Year 4

Mr Taylor

Mr Taylor

Mrs Clode

Mrs Clode

Mr Cox

Mr Cox

Mrs Essex

Mrs Essex

Mrs Thorner

Mrs Thorner

What we will be learning…

Writing…discussing and persuading

This Half Term we will look and presenting opinions in a balanced way through debating an issue. Using language persuasively to convince people to support a point of view will also be explored.

Top tip – “Check that your ascenders and descenders sit correctly above and below the line.”- Mr Cox.

Reading –newspaper reports and letters to the editor

Encouraging children to look at appropriate articles in newspapers, or the editor’s letters page will help them develop a better understanding of how reading can help shape their view of the world.It will also show a different type of written text to novels or information texts.You could read these and discuss them with your child instead of some of the sessions where you read their school book with them. Make a note in the reading records!

Top tip “ After you read a paragraph tell the person who is hearing you read what it was about.” –Mrs Thorner.

Learning Top Tip Maths…using and applying

This half term we have started off with finding fractions of an amount. In the coming weeks we will cover the topics of equivalent fractions, multiplication, division, shape and measure. Times tables learning is part of the homework every week. Keep up the TT Rock Stars.

Mr C and Mr T want to see as many children in the green on TT Rockstars as possible!

GRAMMAR and Spellings – curriculum expectations, which children need to know and be able to apply in their writing and reading:

Y3: prepositions, conjunction, word family, prefix, clause, subordinate clause, direct speech, consonant letter vowel, inverted commas (or ‘speech marks’) 

Y4: determiner, pronoun, possessive, adverbials.

As usual, we expect children to learn this half term’s spellings every week for homework.   

Learning Top Tip – “Learn favourite sentences from your reading book and then ‘magpie’ them into your own work.” Mr. Taylor

Science – The children have been  learning to work scientifically. Our topic this half term will be ‘States of Matter’ where the children will investigate solids, liquids and gases and the processes of evaporating and condensing. They will also consider reversible and irreversible change.

Art – we will be looking at the use of colour in alpana patterns and printing techniques on different material.

PE – we will still be doing PE on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kit must be in school on both these days. We will be doing gym and fitness work indoors and our outdoor PE will be developing our hockey skills.

Jigsaw (PSHCE) – ‘Healthy Me’ is our topic this term. The children will look at issues linked to healthy living, emotional wellbeing and friendships. They will also look at British Values and what these are in 21st century Britain.

French – we will be learning basic vocabulary and the present tense of common verbs

Topic– Our topic work is based on life, work and the environment in Bangladesh alongside the book ‘The Rickshaw Girl’. Our class book is ‘Why the whales came’ by Michael Morpurgo.

Learning Letter

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 here.


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. 

Please click on the useful links below for extra information about Year 4:

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