Welcome to the Year 4 Class page.

Our learning for the second half of the Autumn term will be based upon ‘Story Collector: The Lion & The Unicorn and other hairy tales’ by Jay Ray. They will be answering the question ‘What do animals need to thrive?’ This will be a Science-based enquiry focusing on animals including humans.


This term the children will be engaging in a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts, where possible linking into our Power of Reading book. We are practising our VIPERS reading skills, focusing this term on the retrieval and inference domains.

Please ensure that you read with your child at least three times per week, as homework, but ideally every day!

Buster’s Book Club!

Every Wednesday is Buster’s day!

Buster challenges us to read 20 minutes every Wednesday with someone at home that can record it on our Buster’s Book Club Bookmarks. On a Thursday morning, all of the children that meet the 20-minute target, plus extra, are counted up in the competition against the rest of the school.

After all of the results are in, we find out who wins Buster’s trophy for the week (the winner gets an extra playtime)!


At Northfield St. Nicholas we teach our English curriculum through high-quality texts. The texts we use link directly to our lines of enquiry and support our learning in other areas of the curriculum. Roughly, each half term we introduce a new text.

The children explore the text page by page over the half term and engage with it in a variety of ways. We use lots of drama to support us and take lots of photos – keep checking back to see what we have been up to!

We will be improving our knowledge of grammar and parts of speech, as we learn to write different types of sentences. Approximately once a fortnight, we will be putting what we have learned into practise with a ‘Big Write’.

Please continue to support your child at home with spelling and handwriting practise.


At Northfield, we adopt a Mastery approach during our lessons. Daily children will engage three maths sessions, timetables, a maths lesson and maths workshop. The children’s lessons will be based upon their gaps and will use the mastery ‘Inspire Maths’ program. This half term we will be focusing on mastering how to multiply and divide 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers by a 1 digit number.

Please practise times tables with the children at home at least three times a week. Your child will be assessed as part of the Government times table check at the end of Year 4. Check out the soundcheck on ‘Times Table Rockstars’ to see how the assessment will be delivered.


Spelling rules are learned in class each week and appropriate lists are sent home Fridays to be learned for the next Friday. These will be included in the class newsletter.


In order to ensure that children are ready for their PE lessons, we request that their kit is brought in on Monday and not sent home again until Friday. If the kit does not need washing, we are happy for it to remain in school. It is extremely helpful to the children if their kit can be clearly labelled, just as you would do for their uniform.



Key Dates


Christmas Fayre – 11th December 2019

Christmas themed dress up day – 11th December 2019

Links to help at home: