Our Year 4 team


Dan Heaton

Hazel & Assistant Headteacher


Beth Atkins











Teaching Assistants


Cath Mitchell




2018 - 2019

Year 4 PE days are: 

Hazel - Thursday

Cherry - Thursday

Please ensure that children have a white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable footwear

Spring 1

In English, we will be focussing our reading and writing on the text ’Belonging’. The children will have lots of opportunities to write, for example: diary entries, setting descriptions, letters and short stories to convey the change in the environment and express their interpretation of the book.

In Maths, we will be focussing on fractions, including equivalent, converting fractions into decimals and adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. We will learn how to describe positions on a 2D grid as co-ordinates; find the area of a rectilinear shapes and to use the formal written method to divide 2 and 3 digit numbers by one digit.

Our Science focus this half term is “Why is the sound that is made by “Oasis” enjoyed by so many?”. Through working scientifically, we will explore a range of scientific questions including: how a sound is made; how it travels from the source to our ears; explore the correlation between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.

Our topic enquiry is “Why is Manchester the coolest place to live? “ Through this topic we will look at the history Manchester and how lives were different to ours now. We will study and create our own artwork in the style of L.S Lowry. We will learn about the geographical location of Manchester, along with the physical and human features. We will research a famous Mancunian who has changed the course of history and present this to another class. Through our PSHE lessons, we will look at the current affairs that are in the news and unpick them in many class discussions.

Autumn 2

In English, we will be focussing our reading and writing on the text ’One Plastic Bag’ by Miranda Paul. The aims are to explore themes and issues around plastic in the environment. The children will explore this through a range of  creative writing, and explore this with confidence through writing for a real purpose and audience.

In Maths, we will be focussing on Multiplication, both factor pairs and written methods. In measure, we will be learning how to measure perimeter of a range of different shapes. Through out statistics work we will be creating and interpreting bar charts and line graphs. We will  introduce Roman Numerals up to one hundred  and recap time from the previous term.

Our Science focus this half term is “How could we cope without electricity for one day?” Through this we will learn which appliances need electricity to work; we will construct electrical circuits and able to identify and describe whether a lamp will light in a simple series circuit; learn how switches can open and close circuits and explore making switches using our knowledge of conductors and insulators.

Our topic enquiry is “How has plastic waste changed our planet?” Through this topic we will explore current affairs related to the impact of plastic on our environment. We will use map work to explore how rivers and seas are changing around the globe; research the history of plastic and why it was invented; research debate the pros and cons of recycling, and why some countries are more successful than others. Towards the end of the topic, we will use all of our knowledge to create a persuasive podcast.

Autumn 1


In Literacy, we are using the book Charlotte’s Web as a stimulus for our writing.

Throughout the half term, your children will write in a variety of genres including: poetry, diary entries, story maps, fact files, character descriptions and narrative descriptions. As a final piece, the children will draft and write a narrative with characters, settings and a plot.

In Mathematics this half term we are learning to: count backward through zero to include negative numbers; count forwards and backwards in multiples of 6,7,925 and 1000; add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written of column where

appropriate; estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation; compare and classify shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles; read, write and

convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks.

Within Science this term we are learning to work scientifically through the question ‘Which wild animals and plants thrive in your locality?’. We will be accessing the area of Living things and their Habitats with a strong focus on: recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways; explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment and recognise that environments can change and this can sometimes pose danger for living things.

Our new topic this term is ‘Who were the earliest lawmakers?’. We will be researching about who made the early laws and why they were necessary; finding out about how laws have changed throughout the years and discussing whether they are morally right; finding out how punishments have changed throughout the last 750 years; through

elements of drama we will be re-enacting a 17th/18th Century law court and also to use different tones to draw and shade accurately.