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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4


The Curriculum and School Trips


We have lots of exciting topics planned for this year.

The main topic of the autumn term is Winchester. We will be learning about aspects of Winchester history and geography and will also focus on the River Itchen during our Water Cycle work.

In the spring term our lead topic will be the Romans. We will also link the Ancient World with the modern, when we make a comparison with life in Rome today in Bella Italia.

During the summer term we will be finding out about the achievements of the early civilisations and will be focusing on Ancient Sumer.

Along with our leading topics we also have some fantastic science units and will be learning about electricity and states of matter in the autumn, teeth and digestion in the spring and in the summer term, plants and habitats.


Special Events


Autumn term

Year 4 children are responsible for leading the whole school in the Harvest Celebration and during the autumn term we will be preparing for this important privilege.


Spring term

To launch our Roman Topic the children will have the chance to become a Roman for a whole day. Everyone will have the opportunity to take part in Roman activities and dress up as a Roman character, even the teachers! The topic will also be further enhanced by a ‘play in a day’ visit from the Treehouse theatre company where we will dress up again.


Summer term

As part of the science work on plants, we will be visiting Hillier Arboretum in Ampfield.

During the year there will be lots of other special events such as Science Week, Arts Week, technology challenges and more which will all help to make this a very exciting year.



On Tuesday 26th June, Year 4 took part in Den Day for Save the Children. After learning about all the important work Save the Children do, they designed their own safe shelter. Once their designs were finalised, the classes headed out to the field to begin construction. They had a mixed success. Den building was definitely a chance to build resilience as the same bamboo pole fell for the 100th time! Despite some of our den-related frustrations, the children were all smiling, had a fantastic time and particularly enjoyed eating their lunches, with friends, in their dens. Well done Year 4!

Continuing with our British Values topic Rule of Law, two police officers from Eastleigh Police Station came in to tell us all about their jobs. We were even lucky enough to try on their vests!

As part of our British Values exhibition, we attempted to rank the British Values in order of importance. This caused a lot of debate!



In Geography this term, Year 4 are studying the similarities and differences between two different locations – Winchester, UK and Winchester, Virginia. Inspired by Jeannie Baker, we will be creating our own comparison picture book, highlighting the differences in landscape, location, culture and transport.


Can you challenge us to locate the state of Virginia on a world map?

Year 4 science

Year 4 are learning about the different states of matter and how the particles of each behave. In this lesson, we were acting as the particles for a solid, a liquid and a gas. 

In this photo we are closely packed together - like the particles of a solid.In this photo we are close together but we are able to move around and flow – like a liquid. In this photo we are spread out, trying to fill the area we are in – like  a gas.

Year 4 conscience alley - Should James crawl into the peach?

  • Fair Oak Junior School
  • Botley Road, Fair Oak, Eastleigh
  • Hampshire, SO50 7AN
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