Year 4

Teaching Team – Mr M. Ownsworth, Mrs G. Saxelby
Mrs B. Duffy, Mrs H Pollitt

Welcome to our Year 4 web page – we hope you find all the information you require here.

If you were unable to attend the recent ‘ Meet the Teacher Evening’, most of the information can be found in the ‘ Year 4 Parent Handbook’. Your child will have received this as a paper copy in their clear plastic wallets on their first day in Year 4. An electronic copy is also available at the bottom of this page.

We also showed parents this web page and explained that it is usually updated by midday every Tuesday.

Weekly activities to support your child’s learning:

  • Daily reading. Daily reading is invaluable to your child’s education. Please discuss the text with your child, ask questions and sign the home school diary every day, indicating any pages you have read. The book bag must come into school each day.
  • New spellings will go into the home school diaries on Tuesdays to be tested the following Tuesday. Please try and learn a few words with your child each night.
  • Additionally, please try and learn a few words each week from the Year 3/4 word list found at the bottom of this web page.
  • A requirement by the end of Year 4, is for each child to know their times tables up to 12 x 12. Please try to work on a few facts each night.

On- Going Homework:  

We are really keen for the children to become fluent at their times tables and this means regular practice at home and at school. Therefore, we have put some links to multiplication games onto our school website on the Year 4 page, which we would like the children to play in order to increase their fluency. 

By the end of Year 4, national expectations are that children know all their times tables up to 12 x 12 and can spell the 100 words from the Lower Junior List. Additionally, any work on telling the time would be helpful, as well as Maths in context such as measuring.

Spelling: We have been assessing your child’s spelling this week. Your child will be receiving their personalised weekly spelling words ( they will be glued into your child’s purple ‘Home- School Diary’). Please use the colourful ideas sheet from your child’s reading packet to help your child learn their personalised spellings in a fun way. They will be tested on the words a week later on a Tuesday.

English: We will be focusing on correct letter formation and orientation in handwriting.  We shall be learning about Aesop who wrote Fables. We shall complete a comprehension activity about the life of Aesop and perform a poetry version of ‘ The Hare and the Tortoise’. We shall learn more about the declaration speeches held before the start of the Ancient Greek Olympic Games and write our own declaration speeches.

A comprehension skills tasks about ‘Paris’ will be sent home on Friday 5th October to be returned by Wednesday 10th October.

Maths:  Maths will mostly be taught in sets for our number work. Shape, Measure and Data will be taught in classes. Work will be differentiated to meet the needs of your child. We will start a new topic of work about addition and subtraction. We shall hold a mini Olympic games on Thursday 4th October where we shall be measuring our jumps.

‘My Maths’ homework will be given out on Friday 28th September, to be completed by Wednesday 3rd October.

Science: We continue with our unit of work on ‘Living things and their environment’. We shall be rehearsing classification skills making decision tree diagrams.

Geography: As part of our History topic, we shall be learning more about the physical features of Greece and the position of Greece in relation to other European countries. We shall be learning to name and locate the countries of Europe through games.

History:  Children will continue to learn about Greek Fables. We shall be holding a mini Olympic Games on Thursday 4th October where we shall give our declaration speeches. We shall test our jumping skills and the winner will wear a pretend laurel wreath! We shall also be developing our understanding of time lines.

Music: The children will be loaned a recorder for the school year, which must remain in school. Mrs Saxelby will teach the children how to play the recorder and how to read music. We have some new jazzy musical backing tracks to help make our first few notes sound really good!

P.E: Indoor PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoons. Outdoor PE will take place on Thursday afternoons. The outdoor theme is ‘Invasion Games’, which will be linked to Netball Skills.

Swimming will continue on Mondays for Mrs Saxelby’s class for eight sessions in total. Sessions for Mrs Saxelby’s class will finish on Monday 12th November. No sessions on October 22nd and October 29th, as the children are on half term holiday).

Please provide your child with swimming costume / trunks, towel, coat and a swimming hat, if they have long hair. If you can help to escort pupils to the baths, please let Mrs Saxelby know.

Mr Ownsworth’s class will commence their swimming lessons on Monday 19th November.

Homework:  A reminder that Science homework about leaf identification ( out on Friday 21st September) is to be returned by Wednesday 10th October. We have allocated more time for this homework, as it involves outdoor learning and families may need to wait for good weather.

Also, there are Greek activities to choose ( these came out on 14th September), to be returned after half term.

French: We continue to learn about Paris. A comprehension task related to this will be sent for homework on Friday 5th October. Please support your child with this challenging text and discuss the content.

Computing: We will making our own branching diagrams to aid our understanding or scientific classification keys.

We are always happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Curriculum Links & Documents
School newsletters will be added when available Year 4 Termly Curriculum Overview
PSHE Overview – Year 4
Year Group Expectations – Year 4
Years 3-4 Word List
Year 4 Parent Handbook


Useful External Links & Resources

My Maths - This Week's Homework

My Maths – This Week’s Homework

Number Twins

Number Twins Game

Splat Square

Splat Square – Multiplication Pattern

Double and Halve

Doubling and Halving

Power Lines

Power Lines – Maths

First News

First News – Young People’s Newspaper

Hit the Button - Mental Maths

Hit the Button – Mental Maths

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