Year 4 2020 - 2021

Miss McCllelan

Welcome to Year 4!

Teacher: Miss McClellan

Teaching Assistant: Miss Hardern


Our topic this term is Misty Mountain Sierra

Mighty mountains peak above the morning mists, imposing and eternal, rocky outcrops at their feet. Discover how these giants are formed, as a fold or a block, a dome or a plateau. Follow the water cycle’s course from peak to valley and meet the exceptional tribes of the hostile Himalayas. Then plan a mountain expedition from the BMC that is eco friendly and as safe as can be. But look out. What’s that by that tree? Its footprints are huge. Have we found the Yeti?



In Literacy we will be following ‘Pathways to Write’. Our text this term is ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne. We will be focusing on;

  • Expanded noun phrases
  • Choosing nouns or pronouns appropraitely 
  • Using fronted adverbials with the use of commas
  • Organising paragraphs






As of September, from Y2-Y6 we will be following ‘Pathways to Read’. It is a brand-new programme designed to equip pupils from Year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers.

Pathways to Read follows a mastery approach to learning with three categories of skills developed each half term:

  • Ongoing skills - linked to text choices and achieved through selection of teaching activities
  • Core skills - prediction, vocabulary development and retrieval
  • Mastery skills - 2-3 objectives are focused on for pupils to master over the course of the half-term

We highly recommend reading with your child every day, even if it is just for five minutes. It is the perfect opportunity to share your children’s learning and bond together while encouraging reading for pleasure!

There are no right or wrong ways to enjoy a story together, however if you would like any further guidance you can find some useful tips here:



Across the Autumn term, in Maths we will be covering:

Place value, number and money

Additional and subtraction

Measurement: Area and Perimeter

Multiplication and division

As you may be aware, at the end of Y4, children are required to take the ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ (MTC). A good way to prepare is start early and build a daily routine practising the times tables. With regular practise children will learn all the questions and gain confidence. Research suggests that practising for 10 to 15 minutes a day will provide optimal results.


We will be doing lots of practice in school, however, if you would like your child to have extra practice at home they will have their ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ username and password readily available to use on -

(We will be setting challenges for the children to complete as homework on here later in the term).



Homework will be set on a Thursday and will need to be completed by Tuesday.

Children will also be given weekly spellings via


Topic homework will be available to view every term on this webpage smiley

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School Closes for Christmas, by Mrs O'Malley

Inset Day, by Mrs O'Malley

School open for all children, by Mrs O'Malley

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