Welcome to Year 4 – Spring term 2017 – 2018

Values driven learning

Classteachers: Miss Murphy/Mrs Long

Class book : ‘The lost happy endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy

What would happen if we lost the happy endings to stories – imagine the tears at bedtime! A fantastic and magical tale about what happens when, one night, a wicked witch steals the happy endings to bedtime stories. It is up to Jub, the keeper of the happy endings, to save the day and ensure sweet dreams everywhere in this lyrical story about storytelling.

Guided reading novel:

An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

Our science learning challenge this half term is all about living things and their habitats. It is entitled: Which wild plants and animals thrive in our locality?

Our history learning challenge for this half term is: Why were the Romans so powerful and what did we learn from them?

Timetable and curriculum

This is an example of a typical week’s timetable in year four:

This is the curriculum map for year four 2017/18:

Mathematics 2016 2017


We use a mastery approach to learning mathematics. We believe that every child can master an understanding and a love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. We specifically use the Maths – No Problem! primary school series, using the mastery teaching approach from Singapore.

Aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for mathematics, the series is used as part of the NCETM’s Maths Hub programme.

Features of Singapore Maths:
Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge
Careful scaffolding of core competencies of :
visualisation, as a platform for comprehension
mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities
pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise

Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

English 2017 2018


We use Read Write Inc Spelling in years 2 to 6. The scheme has been specially created to meet the higher demands of the national curriculum. We run lessons daily for 15 minutes
Spelling rules are introduced by aliens from an exciting online spelling planet
Every child’s progress is recorded and tracked and intervention given
Parents can help by ensuring that weekly spellings are learnt at home

We use ‘grammar Hammer’ Assertive Mentoring programme for grammar. All pupils take part in weekly activities and progress is carefully tracked.

Working at home

If you are looking for some extra work to do at home take a look at these websites. There are a range of fun activities for you to do.

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/
  • http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/religion/hinduism.htm

Important information.

PE will be on Wednesdays so please make sure your PE kit is in school.

Children will have the opportunity everyday to change their home reading books once their book has been read and reading record signed by an adult. Reading journals must be brought into school EVERY DAY, even if the children have not yet completed the book they have.

Spellings and times tables will be sent home with the children every Monday. They will be tested on them the following Monday.


Homework books will be given out every Monday. Children must choose one piece of homework from the designated box and return their completed homework the following Monday. The class teacher will explain which box they will be able to choose from each week.

Helping at home

ESPRESSO HAS ARRIVED! Espresso is an educational service for children to use at home. This website is packed full of activities, games and stories for you to enjoy.

The log in details have been sent home with children. If you have not received them please ask a member of staff for them.