Adel St John The Baptist

Welcome to Year 4

Year 4 Essential Information

Year 4 Curriculum Map

Year 4 Essential Information

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and have come back to school feeling refreshed and ready for the new term. We have lots of exciting learning ahead, including learning about Anglo Saxons in history, electricity in science and making mindfulness timers in DT. Please read our weekly updates on our Year 4 blog to find out more about what we have been doing each week. 

If you have any questions, please contact us both  on and and one of us will reply as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Dakin and Mrs Ventress


Reading:  Reading helps children’s learning in a huge number of ways, including improving their vocabulary, developing the quality of their writing and building their comprehension skills. We expect children to read at home at least three times per week. We ask a parent or carer sign it off in the reading record. In Year 4, it is still extremely beneficial for your child to carry out some of their home reading with an adult, either reading aloud, being read to, or a combination of the two. This allows for you to discuss the book with your child too which will help boost their comprehension skills.


Spellings: A new spelling list will be sent home each Friday and should be practised regularly, in short bursts throughout the week. The children will bring home a paper spelling homework sheet each week to complete and return the following Friday. Additional practice may take the form of recalling spellings (perhaps on the way to or from school), looking up and recording their meanings in a dictionary/online, or short dictations with an older sibling or parent e.g. if the word is ‘daughter’, a parent could ask the child to write down, ‘My daughter is called Jenny.’ Always check the punctuation as well as all spellings. The children will also have some opportunities in class to practise. In the Friday test, 7 of the words will be tested as standalone words, and 3 will be tested through a dictated sentence.


Mathletics: This is to be completed every week – there will be 3 new tasks set each week with trickier tasks (those scoring less than 50%) being re-set. Please check if your child needs support with any re-set tasks.


Times Tables Rock Stars: Towards the end of the academic year, Year 4 children are set a national ‘Times Tables Check’. The test will be completed online and will involve answering 25 questions up to 12x12, each within 6 seconds. There is no pass/fail judgement and results are not published publicly. However, it is important that your child does their best and thus, regular Times Tables Rock Stars practice at home is encouraged. We will also use TTRS twice per week in class.


PE:  Our PE days will be Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Appropriate kit (trainers, black trousers/shorts with a white t-shirt and plain black jacket/jumper) must be worn on these days. Some children will be swimming on Wednesday mornings (you will have been sent a letter to inform you if this is your child). Children who are swimming: PE kit needs to be worn to school that day with swimming costume for girls and swimming trunks for boys (worn underneath). Children will also need a bag with a towel and underwear. This bag needs to be big enough to fit all their clothes including a coat and shoes – this is because lockers will not be in use and belongings will be kept poolside.


Things to remember:

  • All children should bring a named flask or bottle of water to school. This should be taken home and washed every day.
  • Named pumps must be worn in school. Children should be able to tie laces quickly if they have lace-up pumps/outdoor shoes and pumps should be checked by a parent every half term to ensure they are in good condition to prevent trip hazards.
  • Named, appropriate clothing for the weather should be brought every day – please ensure your child has a coat if rain is forecast or looks likely, especially as we are now in winter.
  • School Policy is that, other than for religious reasons, children should not wear jewellery in school apart from a watch (smart watches are not allowed). These need to be removed for PE lessons.

Year 4 Class Blog

The Princess And The Pea

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In our English lessons this week, we have begun writing our own versions of the traditional tale, 'The Princess And The Pea'. Year 4 have been using thesauruses to support their writing and have come up with some fantastic vocabulary. 

Science - Measuring Temperature

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Today in science we have been using thermometers to accurately measure temperature, observing patterns of change over time. We started off measuring the temperature of a cup of ice, but by afternoon it had melted to liquid. We then plotted the data we had collected onto a line graph.

Roman Standards

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Look at our fabulous Roman standards! Year 4 had a great time this afternoon making their own standards, creating designs which represented themselves.

TT Rockstars Day

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Year 4 have been rocking out today as we have enjoyed TT Rockstars Day. We have all had the chance to practise our TT Rockstars skills, culminating in three class battles to find our three class champions: Will, Dahlia and Oliver. The three champions went head to head with Miss Dakin in the hall and Oliver came out on top. Congratulations, Oliver! We all enjoyed seeing everyone's fantastic costumes - well done everyone for a fantastic effort.

Jelly Tot Structures

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In DT today we have started to explore strong and stable structures as part of our 'Pavilions' project. We use cocktail sticks and jelly tots to build cubes, cuboids, traingular and square-based pyramids before getting creative. We finished with a little competition, and the tallest free-standing structure award went to Lara and Reuben!

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