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Year 4




Welcome to Year 4! 




Mrs. Davis - Class Teacher  

Mrs. Jones - Teaching Assistant  

Mrs. Lander - Teaching Assistant

Remembrance Pebbles. Even though we are all in isolation, we are remembering those who have gone before us.

Good Morning Year 4,

If you are learning from home, your music lesson will be set on each Friday.

Click on teacher and pupil login and then choose the student log in via Yumu.

Your log in details are your christian name plus the first letter of your surname, if this does not work use your christian name plus your first and second letter of your surname.  E.G. John Smith log in would be John S or John Sm.  

The password for all year 4 children is blue.

Any problems logging in to Charanga please contact myself or Mrs Davis.

Have fun!

Mrs Draycott

Parents' Evening

Hi all Year 4 parents,

 As there will be one link for each evening, please ensure that you only click on the below links to login at the exact time of your appointment and no earlier to avoid you joining another parent's appointment!


Please note, that I will admit you when the previous meeting has ended.

Thank you for your understanding and I look forward to speaking with you all. 


Here are the links for each evening:

Our Class Saint is Saint Genesius of Rome. He is the patron saint of actors.

Saint Genesius

Saint Genesius is considered to be the patron saint of actors, lawyers, barristers, clowns, comedians, converts, dancers, people with epilepsy, musicians and victims of torture.


His feast day is August 25th.


Genesius was once an actor who had performed in plays, which mocked Christiainty.

According to legend, while performing in a play that mocked baptism, he fell ill on stage.  Claiming he could see angels, he asked to be baptised there and then, which converted him.

He proclaimed his new belief, and he steadfastly refused to renounce it, even when the emperor Diocletian ordered him to do so.

He was sentenced to death for his beliefs.


For our spring term our vehicle is called

‘Settle down - Here?’

We are hoping to have a 'Date a Roman' experience for families to join on-line.  This experience is for children in school to act as a Roman Character of their choice and speak to their parent in character to inform of the character's past.  The parent will then have the opportunity to ask questions for clarification.




All classes follow a scheme called:

 “Learning and Growing as the people of God”

Throughout this the children learn about religion; knowledge and understanding of  and learn from religion; reflecting on meaning.

  • 12 Units: Creation, Jesus teaches us how to pray, Advent, Christmas, Jesus: Light of the World and Beloved Son, Old Testament – King David, Lent: Living as followers of Jesus, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Sharing in the life of Christ and Special roles and responsibilities.
  • Children may occasionally have some RE homework to bring home.



Our aim at St. Joseph’s is to promote a love of reading within children throughout the school whilst teaching them the important skills of phonics, de-coding, fluency and comprehension.

During the spring term, we will be reading a variety of texts such as classics: Wind in the Willows as well as a novels by Roald Dahl.



Areas to consider when producing a piece of writing;

  1. Sentence structure - short sentences for tension and to move the story along. Sentence starts for effect e.g. verbs at the start for action.
  2. Punctuation - apostrophes for contractions (I'll) and possession (Tom's cat) along with inverted commas for direct speech.
  3. Text Structure - Devices common to text types.
  4. Composition and effect - Making sure the reader is being entertained.  Descriptions including figurative language: similes, metaphors along with noun phrases and expanded noun phrases for detail.
  5. Word structure and spelling
  6. Presentation and handwriting


We will be writing 



We focus on 3 areas of maths: Multiply and Divide, Area and Fractions. Area is about measuring the space inside a 2d shape using both unit and non-unit measures.  Fractions, we have a focus on tenths and hundredths.  Children will learn equivalent fractions, how to simplify fractions and understand fractions greater than 1 whole.  Following on from this and continuing with fractions, children will be adding and subtracting fractions, finding a fraction of a whole and find a fraction of an amount.



Our Science Unit for the spring term is 'Electricity'.  This will include the following:

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery.
  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes the circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit.
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.
  • Know the difference between a conductor and an insulator; giving examples of each.
  • Safety when using electricity.


We will be looking at the Romans and the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor. 



We are Focusing our geographical learning on Britain– Settle down - Here?

Initially we will be looking at where Rome is and the early settlements in Britain - who settled there, why they settled there and the resources and modes of transport used.



In art we will be exploring the work of Stephen Wiltshire and trailing his style of work through sketching and shading.

Birthday Books. I am so pleased that parents are providing new release books for our book corner. I am sure this will help develop our 'Love of Reading'. Thank you in advance, your generosity is very welcomed by all of our class.

Inspiring creative ways to practise your spellings. How do you practise yours?

Geography - Athens here we come. Take a look at our amazing 3d models of Landmarks. WOW! I am so impressed. Thank you to all of the adults who have assisted with these stunning models. I'll give you all a Dojo too! Mrs. Sassi gave us STAR CLASS for these!

Ancient Greek Style Theatre Masks - Can you name any of the characters of the Ancient Greek Myths? Why were masks worn? Are masks worn in theatres today?

A sample of 'Upcycled' instruments. WOW! They are all amazing. We have used them for our Science lessons to help us understand how sounds can be made and how sound travels from a source to our ear.

Art - Who was Exekias? Look at what we have found out.

Spiral Poems - not only written but made into 3d for greater effect! Which one is your favourite: Tornado, DNA, Helter Skelter or Curly Hair?




Helpful homework hints:



  • Maths

Times tables need to be practised consistently throughout the year. Below are some websites to support you with this.

This website has a nice friendly breakdown of what the new times tables check means. You can also sign up for a free resource pack which includes some great paper based activities. 

Here's a link to the government website and their full framework on the checks in June. 


Below are some resources to support you at home.