Year 4 has had an excellent half term learning about The Romans and answering the historical enquiry question ‘Why did the Romans invade Britain?’ We visited Sir John’s Soanes Museum last Wednesday to look at Roman artefacts and learn about the legacy of their invasion. The class experienced three different workshops which were about Roman architecture, the Gods and Goddesses and the museum itself. Year 4 were extremely well behaved and all of the staff at the museum commented on their excellent questioning and listening skills.  

Alongside this Year 4 have been competing in the SPRING SLAM. This is a Times Table contest for Year 4 Camden Schools. We came 5th out of 25 schools. In the final week 15 out of 25 children in our class scored maximum points. Really well done Year 4!!

Year 4 has been learning about different types of fractions, including proper fractions  and improper fractions. The class has learnt how to convert an improper fraction into a mixed number. Also in Maths we have been practising and competing in The Spring Slam Times Table competition. This is a weekly inter school times table quiz where an average class score is taken from a weekly quiz that all children in year 4 in Camden take part in. The focus is on progress, with rewards for most effort and most improved at the end of the challenge. 

Eight of the Year 4 girls represented Hawley last Tuesday in Football. They enjoyed competing against other Camden Year 4 girls.

Year 4 has been deepening their understanding of the science topic ‘Sound’ this term. The class has experimented with volume and pitch measuring their results in decibels using a data logger. They successfully recorded their results in tables and graphs.

The class has also been busy learning a poem about a river which incorporates the different geographical features. Please ask your child to recite it to you and explain some of the different elements of a river’s journey.

Year 4 has been developing their understanding of the Ancient Greeks and this week in History we were learning about the characteristics of Greek Architecture and how we still use many of the features in modern buildings today. We have also finished designing and making our Greek vessels with a scene from the Odyssey story incorporated into the design. Lots of hard work has been going on in English too, we have created a fantastic display outside our classroom showcasing a variety of the different writing styles including a proclamation, a diary entry and letter writing.

National Portrait Gallery trip

Year 4 had a very enriching morning on Tuesday visiting The National Portrait Gallery. After a very eventful journey we arrived at the newly opened museum to take part in an Art History workshop about migration stories. We studied the portraits of people who had moved to England from different parts of the world. We examined the medium each artist had used and tried to guess the profession of each of the subjects. Everyone became art history detectives and used their observational and imagination skills to make some pertinent deductions.

The Tin Forest

Year 4 have been studying the book ‘The Tin Forest’ which is about recycling and caring for the environment. We created information leaflets encouraging people to look after the local area. We focused on the small park Camden Gardens which is just down the road from our school. We used persuasive language, the present perfect tense, and lots of prepositions in our writing.

Welcome back!

Year 4 has had an excellent start to the term and are already working extremely hard in all areas of the curriculum. The class created photo montage portraits to display outside their new classroom by brainstorming their interests. They then searched their ideas online before copying and pasting them. Finally they cut them out and arranged them carefully exploding out of their heads!

Trip to the CLC

Year 4 also visited the CLC for a day of computing which is always very popular. They used Google Earth to locate UK cities and to create their own information book on Book Creator about the UK.

Institute of Imagination!

This week, Year 4 have worked alongside the Institute of Imagination to think of ways to save, make and reinvent. It has been part of a wider topic all about Camden. We have been learning about the proposed Camden Highline which will see a fantastic bit of repurposing. In class the children have saved food scraps and re-used them as inks. They have made robo-bots from recycled materials and created some fantastic animations using Stop-Motion. Year 4 are trying their best to take steps to ease the climate crisis.

Year 4’s Tree Display

Year 4 have hit the 2023 ground running and have been working hard in all areas.

Our blue tree has been adorned with some lovely felt creatures, all designed and created by Y4. They used a running stitch to fasten the seams and then sprinkled their imaginations to create creatures of a unique design. We are quite  fond of our little felty habitat.

DT Week

Year 4 have recently enjoyed a DT week inspired by our pre-history topic.

The children worked collaboratively to create prehistoric shelters using a variety of tools and materials. They also turned their hand to sewing, recreating tunics inspired by clothing believed to have been worn at the time.

Harvest Raps

We also really enjoyed performing our Harvest raps. The children wrote and performed these like true professionals at the Harvest Assembly.

Now, we’re ready for a restful half term and time to recharge our batteries!

A fantastic performance!

Learning about the Stone Age

We enjoyed a trip to Hampstead Heath where we learnt a lot about the Stone Age through making fire and building shelters. We then went off to the Museum of London, to handle ancient artefacts and learn more about the role of archaeologists. 


We visited the Houses of Parliament and learnt all about the importance of campaigning in a democracy. This has helped us to think about standing up to unfairness. As it is Black History Month, we have learnt about the pioneering black change maker Mary Prince and how she campaigned for the abolition of slavery.

Museum of London Trip

Hampstead Heath Trip

Trip to the Royal Institution

​Sunflowers in year 4!

Welcome back!

Year 4 has settled back into school routines quickly and sensibly. We have had a busy week starting our new topic: From the Stone Age to the Iron Age and who are We?