Welcome to the Year 4 Hill class page.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Welcome back to Year 4!

We are already working hard and getting back into the swing of things in our first week back after the 6 weeks holiday.

Our new topic this term is ‘Disaster Zone!’

This week in maths, we have been starting our new topic on ‘Place Value’. We carried our exploration lesson where we moved around 7 different place value activities to find out what we already knew about place value and to identify what we needed to learn in order to further our learning in this area of maths.

“I have learnt that you can take a larger number from a smaller number and it makes a negative number,”  James. Year 4 Hill.

In English, we have started our new unit in ‘Recounts’. We have started off the year writing an unaided recount about something exciting that we did in the holidays to show where we started in Year 4 and we will compare with our writing at the end of Year 4. Also to identify what skills we need to focus on to improve our recount writing.

On Thursday and Friday morning, we worked as a phase with Year 3 on a carousel of activities linked to our topic‘Disaster Zone’ focusing on the first part, which is volcanoes (erupting volcanoes, volcano performance poetry, volcano art and volcano food). We call this our ‘topic hook’ which is the way we get the children interested, engaged and emmersed in our new topic.

“It was awesome because of the reactions and eruptions,” Bousso. Year 4 Hill

Next week in maths, we will be working on the math Mastery document looking at multiples of 6,7,9, 25 and 1000 focusing on the 3 areas of fluncey, reasoning and problem solving.
In English, we will be continuing with our recount topic and exploring more in depth the feartures that you need to include to improve a recount.

We will be starting our topic by looking at labelling the parts of a volcano.

This week in Year 4, we have been working really hard in all areas of the curriculum.

In English, we have been continuing with our recount unit by developing our skills linked to writing a great recount. We have been focusing on paragraphs, fronted adverbials of time, conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. Next week, we will be continuing to look at different skills and then writing our final end of unit recount.

In maths, we have been focusing on our 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000 times tables. We have been working on the maths mastery scheme looking at fluency, reasoning and problem solving in this area so that we become confident in using our times tables. Next week, we are moving on to recognising the value of each digit in a four digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones).

For our topic work, we have been labeling the the features of a volcano and explaining the purpose of each feature. We will be moving on to look at what ‘The Ring of Fire’ is.

Both Year 4 classes are working with Manchester City each week focusing on the Fundamentals of Movement skill (agility, balance and co-ordination) with our new coach Sam.

We are also all learning to play an instrument. Year 4 Poynting are learning to play the recorder (Year 4 Hill next term), Year 4 Hill are learning to play the steal pans throughout the year and six children from each class will be learning to play the violin.

What an exciting week we have had!

In English, we have been continuing with our recount skills and planning writing our final recount piece using story mapping to help us. We have also applied the skills we have learnt to another type of recount. On Wednesday afternoon, a production company came into school and performed ‘The Loin, the Witch and the Wardrobe and we pretended to be one of the main character (Lucy) and wrote a diary entry from her, using the skills we had learnt in English such as fronted adverbials of time, adverbs, conjunctions and adjectives.

Next week, we will be finishing off writing up our recount and moving onto our new unit of a narrative from a geographical setting.

In maths, we have been understanding the value of each digit in a four-digit number, using a variety of resources to help our understanding. Next week, we will be continuing with place value but moving on to ordering and comparing four-digit number using the knowledge we have already gathered.

On Tuesday morning, we have ‘The Pop Project‘ come into school to perform their show called ‘I feel Good’helping to support children’s well being and mental health through live music, dancing, video clips and interactive fun.

In topic (geography), we have been leaning all about ‘The Ring of Fire’ and it’s link to the tectonic plates. Next week, we will be focusing on how volcanoes are form and the different types of volcanoes.

Good work – Favour and Rebekah

VIP – Alicia and Blake

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.

This week in Year 4 we have been working hard in our English lessons to complete our recount. They are looking fantastic! We have worked hard to include all the skills that we have been looking at in our English lessons including: fronted adverbs/adverbials of time, conjunctions, adjectives and adverbs.

Maths lessons have been tricky this week as we have been problem solving where we have had to find the missing 4-digit number using the clues to help us.

“It was really hard but NOW I get it!” Joshua Paterson Year 4 Hill

In topic, we have been using our geography skills to identify continents on a map and plot ‘The Ring of Fire’.

In Year 4 Hill, our art work has been linked to our topic ‘Disaster Zone’ and we have been making volcanoes out of clay.

Next week, we will be moving onto our new narrative called ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit and in maths we will be focusing on ordering and comparing numbers. For our topic work, we will be looking at the structure of the Earth and classifying rocks into different groups according to their characteristics.

This week, Year 4 have begun to think about how to innovate a new story based on Escape from Pompeii. We have created some amazing setting descriptions about Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines using fronted adverbials of place.

In maths, we have had our first introduction to negative numbers. We have looked at using negative numbers to measure temperature on thermometers.

We have also started to look at rocks in science, thinking about how scientists classify different rocks, and thinking about some really interesting questions.

What a great start to the new half term!

This week, Year 4 have been learning about Roman numerals in maths. We spotted Roman numerals in our English book (Escape from Pompeii) as well, and looked at identifying numerals up to 100.

In English, we’ve continued to develop our own writing about Mount Pinatubo in The Philippines. We have worked very hard on our writing and have produced some excellent setting descriptions using fronted adverbials, subordinating conjunctions, precise nouns and a range of interesting verbs.

In science, we have continued to explore rocks, looking at the rock cycle this week. Ask us questions about igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks!

Futures Curriculum Spring Update



Class Staff

Rebecca Sykes Rebecca Sykes Teacher

My name is Rebecca Sykes and I am a teacher at E-ACT Blackley Academy where I currently teach in Year 4. I have been a teacher for 13 years and taught across a range of the primary phrases. Also, I have experience in leading different phases/areas of the primary curriculum. At present, I am a middle leader and lead Science and Healthy Schools across the Academy.

Elizabeth Keane Elizabeth Keane Teaching Assistant
Elizabeth Keane Elizabeth Keane Teaching Assistant

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