Welcome to Year 4

Please download our targets and topic overviews to understand what we are learning about in Year 4.


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March 30, 2020

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Creating Mothers Day Cards

March 25, 2020

With so much virtual learning taking place, I hope everybody is enjoying spending time with their families!

Spruce had worked really hard creating cards for Mothers Day for those that care for them, I hope they're having just as much fun spending time learning and playing with their families too!

Keep safe, keep updating us with all of your work and fun activities, have FUN! 

Oliver Twist

March 02, 2020

What a fantastic opening to Year 4 Spruce have had to our Children's Classics reading week for World Book Day. We were an amazing audience for Oliver Twist, in fact, the show had us all in complete awe and has inspired us all to broaden our reading choices! Here are some snapshots from the day!

Now, for the Chitty Chitty fun to begin in the classroom!

Stinky, Sticky and Slimy Science

March 02, 2020

In Year 4 Spruce, we've got down and dirty exploring the functions of the digestive system by recreating the process of digesting food! We started off with bananas and crackers, added some saliva and stomach acid then crushed up all the food with our stomach muscles. Once the food had been churned up in the stomach, we sent it downwards into our small intestine where our nutrients seeped into our body. The remains of our food intake made its way to our large intestine, where the last few salts and important things our body needs to keep healthy were absorbed, leaving our waste. Our muscles then pushed the waste out and left us with a huge, sticky, pile of poop! Check out our investigation photos, luckily, it wasn't QUITE as gross as it sounds, but it sure was super fun!

Super Spruce Scientists!

January 01, 2020

In year 4 Spruce, we have just began our new science topic (Animals including humans), and what a week we have had!


We have been visited by Nurse Julie, who has given us the low down on our oral hygiene and the consequences of neglect! Then, today, we have explored the four different types of teeth that all humans have. Ask us to inform you about the jobs of the different kinds of teeth; we know all about incisors, canines, premolars and molars!


We began our enquiry by biting into an apple and chewing it. We noticed that whilst we bite our food using our incisors (with a little help from our canines), we use our premolars and molars to grind it up ready to swallow!


We had a go at chewing our apple up using only our incisors, some of us gave up, some of us spent absolutely ages trying to grind it, but either way, we definitely learnt the importance of an omnivore having different types of teeth!

The Forbidden Forest

February 28, 2020

Two weeks worth of exploring figurative language in year four Spruce has really paid off! We have blown Miss Higginson's and Mrs Allen's socks off with our use of personification, metaphors, similes and imagery that explores our senses in our writing today!


Our ambitious vocabulary has filled our classroom with eerie, sombre vibes despite the azure sky peeking in through our windows! In year 4 Spruce we are writers... and that is no metaphor just the magical truth!

Safer Internet Day

February 12, 2020

Following safer internet day on Tuesday, where we discovered lots about our identity in 'real life' and online (and how they can be so different), we were lucky enough to see our knowledge in action today thanks to the Saltmine Theatre Company! As you can see from the pictures of the performance, the show was hilarious and had us all in fits of laughter! However, the serious message from the performance is what we will all take home with us...Sarah, an innocent 11 year old girl, who wanted to explore her local forest, was lured in to Wilf's (the wolf's) grasp and very nearly got her self into lots of danger! Luckily, Sarah remembered the third rule that her mother gave her - shout for a trusted adult when you're in trouble! Even through Sarah veered off the safety path and gave away personal details to Wilf (which made it easy for him to find her and manipulate her), her trusted adult (Mom) was able to help when Sarah called for her. It's important to know that Sarah's Mom set the rules to make sure that Sarah was safe, but in her time of need, would not be angry, but instead help her, protect her, and let her know that it is not her fault that she got into a sticky and dangerous situation! 

After the thrilling performance, we discussed how to keep ourselves on the path of safety whilst using the internet and the steps we might need to take if there ever comes a time that we veer off that path. We have been able to see first hand how our decisions about how we handle things online can impact others and keep them safe too! 

