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Y4 get ready for our Pantomime

By | Year 4

There are only two weeks to our Pantomime!   Well done to all the children and grown-ups who are gathering their costumes and props.  Thank you to the parents and carers who have helped their children learn their lines. Please let us know if you need any help with your costumes.


Class Teacher

Mrs Staniforth

Year 4 Teacher

Hi, I’m Mrs Staniforth. I teach Year 4 and I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our class.

Y4 Class Charter  – We write new rules each year in September. Here is our Class Charter for 2018-19.

  • We enjoy learning.
  • We work hard.
  • We have lovely manners.
  • We are brave, positive and resilient.
  • We are kind and helpful.
  • We keep ourselves safe.
  • We are unique.
  • We are the Year Four team.

We try to be superheroes by always being ready to learn.

Year 4 Class Routines

Water Bottles

Every child will need a water bottle in school.  They are responsible for bringing it into class in the morning and taking it home with them every day.  Plastic sports bottles are ideal but please make sure that they are named.

Lunch Boxes

Children place their lunch boxes on the trolley outside the classroom.


This term, our PE sessions will be on Thursday and Friday.

For safety reasons, jewellery may not be worn at school.  Earrings must be removed (by the child) for PE.  Children with long hair will need to tie it up.


Homework will be set on Fridays so homework diaries need to be in school on Thursday so that homework can be marked.  Homework may include spellings, mental maths activities, Abacus maths online, Quick Recall Facts, topic research, SPaG as well as frequent reading and comprehension questions to be completed in the purple reading journals.  Please remember that all children learn at different rates and although activities may be differentiated for the children, there may be times when children find their homework too easy or too difficult.   If this is the case, please let me know in their homework diary.

Year 4 Curriculum Details

Y4 Curriculum

We make sure that our Year 4 curriculum is flexible enough to follow the interests of the children in our class. We enjoy learning about number, measurement, geometry and statistics and use our skills in other curriculum areas as often as possible.

Throughout the year we have the opportunity to try lots of different games, dance and gymnastics activities in PE and enter football, cross country, rounders and orienteering  competitions.

In music we can learn to play an instrument and we enjoy listening to different types of music and making our own.  We also have French with Mrs. Brotherton as well as using espresso coding to develop our computing skills further.

Autumn Term

Roman soldiers will be marching into class in 2018 and helping us find out more about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.  We will be reading, Gladiators Never Blink by Nick Warburton.

Towards Christmas, we see a live Pantomime performance of Dick Whittington at the Rotherham Civic Theatre….OH YES WE DO! We also hope to write our own script and perform for an invited audience.

Spring Term

Our topics will include rivers and the water cycle. We learn about the temperatures that solids melt at and find out more about solids, liquids and gases. We find out that some materials are about as much use as a chocolate teapot!  We will read the novel, The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. 

 Summer Term

On Mondays, Y4 go swimming for 12 weeks. We start on Monday 1st April and our final session is on Monday 15th July.

Our topic includes finding out about another locality and this year we will be going on our residential visit to Castleton on Thursday 9th May to Friday 10th May.  There are lots of exciting things for us to see and do while we are there and once we return to school, as we find out about a contrasting locality and compare it with where we live.  Why not have a look at our Castleton page and see all the fun things we did last year.



There is an expectation that Year Four children will learn all their tables by the end of this year.  Knowing a times table means being able to count in a multiple, say the multiplication in order and then out of order and then recall the division.

If your child finds this difficult the only way to move forward is to practice little and often.  If you would like more support with this area, please ask.


Your child will be doing a variety of reading sessions in school including guided activities and shared reading throughout the curriculum.  The more they read at home the better!  Lots of discussion about the texts they are reading which ask detailed questions about why the characters are behaving in a certain way, help your child to develop a deeper understanding of what they are reading. Please sign your child’s reading record every time you listen to them read and talk about their understanding.  Your child will need to have their reading book, journal and record in school every day and take it home every night.  Sometimes, we are unable to change your child’s reading book on the same day that they hand it in so please share a different book at home. 

Expectations are that every child will change their book at least once a week.  If your child has progressed onto a book that is too long to read a whole book and answer questions in a week, please ensure that they hand it in so that we can see their progress.  

Please remember that your child will learn best if they are happy in school.  If they have any worries, please encourage them to tell me or you can see me in the morning or after school to let me know your concerns.


Thank you for taking the time to read this, I look forward to working with you and your child during the year.

Important Year 4 Documents

Year 4 Maths

Year 4 Calculation Videos

This video shows how Y4 children use counters and a formal method to show how to add two four digit numbers.  It is important to leave a space for any carrying figures.

This video shows how Y4 children use formal methods to multiply a three digit number by a one digit number.

Can you multiply 345 x 6?

Would you use this method to multiply 399 by 2?  Why not?


Our Year 4 Gallery Items - You can see all our pictures in the Gallery section of the site.

Y4 Castleton 2018


Carmel’s Easter Treasure Hunt


Y4 Roman Day


Year 4 In Pictures


Castleton Visit – Year 4 2017


Y4 Visit to Castleton – 2016