Welcome to Year 4’s homepage!

Year 4 is an exciting year in which the children will continue to develop their independence in learning, both at home and school. We will focus on a variety of history topics across the year such as Ancient Greece, the Romans, and Shakespearean London, as well as celebrating Black History Month. Year 4 will also learn about the rivers, earthquakes, and volcanoes in geography lessons. In science, we will investigate living things and their habitats, humans, sounds, electricity and states of matter. 

We will also have a big focus on times tables in Year 4!  The children will work on improving their fluency and confidence in recalling multiplication facts up to 12 x 12.  Please help them to practise these at home.

Please remember to sign your child’s reading record at least 3 times a week to show that they are reading at home. Reading records will need to be brought in on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so they can be checked. Homework will be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Thank you for your support with reading and learning at home. 

Have a look at our class blog to see what we have been learning.

 

Year Four Team!

Class Teacher: Ms Risby
Teaching Assistant:  Ms Bergin and Ms Gashi

Timetable

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading folder to be brought in. 

 

Reading folder to be brought in.

Homework due in.

PE kit to be worn into school.

PE kit to be worn into school.

Instruments and music folders brought in for class band.

Reading folder to be brought in.

Spelling test

 

Summer 1

This term Year 4 will read ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit and use this to inspire their writing in  setting descriptions, a diary entry, a newspaper report and instructions. This book links with our exciting history topic: the Romans. In history, they will explore daily life in Roman times and learn about the mighty Roman Army. 

In maths, they will consolidate their learning of fractions. After this, Year 4 will begin to explore decimals. 

Our science topic this term is states of matter. Through practical enquiry and observation Year 4 will develop their understanding of different states and their properties.  

Spring 2

This term we will be delving into the tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. It will inspire our writing and our class production! We will be writing poems, playscripts and narratives this term. 

In maths, we will consolidate our learning of area. After this, we will begin to tackle fractions. 

Our science topic this term is electricity which we will kick start with a school trip to the Science Museum. In school, we will explore making our own circuits and working out how to make bulbs, buzzers and motors work. 

Our history question this term is Who ruled Shakespearean London? We will study and contrast the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I. 

Spring 1

We will be exploring the story of ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. We will write free verse poems, instructions and defeating the monster narratives. 

In maths we will continue to develop our multiplication and division fluency up to 12 by 12. We will also spend some time exploring shape and learning to calculate area.

Out science topic this term is ‘How are sounds made’. Year 4 will be learning about sound vibration, pitch and volume by carrying out comparative tests, recording results and drawing conclusions. 

Our geography topic this term is ‘Rivers and the Water Cycle’. We will follow the journey of a single drop of rain water as it travels to the seas and oceans. We we also understand how water goes round and round in the water cycle. 

In PSHCE, we will be learning about emotional regulation. Over the term we will be adding to our tool kit for dealing with different emotions safely and comfortably. We will also be learning a little bit about how our amazing brains function. 

In music, we will continue to develop our skills on the trombone or trumpet and will play some more challenging pieces. 

Autumn 2

In writing, Year 4 will explore the book ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells which tells the story of you Ivan’s heroic quest  to rescue his little brother from Starjik’s ice palace. Inspired by the book, we will be writing setting and character descriptions, information texts about surviving cold weather conditions and persuasive adverts for explorer’s equipment. 

In maths, we will be start by consolidating addition and subtraction before moving onto length and measure, where we will explore different units of measure and calculate perimeter. At the end of Autumn term, we will further develop our knowledge of multiplication and division. 

In science, Year 4 will be investigating human’s teeth and the digestive system.

In geography, we will be learning about the Americas and drawing comparisons between South and North American regions. We will also develop our map reading and compass skills. 

We have started our rehearsals for Christmas production so we will also be busy with singing, dancing and acting this term! 

 

Autumn 1

This half term, Year 4’s topic is Ancient Greece. 

We will be writing letters and adventure narratives with Ancient Greek settings, inspired by Greek Myths. We will also write newspaper reports about the tragedy of King Aegeus’ death. 

In history, we will be using a range of sources and artefacts to build a broader picture of the Ancient Greece, its impact on Britain and continued legacy and influence today. For the last two weeks, we will be studying the legacy of the Empire Windrush as part of our Black History Month focus, and in art we will study and celebrate the work of black artists.

In maths, we will revise our understanding of place value, building on the 3-digit numbers we worked on in Year 3 to learn about 4-digit numbers. We will represent 4-digit numbers in different ways, partition them, order and compare them. We will also practise key skills such as rounding to the nearest 10 and 100 and learn Roman Numerals. We will also develop our understanding of addition and subtraction, using both mental and written methods.

In science, our focus is ‘Living things and their habitats’.  We will be identifying and classifying a variety of living things in our local and wider environment.