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Welcome to the Year 4 Learning Page!


The Northern Lights 



The Great Sphinx



La Sagrada Familia

Miss Hill, Mrs Fantham, Mrs Rose and Mrs Golding 

Mr Sloane and Mrs Pembroke 

 Miss Fowler and Mrs Downes


Here you can find out useful information about what your child is doing throughout the year and when they might need certain things (such as P.E. kit) during the week.



Our day to visit the library will change during the week. Teachers will endeavour to remind children to bring their library book into school on these days. 



You will need to bring your P.E. kit into school on Friday.  

On a Friday afternoon year four will be taking part in outdoor learning sessions. For this the children need to bring in a change of clothes appropriate for the weather that day including a suitable change of shoes. This can range from a sunhat and shorts in the warmer months to gloves, waterproofs and wellies when the weather becomes colder. We ask that the children not wear Jeans or clothing that they would not wish to get muddy. The children will be taking part in outdoor learning in all weathers.

 The timetable for outdoor learning in year 4 is as follows:

 Northern Lights – Terms 1 and 4

Sphinx – Terms 2 and 5

La Sagrada Familia – Terms 3 and 6



In terms 3 and 4, two Year 4 classes are going swimming on a Tuesday. Make sure you bring in swimming kit (a one-piece costume for girls please) and a towel. 

All of Great Sphinx class will need swimming kit on a Tuesday.

Some of Sagrada Familia class will need their kits on Tuesday. Children will be informed which day they will be swimming. 



Each term a 'homework grid' will be set. This will compromise of various tasks linked to our current topics. Children can complete as many of these tasks as they wish, but all children must complete at least 3 tasks. These can be accessed by the link below:

World Climate Zones Homework


Spelling homework is now completed online using Spelling Shed. Click here to find out your child's spellings.
Spelling Shed
There will be a new spelling assignment set each week, linked to the spelling patterns your child is studying in school. Your child's username and password are stuck into the front of their reading record. There is a spelling shed app avilable for a small fee however it is free to play in your device's web browser.

Aim to play on Spelling Shed for 5 mins every day.

Your child will be tested on their spellings weekly in school on a Friday. If you do not have internet access your child's class teacher can provide a paper copy of the spellings.

Times Tables Practice

For times tables practice, your child will need to log on to times tables rockstars. This is set to Auto Training Mode and the tables they practice are automatically matched to your child's ability when they play in Garage mode. Click here to practice your times tables

Your child has their username and password stuck into their reading record. If you are having difficulty logging in, make sure you have selected North Borough Junior School as there is another Northborough school. As with Spelling Shed, The TT Rockstars app is available to download for a small fee but it can be played for free in your device's browser if you prefer.

Aim to play on TT Rockstars for 5 mins every day.

Your child will be tested on their times tables weekly in school on a Friday.


We expect you to listen to your child read a minimum of three times a week but preferably every day. Aim to spend around 10 - 15mins listening to your child read and asking them questions about the text to check their understanding. Were there any words they didn't understand? How do they think the character's were feeling? Why did they act that way? What do they think might happen next?
This reading needs to be recorded in your child's reading record book and signed each time. Please mention the pages read and if the book has been completed so that we can keep track of your child's reading. There are prizes that children can earn for reading, such as stationery, books and in-school treats. The more times you read each week, the better the prizes to be won!
 Reading Record

Top Tips for Successful Home Learning

With reading, spelling and times tables, the key is to practice little and often - every day if at all possible, but if not, certainly try on week days. This has far more impact on your child's progress than spending an hour or two once a week.

Find a time which works best for you and your family and try to establish a routine. Some find it best to do homework as soon as they get home, others just before bed or even first thing in the morning.

If you have any concerns, difficulties or questions around homework, please do not hestitate to talk to your child's class teacher.

Each week, children will be given spellings to learn and a particular times table to practise. Completing homework is a good way to support and embed the learning that your child has done in class each week. Homework is set as follows:

All Classes will set homework on a Monday, due in the following Monday.

Children who do not complete homework on time will go to Homework Club on a Wednesday lunchtime.



Class Assemblies

Our class assemblies are held on Wednesdays at 2:45.

Northern Lights  The Great Sphinx La Sagrada Familia Class
 13th May 2020 29th April 2020 6th May 2020




Our Learning

Term 1 and 2


In terms 1 and 2 we will be studying the texts Beowulf and The Bear and the Hare. When studying Beowulf, we will be focusing on creating  our own mythical creatures and using these for descriptive writing. We will also look at using a variety of different sentence structures.  We will  look at poem features and build up to writing our own Anglo-Saxon kenning poems, then move on to writing a recount of our feast. We will study character dialogue and writing direct speech . This will include varying vocabulary choices  and retelling the narrative of The Bear and the Hare.



In terms 1 and 2 we will be first looking at place value  of whole and decimal numbers and applying this knowledge when developing the use of standard written methods for the four operations (x, -, +, ÷). We will be integrating reasoning skills into each area. This will help with problem solving later in the term and recognising  the skills needed to interpret these.  We will be practicing identifying  and using money, linking this to our English topic.



The topics are:

Working Scientifically —the study of  the skills needed to plan and conduct scientific  investigations.

Sound—the study of  how sound travels and how our ears allow us to receive sound.



Anglo Saxons and Vikings—this links with our English and looks at the every day life of people including music, art, settlements and important historical events.



Alongside our topic and science we will be learning about Anglo-Saxon war chants and communication with drums.

We will also be looking at compositions of music to link with our PE.



We will be beginning our language journey, starting first with greetings, introducing ourselves and giving information about ourselves, such as our age. Later moving onto  talking about our families.



We will be developing our skills within the following;


Invasion Games




In RE we will be exploring these questions:

Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?

Why are festivals important to religious communities?




We will be developing our knowledge of online safety and  learning how to code programmes. 


Term 3


In term 3 we will be studying the text 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. Whilst studying this text, we will be focussing on the language used in this detailed book. We will be looking at the features the author has chosen to use and exploring empathising with the characters; completing tasks from their point of view.  Beowulf, we will be focusing on creating  our own mythical creatures and using these for descriptive writing. We will also look at using a variety of different sentence structures. We will be making rafts, writing messages in bottles, creating maps, writing diary entries and more. The children will be delving into a world of colour and mystery and exploring all the rainforest has to offer. 



In term 3 we will be first looking at multiplication, exploring the different ways to complete a calculation and how to represent these. We will be moving onto exploring division and the links we can make. We will also look at area, how to calculate, show and solve problems and how this links to real life situations. We will touch on fractions before the end of term and be continuing that into term 4. .



The topics is:

Electricity! We will be starting the term with a spark, looking at when and why we use electricity, how it travels and the safety surrounding using electrical items. 



Rainforests - linking beautifully with out English test: The Explorer, we will be studing the rainforest, looking at the climate and parts of the world they occur. We will study in depth the layers of the rainforest, the plants and the animals who live there. We will also explore the issue of deforestation and why this has become such a crisis. 



Alongside our topic we will be exploring instruments created and used by African forest tribes. We shall be creating rainforest sounds using just our body parts and eventually making some of these instruments from junk modelling things! Any clean donations welcome!



This term we will be visiting a Spanish café. We will be learning the Spanish name for different foods and drinks and how to order them in a café setting. 



We will be developing our skills within the following;


Healthy Body




In RE we will be exploring how life can be seen as a journey. We will be looking at how different religions celebrate different stages of life.  



 This term, we will be learning how to stay safe online including identifying appropriate and inappropriate behaviour and also looking at balancing screen time with other parts of their daily lives.