Year 4 - St Martin de Porres

Welcome to Year 4!

Class teacher: Miss Sweeney. 

Welcome back Year 4! I hope you all had a well-deserved rest over the Easter break and that you managed to spend some quality time with your family. I am looking forward to another great term!

On this class page, you will be able to find information about our learning for the Summer 1 half-term and also see in advance some of the objectives that we will be working towards. At the bottom of the page, I have attached the homework and spelling sheets for this half-term and also some useful links which will help you with your learning.


We had so much fun creating this Christmas video and we would love for you to watch it! Just follow the link below and sing-a-long if you know the words!

Homework-  Learning logs and spellings will be given out on a Thursday and brought in to school, after completion, on a Monday where we will have a class walk around to praise and share the good work completed at home. 

These books will be given back the following Thursday to be taken home to complete. Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday.


Reading- Reading books will be chosen from our accelerated reader scheme and will also go home on a Thursday and brought in on a Monday. If the book has not been completed in this time then the book can be kept at home until the following Monday to bring in then. The children will take their online quizzes and choose a new book to take home on the Thursday. 


PE - PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Children are to come to school in their PE kits for our PE lesson and they will stay in their kit all day.

Swimming -  Swimming will be on a Wednesday afternoon. They will need to bring in their swimming kit which should consist of a suitable swimming costume/trunks and a towel. Please make sure that the children come in appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather conditions.



To begin our English learning this half-term, we are going to continue reading The Iron Man. We loved this book last half-term and we created some brilliant story openings. We will be reading chapters 4 and 5 and creating a newspaper report all about the events in the story. To do this we will look at the language and features of a newspaper report and we will begin to use direct and reported speech and use fronted adverbials in our writing. 

For our Guided Reading sessions, we will be focusing on applying our growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that we discover. We will also be reading further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word. An important focus of our sessions will be checking that the text makes sense and discussing our understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context.



For our Maths topic this half-term we are going to start by recapping our number learning from earlier this year. We will: 

  • Recap 10, 100 and 1000 more or less than a number.
  • Add 2 Digit Numbers and Tens Crossing.
  • Use formal methods for addition with regrouping.
  • Use formal methods for subtraction with borrowing.
  • Use formal written methods for multiplication.
  • Multiply 3 digits.
  • Use written methods for division.
  • Recap our learning of fractions.
  • Recap our learning of decimals.

Throughout the year, we will also be working on our times table knowledge and by the end of Year 4 pupils are expected to know all their tables from the 2s – 12s. In preparation for this, it would be helpful to practice as much as possible at home and play on TT Rockstars.



To begin the half-term, we are going to be continuing our Topic of Ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt was one of the greatest and most powerful civilisations in the history of the world. It lasted for over 3000 years from 3150 BC to 30 BC. We are going to be learning to:

  • I can use words and phrases such as century, decade, before Christ, after, before, during to describe the passing of time.
  • I can talk about some similarities and differences between different periods from the past I have studied.
  • I can describe why an event, people or individual are significant.
  • I can begin to make connections and contrasts, e.g. change, cause, similarity, difference and significance.
  • I can answer and sometimes devise my own historically valid questions.
  • I can use a source of information to help me answer questions about the past in sentences.

Throughout the Topic, we will learn about the Ancient Egyptian way of life by looking at mummification, hieroglyphics and even making Egyptian bread!


Later in the half-term, we will be focusing on a new topic called Extreme Earth. In this topic we will learn to:

  • Understand the terms:  volcanoes and earthquakes.
  • Explain volcanoes/earthquakes in simple terms.




Our Science topic for this half-term is Plants. Throughout the topic we will be learning to:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

Throughout the topic, we will be undergoing some investigations to see what plants need to survive and to discover how water is transported through plants.



For our RE topic this half-term, we are going to be learning about serving through the teaching of the Pentecost.

In this topic we will:

  • Explore the power and energy of fire and wind.
  • Research images and symbols of the Holy Spirit.
  • Explain how the disciples felt when Jesus left.
  • Retell the Pentecost story through drama.
  • Examine how the Church celebrates Pentecost.
  • Use the gift of wisdom.
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