Year 4 - St Patrick
Year 4
Class Information

Class Teacher: Mr M. Railton

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Monica Bain

Welcome back to Year 4. I am enjoying teaching your children this year and am confident they will work hard and make good progress. Outlined below is a brief overview of this year’s curriculum.


English will continue to be taught in line with the National Curriculum using a range of English resources, including the Collins Treasure House resource. Lessons will develop and improve your child’s knowledge, understanding and confidence in the four core elements of the English curriculum, speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and grammar.  Each week in English, we will cover comprehension, composition, vocabulary, punctuation, grammar and spelling. Over the course of the year a range of different text types will be studied including fiction texts, non-fiction texts, and poetry.

Word and sentence level work will be completed regularly as part of our weekly English lessons and will further develop sentence structure as well as consolidating knowledge and correct use of punctuation.

All work set during English lessons will be differentiated accordingly to meet the needs of your child.


Your child will continue to participate in a weekly guided reading session, where they will read a text as part of a small group and answer related questions that will further develop their skills of inference and deduction. Individual reading will also continue with your child reading individually to either myself or a teaching assistant at least once a week.  It is expected that all children will continue to read at home each night and that comments relating to reading at home are recorded in their Home/School book.

Reading will continue to be assessed on a regular basis but as your child's reading develops and they begin to access the higher bands of books they have more substance and things to discuss with you and as a result it takes longer to complete each level.


Differentiated spellings will continue to be given weekly and should be practised daily in a range of contexts. It would be helpful if you could ensure your child is working hard on spelling and can use them in context outside of a spelling test. The ‘look, say, cover, write check strategy’ is still one of the best methods for your children to use when learning their spellings.


Handwriting lessons will continue on a weekly basis, with all of the children working towards earning their Pen Licences in Year 5.


In line with the National Curriculum for Mathematics, our daily Mathematics lesson will cover mental calculations, multiplication tables, number, shape, space and measures. This terms focus begins with place value and the recognition of numbers up to 10,000 before moving on to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions with continuous work building on problem solving, mental maths skills and multiplication tables. The Collins Busy Ant materials, will be the main resource for our maths work and will be used alongside a varied range of resources to suit the learning needs of your children. 
Multiplication tables and later division facts should continue to be practiced regularly at home as by the end of Year 4, children should know all the multiplications and division facts for all tables to 12 x 12. Also new to this year is a Government time table test. Your child will have 6 seconds to read, recall and answer, each of 25 questions. So as you would expect our weekly times tables test will have to be quick in order to prepare students for this. Our Doodle Maths programme will be a great resource to support this work and should be used regularly. Doodle maths tasks will often be set for homework and will consolidate the work studied in class and may be used to prepare or stretch their understanding.


As a whole school, we follow the “Come and See” programme for Catholic Schools. This term we will be studying the following topics, Domestic Church- People, Baptism/Confirmation – Called and Advent/Christmas – Gifts. We will also be studying two other world faiths during the course of the year. The Class Saint for Year 4 is St. Patrick, whom we have already started learning about.

Computing & E-Safety

This term, Year Four will have the opportunity to use the internet in different ways to create multimedia presentations, develop their research skills, learn how to code and write programs and use monitoring devices. We will be using ICT and digital technology in all subjects to extend and consolidate skills and knowledge. All children will have regular access to our laptops and Ipads. E-Safety will be an important part of the computing curriculum this year.


We will be continuing to use the Snap Science scheme to teach all of our science topics this year. These are: states of matter, sound, human impact, changing world, electricity and the digestive system.   
Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music
Foundation subjects will be covered through a topic based approach. In history, year four will study the Royal family, Railways and crime and punishment. Geography: all around the World, water cycle and comparing Whitby to Maldon. In Music, your children will have a weekly lesson with Mrs Stone and will be learning to play the keyboards.


We will continue with our weekly French lessons this year, studying conversational skills for different topics and learning more about French culture. There will also be a greater emphasis on reading and writing French.


Homework will continue to be set towards the end of the week and should be returned on a Wednesday.  It is important this is in on time so I can mark it and prepare the next weeks work. Homework will normally consist of one piece of English work and one piece of Maths, they will further consolidate the work studied during the week in class.


We will continue to assess and monitor your child’s progress throughout the year using age related performance descriptors. Targets will be set for Mathematics and English each term and half-termly assessments in the core subjects will be completed.

General Information

Children will continue to be rewarded for good work, good behaviour, and helpfulness with either house points or merit marks. 
Your children also have an opportunity to show their completed work during our weekly KS2 ‘Good Work Assembly.’ 
If you have any questions, worries or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to speak to me at the end of the school day or make an appointment to see me through the school office.
Thank you

Mr M. Railton

Class Teacher