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Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to the Year Four web page.  Here, you can find out what we've been learning and what's coming up.  We hope you enjoy looking at our wonderful learning! Please visit us often to follow our learning journey throughout the year.


Green                    Shobuj                    Verde                    E gjelbërt

Ms Bhudia              Ms Ahmed               Ms Shum              Mrs Essid                   


Alawo ewe                              Vert                              Cagaaran                     

Ms Blankson                            Ms Dworniak                 Ms Johal 

Ms Obeng-Yeboah                   Ms Alpha                                       



Mrs Mahmood

Mrs Powell

Mrs Ali

Ms Parmar 

This year, we are going to try and keep our home learning online as much as possible, to minimise the amount of resources that need to be taken to and from school. In the folder above named "Weekly home learning"  you will be able to find your weekly home learning activities which you can complete in your home learning books. This can then be shared with us via Seesaw. New home learning is set on a Friday and should be completed by the following Thursday. Most of the activities will also have answers so you can self-mark once you have completed the activities.


Alongside your weekly home learning, there will also be daily learning uploaded. This does not need to be completed by every child, however if you are self-isolating you can complete these lessons in order to ensure you do not fall behind in your learning. Of course, if you are feeling unwell, we do not expect you to work at home. However, if you are feeling better but still self-isolating, you should complete the daily lessons.


If you have any questions, please speak to your class teacher, or you can use the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Important - Use Seesaw to speak with your teacher!


Download the Seesaw Class app via your app store. Use your 12-digit personal text code.

Your child can then share their learning with their teacher and receive feedback.

This opportunity is available for pupils in all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6.

Hello Year 4

Even though you are not at school at the moment, we know you do not want to miss out on any learning! That is why we have made sure you will carry on with your learning, even though you are at home. You are required to complete all your learning into your homework books.

   Each day you will have a reading, PE, maths, SPAG, writing and a foundation subject to complete which we expect you to complete.

   Some worksheets may have answers attached or included to support parents when working with their children. We ask if you have time, to check each day's tasks before letting your children see them so they do not just copy any answers from the sheet.

   Things we still expect to see from your home learning books;

  • You are completing ALL work each day.
  • Only begin a new page when you have finished the one you are on.
  • Put the short date and what the learning is before completing each task (If you have a ruler at home, underline it. If not, do not underline the date and LO).
  • Your handwriting should be the neatest it can possibly be.
  • We expect you to work just as hard with your learning at home as much as you do when you are in school.
  • All teachers will be regularly making sure all children have books to read on their Bug Club accounts and tasks on their MyMaths. We also expect all children to make sure they are regularly practising their timetables on TT Rockstars.
  • Twinkl has given free access to their resources.

-create an account and enter the code below


Please click on KS2 and there you can search through an abundance of resources. Please search for things like reasoning papers, arithmetic papers, reading papers and science resources.

   If children or parents have any questions about the home learning at all, please feel free to email Ms Radcliffe (Year Group Leader) and she will get back to you as soon as he possibly can to support you. You can do this directly by clicking on the 'Children' tab on the Gascoigne Primary School website home page then click on 'Year 4'.

Please check the school website everyday at 9am to be welcomed and prepared for the day and then again at 3pm to reflect on the day.

Thank you for your hard work and continuous support in these uncertain times.


Year 4 team.

Welcome to Year 4 !


Green , Verde, Alowa Ewe, E gjelbërt and Shobuj classes!


Welcome to our Year 4 page! Here, you will find information with regards to announcements, learning, Pupil Voice and celebrations.


We have a wonderful year of learning ahead and are all very pleased with how the Year 4 Pupils have begun their learning journey. We thank you for helping these wonderful learners to be prepared with school by helping them to arrive on time, in full school uniform with all their equipment!


Below, you will find an introduction to the staff who are working with your Life Long Learners which is accompanied by portraits drawn by the children.


Let's meet your child's class teacher and teaching learning advocate for the academic year 2019-2020.


Ms Radcliffe  and Ms Bedria

Green Class



Ms Cole Davis and Mrs Kakkar

Alawo Ewe Class



Ms Obeng-Yeboah and Ms Parmar

Shobuj Class



Ms Dworniak and Ms Bedria

Egjelbert Class



Ms Funn and Ms Parmar

Verde Class





Curriculum Map for Autumn 2

Reading Record Books


Reading in Year 4

At Gascoigne, we understand that reading is not just an academic skill, but a life skill. Children who are able to read well have a greater chance at being successful in all areas of life. Reading also improves confidence, questioning skills and helps to develop vivid imaginations. Studies also show that children who can read well are also able to write well; an important year with only two years until your child's final assessment in this school.


