Holywell Primary and Nursery School

Welcome to Year 4.


Crime, Punishment and Leisure throughout the ages.

The children will find out about the legacy of the Roman justice system and crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods. They will also deepen their historical awareness and understanding of how our past is constructed through studying the famous highwayman Dick Turpin. The final lesson allows the children to reflect upon and evaluate what they have learnt in this unit, as well as comparing modern day crime prevention and detection methods with those from the past. Children will also learn about how developments in 20th century leisure and technology can make life in this century easier.


A copy of our Spring 1 topic map is below: 

Spring 1 topic map


Why are the Norman Castles certainly not bouncy?

Last half term we were looking at life in the Norman times, and how they lived within castles. Through this we were looking at the specific design of a Norman castle and how it’s features were used for defensive purposes.



Take a look at our topic map below:


Aut 2 topic map


Take a look at our recent trip to Warwick Castle to explore a real life Norman castle (post attached)


I’m in a city, get me out of here!

Last half term we were looking at the physical geography of cities in the UK and around Europe. 

Throughout this, the children learnt how to use atlases and maps efficiently, and how to compare physical features of different cities. 



Use the link below to have access to our topic map:

Aut 1 topic map

News & Updates

Year 4 English Experience day

Today we had a lot of fun, drinking hot chocolate and hot Vimto. We brought our own blankets in and snuggled up. We were looking at what the boy in our story did when he was upset to see how it would make us feel. Have a look at what it looked like below:  

Warwick Castle Trip

Year 4 visited Warwick Castle and we had an absolute blast! We got to see all the features of a real Norman Castle (and we were very good at naming them and spotting them!) We watched a bird of prey show, where the birds literally swooped over our head, that was cool! Our fitness...

Creative Year 4

We have had a creative few weeks in Year 4 and this isn’t going to stop now! We all made our own lanterns with help from our friends at Artrix, and are expecting them to be lit up beautifully on the 17th December in Bromsgrove in a magical parade which is led by a huge...

Electricity fun

Electricity fun   In year 4, this half term we have been learning all about electricity and circuits. We have created our own circuits in different ways and done investigations about how they work, and what will turn a light bulb on, and which circuits wouldn’t. We...

Fabulous foods from around the globe

In English we have been looking at London, and creating our own brochure. We were writing a paragraph about the types of food we could get when we visited London. To help us to see the types of food we have a tasting afternoon: this helped us to see that we get food from all over...
Posted On 18 Oct 2017
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Eggsciting Eggsperiments!

Over the past week we have investigated what happens to our teeth when we drink different types of drinks. Obviously we couldn’t get hold of a set of teeth, so we used eggs! We put 6 eggs of the same shape and size into cups then poured the drinks over them and let them...
Posted On 18 Oct 2017
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Cave of wonders!

Cave of wonders! In English, we are looking at the book ‘Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp’ by Phillip Pullman. As part of this, we created our very own cave of wonders for the children to explore. This helped the children to picture the cave in more detail and produce...
Posted On 27 Sep 2017
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Year 4 Trip amendment

Y4 trip amendment letter
Posted On 16 Jun 2017
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