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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 4

In the current situation with school closed for most children, I want to share the learning and curriculum opportunities for Year 4 for the Summer term. As well as the Year 4 weekly home learning grid, have a look at the 'home learning tab' on our school website for other fun activities, apps and websites which will help to support you at home. Hopefully, we will all be back together soon learning in our classroom but until that time comes remember to stay safe.


In our English lessons during Spring term we studied books by the authors Sandra Dieckmann and Joe Todd-Stanton. We wrote different genres through reading these texts - an information report and an outsider narrative. Through home learning in Summer term we will continue to use these texts to support our writing outcomes before moving onto different books. In Autumn term we used our historical skills of empathy using a cross curricular approach to write a report, using first and second-hand evidence, on what life was like as a soldier living in a World War 1 trench. We have also used geographical skills to write non-fiction information linked to our United Kingdom topic. We enjoyed our writing units using the theme of 'Migrants' and 'Refugees'. We used the text 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna and 'Wisp - A Story of Hope' by Zana Fraillon to write a third person narrative, a diary entry and a first-person narrative.

During our English lessons we will be completing lots of different activities to support our knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar. In home learning we will be revising the use of expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbial phrases and the use of prepositions in sentences. We will then move onto looking at speech use, similes, metaphors, homophones, homonyms and prefixes such as sub and inter. Through our read to write topics we are going to focus on comma and apostrophe use in sentences and drafting, editing and evaluating our written work by working with others. We will have the opportunity to extend our spelling and vocabulary knowledge by learning some new words each week. We can then investigate, explore and use them in our fiction and non-fiction writing.

In our guided reading sessions during Autumn and Spring term we read extracts from different fiction books. We also used pictures to predict story lines and to evoke feelings of characters and settings. In our shared reading sessions, we read non-fiction information, for example, information leaflets about the environment, conservation and information around our history and geography topics. We have also completed reading comprehension tasks looking at different genres such as poetry, instructional writing recounts and narrative. Throughout home learning in the Summer term it is very important to keep up with daily reading as it will help you with spelling, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure and ideas for creative writing.


Over the Autumn term in our maths lessons we studied the topics of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. During the Spring term we worked on the topic of fractions and started the topic of decimals. We will continue with decimals in home learning before moving onto measures, geometry and statistics. We work using a mastery approach where we share reasoning skills and use different ways of calculation including mental and formal methods. Black belt challenges within our maths activities give us the chance to extend our thinking to include extra challenge. We use ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ to consolidate our knowledge and understanding of multiplication tables to 12 x 12.


In science over Autumn term we investigated the topic of electricity. We explored what happened to the brightness of a bulb when more than one bulb was added to a circuit using just one battery. We also made our own switches using a paper clip and split pins. We also had the opportunity to devise our own electrical investigation questions to explore. In Spring term, we studied the topic of ‘Sound’. We explored how we use our eyes (yes!) to help us to hear and we investigated how sounds travel. The activities in science have had great links with our forest school outdoor learning. We started the topic of ‘States of Matter’ and will continue with this during Summer term as well as studying the topic of ‘Animals including Humans’.


During Autumn term we studied aspects of British history through the topic of ‘World War 1 and 2’. We used first and second-hand evidence and our empathy skills throughout the activities. In Spring term, we studied the ‘Ancient Greeks’. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to complete a cookery session with ‘Health Box’ where we cooked Greek food using authentic ingredients. Our learning for Summer term will continue to look at the ‘Ancient Greeks’ before we move on to studying the ‘Roman Empire’.


In geography we have looked at the topic of the United Kingdom by studying maps and making comparisons with the counties of Merseyside and Cheshire and the cities of Liverpool and Chester. We researched UK rivers - The Mersey and The Dee and UK mountains - Snowdon and Ben Nevis. This term we are now going to compare the UK with a country in Europe.

Forest School

In our forest school lessons we have completed lots of cross curricular activities to support our learning outside the classroom. We regularly link the theme of British values to the outdoor environment and think about the importance of respecting the environment we live in.


