Totternhoe Academy

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Sycamore Class

Year 4

Miss Edey, Miss Hackett and Mrs Colomb


Welcome to Year 4, Sycamore's Class Page! I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to being back in school. Our themed curriculum this Autumn term will be all about 'Invasion' which is a history based theme. We will be learning about life in Britain after the Roman withdrawal. Children will learn about Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions up to the Norman conquest. 

In Science, we will be focusing on 'Living things and their Habitats'. In this unit, we will be focusing on the following areas: grouping living things, classifying vertebrates, discovering invertebrates around our school, classification, our local habitat and environmental changes and their impact on wildlife. In this unit, we will have the opportunity to explore wildlife in our local community, including our Forest School at Totternhoe.

For D.T., 'Fresh Food, Good Food', our project focuses on food decay and preservation.In this project, we will discover key inventions in food preservation and packaging, then make examples.  We will then prepare, package and evaluate a healthy snack.

Our P.E. days for this term are Mondays and Thursdays! :)

Class Reader Books!

These books are the main texts we will be reading together in class!


This term, we are finishing 'Operation Gadgetman' and we are reading 'Into the Volcano' by Jess Butterworth. :)

Knowledge Organisers

Spring Term


Miss Edey and Mrs Kayanuka 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas holiday with your loved ones! We have so much to look forward to this term in Year 4!


Our Geography themed curriculum this Spring term will be all about 'Rocks, Relics and Rumbles' which is all based on understanding and identifying the features and characteristics of Earth's layers, including a detailed exploration of volcanic, tectonic and seismic activity. We will even explore tsumanis and earthquakes and what causes both natural disasters to happen. 


In the Spring term, for Art, we will also be exploring 'Ammonite' a unit which teaches children all about artistic techniques used in sketching, printmaking and sculpture. Children will have the creative opportunity to be inspired by the form, shape and pattern of ammonite fossils to which they will be able to create their own masterpiece using clay and acrylic paint. 


Our P.E. days for this term are Mondays and Thursdays! :)

Year 4 Expectations:

Children are expected to:

  • Practice and learn spellings (daily)
  • Read everyday and have their reading records signed (daily)
  • Practice and learn tables (daily)
  • Complete and submit homework via Class Dojo every two weeks. (fortnightly)
  • Weekly task linked to current learning in the classroom (alternately Maths/English (Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling focus)


In class, children will be encouraged to:

  • Research key areas we are exploring in subjects
  • To try new methods/approaches
  • To be creative in homework tasks set
  • Consolidate skills in class at home to strengthen understanding and build confidence
  • Practice handwriting – focusing on letter formations, letter sizing and consistency.

Homework - Foundation Subjects

Homework - Core Subjects

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


P.E. is on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your child wears their named, correct PE kit in 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 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. 


Parent Handbook for Year 4