Year 4

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Our Year 4 team includes Mrs Horsfield, Miss Sekhon and Mr Maggio supported by Mrs Harding, Mrs McCann and Mrs Esenwa.

Year Group Masses will continue on Thursdays monthly at 9.15am. The dates will be available on the website as well as Sunday Masses.


English homework will be given out every Monday and should be returned on the Friday. Spellings should be learnt ready for a spelling test on Fridays. Children should be reading daily at home and we ask parents/carers to ensure reading records are signed regularly. We are embarking upon a new reading initiative called ‘Accelerated reading’. Please find more information about this inside your child’s reading record book. We are continuing with the reading challenge in Year 4 whereby your child will get to ‘travel Europe’ as they develop their love of reading.

Maths homework will be given out every Monday and should be returned on Friday. Some weeks this might include a problem solving game being sent home to be played as a family (please write a comment in home record book).

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

PE – PE this term will all take place in school, 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: Tuesday
Class 4b: Monday
Class 4c: Tuesday

Your child will visit the school library once a week where they can select a second book for home reading. See below for your child’s Library day:

Class 4a: Friday
Class 4b: Tuesday
Class 4c: Wednesday

Polite reminders

Everyday your child should bring:-

Labelled jumpers/ cardigans
A water bottle
A reading book and reading record
A rain coat/ warm coat (dependent upon the weather)
A smile on their face!


Click here for the latest curriculum overview

Key Information

Parent Talk September 2017

Year 4’s Reading Challenge

This year, Year 4 will be travelling from Ebbsfleet International to a destination chosen by them. After reading one book, they will move their train to the next stop in their journey. Once they have reached their destination, they will receive a prize!
Please ensure reading records are signed and the books read are recorded so your child can move along in their reading challenge journey. Once your child has read and understood their reading book, they can choose another book to read. School reading books, Library books and home books all count towards the challenge so keep reading!

Please continue to regularly check the Year 4 page as we will add upcoming events, information as well as photos.


Year 4 Weekly Updates

10/11/2017:  We were lucky to be part of Gravesend’s Light Switch On Parade this year and look how beautiful our lanterns were once they were lit up! It definitely got us in the Christmas spirit!



A visit from local dentists:

To start off our new topic ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’, we had a visit from two local dentists. We have learnt a lot about how to keep our teeth healthy. We also had the opportunity to ask questions and watch demonstrations on how to clean our teeth correctly.

We have been given these bags full of goodies to help us clean our teeth correctly. They include a toothbrush, sticker and disclosing tablet to use with an adult. The tablet will indicate any plaque to clean.

This week we have also been looking at how much sugar is in our drinks and have investigated the effect of sugary drinks on our teeth. This eggshell experiment will show us how some drinks may cause our teeth to decay.

Making lanterns for Gravesend’s Light Switch On Parade:


The parade will be Next Friday 17th November starting at 4pm from Community Square where we will meet up as a school and light up the beautiful lanterns the children have created! Children are to walk with their grown ups. We hope to see you all there!

20/10/2017:  On Tuesday, Year 4 celebrated their Express event for the topic ‘Road Trip USA’. The event was exceptionally well attended by parents and family, who got the opportunity to hear the Native American welcome song they had been learning with Mr Smyth. We had a New York café open with goodies straight from America! We are really looking forward to next terms topic ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ where we commence our term with a visit from the dentist. As we begin to read ‘Demon Dentists’, written by David Walliams, we will be researching about how to look after our teeth as well as follow food on it’s journey throughout our bodies.



13/10/2017:  As we enter in to the last week before half term, we will complete our topic of Road Trip USA. The children will be creating acrostic poems about American states as well as creating an inventory for Mr Smyth’s imminent trip to New York City.

We will continue to add and subtract 4 digit numbers, using ‘APE’ to answer, prove and explain our answers when solving problems. Our focus for times tables will be looking at patterns between the 3, 6 and 9’s.

We warmly welcome you to join us on Tuesday 17th October (at 10.20am) for our Cornerstones Express Event. Also, may we remind you of the up-coming parents’ meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support this term. We are very much looking forward to embracing our second topic in November- Burps, Bottoms and Bile.

06/10/2017:  This week, in year 4, we have continued to work with place value in maths. The children have been counting up in 100’s and 1000’s as well as rounding up and down to the nearest 100.

In English, we are busily preparing to write our diary entry for Omri (a character from our book of the term- The Indian in the cupboard).

Science has been fascinating this week. Having looked at Times Square, in New York City, we were able to create simple circuits and light our bulbs. As we continue through the term we will look at the reasons why we use switches within a circuit, as well as send the modern-day version of smoke signals (using morse code) with our lightbulbs.

Over the coming weeks we will study the American Indian tribe of the Iroquois in detail and sketch longhouses as well as design and make dreamcatchers.

Please remember the Harvest mass on Sunday 8th October. Any gifts for the mass will be gratefully received throughout the week.

Please continue to comment and sign in your child’s reading record​ book, they are really enjoying the reading challenge and ‘travelling’ across Europe.

12/09/2017: Welcome to Year 4! The children have settled in brilliantly. This week we have been learning about our new topic ‘Road Trip USA’, which the children have been very excited about. We have, so far, looked at 14 American states that are linked closely to Native Americans and their tribes. We will continue to link this knowledge later in the term as we create dream-catchers and Iroquis long houses.

In Maths, children have learnt all about place value and used this knowledge to create numbers using Roman numerals.

In English, children have been busy writing postcards and emails, beginning to consider and compare ways to communicate with others effectively.

We look forward to meeting you at the Parents’ meeting on Wednesday 20th September at 6pm.