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Year 4

Welcome back year four- at last!

Year four teachers.

Ms Shellien.

Mrs Williams

Mrs Erskine-Shaw


Welcome to the year four website page.  We hope all of you and your families are well and keeping safe.   The children have made a lovely start to the year; they are adapting to new routines and are approaching all their learning with enthusiasm and confidence. I am sure we that we will have fantastic year.

The year four team will continue to use the website to communicate important messages as and when they arise so please check our class page as regularly as possible. Please find an overview of our topics for the autumn term – This term we will be exploring Sound and the River Mersey.


What will my child need in school?

Can you please provide your child with the following items to ensure all new systems put into place run smoothly:

A water bottle (to be taken home each evening and returned to school.)


A book bag.

Packed lunch bag (please do not send your child to school with their lunch in a backpack.)

PE kit and trainers/pumps.


Communication with parents.

Due to social distancing guidelines, having a quiet word with parents about any concerns you may have about your child at the end of the school day (at the classroom door) will be very difficult.  Please, if you have any concerns whatsoever, contact the school office and we will telephone you as soon as possible. 



Year four normally attend swimming lessons in the Autumn term.  We are waiting to hear from Sefton Council when swimming lessons will resume as they are piloting revised procedures to minimise risk in and around the pool area.  At the moment, it looks as though it will be at least four weeks before any children will be able to attend, We  will provide you with specific dates when we receive them ourselves.  All children require their PE kit in school as we will have a weekly PE lesson outside, on a Thursday, until swimming is permitted.  


Reading books.

As of next week, reading books will be sent home on a Monday and they must be returned to school on a Friday unless your child is instructed otherwise (some pupils will begin short novels soon and they will require longer stretches of time to complete them.)

Please share these books with your child. Question them on the content and the vocabulary. It may be a good idea to read their book more than once!



Under the current circumstances, we have decided to send the children's homework books home and they will remain at home.  The children will be given a paper copy of their homework to complete every Friday website.)  It is important for you to support and monitor your children's homework to maximise the progress they make during the course of the year.  We will always discuss the children's homework task in school and speak to any children who have found it difficult.  Homework tasks will always mirror what we have been learning in school so the children should be able to complete it independently.  It is an expectation that all children complete their homework tasks.  Every now and again we will ask the children to bring their books into school so we can see if they require any further support and the children will be informed of this in advance.

The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test and tables test.


Year 4 Tables Tests.


Year 4 children will be sitting national table testing screening in May/ June 2021. This will consist of tables up to the 12x . The test is administered electronically and consists of 20 questions. The children will be fully prepared before this takes place. It is essential that the children continue to practice their tables at home and your continued support will be greatly appreciated. We will distribute more information closer to the time.


Topics for the Autumn Term


Religious Education


Domestic Church- Family

Baptism/ Confirmation- Belonging

Advent/ Christmas- Loving




The children will be exploring as our vehicle text The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy.

We will be using this text as a stimulus for our writing and grammar focuses. 

Wring outcome: twisted narrative and persuasive letter. 

Creating images in Poetry ( link to Geography topic)

Stories that raise issues (link to Geography topic)

Persuasive texts to encourage people to visit Liverpool.(link to geography topic)




Number- Place Value:


Count in multiples of 6,7,9,25 and 1000.

Find 1000 more or less than a given number.


Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.


Recognise the place value of each digit in a four digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones).


Order and compare numbers beyond 1000.


Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.


Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.


Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers.


Read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, changed to include the concept of zero.


Number- Addition and Subtraction:


Add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction where appropriate.

Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation.

Solve addition and subtraction two step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.


Number- Multiplication and Division


Recall and use multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.


Use place value, known and and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers.


Recognise and use factor pairs and commutatively in mental calculations.


Multiply two digit and three digit numbers by a one digit number using formal written layout. 


Solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems.



Why is the River Mersey so important to Liverpool?

Locate world countries, Europe. 

Describe and understand key aspects of rivers

Describe and understand key aspects of water cycles

Describe and understand key aspects of types of settlements and land use, economic activity and trade links.  

The location of the River Mersey.



The Anglo- Saxons


Introduction to the Anglo  Saxons




Art and culture

Kings and more. 


What effect did The Beatles have on Liverpool? ( link to music topic)

The music of The Beatles ( link to music topic)

The 1960's ( link to music topic)

What life was like in the 1960's ( link to music topic)




Charanga- The work of The Beatles


Physical Education

Ball skills




Sound- Investigate  how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.

Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.

Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from  the sound source increases.

Find patterns between the volume of sounds and the strength of the  vibrations that produced it. 

Find patterns between the pitch of the sound and the features of the object that produced it

Explore how to make a radio.


Digestive system- What happens to the food we eat?


Art and Design

Study of the work of Andy Warhol/pop art

The work and history of great artists.

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