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Welcome to Year 4

Miss Whitehouse

Year 4 Class Teacher

We have an exciting term coming up in year 4! Over the summer term, we will be examining lots of historical evidence from 1066 on-wards. Year 4 will become analytical historians as we begin to examine history as a story rather than a series of a facts. We will be exploring two versions of events and creating our own theories and arguments as to what really happened. We will also be making lots of comparisons between the lives of children, the rich and the poor with our own lives today. Naturally, we will be looking at the Battle of Hastings and the main contenders for the throne, as well as re-imagining our own version of the Bayeux Tapestry.


Why not watch some Horrible Histories to further understand the Stormin' Normans and how they helped shaped Britain as we know it today?



In Maths we are continuing to use a new 'steps to mastery' approach. Each maths lesson will consist of 5 parts, each with it's own challenge. This term, we are really hoping to push as many children onto 'Further Explaining' and 'Rich and Complex Tasks' as possible in order to secure a deeper understanding of some tricky mathematical concepts. 

In the summer term, we will be focusing heavily on:

- Multiplication facts (up to 12x12)

- Exploring change e.g time

- Proportional Reasoning

- Describing Position

- Measuring and Estimating


Please continue to practise times-table facts at home as often as you can using the fabulous Times Table Rock Stars app! If you are struggling to access this, then please don't hesitate to ask for alternative work to aid multiplication knowledge. 



In the summer term, Year 4 will have the chance to revisit some genres they have previously practised. Linking in with our topic of 1066, children will be writing newspaper articles and stories with a historical setting. During the summer term however, we will also be tackling play scripts, poems and some classical texts. Most of our writing will be based around our class text as well as wider reading from our afternoon curriculum lessons.


Through their writing, children will be given the chance to practise and refine their spelling, punctuation and grammar techniques. 


Here is a list of SPaG techniques children should be able to use confidently by the end of year 4:


  • capital letters, fullstops, commas, question marks, exclamation marks, speech marks
  • paragraphs with topic sentences
  • homophones
  • prefixes anti-, multi-, dis-, re-, mis-, il-, auto-, super-
  • suffixes -able, -ation- -ible, -cial, -tial, -cious, -tious
  • compound sentences using FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
  • complex sentences using A WHITE BUS (although, after, when, where, who, however, if, even though, before, because, until, since)
  • time adverbials
  • fronted adverbials
  • expanded noun phrases
  • prepositions



Everyone is expected to read at home and bring their home reading diary into school. There are reading rewards to gain if the diary is signed 4 times in one week.

In addition to reading at home, children are also encouraged to choose their own library book. 


Our class text for this topic will be 'Norman the Norman from Normandy' by Philip Ardagh. During reading lessons, we will be focusing on key reading skills:


In the summer term, reading lessons will be structured as followed:

Monday - retrieval and vocabulary 

Tuesday - inference

Wednesday - inference

Thursday - explaining 

Friday - summarising, sequencing and predicting


Further reading skills will be incorporated into these lessons as well as 'book talk', where children listen to an adult reading and explore their initial ideas and opinions. 


Here are some further skills you could practise at home when reading with your child:

  • Comprehension - understanding what is happening in the text
  • Language - understanding why the author has chosen specific words
  • Inference - reading between the lines to find a hidden meaning in the text using clues
  • Meaning - finding meaning in the text of unfamiliar words
  • Prediction - guessing what might happen next based on what we already know
  • Comparisons - finding similarities and differences in the book between characters, settings or even other books we have read
  • Justifying - finding evidence in the text to support our opinions and ideas.


P.E will take place on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon - please ensure you have the correct kit and it is suitable for the weather.


Behaviour Expectations

We always strive for our best behaviour in year 4, and we will always have high aspirations of ourselves. This includes correct uniform, polite and kind manners, respecting our class mates, resilience in the classroom and representing our school when on school trips.



Each week, there will be a literacy/reading task and a maths task. Homework is handed out on a Friday and should be brought back into school on Wednesday morning. If you are confused or struggling with homework, please bring it in before Wednesday so I can go through it with you. Failure to bring homework in on time or fully completed will result in a yellow card. 



Children will be able to access lots of spelling practise at home using the Spelling Shed. Once consent is given by the parent or guardian, a log-in will be provided for your child in their homework book. There are lots of exciting games and challenges on the Spelling Shed. The more your play, the more points you score!


Spelling tests will be given out on a Wednesday, ready for the spelling test on the following Wednesday.



Meet the rest of the Year 4 team