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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the term ahead. 

I am Miss Nicolaou and am delighted to be teaching Year 4 this year. In our class we are supported by Mrs Tosun.

This Autumn term our topics are ‘Countries Around the World’ and ‘Ancient Egypt’. 

We have P.E twice a week on a Tuesday and a Friday.

Please ensure your child brings in a full PE kit with them at the beginning of the week.


In order to support your child at home with their learning please encourage them to: 

  • Be a responsible reader and read for 20 minutes every night
  • Learn their Year 3/4 spellings and revise their Year 1/2 spelling lists 
  • Complete their Lexia units 
  • Practise their times tables up to 12x12 by using TT Rockstars
  • Develop their mental maths skills using Numbots
  • Ensure that they can tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks
  • Revise and learn their Year 4 glossary

Autumn Term Learning 

This term in English we will be writing a variety of genres including a holiday brochure. Their fiction writing will be based around 'The Lost Thing' , a short animated film by Shaun Tan. Their learning will include a clear focus on developing the skills needed to organise and structure their work, e.g. sentence structure, using paragraphs and developing their vocabulary. Year 4 will develop their knowledge of different forms of punctuation and grammatical terms and how these can be used to improve their writing. 

In Maths we will be focusing on numbers to 10,000, addition and subtraction within 10,000 and multiplication and division.

In Science we will be learning about digestion and sound. 

We will be learning about coding, online safety and creating spreadsheets in Computing. 

Our History topic this term is ‘Ancient Egypt’. We will be learning about the achievements of the earliest civilisations in Ancient Egypt and what life was like. 

Our Geography topic this term is ‘Countries around the World'. We will be learning about the continents, countries and capital cities of the world. We will be developing our practical skills of using a map/atlas and our understanding of human geography by exploring and comparing Britain and Egypt. 

In Art the children will be creating Ancient Egyptian inspired scrolls. In DT we will be exploring making sandwiches. The children will be tasting different breads and fillings and using their knowledge to design and create their own sandwiches.

We will be taking part in the PSHCE Curriculum and completing the topics: ‘Being Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’.

In R.E we will be learning about Buddhism and exploring the associated beliefs and practices – Is it possible for everyone to be happy?. We will also be learning about Christianity and considering ‘What is the most significant part of the Nativity story for Christians?’.

Year 4 will also be continuing their French lessons; this term the topics are ‘All Around Town’ and ‘On the Move’.

Their P.E will be with myself and our Sports Coach, Mr T, and they will be focusing on the fundamentals of Handball and Gymnastics.

In Music the children will be learning the cornet as a whole class instrument. These lessons are run by the Herts Music Scheme and act as a stepping stone for the children to potentially continue these lessons outside of school. If you would like to know more about this, please feel free to speak to me about this.

All of the curriculum information can be found on the curriculum page on the website.

If you would like to speak to me about your child’s learning please contact the office and I will be in contact.

Please check the website regularly as we will be updating it with all of the wonderful learning that has been taking place.

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