St Mary's Church of England Academy

'We promise to shine together.'

Let the light of your face shine upon us - Psalm 4:6

Year 4

Suffolk School Farm and Country Fair

Please find above the knowledge mat for the first half term of the summer. We will be having a science focus, looking at how states of matter can change and the stages of the water cycle.

Snape Maltings - Show time!

We are incredibly proud of all of the children who attended Snape Maltings. They worked hard in the run up to the event and the effort they put into practising on the day was amazing. They coped well with the last minute change of staff and stepped up to perform brilliantly on the stage. It was a very long day, but it was so worth it! There were even a couple of tears from Mrs Flack - shhh, don't tell anyone! 😊

(Thank you to Mr and Mrs Wilcox for sharing their photographs from the evening performance, reproduced with their kind permission).

Snape - rehearsals

Snape Maltings - And we’re off!!!

Please find above the knowledge mat for Spring term 2. We are very excited to be able to welcome "Romans in Schools" for a Romans workshop day towards the end of term (more details to follow).

This half term, we have ben focusing on tennis skills. The children have been practising their forehands and backhands as well as trying to aim their rackets so that the ball goes into a given part of the court.

Maths Learn-Its facts

We are aiming for all of the children to be secure with recalling all of the number facts in the table above, including those from previous year groups. Please help your child to practise these at home in addition to the work we do in school.

Things to celebrate this week!

Spring 1 Knowledge mat number two - Sound

Please find attached the second knowledge mat for this half-term. We like to keep you on your toes! We have covered the electricity curriculum in the past few weeks, and are moving on to looking at sound for the remainder of this half-term. 


We are really looking forward to seeing what games the children can create with their new science knowledge in a few weeks time. 

Please find above, the knowledge mat for the first part of this half term; we will be focusing on electricity. Part 2 of the half term to follow.


When the children choose their reading book, we encourage them to look inside the book as well as the front cover. We talk about the importance of reading a section of the book to make sure that it is a book that they would want to read and that they are able to read and understand. 

Year 4 Christmas Carol Service

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We are very proud of all of the children for taking part in the carol service. The children also enjoyed making hats that look like Rudolph for their Christmas lunch! We apologise about the sound quality of the video and the fact that we had to upload it in three parts - it was too large a file in one go.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready for a new term on Tuesday January 4th 2022!

Year 4 carol service part 2.mp4

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Year 4 carol service part 3.mp4

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Christmas cards

We used pastels to create a winter scene for the front of our Christmas cards.

Pantomime fun

This morning (9.12.2021), the children had a visit from a theatre company who performed the pantomime “Beauty and the Beast”. They enjoyed joining in with the songs and thought it was very funny. What a great surprise!!

Year 4 Corridor Displays

Our Weird and Wonderful Digestive System

To introduce our topic on digestion, the children carried out a fun, messy (and slightly yucky!) experiment to simulate the digestive system:

* Bread, cereal and banana to represent the food we eat.

* Scissors to represent the incisor teeth that cut our food up by biting.

* Potato mashers to represent the molar teeth that grind our food up.

* Water to represent saliva.

* Orange juice to represent the acid in our stomach that helps to break down food.

* Tights to represent our intestines. 

The activity helped the children to begin to understand how food travels through our bodies to the toilet.

Please find above, a copy of the knowledge mat for this half term. 

We will be having a science focus, based around the digestive system, teeth and food chains.

Design & Technology - Egyptian Style Bread

Over the last 2 weeks, Year 4 have had great fun making Egyptian style bread. We started off by following a recipe to make the basic bread. Next, we tried different flavours of bread that are already available and some ingredients that we could use to enhance our breads. The children then decided what flavours they would add to their bread, before we made our own bread. At each stage, we thought about the appearance, aroma, texture and taste.

We have looked at lots of recipe books and identified the features of instruction texts - headings and sub-headings; bullet point lists; numbered steps; command sentences; time connectives; imperative verbs; adverbs.

We finished the unit by writing recipes for the new bread we made.


Some of the children were keen to make the bread again at home, a copy of the recipe can be found above.

Y4 History Knowledge Mat - How can we recreate the wonder of Ancient Egypt?

Welcome back to Year 4. We hope you have all had a fantastic summer. We are looking forward to being able to mix a little more with classes from other year groups. We will be beginning to have Collective Worship and playtimes with Year 3.

This half term, we will be focusing on Ancient Egypt. Please see the knowledge mat above for further details.