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Year 4

Teacher : Mrs Thompson

TA:  Mrs Waller

News from Year 4


Welcome to Year 4! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer. I am really looking forward to this term with fabulous year 4. We have some interesting topics of learning that will be covered this term. Here is a brief overview:


Our first English focus will be a non-fiction book called Wanted. Later in the half term we will be doing poetry, focusing on creating images through writing. For the second half of the term we will be looking at a fictional book called Christophe’s Story, a story about a young refugee.


The first half term will be focused on developing both mental and written strategies for identifying and representing place value. We will be using a range of techniques such as partitioning to help solve a variety of equations.


Our first Science topics are based on ‘Living things and their habitats’ and ‘Food chains’

Other subjects

In Topic our focus for this term is London and the river Thames. We will be learning about the river Thames and its’ significance to the city of London, as well as similar rivers around the world. We will spend the second half of the term focusing on what it is like to live in London, and what makes it such a great place to live. We will be using water colour painting to create river landscapes and spend time designing and making our own London Bridges.


Children will do PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays ( Game on Tuesdays and  Gym on Wednesdays). It is important that children have the right equipment.


Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and will consist of spellings, reading, and various other learning areas. A reading log book will also come home each night and need to be signed 3 times a week. Homework is to be handed in on Monday and children will also have a spelling test on this day.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning this term please do not hesitate to get in touch, or pop in for a chat.

Thank you, I look forward to meeting you all.

Mrs Thompson

In Year 4 we learn to:







  • Give a personal point of view on a text.
  • Re-explain a text with confidence.
  • Justify inferences with evidence, predicting what might happen from details stated or implied.
  • Use appropriate voices for characters within a story.
  • Recognise apostrophe of possession (plural)
  • Identify how sentence type can be changed by altering word order, tenses, adding/deleting words or amending punctuation.
  • Explain why a writer has used different sentence types or a particular word order and the effect it has created.
  • Skim & scan to locate information and/or answer a question.

Our reading scheme is Bug club from Pearson






  • Vary sentence structure, using different openers.
  • Use adjectival phrases (e.g. biting cold wind).
  • Use appropriate choice of noun or pronoun.
  • Use fronted adverbials.
  • Use a comma after fronted adverbial (e.g. Later that day, I heard bad news.).
  • Use apostrophe for plural possession.
  • Use commas to mark clauses.
  • Use inverted commas and other punctuation to punctuate direct speech.
  • Use paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme.
  • Use connecting adverbs to link paragraphs.
  • Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency.




  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.
  • Compare and order numbers beyond 1,000.
  • Compare and order numbers with up to 2 decimal places.
  • Read Roman numerals to 100.
  • Find 1,000 more/less than a given number.
  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000.
  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts all tables to 12 x12.
  • Recognise place value of any 4-digit number.
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000.
  • Round decimals with 1decimal place to nearest whole number.
  • Add and subtract numbers with up to 4-digits, using written column method.
  • Multiply:

o   2-digit by 1-digit

o   3-digit by 1-digit

  • Count up/down in hundredths.
  • Recognise and write equivalent fractions
  • Add and subtract fractions with same denominator.
  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks.




PE                          Children will need both indoor and outdoor kit in school at all times as PE may vary throughout the year



    MUSIC                        Autumn & Spring I – Ukulele


 HOMEWORK                 One piece of homework will be given to the children to recap on the week’s work or to prepare them for the week  ahead.   Homework will be sent out on a Thursday and is expected to be handed in on the following Monday.In addition to this, children are expected to learn and practice their times tables as often as possible


SPELLINGS                    Spellings will be taught within the weekly timetable. At times spelling homework will be sent home. This could be in the form of a list of words to learn for a test, a list of words to find the meaning of or other relevant activities.