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Year 4 exploring the different angles...

Click HERE to watch the children read poetry from the book, The Lost Words.

Year 4 exploring our new text driver, The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane.

We had a fantastic day building our torches using our knowledge of electrical circuits. We also used our skills of measuring, cutting and fixing along with lots of perseverance! The children are very proud of what they achieved.

This week, Year 4 have continued to explore how seasons affect habitats in their longitudinal studies.

Design and Technology - The children built upon their previous knowledge of electrical conductors to create a complete circuit.

Tuesday 26th April 2022 - Ufton Court 
Another sunny and glorious day here at Ufton Court! Our first activity was archery. This is where we learnt about the Viking’s hunting skills. Although it looks easy, we all agreed it is a lot more harder then we expected. After a bit of practice, we were able to shoot and ‘kill’ our dinner. We managed to hunt a badger and a rabbit. We then headed back to the house for our delicious snack - a scone with butter and jam. Yum!


After break, we then moved on to our next activity which was called Life On The Farm. In this activity, we were able to have a go at churning cream into butter, milk a cardboard cow and grind wheat into flour. We also managed to say hello to the pigs and Elvis the goat.


We have learnt so much about life as a Viking already and still there is more to learn! It has been commented many times by the children how hard but exciting life was. All the children have immersed theirselves into this experience and the teachers couldn’t be more prouder of them all.


We are hoping for more good weather for our final day tomorrow!

Year 4 :)

Monday 25th April 2022 - Ufton Court

Year 4 have arrived safe and sound at Ufton Court. As soon as we stepped off the coach, we were immersed in Viking life! Already we have sailed the seven seas, weaved a fence and learnt how to fight in battle.


After all this excitement, we sat down for a yummy dinner of sausage, chips and peas. Yum! We all agreed that the chips were the best we have ever tasted. Now, we are off to a Viking funeral…


We will write tomorrow,

Year 4

Palm class designing and making their moving monsters in Design and Technology

What is a friend? What is rude, mean and bullying? How can we deal with friendship issues?

In Religious Education, the children created maps of Jerusalem thinking about the key points Jesus visited and where he was crucified.

Ufton Court 2022

Only 20 more days to Ufton Court! We are so excited for our school trip. Don't forget to use the kit list to ensure you have everything you need.


Kit List

Please read the kit list carefully and make sure that your child is able to carry their own bag/holdall. Do not bring mobile phones or any other electrical device, including alarm clocks, on the trip.

  • Waterproof warm coat
  • Wellies/outdoor shoes in a plastic bag
  • Indoor shoes
    (only bring slippers if they have non-slip soles – light trainers are more suitable)
  • Set of clothes for each day
    (make sure you bring a long sleeved top for Archery)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Personal wash kit with a hairbrush/comb
  • Towel
  • Teddy bear (or other favourite cuddly toy - optional)
  • Nightwear
  • Dressing gown
  • Water bottle
  • Personal medication
  • Black tights/leggings and black shoes/plimsoles for the historical banquet


Do not bring your best clothes; comfortable, casual wear is much more suitable for the activities in which you will be participating.


Please name all your clothes and belongings, especially shoes and coats.

In today's English lesson, the children re-enacted the story of Beowulf through the art of drama. They were given a playscript and each children took a role of someone in the story.

Monday 21st March 2022

Wow! We can't believe it is half way through the term already. Year 4 have been so busy with a range of exciting learning tasks from mystery boxes in History to exploring pneumatic systems in Design and Technology. They have even become coding experts in Computing (see photos below).


Recently, we had a visitor in school who came to see our fantastic learning. The year 4 children were amazing at explaining what they were learning and how their knowledge linked with previous learning. Not only was the visitor impressed with the knowledge and skills the children had but also their super attitude and behaviour in the classroom. Well done, Year 4!


Today, we have begun to start a new text driver in English called Beowulf. See below for photos of the children using their prediction and inference skills to gain some knowledge of this story.

Year 4 had fun working with Measures in Maths this week. They worked with length, mass and capacity.

World Book Day - 3rd March 2022

Some amazing foil sculptures in different positions.

Another VR experience being an explorer in English...

Religious Education - Year 4's art work describing the concept of God

Subtracting with regrouping in a column method.

Year 4 are exploring newspaper reports and vocabulary to help us with our writing...

This week, Year 4 celebrated One kind Word Day with lots of musical activities. It was great fun!

Palm's ukulele experience with the fabulous Mrs Brinsford!

Art - Paper Sculptures

Year 4 acting the story, Gulliver's Travels.

Year 4 testing jam in our Design and Technology lesson. The next step is to make a delicious innovate Queen of Heart jam tart...

Did someone say Christmas?

This week, we have been about learning about many different things including: using money in Maths, making circuits Science and multi skills in P.E.

