


Advent  See what we have been doing in our class this term!


 A socially distanced afternoon tea.  Well done year 4!

 Safe -searching links






Lent term topics

Our topics in Lent term are: 1066 and Traders and Raiders.


Travelling back to 1066, probably the most famous date in English history. These are troubled times and there is danger afoot. A much loved king is dead and a French Duke has staked a claim for our kingdom. Discover a changing England, shaped by shires, protected by castles and ruled by foreign knights. Use the famous Bayeux Tapestry to explore the significant events of 1066. What happened when, and how did William of Normandy come to be called the Conqueror? Design a castle with defences strong enough to hold back the enemy. What about a space for fine dining and revelry? Try and build a happy (but safe) home. You’re the architect. Are you ready for the Norman invasion? Then don your armour and watch your back

Traders and Raiders

Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land. Make a Saxon sword or a Viking brooch and decorate it with intricate patterns. Choose to be a Saxon or Viking and trade your crafty goods, but let’s keep it cool. We don’t want a fight breaking out. Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages?

For Advent 2 our topic is 'I am Warrior' which is driven by history.

I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare. Invade and attack. Romans versus Celts, the fight is on. Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus, brave fighters of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?





At Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy, we aim to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning.  Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surround them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject. We use Power Maths and White Rose to assist us in the teaching for mastery approach to mathematics.

Time Tables Rockstars:

Times tables are vital in year 4 as we have the Multiplication test check towards the end of year 4 in which children will be tested on all tables up to 12 x 12. 



For English we will be using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing structure. This involves a 3 part process. 1 - imitate: we will learn a text off by heart using actions and a story/ text map

                2- innovate : we will then use the structure of the map and change key events / characters to make a new story

              3 - invent : Now children have the structures, learnt new vocabulary and understand the features of the genre they are writing, they are ready to create their own text.


 Please find below the year 3/4 spelling list



We follow the Come and See RE scheme here at Saint Mary's. In year 4, our Advent topics are:

People, Called and Gift.



Year 4 PE is on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. GTFC coaches provide specialist physical education lessons weekly. Wherever possible this will be outdoors so children will need a dark tracksuit, a white tee shirt (or the new blue tee shirt with logo), dark school jumper (or blue uniform hoodie) and trainers. No football kits, brightly coloured clothing or lycra please.

Children will also be provided with their own skipping rope so that they can take part in daily skipping practice in an afternoon. This is a fabulous and fun way for children to keep fit and healthy.

Our wellbeing curriculum

 The Wellbeing Curriculum puts mental health and emotional wellbeing at the core of education. It is underpinned by the 4 key qualities we believe children need to learn about in order to flourish in life.


  1. Their mental health

  2. Self-belief

  3. Positive mindset

  4. Emotional intelligence

We have been using stories and lessons as part of our daily routine to ensure wellbeing is part of our class ethos. We have also used short videos from class dojo and other sources along with meditation and yoga to achieve our perfect learning mode.

A short video we have enjoyed in year four is called Be the Pond.