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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!  

Our Autumn 2 topic is…

Why are we proud of our pottery?



This half term, Year 4’s creative topic learning will focus on the Pottery Industry.

We will be studying things such as: a period of time with strong links to the pottery industry and trade, how the pottery industry affected the poor and wealthy people, we will look at local landmarks and their significance, and how to map a journey on a road map between the 6 towns of Stoke-on-Trent.


Our HOT topic questions are:

  • Where in the UK is the potteries located?
  • Which towns make up Stoke-on-Trent?
  • How do I use a road map to plan a journey between then 6 towns?
  • How have archaeologists help us uncover that Kilns were used in the Roman Times?
  • How was pottery transported during the Roman times?
  • Why were canals so important and who designed them?
  • How did the Pottery industry affect the rich and poor people?
  • Who were some of the most influential Pottery designers?


Key Vocabulary Table 

Clay                            a stiff, sticky fine-grained earth that can be moulded when wet, and is dried and baked to make bricks, pottery, and ceramics.


Kiln                                          a furnace or oven for burning, baking, or drying, especially one for calcining lime or firing pottery.


Jigger                          the name or device that turns a potter’s wheel and also the person who operates it. Today a jigger is also a type of metal stamp that shapes clay before it is turned.


Glaze                           a glass-like material used to coat pots. A glaze gives colour and also helps to make pottery waterproof.


Fired                             a description of pottery that has been baked in a kiln.


Smog fog or haze intensified by smoke or other atmospheric pollutants.


Industry                        economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories. 


Archaeologist                a person who studies human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artefacts and other physical remains.         





Our class novel is Charlotte’s Web, written by E. B. White.

An unusual story of friendship between Wilbur (a pig) and Charlotte (a spider) who met when

Wilbur was sent to live on a farm. When Wilbur is faced with the usual fate of nice fat little pigs,

Charlotte must find a way to save him.



To see the Weekly Timetable and Long Term Plan for Year 4 learning, please click the links below. 

To be uploaded soon…


If you are isolating due to Covid, please visit your Showbie page daily to find new work and get feedback. This is also where the homework will be posted.



We recommend that your child also regularly accesses the following learning platforms:



Link to Year 3/4 Statutory Spellings- Look, cover, say, write, check.



Click on the link to see a list of suggested reading books for Year 4 children.





Supporting well-being is super important right now. Here’s a great website to lots of free well-being activities…. https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/




Stay fit and healthy with some sporty challenges with ASM! –>  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw3adMR45pFcwVUrii4WGKw