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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Throughout the year, we are trying to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to be more awesome like Captain Resourceful. We are going to concentrate on being resourceful by planning what we are going to do and trying to understand what we are going to achieve.

We are going to be starting a new topic this term which the children have chosen. They wanted to learn about different countries and animals so our new topic is called ‘Around the World’.

Important Notices:

  • Year 4 will continue with their violin lessons once a week. We will take part in these lessons all year and be performing in shows throughout the year.
  • We will be doing PE twice a week – Please make sure PE kits are in school EVERY DAY.
  • Please make sure that reading books and diaries are in school EVERY DAY.
  • 18th January – RSPB workshop – children will need forest school type clothing.
  • Week commencing 19th January – Castleton


We will begin this half term by reading lots of different traditional tales from around the world and look at common themes and ideas. We will then be using the structure of a traditional tale to write our own stories. We will be using our story writing tool kit to make sure we include all of the features needed for a traditional tale. We are going to be spending time researching climate change and the changes that are happening around the world and will then create a non-chronological report explaining our findings. Following on from this research, we then plan on writing a letter to persuade people to look after our planet, explaining how we can all work like Captain Reciprocity to help achieve this.

To help your child at home:

  • Read with them at least 3 times a week
  • You could ask your child about the features of our writing tool kits for the different pieces of writing we do.
  • Research information about climate change or different countries and continents.


In Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around multiplication and division. We will be looking at the different methods to help us multiply up to 4 digit numbers and then look at the different methods to help us divide. We will then be applying what we have learnt by solving word problems and using reasoning to help us explain our answers.

To help your child at home:

  • You could practice all of the times tables.
  • You can ask your child to prove any answer they get – eg. 10x10 = 100 – prove why your answer is correct.


In Science this half term, we will be focusing on the topic of living things. This will involve looking at plants and animals and using the information we know about them to classify. We will be creating our own classification keys to help us classify animals we find when we go on a mini-beast hunt. We will be learning all about the characteristics that make something ‘living’ and using these to help us. We will then be thinking about the environments and habitats of all living things and how we are adapted to these environments.

To help your child at home:

  • You could talk to your child about different animals and plants.
  • Ask them what MRS GREN stands for.
  • You could ask them to explain how we classify living things.


We will be starting the term off with a Design and Technology day where the focus will be investigating different structures and how we can strengthen and reinforce them. Throughout the half term, in Music, we will have weekly singing lessons and then continuing with our Violin lessons each week. In Geography, we will be learning about different countries and create a passport fact file about each country. We will be covering lots of citizenship ideas throughout our topic thinking about global warming and environmental problems that are currently happening around the world. We will be taking part in a whole school internet safety day. Nottingham County will be spending time in Year 4 across the next half term and will be leading some of our PE sessions.