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Autumn 2

Our learning in Year 4 will build upon prior knowledge and learning as well as delving into and exploring new topics and skills.

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Pupils will be working this half-term towards writing a narrative which follows the pattern of a finding tale. We are continuing to use Talk For Writing, which means pupils will have to learn the text orally before unpicking its features and then writing their own.  

Alongside this, we will read ‘Dead Man's Cove’ by Laura Marlin as our class read. Through this book, pupils will act as detectives and try and unpick the plot and the hidden links between characters. 


Many grammatical terms and features will be taught through our English lessons but pupils will also take part in separate grammar lessons each week. We will start by recapping sentence structures before moving on to pronouns and apostrophes. We will use these grammar lessons to also recap our previous terms learning on fronted adverbials and word classes.

In addition to this, each week pupils will complete a Grammar and Lightning which is designed to embed key concepts and vocabulary that are needed to reach expected at the end of Year 4.


Bedrock will continue to be used to improve pupils’ vocabulary knowledge. Pupils will be given opportunities in class to complete sessions but the expectation for pupils to complete at least 2 lessons a week at home still remains.


Suspense     action     fronted adverbial    subordinate clause    coordinating conjunctions     subordinating conjunctions    pronouns   determiners   word class   facts   opinions   tenses    person   perspective   audience   diagrams  

Guided Reading:

Pupils will continue with their work on reading for inference which provides pupils with the ability to gain a deeper understanding of a text through various skills and techniques. Pupils will focus on inference and visualisation, both of which will support the pupils’ ability to unpick and relate to a text. This approach enables pupils to gain a deeper understanding of what they are reading and helps pupils to learn strategies to support them in becoming good and confident readers. In addition to this, our focus will be on finding evidence that is appropriate to the point being made. Pupils will have to ensure that every answer given is supported by information taken from the text.


fluency    infer     relate     relationship    evidence      point     explanation     argument   


Initially, pupils will focus on addition and subtraction, with the main focus being on reasoning and problem-solving and knowing when to use each calculation. After this, pupils will move on to finding the area of shapes before ending with multiplication and division. Within multiplication, we will focus on short multiplication and becoming confident with the method and the process of it. Within division, we will look not only at the division facts related to our times tables but also dividing and multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000.

Every week pupils will complete a Number and Lightning and skills for this will be taught in addition to their daily Maths lesson. Pupils who are already competent in various areas will further embed their understanding.

Times tables will continue to be a huge focus in class, with daily teaching and practice. It is imperative that pupils are able to recall all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 in order to access all the curriculum. Pupils should also work on their times table at home.


Addition    subtraction    sum    multiplication    division   divisor    product   share   split   even    split    total   method    perseverance   trial and error    systematic    reasoning  area    shape 

Other Subjects


Our topic this half-term will be States of Matter. Pupils will carry out various experiments in order to understand the differences between gases, liquids and solids and the methods required to convert between different states. In addition to this, pupils will learn all about the Water Cycle and will be exposed to numerous representations to aid understanding. A book called ‘The Rhythm of the Rain’ will also be used to support pupils' understanding of the cycle and the various stages it goes through.


changes    cloud    collection   condensation    evaporation    heat    lakes    rivers   liquid      mountains   oceans   precipitation    rain     rivers    sea    snow stream    steam    sun    transpiration     underground     vapour    water 


We will be continuing with our focus on working collaboratively this half-term. Pupils will be required to communicate online in order to create a project with another pupil in the class. In order to be successful with this, pupils will not only need to listen to each other, make compromises and take turns but they will also be putting their computing skills to the test.


collaborate    comment   edocument    edit    email    icon    insert    link    presentation presentation software     reply     reviewing documents     share    spreadsheet     transition


Continuing on from last half-term, pupils will look at families and relationships. Within this they will look into what makes a good friend, how to deal with and overcome bullying, how to deal and cope with change and loss and finally, we will look at stereotyping and different types of families across the world.


Act of Kindness    authority    bereavement    bullying    bystander    manners   permission   respect    stereotypes    gender   behaviour    healthy    actions  

Religion and World Views:

Our focus is What makes some texts sacred? Within this we will be looking at how we can share beliefs without words, how and why different religions have scriptures to share their beliefs and the reasons why some religions have more than one. In addition to this, we will delve into the reasons as to why they are so important in people’s lives and how they play a crucial part in their day to day living.


Authoritative   communication    scripture    scared     source    origin    value    divine      Guru Nanak     Guru Granth Sahib      Buddhist      holy  

Physical Education:

Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on Netball and the other on Boccia.

Netball – pupils will learn the correct techniques for the four main passes within Netball (chest, shoulder, overhead and bounce), how to land correctly and abide by the footwork rule. Pupils will focus in on attacking, including movement patterns, changes of direction and moving into space.


Chest pass    shoulder pass   bounce pass    overhead pass    footwork   team work   cooperation   movement   space   direction     skill   discipline    fitness   

Boccia – Boccia is traditionally a sport played by disabled participants as it can be adapted in so many ways to enable all to access it. It will allow the pupils to appreciate different sports that they may not otherwise experience. Boccia teaches precision, accuracy, hand-eye co-ordination and perseverance.


Accuracy    power   angles   lunge    perseverance   evaluate   adapt   curve   straight   hand eye-co-ordination


We will be focusing in on the Roman Empire. As well as this, we will look at Julius Caesar, Augustus, Claudius and Nero. Furthermore, we will look at Pompeii and the eruption of Vesuvius.


Province     governor    legion     rebel     frontier     forts     Gaul   Julius Caeser    Pompey     Foreign   Brutus    Idea of March     Descended    Cunning     Augustus    emperor    Claudius     proclaim    advantage    aqueducts    Nero    Colleseum    Pompeii    Vesuvius    Vapour     Pliny    Debris     Judeo    Rebellion    Imperial


In Geography, we will be looking at coastal processes and landforms. Pupils will learn about how the coastline is formed, landforms, the various habitats that can be found in various places along the coast, as well as focusing in on the Jurassic Coast and West Wales. 


Coastline      coast     landford     transportation      depositing    waves    erosion    groynes    bay    cliff     headland    sand     shingle     rock pool     reefs     cave     arch    sand dune    teeming  

Design and Technology:

Our focus this half-term is structures and pavilions. Throughout this term we will produce a free-standing frame structure. We will be selecting appropriate materials and joining techniques and adding cladding to our final product.


3D shapes    cladding    structure    pavilions    innovative    design   reinforce    natural  materials    joins   

Key dates:

31st October – Halloween menu and disco

6th November – Consultation evening

8th November - Consultation evening

15th November – Flu immunisations

17th November – Children in Need

21st November – Anglian Water visit / workshop

22nd November – Year 4 Sports Hall Athletics

29th November – Year 4 Pizza Express

30th November – Music workshop for all

7th December – Christmas Jumper Day and disco

19th December – Christmas Dinner