Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 4
What have Year 4 been doing?

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Our Power of Reading text this term is ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. We will be exploring this book in many active ways including freeze framing, thought tracking, role playing and hot seating. This will lead to a range of different writing opportunities for example newspaper articles, poetry, diary entries and narrative writing.  Additionally, the children will regularly read and practise a variety of reading skills including predicting, inferring and visualising.



See the source imageThis term, pupils will learn to count in multiples of 25, 100 and 1000 in order to count larger numbers comprehensively. They will learn about the relative size of numbers and complete number sequences within 10 000. Pupils will learn about place value to 4 digits and they will link numbers in numerals and in words. They will compare numbers using language such as 'greater', 'smaller', 'less' and 'more', using the mathematical symbols <, > and =. They will use their knowledge of number and place value to help complete number patterns. They will also learn about rounding numbers to the nearest 1000, 100 and 10; children will apply this knowledge to approximate, total and find the difference. Pupils will be taught to add and subtract with numbers up to 10 000. They will use the column method for addition and subtraction and they will also learn mental methods for addition and subtraction. Pupils will be encouraged to think about when is the most appropriate time to use each method. They will use the methods taught to solve word problems: visualising the problems using the bar model.

History and Geography:

Our history topic this term focuses on the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Edward the Confessor. We will be visiting Battle Abbey at the beginning of the term to learn more about the battle for the English throne in 1066. 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Southborough Primary on its current site, we are exploring the Geography of Southborough School including the location of the old site, map reading, considering how the site has changed and how it might change in the next 50 years.



Our topic this term is States of Matter. We will explore a variety of everyday materials and develop simple descriptions of the states of matter (solid, liquid and gas). We will also compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. Additionally, we will observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled and research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C).


See the source imageThe title of our topic this year is ‘We are toy designers’. In this unit, children will consider the terms input and output. They will then create a toy using the programme ‘Scratch’ which includes inputs and outputs.




The question that will be the starting point of our learning in RE this term is ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation story?’ We will consider what Christians believe about the creation and how this influences their lives. 


This term, children will discuss and debate health and wellbeing issues including recognising similarities and differences and the importance of respecting this. They will also consider how reports in the media can influence the reader and discuss basing their own opinions on factual information. Additionally, children will consider why we have rules and understand how they can be involved with decision making in the school.



In French this term, our focus will be weather, days of the week and transport. Children will gain opportunities to listen and practise phrases aloud as well as playing games to broaden their vocabulary.




This term, the children will be learning skills in Hockey and Football. They will benefit from the tuition of a qualified yoga teacher on a Friday afternoon. This will help children to regulate their emotions and practise mindfulness with exercise.

Please ensure that a full PE kit is in school every day as our timetable for PE lessons can vary on a weekly basis.




Art and D.T:

On a Friday afternoon, Year 4 will benefit from the tuition of a specialist art teacher. The children will be learning to weave using traditional Viking methods to inspire their creations.





The children will learn key, subject specific vocabulary, musical notation and discuss rhythm and style


Image result for mathleticsWeekly timestable and spelling test. Home learning will go home on a Thursday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Children are expected to read regularly with an adult at home and record the book title and pages read in the back of their home learning diary.

A reading comprehension will go home every other week. 

Weekly maths homework will be set on mathletics.