Welcome to Year 4
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo
Y4 Class Teacher
Year 4 Prayer Table
Y4 Curriculum Newsletters
Every half term, the newsletter will be added here so you can keep up to date with what we are learning about.Year 4 Newsletter Autumn 1 Year 4 Newsletter Autumn 2 Year 4 Newsletter Spring 1
Long Term Plan
Our long term plan ensures coverage of each subject area across the curriculum and is monitored by each subject leader alongside a range of other monitoring tasks that ensure coverage and progression. Teachers may change the order of some topics where there is justification to do so, but will still ensure coverage of all topics across all subject areas.Year 4 LTP
Academic Year 2023-24
Welcome back to school everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer holiday and you’re looking forward to an fantastic year in Year 4! I am really excited to get started and I will do all I can to help you settle back into the class. We will make sure all of us are feeling confident, happy and ready to take an active part in our learning. We have great things planned, make sure you keep a lookout for our class page as it will soon fill up with all the fun learning activities we have.
A list of our class texts that we will be exploring this academic year:
Autumn 1: King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo
Autumn 2: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Spring 1: Empire’s End – A Roman Story by Leila Rasheed then parts of The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean and Emma Chichester Clark
Spring 2: Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit
Summer 1: The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Summer 2: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
School Trips, Visits and Workshops
Skipping Festival Training Session
Victorian Themed Day
Ancient Romans Workshop
Class Saint Day
World Book Day
British Science Week
Junior Warrior Mud Run
Y3/4 Statutory Spelling List
Please encourage your children to practise these compulsory spellings, these are essential and should be practised alongside weekly spellings.Y3 & Y4 Statutory Spellings
At St Joseph’s, we are so grateful for the invaluable support that our parents and carers provide for our pupils. We know how well our families have been able to adapt to home learning so now that we can welcome all of our pupils back to school, we wanted to provide opportunities for our pupils to continue their learning at home, if they choose to. The homework given will prepare and support your child’s learning across the curriculum each half term. The homework tasks below are optional. If you would also like to read our homework policy, please follow the link below.Homework Policy 2022-24
Please follow the links below to access our online learning platforms that are used for homework.
Resources to support optional homework tasks
Writing for Pleasure
To suggest some ideas for our aspiring authors for their next best chapter books, I included some links to fun picture prompts, story starter ideas and sentence challenges. Take on the challenge and see where a piece of paper, a pencil and your imagination takes you!Swirling Sunrise Turn Over a New Leaf Arctic Journey The Clocktower The Green Vision Without Gravity View from the Cockpit Around the World The Stadium
We know the importance of learning our times tables in Year 4. We all know that we are expected to know all of our times tables by the end of the year. Please use these links to help you learn your times tables online. Come up with some active ways to practise your times tables. Design a Burn2Learn activity to practise or learn some moves from the Super Movers. Super Movers Top Marks games Times tables online games Online and downloadable Oxford Owl activities
Here are some games you could download, print and play as a family too.3x tables 4x tables 5x tables 6x tables 7x tables 8x tables 9x tables 10x tables 11x tables 12x tables Mixture of times tables
Try the Multiplication Tables Check activity that generates the 25 times tables questions randomly and the children have 6 seconds to type their answers in.
To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for you to complete. I can’t wait to see your work that you complete at home!Y4 Homework Grid Spring 1
Romans loved to use mosaics for decoration, particularly on floors. Mosaics are made from tiny, coloured stones called tesserae which are arranged to make different pictures and patterns.
Designing your own mosaic picture or pattern.
Read more about Roman mosaics and take inspiration from the many different patterns. Mosaic information slides
Check out more examples and use the templates to create your own mosaic art. Choose your level of challenge by choosing from an easier or more tricky grid. Mosaic artwork templates
Create a database of the different Roman gods and goddesses. A database clearly organises information into fields so that information can be easily found. Do your research to find some key information and then record your findings.
Learn more about the gods and goddesses from these information slides. Information slides
Use the templates to create your own database. Choose your level of challenge. Roman gods and goddesses information and templates
1.Match the statements to the correct god.
2. Match the names with the descriptions.
3. Create your own fact cards.
The Romans used big shields in battle called ‘scutum’. These were good for protecting the soldiers and they would often use their shields in formation so that no arrows would be able to get through.
Design and make your own Roman shield.
Read more about the designs of Roman shields. Information slides
Use the templates to design and create your shields. Choose your level of challenge. Roman shield templates
1. Draw the front of your shield as a poster and label it.
2. Draw the front, back and side of the design to label.
3. Draw all angles and explain your materials used, tools needed and method.
The Romans loved to keep clean and bathing was a sociable experience that the Roman people enjoyed sharing together. Plan, design and produce a Roman Bathhouse Guide.
Read the presentation and learn more about Roman baths. Information slides
Use the diagram and template to help you create an information leaflet. Choose your level of challenge. Imagine you are a rich Roman who has just opened a new bathhouse. Design and produce an information leaflet about the new baths. Diagram and template
1. You can decide which rooms you would like to include in your bathhouse and you should draw and label them.
2. You can decide which rooms you would like to include in your bathhouse and you should write about each one.
3. You may wish to include pictures, maps, labels, plans of other information to enhance your guide and make it stand out to potential visitors.
In ancient Rome, the Campus was an area of land that was used for army training, although other men did use it to train too. It was at the Campus that men would do take part in events like running, jumping, wrestling, throwing, riding and archery.
Choose an activity from the list and have a go! Activities
Choose a challenge to complete and create your own training routine. Choose your level of challenge. Challenges and training ideas
1. Complete the solider training activities.
2. Create your own training games for throwing, catching, running, jumping.
3. Create your own training games for throwing, catching, running, jumping as well as teamwork and communication skills.
Carry out a sound survey! Take a walk around indoors or outside to identify and describe the sounds you can hear! What is making each sound? Listen carefully. Can you hear high and low sounds? Can you hear loud and quiet sounds?
Complete the sound survey. Sound survey
Choose the level of your challenge from 1 star, 2 star or 3 star to show how different sounds travel to our ears. Science of Sound