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Welcome to Year 4!

Welcome back Year 4! I hope that you have had a great summer break and that you are looking forward to a very busy year! Our topic this term will be ‘Ross-on-Wye vs London’. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.



In English, we will be looking at stories with historical settings and write our own based on the history of our local area.  We will look at newspapers in more detail and write some linked to our topic, Ross-on-Wye vs London.  After half term, we will be looking in greater depth at newspapers and will also explore stories from other cultures, before writing our own. 


In Year 4 we will also be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.



In Maths, we will be looking at number and place value. We will revise rounding to 10, 100 and 1000 and be learning our Roman numerals to 100. We will continue to develop the use of written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will practise using these methods to solve written, real life problems. 


After half term, we will learn about length and perimeter and use what we learn in real life situations. We will also be revising multiplication and division. 


In Year 4, we need to know all of our multiplication facts to 12 x 12.  We will have weekly times tables tests in class and practise these regularly. 



In Science, we will learn about the States of Matter. In this topic, we will explore the different states of matter. We will be comparing and grouping materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will also observe how some materials can change state and identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle. 


Ross-on-Wye vs London

Our topic this term is Ross-on-Wye vs London. During this topic, we will learn about our local area in greater depth and use our findings to compare the human and physical features of Ross-on-Wye to those of London. We will also learn about the history of the local area and famous, local people of the past. We will then be comparing the two areas' historical and geographical differences. Many of our other subjects will link to our topic this term, for example, Art. We will be looking at the knitting successes of the local Ross artist- Chris Champness.  


For more information, please see the Topic Web below.



In Music, we will be having weekly lessons with the very talented Mrs West and throughout the year we will have the fantastic opportunity to play the toot/flute.



Class 4 will have the opportunity to create more incredible masterpieces when finger-knitting as inspired by local Artist, Chris Champness, linking to our topic. 



Year 4 will have PE on a Friday led by SuperStars   We will also have swimming on a Wednesday afternoon – don’t forget your swimming kit.  PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.



Homework is set on a Thursday and should be returned every Monday. Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class. Remember that you can always upload your homework to Showbie. Your blue Homework Diaries should be in school every day. Please continue to read daily at home and record this in your blue diary- consistent extra reading will be rewarded with dojos!


In addition to the weekly homework task, Class 4 pupils must also work on their multiplication facts (times tables) and spellings at home. A short list of spellings will also be sent home to learn - and your child should apply the correct spelling of these words during independent writing. Common (high frequency) words should be spelt correctly during class tasks and also during writing assessments (which enable us to assess which writing features your child can use independently).


Passwords to websites including Timestables Rockstars, Education City and Showbie can be found in the back of your blue diary. 


Follow this link to find out how to access Education City on your iPad:




Tuesday, 3rd September 2019: First day of Autumn Term

Wednesday, 4th September 2019: Meet the Teacher ~ 2pm

Thursday, 5th September 2019: Meet the Teacher ~ 2pm

Friday, 18th October 2019: NSPCC: Speak Out, Stay Safe Assembly

Monday, 28th October 2019 – Friday, 1st November 2019: HALF TERM

Friday, 20th December 2019:  LAST DAY OF TERM


To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of Maths and English activities on Education City. You should also encourage your child to explore


You can practise your multiplication tables on Times Tables Rockstars


Remember to look in the ‘Gallery’ and the school Twitter to see our latest photographs.


Please note my door is always open and I am always happy to chat with parents about your child and their learning. Please feel free to come and find me if you wish to discuss anything! 


Many thanks!

Miss Russell

Curriculum Map 2019/20

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Suggested Reading for 7-11 year olds