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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Mrs Altiparmaki - Athens Class:

Mrs Codd - Cairo Class:

Ms Ghazzali - 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. 

Spring Term Learning


Our focus texts will be Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit and Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah Mcintyre. Through these texts we will draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally, and sequence sentences to form short narratives. In narrative, we will create settings, characters and plot. We will write for different purposes, including about fictional personal experiences and fictional narratives. We will also edit the writing to check if it makes sense and make improvements to engage the reader.

When reading, 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 Further Multiplication and Division, Graphs, Fractions, Time and Decimals. Throughout these units, the children will be multiplying two and three-digit numbers, dividing two-digit numbers including remainders and applying their knowledge to word problems. Children will learn how to interpret picture graphs, bar graphs and line graphs as well as make predictions based on trends identified in the data. When exploring the concept of fractions, children will be introduced to hundredths, mixed and improper fractions. Additionally, they will learn to add, subtract and solve word problems. Children will also learn about the 24-hour and 12-hour clock and convert between seconds, hours and minutes. They will apply their knowledge to word problems.



We will be studying Electricity this term. The children will be learning how to construct a simple series electrical circuit and identify and name its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers. They will also identify whether a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit. Children will recognise some common conductors and insulators.



In our Romans topic, we will explore why the Romans invaded Britain and the consequences of the Roman invasion. Children will also understand how the Roman army were equipped for war and identify their battle formation. They will also deduce information about life in Roman times using artefacts.



In Geography, we will be thinking about who lives in Antarctica. We will be understanding the terms longitude, latitude, hemisphere and climate zone. The children will also consider the work of researchers and become familiar with reading and drawing a map.



We will explore Texture and Patterns. The children will develop a range of mark-making techniques, make their own textured stamp for printing, draw a ‘flip’ pattern and recreate a famous and ancient geometric pattern.



In Music this term, Year 4 will continue with the 1st Access programme. They will be moving on to their second instruments (either trombone or violin) and learning about instrument care, playing techniques, notation and rhythm.



The children will develop their understanding of how digital images can be changed and edited, and how they can be resaved and reused. They will consider the impact that editing images can have, and evaluate the effectiveness of their choices.

Following this unit, the children will consider how and why data is collected over time. Children will collect data as well as access data captured over long periods of time. They will look at data points, data sets, and logging intervals. Children will then spend time using a computer to review and analyse data.


Design Technology             

During these lessons, children will be designing, making and evaluating a torch with a functioning switch. 



We will be developing ball games skills and gymnastic skills as well as having weekly swimming lessons on Thursdays until the February half-term break. 


French        We will be learning key vocabulary and phrases through the following topics Les Fêtes and Ou vas-tu?


Religious Education              

Our topic this term is ‘Are all religions equal?’. Children will recognise that there are many connections between religious worldviews.  They will also explain similarities and differences in how people understand God as well as identify how some beliefs and practices reflect ideas about religious equality.


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

Belonging to a Community - Children will recognise that they belong to different communities as well as the school community and the different groups that make up and contribute to a community. Children will also show compassion towards others in need and the shared responsibilities of caring for them.

Media Literacy and Digital Resilience – Children will consider how data is shared and used and that a digital footprint is created. They will also understand that organisations can use personal information to encourage people to buy things and consider why people might choose to buy or not buy something online.

Money and Work – In this unit, children will consider how people make different spending decisions based on their budget, values and needs alongside how and why it is important to keep track of money.


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 bookbag should come to school every day.
  • Your child will have PE on Tuesday. 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. Swimming lessons are to continue 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 a piece of fruit as a snack on their return walk to school. The snack needs to be in their swimming bag.
  • Your child needs to bring 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 is 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 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. 

Diary Dates

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

  • Wednesday 31st January - Athens visit to Guildhall Roman Amphitheatre
  • Friday 2nd February - NSPCC Number Day
  • Monday 5th to Sunday 11th February - Children's Mental Health Week
  • Tuesday 6th February - Safer Internet Day
  • Wednesday 7th February - Cairo visit to Guildhall Roman Amphitheatre
  • Thursday 8th February - last swimming session for Year 4
  • Monday 12th to Friday 16th February - Half-term break
  • Tuesday 5th March - Science workshops 
  • Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
  • Friday 8th March - International Women's Day
  • Monday 25th March – Open Evening 1
  • Wednesday 27th March – Open Evening 2
  • Thursday 28th March - last day of term - school closes at the usual time