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Merry Christmas from all of us in 4W!!

Welcome to Year 4W 2020-2021

It is a new start for your children as they return to school. I am looking forward to working with you to support your child as they enter Year 4. I have high hopes and high expectations of all of the children, both for their behaviour and for their attitude to learning. The children have already begun to form friendships, creating an encouraging team of learners.


Our classroom is a happy and positive working environment where praise and encouragements are used to motivate and support all of the children. I ask that each child tries their best and develops a resilient attitude towards learning. I am looking forward to celebrating their achievements and seeing them progress throughout the year. Together, we have decided on what we aspire to be as a classmate. Each child has promised to work together as a team and strive to be the very best we can be.

Throughout the year, lots of new and exciting learning will take place. For example, Year 4 will be continuing to learn flute for half of the year. Lessons will be starting later on in the school year. It is intended that Year 4 children will start swimming this year. Your children will be challenged to be the very best they can be and encouraged to take part in every aspect of school life. There will be a voluntary homework drawer in class where the children can choose a task to take home. I value the support you give your child at home with reading, spelling, learning times tables and working on any topic based research or interests your child may enjoy.


RE: Our topics for this term are People & Family / Being Called / Gifts

English: We will be working on poetry, story writing, newspapers and adverts. Some of the books we will use to help us are Matilda and The Firework Maker’s Daughter.

Spellings: A spelling test will take place every week based on the Year 3 spelling list as a catch up. We will focus on different spellings each week to improve our resilience. A copy of the Year 3 spelling words will be available on Purple Mash.

Reading: Your child will be read with at least once a week at school, either in Guided Reading or with their Home reader. Children will be given a new book on a Monday which should be returned on a Friday. Due to current restrictions we will have to stick to these days. We are focusing on broadening the children’s comprehension skills so help with this at home would be greatly appreciated.

Handwriting: There will be a big focus on improving handwriting standards this year. The children are looking forward to earning a handwriting pen!

Maths: We have been working on key skills from Year 3 before moving onto Year 4 work to help the children transition. We will be focusing on place value to 10,000 as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also continue to practise times tables, as this will prepare us for the Year 4 Times Table assessment that is taking place nationally at the end of the year.

Geography: A Region in the UK- Whitby – will be our topic for the first half-term.

History: The Great Plague is our topic after half-term.

Art: We will be developing our painting and drawing skills by creating self-portraits in the style of Picasso.

D.T: After half term, we will link Science and DT by working on electrical systems

Science: Our topics are Sound and then Electricity. We are looking forward to some sound investigations and to making electrical circuits.

PE: We will be doing PE every Monday and Thursday. For now, the Thursday session will be PE in school until swimming begins. We will communicate the date later in the term. Please ensure your child has their full kit in school and each item has their name clearly labelled on it. You may wish to send your child with outdoor clothing as PE will only take place outside.


Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any questions throughout the year. I look forward to working with you throughout the year.


Miss Whitney


We have started making circuits in Design and Technology, while we prepare to make our light up Christmas Cards.

We have enjoyed exploring the work of Picasso in Art, creating our own portraits in his style. Can you recognise any of us?

For Remembrance Day we remembered all the soldiers and their sacrifices for our country. We created Art to recognise their service.

In RE we have enjoyed creating freeze frames to help us retell Bible passages.

We followed play scripts to act out a scene from Matilda. We had some very interesting Mr Wormwood characters!!

We have enjoyed exploring ABBA's music from Mamma Mia! We have improvised and played lots of games to increase our confidence using the glockenspiels!

Year 4 Overview of Themes 2020-2021