Year 4 - St Martin de Porres

Welcome to Year 4!

Class teacher: Mr Cooper.


Key Dates


PE: Tuesday

Swimming: Wednesday


Spring 1 2022


Welcome to Year 4! I hope you all have had a lovely first term. We have a lot to look forward to this term and I hope you are ready to get stuck in.


Here is our class page where you will find useful information for this half term.


At the top of this page, I have attached this year’s topic overview and at the bottom you will find homework and spelling sheets along with some useful links to help you with your learning.



In English we will be developing our reading, writing, spellings and grammar skills through a range of fiction writing and non-fiction opportunities - The focus this term will be on descriptive setting, linked to the Romans and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii; preparing and delivering a persuasive speech and poetry writing. Key speaking and listening skills will be extended through role plays and drama. 


Guided Reading sessions and reading across the curriculum will enable children to develop a love of reading.  Please help your child by listening to them read for 10-20mins every night!  Reading Records should be signed regularly and they will be collected every Friday for a member of staff to sign and for children to change their books.



This half term, we will be looking at multiplication and division, fractions and decimals. Children will be challenged to use their prior knowledge to unpick worded problems to gain a deeper understanding of the application of mathematical concepts in the real world.


Keep learning your times tables - You should know your 2s, 5s and 10s from Year 2,  3s, 4s and 8s from Year 3 and Year 4 will focus on the rest of the tables, up to the 12 Times Table.  Year 4 will be completing a Times Tables Check at the end of Year 4.



Practise your times tables everyday!




This term, our Topic will be based around geography and computing. We will be looking at Volcanoes and Earthquakes and how they are they are formed/caused, what types there are and why people might live near a volcanic region! We will also use our computer skills to look at how different types of data that can be monitored in a volcanic region before analysing what this data might show. During our topic this half term we will be inputting our own data using Windows Excel, to gain a deeper understanding of data and where it comes from. Then, we will be shifting our focus to South America in the second half of the term, comparing different physical and human geography elements from various regions to similar data from various regions within the UK.




This term we will be looking at living things and their habitats. In this unit we will be looking at how living things can be grouped using classification keys. This will lead into us looking at how the environment has changed over time, what caused these changes and how it will impact different eco systems in the future. We will be also integrating our computing learning here by making a Scratch quiz based around living things.






During this term we will look at the Christian community and how Each one of us belongs to several different communities, e.g. our family community, the school community, the area where we live. We will end the term by developing our understanding of the season of Lent and the celebration of Easter. 





The day we will be having PE is a Tuesday. Children should come to school dressed in their full PE Kit (white t-shirt & blue shorts, trainers, jumper & tracksuit bottoms).




All Year 4 children will be swimming every Wednesday - children should come to school dressed in their school uniform on this day.

Clothing requirements for School Swimming are as follows:-



  • One-piece swimming costume – no bikinis*
  • A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
  • A towel

* Please note that in order for your child to benefit from the swimming lessons appropriate aquatic clothing must be worn. Should your children wish to wear items of clothing that cover up parts of the body, there are specific aquatic clothing designed for this purpose. Cotton leggings are detrimental to teaching and are a risk to health and safety.



  • A pair of traditional swimming trunks
  • A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
  • A towel 


No Bermuda or long shorts are allowed, as these can be dangerous - for reasons of safety the swimwear should be sufficiently tight fitting to allow the freedom of body and limb movement without causing unsafe water resistance.  


Jewellery of any description should not be worn in the School Swimming lesson.  It is important that earrings in particular are removed.


Goggles are only permitted for medical reasons.  Parents must produce a letter from either a Doctor or Optician to state that your child has a medical condition and is required to wear goggles in the school swimming lessons.


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