Year 4 2021 - 2022

Mrs Baker

Welcome to Year 4!


Mrs Baker, Mrs Townson, Mrs Foy and Mrs Clark warmly welcome you to Year 4!


January 2022


We hope you have all had a joyful and relaxing Christmas break. We have an exciting term ahead of us, where we will continue to learn, have fun and develop our spiritual understanding, whilst focusing on building nurture and resilience within our classroom.


Following our celebration of Epiphany, we begin our learning about Jesus, the Teacher. Within this unit, we will look at Jesus’s baptism, his disciples, his teachings and the parables and Beatitudes of Jesus. After half-term, we move on to learn about Jesus, the Saviour. Within this unit, we will further our understanding of the holy mysteries and learn about Holy Week, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Jesus’s resurrection. Both units dovetail together beautifully to lead us into the celebrations of Easter. To support your child at home, you may wish to:

  • Discuss how Jesus's teachings are reflected in your family life
  • Visit church - if possible - to see the Stations of the Cross
  • Make an Easter garden to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus


This term, our new topic is Spain. The children have already demonstrated some excellent general knowledge and will be identifying areas they would like to find out more about. If you have visited Spain before with your child, we would welcome photos of holidays or interesting items to show in class. We will be learning about both the human and physical geography of Spain, in addition to its culture, traditions and history. Over half-term, we will be asking children to have a go at creating Tapas dishes to enjoy at home. We are looking forward to linking our spiritual learning through our study of the Roman Catholic Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, which we will also be sketching.


Our class book this term is The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. This is an absolutely super piece of classic literature often included as a recommended read for children in Year 4. The themes of friendship, bravery, prejudice and the classic good vs evil, make it a very engaging read! Developing the children’s ability to retrieve relevant information - which they have understood - accurately, will be a key focus this term in guided reading. To support your child with this at home, please listen to them read aloud and ask questions which require a balance of inference and retrieval. We cannot overstate the importance of reading frequently at home – the impact of reading permeates through the whole curriculum!


In maths, we will be improving our knowledge and skills across a range of areas including multiplication and division, area, fractions and decimals. Problem-solving and reasoning skills will continue to form an important part of each unit and within each unit. The children are making fantastic progress with both their times tables and their mental arithmetic skills. It has been fabulous to see so many children increasing the time they spend on TTRockstars; those that are regular users are undoubtedly more confident, more accurate and have a quicker recall speed. In June, children in Year 4 will be completing a mandatory times tables test. The expectation is for them to know all the times tables facts up to their 12x tables and to answer each question within a 6 second window. There will be 25 questions altogether and the test will be completed on a computer. TTRockstars – on studio, in particular - is an excellent practise for this test as it gets children used to the format of questioning.


In science, we will be beginning our unit on digestion (always very popular with the children - expect some interesting dinner table discussions!) and then electricity. Both units are very hands-on and provide lots of opportunities for the children to link their learning in class with both their wider experiences and real-life examples. 



Supporting Your Child at Home



The greatest way to support your child with their learning at home, is to read with them as often as possible – we recommend daily. Please can this be recorded in your child’s reading diary which we would like to be brought into school each day (these will be sent home during the first full week of school). Once your child has read their books, they may change them themselves in school.

In the front of your child’s homework book (see below), there is a reading tracker for recording reading for pleasure. We would encourage your child to note down any reading materials that they have read on this sheet which we will use as a discussion point in class.


Times Tables

In the summer term, Year 4 children are required by the government to complete a Times Tables Check. This is an online program where children answer 25 multiplication only times-tables questions inputting their answers using an onscreen keyboard. Each question has an answer time of 6 seconds. There are numerous ways to help your child become more confident and fluent in their time-tables. Regular practise on TTRockstars will help to build confidence in a fun and engaging way. The ‘Soundcheck’ area was designed to emulate the conditions of the formal test and will familiarise your child with the format.

Other ways to practise include chants and songs (we will be learning lots in class!), the website ‘Hit the Button’ and additional books and activities which can be found online such as dot to dots.



Homework is set each Tuesday and discussed/modeled in class prior. Homework tasks will comprise of spelling and handwriting, and a written or creative activity. These tasks will provide valuable opportunities to practise skills taught in class. If you require any further guidance or help with any of the activities set, please do get in touch.


Each week, a maximum of fifteen spellings will be set to be practised before a test each Tuesday. The first ten will consist of words containing prefixes, suffixes and letter patterns identified in the national curriculum, in addition to those taken from the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling list. The final five will comprise of topic-specific words and also any words identified as needing extra focus during our English lessons.



PE is on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school ready. Please note that as the weather gets colder they will need to wear a navy or black jumper, navy or black joggers (or leggings).



Each day, your child will need to bring their water bottle into school – this will be sent home each day to be cleaned and refilled. The school canteen will be selling snacks again shortly – we will keep you updated! In the meantime, please provide your child with a piece of fruit or a vegetable. This can be kept in their lunchbox or in a named disposable bag. As always, if all belongings are clearly named it would greatly assist us in school.



Any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!


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St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Well Lane, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 2PG