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Year 4 (Crispin) 2022 - 2023

Mrs Matton

Year 4 (Crispin) 2022 – 2023

Mrs Matton

Welcome to Year 4!

I hope you had a lovely summer break and are ready for our very exciting learning in the Autumn Term.


In guided reading we will be looking at The Saga of Erik the Viking by Terry Jones. We will begin by getting to know the characters and learning about the Viking way of life. We will be learning new vocabulary, practising our retrieval skills, making predictions and inferences about the text.

In writing we will be looking at some different texts based on the Vikings. We will begin with the text When the Vikings Came. We will be describing characters and settings using expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials to add interest to our writing. We will also be using the text to inspire our own stories.

Later in the term we will then move onto the novel How to Train your Dragon, also by Cressida Cowell. We will be learning to punctate speech accurately and writing our own playscripts. We will practise drafting, editing and improving our work.

We will continue learning spellings from the Year 3/4 curriculum list along with other words with associated spelling patterns.   



We begin our Maths learning in Year 4 by looking at Place Value. We will be working with numbers up to 10,000 and learning to represent, partition, compare and order them. Moving on we will be adding and subtracting numbers up to 4 digits and learning to use efficient methods. We will look at applying our knowledge when reasoning and problem solving. We will also be practising our times tables (multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12) in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check towards the end of Year 4.



This half term we will be learning about Food and the Digestive System. In this project we will learn about the human digestive system. We will explore the main parts, starting with the mouth and teeth, identifying teeth types and their functions. This learning will link to animals' diets and we will construct food chains to show the flow of energy. In the second half of the term, we will be learning about Sound. In this topic we will learn how sounds are made and travel as vibrations through a medium to the ear. We will learn about pitch and volume and find out how both can be changed.



Our history topic this term will be Invasion. This project teaches us about life in Britain after the Roman withdrawal. We will learn about Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions up to the Norman conquest. We will find out about the chronology of invasion, along with what everyday life was like in Anglo Saxon Britain and Viking Britain.



We will be looking at e-safety in some of our computing lessons and we will be using the internet to research our humanities topics. We will also be learning about computer networks and the World Wide Web, including evaluating online content to decide how accurate and reliable it is. Later in the term we will be looking at creating media through audio production. We will be learning about the ownership of digital audio and the copyright regulations. Children will produce their own podcast, edit their work and evaluate the final version.


Art, DT and Music

In art children will learn about the artform of weaving and how it has developed over time, including the materials and techniques required to create woven patterns and products. In DT we will be looking at food and how to preserve it. We will learn about the key inventions in food preservation and packaging, then make examples. Children will prepare, package and evaluate a healthy snack. In music we will be focussing on percussion and will be using instruments and our bodies. We will also be learning some new musical terms.  


Zones of Regulation

We will be using the Zones of Regulation to help us manage our feelings. Self-regulation skills develop over time; adults support with this by helping children to identify their emotions and how to deal with them. There are four self-regulation zones and each zone is linked to a colour. Children learn to notice how the feelings in our bodies and our minds are linked. This will help them to recognise and control their emotions using agreed strategies. One of the key messages with Zones of Regulation is that all feelings are okay and we are going to learn to make good choices to manage our feelings.   


General Reminders

  • PE will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children should come to school wearing their PE kit on these days. Please ensure earrings are removed for PE.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday, to be returned by the following Wednesday.
  • Children are expected to read every night for 15–20 minutes. This should be recorded in their reading record books. Reading records will be checked on a weekly on a basis. The number of times children read will be counted as part of our new reading challenge.
  • Spelling rules will be taught and revisited throughout the week. The spelling rule will be tested on Fridays. Please note we will not be giving a list of spellings, instead there will be a rule to learn.

Thank you for all your support as your child continues their learning journey at Pippins. If you have any questions or queries please come and speak to me or email me at:

Best wishes

Mrs Matton

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