Year Four Curriculum Letter Autumn 2017

Year 4 Autumn Parent Information Letter 2017

Dear Parents,


We are looking forward to a happy and successful term working with your children. The purpose of this letter is to explain the work and routines for year 4 children this term.



We are continuing our approach to learning this year using the 6Rs. They aim to make the children successful learners and to help them develop skills that will help them learn throughout their lives. The 6 qualities are:

  • Readiness
  • Resourcefulness
  • Resilience
  • Reflectiveness
  • Responsibility
  • Risk Taking



In English this term we will be studying the following books:

  • Stanley in Space by Jeff Brown
  • Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  • The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson


Through studying the books the children will be learning how to write:

  • Formal and informal letters
  • Diaries
  • Discussions
  • Narrative and descriptive poems
  • Narrative
  • Newspaper
  • Instruction



In mathematics pupils will be learning to:

  • Read, write and order numbers with up to 4 digits and understand the place value of each digit
  • Multiply and divide by 10/100 using a place-value grid.
  • use counting on as a strategy to perform mental addition.
  • Know properties of equilateral, isosceles, scalene and right-angled triangles; find that angles in a triangle have a total of 180°
  • Use a written column method to add amounts of money in pounds and pence



Man on the Moon

In our first topic this half term we will be learning about the Man on the Moon. We will be looking at how man has made it to the moon. On the 14th September, Year 4 will be travelling to the Leicester Space Centre to further extend their knowledge.  Permission letters have already gone out.


Our Place in the World

After the October half term, we will be learning about Our Place in the World, where the topic will focus on the human and physical geography of Britain and Europe.


Our PSHE topics this autumn term will be Anti-bullying and Rights, Rules and Responsibilities.



Spellings will be handed out every week with a spelling test every week. We also recommend that your children work on their times tables each week as this will help them a lot in their maths lessons. A times table focus will be sent home every week with the spellings.


In addition to the spellings and times tables, your child will be set topic homework. They will have a choice of 9 activities to choose from and they can do as many of them as they want. They will be able to earn house points for their homework projects. They will have 4 weeks to complete their topic homework and they can bring it in at any time!



This term, Year 4 PE will be on a Friday. Please remove any jewellery from your child before they come into school that day. Your child will need to bring a sensible white t-shirt and black shorts, tracksuit bottoms and appropriate footwear for outdoor sports. For hygiene reasons, your child’s PE kit must be a change of clothing, including trainers, NOT what your child is wearing on that day.  If your child is unable to do PE please send a note.  Children without a note will be expected to take part in the lesson.


School Uniform

We are pleased to see so many children looking smart in their school uniforms! Children need to wear a navy top, black or grey trousers/skirt and a white shirt/polo shirt – please avoid labels or badges other than Northfield.



Our behaviour strategy ‘It’s Good to be Green’ will continue. Teachers reward children with house points that are displayed in the classroom.  When children reach various totals, badges are awarded and worn on a lanyard.  Parents are warmly invited to come and see their children receive their badges in Friday morning assemblies.  An invitation will be sent out when your children has earned their next badge.



It is vital for your child’s education that they attend school regularly and promptly. If your child is absent, please ring the school office to avoid us needing to telephone you as we now contact all parents if a child is not at registration.  If you are planning a family holiday, please make every effort to take this during school holidays.  If you are unable to do so, please ensure that you obtain authorisation before you book – authorisation forms can be collected from the school office.  Please be aware that Leicester City Council will check attendance and will issue fines for unauthorised holidays.


We value your support and comments so do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have a concern. Send a note, talk to us in the classroom before 8.50 or alternatively contact the office to arrange a meeting.  As a reminder, teaching begins at 8.50 so it is not possible for us to speak to any parent at this time unless it is urgent.  We appreciate your continued co-operation.


Phase 3 Leader

The Phase 3 leader is responsible for all pupils in years 4, 5 and 6. This is Mr Wharin.  If you wish to meet with him, please contact the office to arrange a meeting.




We look forward to a happy and productive term with you and your children.


Yours faithfully





Mr Odedra       Mrs Taylor

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