Year 4

                       Welcome to Year 4!

Year 4 Team:-

Class 4A– Mrs Wilson(Year Leader), TA- Mrs Rogerson, Mrs Veiga

Class 4B– Miss Sekhon , TA- Mr Snow, Mrs Bagley

Class 4C– Mr Maggio, TA- Mrs Esenwa


Topics for the year:

Term 1- Road trip USA!
Term 2- Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Term 3- Misty Mountain Sierra
Term 4- Potions
Term 5- 1066
Term 6- Playlists

PE – Please ensure your child has an appropriate PE kit including for outdoors (plain navy blue tracksuit).

Please see below for your child’s PE days:
Class 4a: Thursday
Class 4b: Wednesday
Class 4c: Monday


Written homework will usually be given to your child every Monday and should be returned by Friday of the same week.  Homework will usually consist of an English and Maths task.  Occasionally topic work may be given as homework.  Regular spellings will also be send home.  Where possible your child should also read each day, reading quizzes will be up and running soon.  When possible children should also continue to practice their times tables.  Please feel free to support your child with their homework if necessary but your child should be encouraged to try to complete it themselves.  If for any reason your child is unable to complete their homework please write a note to their teacher to explain why.


Important information

Click here to see this term’s curriculum overview 

Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation from the Parents information evening. 

For online Abacus games the children will need to use their log in:

Username: first 4 letters of their first name followed by first 4 letters of surname.
Password: Year4
School code: t7jg

How to login to Times Tables Rockstars

Follow the link:

and enter the following details:
School: St John’s Catholic Primary School, Gravesend
Username: (first name, followed by first initial of surname e.g bloggsj)
password: year4
(all lowercase letters with no spaces)

Login details specific to your child can be found in their reading records


Year 4 Weekly Updates


Thank you to all the children and their families that attended the light parade on Friday after school, everyone had a great time walking through the town center and seeing all the Christmas lights being switched on ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  This Thursday 22nd November it is our turn for mass starting at 9.15 in St Mary’s church opposite the school, everyone is welcome.

In our lessons this week the children will be continuing to learn about teeth and how to look after them.  They will then be writing an information leaflet about teeth and what they have learnt.  In maths the children will be continuing to learn and practice both division and times tables facts.  We will also be continuing our topic of addition and subtraction where the children will be using the column method to solve word problems.



This week the children have been busy making poppies and learning about the First World War.  We have also learnt how Sikhs celebrate Diwali and the story of the cloak relating to Diwali which is also referred to as Prisoner Release Day.  Class  4a then led an assembly about Diwali.

All the children have made some 3D art this week.  Class 4a and 4c took part in workshops to make lanterns led by a local artist and class 4b made Diva lamps with clay.  The lanterns will be sent home next Friday ready for the parade in town.  Please can I remind everyone who want to take part to meet in the community square outside Woodville Halls with their lanterns by four fifteen pm.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Next week the children will be learning about their teeth and how to look after them!



Term one finished with a fantastic express event show casing our learning about the USA.  The children really enjoyed reading, singing, dancing and signing the state names in makaton.  We had very positive feedback from the many parents and carers who attended.  We also made American milkshakes, iced biscuits and made delicious New York cheese cakes!

Next term we will start our science based topic, Burps, Bottoms and Bile by learning about teeth and healthy eating.  The children will write an information leaflet about how to look after their teeth and hopefully we will have a visit from a local dentist.

In maths the children will be adding and subtracting up to two four digit numbers using both mental and the column methods.  We will continue to learn and practice our times tables and handwriting.

Don’t forget parent consultations the first week back.


This week the children have been busy learning songs ready for our celebration day on Thursday.  We look forward to seeing you at 2.15pm.  Next week we will be making our Native American Indian headdress ready to wear on Thursday.

In maths we will be finishing our end of topic assessments on place value before we start our next topic of addition and subtraction.  The children will be practicing informal methods of adding thousands, hundreds, tens and ones to four digit numbers before moving onto the column method of addition and subtraction.

