Year 4

Autumn Term 2
Welcome to Class 4
Greetings from your class teacher: Miss Hill
Our fabulous Teaching Assistant is: Mrs Faith
Our learning journey this half term...

Where would you choose to build a city?


This half term, Class 4 will be expanding their geography skills. This unit provides opportunities for children to research some of Europe’s famous cities and the relationship they have with rivers. We will use the internet to find out about different European cities. All children will design and make a skyscraper so that they appreciate the issues surrounding building some of the skyscrapers in our cities. They will then put these together to create a city for foundation to play with. Through English we will write instructions regarding how to build a skyscraper and leaflets linked to our designs. We will also explore tradition tales from different countries and create our own through different genres including poetry. In our topic lessons we will survey the local environment, explore similarities and differences in city and village living, examine how people live in different countries and consider the transport systems and rivers around the world.


In maths this half term we will build on skills from previous years by looking at using formal methods for addition and subtraction as well as using the inverse to check an answer. Following this we will explore multiplication and division and formal methods we can use. The times tables we focus on in Year 4 are 6, 7 and 9.


RE this term allows the children to explore and interpret different vocations in our Sacraments unit. Following this we will aim to understand the time of Advent through the Jesse tree and the importance of Christmas to Catholics. During this term will go on a walk to the Synagogue in town to learn more about Judaism and invite Mr Rahman in to discuss the faith of Islam. 
Children will be given weekly homework, which will be set every Tuesday and due in the following Monday. This will include:
  • Weekly spelling sheets
  • Weekly maths skills check practise sheets
  • Literacy Planet games
  • Times Table Rockstars - studio
It is also important that children continue to read daily and reading records will be collected and checked every morning.
Counting Counties and Times Table Travels will also take place on a Monday.
One Minute Maths will not be test in class but practising these skills at home will help to improve their knowledge of times tables with speed and accuracy, the link below provides a range of tests and games.
The children will have PE on a Friday only this term due to our three weeks of daily swimming. The PE this term will be undertaken by myself and we will be focusing on gymnastics. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every week. Children will be reminded to take their PE kits home every half term to be washed.
Important dates
Wednesday 6th November - Parents' evening 
Thursday 7th November - Parents' evening
Wednesday 6th November - Year 4 Mass
Monday 18th November - Swimming start
Friday 6th December - Swimming ends
Thursday 12th December - International Christmas Market
Friday 20th December - Last day