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Year 4 – Kandinsky and Matisse

Welcome to Year 4.  Our teaching staff are Mrs Pyzer and Mrs Taylor (Matisse) and Mr Cahill (Kandinsky). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Cook, Mrs Godfrey and Mrs Welch.

Year 4 have PE on a Monday – please ensure you wear your PE kit on this day and bring a water bottle into school with you.

Homework: Homework is set on Google Classroom on Thursday and is due in the following Tuesday.

Summer Term 2023


We will start the term by learning about how to develop characters, setting and plot, while continuing to focus on adding detail to our writing. Later on in the term we will be studying writing to discuss and explain, poetry appreciation and vocabulary building.

We will look at a range of texts to help us develop our literacy skills including:

The children will continue to have weekly comprehension and grammar teaching, as well as daily whole class reading sessions.

We ask that you continue to hear your child read and sign their reading record books four times a week.


In maths this term we will be developing the following areas:

  •  Time – reading, converting between 12 and 24 hour times, calculating durations and converting between units of time
  • Statistics
  • Geometry – Properties of triangles, coordinates and translations, position and direction and plotting the points of a shape
  • Review of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions.

Throughout the term the children will have opportunities to apply what they have learnt and develop their problem solving skills.

Each week, pupils will complete fluency sessions to revise topics, skills and concepts that have been taught previously.

The Year 4 Multiplication Check will take place between 5th and 16th June, with all Year 4 children participating in this. Please continue to encourage your children with the learning of their times tables through the use of Times Table Rock Stars and any other games and activities that you would like to do.


During the first half term we will be learning about living things and their habitats. Through investigations and scientific thinking, we will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will use classification keys to group and name a variety of living things in our local and wider environment. We will also participate in a sea life competition regarding human impacts (particularly the use of plastic) on environments and how this can pose dangers to living things.

During the second half term our focus will be on states of matter. The children will learn how to compare and group materials together according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will make observations regarding some materials that change state when heated or cooled and will measure/research at which temperature this happens. Finally, we will apply this knowledge to the water cycle.



Our theme this term is ‘What did the Romans do for Britain?’ For the first half of term we will be exploring what Britain was like in 55 B.C. and why the Romans wanted to invade Britain. We will look at the difference between the Caesar and Claudius invasions, which was successful and why. We will learn about the importance of Hadrian’s Wall and the impact the Romans had on the way Britons lived.

In the second half of the term we will complete a geographical comparison between our region (East of England) and the similarities/differences to the Naples Bay region in Italy. We will use a range of maps, interactive maps and other sources to do this.


In art, both Year 4 classes will be studying the work of Matisse and Kandinsky and with a focus on colour, line and shape. In D&T we will look at creating a container that is suitable for a purpose and will investigate the use of closures and how to attach them using various sewing stitches.


For the first half term in RE, we will be continuing to learn about Judaism and the traditions of Shabbat and Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  We will also be visiting a synagogue to discover and enhance our learning.

During the second half term, we will be switching back to Christianity and be answering the question ‘Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?’  We will also be learning about Eucharist/Holy Communion and Baptism ceremonies.


This term we will be learning Athletics and Tennis and other striking games within school. We ask that the children wear their PE kit to school on that particular day (Monday).


Our Spanish lessons will focus on vocabulary related to ‘Animals’ and ‘My Home’ as well as revising and practising the vocabulary that we have already learnt.


We will continue to follow Jigsaw, our PSHE program, and the focus will be on ‘Relationships’ for the first

half term and then ‘Changing Me’ for the second half term.

During these units, we will learn about how relationships can develop and change with different people across our lives and develop strategies to help us to deal with this. We will start to find out about how women are able to have children and think about ways we can deal with different types of change.


This term in Music, we are focusing on ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles where we will learn about the pulse, rhythm and pitch of the song through singing and playing beats on the glockenspiels