In grammar we will be learning how to use inverted commas (speech marks).


Thank you to theses those parents that came to our first year group mass on Thursday, all the children made us proud with their excellent behaviour. Next Sunday is the harvest festival mass at 10.30am at St John’s church in the town centre, again everyone is welcome. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can definitely attend and your child would like to read. Many parents have kindly already donated tins of food for this occasion please continue to bring tins of food into school which will then be donated to local charities after mass.

All parents should have received a letter about our celebration of learning for our current topic of the USA , it will take place on Thursday 18th October at 2.15pm in the junior hall. Parents and Carers are welcome.

In lessons this week the children will be learning about negative numbers and practising their times tables. They will be completing informal end of topic assessments on place value. The children will be completing their emails to book hotels and attractions in New York as well as spelling and grammar lessons. In science we are making circuits with switches and reflecting why we need switches. In all RE lessons we have some prayer and reflection time where children can write a prayer in the class prayer book if they wish. This week we will be reading the Bible story David and Goliath, you could support your child by finding this story in the Bible and reading it together.


Our first year 4 mass this year will be this Thursday 4th October at St Mary’s church opposite the school. Everyone is welcome, mass usually starts by quarter past nine.

Over the next two weeks the children will be learning about Internet safety and how to spot a scam email! The children will be completing safe online searches to gather information about tourist attractions in New York City, America. They will then write pretend emails to book tickets and reserve hotel rooms in New York. They will be studying maps of New York and planning how to travel from one tourist attraction to another using directional language.

In maths we are continuing to learn about numbers in the thousands. The children we be rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. They will also be finding one thousand more and less than a given number. As always we are continuing to learn times tables. There are some good songs and videos on the BBC super movers website to aid learning of times tables whilst being active!

In science we will continue with our topic of electricity which includes how it is made, stored and transported. Did you know that Dungeness Power station offers free tours which would fit in with what we are learning? It might be a good place to visit during half term but you must book in advance.


Thank you to all those parents that attended the parent talk and the whole school mass last week, both events were very successful.

This week we will be continuing our topic of the USA by learning about famous landmarks.  The children will be sorting them into natural and man made before finding them on their maps.

In maths we are continuing our topic of place value, ordering and recognising numbers into the thousands!

During our science lessons the children will be testing materials to see if they are conductors of electricity by building circuits to light a bulb.

We are finishing our diary entries about our class novel The Indian in the cupboard.  We will we also be reading and discussing the Bible stories of Joseph and Abraham.


The children have now settled into the routines in their classrooms.  Last week in maths the children have been writing and reading larger numbers into the thousands.  They also learnt how to read and write Roman Numerals to 100.  This week we will continue with out topic of place value by learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.  You can help your child at home by looking at Roman numerals and practising counting in multiples of 6,7,8,9, 25 and 100.

Last week during our English lessons the children wrote a postcard improving the one they wrote during the summer.  Over the next two weeks they will be writing a diary entry based on a character description and the first chapter of our class novel The Indian in the Cupboard.

In science the children have been learning how electricity can be made with both renewable and non-renewable sources as well as its dangers! This week the children will start to learn how to make circuits.

In RE the children are learning about different parts of the children and how to look up Bible references.  Please practice this with your child at home.

In our topic lesson we could the USA on a world map and learnt about its flag.

Don’t forget the year 4 talk for parents at five pm on Tuesday 18th September, Hope to see you there! It’s also our whole school mass on Thursday morning 20th September, everyone is welcome.

Thanks to your support the  children have settled extremely well into year 4, they are continuing to learn the rules and routines for the year ahead.  This week we are introducing the children to their topic of Road trip USA with a hunt for state names before locating them on a map.  The children are enjoying sharing their post cards and book reviews.  In maths we are practicing our times tables.  Our library area this year has a jungle theme, the children will be completing animal art work for this area.




A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who supported our Children in Need fun raising this week! So far we have raised £1433.73!!!!

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 Handball team for winning their recent tournament!!