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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In our school we value and respect every person as a child of God, as we grow together in faith, and love."

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations

With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 3 and Year 4  in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent's evenings during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations.


Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly

             Our European Neighbours     

Year 4

Summer term

Welcome back - I hope that you all had a lovely Easter break and the children are ready for the summer term! Below is a short summary of what we will be covering in Year 4 until the end of the year.



RE work this term will look at the following:

Easter The children will be introduced to accounts of the Resurrection appearances of Christ in the four Gospel.

Pentecost This unit identifies the effects that it had upon the disciples.

Sharing in the Life – The focus will be the Universal Church established upon the Eucharist as the Sacrament which celebrates the Church’s Unity.

Special Roles and Responsibilities – Our final unit will investigate the different tasks and responsibilities given to people in the Church.



In English, we will be starting our term by reading The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. We will read and engage with the story in a variety of ways leading up to the children writing in a similar style with their own creative ideas. Reading comprehension will also be a focus when enjoying the text as a class.

We will then move on to looking at recording and presenting information, stories with humour and a range of poems. We will continue to work on grammar aspects and handwriting throughout all of our English work.


The children will continue to work from the Maths Makes Sense scheme. Maths work is split between the following areas Arithmetic, Geometry, Data & Measure and Reasoning.

Arithmetic - We will complete regular work on addition, subtraction, multiplication & division (both mental and written methods.) There will be lots of work on adding, taking away, multiplying and dividing, with a focus on fractions.

Geometry- Working on angles, shape and space.

Data - Handling data in different ways.

Reasoning- Problem solving linked to many real-life situations.

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Living things and their habitats

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

States of Matter

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.



Please try and listen to your child read every night for at least ten minutes.

Children’s reading progress will be monitored on an individual level and during focused guided reading sessions. Any books will be changed as necessary. Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their diaries.



The children will have two PE lessons a week; one with PE specialist Mrs Ketterick on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name.



This term, we will be exploring the countries of Europe; particularly those that the children are most interested in learning more about. We will look at culture, traditions and language. We will look at human and physical features of the land as part of our Geography work and as part of our art work, we will be looking at artists from different European countries and creating our own pieces in a similar style.



Children will continue to learn some simple French words and phrases. As part of our topic, we will also have a look at some other languages spoken across Europe.


Children will be taught by specialist computing teacher, Mrs Ottley, on a Friday morning.



Children will be taught by specialist music teacher Ms Medley from Painsley.


Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school with a completed homework the following Monday. Children will be given a piece of English and a piece of Maths homework to complete each week to consolidate what we have been learning in class.

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Please continue to practise times tables at home – these will be tested on a Thursday. They have a huge impact on work completed in maths lessons.


Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested on a Friday. Please encourage your child to practise these as often as possible.

If you have any resources or expertise in our topic, please let us know as we are always happy to try to include these invaluable opportunities to enrich our curriculum.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if ever you should need to via the school office where an appointment can be made.


Yours sincerely,


Miss Downie

Class Teacher


Year 4 have been looking at myths and recently wrote their own myth based on Beowulf. They then imagined that their story idea was going to be made into a film and created some fantastic mythical movie trailers. They had a great time and really enjoyed using the ipads and dressing up. Sadly, the weather wasn’t good enough for us to film outside but they did the best that they could in the classrooms! Well done Year 4!

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Jacob and James.MOV

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Year 4 were set a creative challenge where they were asked to make an object of their choice that could have been found in the Anglo Saxon times. Here are a few pictures of some of their amazing work!

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Year 4 Visit to Liverpool Museum


Year 4 recently visited Liverpool museum to discover the world of Ancient Egypt. We explored items around the museum to help discover what life was like back then and particularly enjoyed looking at the mummies! We also took part in an interesting workshop where we became junior archaeologists discovering Egyptian artefacts from a long time ago. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and it has helped us to understand even more about our Ancient Egyptian topic.

End of year expectations Year 4

Suggested Books for Year 4

Year 4 ‘Design a Book Cover’ Competition Winner.

Year 4 ‘Design a Book Cover’ Competition Winner. 1

Year 4 Modern Foriegn Languages Day 14th November 2016