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Year 4 - Larch Class

Welcome to the Larch Class Page

I hope you have all had a lovely summer, feeling rested and looking forward to a new academic year. Mrs Renshaw and I are really looking forward to getting to know you all and having a fantastic year together.

Dates for Your Diary

  • Tuesday 5th September - Autumn term begins.
  • Wednesday 13th September - Meet the teacher meeting - 5pm in Larch Class.

A reminder about online safety:

If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

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Please find below some information which you will hopefully find useful during the first half of the autumn term: please look at the curriculum section of our website to view more information about our curriculum.

Year 4 - Larch Class Curriculum


We will start this half term by focusing on place value, we will be looking at numbers up to 10,000, which will include sequencing numbers, ordering and comparing numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We will then be moving on to addition and subtraction. 

In Year 4, the children will be required to perform a times tables assessment at the end of the year. They will be tested on a set of random calculations from the 1-12 x tables. Any extra practice at home would be greatly appreciated. Times Tables Rockstars is a fantastic app to use and passwords will be sent home with the children.


This half term, we will be focusing on a book called 'The Tunnel’ and then 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane'. The children will use their reading strategies such as making predictions, inferences, retrieving information and understanding language as we delve into the book. The book will be used to inspire writing genres such as diary entries, letters, narratives and setting descriptions as well as visualising our own images and creating freeze frames and role plays.


There will be a focus on teaching and learning the words on the weekly spelling list in class, rather than sending lists of spellings home. A new list will be given to the children each Monday and they will be tested every Friday. Please look below for each week’s spelling rule and list.


It is essential that children in Year 4 continue to practise their reading skills every day. Reading books are being sent home and to be changed every Tuesday. Please remember to return the book with a signed reading record.

Children take part in Guided Reading sessions three times a week in which whole class strategies are used, using different forms of media including pictures, films and whole class texts and written comprehensions. The children also have time to read independently for pleasure after dinner every day. In addition, children are able to choose a book from the class book corner, which is to stay in school.

Cross-Curricular Topic  

Our topic this term will have a History focus as we will be studying the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Throughout this unit of work, the children will be developing both their geographical and historical knowledge. Throughout the first half term, we will be looking at the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons, their settlements and impact on life today. We will also be looking at the life of an Anglo-Saxon and their religious beliefs and conversion to Christianity. The Art focus of the first half term is drawing, the pupils will be developing their sketching skills of Anglo-Saxon buildings and artefacts. 


This half term our science topic is ‘Electricity’. The children will be able to understand how electricity is generated and what it is used for. We will also focus on how to use electricity safely whilst making their own simple circuits and investigating the impact of wire lengths on components within a circuit.  


P.E. lessons will take place on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.

Please ensure their kit is weather dependent i.e. tracksuit bottoms/jogging bottoms when the weather is colder.