Year 4

Meet the Year 4 Team

Mr Taylor Mr Cox

Miss Ward

Miss Pitfield

Mrs Clode Mrs Dernley

What we will be learning…

Reading...information texts and historical stories
This term we will be reading the book ‘Down with the Romans’ to help us with our learning. This book is all about the Roman conquest in Britain and the implications for the Iceini Queen Boudicca and her children.

Children have a Guided Reading session once a week with their class teacher, followed by 4 reading activities. Children are expected to read with an adult at home at least 4 times a week and record it in their Reading Records. This earns them Charter Points. Reading Records need to be in school daily and will be checked by one of the Year 4 team. Thank you for your support! We will run a parent workshop about Supporting Reading’ at the end of September which we hope you can make.

Learning Top Tip - If you don’t know the meaning of a new word, try looking at the whole sentence to help you find clues to work it out. – Ewan

Writing...stories set in a historical setting
We are going to be diving straight into our topic ‘Worlds Collide’. We will be looking at WRITING TO INFORM about factual details of the period and WRITING TO ENTERTAIN by creating their own Romans and Celts story. They will learn how to write descriptively, increasing their vocabulary and using a variety of punctuation.

Learning Top Tip – Use the first 3 letters of a word to look it up in a dictionary -Olive

Maths...using and applying
We will start with telling the time number and place value up to four digit numbers, to warm up the children’s brains. Following this we will move on to addition and subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.
Learning Top Tip – Practising your timetables in a different order helps you be secure you know them -(Mr Cox)

Spelling...words with suffixes
The children will follow the ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ programme. The will also have 20 core Year 3 and 4 words to learn to support their progress in this area.
Learning Top Tip – Break words down into smaller chunks and say them out load when you are trying to spell them – (Mr Taylor)
Science – we will explore ‘Sound’ including how it is made, pitch and volume, how it travels and sound proofing.

Art – we will start by thinking about the use of colour and move on to making Roman style mosaics using collage.

DT – from our history learning we will make Roman shields and armour.

Geography – we will start off our ‘Worlds Collide’ topic by looking at the landscape of Italy - the home of the Romans.

History – to start our topic we will be investigating how and why the Romans invaded Britain.

French – will will look at the geography of France and it’s weather

PE – we will be doing PE on Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor). It is crucial for your child’s health & wellbeing that they participate in all PE activities. The outdoor PE is golf and will lead to a chance to play in a competition later in the Spring Term. Please ensure they have their PE kit in school. Thank you.

Jigsaw – each class will write their Class Charters


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