During our art lessons we have spent Autumn and Spring term completing different activities such as a biography of the artist David Hockney. These activities will contribute towards our ‘Arts Award Discover’ which is a national accreditation and qualification awarded by Trinity College London. In design technology during our home learning we will be linking our science work by designing, making and evaluating a model of the water cycle.


When we are in school, we use our class set of iPads for our computing curriculum as well as for researching different aspects of the curriculum such as our history and geography topics. In Spring term, we started using different algorithm and coding apps such as ‘A.L.E.X’ and ‘Light Bot’ to support our programming skills. During Autumn term we spent time discussing the importance of cyber safety and one of our homework activities was to teach someone at home about the reasons we need to stay safe online. During this current climate of home learning, home computers and tablets are important and useful. Remember the rules of staying safe online and tell an adult straight away if there is anything you are unhappy with on your screen.


In our Religious Education lessons during Autumn term we reflected on Christianity and the ‘Trinity’ and ‘Good News’ in the Bible. We also reflected on the journey that Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem and thought about our own lives as being on a journey. In Spring term, we discussed our school values of respect, perseverance, service, compassion and creation. We also learnt about aspects of the Muslim faith. In Summer term our home learning will focus on Judaism and important Jewish celebrations of Passover, Yom Kippur and Hannukah.


In PSHE we are always thinking about ways to keep ourselves safe and especially now that we are at home. We understand how important the British values of individual liberty, mutual respect, rule of law, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and democracy are to our lives.

Throughout Autumn and Spring term we used ‘My Happy Mind’ to support our mental well-being. We completed the modules of ‘Meet my Brain’, ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Appreciate’ and recorded our reflections in our ‘My Happy Mind’ journals. It is important to keep using techniques such as happy breathing to support our well-being and to help us to keep calm during this time.

It seems a long time ago now since October when we visited the Tattenhall Outdoor Education Centre for a two-night residential visit. We enjoyed the tree abseil, low ropes course and the zip wire. The walk to the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm was quite tiring but worth it for an ice cream which was delicious!

Please read the Summer term 2020 newsletter which is attached.


Drop-in sessions are usually held every Monday, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm for you to discuss with me any concerns you may have. Obviously there will be no drop-in sessions until we are back in school. However, if you have any updates from children, their work or they just want to say hello, I’m more than happy for you to get in touch. I look forward to hearing about your time away from school when we return and can’t wait to find out about all the exciting activities that have taken place.

Stay safe, look after yourselves and your families and we will see each other again soon.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Chapman

The staff at Willaston C of E Primary School are missing their pupils and the entire School community, so here are some little messages from them all.

Easter message
 from Mrs Chambers
Mrs Lamb's 
Easter Story 
Message from Mr Graham
Miss Hughes reading 
Monkey Puzzle.
Mr Ellinson's Forest School At Home 
virtual bunch of flowers, rainbow of hope,  recycled bird feederThe Happy Tree

Mrs Chambers
 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 
'Compassion' Assembly.

Miss Bell (and Buddy) reading 
There's A Snake In My School by David Walliams
Just a few words to say 
'hello' and we are thinking of you all
Miss Hull's Challenge
Value Ambassadors 'Perseverance' Assembly
Miss Chapman reading a story about a Rainbow
Revd Bazely's'Creation' Assembly
Miss Hull's 'Service' Assembly
'Possible' read by Mrs Robinson
Mr Graham's 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Lamb's 'Compassion' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 'Perseverance' Assembly
House Captain's 'Creation' Assembly
'Service' Assembly by Miss Hughes & Miss Garcia
Mrs Edge reading 'Meerkat Mail'

Home Learning w/c March 202020th April27th April4th May, 11th May, 18th May, 1st June, 8th June,15th June, 22nd June, 29th June, 6th July, 13th July

Sending best wishes to everyone.

Take care and keep safe.


Y4 Summer Newsletter.pdf (PDF 504.4KB)
Home-Learning-Year-4-Mar-2020.pdf (PDF 492.9KB)
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (1).pdf (PDF 90.9KB)
Curriculum Overview.pdf (PDF 144.0KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 3 and 4, including word lists.pdf (PDF 69.2KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 4.pdf (PDF 63.6KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 4.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)