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

Reading Book Recommendations!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

Following on from parents evening I wanted to show you where you are able to find some books which are recommended for Year 4.

On our school website if you go to the 'curriculum' drop down option and then to 'reading' you will find a document for each year group which has 50 book recommendations listed.

There is also the following link where you can find more...

I hope this helps!

Science Day- Bubbles!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

Today we had a science day which was focused around bubbles!

We started the morning exploring how we could make the biggest bubbles and which surfaces we could get the bubbles to land on. The children were also experimenting with whether they could pass a bubble to one another.

We then started to focus on our investigation question 'can you make a bubble inside a bubble'? 

We made predictions and talked about the equipment that we might need and then the children had some time to test various ways of making a bubble within another bubble.
The children did so well with this and they were able to make multiple bubbles inside one another!

We had such a fun day and got to experiment, ask and answer lots of questions!

Well done Year 4!


Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

This week we have been continuing to play ukulele with Mr Rickson. Over the past couple of weeks we have been learning new songs and even composing our own pieces of music using the notes we know. The children have done such a fantastic job and Mr Rickson has been so impressed with how the children can recall the positioning of their fingers and can change chords multiple times throughout a song.

Well done Year 4!


Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

This week in Year 4 we have been busy building castles! We started the term by looking at 3D shapes that are strong and would be a useful feature of a castle. We then had a go at building nets for these shapes so that we could see which ones we might be able to use. The children then spent time designing their castles by drawing their idea, labelling the materials that they were going to need, noting down their design specification and adding any additional extras they wanted to add to complete their castle design!

This week we started building our castles with the materials we collected at home, nets and paper. The children have made a fantastic start to these, keep an eye out for the finished product next week!

Computer Safety

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

Although it was our last day together today, Year 4 did some very important learning about online safety after a week of thinking about all the good and the bad that the internet can bring. They are clued up about lots of things which will keep them safe and produced some slogans this afternoon about how to look after each other online in times when online abuse might be happening. Pics below.

Thank you so much to you all for your support in the lead up to my maternity leave - I will miss my class very much but know that they will have a brilliant rest of the year with Miss Hamilton who is so excited to be their new teacher after getting to know them over the last couple of weeks. Have a lovely half term, all of you. Mrs F x

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