Year 4

Welcome back to Term 2.

This term our enquiry is – “Why do we live here?”. We will be investigating why people chose to live where they did in the past and also why did people choose to live in Sea Mills?  To do this we will be:


Our homework in Year 4 continues to be reading, spellings and times tables. We use activities in Purple Mash to support these.

Even if your child is a Free Reader, reading at home is vital for a child’s development. Please try to hear your child read every day for 10 minutes and record this in their Reading Record.   When they have read to an adult (and had their Record signed) 15, 30 and 50 times, they can go to Mrs Randall to receive a book prize. So far Year 4 are doing well at earning their books; let’s keep it going!


Core Learning


Term 2 – It’s up to you

  • I can describe most of the class rules and show how to keep them.

  • I can contribute to the planning of a group or independent task with some help from an adult.

  • I am confident to ask and answer questions to help my understanding.

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 7th November – Swimming restarts (continues until November 21st).

Monday 11th November – Children In Need week.

Tuesday 12th November – Into Film visit to see The Addams Family

Friday 15th November – Non-uniform Day for Children In Need

Tuesday 19th November – Celebration of Work Day; 8.45 – 9.15 and 2.45 – 3.15

Wednesday 20th November – Parent’s evening

Tuesday 26th November – Parent’s evening

Wednesday 4th December – Year 4 Assembly at 9.10

Wednesday 4th December –  Christmas Fayre 3pm to 5pm

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Wednesday December 18th – Christmas Lunch

Friday 20th December – Last Day of Term


Cinema Trip (12 November)

“It was amazing!”

” It was my first time going to a film. It was very good.”

“It was so funny I nearly lost my voice laughing!”

These are just a few of the reactions to our trip to see The Addams Family this week. The children had a wonderful time and were amazing ambassadors for Sea Mills School, both on the buses to and from the cinema and at the venue. Year 4 would like to say a big thank you to those parents who made additional contributions towards the trip.

Enquiry: What is the difference between sound and noise?

To finish our enquiry the class were challenged to make a musical instrument that could play two notes.  Here are some of the results:

Aboriginal Art pictures

We created some paintings in the style of Australian Aboriginals and read some of their Dreamtime Stories:

Diversity Month

As part of our Diversity month studies, we learnt about the United Nations and the things it does. We looked at UNICEF and The Convention on the Rights of a Child. Here are some of the pictures we painted to represent some of these rights:

Term 1

It has been a very busy term and the whole class have worked hard. Here are a few highlights:
We were fortunate to have a class visit from Fizz-Pop Science. In the session Elsa learnt how to pick up a plate without touching it, William discovered how hard life would be if we had giant hands, Thomas and Lily tried to turn around without moving their exotic head-dress and Blake found out how to remove a table-cloth without clearing the table first. Finally, Ziggy was made to float (wearing suitable safety clothing!)

September 2019

As part of the whole school Enquiry, Year 4 focussed on the two questions What makes Sea Mills Special? and What does a good learner look like?  We recorded our findings into a video clip.

We have now started our first Year 4 Enquiry – What is the difference between sound and noise?

We have tried to ‘tune’ glasses of water to create a musical scale and have found out how different wind instruments make different sounds, thanks to a visit from Fiona, who teaches flute in school. Next we will investigate how other instruments make sound and then attempt to build our own.