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Year Four (Mr Moss)

Welcome to Year 4! I hope you have all had a relaxing summer and are looking forward to coming back to school. I am excited to get to know you all and Miss Harrison and I can't wait to get started with all the amazing activities we have planned! 


We will continue to be using Class Dojo this year to reward positive behaviour. I will use class Dojo for pictures of activities the children are taking part in, so please do make sure you are linked to the class.  We will also use the class Dojo page to keep you updated about important things happening in school.




In English this half term, we will continue to read lots of texts based on the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and complete a piece of story writing using these stories as inspiration 


Following this, we will look at Fairy Tales including the Pied Piper of Hamelin.  We will study the structure of these stories and write our own Fairy Tale.


We will be concentrating on the following aspects:

  • Create sentences with fronted adverbials for when
  • Use commas to mark clauses in complex sentences
  • Use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech
  • Read and analyse a fairy tale in order to plan and write my own version
  • Discuss and record ideas for planning


Guided Reading
Guided Reading sessions are every morning for around 20 minutes.  There are several different activities throughout the week including comprehension.  It is an important part of the school day and gives adults the chance to listen to your child read regularly.


We will be working through two different units this half term.  Firstly, Length and Perimeter, looking at:

  • Measure lengths (m/cm/mm) and use known measurements to make reasonable estimates
  • Add and subtract (including finding the difference) values of length including numbers to one decimal place (m/cm/mm)
  • Recognise where sides are the same length in a rectangles, including squares and use this when measuring and calculating perimeter
  • Calculate the perimeter of any rectilinear figure where all side lengths are given
  • Calculate the length of missing sides using known dimensions


Secondly, we will work on Multiplication and Division


In the first half term we will concentrate on 'Keeping Fit and Healthy' and this will involve understanding how regular exercise can improve physical and mental well-being.  PE lessons will link with other work we do in class to develop a good knowledge of how we can all take responsibility for our health and encourage children to discover different types of exercise.


Our second topic of the year is Ancient Greeks.  We will start by locating Greece on a map and studying the Geography of the area.  Then we will look at the Ancient civilization to find out how they lived, making comparisons with the way we live today.



    Religious Education

    At Sacred Heart, RE is at centre of everything we do.  This half term, we will be looking at 'Trust in God' and learning about peace and the importance of trusting God.  Sometimes people need help trusting in God and we will discover ways in which we can support each other.



    In Science, we will study two topics in the Autumn term. 

    In the first half term we will look at Living Things and Their Habitats, using the following objectives:

    • Recognise that living things can be grouped in different ways
    • Explore and use classification keys to help identify and group living things
    • Compare habitats and understand why different animals choose to live in different places
    • Work scientifically to study various animals and their habitats
    • Develop classification keys

    In the second half term we will be learning about States of Matter. We will be covering the following objectives: 

    • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.
    •  Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C).
    •  Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.
    •  Solids, liquids and gases can be identified by their observable properties.
    •  Solids have a fixed size and shape (the size and shape can be changed but it remains the same after the action).
    •  Liquids can pour and take the shape of the container in which they are put.
    •  Liquids form a pool not a pile.
    •  Solids in the form of powders can pour as if they were liquids but make a pile not a pool.
    • Gases fill the container in which they are put.
    •  Gases escape from an unsealed container.
    • Gases can be made smaller by squeezing/pressure.
    •  Liquids and gases can flow.



    In computing we will be designing a new toy in the unit 'We are Designers'.  This will help children to look at how software is used to design toys with simple sensors and outputs.  We will also use this knowledge to make a prototype in Scratch.