Year 4

Summer Term 2

HPA Sum2 Y4

Topic Overview

In Literacy we are focusing on Danny the Champion of the world. The children will be able to read the book and get to know the characters in lots of detail! 

In Maths this term, we will be focusing on measurement and finding patterns using Numicon to support us. We will continue to secure all of our times tables by using the PiXL app. 

In Science we will learn about living things and their habitats this term. In topic we will be continuing to deepen our knowledge of rainforests. This will be really exciting as we will also visit London Zoo to complete a rainforest experience.

Ideas to Support

Children will receive homework every week. We expect all children to complete this on time and to a high standard. Children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes every night and each child has a MYBB book that supports this. They also need to blog about this book which will support their understanding.

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

Important Dates

  • London Zoo Trip – 22nd June

Summer Term 1

HPA Sum1 Y4

Whole School Theme: Build It
Year Group Theme: Golden Ticket

Topic Overview

In Literacy this half term we will be focusing on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children will have the opportunity to read the book and explore the characters in great detail! This topic will be supported by a local chocolatier visiting us! 

Maths this half term will focus on decimals and fractions using numicon resources. We will also be securing all of our times tables using the PiXL app.

In science we will be learning about electricity, as part of our unit we will be creating circuits and exploring what items are conductors and insulators. 

Our topic this half term will be rainforests, where we will be looking at cocoa beans, this will be an exciting time and give us a great bank of knowledge to use in art where we will be designing our own chocolate bars!

Ideas to Support

Children will receive homework every week. It is an expectation that all children have this completed on time and to a high standard. Children Are expected to read for at least 10 minutes every night. Each child has a MYBB book that needs to be read and blogged about.

Parent 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.

Important Dates

  • Library Visit – 27th April 2018 
  • Chocolate workshop (In school) – 20th April 2018
  • Parent Child Session – 18th May 2018 (2pm)

Spring Term 2

Topic overview

Our fiction focus this half term in Literacy is a story using the characters from The Bogey Men and the Trolls Next Door. Children will immerse themselves in this story and have the opportunity to perform verses of a narrative verse in class.

Maths will focus this half term on multiplication and division alongside measurement; while Science this half term provides children with the opportunity to find out more about the water cycle and how it works.

This term in Geography we are exploring our Local Area. Children will get to investigate what our local area would benefit from. They will have the chance to design a playpark based on what the needs of our local area and what people would like to see. In Religion we are exploring what can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong.

In art we will be exploring different types of sculpture and creating our own sculpture made from Modroc.

In PE children will be exploring invasion games and continuing with their weekly dance session. PE days in year 4 are on Thursday and Fridays. 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 or three activities relating to our local area.  Well done to the children who have already handed this in – what a fantastic start to the term!

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: 16/3/18

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.


Spring Term 1

Topic overview

Our fiction focus this half term in Literacy is a story with a historical setting – Runaways!.  They will explore the setting and use it to immerse themselves in the story. Non-fiction text will allow children to create their own newspaper report set in the Victorian era.

Maths will focus this half term on fraction and symmetry and reflection as well as securing key number facts and strategies; while Science this half term provides children with the opportunity to find out more about sound and particularly how it is made.

This term in History we are exploring World War II and The Blitz. Children will get to investigate what the world was like to live in during this time and what it was like to be an evacuee. They will also have a chance to learn about rationing and how this impacted their daily lives.  In Religion we are exploring Judaism and their beliefs.

In art we will be exploring cross hatching, which is the use of fine parallel lines drawn closely together to create the illusion of shade or texture is a drawing.

In PE children will be exploring gymnastics and dance. PE days in year 4 are on Thursday and Fridays. 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 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 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.