welcome-to-year-41Holly ThompsonGeorgina ChappellMichelle WaltersEmma Lamb


In English this half term, we will be using our new class reader, Tuesday, to inspire some report writing. We will first be exploring different types of reports which include newspapers as well as eye-witness of police reports. After this, we will be choosing a key event from our class reader to report in which ever given style we choose. Over the course of this piece of writing, we will be learning the difference between indirect and direct speech and  how to use both of these in our writing.

Later in the term, we will be showing our knowledge of speech in a fiction text. This will be inspired by our time travelling character who will visit the ancient Maya civilization. This will be a chance to showcase our knowledge of this era as well as our ability to write imaginatively.

Guided Reading

First we will be deepening our understanding of inference through our class reader, Tuesday, which is a picture book. We will then develop this further by using evidence to support our reasoning. This will be applied to various difference texts and will allow us to practise our point, evidence and explain (PEE).


This half term, we will continue to develop our written methods for addition and subtraction through a variety of contexts. We will then be moving onto measure where we will be learning about conversions of length. We will be using our written methods to solve problems involving length and measure.

Throughout Year 4, we will be developing our arithmetic skills by carrying out daily activities which will aid with our fluency.  This alongside activities which will develop our reasoning skills will ensure a wide range of mathematical skills are developed.

Science – Sound

Within this unit, children’s understanding of sound and how we hear will be enhanced. We will first be exploring how different instruments make sound as well as how they can be played in different ways to vary the volume and pitch. This is a fantastic unit to also develop children’s working scientifically skills as we will have to record our results before explaining our discoveries in the form of a written conclusion.

Topic – The Ancient Mayas (El Dorado City of Gold)

This History based topic will start off with our Maya workshop where we will deepen our knowledge and understanding of this era and where it comes in history.  We will also use our map skills to find out where in the world this ancient civilization was found. Our understanding of chronology will be enhanced by exploring artifacts from different periods of time. Once children have a foundation of knowledge, we will be carrying out our own enquiries into an area of their choice. This will be showcased in a time travelling fiction tale at the end of the half term.

Within the topic, we will be using our DT skills of cooking to make traditional Maya food which includes tortillas.


Our class based PE this half term will be focused around Netball where we will develop our agility skills. Within the second unit of PE, children will be learning to combine a series of movements to creature their own sequences in time with music.


In this unit, we are investigating the concept of ‘holy’ and how this relates to Christianity.Think_Resilience


In PSHE, we will be exploring healthy eating and lifestyles. Furthermore, we will be continuing to develop the skills of resilience, reflectiveness and thinking.


This unit will look at the way sounds are produced and classified. Children will use their voices to make beatbox sounds, learn to sing four-part songs and perform a jazzy round.


Dates for the Diary


4HT – 19th October

4LW – 23rd November

4GC – 30th November

Maya Day

Workshop and activities – 30th October (usual school uniform)

Avon Tyrell Deposits

Collected from 30th October

Last collected Friday 10th November


PE Kits

Full PE kits are needed for Mondays and Wednesdays. This includes dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms (for outdoor PE if the weather is cold), a white t-shirt, socks and appropriate footwear.



Project – Maya Civilisation

The Ancient Mayans were well known for constructing pyramid structures within their cities (such as the city of Tikal that we will looked at in our lessons). Your project is to research, plan and create your very own Maya city or building. You can use any materials to create your Maya city for example: you could build using shoe boxes, cardboard, newspaper, wood etc OR you could draw/use a computer program to create your city.

This is a six week project so a detailed, annotated plan/research will need to accompany your final piece. Remember to edit your plans as they change as they will show your thought processes.

Due date: Monday 11th December 2017

Homework will then be on display as part of our Maya Museum which will be in classrooms after school on Thursday 21st December


Spellings for this half term will be recapping the Year 3’s Autumn 2 spellings along with learning strategies for Year 4’s new exception words.

The exception words are:

eight, caught, centre, century, heart, breath, busy, early, woman, women, promise, therefore, opposite, ordinary, perhaps and pressure

spelling strategies

These will be assessed both at the beginning and end of the half term and can be practised using a variety of strategies on the Tic-Tac-Toe.

They are expected to not only know the words on the list but be able to spell them if they have a prefix or a suffix attached. For example promise could be promised or promising.

Within class, we will be focusing on developing our phonics skills and how these can be used to spell unknown words. We will also be looking at the rules for adding suffixes such as ‘ed’ and ‘ing’ to root words.

Reading and Times Tables

A reminder that each week children will be expected to read every day at home for at least 10 minutes. Alongside this, children are to log on to Times Tables Rockstars which will aid to develop children’s fluency within their Maths by taking part in fun Maths games. Both will need to be recorded in the same home learning log and handed in to the class teacher on a daily basis.