Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 4

Teacher : Mrs Taplin

TA:  Ms Payne

Welcome to Year 4!

I am so excited to be teaching you all this year and I look forward to seeing all the fantastic learning and brilliant pieces of work that you will be producing over the next few weeks. Below is a brief overview of what you will be learning this Autumn term.


English – Lessons from ‘Herts for Learning Back on Track’ covering a range of skills

Maths – Place value, mental addition and subtraction strategies, multiplication and division facts, problem solving, measure, data and perimeter (following Essentials by Herts for Learning plans)

Topic – The Americas (North and South America), Our Local History – Why is local history important?

Art/D&T – Using different media to create dramatic landscapes, designing and making juggling balls

Science – Living Things and their Habitats – Grouping living things, Food Chains

PSHE – Belonging to a community, Respecting ourselves and others, Safe relationships

RE – Christianity and Hinduism

Music – Pop – Mama Mia, British Composer – Benjamin Britten

PE – Dance, Tennis, OAA

Computing – Coding, e-safety, computing skills


PE kits
For this term, Year 4 will be having PE lessons every Monday and Friday afternoon, so please ensure that they have their named PE kit at school at all times and that it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor PE.


Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and will consist of spellings, Maths and English tasks which will help to consolidate the children’s learning. The homework will then need to be handed back in on the Monday.


Changes to Reading in Year Four
In Year Four, the children will read with an adult during Guided Reading sessions only, where the teacher will listen to them read within a small group. In addition to this, your child will still get school books to take home each week to read with an adult or older sibling at home. The expectation is that you read with them three (or more) times a week at home and record it with a signature in the reading record. These books will then be swapped each week on a designated day. We will continue to monitor book levels and move them on when we feel they need to be challenged further.

Your child will also be taking home a library book which they may swap in the Key Stage 2 library at any point during the week as soon as they have finished it or wish to change it.


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Mrs Taplin


Year 4 Autumn Timetable 2021

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.