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Larch and Cedar

Welcome to Year 4. We hope you have all had a lovely summer and are ready for another exciting year at Brackenhill.  The staff in the Year 4 team this year are as follows:

Cedar – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday am – Ms Hamid (after October half term)

                Wednesday pm, Thursday and Friday – Mrs Cockroft

Larch – Miss Yousef

Our support team this year is Mrs Walker, Mr Birkinshaw and Miss Bibi.

We have lots of fantastic topics to look forward to this year from Magical Musicians, Fabulous Food, Dragons and Wonka’s Wonderland which is all about chocolate! Yum!!

Times Tables

This year the government has brought in a statutory times table check for all pupils in Year 4. We will be working really hard to practice these throughout the year to ensure that all children are confident before they take the test. Every child has a Times Table Rockstars login and password that is stuck in their homework book and we would advise that they practice regularly at home too. If you have any questions about this please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher.


We cannot stress how important it is for your child to read regularly. They have been given a reading record where they can write down what and when they have read. Your child will have a reading book from the class library and a book from the school library which they will change regularly.


Swimming will take place on Thursdays. All children need to bring a swim suit and a towel with them along with a plastic bag to put their wet kit in. Please can parents ensure that all uniform and swimwear are named to avoid any lost property.


Cedar class will have PE on Tuesday and Larch class on Friday. Children need their kit in school at all times and will bring it home at half term. Again, please can parents ensure that all kit and uniform is labelled to avoid any lost/mixed property.


In English we have written explanation texts to explain how a guitar works. We tried hard to include the technical vocabulary we have learned throughout our Science unit.

What do you think?

We have also been looking at local musicians and have written biographies for Ed Sheeran who was born in Halifax. We looked at some of the lyrics to his songs in our comprehension sessions to see if we could inference what he was singing about. We really enjoyed listening to his songs too!

Science & DT

In Science this half term we have been learning about sound.  We learned about how we hear different sounds and how we can change the volume and pitch of a sound. 

We learned that:

Long is low        Short is high

Thick is low        Thin is high

Loose is low       Tight is high

We then used these principals to design and make our won musical instruments. Our brief was that the instrument had to play at least 3 different notes. One of our instruments played over 15 different pitches of note.

History & Geography

In the Humanities subjects this half term we have been looking at musicians from different localities and musical genres through the decades. Again we enjoyed listening to the different types of music and learning about some of the music that Mrs Cockroft used to listen to when she was young.

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