Year 4

Meet the Year 4 Team

Mr Taylor Mr Cox

Miss Ward

Miss Pitfield

Mrs Clode Mrs Dernley

What we will be learning…

Writing ... poetry, recounts and stories from other cultures
We will be writing to entertain and inform this term. We will explore different types of poems, before using the novel ‘Rickshaw Girl’ to help develop our writing skills and knowledge of another culture – Bangladesh.
We will be writing at length in paragraphs and trying to develop the varitey of punctuation and sentence structures that we use.

Top tip – Always read back over your work to check for spellings and punctuation. Could you use a more descriptive or adventurous word? Give it to a partner to read; what do they think?

English ...writing adventure stories
We will be looking at what makes creative writing great, so that the children can write their own adventure narrative stories. We’ll explore the ’tricks of the trade’, like using your own experiences, showing rather than telling and tips from Roald Dahl about creating interesting characters . We will read a classic adventure novel

Learning Top Tip Mr Cox says: “Use all the tools that you have learnt so far this year to make the reader engage with your writing”.

Maths...using and applying

This half term we have started off by looking at division; we will then move on to shape work on symmetry and translation, as well as coordinates. Other topics we will cover will include bar charts and line graphs as well as ‘real life’ problems involving the 4 operations. Children will bring home with them the same times table each week until they are confident and have achieved bronze, silver and gold stars in weekly tests. Children should be using the strategies practicsed in clas to learn them.

Learning Top Tip – Mrs Dearnley says: “Keep learning your times tables – they are incredibly important to your maths learning.”

GRAMMAR – the curriculum expectations, which children will be exploring include: the possessive apostrophe; expanded noun phrases; adverbial phrases and the verb ‘to be’ in both present and past tense.

Learning Top Tip – Mr Taylor says – “Use a grammar dictionary to help you be independent as a learner.”
Science – our topic is Living Things and their habitats. We will look at grouping and classifying animals and the way the adapt to their environment.

Art – we will be using looms to weave colorful seascapes to link to our history topic ‘Smugglers’.

History / Geography Children will be creating a scrap book of the local area, looking at the use of the coast over time and the impact of human behavior in the past, specifically smuggling.

PE – outdoor PE on Wednesday please ensure shoes still fit , and swimming on Friday mornings.

French – the children will practice speaking simple sentences in French.

Jigsaw (PSHCE) – ‘Relationships’ is our topic this term. The children will look at the features of healthy relationships, and dealing with the loss of a pet. We will also be looking at ‘resilience’as part of 'The Edge’ in prapartion for Harrow House.


Year 4 have been using Twitter to tell the world what they have been up to. Click on the link below to see their Tweets:

Latest Year 4  Newsletter

To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 4 learning letter.


All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday. Each week the children are expected to complete the English and maths learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book.

Spellings are set on a Friday and are linked to the spelling pattern we have been focussing on throughout the week in our Read, Write, Inc sessions. Spellings are assessed through teacher marking in your child’s writing.

Times tables learning – children have the opportunity every week to achieve a bronze, silver or gold star in their target times tables. Times tables practise is included in your child’s home learning every week and they are encouraged to practise them regularly. Times tables knowledge is a crucial key skill that underpins many aspects of maths and makes a huge difference to a child’s mathematical learning.

General information

Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE.

Outdoor P.E is currently on a Wednesday afternoon and indoor P.E is on a Wednesday.

Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.

Remember that your child will need to bring a piece of fruit to school if they wish to have it at break time as fruit is not supplied in Key Stage 2. (Please no fruit or snack bars)
Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months. 


The BBC bitesize website has teaching, activities and quizzes that will support you in your learning: 

BBC Bitesize

The Top Marks website has fun spelling and grammar activities.

Top Marks Website

Woodlands Junior School has many useful links to different subjects to support you in your learning:

Woodlands Resources

Click on the link below to view the Punctuation and Grammar Glossary

Punctuation and grammar glossary

If you have a grammar question or want to look for an example - check this fantastic website out:

These short video clips clearly shows you how to pronounce the sounds your child has been learning in school.

Articulation of Phonemes

Sounds of the English Phonic Code




St Andrew's Road


Headteacher: Mrs. D. Brown (BED Hons NPQH)
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710