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Year 4 Class 

Welcome to Year 4!

Class Teacher: Mr Spencer

Classroom support: Mrs Fenton 



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

Online Reading Library

Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week.

This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson. A great way to keep children reading at home!

Class Saint

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


In our RE lessons, we will be reminding ourselves of the story of Easter and the build up to this with Lent and Holy week. We will think about how Lent is an important time for Catholics to make changes and think how they can become better people; living as Jesus would want them to.


In English this half term, we will be reading our new class text which is

'Why the Whales Came' written by Michael Morpurgo. Using our reading lessons as a stimulus and as an awareness of the wider contextual implications of the narrative,  we will use the text as a point of debate to write arguments both for and against and give our own opinions clearly making justifications for arguments.

Following this, we will be writing poetry using language from the text.

We will write in different poetic styles including writing Haikus.

Ongoing teaching and learning throughout this and every term will include:

*Grammar    *Handwriting   *Spellings    *Reading and comprehension skills 



In Maths, we will be revisiting different methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Children will become more secure in recognising how best to solve a mathematical problem and apply appropriate skills to reasoning based questions.

In addition to this, the children will be working to secure their knowledge of shape, position and direction.

Children should be able to rapidly recall all times tables (up to 12x12); please support your child in practising these at home. We will continue to test these weekly through our Maths challenges.

Science Topic 


In Science, we will begin to look at our new topic of ‘Animals Including Humans’ with a focus on the following aspects.

Identify and name the parts of the human digestive system. Know the functions of the organs in the human digestive system. Identify and know the different types of teeth in humans and know their functions. Use and construct food chains to identify producers, predators and prey.



This term, we will be furthering our knowledge in Geography. Specifically we will be exploring how crucial the waterways of our planet are to towns cities and settlements throughout the world. We shall focus on the River Nile as a case study (following on from our work in History) and consider what might happen to settlements along the Nile and Nile Delta if the water way unexpectedly dried up!




Following on from our Hieroglyphics work last half term, we will be exploring the different watercraft that have been used on the River Nile. We shall be exploring the various water-going craft from around the world and what features make a successful boat. After this we will be planning and ultimately creating our own vessel and then testing it out to see if we ae successful ship builders!




This half term we will be cementing our knowledge of word and image processing whilst at the same time, considering heavily the growing importance of Online-Safety and will be reflecting on our own experiences of an increased importance of Online Learning in order to shape 0ur consideration of E-safety. 



In French, we will be working on describing our families, as well as our routines. Over the next half term we will be acquiring new knowledge and vocabulary to be able to apply this in a from on “Big Write” where the children will have the opportunity to think creatively to create a extended piece of written French.





Class Texts

Autumn 1 Journey to Jo'burg, Beverley Naidoo

Autumn 2 Voices in the Park, Anthony Browne

Voices in the Park is more than surreal entertainment. It is rich in many layers of meaning and underlying concepts. Therefore, in reading, a clear focus upon inference will be key this half-term. During the last half term, children began to use inference in relation to the class text- this term we will attempt to expand this further. We will explore how perspective changes through the eyes of different characters and will construct autobiographies and a range of letters from the viewpoints of different characters.

Spring 1 Charlotte's Webb, E. B White

This half term we shall be explored the time honoured classic “Charlotte’s Web”. A growing theme in Year 4 has been our development of inference strategies- this will continue to be developed within this narrative. The story is framed around a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur and of Wilbur's dear friend, Charlotte A. Cavatica -a beautiful large grey spider. The symbolism surrounding this text is incredibly significant, as a result, our developing inference strategies will be key


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

Two pieces of homework (Maths or English as well as one 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




This half-term, Year 4 will be engaging with non-contact athletics and fitness training to ensure both their bodies and minds are as healthy as can be. Children will engage with a variety of fun, engaging and competitive games that will involve independent skills as well as collaborative efforts.

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

Thank you


Music continues to be taught by Mrs. Amison, every Wednesday.

ear 4 are exploring the use of pitched percussion instruments to create an ensemble piece

Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Autumn 1

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

Recent Trips/Workshops