Year 4 2022 - 2023

Welcome to Year 4

Summer Term


Welcome to your child's final term in Year 4.

Our topic this term is ‘Look North West.’ We will initially be exploring the region geographically and investigating whether the North West is an attractive place to live. We will be learning about different types of settlements and comparing areas of our region.


We will research which animals are native to the North West and have write poems about the endangered red squirrel. We will be building on this knowledge to help us write reports about other endangered animals.



In Maths, we will be focusing on: 

  • Tables - increasing our speed of recall
  • Correct use of mathematical language;
  • Gaining independence when applying different strategies to solve problems.
  • Developing paper and pencil methods of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction
  • Work on shape, measures and data handling.

At home, you can help your child by finding practical ways to reinforce the concepts of telling the time (e.g. working out length of TV programmes, reading both analogue and digital clocks), and of money (e.g. involving your child in shopping activities such as totalling the bill and working out change). You can also help by continuing to practice of number bonds, doubles & halves and all multiplication tables.


In English, we will be focusing on poetry and non-fiction writing. We will write a non-chronological report on why the North West is an attractive place to live.  In addition to this, we will have reading comprehension and regular GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) lessons. Handwriting will continue to be focused upon this term.

We will be continuing to write in a range of formal and informal styles, using more complex sentence structures and increasingly advanced vocabulary and punctuation. With this is mind, it is vital that children keep up their daily reading and learning of their spellings, to complement their writing and extend their working vocabulary. If possible, ask them questions about what is happening in the story, how characters might be feeling and what they think might happen next.


Our two main topics will be Electricity and habitats. We will be comparing different woodland and beach habitats.



In PSHE, children will be taught about coping with unexpected and welcome changes and what they can do to change a perceived unfair situation. We will focus on telling the truth and saying sorry. We will continue our focus on keeping safe including online.


We will begin to learn how to play our recorders and experiment with composing using the school Chrome Books.


Physical Education:

PE will be on a Monday and Friday.  Children must have their kits in school all week so they can take part in these lessons.



In French, we will improve our conversational and questioning skills through games and songs. We will practise conversations as though we are speaking on the phone, ordering food in a restaurant and booking a room in a hotel.


Our key questions in RE this term are ‘What is it like to live as a Hindu in Britain today?’ and ‘What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?’


We will be continuing to find out about LS Lowry, and the architects involved with buildings along Salford Quays, including Daniel Libeskind who designed one of the most famous pieces of architecture in Manchester, The Imperial War Museum North. We will also paint seaside landscapes in the style of Lowry.


In history, we will be learning about why people came to Manchester in the first place. What attracted them to here? Why are they still coming here? How has the landscape changed and what does the future look like for the North West?


The main focus of our topic is Geography as we study the different areas of the North West and their development. The children will further explore their map skills. They will study a range of maps and atlases, including digital maps, and compare their features. They will learn to use the 8 compass points and give directions. By comparing maps of the same place, children will learn about the way places have changed over time.



Computing is incorporated into our everyday lessons as the children make frequent use of both the computer suite, iPads and ChromeBooks. The children will be furthering their programming and debugging skills by developing their own games using Studio Code and Scratch.


Maths and English homework will be set on a Thursday on Google Classroom starting from next week (week commencing 24th April 2021) to be handed in or completed by the following Monday. There will be refresher lessons at school to remind the children of how to access this and hand in their work. Please let us know if you require a paper copy of your child’s homework.

Reading books will also be changed on a Thursday. Please make sure your child brings their book in everyday. Spellings will continue to be set via Google Classroom. Please note we also practise these in school.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this newsletter, We hope that it has been useful and has given you an insight into what we will be learning about this term.

If you have any questions, please contact us through the school admin email address and we will get back to you.

Thank you once again,

Mrs Pammenter and Mrs F White.

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