Your child has access to books to take home and read. This should be done on a daily basis for about 10-20 minutes. Reading should be aloud, as this helps to develop and understanding of how to use punctuation and expression.


To help your child make more progress, ask some questions to check their understanding of the text. You could also help them to use a dictionary to check unfamiliar words.

Here are some tips you could use when checking your child's understanding of a text they have read.

1.  Questions don’t have to be saved until the very end.

  • If a reader seems a bit confused over a particular passage, stop right then and ask, “Did that makes sense to you?”  or “What was the author saying right there? Can you put it in your own words?”
  • Readers who struggle with attention span many times do better if asked questions while reading versus saving all of them until the very end.
  • Asking questions is also an effective comprehension strategy good readers use throughout reading, not just at the end.



2. Questions that start with “how” or “why” tend to delve deeper into comprehension.

  • To develop understanding beyond a basic level, move beyond "what", "who", "where" and "when" questions. " How" and "why" questions develop greater understanding.
  • Why do you think the main character did that?” or “How do you think she is going to solve this problem?”  These questions require young readers to “read between the lines”.  They must take what they know and add it to what the author is telling them to create an answer.
  • Answering the deeper questions requires your child to know the basic answers.  For example, if you ask your young reader, “Why do you think the main character did that?”, listen for your child to use the main character’s name while answering.



3.  Questions can lead to more questions.

  • Instead of simply being satisfied with the answer your child gives, you can follow up with another great question: “What makes you think that?”
  • Asking how your child got the answer requires her to think about the strategies he/she used to get the answer.
  • Be explicit about identifying the strategy he/she used to help her think about her thinking





4. Questions Don’t Have to Have ONE Right Answer

While some questions only have one right answer, the questions that don’t for two reasons.

1-They lead to great conversations and discussions between you and the child.

2-They put the child at ease.  When children struggle with comprehension, the last thing they need is the added pressure of trying to figure out the one answer you want them to give (on top of simply coming up with an answer).  Try adding, “In your opinion…” or “Why do YOU THINK…” to the beginning of questions to indicate to the child that their opinion and thinking matters more than getting the “right” answer.



Summer Term 2


Sports Day


Thank you to all the parents who came to support us during our Sports Day.



We have been listening to different poems and have been performing some of our favourites.



This term we are learning about electricity. We looked at how to make a simple circuit with wires, a bulb and a battery.

Summer Term 1




Find out about fractions using this website. 




We designed and made our own digestive systems using a range of materials. 

We carried out an experiment to learn about the different functions of teeth. We tried a variety of foods and thought about which teeth we used to eat them. Find out more about teeth here.  

We have also been learning about teeth. Click below to find out about the different types of teeth. 

We used disclosing tablets from the dentist to show up any areas of plaque on our teeth.

This term we have been looking at how much sugar is in our food. We decided to design our own healthy snack and make fruit lollies. They were delicious!




In English we have been learning how to write instructions. One class made jam sandwiches and wrote instructions on how they did it. 

Spring Term 2


Year 4 Easter bonnets



We have been looking at the different designs on Roman shields and have been making our own.



Year 4 have been learning about the Romans and had the opportunity to visit Colchester castle. 



This term in maths we have been learning about shapes. We have identified the properties of 2D and 3D shapes including lines of symmetry and angles. 

We have also been calculating perimeter and have been using multiplication to calculate area. 



In English we have been learning how to use descriptive language in our writing. We have looked at how we can use interesting verbs, adverbs and adjectives to describe characters and settings. 


World Book Day!


There were some fantastic costumes in Year 4 for World Book Day. 

Spring Term 1




This week we have been learning how to convert different units of measurement by multiplying and dividing.



Year 4 have been designing their own potion bottles and have made them using clay. 

Year 4 were visited by Professor Fox who introduced this term’s topic – Potions. He showed us how the particles inside a solid, liquid and gas are different.


He also showed us how gases can be made by mixing solids and liquids. 

Autumn Term 2


End of term performance


All of the children at Gascoigne School took part in an end of term performance which showed Christmas around the world. Year 4 looked at USA and performed songs and poems from this country.



This term in Year 4 we have been learning about Ancient Greece. We read lots of different myths and enjoyed learning about the mythical creatures. We looked at the features of myths and have written myths using our own characters. We have also used drama to help us write recounts.

We have also looked at non-fiction books this term to find out information about Ancient Greece. We have been recapping the key features of writing non– chronological reports such as headings/ sub-headings, paragraphs, technical vocabulary and how to write in the present tense. This information has been used to help us write non-chronological reports. 




In our Science lessons we have been learning about sound.


Using different materials, we carried out an investigation to see which was the best for muffling sound.

We also made our own musical instruments using straws. We found that if we cut the straw the pitch would be higher.