Year 4 2023 - 2024

Miss Oldknow

Year 4 Teacher
PE and Design and Technology Lead


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Welcome to Year 4 Spring 2!

On this page you will find out all that you need to know about our class routines and all of the exciting things we are learning about!  I will keep you updated with our learning journey but don't forget to watch out for the fun and exciting things that we do on our twitter page @LittleLeighSch and our facebook page

I will be teaching in the classroom each day except from Tuesday morning, when Mrs Tomlinson will be teaching French, RE, Computing and one of our PE sessions. Please bring your child to school in their PE kits every Tuesday.

Throughout the Spring term, we will continue to take Year 4 and Year 5 for swimming lessons at Beechwood Community Centre. This will run every Monday afternoon, with the last session taking place on Monday 25th March 2024. 

As always, please feel free to approach me at pick up or drop off if you would like to discuss any issues surrounding your child’s learning or welfare or if I am unable to chat at this time, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at .

Here's to another exciting half term! 

Best wishes, Miss Oldknow and Miss Tomlinson



This half term, we will be asking the question:

Should we pay more for Fair Trade?

In this unit, the children will learn about:

  • What Fair Trade is
  • What products are Fair trade
  • Where food comes from
  • Working conditions
  • The journey of chocolate



                   As Readers... 

We will be reading a selection of stories, plays and poetry. 

As well as our shared reading in school, it is important that you read regularly with your child as often as possible. Your child will have access to a book of their choice to read in school, as well as a book banded book. Our expectation is that you read with your child at least 3 times a week. During your time reading with your child at home, try to ask them questions relating to the characters and the events from the book. Try to encourage your child to make predictions based on what they have read so far.

I will be collecting reading diaries every Thursday to add up reading dojos.




As Writers...

Our key text for this term is The Secret Sky Garden - by Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers. We will be working towards writing our own transformation narratives.




As Mathematicians...


This term in Maths we will be focusing on these curriculum ares:

  • Fractions
  • Decimals

In school we are working hard on our times tables in preparation for the Year 4 Multiplication test. The multiplication tables check will be taken over two days in Summer term. It is really important that in year 4, children get as much practice as possible on all of their tables.

The children now have their own logins for Times Table Rock Stars and are well underway with using this to practice their tables.

There are some great resources online that you can use to practice at home too, such as:

  • 'Hit the button' for quick fire questions
  •  Daily 10
  •  On Youtube there are lots of great songs, such as Mr DeMaio!
  •  Mathsframe - times table check (This is a replica of the official government TT test).
  •  Free online worksheets -


As Scientists...

In science this term we will be learning all about Animals including humans.

We will be:

  • naming and identifying the funcctions of the four types of teeth
  • aksing scientific questions and choosing scientific enquiries to answer them
  • naming the organs involved in the digestive system and know its function in the process of digestion
  • compare diets of different animals




Homework will be set each Friday and will be expecteted to be completed for the Following Friday.
Children are set the following homework in Year 4: 

Spellings are now sent home in a spelling practice book on a Friday with a suitable spelling activitiy for the children to complete.  They are expected to be returned on Wednesday so that new spellings can be set. 

Maths - For maths homework in Year 4, I would like the children to focus on their times tables in preparation for the MTC. The best way to use TTRS is 'little but often'. Have a look at our maths section above to explore some other resources that you can use.

I do check theTTRS accounts regularly and encourage the children to take responsibility to log on to complete their homework. 


The children will have two P.E sessions each week. These will take place on a Monday (swimmming lessons) and a Tuesday. Children are to come into school in their PE kits for these days - please make sure this is suitable for all weather. 

Girls with long hair should tie it back and all jewellery, including earings, must be removed for P.E, or covered with tape (we cannot provide or apply this)

Forest School will take place later on in the year.  I will let you know in plenty of time of the date.



Outside of school, we ask that children are read with 4 times a week. They will have a book in school to read of their choice, and one at home to read with you. I cannot stress the importance of your child reading at home with you as much as possible. Even listening to an adult read has such a huge impact on children's development. I will be checking reading diaries every Thursday and catching up with your child about what they are currently reading.

Why is reading so important? | Pearson UK



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