Remember the rules:

1. Do not leave the path of safety!

2. Do not give out any personal details!

3. If in doubt, shout for a trusted adult!

and last but not least...


Jack and the Beanstalk Performance!

January 13, 2020

This week, Year 4 Spruce have spent lots of time watching pantomimes, mini films, reading poems and reading books based around the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and we have noticed how much traditional tales can change from one version to the next!


We then discussed the power of intonation, body language and facial expressions and had some fun practising these! We later read a script and have since been practising in groups a retell performance!


On Friday, we finally performed it with the props that we had created and I must say Mrs. Allen and myself were so impressed!


Every single child really got into character and performed excellently! Well done making such a fantastic start on our Jack and the Beanstalk Learning Journey! You are all readers, you are all performers, you are all writers and this week, you have all been blooming with POSITIVITY! 


January 13, 2020

Well, our TTRockstar day in Year 4 Spruce has been booming! We all made so much effort and showed just as much Mathematics effort all day too!


We rocked out in the morning to the TTRockstars playlist, we took part in a Year 4 tournament, strummed our Ukuleles along with our times tables and had a blast playing lots of competitive Math games! Here are a few snaps of our fun day, we can't wait to see our rock speed improve and become top TT Rockers, but first... we still need to knock our class winner off the top of the charts (Ria) as she has been stealing the spotlight all year!


I can't wait to see who can challenge our champ! Keep up the awesome Maths work Spruce!


January 10, 2020

In the rush of Christmas, in Year 4 Spruce, we never got around to celebrating our winners of the Readathon online! However, our winners worked amazingly hard and earned their prizes and lots of praise - we received some really fun, interesting pictures, lots of book reviews and much more!


I was so happy with all the effort put in that I couldn't wait to plan our term two Readathon!


Check our class page downloads section for our New Challenge which needs to be completed before the end of this term - keep it creative! And, another well done to our term one winners! I hope your prizes are keeping those creative vibes flowing!

Terrific Topic Timelines!

January 10, 2020

To kick start our Roman History Learning Journey, we have sequenced and read timelines today and have learnt about all the different things that they can be useful for!


We were able to find out lots of interesting facts about the Ancient Roman Era and the Romans In Britain Era just from examining the timeline and identifying all the features!


We've discussed all of the things we want to research and discover and we are ready to dive into the History and Geography of the Roman Empire!

Year 4 Character Learning Journey Statements

January 08, 2020

As you know, here at Loxdale we follow the Commando Joe's Character Education Curriculum, to ensure that every child reaches their full potential! The curriculum is focused on R.E.S.P.E.C.T and breaks down into the values that contribute to a child's overall development. Each year group has individual Learning Journey Statements for the values in which they will work to achieve throughout the year. The idea of the integration of these statements is that children apply these values across the curriculum, in social situations and break times to build their own character. We're kick starting our Spring Term with Parveen Positivity in which, we will be using the 'passion' statements. The image shows the statements for our characteristics for Year 4.

The Romans!

January 08, 2020

It's the start of a brand new term and we have all come back to year 4 Spruce full of life raring to go! Here's a picture of some of the amazing projects completed by some of our class members based on our Autumn term topic - The Anglo-Saxons! What an amazing learning journey we have been on! Now it's time to explore a new period in History... The Roman's! I can't wait to see what's in store for us this term, get your shields and swords at the ready! 

Christmas Cards

December 19, 2019

What a busy week! Whilst Ralphie the elf has been installing surveillance for Santa and causing chaos, we have been working hard to create some beautiful Christmas cards and calendars for the New Year! We have absolutely loved getting covered in sequins and glue to get arty and are truly in the Christmas spirit!

