Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 4
What have Year 4 been doing?

The miraculous journey of edward tulane

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This term, the children will explore the text ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’. This story explores a china rabbit who goes on an emotional journey to learn to love and follows a path of challenges along the way.  Through the text, children will learn a range of English skills including understanding a character and their feelings in depth, writing a narrative and related grammatical skills, the genre of letter writing, poetry, how to write a biography and learning to create a book trailer.




See the source imageThis term, pupils will learn how to multiply and divide by 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12. They will begin to understand mathematical vocabulary in relation to division. They will learn to calculate multiplication equations using the multiplication facts they know. They will understand the difference between sharing and grouping and the commutative law in multiplication. Additionally, they will solve problems involving multiplication and division. Pupils will learn how to multiply three numbers together. They will use their tables and knowledge of place value to multiply multiples of 10 leading to multiplication of two digit numbers using short multiplication. They will use their knowledge of multiplying multiples of 10 with given multiples of 100, leading to multiplying three digit numbers using short multiplication. Pupils will deepen their understanding of division and will divide two digit numbers using two methods including numbers with remainders. 

History and Geography:

We will learn a range of geographical skills through the context of our core book ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’, which is set in the continent of North America. This will include learning key vocabulary such as continent, country, county/state and city. They will also learn about the differences between physical and human geography and conduct research based on two cities in North America and compare them.



In science this term, pupils will build upon the different states of matter by looking at the idea that condensation is when a liquid turns into a gas.  They will explore the concepts of evaporation and condensation through practical investigations. They will learn how to plan and interpret the results of an investigation. They will also discuss the idea of the water cycle and the different processes involved.


See the source imageThe title of our topic this year is ‘We are software developers’. The children will be creating their own educational game using scratch and coding an algorithm for multiple outcomes. 





The question for our starting point in RE this term is ‘What is The Trinity?’ We will use this unit to explore what Christians believe about The Trinity and discuss how they demonstrate these beliefs in their daily lives.


Children will learn about the term ‘community’ and how they often work together to support each other. This will include increasing their knowledge of different people that support the school community and the qualities and attributes of these people. It will include studying some of the ways various national and international environmental organisations work to help take care of the environment and how communities support their work. In addition, children will learn about the terms ‘income’ and ‘expenditure’ and learn to prioritise items of expenditure.


In French this term, our focus will be on ‘L’argent de poche’ (pocket money). We will be learning the numbers 1-30 and learning words for the names of items they might use their pocket money to buy.



This term, children will be learning skills in gymnastics. They will benefit from the tuition of a qualified yoga teacher on a Friday afternoon to help children learn to regulate their emotions and practise mindfulness with exercise. Please ensure that full PE kits are in school every day as our timetable for PE can vary on a weekly basis. 

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 use a variety of painting techniques to create a piece linked to our core text.






Children will develop performances of poems learning to use their voices to speak expressively and rhythmically, and discover ways to create accompaniments to enhance a performance. They will also investigate how the seasons and the environment inspire compositions and how the environment has influenced composers over the centuries. We’ll also soon be starting to practise for our Christmas production.


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.