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John 10v10

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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!


Welcome to Miss Withams' Year 4 class! We are very lucky to have Mrs Graham working with us every morning. On this page you will find useful information about our work and ways you can help your child at home. Check back often to see what we've been learning!

Back to School


It has been lovely to have all the children back in the classroom after so long away. Mrs Graham and I are so proud of the attitude towards learning that everyone has shown! A special well done to our first three certificate winners - Harley, Daisy and Kimberly. They have all tried extra hard to settle into the new school year and show off their skills and hard working attitude.


Please find below the remote learning plan and Google Classroom guide for parents, which was sent home this week with your child's usernames and logins for Google Classroom and Purple Mash.


Keep an eye on our website page for updates and information about Year 4.


Miss Withams 

General Reminders:


Homework - Initially homework will be set weekly on Google Classroom. Please keep an eye out for more information about this.


PE - Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day. We will be trying to follow our usual PE timetable as much as possible, whilst following the COVID-19 guidelines. Therefore I would appreciate it if all children could have their kit ready for a PE lesson at short notice!


PE kit should consist of:

  • White t-shirt or polo shirt
  • Black or navy blue shorts or leggings
  • Pumps or trainers. (Personally I prefer children to have trainers as they provide proper support during athletics lessons.)
  • Tape for earrings if they cannot be removed.


Reading - Please hear your child read every night for around 15-20 minutes (as far as is possible). Fluency in reading helps children to build their understanding of the world, their comprehension, vocabulary and develops empathy for others. Reading can be from many sources, not just their reading scheme book. Try this list for ideas:


Google Classroom - We will be encouraging the use of Google Classroom to help the children build up their technological skills and competency as quickly as possible. Please keep an eye out for your child's Google login, and more information about Google Classroom!



Our learning in Year 4


English & Topic

This term our theme title is 'Secrets of a Sun King'. During Guided Reading we will be reading the book with the same name, written by Emma Carroll. We will then use this as a springboard to find out more about the Sun King, Tutankhamen, and the Ancient Egyptians. We'll be exploring what life was like for Ancient Egyptians, both the Pharaohs and the slaves, by using a range of sources and looking at different artefacts. We will also look at Ancient Egyptian achievements and rituals linked to their beliefs. We will be inspired by the Ancient Egyptians for our art and DT work. In English we will be exploring the book 'Egyptian Cinderella' by Shirley Climo, which will help us to build our writing skills.



In KS2 we all follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Each week children have lessons on how to spell the patterns needed to be successful spellers for their age group. Patterns include the various ways to spell the "shun" sound (tion, sion, ssion, cian) and the "chur" sound (ture). Children use spelling journals in class to record their learning and support their independent spelling during writing lessons. See below for a copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list from the National Curriculum.



The whole school uses the Maths No Problem approach to lessons. In Year 4 we love learning using this method as it's full of practical diagrams and uses bar modelling to support children's understanding. If you would like to know more about the Maths No Problem programme, follow this link:

For support with basic number facts and times tables, encourage children to try the Top Marks website and play some fun games that help consolidate learning!