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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!


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Autumn 2

During The second half term, Year 4 will be learning about World War 1. During the topic we will look at the causes, the countries and the outcomes of the Great War. Children will also have writing opportunities linked to the subject, looking at Flanders Field Poem, as well as Michael Morpurgo's Poppy Field. In Maths we will begin to work on multiplication of 3 digit numbers during written methods, as well as revising division and place value. We will continue to have Music weekly, either drums or clarinet and may we remind you that Clarinets need to be brought in to school every Friday


Half term Projects

Each half term, your child will be given an optional project to complete based on topics they have learnt or will be learning in class. These projects are to be handed in by the date given in BOLD.


Autumn 2 project: 

Your homework project this half term will be based around your World War 1 topic. Your teachers would like you to think about 'Life in the Trenches' as your theme. Your options for your homework include:

- Creating a trench and finding out about the different elements. This could be a model made from paper, card, felt, a drawing etc. 

- Write a letter from the Point of View of a Soldier in the trenches, writing home to tell his loved ones about the war and living in the trenches. 

- Watch the Sainsbury's advert to recognise 100 years since the war began and think about how it would have felt during Christmastime at War. 

- Visit the Staffordshire Regiment Museum and absorb the history of the time. 


We hope you enjoy finding out about this topic. This year marks 101 years since the end of World War 1 and coincides with Remembrance Day. 


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Project Deadline: Monday 11th November 2019



Year 4 Overview 


Autumn 1: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Autumn 2: Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

Spring 1: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Spring 2: Beowulf 

Summer 1: The Explorer 

Summer 2: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


During each half term children will have the opportunity to write around their texts, using a range of grammatical features and text types. There will also be a poetry topic covering Flanders Fields and related poetry, during the Spring term.

Useful websites to use from home: - online reading provides activities related to the story being read - popular children's story read by performers free online, provided with hand on activity guides - provides a variety of online interactive games to help children deepen their understanding in certain areas of learning - tablet friendly games available - a wide variety of SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) games for children to explore - covers a wide variety of topics that children and adults can explore with educational videos to support understanding 


Autumn1: addition and subtraction with four digit numbers, multiplying 2 and 3-digit numbers by 2 digits. 

Autumn 2: Fractions and decimals, including money

Spring 1: Multiplication facts, negative numbers and Roman numerals

Spring 2: Measures including translation and angles

Summer 1: Time and statistics 

Summer 2: Targetted key areas for revision


Children also have short arithmetic and time tables sessions during the week to practice their skills. This can also be completed at home on Times Tables Rockstars.

Times Table 12x12 grid

Useful websites to use from home: - Help with your child's time tables ( your child would have received their login and password)  - a range of top tips, eBooks and activities to help your child with their maths  - wide variety of topics covered with interactive games and revision lessons  - interactive tablet friendly maths games  - toolkit designed for parents and adults with a wealth of advice and tips for teaching Numeracy 


Autumn 1: The Romans in Britain

Autumn 2: World War 1

Spring 1:Japan

Spring 2: Anglo Saxons

Summer 1: South America

Summer 2: Mountains and Rivers


Big Question Autumn 1

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

Harvest Festival


Big Question Autumn 2

What is the Trinity?

Hanukkah Festival studied


Big Question Spring 1

What is it like for Christians to follow God?


Big Question Spring 2

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died 'Good Friday?'