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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In knowing Jesus, we seek to fulfil our God-given potential. We value every person as we look beyond ourselves in a spirit of charity, forgiveness and honesty"

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Miss Naden and Mrs Wilcox


It has been lovely to get to know our year 4 class these past few weeks. We have already successfully completed our first school trip to Cadburys World, kickstarting our amazing vehicle. We are hardworking, enthusiastic, thoughtful and independent learners in year 4 with a very exciting year ahead of us.



This term we will be focusing on the following units:

Creation and the story of Abraham

Jesus teaches us how to pray



We will continue to think about our collective worship as a class and we will take part in mass every other week.



We will be starting our term by reading Leon and the Place between. It is a fantastic picture book which is beautifully illustrated. The children will be exploring the book and using their creativity and imaginations to write in a variety of ways.


For the second part of the term we will be reading The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane which will allow the children to immerse themselves in a wonderfully imaginative novel.




We have successfully began our first term by focusing on Place Value. Throughout the term we are going to be doing the following units: 4 digit numbers, addition and subtraction, perimeter and multiplication and subtraction.


This is a very important year for times tables. During the summer term, year 4 will be tested on their times tables which is why we are focusing more than ever on these. This will be taught through our 22 club, class chanting, games and Times Tables Rockstars.






Chocolate – From Bean to Bar!


Our vehicle this term is called Chocolate – from bean to bar! This will be studied across lots of different subjects to tie it all together.


Through our Vehicle, we will explore different aspects of the Science curriculum, specifically states of matter and animals and their habitats. We will be exploring the melting points of chocolate and the processes involved in going from ‘bean to bar’. Also, we will be learning about the environments where the cocoa beans grow, to understand the different animals that live in those areas and the dangers to those environments. Our historical studies this term will be focused on the Cadbury business and  its development and a study of the Aztec civilisation as one of the founders of chocolate. We will use our geographical knowledge to explore the journey of the cocoa beans, the environments where the cocoa beans grow, the importance of Fairtrade and gain an insight into the distribution of chocolate across the world. We will study Aztec patterns during our art lessons and we use our Design and Technology skills in order to develop our own chocolate wrapper designs. In French we will continue to develop our skills by discussing the chocolate bars that we like and dislike and as part of our music lessons, we will be using chocolate bar names to form the rhythms when composing our own music.



PE this term is split with ASM sports. Our focus will be invasion games and gymnastics. Throughout, children will continue to develop their skills. Please make sure that PE kits are in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.



Please listen to your child read every night, making a note in their diaries to show that they have read. Each child’s reading progress will be monitored on an individual level and during focused guided reading sessions.



Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school with a completed homework the following Monday.



Spellings are taken from the national curriculum expected standard for year 4. They will be sent home on a Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday. Please practice these as much as possible to prepare for the test.


End of Year Expectations Year 4

Suggested Books for Year 4