Welcome to Year 4


Our Learning



      During our topic ‘Snap, Crackle, Pop!’ the children will be finding out all about electricity and sound. The children will be working towards undertaking 2 fun tasks which will test their knowledge and understanding of both aspects of their learning at the end of each focus. They will also be producing an explanation text about electricity and a biography about a scientist linked to sound for example, Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner and Thomas Eddison.

     In order to do so, the children will be:

  •  Exploring electrical games and resources, to identify what they know and what they need to know about electricity.

  • Identifying the dangers associated with electricity in the home.

  • Identifying which materials are good conductors and those which aren’t.

  • Constructing a simple circuit.

  • Finding out about how sounds are made and how sound travels.

  • Investigating pitch and volume through musical instruments.

  • Learning about the hearing of humans and other animals.




     Our initial focus is poems which use imagery, and the children will be thinking about how similes and metaphors are used to create powerful images in the reader’s mind. They will move towards writing their own descriptive poem inspired by ‘Window’ a wordless picture book, by Jeannie Baker.
      An exciting narrative, ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore’ by W.E. Joyce will be used as a guide for the children to create their own mini book. The children will be encouraged to think about noun phrases and superlatives in terms of character and setting contexts. They will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the term ‘show not tell’ the reader.
       As the children begin to understand The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, they will read ‘Roman Diary, The Journal of Iliona a young slave’ by Richard Platt and use this for another writing opportunity as they imagine themselves to be a Roman slave for a week. They will be encouraged to think about time adverbials, comparative conjunctions and rhetorical questions as they write effective sentences for a historical diary which will draw the reader in to their inner thoughts and feelings.



   Our initial number focus is place value. The children will have the opportunity to explore and use a variety of representations to become fluent in the order and place value of numbers beyond 1,000, including counting in 10s and 100s.They will then move on to addition and subtraction with numbers up to 4-digits using the formal methods of column addition and subtraction where possible. In multiplication and division, the children will be practising recall and using multiplication tables and related division facts to aid fluency, practise mental methods and become fluent in the formal written method of short multiplication and short division. The aspect of measurement this term is length and perimeter. Problem solving and reasoning will continue to be an important part of all our maths when the children are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills independently and to persevere when they are stuck.