Palm Class made a 'circle of time.' We begun with the beginning of time and worked our way to modern day. The children used words such as century, decade, millennium. Because of the circle of time, children understood that the Victorian era was not as long ago as they originally thought. 


Circuits and Conductors

This week the children explored the story of The Chimney Child.

Welcome to Year 4

Some of our finished Faith Ringold work

We introduced fractions this week by looking at concrete objects in our class.

This is a fantastic example of persuasive writing from one of our children in Year 4.

Click here to see Palm Class working hard in Art.

Palm creating their piece of art inspired by the artist, Faith Ringgold.

Lime having fun creating their Faith Ringold inspired art work.

Collaborative Maths!

Lime worked hard on delivering persuasive speeches, thinking about body language, intonation and expression!

The polar bear experiment! How does a polar bear survive in arctic conditions?

Acting in R.E with Mrs Cowley

Year 4 investigating the effect of climate change in Geography

Year 4 exploring and investigating in Science

Palm class acting out the book, The Winter's Child. Lights, camera and action!

Monday 13th September 2021

A warm welcome to our lovely Year 4 children!
It has been a fantastic and busy first week back at Balksbury Federation.

Tuesday 13th July 2021


Click here for Palm's Geography movie.

A busy week for Year 4!

Thursday 24th June 2021


Do you really want whales to go extinct?

Are you a friend or an enemy?


Click here to watch Year 4's persuasive speeches.

Thursday 17th June 2021

In English, we have been busy making persuasive posters to encourage people to stop whaling (whale hunting). We were inspired by a short film that we have been studying called 'Catch A Lot' - we worked hard to collects lots of facts and information about whales and whaling before we started. Next week, we will be using our knowledge to write persuasive speeches which we are very excited about!


If you would like to, you can watch 'Catch A Lot' here.

Friday 11th June 2021

This week in maths, we have been focusing on fractions. We have been using lots of different practical resources to demonstrate what we already know, build on our previous learning, and to help us understand improper and mixed number fractions. 

Monday 24th May 2021

We are having great fun using the Federation's new poly tunnel!

As part of our health and wellbeing learning, we have planted a variety of different seeds in unique containers that are special to us. Some people used old shoes, old wellies, dressing up hats, their favourite toys and we even had some special unicorn shaped containers!

We have organised a watering rota to ensure that our plants grow big and strong - it is so exciting to watch them change each day.

Thursday 20th May 2021 - Year 4 performing their direct speech!

Friday 14th May 2021

Year 4 drew mythical creatures to use in their stories. What creative drawings!

Friday 7th May 2021

In maths this week, we have been busy focusing on our quick recall of the 3, 6 and 9 times tables. We started our learning by spotting patterns, then we created images and silly rhymes to help us remember the trickier multiplication facts. We also had a go at some speed sheets and board games to support our learning in an engaging way. It was hands on and great fun!

Friday 30th April 2021

Today was our History day! We are now Viking experts. Open Box even came to visit us to teach us more gruesome but exciting facts.


Thursday 1st April 2021 - D&T - Year 4 have been making 'Moving Monsters'

Wednesday 17th January 2021

Year 4 have had a fantastic start to the week! In Maths, we have been learning all about time. On Monday, we went outside to create the human clock. In English, we have begun researching facts on King Alfred the Great for our information reports. Look at our photos below.

Friday 15th January 2021

This week, Year 4 children have been working incredibly hard at home with their online lessons. A huge WELL DONE to the whole of Year 4 for completing some fantastic home learning with a range of subjects and being so engaged in the live lessons.


Below, we have some pictures of children's work.

Monday 14th December 2020

Wow! What amazing runners we have in Year 4. The children were put into house teams and raced against each other for their place in the final. We have our winners below. I am so impressed with the perseverance of all the children in Year 4. Not to mention, the support and encouragement everyone gave to each other. Go Year 4!


Overall Winners


1. Harry (Palm, Fosbury)

2. Tobias (Pine, Walbury)

3. Oscar M (Palm, Danebury)

4. Joe (Pine, Walbury)

5. Blake (Pine, Sidbury)



1. Freya (Palm, Fosbury)

2. Emily (Palm, Fosbury)
3. Marnie (Pine, Walbury)

4. Evie (Palm, Fosbury)

5. Mabel (Lime, Fosbury)

Year 4 have been generating vocabulary to describe Wonderland for a persuasive brochure!

Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Today, we had an exciting day of making our baked product based on the book, Alice In Wonderland. Palm class made divine Queen of Heart's jam tarts. Pine made cheese straws with a Wonderland twist. Lime made Alice's scones with a range of the finest fillings! All of Year 4 had a fantastic time. We are now baking experts. Watch out, The Great British Bake Off 2021!

