Year 4



Our first topic this year is Chocolate! With such a fascinating topic to start with, it's just not about eating chocolate... there is so much more to find out. We will be researching and learning everything we can about how chocolate is made, especially how it goes from pod to product. Our class visit to the York Chocolate Story is going to be fun!!


Class Dojo!

Class Dojo is now set up for parents to join, where messages can be sent back and forth - I will reply as and when I can. I sent the children home on the first day of the school term with information on how to sign up, but if you require another instruction sheet, let me know and I can get you another. I believe that using Class Dojo as a means to communicate with one another is vital, but this won't only be used for communication, it gives me the opportunity to share your child's work with you by being able to post photos or messages directly to their own profile!



For numeracy this term, we are focusing on column addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions of whole numbers. We will be working on times tables daily through various activities, such as Maths Zap, Beat the Clock, Big Maths Beat That and singing our times tables to popular pop songs! We want the children to be able to recall our times tables faster. As of this year, the Government have placed a times table check for all Year 4's across the country, in which they have to complete 25 questions in 5 minutes (roughly 6 seconds per question!). Each child has access to Times Table Rockstars, a programme specifically designed to improve the children's speed and fluency with times tables.



The school are currently using a fantastic writing scheme called 'The Write Stuff' from Jane Considine, which allows children to understand how to punctuate correctly and ensure their own writing is punctuated and are grammatically correct. We will be creating various genres of writing from newspaper reports to adventure stories.



All our homework links with things we have been doing in class that week. Year 4 will have numeracy and reading homework, which will alternate on a weekly basis. Homework books and folders have been provided for the children, in which they are responsible for keeping tidy and safe. Homework is set on a Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday to be marked and given back. If anyone is struggling with the homework, then just ask Mrs Taylor, Miss Stothard or I for assistance.



Spellings are produced through the school's new system (Read Write Inc). We have daily spelling lessons, where the children work through practise books and online resources, to help improve their spellings. During the week, children will be given ten spellings altogether, with five spellings from the spelling rule that week and five spellings from the Year 3/4 statutory spelling list. They will write these spellings in their blue log books, which have been provided to each child. Once again, children are responsible for taking this book home to revise and are prompted to do so on a Wednesday after logging their words.



Your children read aloud beautifully, but understanding the text that they are reading is just as important. Please use the bookmarks provided to help you question your children's understanding of the book they are reading. Every time a child reads, they will receive 3 Class Dojo points. The child who reads the most often will receive a small prize at the end of the week. Once your child has read to you, please make a note in their yellow reading books.


Physical Education (PE)


Our PE lessons this term, will be Netball, which will be on Tuesday afternoon. Starting in December, the children will visit Aston Leisure Centre for swimming lessons. Please ensure children have indoor, outdoor and swimming kits prepared for each lesson.


Let's have a great term in Year 4!


Mr Haden and Mrs Taylor.



York Chocolate Story visit photos!


Our Chocolate Cafe Afternoon! Thank you to all those who were able to attend and support the class. Altogether we raised a massive £164! This money will go back into the classroom, with the children deciding what they would like!


Take a look at some of the photos below!


Further information:


Please click here to view the Y4 curriculum Plan for 2019-20


Here are some policies which the parents of children in Y4 may find useful:

Reading Policy

SPAG Policy

Maths Policy


Online lunch ordering from LunchHound:


Abacus online homework: