Welcome to Year 4!

In-class Learning


Our new topic 'Town planners' is now fully underway and the children are showing a great deal of enthusiasm and enquiry to find out more about the Romans and their impact on Britain.

Please see the letter below for ideas about home learning projects.


In our current unit on multiplication and division, we are using formal written methods to multiply and divide numbers. We are also representing these calculations through arrays, bar models and using place value grids where needed.


In our current English unit, we are learning to write information texts. Our final outcome will be to write our very own non-chronological reports about the Romans.

News and reminders


13.02.20 - Trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Roman Britain workshop

03.03.20 & 05.03.20 - Parents evening

30.03.20 - Rocksteady concert

PE kits

PE, for the rest of this half term, will take place on a Thursday. However, this can change so please have the PE kits in every day!


During the second half term of the autumn term, Goldcrest class will be taking swimming lessons every Wednesday morning.

All pupils swimming will require a swimming costume, or trunks, a swimming hat and a towel.

The letter with all the relevant information has gone out. Please, email me or the office if you did not receive it.

Water bottles

Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day. We have drinking water in class for refilling.

Home Learning


Reading every day is the most important part of learning at home. Please log each book you read by filling in the grid in your home learning book and complete one activity each week.


In Goldcrest class, we are expecting children to practise their times tables on TTRockstars for 10 minutes every day.

In addition to this, there will be a set of Diagnotic questions set for homework every Thursday and children will be expected to complete this by the following Wednesday.

Suggested reading books for Year 4 children:

Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling

The Demon Headmaster - Gillian Cross

A Caribbean Dozen - John Agard & Grace Nicholls

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters - John Steptoe

Beowolf - Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Dragon's Child - Jenny Nimmo

The Ghost Blades - Anthony Masters

Sara, Plain and Tall - Patricia MacLachlan Smart Girls - Robert Leeson

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky - Susan Jeffers & Chief Seattle

Robi Dobi - Madhur Jaffrey

The Reluctant Dragon - Kenneth Grahame

Flow - Pippa Goodhart

Dragon Poems - John Foster & Korky Paul

The Crazy Shoe Shuffle - Gillian Cross

The Sea Piper - Helen Cresswell

The Chocolate Touch - Patrick Skene

Catling Spacebaby - Henrietta Branford

A Pot of Gold - Jill Bennett

Fog Hounds Wind Cat Sea Mice - Joan Aiken

The Clothes Horse - Allan Ahlberg

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night - Allan Ahlberg

Max and the Millions - Ross Montgomery

The Children of Green Knowe- Lucy Boston

The Accidental Prime Minister - Tony Mclaughlin

When the Mountains Roared - Jess Butterworth

How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear - Jess French

Survivors - David Long and Kerry Hyndman

Terrible True Tales from the Tower of London - Sarah Kilby and Peter Cottril

100 things to know about Science - Usborne

Dear parents and carers,

We hope that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas holiday.

For the next 10 weeks, we will be embarking on our new unit called ‘Town planners’ in which we will be learning about Ancient Rome. During this unit, we will be focusing on History, Geography, Art, Computing and Design & Technology.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work and we would like you to talk to your child about Ancient Rome as much as you can throughout the coming weeks.

Additionally, if you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

We also would like you to know that we will be visiting the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to learn more about the Romans and their impact on Britain. You will receive a separate letter with more details soon.

Home learning

Your child should choose one of the following long-term home learning projects, to complete over the next few weeks:

  • Write a portal story of a character going back to Roman times.
  • Write a list of things the Romans created and still remain in Britain.
  • Compare your life with a child living in Rome. Draw pictures to show the differences.
  • Draw a map of Roman Britain –what was the capital? How was it different to now?
  • Produce a poster to recruit for Roman soldiers to defeat the Celts.
  • Design a model of an aqueduct
  • Design a model of the Colosseum

Your child’s long-term home learning project should be brought into school by week commencing 16th March at the latest. Please help and encourage your child with this project, but without actually doing the work for them. Encourage your child to spend some time each week working on their long-term project.

Other key information

Please continue to encourage your child to read regularly and continue to practise their times tables daily on TTRockstars.

As the weather gets more unpredictable please ensure that your child has a coat or waterproof jacket. Of course your child needs a water bottle (filled with water not juice please!) with them each day, along with a school bag to carry books and letters safely. Please ensure that all school uniform is named as it makes it much easier to reunite them with lost items!

We will continue to teach one PE lesson and one swimming lesson a week until the end of this half term. From then on, the children will have two PE lessons a week.

If you have any comments or questions about your child's learning, please do get in touch.

Many thanks,

Mr Calle

Goldcrest class