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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Cedar & Pine

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Spring Term Topic - Storms and Seas

Our Topic this term is Storms and Seas. We will be learning about different climates in geography and finding out about extreme weather, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards.

We will also be learning about The Water Cycle in Science and thinking about evaporation and condensation. Later this term, we are looking forward to a visit from SES Water, who will be teaching us about water treatment and water saving techniques.

Continuing with the theme of water, we will also be finding out The River Wandle and the Mill at Merton Abbey Mills and how these helped the famous local designer William Morris with his work. We will be looking at his artwork and creating our own prints in art.



In English this term, we are starting off with The Highwayman and The Highway Rat. We will writing our own versions of The Highway Rat. Watch this space to see some of our work!


In the Autumn term, year 4 learnt to play the djembe drums. They had a whole term of lessons taught by Tom from Merton Music Foundation. They learnt different rhythms and how different parts of the drum make different sounds. At the end of the term they performed to their parents. Please see the photos below.

Cruise Day

Year 4 had great fun cruising to St Lucia as part of the whole school "Cruise Day" event, to celebrate International Day of languages. This linked in very nicely with our previous learning about Tobago and the Carribean. We learnt about some popular landmarks in St Lucia such as the volcano, rainforest, waterfalls and The Piton mountains. We also found out about the national bird and the meaning of the flag.



In Year 4 we encourage everyone to bring in a school bag every day.  In this, children should have a pencil case, reading book, their Reading Journal and their Home School Diary. This allows them to be independent with their learning. We are trying to improve our handwriting and are using handwriting pens to make our writing neater. Handwriting pens can be bought in the office for 40p. In addition to this, they should have a pencil, colouring pencils, a sharpener, rubber and ruler in their pencil case.


Children should also have a named PE kit in school, which should consist of a plain white t-shirt, blue shorts/tracksuit bottoms and plimsolls/trainers. It is possible to purchase PE kit from the school office.


  Home Learning

As part of their home learning, children should be reading each day (with an adult or independently) and recording it in their home school diaries.

Once they have finished a chapter or a book, they should complete one of the journal activities which you can find printed on the inside cover of their Reading Diary. Children are welcome to use their Reading Diary as often as they like to reflect on what they have read, make predictions for the next part of the story or express their opinions on what they've read! 


Children should also practise their times tables and related division facts each day.  The ones they should focus on are those that they need to know to achieve their next Times Table Super Star badge.


It is also good for children to be practising their handwriting each day. They could practise writing and spelling the list of words in the back of their diaries. These are the words that children in year 3 and 4 need to know.


In addition to this children are expected to choose activities from the home learning sheet to do at home. You can choose what you do and when you do it! We would normally expect about 1 activity a week. When you have completed a task, record it in your home school diary and bring it into school to show your teacher and class.




Copies of the home learning sheets can be in the Home Learning section of the website.