Year 4 are designing a baked product to make and enjoy. We love D&T!

Friday 20th November 2020

This week, children have been writing their final 1st person historical narratives in English based on the book, The Chimney Child. The children have produced writing of such high quality. Below are some photographs of their writing and the writing process.



Year 4 on the hunt for some tiered vocabulary for our historical narrative.

Monday 9th November 2020

Last week, Year 4 were transported back in time to 1870! When the children arrived at school, the boys and girls were told to sit and line up separately. After that, there were many rules which were read aloud and repeated often. We read the Lord's Prayer and learnt about Queen Victoria. Our lessons quickly progressed onto true Victorian style lesson such as learning by rote and copying out poetry repeatedly. We even wrote on "slate" boards with chalk.

We learnt a lot in our day, we started by learning about the first ever photo taken and looking at a model of a Victorian style camera. We were taught Victorian playground games too. These included a competitive game of marbles amongst the boys and hopscotch for the girls.



In the afternoon, we explored the Victorian and Albert museum where we learnt about the many wonderful inventions the Victorians created. Inventions such as the penny farthing, Christmas cards, the post box and even the lightbulb!



16th October 2020 - Faith Ringgold would be proud of us!

8th October 2020 - Super spellings!

1st October 2020

National Poetry Day!


We started our day by finding out what poetry was and discussing poems and poets that we already knew. Here were some of the responses:

"In poetry, words are chosen for their sound, beauty and meaning to help the poet share an idea, experience or feeling."


"Poems don't have to include full sentences and not all poems rhyme."


We then listened to a selection of poets performing their poems. As a class we generated top tips for performing poetry inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah, Robert Macfarlane and Joseph Ceolho. After performing our poem and listening carefully to the performances of others, we discussed which of the four poems we had read were our favourite and why. Here are some of the responses:


"I liked reading The Ning Nang Nong because of the way it rhymed and how it sounded cheerful when we read it."


"The spelling in Talking Turkeys helped us talk with an accent like the poet. It was also really funny."


"I enjoyed reading the Jabberwocky poem as it was a challenge to work out what the words might mean and it made you use your imagination."


After Guided Reading, we learnt about a particular type of poetry called Haiku poetry. See the photos below of the children working hard to create their own Haiku poem and our lovely poem tree

Settling in to Year 4


Year 4 have been very busy over the past few weeks getting back into school routines, familiarising themselves with their classes, new class friends and new teaching staff. It's been great to have them all back in school and we thank you for all your support in getting your children to school ready to learn and with everything they need for a successful school day.


In English we have been writing diary entries as either a bee or an ant and have been outside to watch ants in action marching up and down tree trunks and watching bees collect pollen and nectar, buzzing from flower to flower. In Maths, we continue to work on Number and Place Value learning to partition numbers in different ways, using addition and subtraction mentally and rounding.

Are all biomes the same? The Geography question we are trying to answer this half term. Year 4 are investigating six different biomes across the globe and along with this are learning how to read a 4 digit map reference to increase their map reading skills. This is closely linked to Habitats and Survival which we are learning about in Science.

Our Science topic, 'Habitats and Survival' is very closely linked with that of Geography. Children have been learning about how animals and plants have adapted over millions of years to survive in their habitat and how animals have been classified into different groups based on their characteristics. Each class carried out an experiment to find out the insulating properties of blubber on animals. The children thoroughly enjoyed gloving up and having one hand in a bag cooking lard, in a bucket of ice water whilst the other hand was just in iced water.  They discovered how body fat keeps the animals warm by providing a barrier to the cold.
This half term in Music, we have been learning to play the ukulele and glockenspiel, accompanying Abba's Mamma Mia, learning different chords and notes along with various rhythmic patterns. In Art we are looking into the work of Faith Ringgold and practising our line drawing skills. Using a favourite memory as a stimulus, each child is designing a picture to draw onto fabric and create a fabric border.

8th September 2020


Wow! What a fabulous start to the school year. It has been such a pleasure to see all your wonderful smiling faces back at Balksbury Federation. We most definitely have missed our V.I.P (very important people). We hope that you have begun to find your feet again as we start our "new normal" school life. Remember if you do have any worries, please talk to anyone in the Year 4 Team. We are here to support and care for you.


Warm wishes,

Miss Mclaren

A hello from the Year 4 Team!

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Scroll down the page for pack 1 to 4.

A message from the staff at Balksbury

Molly The Brave Visits Ufton Court

Hello everyone at home,

I thought I would share the amazing adventure Molly experienced in her own home. Like us Molly was upset that she could not go on our residential trip this year. So this is her story.  


