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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Mrs Altiparmaki - Athens Class:

Mrs Codd - Cairo Class:

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences that reinforce key concepts in every subject. It is balanced so that children receive a full and rich curriculum containing all subjects, and implemented well so that children remember in the long term the information and skills they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know this is key to a successful school career and life in general. Our curriculum is designed to engage and meet the needs of all children and enables them to achieve success in all subjects. 

Autumn Term Learning


Our focus texts this term will be Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister and The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd. While exploring these texts we will compose and rehearse sentences orally and in written form, as well as sequence sentences to form narratives. In narrative, we will effectively use a variety of descriptive devices to talk about settings, characters and plot. We will also continue to learn how to group our ideas together to form paragraphs in our writing. We will edit our finished pieces of work to ensure they make sense grammatically and suggest improvements to engage the reader.

During our Guided Reading sessions, we will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and answering 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 counting in thousands, hundreds, twenty-fives, tens and ones, adding and subtracting using the column method. We will also be learning to multiply and divide numbers from 1 to 12 and using our learnt strategies and applying them to word problems.


We will be studying two science topics this term. In Animals including Humans we will be learning how to care for our teeth and recognise the different types of teeth different animals have as well as investigating the human digestive system. This will be followed by Classification where we will be understanding the importance of Linnaeus’ system for naming plants and animals.


In our Iron Age topic, we will be adding to our knowledge of the Prehistoric era by learning about population change, technological change and settlements. Children will carefully study artefacts to discover more about life in the Iron Age and identify key features of that particular era.


In our Art and Design skills lessons, children will learn and develop their skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation; creating an optical illusion print, replicating a plate in the famous willow pattern, drawing a collection of still life objects and painting and mixing colours like Paul Cézanne.


In Music this term, we will begin our First Access instrumental sessions. We will start to learn either the trombone or the violin. We will learn about instrument care, playing technique, and simple tunes using pitch and notation. We will also be learning songs for our Christmas performance.


During the Autumn Term, we will be learning that the World Wide Web is part of the Internet, and will be given opportunities to explore the World Wide Web for ourselves in order to learn about who owns content and what we can access, add, and create. We will then evaluate online content to decide how honest, accurate, or reliable it is, and understand the consequences of false information. Following on from this, children will be learning about the ownership of digital audio and the copyright implications of duplicating the work of others. In order to record audio themselves, children will produce a podcast, evaluate their work and give feedback to their peers.

Design Technology (DT)

As part of our Structure lessons topic, we will be designing and creating a stable pavilion that is aesthetically pleasing by selecting materials to create a desired effect.

Physical Education (PE)

This term, we will carry on with our swimming sessions at the Eltham Centre. We will participate in various sports, such as basketball and hockey.

Religious Education (RE)

In RE, we will be further developing our knowledge of Judaism, by looking at key beliefs and places of worship. Later this term, we will look at Judaism within the community as well as throughout the world.

Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE) / Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)  

This term we will be exploring the following themes:

Families and Friendships: we will explore the features of positive healthy friendships such as mutual respect, trust and sharing interests. We will also develop our strategies on how to build positive friendships.

Safe Relationships: we will explore how to respond to hurtful behaviour; manage confidentiality; recognise risks online and differentiate between playful teasing, hurtful behaviour and bullying, including those that happen online. Further to this,  we will learn how to respond if we witness or experience hurtful behaviour or bullying.

Respecting Ourselves and Others / Respecting Differences and Similarities: we will  recognise what we have in common with others learn the importance of respecting the differences and similarities between people.

General Information

  • 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 book bag should come into school every day.
  • Your child will have PE on Monday. 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 swimming lessons which will begin on Thursday 7th September and take place at the Eltham Centre. A swimming kit consists of close-fitting shorts (not board shorts) or a one-piece swimming costume, a towel, swimming cap and goggles. Children can also bring in a piece of fruit as a snack on their return walk to school. The snack needs to be in their swimming bag.
  • Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly named.
  • 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. You can call 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent, send a message via ParentMail or email . If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea they can return once they are feeling better. They do not need to be clear of symptoms for 48 hours. If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea they can return once they are feeling better. They do not need to be clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside the school day and note that absence due to 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. 

Diary Dates

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

  • Wednesday 13th September - Safer Neighbourhood Meeting -6:30pm / Lower Hall 
  • 25th to 29th September - Cycle to School Week
  • Tuesday 26th September - Nasal flu vaccinations
  • Thursday 28th September - FoG Annual General Meeting – 7pm / Lower Hall
  • Friday 29th September - Book Fair (until 4th October) 
  • Monday 9th October - Open Evening – 3:30pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday 11th October - Open Evening - 3:30pm to 6pm
  • Friday 13th October - Inset Day – school closed to pupils
  • Thursday 19th October - Cultural Evening – 5pm to 6:30pm / Sports Hall
  • 23rd to 27th October - Half Term Break
  • Friday 3rd November - FoG Quiz Night - 7pm / Sports Hall
  • Tuesday 5th December - Christmas performance - 2pm / Sports Hall
  • Wednesday 6th December - Christmas performance - 9:30am / Sports Hall
  • Friday 8th December - Children's Christmas disco
  • Thursday 21st December - last day of the Autumn Term