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Year 4

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 4

Our topic this term is ‘Anglo-Saxons and Vikings’



In English this term, children will be exploring explanation texts, dilemma stories and poetry. The children will be using our topic of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to explore each of these genres and we will study a number of features linked to these. In addition, the children will be working on their grammar, punctuation and spellings skills and take part in daily handwriting sessions


In Reading this term, we will begin to explore a range of non-fiction information texts to develop our background knowledge of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. We will be exploring the literary works of Tony Bradman through our daily class read and we will read Anglo Saxon Boy and Viking Boy. We will develop the use of the 7 reading skills using VIPERS. 



This term, children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of mental maths strategies at the start of each lesson by completing ’Fluent in Five’ questions. We will begin by focusing on place value and the children will be refining their knowledge from Y3 and building on this further.  They will also be reading Roman numerals to 100 (C). The children will also be adding and subtracting whole numbers, including using formal written methods.  The children will also be exploring multiplication and division, as well as studying their times tables on a daily basis.



Our Science topics this term are Electricity and Sound.  In Electricity, the children will learn about the hazards of electricity and how to keep safe. They will draw and create electrical circuits.  In Sound, the children will be learning about how sound is measured and how the vibrations are what caused us to hear it. They will carry out a range of investigations that look at sound proofing. Then they will learn how to record and present results.


Other Subjects

Our history topic this term is ‘The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.’  We will be focusing on the way the invaders and the settlers changed Britain. In Computing, we will be learning about e-safety and being a safe digital citizen. For PE, we will be following our REAL PE programme to develop our fundamental skills and applying these within netball. The children learn Spanish weekly and will be developing their vocabulary, learning different greetings, to say how they feel, what time of the day it is and different colours.


PE Days

4B – Monday and Friday

4M – Monday and Friday


Key Dates and General Reminders

Reading books will be needed in school every day but please ensure your child reads regularly at home too. Homework will be given out each Friday and will need to be handed in the following Thursday. Spellings will now come home on a Friday and will be tested on the following Friday.