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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!


Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.


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Summer 1

Summer 1 is an incredibly short term but in Year 4 we will be making sure it is also incredibly packed full of exciting opportunities to learn. In English this half term, we will be delving into the Amazon Rainforest and writing endings to stories and letters home based on the novel The Explorer. In maths we take the opportunity to convert with time, including seconds, minutes, hours, months and years. We will also be looking at reading and interpreting data. This is also the run up to the new Times Table Check for Year 4 pupils so an emphasis on times tables will be crucial this half term.

During Exploration, our topic this term is South America so children will be discovering the continent and its countries in detail, as well as the amazing features it holds, including the Amazon river and rainforest, the Atacama desert and the Andes mountain terrain. Our science takes us on a journey to create circuits and recognise materials that make good conductors or insulators and in Computing we will be looking at presenting and manipulating programmes and information.


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 You may present your project in any way you wish, for example, a PowerPoint, a piece of writing, fact sheet, piece of art/photographs etc. 


Summer 1 project: For our Topicon South America, we would like the children to choose one South American country to study and present information about. This could be as inventive and/or informative as you like, you could demonstrate a National dance or learn part o the language, create images or a fact is up to you. 

The countries you may choose are:







French Guiana







Project Deadline: Monday 3rd June 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?'