Year 4 2022 - 2023

Miss Oldknow


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Welcome to Autumn 2! I hope you have all had a lovely break and are looking forward to our new term in  Year 4.


On this page you will find out all that you need to know about our class routines and 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 foundation subjects, and on a Friday afternoon the children will be taught Art by Mrs Clarke.

PE in Year Four will be taught on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please make sure that your child comes to school in the stipulated PE kit for those days.  We also advise that children wear trainers rather than PE pumps for stability and support. 

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 an exciting half term! 

Best wishes, Miss Oldknow.



In Autumn 2 we will be asking the question:

How do volcanoes affect the lives of people who live around them?

We will be learning about the layers of the earth, where volcanoes are found and how they are formed, what happens during an erruption and how they impact the local environment. We will be looking at the 'ring of fire' and some very famous volcanoes found around the world!

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                   As Readers... 

We will be reading a selection of books about Europe, which will link nicely to our geography topic.

As well as our guided reading and 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. 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. 

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As Writers...

Our key text for this term is Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit.

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 meant death for most of the Roman citizens living in Pompeii. But some people must have survived, and Christina Balit has used this as the starting-point for her story. It tells of Tranio, an actor's son, and his friend Livia, the baker's daughter, who witness the destruction of their beloved city.

Children will begin by exploring the events that have taken place.  They move on to re-enacting an everyday scene from the city of Pompeii before writing a diary entry from the point of view of the young children in the story.  Children will explore the main characters, including how their feelings change through the story, and will write letters of advice to help save them from the eruption. Through collecting banks of powerful vocabulary,children will become journalists and write a newspaper article to report on the eruption, including quotes from survivors in the town. 

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As Mathematicians...


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

  • Addition and subtraction
  • Measurement (Area)

In school we will be working very hard on our times tables in preparation for the Year 4 Multiplication test. The multiplication tables check will take over two days in Summer term. It is really important that in year 4, children get as much practice as possible on 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 and on Youtube there are lots of great songs to learn to help recall the tables!


As Scientists...

In science this term we will be learning all about states of matter!




Design & Technology / Art 

Art and D&T will be alternated each half term.

This half term, we will be designing, making and evaluating a night light for a friend or relative using our knowledge from Autumn 1 on Electricity and circuits!


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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  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 - MyMaths website has proven to be a big hit!  Maths homework will continue to be set on this fun and engaging website.

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

MyMaths on iPad and Android Tablets | Old Park Primary School


The children will have two P.E sessions each week which will take place on a Wednesday and Friday. 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 3 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 Friday and catching up with your child about what they are currently reading.

Why is reading so important? | Pearson UK



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