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Year 4- Miss Chall

number-4-shaped-pinataWelcome to Year 4 Spring Term

Welcome back and a very happy new year to you all. I hope that you have had a relaxing break and a wonderful Christmas with friends and family. I am really looking forward to another exciting and very full term with Year 4!


Our topic this term is Space and Robots! We will be looking at the history of space exploration, learning about the planets in our solar system and exploring the history and future of robotics and the impact this will have on our lives. This theme will underpin our learning across the curriculum including art, geography, history and music. Our big questions include: Are we alone? How big is space? Tim Peake, Katherine Johnson or Galileo? We have some hugely exciting big experiences planned including releasing our own near space balloon and camera which will record its journey from our school up to space and back! We are also really lucky in year 4 to have this amazing topic coincide with our residential in Bristol where we will be investigating all sorts of science threads.



Children will be covering a range of text types in their English work, including performance poetry, journalistic writing about our space launch and narrative writing to create tension based on a journey through space. I am really excited about our poetry unit in particular as we will be using music as a stimulus. We will be using Gustav Holst’s musical series The Planets using descriptive language to compare them.



This term children will be continuing to develop their understanding of place value. We will also be looking at mental and written methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, as well as continuing times tables practise regularly. We will also be covering fractions and percentages and some work on shape and measure.

We have changed how we test times tables this term. Now children will complete a ‘cold’ test of a times table on a Monday, practice this times table all week then re-test on a Friday. It is a requirement of the new curriculum that all children master all times tables up to 12×12 by the end of this year, so help at home would be incredibly helpful to your child.


The children will be taking part in a range of PE activities this term.Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school, including: well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black or navy tracksuit trousers, a spare white T-shirt and a clean pair of socks. A plastic bag kept inside the PE bag is always useful too, for muddy trainers to be stored in! Extra carrier bags and rucksacks are not allowed in class due to a lack of space in the cloakroom.

Reading at Home

Home Reading is of vital importance for your child’d development, not just for reading but also writing, communication and confidence. Like the rest of the school, the aim is for 5 home -reads a week, with the reading diary signed by a parents or carer. This will result in your child being entered into the raffle to win a brand new book! Please remember that a good quality read doesn’t necessarily mean a long read. It could only be a few paragraphs, and the reading could be shared between child and parent, as long as you discuss this with your child using a mix of literal, inferential and evaluative questions. If you or your child is seeking inspiration for reading material, have a look at this website, which offers “100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school”.

Just click on the link below!

Pencil Cases

Please ensure your child comes to school with their pencil case every day. They must have a pencil, a handwriting pen and a fine-liner or colored biro for responding to feedback in their books. A ruler, sharpener, coloured pencils and a glue stick are also helpful. Please do not buy your child more than one pencil case.

Home Learning

Thank you for efforts with home learning so far this year!

The home reading from this class has been…OUTSTANDING! I am so impressed with your efforts and can see a real impact on your child’s reading. Your hard work has been noted and very much appreciated! At this stage it is important to discuss the reading with your child, as well as just listening, in order to ensure a thorough understanding.

I am also really pleased with the response to daily maths home learning, both from children and adults. Again, all the hard work is paying off and impacting on the children’s performance. Please keep it up, and well done everyone!

We will now be using a homework grid for your childs weekly homework. They can hand this in when ever they wish and it will be marked and handed back to you on Thursdays. The expectation is that all children will complete any 6 homeworks to a high standard from any 3 subjects.

As well as reading and home learning I also ask that you and your child work through the spellings on the inside cover of their spelling journals.  This list is a statutory requirement of all year 4 children by the end of the year. I will then test the children on these every half term and record this in their spelling journals so you can see the progress made.

As previously mentioned, I would also be appreciative of any time you can spare to go over your child’s times tables with them. I am aware I am asking a lot of parents in terms of time for home learning but it is so useful to your child’s learning to be practicing all of these skills out of school, and I am already seeing the positive effects of this in class, please keep it up!

As you know, children are also expected to read at least 5 times a week, and to have this recorded daily in home school contact diaries. I will check diaries every day. As well as this your child will read with myself or a TA once a week. We will do a ‘book raffle’ every  week. Your child’s name will be entered into the raffle to win a brand new book provided they have 5 or more reads recorded by Friday morning.

As well as reading and maths home learning I also ask that you and your child work through the spellings on the inside cover of their spelling journals. This list is a statutory requirement of all year 4 children by the end of the year. I will then test the children on these every half term and record this in their spelling journals so you can see the progress made. The spelling journals will be used in school to practice spellings and in spelling sessions but will also come home every day. Practice in these is not obligatory but the more support with spelling your child gets the more improvement we will see.

Student Teacher

I am very excited to say we have a student teacher joining us this term. Miss Suzie Lee will be in year 4 until half term and is really looking forward to her time with us!

 Thanks again, I am really looking forward to another great term!

Miss Chall


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