Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 4

Teacher : Mrs Taplin

TA:  Mrs Waller and Miss Woods

Welcome to the Summer term! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are feeling refreshed and ready for your final term in Year 4.


So much learning went on in the three weeks we were back at school before the Easter holidays and I was so impressed with how quickly you adapted to being back in the classroom after such a long time of home learning.


Below you will find information on what we will be looking at in lessons over the Summer term.

English – Lessons covering a range of skills that will be themed around a focused book each time, starting with ‘The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish’
Maths – Fractions, Problem Solving (involving fractions, decimals, measure, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction), Time – Read, write, calculate and convert time, Geometry - Coordinates in the First Quadrant, Translations and Position and Direction (following Essentials by Herts for Learning plans)
Topic – The Romans – The Roman invasion of Britain, Rivers and the Water Cycle
Art/D&T – Creating Roman paper models, mosaics and a Roman shield, river paintings by famous artists
Science – Teeth, States of Matter, Sound
PSHE – Money and Work, Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing, Growing and Changing, Keeping Safe
RE – ‘Sacred texts and stories’, ‘Right and wrong, just and fair’
Music – Grime – Stop! Rap about bullying, Blackbird by The Beatles - a song about civil rights
PE – Basketball, Hockey, OAA and Athletics
Computing – Coding, e-safety, computing skills

PE kits
For this term, Year 4 will be having PE lessons every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning, 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 and the children will also be tested on their spellings that day.

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 Summer 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.