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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Autumn 2 



The term will begin, with the children continuing to read, ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’  The children will then use the story as a stimulus to plan and write their very own dragon story. Towards the end of this term we will be exploring a story written by Michael Morpurgo called, ‘Coming Home.’ The children will be taught skills of expanding sentences, using adverbial openers and subordinate clauses. We will also work on skills of editing and re-drafting in order to continually improve the quality of or written work.  


SPAG lessons will focus on adding prefixes to root words. Children will explore spelling the words as well as developing an understanding of what the words mean. A list of weekly spellings has been stuck into reading logs.  Please remember to practise these with your child, ready for a weekly spelling test or dictation.



Week 1- Equivalent fractions

Week 2- Comparing fractions

Week 3- Introduction to decimals

Week 4-Time

Week 5- Time

Week 6- Negative numbers

Week 7-Decimals

Week 8 – Multiplication


Learning Logs

We are really pleased with the work the children have been producing as part of their learning logs. The children and staff have really enjoyed sharing all the creative ways the children have completed their homework, thank you for your continued support.


Diary Dates

11/11/19-Anti-bullying week

14/11/19- Year 4 reading workshop (details to follow)

18/11/19-Road safety awareness

25/11/19-Christmas shop week

We hope you all had a lovely time over the summer and are ready to start the new school year, so on behalf of everyone, a warm welcome to Year 4.


Autumn 1 



English lessons this half term are linked to the book ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. This book will provide an interesting stimulus to teach and improve the pupil’s writing skills. Children will have the opportunity to write a set of instructions, a diary and a story.

The teaching of reading will focus on retrieval and inference skills. Children will continue to use accelerated reader to select books and then quiz. 

Grammar and spelling skills will be taught specifically in SPaG lessons and integrated into literacy lessons. We will be sending home weekly spellings, in reading logs for children to practise, for a weekly spelling test. Please support your child in learning these in a way that suits their individual needs.



Week 1- place value up to 1000 including tenths

Week 2 – rounding to the nearest 10/100/1000

Week 3- Adding using partitioning

Week 4-Addition word problems

Week 5 – Subtraction word problems

Week 6 – Angles

Week 7- Fractions of amounts


Diary Dates

S.T.E.M week – Begins Monday 7th October

Parents’ Evening –14th and 16th October

Half term ends – 17th October


General reminders

  • Every child is expected to have their own small pencil case in school comprising of; writing pencils, colouring pencils, eraser, sharpener and a blue handwriting pen.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform and all items of their clothing are clearly labelled.
  • Encourage your child to use their logins for www.purplemash and My Maths as this will support learning across the curriculum as well as develop their computing skills.
  • Your child reads at least 3 times a week and has their reading log signed.
  • Please ensure your child’s leaning log is completed and sent to school on the date specified

Autumn 1 Topic overview

The children are enjoying learning to play the ukulele.

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The children are enjoying learning to play the ukulele.  2
The children are enjoying learning to play the ukulele.  3
The children are enjoying learning to play the ukulele.  4

STEM week in Year 4

STEM week in Year 4  1

Learning Logs

Dynamo - Lots of fun activities to do at home.