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Year 4

Welcome Back!

We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing summer break and the children are looking forward to an exciting term of learning ahead.

Children’s wellbeing and their smooth transition into Oak class will be an important focus for the first week, along with our core value of ‘respect’ for themselves and others.   

English and Reading

In English, our core book for this half term is ‘The Girl Who Stole an Elephant’ by Nirvana Farook.  The story is about Chaya, a rebellious child, who is daughter to the headman of her village.  She takes trinkets from the rich to help those in need, except, one day she goes too far and steals the Queen’s jewels – leading to an escape into the jungle with her friends and the King’s elephant. The children will use drama and talk for writing to develop emotive and descriptive language.   Children will then plan, draft, edit and publish their own narrative of the core text, ensuring that they include structural and language features to engage the reader.   In reading, children will develop learning behaviours such as supporting and actively listening to each other. They will read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on reading skills including evaluating, inferencing, making connections, summarising, predicting, and clarifying their understanding of words and phrases.


During this half term, children will be developing their knowledge of place value of numbers including decimals.  They will use partitioning to explore the composition of numbers and will learn about negative numbers and Roman numerals.  They will also order and compare numbers and decimals, and round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.   Children will learn the vocabulary associated with place value and apply what they have learnt through reasoning and problem-solving activities.


In science, we will be learning about learning about living things and their habitats.  Children will sort living things in a variety of ways and make a dichotomous classification key to identify local invertebrates. They will make observational drawings and a large-scale group drawing of an insect. Finally, they will demonstrate their knowledge of classification keys by presenting their findings to an audience.


Throughout the term children will learn about Christianity and explore the theme of peace within symbolism and religious stories.

Art/Design Technology

This term children will create a landscape using mixed media in the style of the artist Jill Pelto, who incorporates graphs in her artwork that represent data on climate change.  Children will explore different shading and water colour techniques and use a variety of mixed media including biro, wax crayons and watercolours to create their own landscape artwork.

Global Curriculum

This term’s global theme is ‘Power and Governance’.  During Autumn 1, the focus will be on geography, where children will learn how to use atlases and a globe to locate different countries, cities, and biomes across Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. They will use a key to locate physical features on a map and read and write coordinates for different locations.  Children will make comparisons between Sri Lanka and the UK, whilst simultaneously looking at the distribution of power. They will learn about how a country or region is governed and the need for rules within a society and how everyone can play a role in the creation and amendment of them.


During Autumn 1, we will be looking at the topic ‘Being Me in My World’.  Children will learn about what it feels like to feel included and excluded within different communities.  They will discuss their rights and responsibilities within the school community and create a class charter.  Children will also learn about the importance of democracy when working with others to ensure everyone feels included and that their voice is heard and respected. Key vocabulary that will be discussed will include mutual respect, lonely, exclude, include, communication, worries, anxiety, democracy, valued, community, rights and responsibility.


In computing, children will be learning how to design, write and debug simple programs using sequence, selection, and repletion commands


This term, children will be learning how to read, write and say colours and numbers 31-60 in French.  They will also be able to say who their family members are and describe their own appearance.


Children will be learning about pulse and rhythm.  They will listen and appraise pieces of ABBA music thinking about what they like/dislike, what instruments they can hear and what style of music it is.  They will also learn how to play along to songs using tuned percussion instruments and will learn how to improvise and compose their own music. 


Useful Information

PE Kit

Children will have PE every Tuesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child wears their kit to school on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.   Outdoor PE will be taught by the sports coach, who will be developing children’s hockey skills with a focus on passing, moving and travelling with a ball.  Indoor PE will focus on a range of activities that develop children’s footwork coordination and balance and will promote challenge and improved  performance with an aim to beat their personal best.

Reading Records 

Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book and sign and date their reading passports. Children can also access the exciting range of online texts via Bug Club.

Water Bottles/Clothing
As water fountains are still out of use, please send in a named water bottle for your child to access in the classroom during the day. So that we can help return any clothing your child may have misplaced, please ensure all clothing is clearly named.  

Diary Dates


Y4 Welcome meeting for parents : Monday 13th September 3:15-3:45pm

Half Term: Monday 25th – Friday 29th October