Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 4
What have Year 4 been doing?

Jemmy Button


This term, our class text is ‘Jemmy Button’. Inspired by the true story of a native boy from Tierra del Fuego, brought to England to be ‘civilised’, Jemmy Button is a story about the wonder of being somewhere new and different, while feeling the ‘pull’ of home. We will be exploring Jemmy’s journey and encounters in the strange, unfamiliar land of England through a variety of techniques including exploring images, freeze framing, thought-tracking and conscience alley. These active learning opportunities will influence a range of writing including letters of advice, non-chronological reports, diary entries, narratives and poetry. 


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This term, pupils will further develop their understanding of multiplication and division. They will learn how to divide and multiply by 1 and 0 and understand the law of commutativity. They will learn how to multiply three numbers together using prior knowledge of multiplication tables. Pupils will use their tables and knowledge of place value to multiply multiples of 10 and 100, leading to the multiplication of 2-digit and 3-digit numbers using short multiplication. Additionally, pupils will learn more about division and will divide 2-digit numbers using two methods, including numbers with remainders. They will learn to solve multiplication and division problems using the methods they have learned and will use bar models to visualise what the problem is asking them to do. Further to this, pupils will learn how to interpret picture graphs and bar graphs. They will be introduced to line graphs and how they are used to measure change over time. They will interpret line graphs and use information collated in a table to draw a line graph. Pupils will make predictions based on trends identified in data. Pupils will also be introduced to hundredths. They will learn about mixed number fractions and improper fractions and how to convert between them. Pupils will learn how to add and subtract fractions and will solve addition and subtraction word problems.

History and Geography: 

Our history unit this term will explore the impact of the British Empire, particularly on trade and the slave trade. We will discuss how this affected individual liberty and begin to understand why slavery was abolished.


 Our science topic is titled ‘Living things and habitats’. Here we will group living things in different ways, explore the impact of changing environments, present and compare data and report on our findings.


See the source image The title of our topic this year is ‘We are co-authors’. The children will be researching using technology, creating a collaborative ‘wiki’ and discussing the ethics of editing other user’s content.





The overarching question we will be exploring this term is ‘What kind of world did Jesus want?’ We will consider the actions of the first disciples and Christians today and discuss what we can learn from this.


This term, we will be exploring the choices we make which help to keep us well and safe and some changes that happen to people during their lives.


In French this term, our focus will be ‘Raconte-moi une histoire!’ which translates to ‘Tell me a story!’ During this unit, children will recognise and say simple instruction words, say the numbers 40-90 and understand a simple story being told in French which includes the vocabulary they have learnt so far in their French learning.  



This term, children will be developing their skills in gymnastics, hockey and atheletics. 

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

Art and D.T:

Our focus for Art this term is mark making, tone and texture. In this unit, children will explore texture through printing with different materials, mark marking to deepen the texture and developing and combining these skills to produce work for display.





Music this term will focus on understanding different musical effects, including timbre and texture. Once they have learned the meaning of these effects, they will practice creating these effects using a variety of instruments. They will also explore African music and the different elements which combine to achieve this 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.


Save the date...


Term 4: On Thursday 7th March 2.40-3.10pm, there will be open classrooms as part of our World Book Day celebrations. More details to follow.

The theme for our world book day is characters from our class texts. These texts and suggestions of outfits are listed below:

Arthur and the Golden Rope (Arthur-wears brown trousers, a red coat, glasses and a red and yellow striped scarf, A Viking god, The monstrous wolf)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Edward-a china rabbit, Abilene-an 8 year old girl, Pellegrina-Abilene’s grandmother)

Jemmy Button (Victorian style clothing)