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Great Totham Primary School

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Headteacher: Miss S Vass

Welcome to Year 4 2016-2017

Phase Leader Miss Jo Campling
 Year 4 Teachers Teaching assistants  

Miss Jo Campling (4C)

Mrs Kat Norris (4N)

Mr Jonathan Kitchener (4C)

Mrs Jackie Larcombe

Mrs Tanya Byford

Curriculum information
Curriculum Jigsaw (whole year overview)   Useful resources or information
Autumn term curriculum
overview (Autumn 2016)

Spring term curriculum overview (Spring 2017) 

Summer term curriculum overview (Summer 2017)


Gunpowder Mills Trips - Summer Term -

Year 4's trip to the Royal Gunpowder Mills was a great success!  Everyone (including the adults) got into character, the children being evacuees and the adults in a range of WW2 dress, including gas masks and even a true to the time lunch of Spam or cheese sandwiches!

Throughout the day, the children experienced what it would have been like to march as a unit, spot the silhouettes of planes, get billeted as evacuees, experience the amount for weekly rations each family would get, see what toys were like, experience a real life recording of an air raid and even spot a Nazi spy!

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and as always, wanted to say thank you for all the help they had to ensure the day was as smooth and enjoyable as it was!

Year 4 Outdoor Learning Day - World War 2 Experiences

Great fun was had when Year 4 experienced "Escape from Mahtot".  The children experienced problem solving, team building and trust exercises to ensure that their team all escaped from the wicked Prison Guards.

They also experienced "Make Do and Mend" activities such as making skittles, newspaper boats, paper seed pots and willow hoopla, as well as playing a variety of games that the children of the time would have to entertain themselves with.

The whole of year 4 would like to thank the parent helpers on the day, without whom we could not have put on the day.


French Café

Thank you to all who were able to attend our French Café.  The children had great fun practising their language skills and sharing their work.


Happiness Workshops

This term, some of the children in Year 4 are taking part in 'Happiness Workshops'.  The sessions form part of our on going social and emotional well-being and Lifeskills work and, if the trial is successful, we hope that this will become a regular part of the Year 4 curriculum. 

Spring 2017

What a busy term it has been so far!  We have been 'getting stuck in' to our learning and showing responsibility in our preparations for our Lower Junior Production. 

As our theme this term is France, on 28th February, Year 4 enjoyed making crepes, for our very own Pancake Day. The week before we had undertaken some very serious tasting of shop pancakes VS home-made pancakes and tried different fillings both savoury and sweet. Nearly everyone tried something new or a different combination of fillings for their pancakes. On Crepe Tuesday, everyone then made batter mix, cooked their own pancakes and added their chosen ingredients. It was great fun and everyone enjoyed their crepes.

 Doing something Booky

We had great fun for our Roald Dahl themed Book Day. The costumes were great! Everyone created their own book characters and created their own Willy Wonka style sweet machine, creating a diagram to show how it worked and what the sweet looked like. A great fun day had by all!


Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits – rehearsals are going well. Everyone is working hard, practising their lines, song words and thinking about their stage directions. It is a really fun play, not long left now till show day!


4C are cooking this week.  We hope you enjoy the tasty offerings they bring home.  Any pictures would be gratefully received.

Times tables practice continues - this week please focus on the 3 and 6 times tables, especially the corresponding division facts.  The website link below will take you to some fun games which may help. 

We have been really impressed with how the children are getting 'stuck in' in order to meet their targets.  Thank you for you support.


Maldon Visit - Beware of the Vikings!

On Wednesday 5th October, Year 4 visited Maldon Prom and took a stroll along the sea wall to Northey Island.  On the causeway, we were halted by some fierce Vikings, who blocked the way to the island.  Luckily, the Vikings turned out to be friendly and were able to give us lots of information about The Battle of Maldon and life during Viking times.  Following a walk on Northey Island, we charged like Vikings down to the causeway and then walked sensibly back to the Prom.  In the afternoon, we sketched the statue of Brythnoth, withstanding the rather gusty wind, and watched in awe as the tide came in and covered the causeway (thank goodness we were back on dry land)!  Also, we followed a tree trail and identified some of the trees in the park.  Despite the wind, it was a fantastic day.  Thank you to all the parents who helped to make this a wonderful day for Year 4 to remember .


Abbeygate Concert Band

Year 4 had a great time listening to the Abbeygate Band on Wednesday 28th September. They soon got us tapping our feet and bouncing along to lots of great tunes. A lovely afternoon had by all.