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Year 4 Kingfishers

Kingfishers are resourceful, hardworking and as the oldest children in the Year 3/4 team, we also bring vibrancy and imagination to our daily learning.


This term, Kingfishers will be looking at the theme of 'Do all heroes wear capes?' Studying those such as Marie Curie Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates we'll be considering the attitudes and achievements of many people considered to be heroes through history. 

Welcome to Yr 4 Kingfishers


Kingfishers' class teacher is Mrs May. Our LSA is Mrs Mudd. 


P.E days: 

P.E. is on Tuesday and Dance is on Friday.

PE kits are required to be left in school from Monday to Friday. The kit consists of a white t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers/plimsolls. During winter months, it is suggested that children are provided with a tracksuit. All items of PE kit should be labelled with the child's name and class. 


Home Learning:

Home learning will be given out on a Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 


Team Leader:

Year 3 and 4 Teaching and Learning Lead: Miss Sarah Durnford

Key Stage 2 Lead: Mrs Leanne Foster

If there are any issues or concerns please feel free to come in and see the class teacher (Mrs May) or contact 

jmay@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk or alternatively a team leader:



Upcoming Events 



Tuesday 21st November: Year 3 and 4 Learning Celebration 2.45pm - 3.15pm

TAcademic Year 2017-2018


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Dance this half term

In Dance in Year 4, we have looked at traditional African dance positions and used ideas from these to create our own short dances in groups. We had to ensure that we had strong movements within our dances and included different levels.

Resilience in Editing and Perseverence with Word Problems!


Kingfishers have written, read and edited multiple times to learn the importance of proof-reading and checking our own writing. We recalled together in groups the beginning eight chapters of Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and individually planned and began writing an alternative ending to the narrative. In Maths we've been continue to look at addition and subtraction and have been developing an understanding of how to know, when given a word problem, how to know which operation is necessary. Continents, countries, and oceans have been the content of Geography lessons. We've been learning in Art, P.E. Dance, ICT too - it's Go Go Go!!!

Nelson Mandela and Roald Dahl


Kingfishers have completed our Nelson Mandela diaries this week, and moved on to learning about a literary hero, Roald Dahl. In Geography we have looked at human and physical features of landscapes and applied this to our setting description in Literacy. In Maths, we've been practically learning about addition and subtraction and the importance of carrying across place value columns. On top of this, we've had a visit from Kevin Foster, MP and had the opportunity to ask him questions ahead of next week's Democracy Week. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

It may have been in the afternoon, and there may have been no coffee in sight but we still managed to raise £281.39 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The children prepared cakes during the week, and through generous donations from family members there was a enough cake for everyone, and more! Thank you to everyone who came along on Friday afternoon to make it such a success!

Estimating and Calculating

We came to the end of our first unit in Maths, looking at using our understanding of rounding to help us estimate, particularly looking at amounts of money. We began our estimating by looking at where on number lines numbers might appear. 

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Enlightened about Electricity

Kingfishers considered our heroes of electricity, and in particular, that of Thomas Edison. Considering other attempts at inventing the light bulb, we found out why Edison is the most well known of the light bulb inventors (it was cheaper and longest lasting!). We then had a go at building circuits in order to light up a light bulb.  

A busy week of 'hero-ology'!

Wow, what a busy week we've had in Kingfishers. We've been really focused on rounding to the nearest 100 and 1000 in Maths. In Science we've explored heroes of electricity who we all feel very thankful for, having considered the extent to which we're reliant on electricity and we've begun looking at electrical circuits. Having completed a non-chronological report about non-cape-wearing heroes, we've started to investigate the life of Nelson Mandela, in preparation to write a diary entry.

The whole class have worked really hard this week to gather as much information as possible about civil rights heroes, such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Emmeline Pankhurst and technology heroes, such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, in order to write their report on what makes a hero. In Maths we've looked at 'the digit in the thousands column' to compare numbers and been active in our learning and consolidation of rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.