West Bridgford Junior School


Year 4

LINKS TO UPLOAD PHOTOS FOR ART WEEK (Please do so by midday Sunday 6th March) 

Please click on your class' link and follow the instructions to upload your photo. If you have taken lots of photos, please choose the one you feel best 'Captures the Community' and only upload one. 


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Year 4 children are submitting photographs of 'Landmarks in the Community'.

Year 4 

Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Well, we're back after a very busy Spring Term 1. We finished writing our Viking Sagas. What a brilliant job the children did of these! We carried out our Design Technology project for this term by designing our own curry recipes and making these using slow cookers. Finally, of course, we finish the term with residential at Duke's Barn. We think it's safe to say we all had an excellent time abseiling and canoeing. We even managed some climbing, low ropes and adventure walks over the 2 days. We all want to go again! 



Wednesday 26th January 2022

It's certainly been a busy few weeks. We met Olaf the Beardless and got to create our very own shield wall. We battled one-on-one and as a group while learning how to hold a spear and shield. We listened to the sagas of Beowulf and Ragnorok and learnt what a Viking boy and girl would wear. Including this, we met Dr. Bonte, a real-life Viking archaeologist and were able to explore some Viking artefacts. We learnt what Viking grave could tell us about life during this time and what it really takes to be an archaeologist. 


In English, we have been reading 'The Saga of Erik the Viking' and using our VIPERS skills to show our understanding of the text. We have been using the story as inspiration for writing our very own Viking sagas. In preparation for this, we have been focusing on describing a Viking character and a stormy sea setting. 


In Maths, we have been focusing on multiplication and division. We have been revising our timestables and will be moving onto short multiplication very soon. Lots of other exciting learning has been taking place too! We have danced the story of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking invaders and started designing our clay dragon eyes. We are very excited for our Duke's Barn residential which is coming up at the end of half term. 


Here's some photos from the last few weeks :)

Wednesday 12th January 2022

What a week! We have certainly hit the ground running. Not only have we enjoyed a whole school writing project, we have also enjoyed the start to our Traders and Raiders topic. On Monday, we had a special visitor who told us tales of Robin Hood and Maid Marian. We discussed weapons from this time and explored the parts of a castle. We spent Tuesday day retelling, gathering ideas and writing our version of the story, Maid Marian Saves the Day.


On Thursday and Friday, we started exploring our enquiry question 'How and why did people invade Britain?'. We spent a whole day learning about the Anglo-Saxons and another day learning about the Vikings. We focused on the following questions 'Who they were?, Were they came from? and Why they came to Britain?'. We also recapped last year's learning about the Romans and places the invaders on a timeline chronologically. We located their homelands and where they settled in England on a map and designed our own Viking passport, along with our very own Viking name. We virtually met Olaf the Beardless and listened to the saga 'In the beginning'. We were introduce to some of the Viking god such as Odin and places such as Asgard and Midguard. We are very excited to be meeting Olaf in real-life next week!


Here's is our Parent Leaflet for this term. This is an overview of the teaching and learning that will be taking place throughout the Spring. 





This term, our topic is Traders and Raiders. 


In Science, we will be learning about Animals including humans. 

Important days of the week:

Tuesday - Outdoor PE (Paceball) 

Friday - Indoor PE (Dance) 

On these days, the children should come to school in their PE kits. 

Tuesday - Spelling Test (new spellings will be issued in reading diary after the test and loaded to Spelling Shed). 

Useful websites: 



If you do need to get in contact, please do not hesitate to message your child's class teacher via Class Dojo. 





9th-16th November


Year 4 visited Perlethorpe Education Centre this week. We had a brilliant time and the sun came out for us. We went river dipping in line with our living things and habitats topic for Science. The children identified a range of invertebrates and even managed to catch some fish - which they were very excited about.



They took part in an orienteering workshop, using eight points of a compass, to find clues about rivers and mountains. Once they had found all the clues, they had to match the technical vocabulary to the definition. Then, they had time to use equipment to measure the wind speed, temperature and light in the north, south, east and west. 



The children also carried out some forest art. Using natural resources, they created a sculpture of a river that flowed down from a mountain. They had to label their sculpture using their river and mountain vocabulary. The children were able to identify meanders, tributaries, confluences and much more. Some even added rapids and had time to swim in their 'rivers'. 


2nd-9th November


What a week! We've been non-stop with lots of fun and exciting new learning. We kicked off our 'mountain high' aspect of this terms topic with a mountain explorer workshop. Hopefully by now, class 4, 5 and 6 have told you all about Simon, our mountain explorer. Year 4 had an excellent day! His knowledge and experience of climbing mountains all over the world was second to none. We learnt about mountain ranges all over the world, how mountains are created, habitats that live in the mountains, how to climb a mountain, looked at equipment, explored the dangers of climbing mountains and much  more...We even discovered there is a new hybrid bear called a 'grolar or pizzly' bear and how to say the word 'mountain' in Russian. As you can imagine the children had an endless amounts of questions for Simon, my favourite being 'Where are the toilets on a mountain?' - very interesting answer! The children were excellently behaved and worked within teams fantastically. They showed their enthusiasm for learning and curiosity throughout the whole day - Simon was very very impressed with the whole class and all the previous knowledge they demonstrated too!



We have also completed our first DT project this week. We made lanterns in celebration of Diwali. The children had to choose the design for their lanterns, following a design brief, consider the specifications and how they were going to put their final piece together. They also had to add an electrical circuit by putting together the correct components to make a simple series circuit including a switch. 


1st October - 8th October

This week, Year 4 have been rounding to 10, 100 and 1000. The children have been preparing to write an advert about their underwater camera by gathering ideas using rhetorical questions, expanded noun phrases and ambitious adjectives. In topic, we have explore the features of a river and used 4 and 6 figure grid references to located places on a map. We are looking forward to performing poetry by Michael Rosen on Poetry Day and innovating one of his poems into our own. 


24th-1st October 2021

Year 4 have been researching more about rivers, focusing on erosion and deposition. We have located key rivers in the UK, identified the main towns they run through and found the sources and mouth of the river. In Science, we have been sorting the properties of solids, liquids and gases. In groups, we carried out a comparative and fair test based around the weight of gas. In English, we have been reading the book Flotsam, decoding the illustrations and practising our VIPERS reading skills. We have revisited grammar and punctuation such as subordinate clauses, sentences types and question marks in preparation for our persuasive advert writing next week.