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Autumn 1

Welcome to Year 4!

Main learning theme: The Victorians - Orphans and Gentlemen!

We are going to be looking at life during the Victorian era and comparing it to modern life. Through a range of activities we will find out about Victorian clothing, jobs, poor and rich, toys as well, life for children with particular focus on orphans and street children. The children will learn to empathise with characters from the Victorian era through drama activities based on the book Street Child. 

Vocabulary:  see uploaded document below


Number, Place Value and arithmetic will be our focus for Maths this term, using Number and Lightning as the basis of our knowledge. Pupils will be taught the four operations in depth and will learn to use these in a variety of different contexts.

Homework will be set via the Mymaths website as well as on the Seesaw website. Knowing multiplication and division times tables facts will be very important in Year 4, to support your child with their times table knowledge at home and with arithmetic in general, please use the following links:

Vocabulary: thousands, hundreds, tens, units, more than, less than, round down, round up, add, subtract, carry, four digit number


We will be looking at one book in particular called ‘Street Child’ to base our writing on this term. This book is closely linked to our topic as the book is set during the Victorian era and highlights many historical concepts.  We will be using drama to help us with our writing and will write a setting description and diary entries as different characters.


We will learn all about electricity this term, a new concept in Year 4! We will find out about the appliances that use electricity and also the dangers of electricity. We will be making our own circuits and looking at what components are needed to allow electricity to flow.

We will also be working scientifically to find out what conducts electricity.

Vocabulary: battery, cell, bulb, wire, electricity, component, circuit, insulator, conductor

Other curriculum areas:

PE – speed and stamina, outdoor gymnastics

RE – What does it mean to be a Sikh in Britain today?

PSHE – return to school

French - Playtime

DT - Simple circuits and switches – make a torch

History – poor and rich, victorian life, school, the workhouse, homelessness

Important diary dates:

Autumn Term starts - Monday 7th September

Road Dahl Day – TBC

End of Autumn 1 term - Friday 23rd October