Year 4

Mrs Locke
Class 9 Teacher
Mrs Stent
Class 9 Teacher
Miss Entwistle
Class 10 Teacher
Leader of Learning 

Welcome to Year 4!

Class 9 - Mrs Stent teaches in Class 9 from Monday - Wednesday and Mrs Locke teaches on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Class 10 - Miss Entwistle teaches in Class 10.

Mr Steyn and Mrs Millichip are the Teaching Assistants in Year 4.



We are starting off this term by continuing our unit on Recounts, this unit explores using sub-ordinating conjunctions and the use of emotive language. We will write our own emotive recounts linked to our History topic - Settlers and Invaders.

 We will then move on to our ‘Blitz the Basics’ unit, where we will spend time consolidating our knowledge and understanding of some of the key aspects of writing. For example, we will ensure that we are using capital letters and full stops correctly and consistently throughout our writing.  We will also look at use of apostrophes in contractions and for possession. We will then move on to recap some common spelling rules such as ‘-ed’ and ‘pp’ and homophones.

This will be followed by a non-fiction unit on Newspapers, where we will begin by exploring a range of newspaper articles and identifying their key features. During this unit, we will explore speech punctuation, including using a comma after a reporting clause. We will then write our own newspaper reports.

Grammar – As well as looking at grammar during our Writing lessons, we will continue our weekly stand-alone Grammar lessons. This term, we will be covering paragraphs, noun phrases, pronouns, and fronted adverbials. We will also continue to practise using different sentence structures within our writing (simple, compound and complex sentences).

The children will also complete a daily Grammar Skills sheet which focuses on all aspects of spelling, punctuation, and grammar, including dictation.

Guided Reading is taught weekly and the children will explore a range of non-fiction, fiction, play scripts and poetry texts. 


In maths, the children will follow the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This term the children will learn:

  • Multiplication and division
  • Area
  • Fractions
  • Decimals

Arithmetic is taught alternately each week and focuses on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as fractions.

The children will also complete a daily Maths Skills sheet which focuses on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as fractions.


We will be continuing our Science unit on Sound, where we will explore how sounds are made, associating them with something vibrating. We will also explore how sounds travel to the ear and investigate volume and pitch. Later in the term, we will explore Living Things and their Habitats. During this unit, children will build on prior learning to group living things in a variety of different ways. They will use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in our local and wider environment.

In Geography, we will be building on our prior knowledge of mountains and learning about Earthquakes and Volcanoes. During this unit, we will begin to understand more about the causes of natural disasters and their effects on the environment as well as explore the layers of the earth.

As part of our Art, children will look at the work of the artist George Seurat, and experiment with his technique of pointillism to create an image of a volcanic eruption.

As part of the whole school Geography and History day, ‘People and Places Day’, we will be learning about Mahatma Ghandi, leader of the Indian independence movement, whose philosophy of nonviolence inspired civil rights movements globally, including in the UK.


During Spring 1, we will be looking at Judaism Beliefs and Practices. We will be considering the question - How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

In Spring 2, we will be focusing on Christianity – Salvation, where we will consider the question - Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?



This term we are focusing on the unit ‘Feelings and Friendship’, we will be learning about how we grow and change. This will include managing our emotions, building happy and healthy relationships and during the second half of the term, we will learn about puberty and how our bodies change as we grow. 



PE is taught twice a week. This term in our indoor PE, we will be working from our REAL PE programme – Gymnastics.

In our outdoor PE, we will be doing the cognitive unit of Real PE, where we will develop and apply our dynamic balance on a line and ball skills through focussed skill development sessions.

We will also be going swimming at Goldenstones this term. Class 9 will be starting on Monday 29th January and Class 10 will be starting on Monday 4th March.

Please ensure your child wears the appropriate kit to school on PE days on:

Monday and Thursday (Class 9)

Wednesday and Thursday (Class 10)



We will be looking at the music of Abba this term, as we explore the Charanga Music unit – Mamma Mia. We will then complete a composer study of - ‘Carnival of the Animals’ by Camille Saint Saens.



This term in French, we will be learning how to count in multiples of 10, up to 100 as well as learning how to say the names of various foods in French. Towards the end of the term, we will focus on Easter.


Homework will be set and homework books will be sent home every FRIDAY and are due back in on the following WEDNESDAY please.

The children will be expected to complete the following:

1) Learn their set spellings each week, ready for the test on Thursday.

2) My Maths or Times Table Rockstars internet task (these will alternate).

3) One other piece of homework which will link to the week's learning (this could be Maths, English or Topic based). 

Children should also read several times each week and regularly practise their times tables.










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