On Tuesday evening, Molly packed her bag, using the kit list that was provided (she had no idea what was going on!)
On Wednesday morning, she was told her to get into the car, her dad drove to the end of the road & back again. When she arrived back at the house there were signs welcoming her to Ufton Court. They had re-created the Ufton Court experience at home! Her "dorm" was the spare bedroom & even this had rules!!! She got changed into a Viking outfit and we all had Viking names - Eric, Ingrid and Astrid (Viking princess!)
During the day on Wednesday, she had fun making a Viking longboat, shields and swords and had a battle with the Anglo-Saxons!
That evening, she a dry shower (apparently that's what they do at Ufton Court!!) went to bed and even had a midnight feast (!!) 
Thursday was spent learning some Viking skills - this included Archery! At the end of the day we had a Viking feast (bbq)
On Friday, Molly did some more archery practice, another battle and had a final farewell picnic lunch. 
Although she would have preferred to have been at the actual Ufton Court, it was fun trying to re-create the experience at home, which she has enjoyed!

Such a fantastic idea.

Good Morning Year 4!

Below, you will find your Home Learning Pack 4. We hope you are well and that you enjoyed your Easter weekend. Hopefully, like us it was filled with Easter egg hunts, lots of chocolate and of course time with the family.


Can you Solve the Riddles?

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Hello Year 4!

Below, you will find your Home Learning Pack 3. We hope you are well.

It will soon be Easter. A time for those delicious chocolate eggs and to be grateful for those around us. We wonder if you can answer this question... 

What came first the chicken or the egg?


We are sure you will come up with some cracking and eggxcellent ideas. 

Keep smiling,

Year 4 Team 

Good morning Year 4,

Wow! What lovely weather we are having. We hope you are enjoying your home schooling. Here are some updated tasks for you to complete.

Year 4 Team

Dear Parents/Carers,
Some children may be finding this time at home very confusing, they may be anxious, they may not quite understand why they are unable to go out and play with their friends. Here are some stories that will hopefully help them understand some of the issues that they are having to deal with.
I will also be updating weekly with some ideas of ways to cope with anxiety and ways to encourage the children to have a healthy positive mind.
I understand that some of you may not have access to a printer, therefore I will include activities that can be done without one.
Take care
Mrs Whatley - ELSA

Good morning Year 4,

We hope you have had a well rested weekend. This week, we will updating this page with work for you to complete at home. Below, we have attached the home schooling pack you were given on Friday.


As today is a sunny day, you might choose to work in the garden or have PE lesson. Joe Wicks will be uploading a PE lesson, Monday - Friday at 9AM, on his YouTube channel. We have put the link below as this may be something you are interested in doing.


We hope you have a good day,

Year 4 Team

Week beginning 9th March 2020

In computing, Year 4 were exploring how to programme a probot. We were able to programme our probots so they made a square and a rectangle. Palm class had lots of fun!

Algorithm Madness!

Week beginning 9th March 2020

On World Book day, Year 4 had a range of exciting activities to do with a variety of books. Below, we have the winners of our Brilliant Book Quiz. The children were shown 10 famous books opening sentence. Then, they had to write down which book it was. We also shared stories with Year 3.


"When we read, we learn more things!" - Palm Class

World Book Day

The Viking Ship Dance. Can you Spot the Sea? The Oars? The Sails?

The Anglo Saxons: the ruin of Britain? This term, we will be learning about the Anglo Saxons but who were they? What impact did they have on Britain? Through drama, we went back to the 5th century where we watched the Saxons grow stronger and more powerful until we learnt that they controlled most of Britain.

Year 4 are learning to name and locate places in the wider world and the U.K.

BREAKING NEWS! Man Mountain found washed up on the Island of Balksbury!

Beaulieu Palace House 1889

Year 4 visited Beaulieu to experience Christmas as a child of a wealthy family in 1889. We met Miss Clark, the governess who gave us a lesson in etiquette before being introduced to Lord Henry and Lady Cecily. Morning refreshments were taken in the upper drawing room before we learnt about the latest fashion of the 'Christmas Tree' and the meaning behind each of the decorations. We also discovered what life was like for the servants who ran the house. Miss Clark showed us the kitchen with all the 'modern' equipment and the different types of food which were fashionable at the time. We had luncheon in the garden room with Lord and Lady Montague and toasted Queen Victoria with delicious punch. We completed our day with an afternoon soiree full of entertainment and Christmas Carols. 

A Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu Palace House

Year 4 travelled back in time to 1878 where they experienced a school day as a Victorian child.

Oscar the Beagle came to Year4 this week to help the children with their learning in English. We have been learning all about the features of an information text and what better than to have a real visitor!

Oscar the Beagle

Year 4 Creating Arrays for 4 Times Tables!

The Children's Creation of the Ice Queen

Welcome to the launch of Year 4 web page!