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Year 4

Hello and welcome to Year 4. We believe that Year 4 is an important year in school. The children grow and mature considerably throughout the year and we are really looking forward to working with them.

Below are some of the opportunities we have in Year 4:

  • Represent our school at sporting events, including the Year 4 Skipping Festival. 
  • Begin school swimming lessons
  • Entering local and national competitions. 
  • Creative weeks which are planned into the curriculum. These weeks will include, The Arts, Sports and Literature. 

Religious Education:
Our school follows The Way, The Truth and The Life scheme which has been adopted by the Diocese of Leeds..

The Bible:  Children begin by learning about the Bible and some of the parables within the Old and New Testament. They will learn that the Bible is an account of God’s relationship with His people, the challenges and blessings that Abraham experienced, God’s call to Joseph, Moses and David, and think about how God speaks to us in the Bible.

Trust in God:  In this topic, the children will learn about the importance of trusting in God, God’s promise to Zechariah, Mary and Joseph’s trust in God and that God fulfilled His promise to Mary when Jesus was born.

We will also spend some time looking at the faith of Hinduism.


We will be reading as a class the novel ‘’The Midnight Fox” by Betsy L Byars. The children will use this as a basis on which to inform their own written work, such as characterisation, poetry and persuasive writing, as well as drama and spoken activities.

They will also look at the book 'Journey' by Aaron Becker, writing narrative to go with the book's images.

As part of our topic on Ancient and Modern Greece we will also be looking at Greek myths and legends, giving the pupils the opportunity to create their own mythological creatures and write their own myth.


In the children’s Daily Counting lessons, they will focus on partitioning and counting; Times tables and division facts; Roman Numerals; negative numbers and rounding.

In their main Maths lessons, the children will develop their knowledge of addition and subtraction, using both mental and written methods to aid them. They will also use inverses to check their accuracy. From there, they will move on to multiplying and dividing mentally, using written methods and using their multiplying and division skills to solve problems.  They will do a unit on Measurement, where they will look at mass, capacity and length. The children will work with money by finding totals of amounts and calculating change.

The children will also work on fractions. This will include recognising, finding, writing, naming and counting fractions; learning about equivalent fractions; comparing and ordering fractions; fractions and decimals equivalence; rounding decimals; compare and order decimals; fractions, decimals, percentages equivalence and solving problems.


Living things and their habitats: The children will begin by grouping and sorting living things which will include classifying vertebrates and invertebrates.  They will learn about classification keys and consider environmental changes.  We will also look at the habitats of different animals.

Sound: Children will identify how sounds are made whilst listening to different sounds around us.  There will be investigations about high and low pitched sounds and they will explore how distance affects sounds.  Children will consider soundproofing and the different types of materials used for this.


As part of the topic ‘Ancient and Modern Greece’ children will have the opportunity to look at the lives of the Ancient Greeks and realise the impact they have on our lives today. This includes Greek Gods, the first Olympic games, and how the geography and climate of Greece shape the way people lived then and today. We will end the unit with a Greek feast where children can dress in Greek costume and sample traditional Greek foods.

Physical Education: 

Swimming: The children start taking Swimming lessons this year. Whether a beginner or a confident swimmer, the children will do focused exercises to build up their ability, strength and stamina when swimming. The lessons will improve the children’s movement and water confidence, as well as working on buoyancy & balance.

Daily Mile: The children will build up fitness and stamina by completing daily running and targeted exercises.


Swimming Kits are needed every Tuesday.  The swimming Kit should include a towel and a one piece costume for girls or swimming shorts/trunks for boys (Not baggy Bermuda style beach shorts). Goggles, swimming caps, etc. are optional but goggles in particular are highly recommended.


Homework and Spellings: The children’s homework books encourage them to become organised and independent. All homework (with the exception of spelling) should be written in their homework books or on worksheets. Generally, the children will be set homework every week (usually on Wednesday), which they should record in their homework books, along with the hand in date (usually Monday). Parental help with homework would be appreciated if your child requires it.

Homework can include:

  • Spellings – Weekly (Improving spelling, improves writing). Test on Wednesday 
  • Numeracy and Literacy
  • Finishing off tasks - dependent on subject.
  • Reading / Mental Maths - a little often. Please encourage your child to read at home and discuss their reading with them.  We also encourage the use of our web-based learning platforms: 
  • Bug Club: (www.activelearnprimary.co.uk) Use to improve reading comprehension skills linked to your child’s progress.
  • Mathletics: https://community.mathletics.com/
  • Each child has their own log-on details, if they have lost or forgotten them, please ask for a new card.

I hope you have found this information useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Miss S Horan and Mrs M Eccles - Class Teachers



Staff in Year 4:

Miss Horan

Mrs Eccles

Mrs Crossland


Curriculum Newsletters:

Autumn 2018

Spring Term Newsletter 2020