Year 4 - Swift Class

Welcome to Swift Class
There are 29 children in the class. Mr Beavan is the class teacher. Mrs Miller, Mrs Littlefair and Mrs Hannah will be supporting us in the delivery of the curriculum. Other adults may be in class to aid specific children.

The Class Timetable and Curriculum Overview will follow shortly.

Some children have said they would like to make the pizza and italian hot chocolate we made in class over the holidays, here are the recipes we followed:


You will need:

Weighing scales

Measuring jug

Clean hands and a clean kitchen surface

Pizza tray/stone

An oven heated to gas mark 8

An adult with oven gloves to help you take the pizza in and out of the oven


Ingredients for one pizza:

160g of white flour

Half a teaspoon of yeast

Half a teaspoon of sugar

100ml of tepid water

Tomato ketchup or tomato puree


Mozzarella cheese


Mix the sugar and yeast into the tepid water and leave for a few minutes. Make a well into the flour and slowly pour some of the yeast mixture into the well. Gradually stir in the flour, you will be making a mixture of porridge like consistency. Keep on adding the yeast mixture until all of the flour has been mixed in. Place the dough onto the floured surface and knead for ten minutes or so until the dough is smooth and elastic. If the dough feels dry, add a small amount of water – if the dough feels too wet then add a small amount of flour.  Leave to prove, it should expand slightly, you may want to cover it in cling film.

Roll the dough out so it’s fairly thin, but not so thin it will fall apart when you pick it up! Place a small amount of ketchup/puree on the base you have made and spread it evenly. Add cheese and topping of your choice. Ask an adult to slide onto a pizza tray/stone and cook for about 10 minutes until the cheese is golden brown.


Italian Hot Chocolate - cioccolata calda

Remember to mix the powder mixture slowly into a paste - just like we did with the yeast mix with the pizza. Again, remember to ask an adult as you are dealing with hot liquid. You may need to add a little cold milk before you drink it to cool it down.  Good cooks tidy up as they go along!


Dose for 1 cup of hot chocolate:

  •          2 tsp of cocoa powder
  •          2 tsp of sugar
  •          1 tsp of potato starch (or corn starch)
  •          125ml (1/2 cup) of milk
  •          Marshmallows (optional)
Spring Term

This term, ‘Innovation Nation’ is the title for Swift Class’ Topic. We will be learning about inspiring innovators and inventors. As well as looking at their many achievements, we will be considering how they dealt with pitfalls and difficulties. We will be able to reflect on their resilience and (hopefully!) use some of their behaviours in our own work. This will tie in with work in PSHE, where we will be learning about how we can develop a growth mindset.

In Design and Technology, we will be investigating the design process; this will include looking at problems in everyday items and developing a plan to create an improved product. We will then evaluate how successful this is. We will be using our knowledge of electrical circuits in developing our designs.  

As part of our science lessons, we will be following some BBC science investigations into living processes – this will help to develop our scientific skills, especially measuring accurately.  

For part of the term, our English lessons will be concentrating on non-fiction writing. We will focus on biographical writing and look at how paragraphs are used effectively to organise ideas. We will also look at fiction writing, this will give us opportunity to see how writers create setting and use dialogue in their work.

We will continue to focus on mathematical reasoning skills and mental arithmetic. We will be gaining an understanding of area and perimeter by constructing and measuring our own shapes and using the appropriate technical vocabulary.

Autumn Term
For the first few weeks of term, we are concentrating on learning from one of the world's best loved children's authors, Roald Dahl. 'Danny Champion of the World' is the particular book we have chosen to read in class to help us appreciate how engaging his writing is. 
After visits from a puppet show, a theatre company and a story bus, we will be focusing on the arrival of the Vikings and their impact on the inhabitants of England.
We are improving our speaking and listening through creating our own news podcast called: Steeple Morden Primary News. You can find this on most well known podcast apps, such as Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. 
In our maths we are focusing on applying our reasoning skills, which we can use to explain how we know an answer is correct or incorrect. We will be encouraging the correct use of mathematical vocabulary, with words such as: approximate, a rounded number, estimate, count on, column addition, increase and more than.

In English this term we are going to be looking at how authors develop character in their writing. We will be looking at the details that are included about a character’s appearance, their actions and what they say. This will involve some close reading of text. We are going to study some poetry written in war time, which will tie in with the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Leading up to Christmas we will be revisiting instruction writing and rehearsing for the KS2 Christmas Service.

We have discussed a book in class, ‘The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes’, which tells the story of someone who is used to everything going their way until one day, things do not go as planned. The children have reflected on the character’s actions and offered thoughtful insights into how individuals can respond when mistakes or errors occur.

In Science, we are working work on investigating how we classify solids and liquids and gasses though practical investigations.

We enjoyed our visit to the Chiltern Open Air Museum at Chalfont St Peters in Buckinghamshire. During our visit, the children all experienced some of the investigative and practical skills that archaeologists use when they are exploring a site. Our other workshops covered what life was life in Anglo Saxon Britain. The ‘hands on’ aspect of this visit was invaluable.