Totternhoe C.E. Academy

With God’s love, we seek adventure with our minds and find a home for our hearts


Sycamore Class Year 4


Miss Jesson, Mrs Aldridge & Mrs Waites

Autumn 2022 Theme

Invasion - This project teaches children about life in Britain after the Roman withdrawal. Children will learn about Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions up to the Norman conquest.

Art and Design - Warp and Weft

Design and Technology - Fresh Food, Good Food

Autumn 1 Science

Living Things and Their Habitats - Children will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. They learn how animals are split into 'vertebrates' and 'invertebrates' and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. They use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. Children are introduced to the idea that environments are subject to human-made and natural changes, and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things.

Autumn 1 Music - Mamma Mia

Autumn 2 Science

Sound - Children will learn how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. They will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations and work in a hands-on way to explore pitch, and will use their understanding of how high and low sounds are made.

Autumn 2 Music - Lean on Me

Spring 2023 Theme

Invasion - This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them

Art and Design - Vista

Design and Technology - Functional and Fancy Fabrics

Spring 1 Science

States of Matter - Children will sort materials into solids, liquids and gases, be able to explain that heating causes melting, and cooling causes freezing and identify the melting and freezing point of water. Children will be able to describe evaporation and condensation using practical examples, describe the effect of temperature on evaporation referring to their investigation and identify the stages of the water cycle.

Spring 1 Music - Blackbird

Spring 2 Science

Animals Including Humans - Children will expand on their learning from year 3 about how animals, including humans, need to get nutrition from what they eat. They will explore the different organs of the digestive system in humans and the functions of teeth in both humans and animals. They will learn about the different types of teeth and the importance of good dental hygiene, before planning and carrying out an investigation into tooth decay using an egg as a model tooth. They will then learn about the parts and functions of individual organs of the human digestive system and carry out their own scientific demonstration of the process using everyday household items. Children will then learn more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the context of teeth, digestion and food chains

Class Homework


  • Daily reading
  • Daily times tables
  • Weekly spellings to learn
  • Weekly English or maths
  • Fortnightly PSHCE/Computing/Art/DT/Science/RE/PE etc.

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Class Readers

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Useful Information

PE is on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your child wears their named, correct PE kit t school on these days, that earrings are not worn and long hair is tied up.

The children have access to their water bottles in the classroom during the day. Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school which is taken home regularly to be washed.

Your child is welcome to bring in a snack of fruit or vegetables each day. 

Reading books are your child's responsibility and they will be responsible for changing their own book. Please ensure they record the date and title of the book that they have chosen in their reading record and make sure that your child’s reading record is signed to say they have finished their book and read as regularly as you can with them at home. 

Please note that our timetable is flexible and may be subject to change! 

Sycamore Photos