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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!


4RT - Marsha P Johnson Class

Why Marsha P Johnson?

We chose Marsha as our role model because she represents being yourself and celebrating differences between us. She was an outspoken advocate for gay rights and was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall Uprising of 1969.


Head and shoulders photo of Martha Johnson, smiling, with a dramatic headdress of white flowers and beads.



4SL - Katherine Johnson Class

Why Katherine Johnson?

We chose Katherine as our role model because she overcame many barriers in her life to become one of the four women, known as the human calculators, to calculate the figures for the first successful flight into space and helped NASA to become what it is today. 


A dignified studio portrait of Katherine Johnson in later life.


Mr THead and shoulders photo of Mr Taylor.aylor

I love sport, especially tennis and football. I also enjoy travelling and used to live in Thailand.



Mrs Loader 

Head and shoulders photo of Mrs Loader.Mrs Loader is the teacher in Johnson class.  She enjoys playing badminton and dancing her socks off.  She also enjoys reading and baking cakes with her family.


Our teaching assistants are:

Miss Harding

Head and shoulders photo of Miss Harding.






Mrs Price

Head and shoulders photo of Mrs Price.






and Miss McNeilage

Head and shoulders photo of Miss McNeilage.





Here's to a great year!


The Year 4 Team



Term 1 Newsletter


Welcome back.  We hope you all had a lovely Summer Break and were able to enjoy the sunshine.  We are all very excited to be in Year 4 and would like to warmly welcome Miss McNeilage and Miss Harding to the Hillcrest team.  It’s going to be a great year!



This term, our writing will be linked to our enquiry about the Ancient Egyptians and their civilisation.  We will be listening to an Egyptian story at the end of the day and focussing our reading comprehension around the Egyptians, too.  If you, or anyone you know, has any Egyptian information/artefacts you would like to share, we would love to hear about them.  We will also be exploring how to construct different sentence types using a range of punctuation that are grammatically accurate.  We will be writing our own instructions and warning story this term, while exploring the Egyptians.



We will focus on mastering mathematical concepts and exploring mathematical thinking. This term, we will be learning about place value and using our knowledge to develop our addition and subtraction skills.


Please continue to practise times tables and division at home, as these skills are vital for an ongoing depth of understanding for all our learning and will in turn help the children with their mental recall or these key facts.



This year, we are going to be learning Latin.  Every fortnight, Miss Wilson will be in Year 4 introducing some new vocabulary and consolidated the next week with the class teacher.  This links closely with us exploring the etymology of language used in our enquiries and to help us think about how language has developed over the years.  What an exciting adventure!



Please make sure you have your PE kits are in school all week – our PE sessions are Wednesday AM (with Mr Roberts from Future Stars) and Tuesday pm.  We would like to do as many PE sessions as we can outside, so it would be a good idea to have some jogging bottoms and a jumper just in case.  Don’t forget all kit needs to be named, and anyone who has hair that is longer than shoulder length needs to tie it up for PE lessons.


Key Dates

Monday 20th September – Egyptian themed escape room visitor in school (letter on Gateway)

Tuesday 21st September – Year 4 Curriculum meeting (5:30 – 6:30)

Tuesday 12th October – Little Kitchen visit

Tuesday 19th October – Parliament workshop

Friday 22nd October – Last day of term 1

Tuesday 12th October – Parents’ Evening (4-7)

Thursday 14th October – Parents’ Evening (4-7)

Monday 1st November – INSET Day

Tuesday 2nd November – Term 2 starts for children



Please make sure you have put names in all your children’s school uniform, PE kit, packed lunch box and water bottle.


More information, with additional key dates for the diary will follow. In the meantime, we operate an open doors policy, so please feel free to email us through the school email address if needed.


We are looking forward to an exciting Term 1!

Kind regards,

The Year 4 Team 

Mrs Loader, Mr Taylor, Mrs Price, Miss McNeilage and Miss Harding



The mummification of Macases II