Anglo Saxon Pottery

December 19, 2019

Well what an awe-inspiring topic we have explored this term! To celebrate our Anglo-Saxon learning in year 4 Spruce, we have researched Anglo-Saxon pottery and began designing our own. We have planned the different clay techniques we will be using to create a replica. Here's a few snaps of our planning process... keep your eye out for some fantastic art work coming soon!


December 19, 2019

Here they are! Our Anglo-Saxon masterpieces! We surprised ourselves with how well we were able to use the thumb and pinching technique to create such amazing pottery! What a fantastic end to our Anglo-Saxon learning journey!


December 19, 2019

Time is up! The readathon entries are in and have been judged, Miss Higginson is super impressed with each entry and it was incredible to see all the extra effort and thought that had gone into them! The prizes have been collected tonight and Miss Higginson can't wait to award our super star pupils who have gone above and beyond to enhance their learning! Keep your eyes peeled to see our winners reveal!


November 15, 2019

As you can see from our Big Morning Move action shot, we got physical this year for Children In Need. 


Joe Wicks (the body coach) live streamed the Big Morning Move for schools all around the country to join in, in aid of the fantastic charity. We had great fun and it really helped us to wake our brains and prepare for our school day!


Not only did we have fun doing it, but we all dressed for the occasion in our sports wear and donated to Children In Need! Luckily, for this sporty class, there are lots of Joe Wicks workout videos for children that we can participate in anywhere, at anytime!


We hope to take part in these at school and at home to keep our bodies active! An extra well done for those in the class that also got their hand's sticky for our Great Loxdale Bake-off for Children In Need too!

Mythical Legend of Beowulf

November 15, 2019

What an exciting week we have had in Year 4 Spruce!


After two weeks of exploring the mythical legend of Beowulf, rewriting the First Battle and designing our own mythical beasts, we were finally able to write the sequel! But, most importantly, we were able to celebrate our class Super Wizard!


Our amazing writer was declared Super Wizard for an absolutely awe-inspiring rewrite of Beowulf's first battle, which left Miss Higginson and Mrs Allen desperate to read more!


Our Super Wizard will hold the writing trophy for a week until another Super Wizard earns the Super Wizard rights!


A firework celebration from Miss Higginson to all of Year 4 Spruce for another amazing writing experience!

Readathon Challenge

November 07, 2019

In year 4 Spruce, we are all readers. But, who is willing to go above and beyond to prove their love of reading? This is our 'Readathon Challenge', at the end of term, all of our entries will be judged and the winner (who must have completed each of the 5 challenges) will become our reading champion of the Autumn term and will receive a prize for their efforts and love of reading! Let the fun commence!

'Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.' -Mason Cooley.

Trim Trail

November 07, 2019

Before we broke up for half term, year 4 Spruce used the trim trail for the very first time!


We found out that some parts were far more difficult than we first expected and we also found some hidden talents in our class! We used brilliant communication skills and a huge amount of resilience!


I can't wait to see how your team-work and communication skills have improved over the holiday when I test you on our trim-trail again this week Spruce!


October 15, 2019

Coming towards the end of our place value unit of work, Year 4 Spruce learnt how to use a number line to count backwards through zero to include negative numbers with their learning partner.


October 15, 2019

Year 4 Spruce have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different parts of their ukuleles. They have learnt how to correctly hold their ukuleles in both the resting and playing positions. They also practised their strumming techniques, whilst playing along to different rhythms.

Roald Dahl Week - Chocolates

October 15, 2019

As part of our Roald Dahl Week, Year 4 Spruce got creative, designing and producing their own chocolates that Willy Wonka could start manufacturing in his factory.

Year 4 Visit to the Theatre

October 10, 2019

Year 4 had a wonderful time at the theatre. We were a fantastic audience for the puppeteers, as they performed 'Emily Rising'. When we returned to school, we had lots of discussions about how the performance made us feel and how each of us interpreted certain parts of the story in different ways. We are really looking forward to our writing workshop, based on the performance, where we will be writing our very own critical reviews.