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Year 4

Head of Year

Mrs M Anderson


4A - Mrs M Anderson 

4C - Miss R Chappell and Mr Arif (SCITT)

4Q - Miss L Quarmby 

4R - Miss F Iqbal

4HK - Mr M Henshaw/Mrs G Kassim 

Intervention & PPA Teachers

Miss J Gallagher

Support Staff

Mrs Kauser (Cover Supervisor)

Mrs Akhtar

Mrs Athir

Mrs Harris

Mrs Saeed

Pastoral Lead

Mrs F Ahmad

Birkby Junior School-129(1)

Year 4 Summer Term 2022

Welcome back, we hope that you’ve enjoyed your break and are ready for a final term of learning in Year 4!


We have an exciting Summer Term coming up, with a range of topics and learning to be covered.


What will we be learning?


This term we will begin our learning in English around ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. We will be focusing on understanding the features of diaries and will then apply this knowledge to compare famous diaries, including the Diary of Anne Frank. Following this, we will be planning and creating our own diary entries. After learning about Jeff Kinney’s journey to becoming a world renowned author, we will write biographies about his life. We will also be using the short film – The Piano. Through this we will explore themes, settings and flashbacks. Throughout the year we have become more confident readers in Year 4 because of all the different types of reading we do. These texts will also help you to strengthen your fluency and comprehension skills even further so that you are ready for the challenge of reading lessons in Year 5!


In Maths we will focussing on Measurements - area and time; Shape, reflection and translation and Statistics. We will be furthering our understanding of number problems and applying all concepts to reasoning and mastery activities. Developing fluency in these areas is also important and the children will also be encouraged to learn their times tables and numbers facts to help them develop their mental strategies. As part of our ‘catch up’ programme, Maths lesson ‘starter’ activities will focus on times tables and perimeter.


As in the Spring term, we will continue to be a big push on ensuring that the children are secure in their times tables knowledge. We are hoping to see lots of children feeling like times tables rock-stars!


During Summer 1, we will comparing the life of the Romans, Anglos Saxons and Vikings within York. We will be exploring the last 2000 years of history in our County, including comparing their way of life to the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Also, we will look at the influences the Romans, Anglo Saxons and the Vikings had on modern life. During our work on Coasts, children will investigate what coasts are, how they are formed, how they are protected and why they are constantly changing. They will also understand that erosion can affect the coast and find out the names of some coastal formations. Alongside this, year 4 will also investigate how tourism has changed some coastal towns and the impact that this could have on the natural habitat.


Our PE sessions will be taught each week, allowing children to develop skills and team building. On their allocated PE days, children should come to school in their PE kit bottoms and their normal school polo shirt and sweatshirt (e.g. black tracksuit bottoms rather than trousers or skirts). Class teachers will let you know which days your child will have PE.


Please see the curriculum newsletter for more detail about other aspects of our learning.


What will I need to bring to school?


You need to remember to bring your homework diary into school every day.  Your teacher will check your diary regularly and an adult at home will need to as well. 


You need to return your home reading pack weekly as well as your homework book.


What work will I need to do at home?

English and Maths homework will be set every Wednesday and will need to be handed in on the following Monday.

Please remember to encourage your child to read their home reading books regularly and return their pack to school each week.

Weekly spellings will be shared with the children and sent home on Wednesday. Children will be tested on these the following week before your receive your next spellings

Bringing your homework diary to school every day will help you to remember what work you need to do.  This is a good habit and will help you to become an independent learner.

Remember to complete Mathletics activities and practise your Times Table using TTRS.

In addition to this, it is important that you continue to read and discuss texts with someone at home on a regular basis.  You will be able to visit the school library once a week, in order to select a new reading book as well as bring home a home reading pack too.

Try and read every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.  It doesn’t have to be the school library book or your home reading book – it could be a magazine you have read, game instructions, a recipe or any other texts you have been reading. Remember to fill in your home reading record book, as you do in class, and record all reading.

We know that your child will have a fantastic time in Year 4; they will experience new learning and become inquisitive and independent learners. We are so excited about having all the children back in school, we have really missed them!

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