Year 4

Autumn Term 2

Topic overview: 

Our fiction focus this half term in Literacy is a narrative containing a cliff-hanger. Children will be writing a descriptive story using the characters from Shrek. Our MYBB book focus for this term is ‘Varjak Paw’.

Maths will continue to focus this half term on revising calculation methods for adding and subtracting as well as securing key number facts and strategies; while Science this half term provides children with the opportunity to find out more about states of matter – gases, liquids and solids.

This term in History we are exploring the Elizabethan Era and Elizabeth I. Children will get to investigate the ‘Golden Age’ of British history by investigating the influence of Queen Elizabeth I as well as the lives of those living in Elizabethan England.  In Religion we are exploring Christianity and the Christmas story.

In art we will be learning about portraits and looking for inspiration from famous portraits. We will explore traditional and modern methods of creating a portrait and use the ideas gathered to create a portrait of ourselves.

In PE children will be exploring gymnastics, focusing on moving with control and awareness of space, and refining movements into sequences to include varying speed, direction, level and body rotation during floor performances. PE days in year 4 are on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit ready for these days and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school.

Thank You!

Guide on the side:

Over the mid-term break, the children were asked to complete two activities and had a choice of writing a letter, creating a presentation, designing a throne or making a royal crown.

Well done to the children that handed their work in on time – what a fantastic start to the term!

Visits/visitors/events:

23rd November: Y4 visit to Tilbury Fort linked to our history topic on Elizabeth I.

Parent and child session:

Our parent and child sessions happen towards the end of each half term. These session are a chance for parents to see what the children have been learning about throughout the term and to work collaboratively on different activities. Date: TBC

Ideas to support your child:  

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes each day and completing their reading records.  This should include a range of text types.  Please also encourage and support your child to complete their Guide on the Side homework to a high standard.

Homework is given to the children on a Friday and is due back on Wednesday.


Autumn Term 1

HPA Aut1 Y4

Topic overview

This half term Year 4 will be focusing on the country of Pakistan through a range of different subject areas.

During our topic sessions children will look in detail at Pakistan and make comparisons with the UK. This will include examining location, population and climate as well as cultural differences between the two countries including a food tasting session!

Textiles will be a focus in the Art and Design and Technology sessions where children will be given the opportunity to explore textiles and patterns linked to our topic work and then design and produce a bag or purse.

Year 4 will be looking at ‘Mr Stink’ by David Walliams in my book blog this half term while the literacy and language unit is sugar cane juice which is based around Pakistan.

Maths will continue to use the Numicon scheme with particular focus this half term on revising calculation methods for adding and subtracting as well as securing key number facts and strategies; while Science this half term provides children with the opportunity to find out more about teeth, digestion and eating.

It will be an exciting time in PE where children will be looking at multi-cultural dance linked to our topic and also be learning how to play hockey. PE days will be Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit ready for these days and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank You!

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 20 minutes each day.  This should include a range of text types.  Please also encourage and support your child to complete their homework to a high standard.

Guide on the side

This half term’s guide on the side will be focused around class trees. Please make sure your child has their work ready for the first week back at school.

Visits/visitors/events

As part of our science topic – teeth and digestion, children will be taking a trip to the dentist! Dates to be confirmed.