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

First Week of Year 4!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

Welcome to Year 4! We have had a very busy and happy first week back at school. This afternoon we did our first RE of the year, linked to the theme of Gospel. We explored the idea of 'Fishers of People' and the children recorded what they understood these words to mean. Great job Year 4!

Health and Wellbeing Week

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

This we have been really busy taking part in Health and Wellbeing Week. Here are the activities we took part in:

  • Skipping
  • Bushcraft
  • Yoga
  • Sports Day
  • Cooking
  • Running

We also spent time looking at the eat well guide and talked about what influences the choices people make about the food that they eat and the food that they buy looking at allergies, religions and preferences. The children have had a fantastic week and have really enjoyed all of the different activities.

Clay Modelling

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

Following on from last terms art work on the Vikings we created some clay models linked to this work. The children were able to choose what they wanted to create and then they worked on adding patterns and finer details.
The children really enjoyed this work and they created some fantastic models as you can see!

Computing Wrapping Paper!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

This week the Year 4's have been finishing their computing unit by designing their own wrapping paper. Their task was to create a design which used more than one shape with a count-controlled loop! They had to input different algorithms to create different shapes, colours and designs.

It was an incredibly hard task and they all did so well! As you can see in the photos they were on their way to making some fantastic wrapping paper designs!

Viking Art

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

This term we are learning about the Vikings. In art we have been exploring some of the patterns that were found on a chest, stones, doorways and jewellery. 

The children looked closely at the patterns and zoomed in closely on certain parts, having a go at sketching them and unpicking them to see if they could spot any animals or familiar patterns.
They worked incredibly hard on this as it wasn't easy and have done a fantastic job. We are going to be continuing to explore more Viking art across this term, finishing with some clay modelling!

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