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Year 4








Miss Lillis (4 Craufurd)  Mrs Seker & Mrs Davis (4 Field)


supported by Miss Cooksey and Miss Tolson



Our PE days this year are Monday and Wednesday 

Children are still required wear their PE kits (with trainers) to school on their PE days.



We strongly encourage children to complete set homework. This can really help them to embed and extend the learning that takes place in school.



Reading for fifteen minutes every day at home can make an impact on all areas of the curriculum. In Year 4, we have a "STARBOOKS"  reading incentive. Children are rewarded for reading five times a week and having their reading diaries signed. They will have their Starbooks loyalty card signed each week and after eight weeks, will get a reward! Each week, everyone who reaches cup five enters our prize draw and two lucky winners get to a enjoy a hot chocolate treat at the Starbooks bar. We have even invested in a pod machine to make it an extra special treat!  


Tips for reading at home: 

1. Try to hear your child read aloud as much as possible. If this is not possible every day, then ask them to summarise for you, what they have read independently.

2. If your child comes across a tricky word which they can't read, try not to tell them the word straight away. Encourage them to sound it out or re-read the sentence to see if they can work out the meaning. 

3. Always check that your child understands what they have read by asking them questions about the book.

4. Check Rising Stars online to see if there is a comprehension to complete for home reading books. (Not every book has one linked online, but many of them do, so please check each one)

5. Aim to change home reading books every 1-2 weeks. Book change day is Friday in Year 4.

6. Read as widely as possible- not just your school book- read your library book, books from your shelf at home, swap books with friends, read on a kindle device, read magazines, newspapers- whatever you enjoy! 

7. Read to your children as much as possible. Hearing stories really helps them to develop attention and listening skills, imagination and vocabulary. It even impacts on writing skills. Plus, it's a lovely way to spend quality time together. 

8. Look out for the books we are reading in school and treat your child to their own copy at home. We often refer to them on Dojo. 


Spelling - weekly spelling lists will be set on Spelling Shed. Please try to complete the assigned games each week as this consolidates the spelling pattern we are covering in school. The more games you play, the better chance we have of winning the school competition for the class with the most points. It would be great to see Year 4 on the winner's board! 


Maths - Children each have their own Mathletics account with the same log in as last year. The tasks will compliment class work, and are usually set on a weekly basis. If you  have a mobile device, there is a free app to download. It is also available through most web browsers. Your child will have opportunities to practice on school equipment if you are having technical problems.


This year we will be concentrating on counting and tables facts. In Year 4, children are expected to be able to recall all the facts up to 12 x 12. We will be learning these regularly in preparation for the statutory Year 4 Multiplication Check. For a challenge, you can even learn the division facts to match! You might like to use Mathletics or Hit the Button to help you learn your tables as well as Supermovers times tables

Update: Try this fab new app! My team of tables novices have been trying this out, and the verdict- it is great! It's called Ten Minutes a day Time Tables from DK- here's a link. You can download it on android link and Ios (link).




This section of our webpage will be updated every term. Please check back to find out what we will be learning as well as suggestions for enriching learning at home including projects  and competitions!



This term, we will be donning our khaki cargos and packing our binoculars as we become...



We will be honing our geography skills as we learn all about the Amazon Rainforest. 

Throughout the  term, children will be investigating our big question: 


What would the world be like if there were no rainforests?


We will be starting our topic with a live, interactive workshop with a teacher from The Eden Project in Cornwall. We will explore the rainforest biome as we learn about 'Rainforest Connections.'

It's a bit too far for a school trip, unfortunately, but if you're ever on holiday in Cornwall, why not make a visit to this spectacular place.


Closer to home, at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, there is a tropical house which is well worth a visit. The humid atmosphere and giant plants give a good idea of what it's like in a rainforest. 


Later in the term we will investigate the water cycle. We will then be comparing the effects of flooding of the Amazon River and the River Stour.  


We will link our science work with our geography this term as we learn about habitats and food chains. The Amazon Rainforest provides a fascinating opportunity to explore both of these themes as we will meet an array of amazing animals including jaguars, poison dart frogs, harpy eagles and blue morph butterflies. Not to be outdone, the plant world will inspire and surprise us as we will be looking at consumers such as pitchers, as well as unusual habitats such as bromeliads. 


In English this half term we will be writing a dialogue story based on The Great Kapok Tree. We will also be writing persuasive letters to discourage deforestation. 



Our class reader this term will be an Amazonian adventure: 'My Name is River' by Emma Rae. If you would like to purchase a copy, you can read along with us in class. 




In Maths we will continue our work on multiplication and division, moving on to length and perimeter, fractions and decimals. Keep practising your quick recall of your times tables as this will also help with these maths topics. 

Here are some examples of the methods we teach in class.

Multiplication and Division

Factors and factor pairs.                                         

Multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100.



Formal Multiplication for multiplying a 2 or 3-digit number by a 1-digit number



In Art this term, we will be working with melted wax to create rainforest-themed batik canvases. We will study the line, form and pattern inspired by our favourite rainforest animals. We will also be experimenting with collage. 


In RE this half term we will be looking at a unit of work called Gospel. Our key question will be 'What kind of world did God want?'


Do you want to earn an array of dojo points and be celebrated on your class dojo page? Then why not try one of the activities below and bring it in to share:


*Research your favourite rainforest animal or plant. Choose any way you like to present it- the more creative, the better!


*Visit the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham and create a photo diary, video diary or tour guide of the tropical house. 


* Visit the library and borrow some books about the Amazon Rainforest. 


* Create a rainforest-themed board game or maths puzzle. 






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