Year 4 Miss McKeating

Welcome to Year 4 Hill.

The children have begun year 4 with a fantastic start. They are eager to learn and have great enthusiasm when it comes to our lessons. Throughout the year I hope to provide a range of exciting and engaging lessons which will aid the children in expanding on their knowledge and understanding. I am very much looking forward to the rest of the year ahead, with this hard working class.

Autumn 1

In the first half term the children were looking at a book called The Diabolical Mr Tiddles which they then used to support them in writing their own narrative from a familiar setting. To begin our book we came into our classroom which had been trashed and there were many clues to help us guess who had been here.

Our narrative was about a cat who stole different things to make his owner happy. This led to a lot of discussion on whether stealing was right or wrong.

Roald Dahl Day

On the 13th September it was Roald Dahl day.  As a class we were looking at our class novel which was the BFG. The children loved listening to the story and we decided to make our own dream jars which the BFG loved to collect.

Autumn 2

This half term we have looked at our new narrative based on a geographical setting which was called The Way Back Home. We have used this book to help us write a newspaper report about an alien who has crash landed in the middle of Blackley. The children have really enjoyed writing their newspaper report and have even used newspaper articles to give them some ideas.

Our topic this half term has been Sound. We have learnt all about the different parts of the ear and how sound travels through the ear. We have even designed and created our own musical instruments.

In maths we have been learning about multiplication and division. We have been using mastery fluency, reasoning and problem solving for all three areas. We have been learning how to multiply using the formal written methods, including grid and column method.

Growth Mindset Week

The whole school had a growth mind set week beginning 7th November. We began to look at the difference between growth and fixed mind set. We all came to the conclusion that we would like to have a growth mind set and to never give up. We even made our own brains!

Opera House

The children went to the Manchester Opera house on the 17th November to watch George’s Marvellous Medicine. As I was not able to attend the children wrote a recount to tell me everything that had happened. The children really enjoyed themselves and there was a lot of laughing.

Spring 1

Next term, the children will be looking at the narrative Oscar and Hoo. The children will then use this narrative to write their own version of the story. This narrative links to our new topic – Tomb Raiders which is all about the Egyptians. During this topic, we will be studying how the Egyptians lived and all about King Tutankhamen.

In maths, we will be mastering fraction, time, decimals and money.

Our author next half term is Jeremy Strong. The children are really looking forward to reading and listening to his books.


Now we are in Year 4, we know how it is important to know all of our number bonds to 100, as well as our multiplication facts. Please spend 10 minute every night recalling multiplication facts.


Handwriting is a focus for the whole school as we have begun to follow the handwriting policy. They will be expected to write legibly and fluently, in accordance with the school’s handwriting policy. They will be working towards writing in pen. By the end of the year everyone in Year 4 should be writing in pen.

Reading Comprehension

Year 4 have begun to work on their comprehension skills which are incorporated in comprehension lessons and their guided reading work. Every child is encouraged to read a wide range of may listen to and discuss a variety of stories, non-fiction texts, poetry, plays and textbooks in order to understand that texts are structured in different ways and written for different purposes.

Parent Information.

  • It is important that your child reads every night, if possible to an adult, but don’t worry if that is not possible. Ten- fifteen minutes every night is fine, as long as they are reading and they have understood what they have read.
  • Homework will be set every Friday and is expected to be back in school the following Friday. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time. If your child is struggling with anything, they should ask a teacher for help – that is what we are here for!
  • It is also very important to make sure they have plenty of sleep and early nights.

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So far this term Year 4 Hill have worked extremely hard on improving their level of writing with regards to their word choices. We have been learning to use inverted commas, expanded noun phrases, as well as trying to up level our choice of words using a Thesaurus.

Our new narrative is called Oscar and Hoo. One of the main characters of the book is a cloud so for our hook we tried to make our own storm cloud.

The main character in our narrative is a daydreamer. The children have used different skills such as expanded noun phrases, adjectives, speech and different types of sentences to write their own day dream. They have worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them.

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On Wednesday 8th February, Eddie, the Blackley Vicar visited Year 4 Hill. He came into our class so that we could hot seat him. We asked lots of questions on Christianity.

The information Eddie gave us was very interesting and he answered all our questions in a fun, understandable way.

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World Book Day

For World Book Day, the children have came into school dressed up as a character from a book. We had a Mary Poppins, Wally, Dorthory and Alice. The children got the opportunity to tell the rest of the class the character they have come as and what their favourite book is.

The children created their own story book which included a front cover, illustrations and a blurb.

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For the start of our new maths topic, we went outside and timed ourselves doing sports activities using different equipment. We used sand timers, stopwatches and counting in seconds.

When we came back into the classroom we discussed what we had just done and formulated a sentence using the vocabulary we had just learnt.


Two of our targets on the futures curriculum are to raise money for a charity and to help the community by partaking in a litter pick. Therefore, we are doing a sponsored litter pick for a charity which currently supports one of our children who suffers with a rare skin condition called EB.

Another one of our goals is to walk 8Km. We walked 1km last week to the library and back. Today, we walked 1Km around the football pitch and we will be doing this once a week for another six weeks.

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Pop Project – Wednesday 15th March 2017

The Pop Project has been in again to teach the children all about multiculturalism, through the use of music and songs from around the world and through the different decades. The Pop Project brought in lots of different instruments from around the world and got some of the children to come up and play them.

All of the children got to experience this, and feedback from the children was that they really enjoyed it.  All of the children were joining in and taking part which shows what a great experience they have had.

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The Easter Experience

Over the last two weeks, the children have been given the opportunity to go to the local church to learn all about what Christians believe about Easter and why they celebrate. The children got to watch a story video, do some role play and dance around the church. The children really enjoyed themselves and everyone got the opportunity to join in.

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Summer – Term 2

This term Year 4 have been learning about persuasive writing in English. They have written and had a debate on whether or not fidget spinners should be allowed in school, as well as whether or not we should have to wear a school uniform.

They also got the opportunity to go the Manchester Central Library to meet the author and illustrator Nick Sharrat. At this event the children got to listen to him read his books as well as showing them how to draw some of his famous characters like Tracey Beaker.









In Maths they have been learning all about money and how to calculate the change. They have done their own shopping, calculated their receipt and what change they would get in return.

In Topic they have been learning about famous pirates such as BlackBeard and Anny Bonney. We have now began our Science for the last part of term as the children will be looking at food chains, the water cycle and how to classify animals.

Futures Curriculum

We have nearly completed all of our Futures Curriculum as the children have:

  • Attended 20 swimming lessons
  • Read 25 books
  • Volunteerer for a charity
  • Delievered a whole school assembly
  • Visited a place of worship
  • Taken part in a environmental challenge
  • Completed 20 Education City Tasks
  • Walked 8K
  • Achieved 97% attendance.

Futures Curriculum Spring Update