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Year 4 Autumn Term 1

Welcome to year 4

Oakes Class - Mrs Jarvis/Mrs Widdowson           

Parkin Class - Mr Jones

Teaching assistants - Mrs Cooling/Mrs Patrick/Mrs Pedley/Miss Robinson/Mrs Elwyn


Arrangements for the start of the new school year 2021-22

The children’s first day back is Thursday 2nd September 2021. Following Government advice on the need to maintain hygiene routines and taking into account that the majority of parents and staff favoured it we will be having a staggered start and finish to the school day. It will not be as spread out as it is now but our arrangements will enable all children to wash their hands on entry and exit to the building and hopefully to reduce the number of children, parents and cars waiting outside. As you will know the volume of traffic outside school can be seriously problematic.

Year 4

 8.35am Children from both classes (Oakes – Mrs Jarvis & Mrs Widdowson / Parkin – Mr Jones) can come onto the site, with parents if you wish to.

 Enter through the main gate and wait in the area next to the car park

 8.40am - the children will be met by class teachers and taken through to the lower playground, wash hands and then go to class.

 8.50am Register will be taken with learning starting immediately they enter the classroom.


3.20pm both classes will finish school leaving by the same route as they entered after handwashing. Parents are welcome to come onto the site from 3.15pm to meet their child.



Hello everyone. We're really pleased to welcome you to the new autumn term and your new classes. We hope you all have a fantastic year of learning with us in the next stage of your school journey. 

  This is our home page where you can find lots of information about the current term along with a little bit of guidance to help you and your child through the next term.

We are looking forward to the Riddings Residential which takes place on the 24th of September. You will have already had some details but you will receive more details by letter before the event.

  We will soon be taking stock of your new CGP homework books and will be forwarding these to you as soon as we get them.


Important weekly dates


Parkin Class  Forest schools - every Wednesday. Make sure your child has a complete change of clothing that they can take part in outdoor activities with. They will get very muddy and wet at times so please ensure children have old clothes to wear.

Oakes Class Swimming - every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Please make sure your child has their swimming kit with them (including a towel) each week. More details will follow. You will receive a letter from Mrs Walker with confirmed dates.

Both classes - PE. Your child will also need a PE kit in school on a weekly basis. Please make sure your child has a PE kit with all of the clothing named in school on a permanent basis.


Please make sure that your child has the following items in school on a weekly basis; reading book and the CGP homework books for both English & Maths (these will be marked on a Monday)


Curriculum focus



This term we will be focusing on the book 'Voices in the park' written by Anthony Browne, as our book study. The learning will focus on our inferential reading skills and reading comprehension, which include detective thinking, visualisation and breakdowns in meaning.

In writing, we will be focusing on sentence structure, making sure that all of the sentences written make sense and have variety. Then children will need to further develop their sentences using a range of different sentence types before finally producing ones that link and flow into paragraphs.

Please continue to listen to your child read as often as possible. This is vital! In addition to this, we would like the children to quiz at home at least once a week on the Accelerated Reading website.

We will also be encouraging children to spend 3 sessions of 20 minutes per week using Lexia in school. If you wish, you child can also access this from home if they would like additional learning.
Spelling Frame - Make sure your child quizzes on their new spellings every week and plays the games for between 10 to 30 minutes. What do all the words have in common? Does your child know the spelling rule? Are these spellings being put into their everyday writing? New spellings will be given out every Monday and tested the following Monday. If you are unsure which week's spellings your child is learning, check on the Spelling Frame page and the current spellings will be clearly visible. 



This term we are focusing on number and place value. This is a very important area to cover. Many children struggle with maths as they find the size of numbers quite daunting. We will be making sure that children have a good understanding of numbers in thousands and the value of digits in numbers. We will also concentrate on arithmetic, looking at addition and subtraction this term.

TTRockstars - make sure your child completes at least one soundcheck and one studio game and then spends another 10-15 minutes improving their times tables. The key here is to learn times table looking for patterns and connections. Search for even/odd/ connections and links to other multiples. Do the answers have anything in common?


Unit of Learning 

 This term we will be learning all about Rivers. We shall look at rivers in the UK and the world. We shall also be looking at the importance of water in the world and features of rivers.


We hope your child is happy in school. We want to make sure they have the best possible experience whilst ensuring they are well placed with their learning to make the next steps forward. If we can be of any further help or support please do not hesitate to contact us.


     Home learning 


1. Using suffixes to help in our spelling work

2. Conjunctions in our writing


1. 9x table and division facts worksheet

2. 9x table video 


Living Things and Their Habitats

Research invertebrates. Find one that interests you and produce a fact file as a poster. You may wish to use this worksheet as a guide.



In addition to this children should be reading daily, working for 3 x 20 minutes on Lexia, spending time on TTRockstars and Spelling Frame, and quizzing on their reading books on Accelerated reader. The links for these can be found above.