An Introduction to Fashion

Welcome back Year 4! We’ve had quite an exciting start to our new term and topic this week. We started our week with… a fashion show! This event...


Welcome back Year 4! We’ve had quite an exciting start to our new term and topic this week.

We started our week with… a fashion show! This event launched our new topic for this term and all of the teachers and learning coaches in year 3 and 4 dressed up as a different era in fashion history. They walked the catwalk, before being put in timeline order by the children. The time periods that gave an appearance were: Viking, Tudor, Victorian, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and present day.

This paved the way for our discussions about how fashion has changed, and in some ways stayed the same or come back, through the ages and brought us to the fast fashion of the now, which we learned about in our English lessons.

We watched extracts of the documentary Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets and learned how to take notes to inform planning for a lengthier piece of writing. The key ideas for taking notes are:

  • Don’t write in full sentences
  • Only write down important information, less detail
  • Write quickly but legibly
  • Join handwriting – did you know cursive was invented because it’s quicker than printing?

Our topic is feeding into our art lessons this term as well as we look at key skills needed in the fashion industry, such as design; pinning; sewing and cutting. We started this week by looking at paintings and drawing portraits of important historical figures.

In maths, we learned what perimeter is and how to calculate it. The perimeter is the distance around the edge of a 2D shape. It is always calculated by adding up the length of each of the sides.

What is the perimeter? - Learning Street

The perimeter of this shape can be calculated like this: 8 + 4 + 8 + 4 = 24cm.

Maths Worksheets Week 1

To start off our living things science topic this term, we revised nutrition and a balanced diet – an area previously covered during home learning. We recapped the language of the food groups (carbohydrates, dairy, protein, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats) and tried our hand at sorting everyday foods from home into those groups, before planning a healthy meal.

Next week:

  • Writing Journal: The stimulus images for the week will be bicycles. Our grammar focus will be spelling, specifically…
  • English: Exploring elements of the documentary Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets and writing our learning out in a non-chronological report.
  • Maths: Area and perimeter
  • Handwriting & Spelling: Our spelling words are: occasion, occasionally, often, opposite, ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular.
  • Science: Following our lesson on nutrition, we’ll be looking at the diets and different types of omnivores, carnivores and herbivores.
  • Topic: Starting to order a timeline of fashion in British history and looking at lifestyle differences from those eras.


Bikeability Level 1 training will be delivered by Outspoken Cycles on Wednesday 21st April 2021 for year 4. Please ensure your child brings their own bicycle and helmet to school on that day if they have signed up for this course. The bicycles can be locked up in the bicycle rack as usual but please ensure your child then has access and knows how to unlock their bike.

Year 4 Book Club (an email will be sent out about this with the link to join):

  • What: Year 4 Book Club during Spring 2 starting on Friday 23rd April. There will be a different theme every week. The Book Club will take place on Friday 23.04, 7.05, 14.05, 21.05.
  • Who: Miss Natale, maybe joined by some other surprise readers.
  • When: Fridays from 4.30-5.15PM.
  • Where: Zoom online platform.

Residential Trip: all children have received a letter with your family’s contact details. Please check the information for accuracy and there is a box to add any information that we need to know. Please return to the school office even if none of your details have changed by Friday 23rd of April. We will send further information about the trip in due course. Key information for Year 4:

  • Amazon: PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Nile: PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. 
  • Thames: PE on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Children must bring in a PE kit for PE lessons. One session is outside so it is important they have appropriate clothing.
  • Children in KS2 may bring in a healthy snack that contains no nuts.