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Welcome to Year 4

Mrs Summers, Mrs Mellor and Mrs Jones



Our theme for Spring term 1 is:

Mountains, Rivers and the Water cycle





Our Theme

Our driver theme this term is ‘Mountains, Rivers and the Water cycle’, which is a Geography theme. The children will be looking at what a mountain is as well as where the main mountain ranges are located in the world. As well as this, the children will learn the features of a river from the source to the mouth and all that is in between.  They will find out why a river is not in a straight line and will use the terms erosion and deposition.  They will learn about the water cycle (including waterfalls) and will find out how rain is created. In addition, they will find out about the major rivers around the world and will find out why cities are built next to rivers. The children will be undertaking a local field study to Wolston, this time looking at the river and discussing its annual floods and what we can do to stop them.



In English this half term, we will be looking at a variety of different genres such as poetry about rivers, information texts about the importance of water and how we can help and an explanation about the water cycle. We will be using a variety of books such as ‘A river’ by Marc Martin as well as a variety of others.

Reading, as always, will be a crucial part of the children’s learning. The children will continue to use Accelerated Reader for their daily reading books, which they will also bring home. The children will also have whole class reading comprehension lessons using a variety of books and focusing on different domains such as retrieval, prediction, vocabulary and author’s choice.



In Maths, we will complete our topic on interpreting and presenting data. We will then be moving on to fractions where the children will be looking at equivalent fractions and the children will be introduced to improper and mixed fractions. They will also add and subtract fractions as well as solve problems involving fractions. Finally, the children will be looking at time, consolidating their understanding of the 12 hour clock and introducing the 24 hour clock.



This half term, in Science, we will be finishing our unit on electricity. We will then begin our unit ‘In a state: Melting, freezing and evaporation’.

They will be looking at the properties of liquids, gases and solids. The children will look at the changes in state. Their learning will also link to the water cycle where they will learn about the process modelling it in different ways.



In RE, we will be exploring a focussed enquiry question: Could Buddha’s teaching make the world a better place?



In Art, we will be studying the artist Monet and looking at impressionist paintings.

The children will be creating their own Monet style paintings. 



This term the children will be learning skills to support them to play Basketball with the coaches from Onside. They will learn the skills to build up to playing a game, such as different sorts of throwing and tactics that they can use during the game.

They will also be learning Dance this term.



We will starting our unit on Writing for different audiences in computing where the children will learn that technology can be used to organise, reorganise, develop, and explore ideas, and that working with information in this way can aid understanding. It also gives children opportunities to discuss their experiences of using ICT and how it is used in the wider world.



In PSHE this half term, the theme will be ‘Dreams and Goals’. The children will be looking at the following objectives: Hopes and Dreams, Overcoming disappointment, Creating new, realistic dreams, achieving goals and working in a group. As well as this, the children will work on celebrating contributions, resilience and positive attitude.


Important information

  • PE this half term is timetabled for a Tuesday and a Friday. Children should come to school wearing a white T shirt, shorts/joggers and trainers/plimsolls in school on these days.


  • The children will need to bring in their AR books daily to read in school and should bring them back home, You should continue to read with your child at least 3 times a week. The children will come home with their AR book at the beginning of next week.


Homework-this will be given out on a Friday and will consist of spellings based on the rule that we have been working on that week, a maths and English activity based on the learning for that week as well as an optional Maths with parents activity to consolidate their learning. We also encourage the children to play on Times Tables Rockstars to improve their multiplication and division fact recall.

Book Reviews

We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

                               Useful Links to Practise Key Skills 

Literacy Links

Free e books - just register  




Maths Links


P.E Links  

Look out for information being sent to you with login details to use this at home!


Daily half an hour workouts Monday - Friday 9 a.m (Don't worry if you missed it, they are all saved)



Curriculum Links                                      Myleene's Music Klass




Growing Every Child
  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
  • | Tel: 0247 6543 754
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