Year 4 News

Year 4 Autumn 2 2020

Dear parents and carers,

We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you back to the second half of the autumn term and hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing break. We had a brilliant first half term and are so pleased with how the children have settled in. It was really fun to watch the children develop their cooking skills at the end of the half term. They thoroughly enjoyed making vegetable biriyani (which was linked to Black History Month and their geography topic about farming).


 In history, this half term, we will be learning about ancient civilisations. For the first few weeks, the focus is a general overview of the following ancient civilisations: The Sumer, The Egyptians, The Indus and the Shang. We will learn and develop an understanding about where they began in the world and make comparisons between them in terms of their achievements. We will then go on to examine the ancient Egyptians in greater depth. Here we will be developing our knowledge about the success of the ancient Egyptian civilisation and the importance of the River Nile.

In maths, we will continue to develop our knowledge of the four operations. We will be focusing on multiplication and division methods. In literacy, the children will develop their understanding of explanation texts. This is linked to our science topic “States of Matter” which we are continuing with from last term. The next writing genre focus will then be stories with a familiar setting. In science, we will move to a physics unit learning about sound. In R.E. we will continue to develop our understanding about Christianity with a focus on the life and teaching of Jesus. In computing we will continue looking at online safety and learning about data. In Art the children will be focussing on drawing portraits. 

The children will be able to take their instruments home this half term. We appreciate your support in encouraging your child to spend time practising, as well as reminding them to bring their instruments in on their WCIT day (see below).






Friday PM


Violin or cello

Friday PM


Trumpet or clarinet

Thursday PM

As part of our P.E. sessions, the children will be doing outdoor sessions with coach Sam. Every child is required to have a P.E. kit in school that comes in on a Monday and goes home on a Friday to be washed. It should consist of a top, shorts, trainers or plimsolls and as the weather gets colder, jogging bottoms or leggings and a long sleeved top.


Outdoor P.E. am







Just like last half term, homework is sent home on a Friday and should be returned by Tuesday. Children are encouraged to speak to their teacher on Monday if they find the work challenging. We are also running a homework club after school on Mondays to support those children who require assistance. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like your child to attend homework club.

As there is an expectation that all children leave Year 4 with secure recall of all times tables and division facts up to 12×12, we are encouraging daily practise and regular use of Times Tables Rockstars. It is also crucial that children are reading to an adult every day, which should be recorded in their reading record. We appreciate your support with ensuring these are completed.

Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to the half term ahead!

Yours faithfully,

Ms. Nelson-Cole, Ms Swanzy and Ms.Clifford (The Year 4 Team)


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