Year 4 2020 - 2021

Mrs Dutton  4LD

Mrs Dutton 4LD

I have been teaching at Woodlands Primary School since September 2013, and lead our Year 3/4 team. I am passionate about teaching all subjects, but I really enjoy teaching Literacy, exploring different narratives and writing imaginatively and creatively. I lead reading across our whole school, and love to plan exciting activities to promote reading and inspire and motivate children to share in stories. When children reach the top of the reading chart or strive for 5, it makes my heart sing!
When not in school, I can usually be found running round after my two children, reading them stories or baking yummy treats in the kitchen.
My motto is 'Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars!'

Miss Gittins 4MG

Miss Gittins 4MG

Hi! I am Miss Gittins and this year I am teaching 4MG. I am so looking forward to tackling all of the challenges of Year 4 with such a wonderful class!
This is my second year of teaching at Woodlands and I am enjoying every second of it. I am now Modern Foreign Languages lead for the school and I'm looking forward to raising the profile of the French language across KS2.

Since last year I have taken up running and I am really enjoying it! I hope to complete a 10k run before the end of the year to raise money for an MND charity.
I still enjoy taking long walks with my dog Monty and reading whenever I get the chance.

I hope to see you around school!

Miss Gittins

Mrs Megginson 4EM

Mrs Megginson 4EM

Welcome to Year 4!

Hi! I am Mrs Megginson and I will be working in Year 4 with Mrs Ellis this year. I have been a teacher at Woodlands for 3 years and I love my job. I will be your teacher on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Outside of school I like to spend time with my family and friends. We love to load up the cars and go off on camping adventures together. This year we will be camping in The Cotswolds for the first time. I am a big music fan and enjoy going to concerts and festivals. I wish I could play an instrument but unfortunately I can’t yet.

I am thrilled to be part of the Y4 team and we already have lots of exciting ideas and plans in place for you. I know we will have a great year together!
I want our classroom to be a busy, happy place and I can’t wait for our class to get started on a new adventure.

Mrs Ellis  4EM

Mrs Ellis 4EM

I am Mrs Ellis and I am very excited to be your Year 4 teacher! Being a teacher is the best job in the world as children are full of energy, questions and fun. I have been teaching at Woodlands Primary School for the past 10 years now and I am very happy to be part of the fabulous Year 4 team this year.

I know we will have a lot of fun learning together and there is so much I am already looking forward to! Teaching literacy is my passion. I love to explore new characters and exciting settings in our class to bring books to life so that we are inspired to write with creativity and imagination.

When I am not in school, I enjoy going on family days out with my two young girls, Lucy and Sophie. You’re most likely to find me in my pink wellies chasing my children around Delamere Forest while searching for the Gruffalo, enjoying a mint chocolate chip ice cream at the Ice Cream Farm or playing table tennis.

I am truly looking forward to being your teacher this year. I am certain that with effort, hard work, encouragement and self-belief your dreams and aspirations will come true.
Remember, ‘Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before!’
Dream, Believe, Achieve.

Welcome to Y4!

Autumn 2

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Leon and the Place Between: Mcallister/Grahame Baker-Smith,  Angela, Baker-Smith, Grahame: Books

This half term, we will be exploring the narrative, 'Leon and the Place between' by Angela McAllister.  In this fantasy story, when young Leon goes to a magic show he finds he’s the only one who believes. However, his brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise... This is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam is no ordinary magician. Leon is taken on a journey right into the Place Between, where magic becomes a reality!

At the end of this unit, we will be writing in Leon’s secret diary about what really happened in ‘the place between,’ including conversation between Leon and the boy.

Mastery Targets for Autumn 2

  • Use standard English forms for verb inflections instead of local spoken forms e.g. 'we were' instead of 'we was'
  • Recognise the grammatical difference between plural and possessive –s
  • Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although
  • Build a varied and rich vocabulary with the use of a thesaurus or dictionary



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In Maths this term, we will;

- continue our work on the written methods for addition and subtractions with exchanges

- explore ways to estimate answers and different checking strategies

- investigate equivalent lengths (m/cm, mm/cm)

- add different lengths together

In Year 4, we aim to support our children in knowing their times tables up to 12 x 12 off by heart. Please support your children using TTrockstars and URBrainy to achieve this with us.


During this half term, we will continue our work on the story of Ivan the shopping mall gorilla, creating our own campaign posters and writing diary entries in role as Ivan. Once complete, we will explore the story of Anne the circus elephant who was rescued in a similar way to Ivan.

Nearer to Christmas, we will complete a 2-week block exploring the Anglo Saxons and Scots. After the Romans left Britain, it became more open to invasion. The Anglo-Saxons were made up of people who rowed across the North Sea from an area that is now northern Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. These people were from three tribes: The Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes. The Angles settled in northern England and East Anglia. The Saxons settled in large sections of southern England. The Jutes, meanwhile, adopted areas of Hampshire, Kent, and the Isle of Wight.


In Year 4, P.E. will be on a Tuesday afternoon.  Due to COVID restrictions, P.E. will take place outside whatever the weather so please ensure children are suitably dressed.

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