Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School



Year 4 Learning - Summer 2022

Welcome to Year 4

Mrs Faiers, Andromeda Class afaiers@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk  

Ms Deacon, Discovery Class sdeacon@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences to reinforce key concepts in every subject; it is balanced so that children get a full and rich curriculum containing all of the subjects and it is implemented well so that children remember in the long term what they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know that is key to a successful school career and life more generally. Every child receives a full and rich curriculum with all of the subjects. We believe this engages and meets the needs of all children and we value success in non-core subjects as highly as we do the more traditional academic subjects.

This term we will be working on the following topics:


Our current focus text is Escape from Pompeii. We will be writing a range of texts using this book as inspiration for our writing. These will include writing a setting description using expanded noun phrases and a range of other techniques such as similes and metaphors. Linking with our geography topic, in English we will be writing an explanation text on volcanoes, creating safety leaflets for those who choose to live near volcanoes and a recount of Mount Vesuvius erupting in AD 79. Later on in the Summer term, we will be reading Who Let The Gods Out. When reading, we will continue to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and answer questions focusing on retrieval and inference.



We will be using the Maths No Problem scheme to support our mathematical learning. We will be working on rounding and using money, measuring and converting units of mass, volume and length, As well as measuring area. In geometry we will be identifying the different types of angles, classifying triangles and quadrilaterals and drawing lines of symmetry. Additionally, we will be reading and plotting coordinates and translating on a coordinate grid. Finally, we will be writing Roman numerals to 100.



Our topic is Changing State. The children will be learning the properties of solids, liquids and gases and, through a range of experiments, how some materials can change their state through the process of freezing and heating.



Following on from last term's learning on the Ancient Greeks, we will be understanding how and why the Romans invaded Britain and the impact they have had on our lives today.



We will be learning about volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes. We will explore Mount Everest whilst learning about the features of a mountain. We will be studying the different ways in which mountains and volcanoes are formed and where they are located in the world. As part of our work on earthquakes, we will be studying what causes them and we will be looking in detail at the Japanese earthquake of 2011. We will also be using Ordinance Survey maps and using grid references and keys to locate physical and human features of an area.


Art & Design              

We will be making stamps to create repeating patterns varying our use of colours and configurations. Using a compass, we will be making an image of overlapping and interconnected circles to recreate the sacred geometric symbol – ‘the flower of life’.



In Music this term, Year 4 are able to make their choice of preferred instrument from the First Access sessions (Trombone or Violin). They will focus on further developing technique, reading notation and playing in an ensemble.



During the Summer term the children will be learning to programme to create a repeating pattern.


Design Technology (DT)               

As part of our DT work, we will be adapting an existing biscuit recipe, whilst considering the cost of the ingredients and other expenses against a set budget. We will also be analysing and evaluating a range of existing fastenings, then we will devise a list of design criteria to design, generate templates and make a fabric book sleeve.


Physical Education (PE)                

We will be working with sports coaches to develop ball, athletic and dance skills.



We will be learning key vocabulary and phrases through the following topics:  Quelle-heure est-il? and Les Fêtes.


Religious Education (RE)              

We will be studying Christianity looking at their beliefs and worship. Followed by looking at Christianity in the local community.  


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

As part of Maintaining a balanced lifestyle mentally and physically we will be identifying a wide range of factors that maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle, physically and mentally as well as what good physical health means and how to recognise early signs of physical illness and that common illnesses can be quickly and easily treated with the right care e.g. visiting the doctor when necessary.

In Growing and changing we identify external genitalia and reproductive organs and consider the physical and emotional changes during puberty as well as the key facts about the menstrual cycle and menstrual wellbeing, erections and wet dreams. We discuss how to manage the changes during puberty including menstruation the importance of personal hygiene routines during puberty including washing regularly and using deodorant alongside discussing the challenges of puberty with a trusted adult how to get information, help and advice about puberty

Throughout the topic of Keeping safe we look at the importance of taking medicines correctly and using household products safely, to recognise what is meant by a ‘drug’, that drugs common to everyday life (e.g. cigarettes, e-cigarettes/vaping, alcohol and medicines) can affect health and wellbeing. We also identify some of the effects related to different drugs and that all drugs, including medicines, may have side effects.

We continue by identify some of the risks associated with drugs common to everyday life, that for some people using drugs can become a habit which is difficult to break and how to ask for help or advice. 



Please note the following events and add them to your diary:

  • Science Workshops – Friday 22nd April
  • Gordon Day: Celebration of Music and Song (Years 3 & 4) – Thursday 28th April
  • Local Elections – Thursday 5th May 2022. Voting takes place in the Sports Hall. The school is open to pupils.
  • Platinum Jubilee: Picnic in the Playground – Friday 27th May
  • Half term holiday – week beginning Monday 30th May
  • Times Tables Check – 6th to 24th June
  • Gordon Exhibition – week beginning Monday 27th June
  • Open Afternoon – Thursday 30th June
  • Last day of the Summer Term – Thursday 21st July



  • Your child should read to an adult for 15 minutes three times a week and independently every day. It is also important that an adult reads to your child regularly. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come into school every day.
  • Your child will have PE on Wednesday and Thursday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag. Please make sure your child has an outdoor PE kit consisting of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt. We will be having a two-week block of intensive swimming lessons. Dates will be confirmed soon.
  • Your child needs to bring in a water bottle every day.
  • The weather is often cold at this time of year and the children will go out to play if there is light rain. It is important that your child has a waterproof coat, gloves, hat and a scarf.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as a pencil, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • If your child will be absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above.