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Year 4 Class 

Welcome to Year 4!

Class Teacher: Mr Spencer

Classroom support: Mrs Fenton & Mrs Carter


Dear parents and children of Year 4!

I do hope you have all had a wonderful summer break and are looking forward to getting back to school and making fantastic progress. Below you will find a brief overview of the curriculum focuses for the first half term as well as individual outlines of the foundation topics for this term.


At St. Mary’s, we have an open door policy so that we are as accessible as possible for any questions that you may have. However due to the circumstances that we find ourselves in at this time, it will not be possible to arrange personal meetings, whilst conversations “on the door” at the beginning and end of the day, should be avoided. If you have any questions, queries or worries, please do email me on the email that is attached below- I will be pleased to help and will attempt to reply to any queries you have as soon as possible. If you need any further support over the course of the term, please do let me know and I will be happy to help in any way I can.


I look forward to working with you and your children this year and cannot wait to see the outstanding progress that we are going to make as a class.


Yours sincerely,


Mr Spencer

Class Saint

Our Class Saint is Saint Jude and this day is celebrated on Friday 23rd October


The Story of Creation from Abraham to Joseph

In our RE lessons, children will be learning about The

Story of Creation from Abraham to Joseph. We will be exploring what it means to be made in the ‘image and likeness of God’. Additionally, we shall be thinking about how we can embody our creation in the image of God reflecting on how our own actions and behaviour can shape this.  


In English we shall be exploring the settings, characters and the plot used within ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ in order to generate ideas for our own work. Use of description and imaginative language will play a key part in our learning as we begin to craft our own pieces of extended writing based upon the narrative or context of the text through a variety of genres. Children will also learn a variety of grammar skills that can enhance their writing; recapping and extending previous learning.

Ongoing teaching and learning throughout this and throughout each  term will include: *Grammar    *Handwriting   *Spellings    *Reading and comprehension skills 



In Maths, we will be paying close attention to place value, particularly when rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

   The following skills will be practised throughout the term:

 recognising the place value of any 4-digit number

 round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 

 Add and subtract 10,100,1000 from any given number

 use known times table facts from 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s and 10s times tables

 Solve number and practical problems involving all of the above

Science Topic 

Class 4 will explore in Autumn 1 Electricity

The children will have the opportunity to learn about how electrical circuits work and will be able to conduct their own experiments to explore this in depth. This will involve thinking carefully about what impacts upon the way a circuit works and how the outcome can be changed. They will also learn about different appliances that use electricity and how to spot electrical hazards.


Our topic this term is “The Romans”, with a particular focus upon the Roman Empire within Britain. The children will be enhancing their historical and investigative skills through primary source and material source exploration. We shall be able to handle many Roman artefacts ranging from helmets and currency, to swords and sandals. In relation to our Topic for this half term, the children will also engage with the experiences of both Roman soldiers and “Britons” in order to write creatively in order to fully come to terms with what life was like in or under Roman occupation.



In addition to our historical work, we shall be looking to get really creative as we shall attempt to create several Roman artworks such as shield designs and mosaics. In doing so, the children will not only develop the skills needed to design, conceptualise and develop artistic ideas, but also the skills used historically within ancient Rome as well as the techniques used in 20th Century work by Antonio Gaudi. 


This half term we will be selecting, using and combining a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content


The children will begin to learn and develop their French vocabulary further.

They will have a variety of opportunities to practise their speaking, listening and writing skills in French and will be learning songs, simple phrases and listening to stories. This term, this will be done with a prime focus on animals and pets.


Class Texts


Autumn 1 Journey to Jo'burg, Beverley Naidoo


Autumn 2 Voices in the Park, Anthony Browne


Spring 1 Charlotte's Webb, E. B White


Spring 2  Why the Whales came, Michael Morpurgo

Homework/Reading Expectations

Children should read at home and have their reading diary signed by an adult at least 3 times a week.  It would be very much appreciated if you would talk to your children about their Accelerated Reader target and help them to achieve it by encouraging them to read as much as possible. Again, prizes for outstanding readers will also be given out in class!

  • Daily Maths and Literacy set each day- Monday to Friday
  • Two pieces of homework (Maths or English as well as one appropriate foundation subject) will be handed out on a Thursday and should be completed and handed in on the following Monday.

Spellings and Times tables are tested on a Friday- The children can win prizes for outstanding results as a result of hard work



P.E./Swimming – day & kit required

This half-term in Year 4, we will be enhancing our gymnastic skills focusing on flexibility and stability.  Please ensure children have the correct P.E for indoor and outdoor lessons (school t-shirt, shorts and pumps, trainers are not to be worn indoors). Ideally children should keep their P.E kit in school Monday - Friday.

Please ensure that all PE kit (including pumps) are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Thank you


“Music will continue to be led by the fantastic Mrs Amison and will be taught every Wednesday! For this half term, we shall be exploring orchestral families. Year 4 will be exploring the instruments in an orchestra whilst revising rhythm notation knowledge. Year 4 will also be investigating staff notation when applying the rhythm notes on the 5 lines to create both pitch and melodic phrases.”


Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Tuesday 22nd September 3.30-6pm – Parent/Teacher target meeting 

Wednesday 23rd September 5.30-8pm – Parent/Teacher target meeting

Friday 18th September - Topic Day

Friday 23rd October - Class Saint (St Jude) Feast day

Topic Day - September 2019

Recent Trips/Workshops