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

Class Collective Worship

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

It's been a particularly busy week in Year 4 with the children being taught by both me, and Miss Hamilton, who is really enjoying getting to know them, not to mention Mrs Starkey and Mrs Whitehead! But as usual, they have taken it all in their stride and done some super learning, from the geography of Scandinavia to the artwork of Edvard Munch to some very dramatic Anglo-Saxon story planning!

However, the high point of the week had to be Wednesday's collective worship all about the Christian value of hope. With so many of you able to join us for it, we're sure you'll agree that they did an amazing job, projecting their voices, creating imaginative role plays to support the aim of the worship and writing such thoughtful prayers. Well done, Year 4 - be very proud of yourselves!

5Ks Treasure Hunt

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

This week, the children were continuing with their Sikhism learning, finding out about what the 5Ks are and what they mean to Sikhs now. However, it wasn't as easy as being told the information though - the children had to hunt for jigsaw pieces around the room first! They did a great job and worked really well as a team to succeed. Year 4, can you remember what each of the 5Ks were to tell your adults?

Sew Good!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

We've had a great week this week and after lots of effort and determination, the children finished the book covers that they have been making in DT for the last few weeks! I'm sure you'll agree that they have done a super job - sewing is never easy but these look lovely and are all fit for purpose so I look forward to seeing them in class, filled with the children's reading matter over the next couple of weeks!

Change to Collective Worship Time 1st Feb

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

Hi everyone,

Apologies for the change of information and any confusion - just to make you aware, as has been in Mr Dalrymple's newsletter, the Year 4 class collective worship on 1st February. will be at 2.45 and NOT at 9.30 due to some of our children going swimming on a Wednesday morning. I had changed the time on my newsletter but forgotten to draw attention to it so I hope I haven't caused any inconvenience and that you are still able to come. We look forward to seeing you at 2.45 if you are able to make it. Thanks. Mrs Fountain.

Maths Bugs

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 4 Class Blog

We have been learning about factors in maths this week – we know that factors are numbers multiplied together to make a given number and…I wonder if your child can tell you a word beginning with ‘I’ that all factors also have to be! This afternoon, we even made some creepy, crawly factor bugs for the wall to help us remember what factors are! There were some great bugs - here are some of the most exotic-looking!

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