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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 4

Welcome back to school, I would like to share all the learning and curriculum opportunities for Year 4 for the Autumn term.


In our English lessons during Autumn term we will be studying ‘Seen and not Heard’ by the author Katie May Green and ‘The Whale’ by the author Vita Murrow. We are going to revise sentence structure from the Year 3 English curriculum and then write different genres through reading these texts - specifically a character setting and a narrative setting. We are also going to use 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 an evacuee in World War 2. We will use our geographical skills to write non-fiction information linked to our United Kingdom topic. During our English lessons we will also be completing lots of different activities through our vehicle texts to support and revise our knowledge of spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar. We will be learning about 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 term we will be reading extracts from different fiction books. We also use pictures to predict story lines and to evoke feelings of characters and settings. In our shared reading sessions, we will be reading non-fiction information, for example, information leaflets about the environment, conservation and information around our history and geography topics. We will be completing reading comprehension tasks looking at different genres such as poetry, instructional writing recounts and narrative. It is vitally important that children are reading some form of reading genre at home daily for at least 20 minutes. Reading is a vehicle for writing and supports all aspects of spelling, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation.


Over the Autumn term in our maths lessons we will be studying the topics of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We work using a mastery approach where we share reasoning skills and use different ways of calculation including mental and formal methods. Challenges within our maths activities give us the chance to extend our mathematical thinking. It is important to consolidate knowledge and understanding of multiplication tables to 12 x 12 and ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ is a great resource to support this.


In science during Autumn term we will be investigating the topic of electricity. We will explore what might happen to the brightness of a bulb when more than one bulb is added to a circuit using just one battery. We are also going to make our own switches using a paper clip and split pins. We will have the opportunity to devise our own electrical investigation questions to explore. We will then move onto the topic of plants - exploring how water is transported from the roots through the stem to the flowers.


In history throughout Autumn term we will be studying some key aspects of British history through the topic of ‘World War 2’. We will use first and second-hand evidence and our empathy skills throughout the activities. We will then move onto our local area of Willaston and the important features of the history of the village.


In geography we will be looking 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 will be researching UK rivers - The Mersey and The Dee and UK mountains - Snowdon and Ben Nevis.

Forest School

In our forest school lessons we will be completing 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.

Art and Design Technology

During our art lessons in Autumn term we will be learning new skills and techniques through completing different activities such as a biography of the artist Karla Gerard. These activities will contribute towards our ‘Arts Award Discover’ which is a national accreditation and qualification awarded by Trinity College London. In design technology we will be linking the skills of designing, making and evaluating to other areas of the curriculum such as history where we will use our textile skills to make a Roman purse.


We will 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 Autumn term, we will learn how to use different algorithm and coding apps such as ‘A.L.E.X’ and ‘Light Bot’ to support our programming skills. We will also spend time discussing the importance of cyber safety and why we need to teach our family at home about the reasons we need to stay safe online.

Religious Education

In our Religious Education lessons during Autumn term we are going to reflect on Christianity and the ‘Trinity’ and ‘Good News’ in the Bible. We will also reflect on the journey that Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem and think about our own lives as being on a journey. We will also reflect on our school values of respect, perseverance, service, compassion and creation.

Relationships Education

In Relationships Education we are always thinking about ways to keep ourselves safe and well. It is also important that we understand 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.

My Happy Mind

Throughout Autumn term we will be using ‘My Happy Mind’ to support our mental well-being. We will be completing the modules of ‘Meet my Brain’, and ‘Celebrate’ and we will record our reflections in our ‘My Happy Mind’ journals. It is important to use techniques such as happy breathing to support our mental well-being.

Miss Chapman

Year 4 Class Teacher


Home Learning

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.


Year 4 Autumn Newsletter 2020.pdf (PDF 463.1KB)
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)