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Welcome to the Year 4 page

In Year 4 the teachers are Mrs McFadyen and Miss Evans

This half term!

This half term!

This half term we will be covering a range of topics and areas of the curriculum and it would be helpful if you could support your child at home to learn even more! 


During this half term, we are going to be looking at poetry. There are two poems we are going to look at, ‘A small Dragon’ and ‘Overheard on a Saltmarsh.’ From looking at these, we will be developing our vocabulary and creating our own poems. We will then look at a lovely book called ‘Iron Man’ written by Ted Hughes. From reading this, we will be exploring narrative writing.


During maths this term, we are going to be looking at formal methods of addition and subtraction, continuing to look at decimals through money as well as covering fractions. We will find fractions of quantities, measures and compare fractions.


In science, we are focusing on electricity. It also links with our DT topic very nicely. We will recognise what electricity is, creating simple circuits and understand what insulators and conductors are.  


Within our history topic, we will be learning about the Anglo Saxons. It follows on from our last history unit where we were learning about the Romans. During the unit, we will understand who the Anglo Saxons were, how they lived, their religion and about Sutton Hoo, a great archaeological find.


Being a Catholic school RE is very important to us and this half term we are going to be looking at the Eucharist and its importance. We will be learning from this all about giving and receiving. Then we will learning about Lent and the importance of self-discipline.  


In French, we are learning about healthy lifestyle and sports. We will continue to develop our skills or reading, writing, listening and speaking during this topic.


For music, we are going to be continuing our yearlong workshop of playing a cornet. We will hopefully get to share this with you again a few more times before the end of the year.


Our DT topic links with our science as we will be learning and creating torches. When we have created our torch, we will use a simple series circuit to make it light up. We will evaluate different torches and understand their purpose.  

Home learning 

  • Please try and read every day with your child and sign their reading record so we can see they are reading and that their book needs changing. 10-15 minutes is all it needs to be. All reading records will be checked on a Wednesday. Please remember to encourage your child to complete the quiz on Accelerated Reader after they have read their book so it can be changed. As a Key Stage we will be monitoring this.
  • Mathletics homework will be set on a Thursday to be completed by the following Wednesday.
  • Spellings - Your child will receive their spellings on a Thursday with the test the following Thursday.
  • Purple Mash -  Purple Mash maybe used from time to time to set additional work. You will be notified via MarvellousMe.
  • Please continue to use TTRS regularly in preparation for the multiplication check (See link below)

If you have any other questions then please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Multiplication check

In June the children will take part in a National Multiplication Check. This check covers timetables upto 12 x 12. It is therefore important that the children know their timestables quickly. Below are some links that can support with this. Also, when you go on to Purple Mash there is a game which is for multiplication and is set out how the multiplication test will be. You can also Google the test and other examples of the test structure are available. Below is the link for guidance on the check for the year 2021-2022 

Knowledge Organisers

Here at St Paul's we use Knowledge Organisers. These are banks of information that will support you child during a topic. Please use these to develop your child's knowledge, for extra information about what we are doing and for when your child is working from home. On each one are the skills that we teach the children in that topic. 


English is very important to us. That's why we have 'Book Strings.' A set of age appropriate but challenging books in our class. We also have a poem every week that we use in class to develop our vocabulary. Some of the poems are covered over several weeks as they are longer or we take part of the poem. In Year 4 we also  encourage a love of reading. 

Please remember to read as often as possible at home. You can encourage your child by;

  • Read while you are out and about – There are many opportunities to read when you are out in the car, taking a walk or shopping in town.
  • Encourage your child to help you by reading signs and guiding the way.
  • Read yourself! It’s great for your child to see you as a reader too! This could be anything from books, letters and e-mails to receipts,newspapers and magazines.
  • Visit your library – it’s free to join! As well as visit your library taking out story books, use visits to the library as a time to find books about your child’s hobbies and interests.
  • Make time to read - Set aside a time for reading for the family – after school or before bedtime. Encourage independent reading but don’t be afraid to still tell a bedtime story. Bedtime stories create a feeling of security and love and make happy memories that we remember when we are older.
  • Don’t just read books - Variety is great! Encourage your child to read newspapers, TV guides, comics, poems, shopping lists, road signs and magazines. Ask your child to find out information from the Yellow Pages, the Internet, cookery books, etc.
  • Let your child read with younger children –Encourage them to read to other members of the family.
  • Talk about what they are reading. –Make time to discuss what they like or don’t like about the book they are reading.
  • Sharing Books - Sharing a book with a child, no matter how old, is fun! It is a time for closeness. 


Here are some prayers we use in our class.

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