Year 4

In year 4 we are taught by Mrs Seaman, Mrs Waddell and Mrs Stephenson. We are supported by Miss Simpson and Miss Stoker.

This term, we have lots of exciting and engaging topics planned starting with our science topic of States of Matter. This topic lends itself to practical and hands on observations and enquiries which the children will love. They will learn all about solids, liquids and gases and take part in a variety of hands on activities to identify features and observe changes. They will also learn about the water cycle, creating their very own water cycle bags so they can observe it happening first hand.

Our geography topic this half term focuses on rivers and we are so lucky to have one right on our doorstep. The children will learn all about the structure of a river and some of the most famous rivers around the world. They will also recap and revisit their map reading skills when they search for given rivers in atlases. As we live so close to a river, we will be getting out and about and observing their features first hand. Our school is very close to the mouth of the River Wear so we will begin our walk there and walk back up the river looking for the features we identified during lessons.

Look what we’ve been up to in Year 4

Homework and Spellings

Children are all expected to practice their times tables every night and use Times Tables Rock Stars regularly.  Their challenge is to complete 15 games a week!  Spellings will still be given out ready for spelling tests on a Friday and please continue to read your home reader as many times as you can with an adult. Homework will consist of a grid of activities linked to topics that the children are learning about at school. The children should choose 1 activity to complete each week.


P.E will take place on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their P.E kit in school from a Monday and this is to be taken home after the session, washed and brought back for the following Monday.

Home Reading

As a school, we expect the children to read at least 3 times per week and have their journal signed by an adult. Children should bring their reading book and journal into school daily so they have the opportunity to read with adults in school.

Each classroom has a reading display on which the children can move their personlised bumble bee up the sunflower each time they have their reading journal signed by an adult.

Children have an Accelerated Reader password and user name. Use this link to access the quizzes!