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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”

Year 4

Year 4 have been learning Italian, Mandarin and Valenciano at Painsley!

Year 4 have been commemorating those who have been affected by war in our class assembly.

Welcome to Year 4

Autumn 2019


A warm welcome to Year 4! We hope you have had a lovely summer break and are ready and raring to begin the new school year. We have lots of exciting things planned for this half term. Please take a look below to find out about important class information and discover some of the wonderful things we are learning.


If you have any concerns or worries, or would just like to speak to me, I am available after school each day.


Mr Dawson laugh


Important Info


  • Homework is given every Wednesday and is due back in the following MondayChildren will be given spellings to learn and interactive maths work via IXL. Children are also given optional topic-based homework.
  • Spelling tests take place every Monday.
  • This term, children will need their P.E. kit every Wednesday and their swimming kit every Thursday.
  • Times tables will be practised and tested regularly in class! We thank you for your support in supporting your child to practise their times tables at home.


This term, Year 4 will be…

During the first half term, Year 4 will be

exploring the wonders of Egypt! Our

learning will help us to prepare our very





History: we will be learning about the significance of explorers such as Howard Carter and their discoveries about daily life in Ancient Egypt.


Geography: we will be building on our map and compass skills, as well as finding out about the features of the River Nile. We will also consider how to overcome the challenges we will face in our expeditions!


Science: we will be learning about how different animals are suited to their habitats as well as the dangers posed by different environments.


French: we will practise speaking and writing about where we live.


Art & Design: we will be exploring the visual elements to create our own Egyptian-inspired art, as well as designing very special explorer maps!


Computing: we will be learning how to create our own quizzes about exploration.


Music: we will be learning about music from different cultures to inspire our own fabulous performances!




This half term, prepare to be amazed by the magical wonders of the circus! Our class text is 'Leon and the Place Between' by Angela McAllister. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a young boy who journeys on a magical adventure to a fantasy land. The children will use this story to inspire their own fantasy narrative and we will be applying different aspects of Year 4 SPaG within their writing.




The children will start the year by looking at number and place value. They will learn to read, write and compare 4-digit numbers before practising rounding and estimating. They will then use different strategies to add and subtract mentally and look at choosing the most effective method. The children will develop and apply their reasoning and problem solving skills across all areas of the curriculum.




This term, we will be studying the following units:


  • Creation and the story of Abraham to Joseph
  • Jesus teaches us how to pray
  • Advent
  • Christmas




Our class Saint is St. Vincent de Paul… see what you can find out about him!

Class 4 have been performing spectacular scenes from Leon and the Place Between!

Class 4 has been inspired by Ken Done and famous landmarks in art!

In Year 4, we love learning our times tables. Check out these videos that help us along...

Seven Times Table Song (cover of Cups by Anna Kendrick)

Three Times Tables Song (cover of Uptown Funk)! You can't beat a sing song at the end of a maths lesson!

Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations


With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 3 and Year 4  in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.


As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parents' evenings during the year. The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations.


Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.

End of Year Expectations for Year 4