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Year 4

Updated: 6/1/22

Welcome to Year 4!

Welcome to Year 4 meeting - Here are the notes from the session to welcome you to Year 4.

If you have any questions please feel free to come and ask one of us.

General Information


Welcome to the Year 4 page. You will find all of the things you should need to know for the year.


In Year 4 the teachers are Mr Easterbrook and Mrs Coulton. We are supported by Miss Friend, Mrs Harris, and Miss Gee, who are our teaching assistants.

Year 4 is a key year and involves the children taking greater responsibility for their own learning. Despite this we are very keen to work together as a partnership, with the children, parents, teachers and school of all working together to help us 'to be the best that we can be'.


Please feel free to contact the Year 4 team if you have something you wish to ask or would like to discuss. We have an open door policy and will see you as soon as possible. Please ask at the office if you would like to see us in person or would like to pass on a message, or catch us in the playground at the start or end of the day.


Thank you,


The Year 4 Team

Year 4 Term overview


  • Autumn Term 1 & 2:  The Revolutionary Romans - The history of how Britain changed from the Iron Age to the end of the Roman occupation of Britain. This focuses on the impact of the Roman culture and way of life to the country.
  • Geography - The location of major countries before focusing on the location of major cities of the UK.
  • Science - Sound - Learning how sounds are generated and travel through different materials.


  • Spring Terms 1 & 2: Science - Marvellous Me! - The digestive system of humans and other animals. Learning about the teeth of different animals and how and why they are different.
  • Geography - The geography of Europe with a focus on Italy.
  • Science - Electricity - How circuits work and the difference between an insulator and conductor.


  • Summer Terms 1 & 2: Water Worlds - Start with the water cycle and how rivers form. We then move to the coast and learn about the ocean.
  • Science - Changes in state - Solids, liquids and gases (linked to the water cycle).
  • Science - Habitats and classification of animals - Looking at how to identify animals and plants using keys.

Home learning

  • Each Friday, children will be given spellings based around the expectations of their year group. They will have a suitable number based upon their ability level. The test will be on the following Thursday.
  • The children are expected to read regularly throughout the week, with parental completion of the reading record on three occasions. This should indicate when and how much the children have read. It would also be helpful to include a very brief comment on any problems or successes from the activity. This is to be handed in EVERY Friday and counts towards our class rewards.
  • Maths and English homework is set once a week, on a Friday. It is due in on the Thursday of the following week.
  • Our expectation is that the children should be able to complete their homework on their own and that it should take approximately 30/40 minutes to complete, with up to 20 minutes per subject. If it is problem, please speak with the class teacher and we will try to help out. The learning is almost always based on learning we have done in class already, so it should be possible for all children to attempt and complete their appropriate level of challenge.


PE Kit and days

The school PE kit is as follows:

White t-shirt, white shorts, and trainers. For colder months, and outdoor games especially, children may wear a plain, dark tracksuit, but without logos please.

  • Friday OUTDOOR PE - This will be on the playground during the winter and on the field during the summer.
  • Tuesday INDOOR PE - Children may also want to wear tracksuits to be able to wear outdoors at breaktime and lunchtime.


Planning Days

  • Mrs Cowin and Mrs Mitchell cover Year 4 every other Thursday.

Self-isolation / instant lockdown activities

Should anyone have to enter a period of isolation, we have added more activities to our learning links for Key Skills. You will find areas for English and Maths. At the bottom of the page there are more activities linked to the topics too.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will try to help out the best that we can.


Current learning

We are currently using the amazing book series Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst. These biographies will teach the children about the achievements of just a few of the amazing women who have had an impact upon the world we live in. We will learn about Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Frida Kahloand Marie Curie, to name but a few.


In guided reading, we will be using a range of texts to look at the skills of finding and retrieving information, a skill which is essential for the assessment of reading. We will also be using some short texts to start to develop the skills of inference and deduction, much more challenging skills that are expected to develop as the children become more confident and fluent readers.



Regular reading at home is essential. The children should be heard reading aloud at least 3 times per week, even for those children who are free-readers. Discussions between the child and the adult are key to helping to improve and develop their understanding but also allows the children to work on their expression when reading aloud. 


Free readers may read anything they like but we would like you to always have a challenging fiction book on the go at all times. We are more than happy to recommend texts for you.


Children on the reading scheme must read their scheme books but can also add any additional reading you have done (non-fiction, magazines, other books etc).


Each child has their own reading record and these need to be completed with three adult signed entries per week, indicating when the child read, what they read and anything that arose from the discussion. If the record has been misplaced or left at school, the entries should be completed on a piece of paper, which can be stuck into the book.


We have given Year 4 access to Oxford Owl and the reading materials within their website. This wonderful resource has a small range of texts and extracts that the children can read on a digital screen, choosing to read the text themselves, or allowing the text to be read to them and for them to follow along. This is a useful resource if your child has forgotten their reading book, or if you would like a different text to one that you have already. The login details are in the front of the reading record and can be found on the Year 4 'Welcome to Year 4' PowerPoint/PDF.



Spellings will be set through Spelling Shed on a Friday and tested on the following Thursday. We will teach the spellings patterns and rules throughout the week.



Throughout the week we will ask the children to practise their spellings through handwriting. Part of the curriculum expects all children to be joining their handwriting.

We keep the children's best handwriting on their tables so that they are always trying to improve their work to be the best that it can be.


Current Learning


We begin the year with a focus on Multiplication and Division skills. We will be initailly learning how to use place value to help when multiplying by tens and hundreds. Later, we will be learning the formal methods for multiplication and division, so times tables are invaluable!


Times tables facts

The national expectation for Year 4 is that ALL children will know every times table fact from 1x1 to 12x12 by heart and with instant recall. The Government were due to introduce a national assessemnet of this skill last year and it was last year's Year 4s who were due to be the first year group to be assessed on their times table fact knowledge. Obviously, this did  not happen, so it will now be this year group.


As a school, we piloted the process in the year before and our pupils performed incredibly well and this was in main due to regular learning at home of the tables, either through playing the TTRockstars app or by repeated questioning by others. Both can be a fun way to learn and enhance the knowledge of the tables, making all of their maths skills much quicker and accurate. The only way to embed this essential skill is to repeatedly practise them. Just a few minutes learning them each day will have a massive impact. Our best mathematicians know all of their tables by heart and it will be invaluable for moving into Year 5 and beyond.


All children have been provided with their own TTRockstars username and password. It would be helpful if they could learn these so that they can use them at home, but also in school, where we will be using the app to keep our skills topped up.


There will also be regular competitions held between the classes and certain groups of children. We hope that you encourage the children to take part.


In Year 4, the expectations in maths have changed significantly. The new curriculum focuses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for addition, subtraction and multiplication. We also start to develop our division skills, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key life skill which will be essential throughout adulthood.


We are having a huge push on our times tables at the moment as it forms a key part of what we must know to move forwards in our learning. We would really appreciate any help with the learning of this key skill please. If you need some help with suggestions, please see the resources below or come and ask one of the team for some support.



At Manadon Vale, RE is taught to give every child the opportunity to explore the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to their lives. Pupils gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief and to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.


In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Plymouth Agreed Syllabus for RE. The principal religions and non-religious worldviews represented in the UK are covered taught through 'Key Questions'. These key questions are explored through the study of sacred texts, through creative arts, with visiting speakers and visits to places of worship and with lively discussion and debate.


In Year 4 the key questions are:


What is the ‘Trinity’ and why is it important for Christians? 


What kind of world did Jesus want?


Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’? (Salvation) 


What do Hindus believe God is like?


What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?


How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?